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1969 - Pilots Report 7 Yellow Spheres at Pori Airport, Finland
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Published: 7:55 AM 8/13/2013

Location: Pori airport, Finland

Date: April 12, 1969

Pori, a city on the southwestern coast of Finland, has an airfield used by both civilian and military airplanes. On April 12, 1969, the Finnish Air Force was holding a training camp there.

About 20 pilots observed 7 yellow spheres appearing in the sky and hovering above the field.

Around noon that day, FAF pilot Jouko Kuronen and his co-pilot were setting out on a routine navigational flight. The weather was clear and sunny. At ground level there was a only a light breeze, but at 3000 m altitude a strong northerly wind prevailed, measured at 185 km/h.

As directed by flight control, Kuronen taxied onto the runway to await permission for takeoff. While engaged in this he happened to overhear a radio communication between the controller of the Fouga Magister training jets concurrently doing target practice, and fighter pilot Tarmo Tukeva, who was just about to go into a bombing dive maneuver.

"Attention 286, interrupt and go check on those seven or so balloons above you."

"Okay, interrupting - circling around towards them from my right."

"Objects stationary right here above the field - might be at about 1500-3000 meters - looks like there's seven of them."

"Okay - beginning climb now."

While listening in on the radio traffic Kuronen put his own jet through a turn on the runway so as to get a view of these "balloons." Sure enough, he could now see a group of seven yellow, sphere - or disc-shaped objects sitting still above the airfield, as if observing it.

Then he saw Tukeva's Fouga jet approaching the objects and heard radio traffic picking up again. First flight control, then immediately afterwards the radar center, announced they had positive visual contact with the objects.

As instructed, Tukeva had turned his jet back towards the airport to investigate the situation. When the objects came into his sight he reported them to be a pale yellow, generally round in shape, yet somewhat blurry and indistinct in outline.

He was unable to estimate their distance for lack of reference points while climbing.

Then came a surprising turn of events. Abruptly, the spheres arranged themselves into formation and shot off towards the north with rapidly accelerating speed.

They were flying against the strong north wind, which did not seem to affect them in any way.

"You're not going to catch up with them anymore," the controller advised Tukeva, "they're disappearing northwards."

And in fact, the "balloons" had gained such speed that the jet trailing them at 700 km/h was left standing. The incredible careering of these objects is illustrated by the fact that within a minute they were again spotted on radar at Vaasa airport - almost 200 kilometers farther north.

Jouko Kuronen later became head of Lappeenranta airport and has discussed the case many times in public. Tarmo Tukeva described the objects he was chasing in the international TV production "Visitors from the Skies" (1992).

One fortuitous circumstance in this case was that the observations of the witnesses could be confirmed by what was at the time state-of-the-art technical equipment.

This made it possible to eliminate the most common misinterpretations, such as planes, weather balloons and optical illusions.

Still, the "balloons" have remained unexplained, and this UFO case is the only one ever to have been officially acknowledged as such by the Finnish Air Force.

COMMENT: There are several versions of this report, but Tarmo Tukeva (now deceased) is on record as standing firmly by his own account. As a career military man, he was a "right stuff", no-nonsense personality, certainly not given to confabulation.

Hev also related the story to his son, who has confirmed that he heard it directly from his father. What has been contested is mainly the subsequent radar report from Vaasa.

Thanks to J. Borg for the info and translation.

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source & references:

submitted to www.ufocasebook.com

Tapani Kuningas: UFOja Suomen taivalla

Raimo Miekka: Ufot - aikamme mysteeri (documentary)

Tapani Koivula: Ufojen kosminen viesti

Juhan af Grann: Visitors From The Skies (TV production, 1992)

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