Monday, 27 April 2020

UFO Book:
“On Pilots and UFOs” (1997)

By Willy Smith



The foreword is written by Dr. Richard F. Haines.

Wikipedia article: “Spanish Air Force”:

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The emblem of the Spanish Air Force

UFO Case Directory
“T-33 Crew Encounters Object / EME
June 9, 1967
[Extremadura] Province, Spain”


“Time not given
Duration ???
aircraft T-33
2 [observers]
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
June 9, 1967; [Extremadura] Province, Spain
A Spanish Air Force Lockheed T-33 encountered an unidentified object while flying at an altitude of 1,200 meters. Attempts to contact the object failed. The object soon moved off, playing with the aircraft, stopping awhile, waiting for it to approach, then moving again, and so forth. When directly above or below the object, the plane’s radios ceased to function and emitted he type of interferences produced by storms. The object alternately moved ahead of the jet, hovered as if waiting for it to catch up, then moved away again. The pilots notified their base at Talavera-Balajoz and two faster aircraft were sent up from the base at Torrejon. According to one of Europe's leading researchers, Antonio Ribera, these aircraft also experienced the same radio interference when in the vicinity of the object, which once again performed similar maneuvers before disappearing vertically at a vertiginous speed, vanishing instantly from sight. (Sources: Above Top Secret, Timothy Good, 1987; FSR vol.14 N°3, article by Antonio Ribera; NARCAP Case 29)”

My comment:
T-33 airplanes have been involved in many UFO incidents (see below link).

Wikipedia article: “Extremadura”:

Wikipedia article: “Lockheed T-33”:

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UFO News Article:

19 March 1975
(The Register, Santa Ana, California)


The whole article:
“At first Roberto Imolesi thought the sky object he saw was a reflection on his car’s windshield. But when one of his four passengers saw the glow, too, he stopped the vehicle.

‘I noticed a light in the distance at the center of the highway, right above the white line,’ says Imolesi, describing his alleged encounter with an unidentified flying object at Barbiano, Italy, July 8, 1974. At least six other witnesses, in addition to police officers, support Imolesi’s story.

‘I got out of the car,’ Imolesi continues, ‘and noticed that the light, yellow and dark, was at the center of a huge ‘wing,’ not very well defined in the darkness. I had the impression that it was in the form of a cap with a visor. . .’

Imolesi estimated the size of the domed disc as 45 feet in diameter.

‘After we stopped,’ he says, ‘the light rose and I began to squat and to make gestures with my hands to call attention of other passing autos. The mysterious object then made a change in position, flying in the form of a circle, returning to the point of departure.

‘I searched in vain to follow it. I met some farmers who also had observed the very same phenomenon.’

Settimio Zambrini, a resident of Barbiano, confirmed Imolesi’s account by relating a similar sighting in the area, as did several other local men. All witnesses said the light moved in the same direction, toward the mountains and the sea.

Police, alerted by callers, saw a glowing object at about 1:30 a.m., July 9—the same night.

A few hours before, police in Ravenna, Italy, also received reports of a swiftly moving mystery light, flying across the highway to Ravenna, at an altitude of about 30 feet.

On the morning of July 9, a farmer discovered strange ground markings in the area of the Imolesi sightings. The man claims that the physical traces were not visible the previous day, because he had not seen them although he had cut grass at the trace location. The markings were a large circle (25 feet in diameter, with a circular impression 2 ½ to 3 inches wide in each circle). In addition, some ‘strange and very thin powder of some sort’ was found near the rings.

Another possible landing report comes from Spain. On Jan. 2, 1975, a UFO apparently touched down on an aircraft firing range at Bardenas Reales.

According to a Madrid newspaper, ‘Informaciones,’ the sighting was made public by a Lt. Campos, a firing range staff member. But not many details are available because of tight military security pending a complete hearing on the matter.

In addition to Campos, other military personnel from the Spanish Third Air Force Region apparently also saw the object. It gave off bright, rapid flashes during the short time it was on the ground. After taking off, the object shot away and ‘immediately was lost in the sky,’ according to the Madrid newspaper.

Adding mystery to the sighting is the report that a similar object was observed in the same area in 1972. At the time the ‘strange and luminous object’ was seen, a North American Phantom jet crashed. Two crewmen parachuted to safety.

The current issue of the Mutual UFO Network journal (Skylook, published in Quincy, Ill.) describes both the Italian and Spanish reports and observes regarding the firing range incident: ‘Two guards of the Hydrographic Confederation, who witness the 1972 crash, said they observed something similar to a luminous ball ‘of the size of a balloon when it was close and of a pinhead when it was farther away,’ which gyrated in all directions over the zone where the airplanes were.’

Although at least two crashes of military aircraft in the United States appear UFO-linked, no positive proof of UFO hostility has been found (unless such information has been withheld by officials.)”

My comment:
Bardenas Reales Air-to-Ground Bombing and Gunnery Range is located about 72 kilometres (45 miles) north west of Zaragoza Air Base, according to article: “Zaragoza Air Base”:

Quote from the article:
Zaragoza Air Base (IATA: ZAZ, ICAO: LEZG) was a NATO military airbase located near Zaragoza, Spain. It was located 16 kilometres (10 mi) west of Zaragoza, 270 km (168 mi) west of Barcelona, and 262 km (163 mi) northeast of Madrid.

It was closed as a NATO base in April 1992 after the US Air Force had been asked to move out, but continues be a major base for the Spanish Air Force. Today it also functions as Zaragoza Airport.

406th Tactical Fighter Training Wing

In February 1970 Project Creek Step called for the buildup of Zaragoza AB as a USAFE weapons training site, with actual use of the Bardenas Reales Air-to-Ground Bombing and Gunnery Range (about 72 km (40 mi) northwest of the base) began in March.

With the closure of Wheelus Air Base, Zaragoza returned to active status on 19 February 1970 with the activation of the 406th Tactical Fighter Training Group. The 406th was elevated to Wing status on 21 July 1972.

Although the 406th had no permanently assigned aircraft, the Wing provided support to all USAFE tactical aircraft which used the Zaragoza range, as well as deployed SAC and TAC units, as well as allied NATO units.

Beginning in September 1972, the 406th also operated the USAFE Tactical Forces Employment School, and in May 1976, began operating the USAFE Instructor Pilot School. Weapons training detachments were principally F-4 aircraft, although F-111s used the wing's ranges for a short period in 1974, and U.S. Navy A-7s used range facilities in June 1974. During November 1976, the 406th TFTW began full maintenance support of an SAC KC-135 detachment on a permanent basis.

On 12 September 1977, another facet was added to the wing’s training operations when it conducted the first Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) missions with USAF and U.S. Navy aircraft.”

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Bardenas Reales, Spain
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