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UFO Casebook Magazine 457, Issue date, 05-16-11

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UFO Captured on Seattle Vacation Photograph
Close-up, Seattle, Washington UFO
Published: 5:47 PM 5/13/2011

Seattle, Washington - 04-30-11

My wife and I went to Seattle on a business trip that we extended into a mini-vacation. While enjoying the coastline from one of the boat tours we took on April 30th, 2011, I was taking tons of pictures with my Canon T2i DSLR and a 55-300mm Canon Zoom lens.

My goal was to get some great shots of the skyline as well as many other images I could being the "tourist" I was.

We never actually noticed anything out of the ordinary - until we got home.

As we were going through the 1500+ images I took, viewing them on our TV using the PS3 as the viewer reading from my memory card, I just so happened to stop on this image to show my wife the difference between a full size view of the image and the reduced version we were actually viewing as we went through the slide show.

When I went full size and moved the image left and right on the screen, that is when we noticed the spot by the towers that was totally out of place.

Our jaws dropped the second we realized I had captured a UFO and didn't even know it.

So, before I got totally excited, I put a copy on my PC and blew it up in Photoshop and zoomed in at 2000% or more.

It appears as if there is an energy field around the thing, and it does not blend into the sky like the antennas did.

It has some purplish gradient going form the "front" to "back" of the UFO blending into black.

Still not totally convinced, I sent it to my Uncle and a co-worker for a second opinion.

To set the record straight, I am a total geek and have a very powerful PC, Adobe CS5 Creative Design Studio, as well as Lightroom that I use as part of my daily tools for work.

If I was into trying to pull one over on people, I guess I have the means to do so, which caused a major hesitation for me to show this to others knowing that I would need to rebut that.

However my wife and I both know the truth and we had to share it with someone because it is what it is.

The two people I asked for a second opinion came back with - Did you PS this? Of course the answer is "no, I did not."

Once they realized I was serious, all three of us had to agree it is very interesting. I sent them multiple other images with things about the same distance in the air like a bird, helicopter, or a plane - you could tell a major difference when you zoomed in.

This was obviously not a bird, plane or helicopter. I went through hundreds of other images to see if I could find another and could not.

I have no doubt in my mind I accidently captured a UFO in that photo in Seattle that day.


UFO - Seattle, Washington - 04-30-11

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UFO Visitors Buzz the Arafura Games
Published: May 13th, 2011


(Editor's Note: I know the eyewitness on this report, and he is of high credibility. He emailed me with some comments about the incident.)

Hi there B J,

ET is back in our dry season like usual and I had a sighting the other morning with flashes in one part of the sky, then it was on the other side of the sky, moving fast!

Then I saw 2 objects move across the sky in unison. They looked like satellites, except traveling next to each other very close for most of the sky, then crossed paths and headed away from each other which i have never seen before mate in all the long years I have been looking at the sky!

I didn’t think my new camera would pick up these objects at the time so I tried the next morning and believe me it most certainly will as it can zoom way up to the stars so I'm ready next time.

Cheers Al

A PAIR of UFOs has invaded the Top End to check out the Arafura Games, the NT's leading Ufologist said last night.

Alan Ferguson said he saw the flashing craft flying together in unison above his Acacia Hills home early yesterday. "In 30 years of UFO spotting I have never, ever seen two of them moving together like this," he said.

He said there was no chance he was seeing double.

"I was sober - I had only just woken up bro. All I had to drink was a cup of tea." Mr. Ferguson said the UFOs were probably in town to check out the Arafura Games being held in Darwin this week.

"When big things are happening they always tend to be around the joint to give a bit of a flash here and there," he said. "It was all happening bro, believe me."

Mr. Ferguson said he woke just before 5:00 AM yesterday and had a feeling there could be some "activity".

"I walked outside and looked around for a while," he said.

It was what he saw about 30 minutes later that shocked the experienced UFO spotter.

"It was like I had seen two of these satellites but they were together," he said.

"In all these years I have been looking up in the sky I have never seen two satellites transverse with each other. These two were going from one side of the sky to the other, next to each other."

As a result of the sighting, Mr. Ferguson has bumped up to high the "UFO activity" level on his website, www.ufoterritory.com.

au He says he expects this UFO season, which coincides with the Darwin dry season, to be a bumper one.

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US Starts Project to Find Alien Life
Published: Sat May 14, 2011 2:41 AM

The United States has inaugurated a massive radio telescope in rural West Virginia to listen for signs of extraterrestrial life on 86 Earth-like planets.

US astronomers said on Friday that the colossal dish will gather 24 hours of data on each of the planets, which have been selected from a list of 1,235 planets identified by NASA's Kepler space telescope, AFP reported.

"It's not absolutely certain that all of these stars have habitable planetary systems, but they're very good places to look for ET," said Andrew Siemion, one of the scientists working on the project.

The mission is part of the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, which was launched in 1984 to search for electromagnetic transmissions from intelligent extraterrestrial creatures.

Siemion said that they are utilizing cutting edge equipment in radio astronomy technology, noting, “Our search employs the largest fully steerable radio telescope on the planet, and the most sensitive radio telescope in the world capable of undertaking a SETI search of this kind.”

He stated, "We will be looking at a much wider range of frequencies and signal types than has ever been possible before,” adding that the surface of the telescope is 100 by 110 meters and it can record nearly one gigabyte of data per second.

Earlier last month, the SETI institute announced that it had called off a major part of its efforts to discover extra-terrestrial communication due to budget cuts.


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UFOs and Ghosts among "Paranormal Activity" Investigated by Police Force
Published: 11 May 2011 10:45 GMT

By Mike Farrell

Weird and wonderful cases probed by Tayside Police in recent years revealed.

The paranormal: There were five instances of weird activity reported to Tayside Police, featuring UFOs and ghosts.

A number of sightings of paranormal activity, including UFOs and ghosts, have been investigated by police in the Tayside region, a report has revealed.

Although officers in Dundee, Perthshire and Angus did not receive any reports of zombies, witches or vampires, several people got raised the alarm with police about an "alien spacecraft".

One person also contacted Tayside Police in January 2009 claiming they were being attacked by ghosts in their Dundee house.

But officers who attended found that the person who raised the alarm was hallucinating.

The weird and wonderful that officers from Tayside Police have been called out for in the last three years has been revealed in their response to a Freedom of Information request.

Three of the five incidents of paranormal activity in Tayside reported between 2009 and 2011 have been given explanations by officers, while the other two remain unexplained.

Apart from the hallucinatory incident involving ghosts in Dundee, officers also explained to a witness reporting a UFO sighting in Crieff, Perthshire, in February 2010 that the orange lights in the sky were not from an unknown life-form, but that of Chinese lanterns.

The next month police received a report of another UFO in Fife, which officers investigated and found out was in fact a radio transmitter.

However, in an incident that would have got X Files' Mulder and Scully excited, at 11.11pm on May 13, 2009, a witness reported a UFO sighting in Glen Lyon, Perthshire.

They described a triangular shaped bright white light in the sky, which police have still classified as "unexplained".

Almost a year later at around 2 am on April 27, 2010, a Dundee resident reported a sighting of lights in the sky over the city, believed by the caller to be either UFOs or day break.

No police attendance was requested or required, although the incident has been recorded as "unexplained."

The freedom of information request asked for details of "reports of UFOs, ghosts, witches, vampires and zombies" in the last three years.

The response to the request explained it “may not reflect an accurate picture of the number of reports of this type” made to the force as these were the paranormal activity reports containing the keywords.

In order to carry out a thorough check of all odd goings-on reported to police, they would need to go through every single report manually for the last three years, which would exceed the £600 threshold for the processing of a request under Freedom of Information legislation.

Tayside Police also could not provide details of how much money and manpower had been spent on investigations into paranormal incidents.

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Unidentified Flying Objects Seen over Florida
Published: 9:27 AM 5/4/2011

Florida - 05-03-11

On May 1, my husband and I noticed 2 flashing lights in the western sky at about 1-2:00 position. We could see some color and watched them about 30 minutes until they dipped below the horizon.

Tonight, we watched them with a telescope.

They appeared just at dusk in the western sky at approximately the same position. We could see them with the telescope. The first one was circular in shape and had 2 rings of flashing lights.

They went from green/blue/white. It reminded us of those "chasing" Christmas lights. The colors were very vivid, and we could definitely see two separate circles of lights - one inside the other.

It kept moving east-west, but we were able to capture it on video. I couldn't find my tripod, but put my Samsung point & shoot up to the eyepiece of the telescope and captured it that way.

It moved towards the horizon, as we had to move the telescope to see it.

The second one was more at the 12:00 - 1:00, position in the west, and there were some broken clouds, but we did get to see that one in the telescope too.

This one flashed red/orange/yellow, and the lights were in 2 lines - both running east-west, and north-south on the object.

This also moved towards the horizon and seemed further away than the first one. I did capture this one on video too, although it is not as clear as the first one.

This 2nd one moved faster too. It also dipped below the horizon after about 30 minutes. We live about 12 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and north of Tampa.

Two of our neighbors were here tonight and observed the objects too. When I saw these on May 1, I checked on the internet to see if there was a satellite or something that could explain what these objects were.

I even checked the flight paths of aircraft - even though we both knew that there was no way these were aircraft.

They looked almost stationary, but with the telescope we could see how they moved tonight.

None of us have ever seen anything like these objects before.

I am attaching the video of the first object. Please note that you can't see anything until about a minute into the video. We were setting up the telescope because the object had moved again.

(Editor's Note: The video mentioned in report was NOT included in the MUFON file.)

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Archived Case of the Week

1995 - The American West UFO Sighting
Sighting Depiction

A west bound America West B-757 airliner encountered a UFO with flashing lights along its length on May 25, 1995. The passenger jet was flying over the panhandle of Texas when it observed the unknown object. Thanks be to investigator Walter N. Webb, of the UFO Research Coalition for his thorough investigation of the case.

Webb was able to get copies of the FAA voice tapes of chatter between the plane and ground. He also interviewed the crew and air traffic controllers.

The plane was designated as America West Flight 564, and was at 39,000 feet near Bovina, Texas, when First Officer John J. Waller and a flight attendant observed a row of white lights which flashed from left to right.

The lights were below their flying altitude.

Waller immediately made radio contact with the Albuquerque FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center during the observation. Nothing could be found that should be flying in that space at that time.

The B-757 continued its course, and the lights began to fall behind it. A group of dark thunderclouds formed, and enabled the UFO to be seen as a cigar-shaped object as its lights illuminated the back drop of the thunder clouds.

Waller and his co-pilot estimated the object's length at 300-400 feet.

The object was not visible on FAA radar, but one of the controllers contacted the North American Air Defense Command, and was told that NORAD was tracking an unidentified object.

But, this object later turned out to be a small plane with a non-functioning transponder.

The next day, the controller made another check with NORAD, and he was told that they had indeed tracked another unknown target the night before that was at first stationary, but then accelerated and stopped again very rapidly.

These quick darts were estimated at somewhere between 1,000 and 1,400 mph.

When reports of the incident began to be leaked, Webb began to investigate.

In addition to interviewing the airliner's crew, he also obtained the tapes of the conversation between FAA air traffic controllers and their contacts during the sighting.

He was able to make drawings of the UFO. He also filed Freedom of Information Act requests, and searched military installations to see if any activity that night could account for the sighting.

There was nothing that could explain the sighting of America West Flight 564, and until another explanation can be found for the unusual object, we can assume that a UFO was seen that night.

This is a transcription of the communication between the crew of the America West flight and the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control center. It also includes several conversations between the Albuquerque ARTC and other locations, including NORAD, that were contacted in an effort try to identify the object.

There are three terms used in the following conversations that there are no explanations for: TIEBAND, BIGFOOT, and HIGH-BALLS.

The term 'tieband' is spelled phonetically, but any help with them would be appreciated. The recordings of the ARTC communications obviously include conversations with other aircraft and locations that do not pertain to the object reported by the America West flight.

AW-564: "Cactus 564 going direct crow, crow 6 arrival Las Vegas."
ABQ: "Cactus 564...Albuquerque Center...good evening"
AW-564: "564 at 39,000'" 


AW-564: "Cactus 564...off to our 3:00, got some strobes out there.
Could you tell us what it is?"
ABQ: "Uh, Uh..I'll tell you what, that's some, uh..right now
...I don't know what it is right now. That is a 
restricted area that is used by the military out there
during the day time."
AW-564: "Yeah...it's pretty odd."
ABQ: "Hold on ...let me see if anybody else knows around here."


AW-564: "Cactus 564..can you paint that object at all on your radar
ABQ: "Cactus 564...No I don't, and in talkin' to 3 or 4 guys 
around here no one knows what that is, never heard about
AW-564: "Cactus 564...nobody's painting it at all?"
ABQ: "Cactus 564 say again?"
AW-564: "I said there's nothing on their radars on the other centers
at all on that (garbled) clear area, ...that object that's
up in the air?
ABQ: "Uh?..it's up in the air?"
ABQ: "No...no one knows anything about it."
What's the altitude about?"
AW-564: "I don't know, probably right around 30,000 or so. And it's
uh...there's a strobe that starts..um, going on counter-
clockwise, and uh...the length is unbelievable."
(???): "Where's this?"

(NOTE: The last question above cannot be readily identified as having come 
from the Albuquerque FAA controller. Perhaps it was, however since a conversation 
with Cannon AFB began just at this point it could well indicate that the conversation 
was being monitored. The very next statement heard is the Albuquerque FAA 
controller calling to Cannon AFB.) 


ABQ: "Cannon 121?" 
CANNON: "Cannon..go ahead"
ABQ: "Do you guys know if there was anything like a tethered
balloon released that should be above 'tieband'?"
CANNON: "Uh, no, we haven't heard nothin' about it."
(BOTH)" "Uh, ok..(some chuckling), uh, ha.."
ABQ: "A guy at 39,000 says he sees something at 30,000 that's as,
..the length is unbelievable and it has a strobe on it."
CANNON: "Uh huh...?"
ABQ: "This is NOT good..(laughing)..okay..."
CANNON: "Uh, wha..what does that mean?:
ABQ: "(laughing)..I don't know, it's a ufo or something, it's that
Roswell crap again!"
CANNON: "Where's it at now?"
ABQ: "He says it's right in 'tieband'."
CANNON: "It's right in 'tieband'?"
ABQ: "Yeah!"
CANNON: "No, we haven't seen nothin' like that."
ABQ: "Okay, keep your eyes open."
CANNON: "I'll talk to you (mumbled)."


ABQ: "Cactus 564...we checked with Cannon and they don't have 
any, uh, weather balloons or anything up tonight. Nobody
up front knows any idea about that. Do you still see it?"
AW-564: "Negative..back where we initially spotted it it was between
the weather and us and when there's lightning you could
see a dark object...and, uh, it was pretty eerie looking.
This 'air coptr..(mumbled)' right here going eastbound...
maybe he'll see it."
ABQ: "Okay.."
AW-564: "First time in 15 years I've ever seen anything like this.
It's probably military in that restricted area."
ABQ: "Cactus 564..you contact Albuquerque Center 132.8,
AW-564: "132.8 contact 564."

Just then it sounds like another person in another aircraft breaks
 in on the conversation. It is never clear just what type of aircraft this is 
but the individual has clearly overheard the recent discussion.


ABQ: "Aircraft calling..try again!"
(?): "Center...uh..got time for a quick question?"
ABQ: "Okay..would the question stand-by one please?...
...okay..go ahead."
(?): "(mumbled) 781, what was that cactus guy talking about he
ABQ: "I, I don't know, off your right wing about 15-20 miles.
He's saying he saw a large object with a strobe that looked
like it was at 30,000 feet."
(?): "Ah...it's that secret stuff!"


AW-564: "Albuquerque...Cactus 564."
ABQ: "Cactus 564..go ahead."
AW-564: "(garbled)..that passed us earlier on the right. He'll be in
the area in a few minutes, is that correct?"
ABQ: "Yeah, he'll be in there in about 3-4 minutes, at 27,000. 
I'll ask him what he sees."
AW-564: "..be at his left-hand side between him and the thunder 
storm. Thanks alot, we'll just monitor and listen."
ABQ: "Okay."
AW-564: "Three of us up here saw it!!"
ABQ: "Okay."

After a minute or so Albuquerque Center starts up a conversation 
with another aircraft. Again it is unclear at first what aircraft this is as 
there was no identification given and this aircraft does not preface 
it's transmissions with any identifier.

A bit later a statement is directed to "Hawk 85" which appears to be the aircraft in question. 


ABQ: "I can't find...in the next 2-3 minutes. Be looking off your
right side, if you see anything about 30000 feet, we had
one aircraft reporting simething that wasn't a weather 
balloon or anything. It was a long white looking thing with
a strobe on. Let me know if you see anything out there.
(?): "I'll be careful... (garbled)"
ABQ: "He said it was about 30,000'."
(?): "(mumbled) I'm searching for ET."


ABQ: "Cactus 564...you still up?"
AW-564: "Affirmative! 564"
ABQ: "That was south of your position?"
AW-564: "It was north.."
ABQ: "Hawk 85, let's make it out the left window then."
AW-564: "Albuquerque, can we get a chance..Cactus 564."
ABQ: "You know we're all up here huddled up talking about it. When
it lightning'd you could see the dark object. It was like a
cigar shape from the altitude that we could see it..and the 
length is what go us, a...sort of confused, because it
looked like it was about 300-400 feet long. So I don't know
if it's a wire with a strobe on it, but the strobe would
start from the left and go right, counter-clockwise...and
it was a pretty eerie looking site, but a, had the strobe.. 

At this point in the tape copy I received there appeared to have 
been some problem as there was a brief approximately 1/3 second 
solid tone like a dialtone. Then there was a strong transmission like 
another broadcast trying to cut in. The previous conversation continued 
briefly and the tone appears again followed by another request to "Albuquerque Radio".


(brief but solid strong tone heard)
AW-564?: "..and it was just in the lightning..."
(?): (solid strong tone heard again)
ABQ: "Yeah...is this one any better?"
(?): "Yeah."
ABQ: "Oh good! Ha..hey you guys don't know anything about some
kind of weather balloon or a ufo that's out in the vicinity
of Fort Sumner tonight do you?"
(?) "I don't think so...standby."
ABQ: "Okay.."
(?): "At this point the answer to that question is 'no'."
ABQ: "Okay..yeah, this guy sees it up at Tucumcari, says it looks
like it's 300-400 foot long, cylindrical, some kind of 
strobe on it, and everything else."
(?) "Well...I would call it...I don't know what it is..yea."
ABQ: "Yeah, okay...I didn't know if you were a science fiction
buff or anything."
(?) "Yea..no, we don't have, we don't have any published "high
balls" today."
ABQ: "Okay..appreciate it."
(?): "Mmm hmm...bye."


AW-564: "Albuquerque, 564...last time...just for our notes we're 
going to take a message. was that in a restricted area..and
that was just basically south of Tucumcari when we reported
ABQ: "Okay...the way you went through, the only restricted area
was on your south side, nothing to the north side...and 
those restricted areas are inactive. There shouldn't be
anything going on."


AW-564: "Albuquerque Center..Cactus 564. Thanks for your help and,
uh, could we get your call sign?"
ABQ: "Cactus 564...say again?"
AW-564: "Albuquerque Center..Cactus564..We'll talk to you later. 
Before we go could we get your call-sign?"
ABQ: "Cactus 564...mine is 'PP'."
AW-564: "Was that 'tango golf'?"
ABQ: "Pappa Pappa."
AW-564: "Pappa Pappa...thanks alot."

(End of Side 1, Tape 1..) 


ABQ: "Bigfoot...Albuquerque Sector 87."
BIGFOOT: "Bigfoot's on!"
ABQ: "Yea..I've got a, uh, something unusual and I was wanting
to know if you'all happen to know of anything going on 
out here around Tucumcari, New Mexico,...north of Cannon?
I had a couple of aircraft reported something 300-400 foot
long..cylindrical in shape, with a strobe flashing off to 
the end of it."
BIGFOOT: "Oh..?"
ABQ: "At 30,000 feet."
BIGFOOT: "Okay...hang on a second."
ABQ: "Yeah, I didn't know if you happen to know of anything
going on out there...no balloons in the area, no nothing
BIGFOOT: "Okay, where's this at again?"
ABQ: "It's at, uh, well ya'know where...it's in Tucumcar, New 
Mexico, it's about 150 miles to the east of Albuquerque."
BIGFOOT: "Okay, eh...how far from Holloman?"
ABQ: "Eh, Holloman, it looks like it's off the zero-three-zero
of Holloman about 220 miles."
BIGFOOT: "Okay...I think, okay...it's kind'a hard for us to see here.
Okay, they'll be zero for about 200. Um...we don't have
anything going on over there that I know of."
ABQ: "Yeah...I didn't know, we've tried everybody else and 
nobody else is...this guy definitely saw it run all the way
down the side of the airplane. Said it was a pretty 
interesting thing out there."
BIGFOOT: "Okay, it was at 30,000 feet.."
ABQ: "...30,000 feet."
BIGFOOT: "It was like..long...um.."
ABQ: "Yeah, it's right out of, right out of the X-files. I mean
definite UFO or something like that, I mean."
BIGFOOT: "..and..it..ooohh..ya'll are serious about this (laughing)."
ABQ: "Yeah, he's real serious about that to, and..uh..he looked
at, saw it, no balloons are reported tonight, nothing in
the area..."
BIGFOOT: "It was strobing off the front he said?"
ABQ: "Uh...I think the strobe was off the tail end of it."
BIGFOOT: "Okay...strobe tail end."
ABQ: "He said it was kinda, well it was dark but..(aside to 
someone else)..did he say there was lights in it?"
BIGFOOT: "How long did he say it was?"
ABQ: "He said it was 300-400 foot long."
BIGFOOT: "Holy smoke!!"
ABQ: "..and we don't have any air carriers out here so...that
strobing along."
BIGFOOT: "um..the only thing that I can do is , I wonder if any of
our aerostats cut loose or something 'cause we don't
have any aerostats there."
ABQ: "Yeah...not that far to the north."
BIGFOOT: "I mean...to me it would sound like an aerostat, but..I
don't think ours are that big though."

"America West Air Line Case, May 25-26, 1995: Interim Report and Final Report on the America West Airline Case", by Walter N. Webb, May 25-26, 1995.

"Final Report on the America West Airline Case, May 25-26, 1995, by Walter N. Webb, Fund for UFO Research, Washington, D.C., July 1996.


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