Published: 5:27 PM 4/23/2013
In 1981 I was driving towards Adelaide, South Australia on the South-Eastern freeway at about 10 PM; my speed 80 KPH (50MPH). My car was a few years old with a carburetor and kettering, non-electronic ignition.
It worked perfectly throughout the whole encounter. There was almost no traffic, little wind, a near full moon and there was a thin, high overcast.
As I began the gentle but winding climb into the Mount Lofty Ranges, a white, circular light suddenly appeared over the car.
It had a thin purple line just inside the perimeter of the light which made me think that it was a quartz-halogen light with glass focusing.
My thought was that it was the Police helicopter having a bit of fun playing with their toys. I sped up to 130 KPH (80MPH) to see how good the pilot was in the winding terrain, but the light stayed perfectly centered.
Eventually I got tired of the "game," and slowed to 50KPH (30MPH) but the light stayed put. About this time I was getting very angry and decided to get out of the car and give the finger to the chopper pilot.
As soon as I stopped the car, the light winked out.
I got out of the car and there was nothing - no noise except a farm dog barking in the distance. I spent seven years maintaining military helicopters and could hear them minutes before my comrades but there was NO helicopter noise, no engine noise.
I scanned the overcast hoping to see a silhouette against the sky but nothing. I resumed my journey and thought about the incident. It was then I realized that the light had not flickered at all - something very difficult to achieve on a helicopter that vibrates severely because of rotor-based technology.
The light also stayed exactly centered over the car even when it was cornering at speed. A light mounted on a helicopter would have swung off-center as the craft banked to make the turns.
Modern, gyro-stabilized chopper lights were not available then and I doubt that even lights available today would have been able to maintain total lock on a car changing direction as rapidly as we were.
Lights from choppers shown in recent Police chase videos do not show the same stability that this light did.
I think that this was a case of "ringing the doorbell and running away" - a joke played on me from someone in a technologically superior craft.
This indicates that the operator(s) of the craft have a sense of humor and were either human or have a similar psyche.
I do not drink or take drugs and, at the time, a very experienced country driver on a journey that I had done weekly for over a year. I was well rested, hydrated and in good health.
Submitted by Ray P.