Monday, 13 January 2020

UFO Report:
“The 1963 UFO Chronology”

Created: 14 May 2006
Updated: 17 March 2017

Quote from the UFO report:
“This is an 8-page chronology of UFO incidents for 1963. From August 4th into mid-month, there was a flurry of UFO sightings, mostly in southern Illinois. An advertising plane in the Chicago area caused some erroneous reports about the same time. Once the reports had been publicized, the planet Jupiter also was reported as a UFO on a few occasions. Our Vincennes, Indiana, NICAP Subcommittee investigated several of the key cases, submitting taped interviews and investigation reports. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to our documentation team: 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.

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

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U.S. Government UFO Document:
DATE - TIME GROUP: 17 May 67/
LOCATION: Rural Hall, North Carolina”

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

Source:, Lindon, Utah

Quote from the document:
“(2 Witnesses)

Object was round, similar to a small aircraft. Bright orange in color. Object was passing back and forth over a jet aircraft that was heading NE. Aircraft flew in a straight pattern, but the object flew in a zig-zag pattern.”

Project Blue Book listed the case as “UNIDENTIFIED.”

Wikipedia article: “Rural Hall, North Carolina”:

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UFO Case Directory (ANRECAT):
“Rotating Object & Animal Reaction
Feb. 15, 1963
Willow Grove, Australia”


The whole UFO case report:
Keith Basterfield:
February 15, 1963; Willow Grove, Australia
7:10 hrs local time. Farmer Charles Brew and his son Trevor were in a milking shed, milking a herd of cows. Charles saw an object descend very steeply out of the east out of low cloud, at about a forty-five degree angle. The object was described as about 25 feet in diameter, and about 9-10 feet high. The lower portion, about three feet high, was rotating in an anti-clockwise direction, and was of a bluish appearance. The upper portion of the object appeared to be stationary; battleship grey in colour, with a transparent dome on top. Protruding out of this dome was something which resembled a broom handle. A sound, described as a ‘swishing’ or ‘burbling’ was heard by Charles and also by Trevor. Trevor did not see the object due to his position in the milking shed. The weather at the time was described as low cloud, with rain. Visibility was poor with no thunder or lightning. The wind Charles said, was from the east. The object travelled across the sky, and using a tree for a reference, Charles estimated the object came as close as 75 feet. When due north of him, it hovered over a tree for a few seconds, and then took off to the W at a very fast speed, at an estimated 45 degree angle and lost in the low cloud. The total duration was 15-16 seconds. Cows, and a nearby horse, reacted by running away from the shed area. Charles reported he had a headache (an unusual occurrence for him) following the event, which lasted a day. He also reported a slight drop in milk production from the herd, over the week following the incident. (Sources: (1) RAAF file series A703, control symbol 580-1-1 part 4, pp373-390. This has detailed interview notes; sketches and map. (2) Transcript of interview between the Brews and the Victorian UFO Research Society. 1963. (3) Interview between the Brews and J E McDonald in 1967. (4) A series of blog posts by Keith Basterfield, bringing all the available Moe material into one place).”

Wikipedia article: “Willow Grove, Victoria”:

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UFO Case Report (E-mail):
“Subject: Merced CA, April 4, 1949”

By Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist, 3 December 2005

The whole UFO case report:
Animal Reaction Feature:

At 10:20 PM, the witness and his dog went outdoors. The witness heard an intense clicking sound coming from the sky and saw a dark object as it moved against the background of stars. The witness described his dog’s reaction as follows: ‘My dog was with me and directed her attention in the general direction of this object’s flight throughout its course. She had been romping with me on coming out of the house but without spoken word [she] stopped and directed her attention to the previously described area [dark object flight path].’

The sighting:

This sighting is listed as a Blue Book unknown.

Weather: Castle AFB weather station reported thin/broken clouds at 20,000 feet, 12 mile visibility and surface winds as north at 9 mph. The witness reported his area (1 mile west of Merced and 7 miles south of Castle AFB) was more sheltered and had no appreciable surface wind.

The witness is a Major in the Active USAF Reserves. He is a pilot, with 2200 hours flight time, including night flying in WWII.  He reported the sighting to the Intelligence Officer at Castle Field.

Duration of sighting: 35-45 seconds (including sound and visual)

The witness came outdoors with his dog and heard a ‘clicking noise of considerable intensity.’ He stopped, locating the sound as coming from the sky about 40 degrees from eastern horizon.  He observed a dark shape moving against the background of stars in a flight path to the West or NW.

He described the object as a solid mass whose size he estimated as 4-5 feet in diameter and whose altitude he estimated as considerably less than 1,000 feet.  On two occasions the reflection of streetlights, located ½ block behind the witness, made the object appear to have a dull-surface and one of light colored metal. Also, the reflection of the streetlights off the surface of the object made the witness think that the under-surface was curved. No exhaust trail was seen. No lights or flame observed. No whistle or roar, only a clicking sound that maintained the same pitch and speed, but altered in loudness (see below). The clicking sound was compared to the beaters of a home mixer that were not properly meshed. 

The dark object moved slowly going the West or NW, made a 90-degree-arc turn to the South or SW. The clicking sound became louder on the new heading. The clicking sound stopped when it was the loudest (seemingly overhead relative to the witness) and the witness was unable to detect the object after the sound ceased.

No EM effects or physiological effects were reported.


Memorandum to Director, FBI, from SAC, Los Angeles, dated May 13, 1949.  Copy of the memorandum came from MUFON Files with thanks to John Schuessler.  Memo copied below:”

Wikipedia article: Merced, California”:,_California

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