Monday, 31 December 2018

UFO Report:
“The 1969 UFO Chronology”


Created: 15 December 2006
Updated: 3 December 2016
(NICAP.org)

Quote from the UFO report:
“This chronology (now 6 pages) includes UFO incidents and related events for 1969. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to our documentation team: Richard Hall (the original 1969 chronology from UFOE II), William Wise (Project Blue Book Archive), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), and Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns). Last, but not least, our thanks to Jean Waskiewicz who created the online NICAP DBase (NSID) that helped make it possible to link from the cases to the reports themselves. The latest reports come from Mike Swords.

On. December 17, 1969, Secretary of the Air Force Robert C. Seamans, Jr., announced the termination of the two decades of operations of the highly visible AF investigation of UFO’s, Project Blue Book. This was only the announcement date, not the actual termination date, but the AF release was worded in such a way as to suggest immediate termination of BB. In fact BB did not terminate until Jan. 30, 1970, at 3:30 p.m. EST, as NICAP found out and published in the May 1970 UFO Investigator (p. 3a).

In the last year of its official existence, Blue Book received 146 UFO reports of which only one received the unidentified classification. For the 22 years that the Air Force investigated UFO’s it received nearly 15,000 reports of which some 587 were classified as unidentified. (Air Force press releases listed the total number of 701 unidentified in the statistical summaries of yearly totals. But today only about 587 are listed by UFO sighting date and location in the declassified monthly indexes.) Due to diligent research, the number of ‘unknowns’ has doubled from that 701 figure to more than 1,600 in Brad Sparks’ revised catalog, and may reach as high as possibly 3,000 to 5,000, based on estimates of the late Dr. James McDonald and Sparks.

Towards the end the BB files received fewer and fewer military cases. The Air Force’s position was that UFO’s were no longer seen by the military simply because they were trained observers who cannot be fooled by such things. Historically, however, that was not true and did not explain why so many military observers in the past saw and even instrument-tracked UFO’s. In reality, the trend in the BB files reflected the changes in UFO reporting channels. The Air Force had started shifting military reporting of UFO’s into operational reporting channels such as those set up under AF Manual 55-11 of 1965 (now AF Instruction 10-206), and many classified regulations, which bypassed BB.

All seemed dead on the UFO front, but major events were just a few years away. The UFO debate was rapidly dying out in 1969 in the wake of the Condon Report and the closure of BB. NICAP and APRO catastrophically lost members, down from roughly 14,000 for NICAP and 8,000 for APRO to just a few thousand.

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

June 5, 1969; St. Louis, MO
4:00 p.m. This radar/visual was ‘written off’ as a meteor and observed by three air crews. Four dart-shaped objects witnessed by American Airlines Flight 112,  a 707 heading east at 39,000 feet, a United Airlines flight eight miles to the rear at 37,000 feet, and a National Guard jet four miles further at 41,000 feet. Objects were tracked on FAA radar at St. Louis. The pilot of the National Guard plane later claimed the UFO formation had approached his craft almost ‘directly ahead’ before altering its course abruptly and ascending quickly at the last moment. Two radar paints confirmed. (NICAP UFOI Feb 1972)”


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Satellite photo of St. Louis, Missouri (tageo.com)
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UFO News Article:
“UFO ‘sighted’ by DuPage deputies”


11 March 1969
(Daily News, Chicago, Illinois)

Sources: Monthly Clipping Service, U.S.A. and AFU.se

The whole article (Page 4):
“Two Du Page (DuPage) County sheriff’s deputies have reported that they saw an unidentified flying object near Itasca.

Deputies Raymond Richards and Joseph Volenec said they saw the object at 3:25 a.m. Saturday (8 March 1969) while patrolling Illinois 53 near Thorndale Rd.

They described it as cigar-shaped and 100 feet long, with four small lights, one red light and two stubby wings.

It hovered above them at an altitude of 1,000 feet, they said, and flew away without sound when  they  turned  t h e i r  spotlights on it.”


Wikipedia article: “Itasca, Illinois”:


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Saturday, 29 December 2018

UFO News Article:
“UFO encounters — pilots say they’re common”


14 January 1987
(Tri-Valley Herald, Livermore, California)

Sources: U.F.O. Newsclipping Service, Plumerville, Arkansas and AFU.se

Quote from the article (Page 5):
“Japan Airlines pilot Kenju Terauchi made headlines again Tuesday (January 1987) with his second reported UFO sighting over Alaska.

But unidentified flying objects are old news to Bay Area United Airlines pilot Bob Wollow, who says he saw his first UFO outside the cockpit window more than 10 years ago.

The 36-year-old Mountain View resident was a Naval pilot trainee then, stationed in Texas. During an otherwise uneventful flight through clear evening skies near Seattle, Wollow said. ‘My co-pilot looked outside his side window and pointed to what looked like a huge, really bright headlight up in the sky.

‘We started to head after it, but it was moving incredibly fast. Then we blinked our eyes, and it was gone.’

Other pilots in the area excitedly radioed air control to report similar sightings, Wollow recalled.

Chris Zwingle, Bay Area safety coordinator for the Airline Pilots Association, agreed that UFO sightings are far from rare among his professional peers. ‘I’ve flown with a number of men I consider reliable pilots who say they’ve seen them, and I found what they said highly credible.”

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Satellite photo of Seattle, Washington (tageo.com)
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Friday, 28 December 2018

UFO Report:
“The 1987 UFO Chronology”


Created: 3 July 2009
Updated: 28 January 2017
(NICAP.org)

Quote from the UFO report:
“This is currently an 8-page chronology of UFO incidents and events for 1987. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to Richard Hall (the original 1987 chronology from UFOE II), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), and Jean Waskiewicz (online NICAP DBase [NSID]. You will note the many foreign reports that we are now being able to access. Our special thanks to Dan Wilson for getting those to us. As more come in, this page will be updated. Previous chronologies (1947 to 1969) involved the expertise of two other team members: Rebecca Wise (Project Blue Book Archive) and Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns). Bob Gribble’s entries are those filed with the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Washington, now operated by Peter Davenport. Trace cases are now being entered with the help of Ted Phillips, Center for Physical Trace Research and retrofitted into previous chronologies as time permits.

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

Jan. 30, 1987; Alaska
A U.S. Air Force KC-135 airplane flew inbound from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska to Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska. At 20,000 feet the airplane crew sighted a very large disk-shaped UFO that was similar to the one encountered by the JAL Flight 1628. The UFO moved to within 13 metres (40 feet) of the KC-135. And as can be determined by the U.S. Air Force Pilot’s question 5:29 minutes into the video, it's apparent that he has been briefed about the JAL Flight 1628’s UFO encounter. The answer by the FAA official was also very interesting. He said, ‘It’s very rare seeing the lights (UFOs) up there’. He thereby admitted that UFOs were seen from time to time, albeit rarely! And the silly notion that the U.S. Government (here the FAA) is not investigating UFO sightings or is not interested in UFOs, can once and for all be ruled out by listening to the message the U.S. Air Force Captain received from the FAA (5:42 minutes into the video). The FAA message to the U.S. Air Force Captain said, ‘Call the local FAA office in Anchorage after you have landed at Eielson Air Force Base’. Then the Captain asked, ‘That’s concerning the object we were looking at?’ ‘Affirmative’, answered the Eielson Air Force Base official.”


Wikipedia article: “Eielson Air Force Base”:


Quote from the Wikipedia article:
“Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: EIL, ICAO: PAEI, FAA LID: EIL) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska and just southeast of Moose Creek, Alaska. It was established in 1943 as Mile 26 Satellite Field and taken off deployment in 2007. It has been a Superfund site since 1989.

Its host unit is the 354th Fighter Wing (354 FW) assigned to the Eleventh Air Force of the Pacific Air Forces. The 354 FW’s primary mission is to support Red Flag – Alaska, a series of Pacific Air Forces commander–directed field training exercises for U.S. Forces, joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. These exercises are conducted on the Joint Pacific Alaskan Range complex with air operations flown out of the two bases.”

Wikipedia article: “Elmendorf Air Force Base”:


Quote from the Wikipedia article:
“Elmendorf Air Force Base (IATA: EDF, ICAO: PAED, FAA LID: EDF) is a United States military facility in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. Originally known as Elmendorf Field, it became Elmendorf Air Force Base after World War II, and in 2010 it merged with nearby Fort Richardson to form Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.”

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Aerial view of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (wikimedia.org)
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USGS orthophoto of Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
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Google Website Searches:
Focus On UFO Incidents At Corn (Maize) Fields


Website: National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP.org):

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Website: Archives For the Unexplained (AFU.se), Norrköping, Sweden:

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UFO case report:
“Subject: Close Encounter With Hexagon at Corydon, IN,
April 1987”

31 October 1987
(NICAP.org)

Francis Ridge reports on a UFO incident that occurred at a corn and soybean field two miles east of Corydon, Indiana, alongside S.R. 62 in late April 1987.

Ridge also presents a 10 June 1987 Corydon Democrat news article that reported on the UFO case.

The whole Corydon Democrat article:
“Paul Hauswald, 14, was working in a field about 10:30 PM four weeks ago, when he suddenly realized, ‘I could see where I was going with no trouble. I could see the spreader and everything.’

He looked up to see lights——blue, white and orange—— hovering above his tractor. The lights followed him up and down the last couple of rows as he spread manure on a corn and soybean field two miles east of Corydon alongside S.R. 62. He didn’t stop to stare or turn off the tractor. ‘I just wanted to get done and get out of there.’

‘Yeah, I was scared. Then, just... whoosh and it was gone.’

He drove the tractor back to his father’s barn, a trip that took less than 5-minutes, and began the task of refilling the spreader, about 15-rninutes later, while still in the barn, he saw a saucer-shaped object with different colored lights fly over the silo.

‘It was all white on the bottom. It had five sides and was bigger than a house. It hovered at about 1,000 feet.’ ”

According to Jim Delehanty’s UFO sighting report, Paul Hauswald’s 11-year-old brother, Chris, also witnessed the UFO incident. In his report, Delehanty writes that the UFO appeared to be flying at an altitude of  100 feet (as opposed to 1,000 feet as the Corydon Democrat reported).


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Satellite photo of Corydon, Indiana (tageo.com)
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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

UFO Letters:
“Letters Exchanged Between
CUFON and Dr. Thornton Page”


(The Computer UFO Network (CUFON), Seattle, Washington)

Dr. Thornton Page was a member of The Scientific Advisory Panel on Unidentified Flying Objects (1953) (Robertson Panel).


Wikipedia article: “Thornton Leigh Page”:


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The late Dr. Thornton Page, U.S. Astrophysicist
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UFO Article:
“Dr. Thornton Page’s Review
of The ‘Condon Report’ ”


(The Computer UFO Network (CUFON), Seattle, Washington)

Dr. Thornton Page was a member of The Scientific Advisory Panel on Unidentified Flying Objects (1953) (Robertson Panel).


Wikipedia article: “Condon Committee”:


Quote from the Wikipedia article, “Condon Committee”:
“The Condon Committee was the informal name of the University of Colorado UFO Project, a group funded by the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1968 at the University of Colorado to study unidentified flying objects under the direction of physicist Edward Condon. The result of its work, formally titled Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects, and known as the Condon Report, appeared in 1968.”

Wikipedia article: “Thornton Leigh Page”:


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The late Dr. Thornton Page, U.S. Astrophysicist
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Monday, 24 December 2018

UFO Items:
“Three Items Provided by Dr. Thornton Page”


(The Computer UFO Network (CUFON), Seattle, Washington)

In the first item, Dr. Page writes that when he phoned Dr. Edward U. Condon and informed him that he was writing up UFOs in the Encyclopedia Britannica (1975 edition) – Condon became so angry that he threw his phone on the floor and broke it (according to Condon’s secretary).

Dr. Thornton Page was a member of The Scientific Advisory Panel on Unidentified Flying Objects (1953) (Robertson Panel).


Wikipedia article: “Thornton Leigh Page”:


Wikipedia article: “Robertson Panel”:


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The late Dr. Thornton Page, U.S. Astrophysicist
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Sunday, 23 December 2018

UFO News Article & Video Report:
“Crew remember the day UFO was
spotted over Kaikōura 40 years on”


15 December 2018
(The New Zealand Herald, Auckland, New Zealand)

The New Zealand Herald reports on the 30/31 December 1978 Argosy cargo airplane/UFO incident over Kaikoura, New Zealand.


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The 30/31 December 1978 Kaikoura UFO incident:
Freeze-frame from TV cameraman David Crockett’s UFO film
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Satellite photo of Kaikoura, New Zealand (tageo.com)
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Saturday, 22 December 2018

UFO News Article:
“Area policemen sight 3 UFO’s”


29 December 1973
(Culpeper Star-Exponent, Virginia)

Sources: UFO Research Committee - UFO Newsclipping Service, Seattle, Washington and AFU.se

The whole article (Page 7):
“ ‘I see it but I don’t believe it!’ said the voice on the police radio.

The voice belonged to officer Joseph Scalici of the Manassas Park police department and what he didn’t believe was a light in the southwestern sky that Scalici believes is an unidentified flying object.

But Scalici was not the only one watching strange objects in the sky early Friday (28 December 1973) morning. Fauquier deputy sheriff John Payne and Virginia state trooper William M. Neal were eyeing a light in the western sky near the Warren-Fauquier County line along Rt. 55.

‘I noticed the light about 4:30,’ said Payne. ‘I was riding along near Marshall when l noticed this light moving in the western sky. I followed it to the top of the mountain here until it stopped. I’ve been watching it for almost two hours now.’

Trooper Neal was also on the spot and while Payne was talking Neal was glassing the object through binoculars.

‘See the colors,’ Neal broke in, handing the glasses to Payne.

Payne and Neal concurred that the object was indeed giving off colored light at either end of what appeared to be a glowing circular form. To the left the light was green and to the right it was red. The lights appeared to be blinking.

Meanwhile, back in Manassas Park, Scalici noticed a light in the southwestern sky moving eastward. According to Scalici this object had also initially been sighted in Fauquier County and had moved across into Prince William.

‘I saw one light – and then another. They stopped very high in the sky and then one began to drop. It came down rather quickly and seemed to hover just above treetop level. The other light remained aloft in the same position.

‘The lower light hovered for about 15 minutes, then moved back higher into the sky. Both disappeared momentarily.’

Officer Scalici estimated that the lights were as far as 15 miles away and noticed no color.

The Friday morning reports were the first since a rash of sightings occurred during October all over the East and South.”

Marshall, Virginia, is located 34 kilometres (21 miles) north west of Manassas Park.


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Satellite photo of Manassas ParkVirginia (tageo.com)
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Friday, 21 December 2018

UFO News Article:
“But Deputies, Residents Did–
Radar Doesn’t Spot Unidentified Lights in Area”


10 January 1974
(Two Harbors Chronicle & Times, Minnesota)

Sources: UFO Research Committee - UFO Newsclipping Service, Seattle, Washington and AFU.se

The whole article (Page 13):
“They’ve returned, only this time bigger and better than ever.

Last October two law enforcement officers saw some strange, unidentified lights hovering over Pork City Hill in Two Harbors. The lights, it was noted at the time, could possibly have been some reflection from the nearby railroad yards.

Last Friday (4 January 1974) night, however, an unidentified object was seen in the area, by two different groups of persons in two different areas. The object did not show up on radar.

About 8 p.m. Friday night two deputies of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department were traveling in the Waldo area several miles north of Two Harbors when they saw the object.

Deputies Andy Haugan and Fred Defresne were driving on a county road near Dr. David Armin’s home in Waldo when they spotted four ‘unbelievably bright’ lights in the sky.

They stopped the car and watched them for about 30 seconds. The lights were described as the color and hue of a burning log, or somewhat of a rust color. The center of each was so bright as nearly being white. Reflections from clouds was ruled out, and visibility on the cold, cloudless night was said ot be excellent.

‘Although we saw only the lights, it appeared they were all on the same object,’ Haugan said. ‘Because as it moved, they remained the same distance from one another, and in perfect formation.’

‘We turned off the car engine,’ he said. ‘But heard no noise. The four lights were traveling west, then they banked to the southwest. At one time it appeared to be about 800 feet over Silver Creek Cliff.’

Upon seeing the object, the deputies radioed to the Highway Patrol, who in turn contacted the Duluth Air Base which scanned the entire area with radar.

Haugan, who flys [sicsmall aircraft, said even a small plane can be easily detected in the area once it is over the trees.

The deputies saw two lights on the object’s lower left side blink and then go out, and shortly after the two remaining lights also were extinguished.

‘If the lights were all one object, then it was huge,’ Haugan said. ‘It would have made a 747 jet look like a canary.’

‘Fred and I are glad that we both saw it,’ Haugan said. ‘If I had seen it alone, I would have been afraid to mention it to anyone.’

But Defresne and Haugan weren’t the only one to see the lights. The deputies also learned that three other area residents saw an identical sight while they were snowmobiling on Legler Lake, which is located near State Road 2, just north of the Marble-Kane Lake area.

Dwight Moe, Philip Hobeck and his 12-year-old son, saw the four lights, also the color of a burning log, at about 7:20 p.m. This is about 40 minutes before the deputies spotted them. Again, these three heard no noise. They said the lights were traveling in a straight path, but appeared to be climbing in the sky.

The deputies said they also radioed to the Silver Bay area of Lake County but no other sightings were reported. Anyone having more information concerning the lights is asked to contact the Chronicle or Haugan.

‘Dwight Moe told me he was a disbeliever,’ Haugan said. ‘As for myself, I guess you’d say I’m not a disbeliever (of UFO’s). Anyway, all we know at this time for sure is that it remains unidentified.’

‘I’ve been getting a lot of ribbing since we saw it,’ Haugan said. ‘At one service station the attendant kept looking nervously at the sky.’ ”


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Satellite photo of Two Harbors, Minnesota (tageo.com)
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