Published: 4:28 PM 5/17/2013
A GREEN UFO that lit up the night sky over Ipswich has the man who saw it and experts in the field baffled.
"I've never seen anything like it before," UFO Research Queensland president Sheryl Gottschall said.
Booval's Arthur Sollitt took a video recording of the bizarre object and after replaying the video many times he is still none the wiser.
"As far as I am concerned it is an unidentified flying object, but whether it is earth-made or something from outer space... you just wouldn't know," he said.
The QT has seen Mr Sollitt's video recording and it can be found on our website.
The green UFO swoops across the sky with what appears to be a set of wings at times before morphing from other angles into a saucer shape.
A white light moves around the UFO.
Mr Sollitt, a former speedway racer who won the world derby in 1980, was moved to come forward with the recording after the QT received texts and a letter about strange lights in the sky.
Mr Sollitt, 83, takes up the story:
"This happened on the night of the 24th of February at approximately seven o'clock," he said.
"I went outside to have a breather and I saw a green light in the sky.
"I didn't take much notice of it at the start, but when I came back out I noticed it was there so I got a camera to record what was happening and try and work out what it was.
"From some angles it is like a green rectangle, and then it has a white object above it almost in a T shape in some angles. At times the white image is above it and at times it is below it. It is almost as though it is turning upside down. It is real hard to explain."
Mr Sollitt said he saw the object swooping about "in the general vicinity of Swanbank".
"It may be a remote-controlled object. But it is something in the sky and it is flying like a plane," he said.
"I don't know whether it is concerning or not.
"When I was trying to get some footage of it a lady walked past and said, 'It's strange isn't it. I've seen it before'. It has apparently been seen three times.
"I noticed in a letter to the paper that people from out at Chuwar had seen it in the sky, which is a fair distance from here."
Mr Sollitt's son sent the video to UFO Research Queensland where Ms Gottschall has examined it.
Ms Gottschall speculated that it had some resemblance to a gliding craft of some description.
"But why it is green, I don't know," she said.
"I've seen a lot of things, but I haven't seen anything like that... not even on the internet. It remains unidentified. I can see a flashing light on it and it is a strange shape. In some images it is slightly curved... the longer part of it.
"We'd like to hear from others who have seen it, but at this stage it is a mystery."
To contact UFO Research Queensland go to uforq.asn.au