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
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
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.