Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Paper: “UFOs: What to Do?”
By George Kocher, 27 November 1968
Santa Monica, California
Quote from the UFO paper:
“To illustrate the character of reports, I will quote several narratives from the literature. (Narratives, of course, are just the beginning of any report. Quantitative information, usually not given in the narrative must be obtained by careful interview of the witness.) The first is taken from a collection of 160 reports by Olsen. (19) It was originally made to NICAP.
Date: 24 April 1962
Springfield ( Delaware County),
First witness, J. A. Gasslein, Jr. (Lt. Colonel, USAR Ret.) reports: ‘Time: Approximately 1945 hours, weather: clear, cloudless, medium blue sky, visibility good.
‘My wife was driving her mother home following the latter’s visit to our home. They had driven around the block to higher ground when my wife’s mother looked out the car window and saw a large object. It was moving slowly and silently in an east-to-west direction at not over
50 ft. above street level.
(Determined by the proximity to and relationship to the size of the
Cape-Cod-type bungalows over which the object was passing.) My wife then
plainly saw the object herself.
‘Anxious to have me see the object, my wife quickly drove the car back to our house and attracted my attention. I had been working in the basement. I ran out of the house and up the street for a view. By the time I saw it, the object appeared to be about a quarter to a half-mile away, moving in a westerly direction. I saw it as an object smaller at the top than at the base, seemingly suspended in the air at an angle of about 45 degrees from my position, and giving off colored lights. I know that the object was not any kind of conventional aircraft of balloon.
‘Having had the advantage of a closer viewing than I, my wife describes the object as follows..
‘ ‘The UFO appeared to be about the size of one of the Cape Cod houses over which it passed, which would make it approximately
30 ft. in diameter and about
the same dimension in height. It was circular, surmounted by a dome giving off
flashes of green light. The center section rotated a series of square shaped
‘windows,’ each giving off a brilliant white light. The base section was somewhat
saucer-shaped, curved upward. Shafts of white light were directed downward from
the base.’ Unfortunately, my wife cannot recall if the exterior was metallic in
appearance. In any event, the object had a well-defined outline. Again, it
moved silently. There was no evidence of occupants of the UFO.
‘Approximately 20 to 25 minutes following the first sighting described above, the following sighting occurred:
‘Returning from taking her mother home, my wife drove the car into our driveway alongside the house, headed westward. In the rear of our home was a wooded park area. My wife walked down the driveway to enter the house. Coming up the driveway was a neighbor friend, a young lady 20 years of age. In a tone of astonishment, she called my wife’s attention to the park area, from which was emerging an object of the same description as outlined above moving easterly at low level -- not over
50 ft. above ground level, as
judged by the trees in the area -- the UFO proceeded relatively slowly and
without sound. It was approaching the rear of our home and adjacent properties.
‘Again, my wife called me from the basement. By the time I got outside, the object had made a 90 degree turn northward and was proceeding parallel to the backs of the houses in the same line as ours. It was perhaps 150 -
distant. My observation of the characteristics of the UFO tallied with my
wife's and the young lady’s. Each of them independently made a pencil sketch
within a few minutes after the sighting, and the sketches were substantially
alike. ‘All told, there were at least 15 persons in the vicinity who
acknowledged seeing the object at about the same time as the sightings made by
my wife and myself.’
Another witness, P. T. Scattergood, reports: ‘Around 8 (p.m.) I stepped out the front door, facing south and saw a brilliantly lighted object low in the southern sky. At first I took it to be a jet taking off from
, which is in that general
direction. But I could hear no engine noise and it was traveling too slowly to
be a plane. Also it did not have the usual blinking lights. Philadelphia Airport
‘It appeared to have a row of yellowish lights (which I took for the windows of the ‘jet’) with a clear green light at the top. As I watched, the row of lights appeared to be obscured as though a large paddle-wheel were revolving and blotting them out, beginning with the rear lights and proceeding forward. Since the object was moving west, I saw the right hand side of it. The periodic appearance and disappearance of the lights was perfectly regular. The top green light was constantly visible. I stood on the pavement and watched the object sail leisurely to the west until it disappeared behind some trees. The observation probably lasted from 5 to 10 minutes.’
This report has the desirable features of the UFO being seen by a number of people (about 15) of which two actually made reports. (Hynek estimates the number of sightings to be about 10 times the number of reports turned in). Other desirable aspects of this sighting are that it was made during daylight; that it was near enough that some details of its configuration were observable; and, it was visible long enough to allow the observers to consider ‘explanations’ as they watched it.”
Satellite photo of
(tageo.com) Springfield, Pennsylvania
25 July 2019
Source: PLANETA UFO and www.diarioinformacion.com
(News Item originally appeared on 10.25.2016)
Date: 07.25.2019 (text by Inexplicata)
The article includes a Spanish government (Spanish Air Force) UFO document (dated 25 June 1981).
Satellite photo of
(tageo.com) Alicante, Spain