The 1973 UFO Chronology-A World-Wide Wave by Frances Ridge
UFO Left-Depiction of the 1973 Coyne Helicopter/UFO Encounter

Released: April 15, 2007

This is a 35-page chronology of UFO incidents and events for 1973, a major, world-wide sighting wave. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to our documentation team: Richard Hall (the original 1973 chronology from UFOE II), William Wise (Project Blue Book Archive), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns), and Jean Waskiewicz (online NICAP DBase [NSID].

In January of 1973 I was transferred from Hillsboro, Illinois to Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and set up the UFO Filter Center to log UFO reports in the midwest for the MADAR (UFO detection) Project. The states included in the study were: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Therefore this chrono is probably more comprehensive for those states. Most of the NL (nocturnal light) cases that I logged from the UFO Filter Center calls were not used in this chrono, so what you see are the more notable cases. Here is a sample of one of the message slips hastily completed regarding a sighting that COULD have been of value had it been investigated, but I was unable to get enough information...

As evidence for the nuclear connection continued to mount, world-shaking events were taking place which led to the Arab/Israeli War, fought from October 6 to October 26. The war had far-reaching implications for many nations.

The 1973 sighting wave was concentrated in the last half of the year, and featured the largest number of humanoid occupant sightings in many years. Several abductions were reported during this period (see Section XIII, UFOE II). The sightings peaked in mid- to late October, with October 17 representing perhaps one of the most extraordinary single days for "high-strangeness" cases in UFO history (see Section XII). Dr. Richard Haines provided this Table 1, 116, Table 1, 117 of aircraft incidents in 1979 (Ref. 8).

Note: In regard to Humanoid Reports, there doesn't appear to be any cases as solid as a military radar-visual triangulation case, nor any military multiple-witness incidents, nor any humanoid cases involving radar-visual tracking, or where any astronomers or PhD scientists have seen humanoids and UFO's? It is important for us to list them, however, but only those incidents where UFOs were observed at the time or supporting evidence warrants.

And, finally, at the end of each month, I placed the link to "raw" reports received by the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Washington.

Francis Ridge

NICAP Site Coordinator

Source & References:

Source: The NICAP Website - Mount Vernon, Indiana

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