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UFO Casebook Magazine 456, Issue date, 05-09-11

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Do Alien Spacecraft Exist? - KGUN 9 Examines the Mystery
Published: 4:01 PM 5/6/2011

Reporter: Tammy Vo

What exists in the skies above us? What exists beyond that?

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Recently, there have been an increasing number of reports of suspicious lights in the sky all over the world. One UFO investigator predicts that something is about to go down.

An alien encounter or a bunch of bologna?

One of the most recent sightings happened in the small town of Lafayette, Colorado, on March 20th. Videos posted online show a strange triangle of lights hovering in the sky. They suddenly disappeared.

Another online video taken on January 12th shows two glaring lights in the skies over Moscow.

On November 20th in Tucson, Sheila Martin says that she filmed five unusual lights, in formation on the eastern horizon.

"It was unreal. I couldn't believe it was happening" said Martin. "They were making little shapes and stuff, then they broke off and went their separate ways and the lights went out."

Martin hunts UFO's from her third story balcony in Tucson. She has posted what she calls "telling videos" on her YouTube channel. It was in was in her car in February when she says she captured three unusual lights near Three Points.

"I think there is more than one type of alien and they are trying to contact us for different reasons" said Martin. She's not alone.

Remember the Phoenix Lights from 1997? A documentary was even made on the subject. Then governor, Fife Symington, made a mockery of the event but after leaving office he revealed some surprising information.

"I suspect that unless the Defense Department tells us otherwise, that it was probably some form of an alien spacecraft" Symington told CNN at the time.

Roger Scherrer of MUFON, or the Mutual UFO Network, investigates UFO sightings and alien abductions.

"Cases where people are taken against their will, where there may be genetic material taken, where women may have become pregnant and babies are taken at the 12 week mark " said Scherrer.

He says that he has witnessed UFOs since he was a child, but became a true believer after he saw gray-colored aliens while investigating a case in the foothills. Scherrer says that first, the sound in the room changed. He had heard a pronounced echo when he arrived but suddenly - the sound in the room went flat. He also describes what he saw.

"There were three shimmering images of different heights." He went on to say, "I said yes, I know who they are. They were people from the Pleiades. I'm very sure" said Scherrer.

If aliens do exist, what do they look like? Scherrer says that based on his investigations, they are gray, brown and white and range from three to seven feet tall. The little ones are the worker bees, the tall ones are in charge.

"I think things are changing. There's a lot of UFO activity all over the world" said Scherrer who explains that natural disasters and geological activity can trigger UFO activity. For example, Japan's earthquake, the tsunami, volcanoes and tornadoes.

"I feel that events will unfold here in the future, within the next year or so that will make very clear that we are not alone" said Scherrer. "Be very patient."

Astronomer and former military pilot, James McGaha, doesn't buy it.

"There's absolutely zero evidence that an alien spaceship has ever visited the earth. Ten to the minus fourteenth chance that aliens would've ever visited the earth" said McGaha.

He's spent the last 40 years looking into the sky, debunking UFO "cold cases" and squashing alien theories. After looking at the video posted online by Sheila Martin from Three Points, he has no doubt that they were simply military flares.

To prove his point, McGaha conducted a demonstration for KGUN9. He showed how people often tie flares or flashlights to giant helium balloons, perpetuating the mystery. McGaha used a flashlight in his demonstration, pointing out that using flares can be very dangerous.

"People are trying to hoax UFOs" said McGaha.

What about one of the most famous UFO photographs ever taken in Oregon in 1950? McGaha says that it's not real and shows how easy it is to replicate by tying a rear view mirror to a line.

"If it were true that alien spacecraft were visiting the earth, the government would have to know about it, scientists would have to know about it and the media would know about it" said McGaha.

Fair enough. KGUN9 contacted Davis Monthan Air Force Base and the Pentagon wanting to discuss the various theories but never got a response.

UFO artist James Nichols interprets cases of UFO sightings through his artwork. He questions the government's knowledge of the subject.

"Something very important and significant is going on in our skies that aren’t readily accountable" said Nichols during a recent presentation he gave at a Tucson library. He points to what's being called "top secret" files from 1981 that have been posted online.

The files are alleged transcripts from a secret meeting between the CIA and President Reagan. The transcripts alleged that aliens have been visiting the US since 1947 and that the Army actually captured a live alien after two craft crashed in New Mexico.

The transcripts also say that the craft traveled through space tunnels and several light years to land on earth and that the government kept it a secret so that people wouldn't panic.

After all the theories, the mystery still remains: What's out there? What does the future hold?

Time will tell...

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Morphing, Daylight Star-shaped Object Seen over Tennessee
Published: 5:47 PM 5/5/2011

I Was on the phone talking with my Mom. I looked out at the the sky to see multiple planes leaving persistant contrails and noticed what appeared to be a bright star in the sky.

Now it being full daytime and clear blue skies where this object was located, I noticed that it first "drifted" west a bit over the course of about 20 minutes.

I hung up the phone and ran around my house trying to find AA batteries or to steal them from a Wii or dvd remote to power my digital camera, but all that I found were dead.

I snapped a picture with my cell phone camera, however I think this object was too high or my cell phone camera just sucks.

I looked at the picture I took and from the screen of my cell phone I see nothing but sky.

I called my Mom back to let her know it was still out there and drifting now slowly north towards the roofline of my apartment (keeping in mind that the contrails were moving south rather rapidly).

I suddenly remembered I have a cheap Tasco telescope upstairs and ran to get it.

This remembering of the telescope was a breakthrough in my frustration. What I saw through it was NOT what I expected to see. From the ground with the naked eye this object looked like a star would look in a clear night time sky. However, this was broad daylight and it was very visable.

It took me only seconds to locate the object with my scope, and as it was moving so slowly it was quite easy to keep in the viewfinder with minor adjustments.

I witnessed a clear yet reflective object that was continually changing shapes (morphing).

It has no definitive shape except that it was contantly changing shape.

It reminded me of a clear/metallic/lightproducing garbage bag floating at altitudes equal to the jet contrails being left in a bright blue sky.

I am so pleased I got a clear up-close look at this thing with my cheap Tasco Telescope.

Once it moved north above my house after about an hour I was tired of watching it. And I have a lot going on right now, so I decided to end my pursuit of the object at approximately 4:00PM CDT.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/tndaylight050511.html

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Two Groups of Unknown Objects Reported over Norwich, UK
Published: 10:54 AM 5/1/2011

Great Britain - 04-30-11

At about 10:30/10:40pm on Saturday, I witnessed 2 formations of lights that moved in a westerly formation, within the middle of the city of Norwich, United Kingdom.

As I was walking along King St. heading in the direction of The Waterfront (a club next to the River Wensum) with friends, heading in a southwesterly direction, I looked up and saw 9 lights heading west at rapid speed in 2 separate groups.

The night sky was hazy, and it was hard to make out even the brightest stars, such as Venus or Polaris.

There were 2 distinct formations, one consisting of 3 lights, and a larger group, which had five but was joined by a sixth, that was further north than the smaller group and was of similar appearance in colour, both of which headed in a westerly direction, out towards the North Sea, over the Norfolk Broads.

The light that joined the larger group performed a sharp right turn, about 30 degrees turn, to format with the larger group.

All the lights appeared white-amber in appearance. Due to distance, I was unable to tell what the lights were.

The smaller group, which appeared more southerly out of the 2, appeared in a V-formation, with one lead light leading, and the other 2 behind and to the left and right, similar to a Vic formation used by pilots.

The larger, more northerly group originally had 5 lights, in a pyramid-looking formation, with a lead light, then 2 behind on the left and right, and then 2 behind them with one on the outer left and another to the right of that but in the middle.

A sixth light headed towards this group and turned sharply in an unnatural fashion to take a place in the back of the group, on the right hand point of the pyramid.

As Norfolk is overflown by both US Air force and Royal Air force fighter jets, the turn performed by light to join with the formation was aggressive, and a distinct change of direction as opposed to a gradual turn that would be made by military jets (I have witnessed Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing F-15 Eagle Fighter planes perform DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Maneuvering) in the skies in both day and night).

The 2 formations headed in a westerly direction, over the Broads and out to the North Sea. The event lasted for about 15 seconds as the lights diminished rapidly.

When I alerted my friends to what I witnessed, no one had looked up and spotted the lights. And as I tried to direct their view to where I had seen the lights, no one was able to see any lights.

As an aviation enthusiast (or plane spotter to put it in Layman’s terms), I can tell between military, commercial, and civilian aircraft at day and night.

On a Saturday, it is very rare to have military jets flying, let alone at night and over a major UK city.

Flying operations out of Norwich Airport would have stopped by that time of night and although commercial airliners fly over Norfolk, none would fly in formation, let alone join up with a group of planes at night.

Although I have no way of knowing what these lights belonged to, whether they be fighter jets, airliners, privately owned planes, or something not of this earth like a meteor or space debris re-entering the atmosphere, I do know that these lights are unidentifiable and beyond my knowledge of aviation.

I can only hope that my sighting may have been witnessed by others in the Norfolk area. Thank you for your time and patience with my sighting.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/gb043111twoformations.html

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The Kinross Incident: RSR UFO Files
Scorpion F89
Published: May 2nd, 2011

By Mike Plunkett

On November 23, 1953, one of the strangest UFO incidents on record took place when an F-89C Scorpion all-weather interceptor was dispatched at Kinross AFB after radar scanned a UFO over the Soo Locks.

Aboard the jet were two crewmembers; pilot Lt. Felix Moncla and Lt. R.R Wilson, the radar observer. Guided by Ground Control Intercept radar station, Moncla pursued the object which was moving at 500 miles per hour out over Lake Superior. The first report from Moncla indicated “No Joy” (No contact). On the scope he was closing in on the bogey.

As he got closer he announced (slight static) “I have an eyeball on the target, am going in for a closer look.” (More static). Each time he transmitted the static became stronger, his transmissions increasingly unintelligible.

Minutes into the pursuit one of the Ground Control Intercept observers was alarmed to note that the F-89 Scorpion and the UFO had seemingly come into contact, observed on the radar scope as becoming a single blip. As the aircraft converged with the target, there came steadier and louder static each time the pilot transmitted until they merged.

Then all was silent. Moments later, the blip vanished from the radar screen altogether.

The belief was that Moncla and Wilson had met their demise and that their F-89 Scorpion interceptor had collided with “object unknown” and crashed into the torrential icy waters of Lake Superior.

Search and rescue was immediately dispatched. Low flying U.S. and Canadian planes searched the vicinity of the supposed crash area using flares. By morning a score of boats scoured the area as overhead pilots crisscrossed the lake for 100 miles, all to no avail. An exhaustive search effort turned up no wreckage, no life jackets and no oil slick. Nothing was ever found.

Truax AFB gave the Associated Press this official release: ““The plane was followed by radar until it merged with an object 70 miles off Keweenaw Point in upper Michigan.”

In view of Air Force secrecy this was a surprising admission. The statement appeared in an early edition of the Chicago Tribune, headed JET, TWO ABOARD, VANISHES OVER LAKE SUPERIOR.

Shortly after that release Air Force Headquarters retracted the story, denying that they had lost an F-89 Scorpion interceptor, that there had been any mid-air collision and that the GCI observer had misread the scope.

The Air Force speculated that Lt. Moncla had been stricken with vertigo, lost his sense of direction while flying too low and crashed into the lake. Canadian officials denied that there were any flights over Lake Superior and that no flights, civilian or otherwise were scheduled or monitored in the hours before or during the period of the chase.

The Air Force sent two officers to the families of the lost airmen to extend official messages of sympathy. According to a relative of Lt. Felix Moncla, the official AF explanation for the cause of death is disturbingly unclear.

Explaining the accident, the AF representative told Moncla’s widow that the pilot had flown too low while identifying the supposed Canadian airliner and had crashed in the lake.

By some AF Headquarters oversight, a second officer was later sent to offer condolences to the Moncla family. When Moncla’s widow asked if her husband’s body might be recovered the officer said there was no chance the jet had exploded at a high altitude, destroying the plane and its occupants.

When contacted by NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena), the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) denies they had any such plane intercepted by the USAF (United States Air Force).

To this day the fate of Lt. Felix Moncla and Lt. R.R Wilson, not the mention the F-89 Scorpion is unknown.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/kincrossincident.html

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Two Witness Numerous Unknown Objects over Elkins, West Virginia
Published: 11:10 AM 5/1/2011

West Virginia - 04-30-11

I was traveling west on Harpertown Rd. past Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV, when I saw a bright red/orange object hovering above the hill to the left of the road.

I then noticed it cross the road above and in front of me from left to right.

The object was round, and about a half an inch in diameter between my finger and thumb at arm’s length.

I pulled over at McQuain Rd on the right (a small dirt road). As soon as I was off of the road I looked back up and saw 2 objects traveling northeast right above me.

Then, one after another, three more started dropping out of the clouds behind the first two. They all traveled over the hill at the same altitude until they were out of my viewing area.

They traveled fairly slowly from my point of view and made no sound.

As soon as I got back into the car, I called 911 to report. I gave them all of the info while I was still watching a couple of them when I rounded to the next turn at the top of the hill.

I then picked up my girlfriend at the end of Harpertown Rd., and traveled back east and she saw one that was still in the distance.

We stopped the car, got out and watched as it hovered from right to left across the sky and then upwards into the sky.

By the way... that was the only patch of clouds that night. The rest of the sky was very clear and the stars were very bright.

We traveled to the top of a hill not too far away where we could see the horizon well to see if we could find them again.

On our way, I thought that I saw a massive triangle in the distance, but I cannot confidently trust myself on that object because it was too fast to be reliable.

We didn't see them again, but there was a massive amount of air traffic right after the sighting.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/westvirginia043011.html

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Archived Case of the Week

Socorro, New Mexico Landing (Lonnie Zamora) 1964


One of the most intriguing cases of a UFO sighting with physical trace evidence is that of the 1964 landing of an unknown craft witnessed by policeman Lonnie Zamora.

This event has been one of the mainstays of Ufology for over 40 years, and is definitely one of those cases which will not go away.

The Zamora incident began at 5:45 P.M. on April 24, 1964, in Socorro, New Mexico. Thirty-one year old policeman Lonnie Zamora was on patrol when he was passed by a car which was obviously speeding. Zamora took off in chase of the vehicle, but suddenly heard a loud roar in the distance, accompanied by a bluish, orange flame rising into the air.

He knew that there was a dynamite shack not too distant from him, and he thought at first that there had been an explosion there. Abandoning the chase for the speeder, he pointed his police car in the direction of the shack. He radioed his activities to the sheriff's dispatcher.

As Zamora proceeded towards the rising smoke and flame, the aftermath of the explosion seemed to disappear and reappear because of the rising and dipping roads he traveled. The route he was on was a narrow gravel one and it wound around a small gully. As he approached the location of the shack, he noticed in the distance a shining object, anywhere from 100 to 200 yards away.

His first reaction to this sight was that it was an automobile which had overturned, and its gas tank had exploded. Upon a closer look, however, he discovered that it was an oval-shaped object without windows or doors. He stated that the object was about the same bulk of a medium-sized car.

He was drawn to an unusual red insignia on the side of the object, and then noticed two beings that he thought at first to be children, dressed in white overalls. He recalled that one of the "children" seemed to jump (become frightened), upon noticing him.

Regaining his composure, Zamora immediately radioed the sheriff's office the details of the incident. He decided to get a closer look at the strange scene before him. He then heard a loud roar, and saw a bluish flame shoot out of the underside of the object. Afraid that it was going to explode, he fell to the ground to protect himself.

Next, he saw the object lift off the ground, and head southeast, flying in a straight line for about 10-15 miles. The legs that he had seen earlier had disappeared. Having intercepted Zamora's earlier radio transmission, State Police Sergeant Sam Chavez arrived at the scene just after the craft disappeared into the sky.

Lonnie Zamora The first military investigator on the scene, on April 25, was Army Captain Richard T. Holder, Up-Range Commander of White Sands Proving Grounds, along with an FBI agent, D. Arthur Byrnes, Jr., from the Albuquerque office. Major William Connor from Kirtland AFB and Sgt. David Moody, who was in the area on TDY, investigated for Air Force Project Blue Book on April 26. Dr. J. Allen Hynek arrived on April 28.

Hynek also conducted a follow-up investigation on August 15, 1964. Following is an excerpt from Capt. Holder's report:

"Present when we arrived was Officer Zamora, Officer Melvin Katzlaff, [and] Bill Pyland, all of the Socorro Police Department, who assisted in making the measurements. When we had completed examination of the area, Mr. Byrnes, Officer Zamora, and I returned to the State Police Office [at] Socorro, then completed these reports. Upon arrival at the office location in the Socorro County Building, we were informed by Nep Lopez, Sheriff's Office radio operator, that approximately three reports had been called in by telephone of a blue flame of light in the area... the dispatcher indicated that the times were roughly similar..."

Zamora told Capt. Holder and Major Connor, according to their notes:

"Noise was a roar, not a blast. Not like a jet. Changed from high frequency to low frequency and then stopped. Roar lasted possibly 10 seconds was going towards it at that time on the rough gravel road... At same time as roar, saw flame. Flame was under the object. Object was starting to go straight up slowly up... Flame was light blue and at bottom was sort of orange color... Thought, from roar, it might blow up..."

When the roar stopped, he heard a whining sound going from high tone to low tone, which lasted about a second. "Then," he said, "there was complete silence... It appeared to go in [a] straight line and at same [constant] height, possibly 10 to 15 feet from ground, and it cleared the dynamite shack by about three feet... Object was traveling very fast. It seemed to rise up, and take off immediately across country."

In 1968, Dr. James E. McDonald, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Arizona, said that he had learned of an alleged patch of "fused sand" at the Socorro landing site:

"A woman who is now a radiological chemist with the Public Health Service in Las Vegas was involved in some special analyses of materials collected at the Socorro site, and when she was there, the morning after [Apr. 25, 1964], she claims that there was a patch of melted and solidified sand right under the landing area. I have talked to her both by telephone and in person here in Tucson recently."

She had analyzed plant fluids exuded from the scorched greasewood and mesquite plants, and told McDonald, "There were a few organic materials they couldn't identify," but most of the sample was just sap. "Shortly after she finished her work," she told him, "Air Force personnel came and took all her notes and materials and told her she wasn't to talk about it anymore."

Analysis reports of physical evidence at the site have never been released to the public.

Two additional witnesses, Paul Kies and Larry Kratzer of Dubuque, Iowa, submitted statements to Dr. Hynek on May 29, 1968. In May of 1978 Ralph C. DeGraw, an Iowa investigator, interviewed them. They were driving just southwest of Socorro at about 6:00 p.m. that day when they noticed something shiny and a cloud of smoke near the ground in the vicinity of the town.

Later they heard a newscast about Zamora's sighting and the significance of what they had seen became apparent.

Kratzer said he watched as "a round, saucer or egg-shaped object ascended vertically from the black smoke... After climbing vertically out of the smoke, the object leveled off and moved in a southwest direction."

He said the object was silvery and had a row of apparent portholes across the side and a "red Z" marking toward one end. At the time he thought it might have been an experimental vertical-lift aircraft. Kies saw only a shiny spot and the smoke.

An FBI report dated May 8, 1964, notes that Zamora has been personally known for about 5 years and is "well regarded as a sober, industrious, and conscientious officer and not given to fantasy."

The report also confirms the scorched foliage and the imprints, noting that, "Each depression seemed to have been made by an object going into the earth at an angle from a center line [and each] pushed some earth to the far side."

Two years after the sighting, Major Hector Quintanilla, Air Force Chief of Project Blue Book at the time of the sighting, confided to intelligence specialists in a classified CIA publication that the Socorro case remained "puzzling." With the help of many other agencies, he had conducted an exhaustive check of military activities looking for an explanation, but none could be found.

Depiction As other officers and investigators arrived, they discovered deep landing marks and footprints on the ground. FBI and Air Force personnel soon joined local authorities in the investigation, and found bent and burned brush in several places surrounding the spot where the object had sat.

Measurements taken by police verified that there were 4 indentations on the ground; the distance between them formed a quadrilateral whose diagonals intersected at exactly 90 degree angles.

Zamora was known as a well-respected, reliable police officer with no hint of impropriety in his life, personal or professional. He described the event in detail to all who reviewed this case, including renowned UFO investigator J. Allen Hynek, who represented the Air Force at the time of Zamora's sighting.

Immediately after the incident, he made a drawing of the insignia he saw on the side of the craft.

Although the Air Force's Bluebook was notorious for either debunking or misrepresenting cases they looked into, I was surprised when I read the CIA evaluation of this incident as provided by the Freedom of Information act.

The following document was made available for public inspection on January 2, 1981.

It was originally included in the CIA publication, "Studies in Intelligence," released in 1966. The brief, "Policeman's Report," was written by Hector Quintanilla, Jr., the former head of Project Blue Book.

"There is no doubt that Lonnie Zamora saw an object which left quite an impression on him. There is also no question about Zamora's reliability. He is a serious police officer, a pillar of his church, and a man well versed in recognizing airborne vehicles in his area. He is puzzled by what he saw, and frankly, so are we.

"This is the best-documented case on record, and still we have been unable, in spite of thorough investigation, to find the vehicle or other stimulus that scared Zamora to the point of panic."

The case received a great deal of press, and a lot of attention by UFO groups around the world. The one negative aspect of the Socorro incident, however, is that Zamora, though considered reliable by everyone who knew him, was the sole witness of the event. Naturally, any report is given more weight when multiple witnesses are involved.

Zamora took such ridicule and kidding from members of the police force and local community, that he retired only two years after the incident.

The Zamora case does not prove the existence of extraterrestrial life, but there is no doubt that some type of unusual craft with occupants did land, and take off again. Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who interviewed Zamora on more than one occasion, believes every word that Zamora said, however, offers no explanation for his sighting.

In Hynek's own words; "There is much more evidence to indicate that we are dealing with a most real phenomenon of undetermined origin."

If what Zamora saw was not of extraterrestrial origin, then where did it come from? Why did it land? Who were the strange occupants?

For more details, see... Zamora's Project Bluebook report .

B J Booth

Another classic UFO landing case with very similar evidence involved one Maurice Masse, who, when shown a drawing of the Socorro object, remarked: "Someone else has seen my UFO."

See Valensole, France UFO Landing, 1965

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