Sunday, 31 July 2016

UFO Website:
“2016 MUFON Symposium”

The Symposium will be held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel, Orlando, Florida, from 25 August to 28 August 2016.

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Google Searches:
Focus On the 2016 MUFON Symposium

The Symposium will be held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel, Orlando, Florida, from 25 August to 28 August 2016.

(Search term: 2016 MUFON Symposium)

(2016 MUFON International Symposium)

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UFO Article:
“2016 MUFON Symposium Keynote Speaker:
UFOs and Nukes Researcher Robert Hastings”

By Robert L. Hastings, 29 July 2016
(The UFO Chronicles, 30 July 2016)

Quote from the article:
“I have been invited to speak at the upcoming MUFON Symposium in Orlando, Florida, on August 26th.

Over the past 43 years, I have interviewed more than 150 U.S. military veterans regarding their involvement in UFO incidents at nuclear weapons sites.

The witness testimony, reinforced by hundreds of declassified documents, convincingly establishes the reality of longstanding, widespread and ongoing UFO activity at ICBM sites, weapons storage facilities, missile test areas, nuclear laboratories and fissile material production plants.”

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Saturday, 30 July 2016

UFO Case Directory:
“Category 1, Distant Encounters
Silvery Disc Seen Through Theodolite
April 1947
Richmond, Virginia”


The whole UFO case report:
Brad Sparks:
April 1947; Richmond, Virginia (BBU)
11 a.m. (EST). Meteorologist Minczewski saw a silvery disc through a theodolite while tracking a pibal weather balloon, traveling E to W at less than 15,000 ft, appeared larger than the balloon. (McDonald 1968; FOIA; FUFOR Index)

Fran Ridge:
There is a document which reads: "... Mr. Walter Minezewski has observed this strange metallic disc on three occasions through the theodolite while making his pibal observation during the last six months (November, 1946 - April, 1947)" **.  In the other document:  "There  is no astronomical explanation for this Incident, which, however,  deserves considerable attention, because of the experience of the observers ana the fact that the observation was made through a theodolite and that conparison could be made with a pibal balloon. The observers had, therefore, a good estimate of altitude, of relative size, and of speed  much more reliable than those given in most reports.This investigator would like to recommend that these and other pibal observers be quizzed as to other possible un-reported sightings." *

James McDonald:
Here was a pre-Arnold sighting never reported officially. It was quite clearly not an observation of "new American military vehicles," nor can one readily square this with any phenomenon of atmospheric physics or astronomy. It is a UFO observation, and a rather interesting one. Bloecher's search has led to several other pre-Arnold 1947 sightings. Just a matter of days before this writing, I spoke on the telephone with Walter A. Minczewski, the U. S. Weather Bureau observer whose April, 1947, theodolite-tracking case is cited in the text. Minczewski emphasized that he had never reported it to other than his Weather Bureau superiors and hence was surprised to be called about it twenty years later. Yet his recollection of the details of the whitish disc-like object he had tracked one clear morning in Richmond, Virginia, was still distinct in his mind.”

The UFO incident occurred on 1 April 1947, according to the book, UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry. presents a U.S. government (U.S. Air Force) document that pertains to the UFO case.

“IMET Carl Gorski prepares to track a Pilot Balloon (PIBAL)” 
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

U.S. Government UFO Document:
“Incident #79 – Richmond, Virginia – April 1947”

(Project Blue Book, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.)

Source:, Lindon, Utah

The whole document text:
“There is no astronomical explanation for this incident, which, however, deserves considerable attention, because of the experience of the observers and the fact that the observation was made through a theodolite and that comparison could be made with a pibal balloon. The observers had, therefore, a good estimate of altitude, of relative size, and of speed – much more reliable than those given in most reports.

This investigator would like to recommend that these and other pibal observers be quizzed as to other possible, unreported sightings.”

The UFO incident (occurred on 1 April 1947) was observed by U.S. Weather Bureau station personnel.

Personnel at the station in Richmond observed three UFO incidents in the spring  of 1947.

This is the first U.S. UFO case mentioned in the seminal book, UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry. The book presents a longer and more in-depth Blue Book report on the case.

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UFO Case Report:
“Subject: Astronaut Deke Slayton’s
UFO Encounter,
5 mi. SE of Hastings, MN, Dec. 12, 1951”
(Category 11: Sightings From Aircraft)


The case report is written by Francis Ridge.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

UFO News Article:
“Late astronaut wrote of ’51 close encounter”

19 September 1994
(Milwaukee Sentinel, Wisconsin)

Quote from the article:
“The late astronaut Donald “Deke” Slayton had a close daylight encounter with a disc-shaped UFO in 1951 while flying an Air Force fighter plane 
 (F-51 Mustang) out of a base in Minneapolis-St. Paul at speeds close to 300 mph.

The ground crew, Slayton wrote, tracked the object with an instrument and ‘computed the speed at 4,000 miles an hour.’ ”

Slayton recounted the UFO incident in a letter to Dr. J. Allen Hynek. The Milwaukee Sentinel presents a partial text of the letter.

The UFO incident occurred on 12 December 1951, according to

The late Major Donald Kent “Deke” Slayton (U.S. Air Force), Aeronautical Engineer, Test Pilot & NASA Astronaut
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Monday, 25 July 2016

UFO News Article:
“Mysterious lights over Lake Michigan
get second look”

11 March 1994
(The Argus-Press, Owosso, Michigan)

The article reports on the 8 March 1994 South West Michigan UFO sightings.

Quote from the article:
“Witness accounts and radar images of fast-moving lights over Lake Michigan are being examined by UFO investigators.

Leo Grenier, who is in charge of the National Weather Service office in Muskegon, said radar data turned up a fast-moving phenomenon over Lake Michigan off South Haven late Monday night and that he notified the National UFO Reporting Center.

‘(Witnesses) were talking about red and green sets of lights to the south, oscillating,’ Grenier said. ‘The lights did some rather erratic movements at times.’

Grenier said a weather service radar operator ‘did pick up echoes in the approximate location of the sighting and moving in the same manner as described by those seeing it on the ground.’

He said radar showed the object, about 15,000 feet in altitude, zipped from South Haven to about 10 miles off shore in 10 seconds.

Tower personnel at Muskegon County Airport saw what appeared to be aircraft flying in formation. Among the witnesses was a Holland police officer.

Walter Andrus, international director of the Mutual UFO Network in Seguin, Texas, said Thursday that four investigators were reviewing the sightings.”

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Google Website Searches:
Focus On UFO News Articles
Mentioning Radar Data/Radar

Website: Google News Archive (

(Search term: UFO Radar Data)

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UFO news article:
“UFO sightings near Lake Michigan reported”

16 March 1994
(The Argus-Press, Owosso, Michigan)

The article reports on the 8 March 1994 South West Michigan UFO sightings.

Quote from the article:
“Darrell and Holly Graves of Holland would like to know more about that huge round aircraft with the white and red lights they saw hovering over a neighbor’s home last week.

UFO researchers are descending on southwestern Michigan this week as reports continue to filter in from dozens of people who say they saw something unusual in the night sky March 8 from Grand Rapids to the Lake Michigan shoreline between Muskegon and South Haven.

‘It is, right now, the hottest case we have in the country,’ said Walter Andrus, director of the Texas-based international Mutual UFO Network.

What makes the case so unusual, Andrus says, is that the sightings seem to coincide with unexplained radar trackings from the National Weather Service office in Muskegon.”
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UFO Website Searches:
Focus On UFO Radar Cases Involving
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Website: UFOs Northwest (U.S.) (

(Search term: Federal Aviation Administration)


The website is run by William Puckett, a former National Weather Service meteorologist.

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William Puckett, U.S. Meteorologist & UFO Researcher
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

UFO News Article:
“Australians agog over UFO”

24 October 1978
(Daily Record, Ellensburg, Washington)

The article reports on the 21 October 1978 Frederick Valentich incident.

Quote from the article:
“Wayne Bellew, a technician from Canberrra, and his wife, Rosalind, said they saw a bright white object moving over the ocean.

‘The weather was clear,’ Bellew said. ‘We’d just put up our tent when the thing appeared. It was completely distinguishable from the planes en route to Sydney.’

‘We intended to report the UFO anyway – but when we saw the stories on Monday morning about the pilot, we wondered if it could have been the same object,’ he said.

Valentich, flying at an altitude of 4,500 feet, reported he was being followed by a large craft with four bright lights. He told air controllers the object was about 1,000 feet above him and had ‘a green light and sort of metallic light on the outside.’

Transport Department spokesman Kenneth Williams said a few minutes later the pilot reported his engine was choking and rough-idling, and the object was hovering above him.

There was then a long metallic noise over the radio and contact with the aircraft was lost.

Officials said they have been unable to identify the metallic noise heard over the radio as the aircraft lost contact. They said the noise lasted ‘for a long time – at least a number of seconds.’

Radio experts said it was not a noise that could be explained by the dropping of a microphone – the original theory.”

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UFO Website (Blog) Search:
Focus On the 24 April 1964
Socorro, New Mexico, Case

Website: A Different Perspective (run by Kevin D. Randle) (

“One of the landing gear impressions. Photo courtesy of the USAF.” (text by Kevin D. Randle)
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UFO Article (Blog):
“My List of the Best UFO Cases”

By Kevin D. Randle, 16 July 2016
(A Different Perspective, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Quote from the article:
“For decades I have avoided answering the questions about what I believe to be the ten best UFO cases. I understood it to be a trap. Once I provide the answer, the debunkers would attack, explaining why those cases are nothing spectacular. There would find mundane answers for all of them, even if they have to make up the answers, which is not an unreasonable assumption.”

Film freeze-frame of the 15 August 1950 Great FallsMontana, UFOs (filmed by Nicholas Mariana) ( image)

Friday, 22 July 2016

UFO Case Directory:
Portuguese Air Force Jets
Have 40-Min. Encounter / E-M
Sept. 4, 1957


The whole UFO case report:
Fran Ridge:
Sept. 4, 1957; Portugal
8:06 p.m. local. A flight of four F-84 Thunderjets took off from Ota Air Base, Portugal, on a routine practice navigation mission. After the pilots reached Granada and started a port turn to change course to Portalegre they noticed on the left and above the horizon a very unusual source of light. All of a sudden the thing grew very rapidly, assuming five or six times its initial volume, becoming quite a spectacle to see . . . [then] fast as it had grown, [it] decided to shrink, almost disappearing on the horizon, becoming a just visible, small, yellow point. These expansions and contractions happened several times, but without becoming periodic and always having a pause, longer or shorter, before modifying volume. At 2038 hours the lead pilot decided to abandon the mission and to make a port turn in the general direction of Coruche since nobody was paying any attention to the exercise. They turned about 50° to port but still the thing maintained its position of 90° to our their left which could not be possible with a stationary object. As they were near Coruche the ‘big thing’ suddenly and very rapidly made what looked like a dive, followed up by a climb in their direction. Then everybody went wild and almost broke formation in the process of crossing over and ahead of the UFO. At the same time that the pilots had their encounter, the Coimbra Meteorological Observatory registered extraordinary localized variations in the Earth’s magnetic field, as proven by charts at that establishment.”

Wikipedia article: “Military and Technical Training Center of the Air Force” (formerly Ota Air Base):

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

UFO Case Directory (IMCAT):
“Category 08, Photographic / Video Images
Object Photographed During Operation Mainbrace
September 20, 1952
In vicinity of Norway and Denmark”


The whole UFO case report:
Dan Wilson:
Sept. 20, 1952; At sea on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (BB)
At a few minutes after 4 p.m., personnel of the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier participating in the Mainbrace maneuvers, observed a silvery, spherical object which was also photographed. (The pictures have never been made public). The UFO was seen moving across the sky behind the fleet. Reporter Wallace Litwin took a series of color photographs, which were examined by Navy Intelligence officers. The weather man aboard said a balloon was launched  at 3:30 p.m. and it rose up and out of sight in the overcast in about 50 seconds.

Fran Ridge:
Thanks to information from Martin Shough we have been able to obtain clarifications. Actually the 3-4 photos were taken by the reporter onboard. The reporter later said the object looked like a white ping-pong ball. A letter from the photographer to researcher Ole Henningsen is provided below and in it he claims that it was not a weather balloon. As Martin pointed out there is no evidence in the photo of any radar reflector. Litwin also reported that the FDR was carrying an atomic bomb. Additional documents were just obtained from Brad Sparks and have been added to the dir reports below. For the record, Dan Wilson found the name Wallace Litwin in the article by Richard Hall. *  Litwin was also mentioned in NICAP’s UFO Evidence, page 162. The date was given as September 20, 1952 on the PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD, and three other BB docs.**

Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt:
In late September 1952 the NATO naval forces had held maneuvers off the coast of Europe; they were called Operation Mainbrace. Before they had started someone in the Pentagon had half seriously mentioned that Naval Intelligence should keep an eye open for UFO’s, but no one really expected the UFO’s to show up. Nevertheless, once again the UFO’s were their old unpredictable selves – they were there.” presents U.S. government (U.S. Air Force) documents that pertain to the UFO case.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Google Website Searches:
Focus On UFO Films, Videos and Photographs

Website: National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

UFO Case Directory (IMCAT):
“Category 08, Photographic / Video Images
Grumman Mystery Satellite
Aug. 25, 1960
Bethpage, New York”


The whole UFO case report:
Fran Ridge:
August 25, 1960; Grumman Aviation; Bethpage, New York
The National Space Surveillance Control Center, Air Force command and control development division, attempted to work out an orbit for a strange object reported several times. But the scientists had only one solid observation to go on, – the photographing of the object by Grumman Aviation Engineering Corp. at Bethpage, N.Y. I remember reading our preliminary report in the NICAP U.F.O. Investigator back in 1961, and later seeing the article and a picture in LIFE or LOOK. This report has the Grumman report I was able to obtain a zerox copy of from Loy Pressley in June of 2002 which he had obtained a few years prior from Jan Aldrich. Mike Swords later provided the best image, a scanned version of Hynek’s original *. 

Joel Carpenter:
I have a copy of the Grumman satellite report, and I ran it by a guy who is a former CIA consultant on military satellite technology (Allen Thomson). He said that the data in the Grumman report don’t add up to a real orbit, so he didn’t know what to make of it. It seems that there was something fishy about the Grumman object, whatever it was.

Brad Sparks:
The Grumman object was in retrograde orbit, inclination angle to the equator about 135 degrees. It would not show up on the next expected orbits every time. Grumman put together a contract proposal to the AF to conduct an investigation. I have not found any satellites launched in an inclination of about 135 degs, not because it’s physically impossible but wasteful as it goes against the Earth’s rotational boost into orbit. Best possibility of explanation is a Soviet Luna probe or upper stage that looped back around the earth but on the wrong side into retrograde orbit. But that would be extraordinarily lucky, extremely difficult to do even by design. Impossible to have been the Discoverer 5’s polar orbiting Agena upper stage fired in the wrong direction or any polar orbiting Discoverer (CIA Corona). Flatout absolute physical impossibility total nonsense and hogwash. Cannot have enough propellant to go off at 45 degrees. You would have to have another Atlas or Thor first stage up there to do that.”

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UFO News Article:

2 September 1960
(Argus-Leader, Sioux Falls, South Dakota)


The whole article:
“A mysterious reddish object circling the earth that presumedly left what appeared to be a large vapor trail over Sioux Falls has been photographed by a tracking camera of the Grumman Aviation Engineer Corp. at Bethpage, N.Y.

Grumman, The Associated Press reported, said the photograph was taken by a special tracking crew which has been on watch.

The strange object was reported as result of a news story in the Argus-Leader saying a vapor trail or what resembled a large beam of light in the atmosphere was reported over Sioux Falls and later much of the nation.

There is no scientific explanation as yet for the object, which was reported traveling cast to west rather than on the west to east trajectory common to man-made satellites.

The object appears to be about a tenth the size of the Echo I balloon satellite and traveling about twice as fast.

The Adler Planetarium of Chicago is compiling data on the object and says it doesn’t appear to be an artificial satellite or a meteor.”

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UFO Article (Blog):
“The search through Australian
government UAP records - 2012 to 2016”

By Keith Basterfield, 25 June 2016
(UFOs – scientific research, Campbelltown,
New South Wales, Australia)

Quote from the article:

After the success of the Disclosure Australia Project (2003-2008) in locating and arranging to have digitised, a large number of Australian government UAP files, I returned to the search in 2012 to locate further such files.

In 2013, I was joined in this search by Melbourne researcher Paul Dean. This blog post aims to provide readers with a summary of what  has been found in the period 2012 to 2016.”

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UFO Article (Blog):
“DSTO UAP file found in the
National Archives of Australia”

By Keith Basterfield, 14 June 2016
(UFOs – scientific research, Campbelltown,
New South Wales, Australia)

Quote from the article:

The Defence Science and Technology Group, is part of the Australian Department of Defence. Prior to 1 July 2015, it was known as the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). Its current website uses slogans such as ‘Science and Technology for Safeguarding Australia;’ and ‘The Brains Trust of Defence.’ It has a number of ‘Research Divisions,’ including one named ‘Aerospace Division.’ The ‘Our history’ section of the website, states that the DSTO, as an organisation, came into being in 1974.


Imagine then,  the author’s surprise last night, when conducting a keyword search of the NAA’s RecordSearch, file database, to find a Department of Defence DSTO UAP file!”

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“Screen shot of RecordSearch showing the file’s details.
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