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A Look at Two Virginia Ring UFOs
The recent video of a ring-shaped object over King's Dominion Amusement Park in Virginia has raised a lot of questions of what the object in question may be. Much discussion is ongoing about a very similar object captured on photographs taken in 1957 at Fort Belvoir, also in Virginia.

An explanation of "smoke rings" has been offered by some investigators as to the origin of the unknown objects. Below find some additional information and photographs. What do you think - Just a ring of smoke, or a structured unknown flying object?

Photo: King's Dominion Amusement Park, Virginia Photo: Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, 1957

1957-Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Taken in September. This photo was investigated by the Condon Report. A private was called from his barracks by his friends to see the unusual object. He grabbed his camera and took six pictures of the strange ring shaped object. Soon, the object was engulfed in white smoke.

A black ring that became obscured by an opaque white cloud, reportedly witnessed by about 15 persons and photographed by the principal witness, is identified as the by-product of an "atom bomb simulation demonstration" on the army base.

Additional Information from Condon Report, Case 50

Time: Approx. 9 AM - Position: Looking NNE past building T741, Fort Belvoir, Va. - Terrain: Gently rolling hills with scattered technical buildings, residential areas, and woods.

Weather Conditions: Exact date unknown; hence weather conditions unavailable. Photographs show scattered cloud cover.

Sighting, General Information:

Private X, who worked as a draftsman with Post Engineers, has given the following account of the visual and photographic sighting. He was in one of several buildings facing a parking lot flanked by buildings T741 and T742 (1,3).

Someone from the outside called for the men to come out and see the curious object approaching overhead. Pvt. X and several others came out in time to see a dark, ring-shaped object approaching in the north. He ran to his car in the parking lot and got his Kodak Brownie camera.

Pvt. X thought the black ring "seemed solid," as opposed to being "like smoke," although he also stated that it was not metallic, shiny, or dull, but very black with no reflection.

He estimated that the ring was about 60 ft. in diameter and five to six feet thick . He felt that it moved systematically faster than the clouds, and was "high above the treetops," but below the clouds.

It did not stop or hover, but moved continuously and horizontally. Standing in one spot as well as he can recall, Pvt. X took six photographs of the UFO.

Between taking the second and third, the black ring began to be "engulfed in smoke," though he did not remember seeing how this happened; he believes he was distracted by winding the film of his camera at that time.

The duration of the sighting was estimated at not more than five minutes, with perhaps 30 - 60 sec. required for the black ring to become enveloped by smoke.

Roughly 15 men saw the phenomenon, and at least two photographed it. Pvt. X did not know any of these men personally, as he had recently been assigned to work in this building. Efforts to locate other witnesses were unsuccessful.

After watching the cloud for a while, the men returned inside without waiting to see what became of it. There was a feeling at this time that perhaps the object represented some kind of secret test.

Series of Photographs, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, 1957

Series of photographs taken in 1957 at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia

Sources of Information:

Hartmann, W. K. (24 May 1967), Telephone interview with Pvt. X.

NICAP file on Ft. Belvoir incident, consisting of correspondence and interviews with Pvt. X.

Hartmann, W. K. (21 Dec. 1967), Interviews with staff personnel, Ft. Belvoir, Va.

Klass, Phillip J. (1967), Miscellaneous correspondence with Hartmann regarding Ft. Belvoir incident.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Denna Smith and her family were at King's Dominion Amusement Park when they saw a black floating ring in the sky.

"Is this the end of the world, what is going on?" Smith wondered.

King's Dominion says the ring is smoke from a ride called Volcano. UFO investigator agreed Cameron Pack said he'd be convinced it was just smoke if it weren't for pictures of a similar sighting at Fort Belvoir, taken sometime in the 1950s.

Smith says she's positive it wasn't smoke.

"Smoke usually looks smokey and cloudy. This ring of smoke was a perfect circle. It was lined up so tight like it was a cut in the middle of the sky," said Smith. She also doesn't think it was a UFO.

"It was like a sign, God gives you signs and I just felt like that was a sign and I'm not sure what that sign meant but it meant a great deal to my family because when we got home we all got in line and prayed together. We were freaking out," Smith continued.

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The Truth about Roswell?
UFO Depiction
UFO watchers believe that in 1947 a flying saucer with aliens on board landed outside the New Mexico town of Roswell and that an elaborate cover-up by the authorities followed. The BBC's Kevin Connolly went to Roswell in pursuit of the truth about the Roswell incident.

There is a lunar quality to the landscape of New Mexico which seems somehow appropriate for a state which is our portal to the heavens.

It is here on a dried-up lake bed high above sea level that the radio telescopes of the US government's Very Large Array (VLA) receive signals from the outer edges of our expanding universe, chasing the very moment of the Big Bang through the trackless void of time and space.

And of course it is also here - perhaps - that 62 years ago a flying-saucer crashed to earth on a ranch outside the town of Roswell, killing its alien crew and prompting one of the most elaborate and protracted cover-ups in history.

The power of that possibility and the darkness of the nights here so far from the light pollution of the big cities are what draw scientists and curious tourists alike to this entrancing place.

And it is what motivates watchers of the skies to keep, well, watching the skies, obviously.

Alien ambiguity

If UFO true-believers are right, then nothing much that has happened on our tiny, fragile planet in the years since that stormy summer's night really matters very much.

What, after all, would Watergate, or Vietnam or Iraq amount to if we could establish that the US government knew for sure that we are not alone in the universe?

Most of the big questions about alien life and UFOs can be traced back to Roswell - not least the issue of how life-forms from another civilisation have such an uncanny sense of when the tourist industry in a small US town could use a shot in the arm.

My father saw the bodies, my father saw the craft

Are we really alone in the heavens, for example, and if we are not, do the civilisations with which we share the heavens mean us any harm?

Is it just a coincidence that aliens have never managed to find an earth-dweller who knows how to operate his own camera properly?

And why, if you have journeyed light years across the unknowable vastness of the heavens, would you confine yourself to a fleeting and ambiguous appearance before a handful of New Mexican ranchers?

Why not go the extra mile and find a research institute of some kind - unless our visitors have a sense of humour, of course.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

Let us return to that stormy summer New Mexican night in 1947 when the story of the UFO landing first broke.

It was a world of tension and uncertainty.

The United States had detonated the first atom bombs - they were developed just up the road at Los Alamos, New Mexico - and was uneasily aware that the Soviet Union, its increasingly hostile former ally, had nuclear ambitions of its own. The Cold War was just beginning.


Roswell was in those days the home base of the 509th Bombardment Group of the US Eighth Army Air Force.

Most of the boys in the 509th were combat veterans and when they were tasked to investigate reports of some kind of landing on a ranch a short distance away it seems reasonable to assume they were not too excited at first. That soon changed.

When they got the material back to base, they quickly concluded they were onto something historic.

Their first press release talked of the recovery of a flying saucer - it was only when the suits descended from Washington that the tone of the official communiques changed.

The base intelligence officer who was tasked with taking the wreckage to another base reports leaving it in an office there and returning a few minutes later to find that the space debris he had brought had been replaced with parts of a weather balloon.

Alien Depiction The fix was in. Faced with evidence of one of the most significant events in human history the American authorities had responded by pulling the old switcheroo.

One account of those days comes from Julie Shuster, whose father was the press officer at the Roswell base.

She now runs the museum in the town which is the focal point for the local UFO industry (it is on a street where the street lights have been decorated so that they look like alien heads).

For Julie there is a simple issue in all of this which goes back to the version of events her father passed on to her.

"My daddy didn't lie. My father saw the bodies, my father saw the craft," she says.

"He saw bodies - large heads, almond shaped eyes... and material that couldn't be burnt, ripped, cut - anything."

'Majestic 12'

It is not quite so personal for the other true believers in the incident.

Dennis Balthaser, for example, is a retired civil engineer who is perhaps the most meticulous researcher of the Roswell incident.

He has spent years (and thousands of dollars of his own money) tracing every witness and every player from that night in 1947 and is convinced that there was a landing.

Basically [the president] can't be trusted with information like this.

Dennis Balthaser, Roswell researcher

But he is at his most compelling when talking about the cover-up which follows.

Dennis lives in a rather frightening world where the US government would be perfectly happy to murder anyone (including him) who got too close to the truth.

He believes the US is really governed by a kind of secret committee of senior military and intelligence officials with the president serving as a kind of hired hand to deal with the public.

"Basically he can't be trusted with information like this" says Dennis.

"Back in Truman's time, we're looking at a thing called 'majestic 12', which was a group of some of the highest military people, some of the highest dignitary people we had. I believe today we still have a group similar to that that calls the shots."

Even before I met Dennis, I knew he believed that space travellers helped build the pyramids - where I, for example, am more inclined to the view that they are probably the work of Egyptians.

I expected to find him hopelessly naive - but the funny thing is he is so lucid and convincing that I left feeling rather naive myself.

(And in case you were wondering - if anyone ever lifts a quote from this article to promote a book or a DVD it will be that previous sentence.)

Missing balloon?

But here is the problem.

I mentioned before that New Mexico is a place where real science and Roswell science-lite co-exist.

And it is in that proximity that our explanation probably lies.

At the VLA (that centre of government radio telescopy) they will tell you that around the time of the crash, the US government was sending up special high-altitude weather balloons made of a then-classified material.

They were looking for atmospheric evidence that the Russians were testing their own nuclear bomb.

On the night of the Roswell incident, one of those balloons went missing.

Until, perhaps, it was found by the boys of the 509th.

And all that stuff about alien bodies being recovered and autopsies being performed? Well I leave you to speculate about that for yourselves.

If you find all that a little disappointing then you can always employ the debating technique favoured by UFO true believers - the deployment of questions designed to expose the lack of absolute certainty in almost all human affairs.

How do you know, for example, that there really is not a government department 27 layers above top secret tasked with keeping an eye on these things?

Perhaps they insist that articles like this are submitted to them for screening before publication.

And maybe this is not the script I originally wrote and submitted - just the script they sent back.

You could hardly blame me for giving in - I am sure you would not want to find my bleached bones left out in the desert, would you?

All I am saying is - keep watching the skies.

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1968 UFO Mystery Still Unresolved
UFO Depiction

06/15/2009 by parabook

by Dave Olson

B-52 Navigator Patrick McCaslin recounts a 1968 UFO encounter.

A routine bomber flight in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 24, 1968, turned unforgettable for navigator Patrick McCaslin. McCaslin and his B-52 crewmates were practicing maneuvers in the skies above Minot, N.D., when officials at the nearby Air Force base radioed a request.

“The tower called and said, ‘Could you guys keep your eyes open for anything unusual?’’’ said McCaslin, recalling that flight four decades ago.

“We asked, ‘What are we looking for?’

“They said, ‘You’ll know it if you see it,’’’ McCaslin said.

“This is a dim memory,” he added, “but I think one of the pilots said, ‘Are the missile crews seeing things again?’’’

McCaslin’s first move was to focus the plane’s radar into a narrow, high-intensity beam. “I saw a radar return off to our right; it was faint on the first sweep and then it was very strong on the next sweep,” he said.

When McCaslin informed the pilots about the contact, they replied they couldn’t see anything because of cloud cover, but asked him to keep them apprised of what the object did. What it did, McCaslin said, was move faster than anything he had ever clocked on radar.

“From one sweep of the radar to the next, it came from three miles to one mile,” he said. “Later, we computed the closure speed at 3,000 miles an hour.”

From there, it only got stranger.

“It blew my mind that this thing had closed on us this quickly,” said McCaslin, who recalled that as he advised the pilots of what the object was doing, the bomber lost radio contact with the tower.

“We could hear them, but they couldn’t hear us,” he said.

A short while later, the object dropped from the plane’s radar.

Officials in the tower also watched the blip disappear from radar and asked the bomber to fly lower in an attempt to regain contact. As the plane approached the spot where radar contact was lost, the crew finally saw something.

“The pilots indicated they could see it visually, just hovering above the ground,” McCaslin recalled.

“They said to me, ‘Why don’t you unstrap and come up and take a look at this thing?’” said McCaslin, who decided to stick close to his ejection seat.

“I didn’t know what this thing was.”

Shortly after the pilot and co-pilot began observing the mysterious, glowing object, it rose quickly into the sky and disappeared.

Long Witness List

While the bomber crew members were making their observations, workers on the ground were seeing something similar and reacting to alarms going off at one of the Minuteman missile silos near the Minot air base, said Bill McNeff, who heard parts of the story firsthand from a brother-in-law who worked as a security guard at the air base in 1968.

McNeff, a retired electrical engineer living in the Twin Cities and a former director of the Minnesota chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, said the Minot incident was one of the things that inspired him to pursue decades of research into UFO phenomenon.

His quest led him in the 1980s to the National Archives in Washington, where he poured over the files of Project Blue Book, the official U.S. Air Force inquiry into reports of unidentified flying objects in the 1950s and ’60s.

“There were incidents during the Minot episode that did not make it into the Blue Book files,” said McNeff, who added the official record doesn’t reflect that two airmen passed out after a close approach from the UFO.

He said a report that the lid of a missile silo was tampered with was also left out.

“What I learned later is that the lid was completely off the silo and lying on the grass,” McNeff said.


McNeff said the Minot case ranks among the most intriguing of all UFO sightings because of the number of witnesses and its proximity to a heavily guarded nuclear installation. Those factors don’t impress Michael Schermer. Schermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine and founder of the Skeptics Society, shakes his head at any suggestion UFOs are anything more than earthly events that have yet to be explained. “What the public has done is equate ‘UFO’ with ‘extraterrestrial spaceship,’ but to date we don’t have a shred of evidence that any of the sightings represent extraterrestrial,” Schermer said.

He said the Minot case, with its radar contact indicating an object that moved extremely fast, is interesting, but proves nothing.

“How do you know it just wasn’t one branch of the military not telling the other branch of the military what they’re doing? That happens all the time.” Schermer has coined a term for why some equate UFOs with visits from outer space.

“I call it patternicity, the tendency to find meaningful patterns in random noise,” he said.

“Basically, our brains are wired to always find an explanation even if there isn’t one,” he said. “In other words, we have a low tolerance for ambiguity.”

Vega Schmayga

McCaslin, who eventually became a pilot and later a high school science teacher in Texas, where he still lives, doesn’t know if what showed up on his radar that night 40 years ago came from outer space or inner space. But he said one of the explanations the Air Force came up with – that his bomber crew was looking at a star called Vega – is hogwash. Well, he actually used a stronger noun. And his irritation with the official story is still evident after four decades.

“My business was to navigate with several means, the star Vega for one,” he said. “This thing was at or near the ground. How could it be a star if you’re looking at the ground?”

When TV specials air interviews with McCaslin, his neighbors will approach him and ask if he believes in UFOs.

“I’ll tell you what I tell them. I believe what I saw that night. I’m not ready to accept all the things that you see out there – about alien abduction and all that – because I didn’t have that experience. It would be a leap in logic to say it came from outer space,” McCaslin said.

“It could have come from inner space,” he said. “It could have come from anywhere.”

Scientist says some UFO reports worth pondering

Stories about a B-52 bomber’s encounter with an unidentified flying object in North Dakota in October 1968 pop up on many Web sites. In one posting, Twin Cities-based UFO researcher Bill McNeff relates what co-pilot Brad Runyon reported seeing in the early morning hours on that day 40 years ago.

Runyon described an object more than 200 feet in diameter and hundreds of feet long. He said the object had a metallic cylinder attached to one end, with a crescent moon-shaped section glowing yellow-green connected to the cylinder.

Many scientists dismiss UFO sightings as unremarkable. Many, but not all.

“My perspective is there’s certainly something going on. I don’t know what it is,” said Bernard Haisch, an astrophysicist and author of more than 130 scientific publications.

Haisch believes the UFO question deserves to be pondered by the scientific community, even if 99 percent of reports are explainable or hoaxed.

“There’s still a huge amount of data that is potentially useful,” said Haisch, who operates a Web site called http://www.ufoskeptic.org. He defines “skeptic” as someone wary of extraordinary explanations for perplexing mysteries who is also willing to look at data.

With the rise of string theory – which allows for the possibility of multiple universes – Haisch finds it odd that physicists are usually the first to scoff at the idea of visitors from other worlds. “It’s kind of a strange situation,” he said.

Thomas McDonough, senior scientist with a group called The Skeptics Society, grew up believing in the paranormal, but gradually became a doubter.

“There are so many ways people can be fooled,” said McDonough, who like Haisch is from California and has a Ph.D. in astrophysics.

Absent tangible evidence, McDonough said he has concluded that the Earth is not being visited by aliens. However, he’s keeping the door open to possibilities.

“Every now and then in science, someone comes along with a weird story that leads to something new. But most times,” he said, “the weird stories lead to something mundane.”

Also see the UFO Casebook case file, The 1968 Minot AFB Encounter.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2009b/minotunresolved.html

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UFO Abductions Down Under
UFO Depiction
16 June 2009

Michael Cohen, m.cohen@alnewsweb.com

George is a bank manager who lives in Sydney, Australia. He is aged 34 and single. He has always had stable employment, is tertiary qualified and has no history of any psychological problems. He is as ‘normal’ as the next guy. Other than going to see the odd alien themed movie once in a while he has never taken any interest in UFO related topics: Until last year.

In January 2008 something happened to him that he is unlikely to ever forget.

‘It was a hot night. I had the window wide open and was lying in my bed next to it trying to get a cool breeze happening. I was drowsy but definitely not asleep.

'Then I began floating out my window and over Sydney. I wasn’t nervous but felt a bit surprised, like what the hell was happening. It was as if I had been sedated, thinking back. I saw the city pass by under or at least felt as if it was and then thought I might have been going over some bush or mountains'.

‘I was on a platform and then on some kind of operating table in a chamber within a UFO, I think. I noticed odd ‘furniture’ in the room: if you could call it that- unusual spheres and pyramids. There were beings over me. They appeared to be wearing white robes or togas of some sort. I could not see their faces or any bodily features. Nothing in this UFO chamber looked human. What looked somewhat like a dental or baking instrument was then inserted into my backside and pulled out and put away.’

‘I don’t recall the trip back but woke up suddenly back in my bed. It did not feel like I was dreaming. I am certain this really happened. A UFO abducted me.’

Similar experiences have been retold by Sydney residents of all vocations and all ethnic backgrounds. Lawyers, doctors, gardeners and teachers have all told me similar things. Their stories have a remarkable consistency.

Since investigating abductions I have divided possible abductees into two very distinct camps. On one hand you have people who have always had an interest in paranormal and alien related subjects. These people will often claim to have been abducted many times, and might allege to have been communicating with aliens since childhood. Their abduction stories vary wildly. I don’t take these claims too seriously.

The other group consists of people you would least expect to make up abductions stories. Totally conventional people without any real interest in UFOs or extraterrestrials. Some are working class, many are professionals. In Australia there is a senior politician who believes he was abducted and floated into a UFO from his bedroom.

In Sydney one hears the same descriptions over and over again from this group: Being floated over Sydney's suburbs to an area many feel is situated in the nearby Blue Mountains or Central Coast where a waiting UFO/laboratory hovers just above the ground.

Odd pyramid and sphere shaped furniture in the operating room. Most recall being dropped off on some kind of platform before being led to the operating table. Beings in white robes are often mentioned as is the stereotypical anal probe.

I must say I do not believe that there is any part of the human psyche that compels thousands of individuals to imagine or dream of being anally probed by aliens. And if it is suggested that the media puts this notion in people's heads, then why this particular activity?

Most abductees who claim this was done to them swear they were completely unaware of the concept prior to their experience.

Other fascinating similarities include the fact that while many of the first, less credible group of UFO abductees will claim to have been floated thorough walls, the second more credible group almost always allege to have been floated through a nearby open window. More intriguingly these abduction experiences almost always correspond to bedroom windows that really were wide open on the night they were abducted.

Another common factor in the more credible abductees accounts is that, with few exceptions, they were alone in their homes when the event took place.

I make a point of driving past the homes of abductees that contact me. I have noticed other common factors that in no way can correspond to the psychology of the abductees. Usually abductees will live on wide open, boulevard type streets and the window they floated through will face this street. There are never any bars on their bedroom windows. A large percentage of abductees are single men who won’t be missed for a few minutes of absence at 3 am.

This tells us a few things. The aliens doing the abducting are advanced: but they can’t float people through walls. They like to make things easy for themselves. Many ufologists equate the ability to travel faster than the speed of light with the ability to do anything. This might not be the case.

More than anything else the aliens doing the abducting don’t want any corroborative witnesses. They don’t mind the abductees knowing what occurred but they want to keep their activities otherwise secret. They go to extra-ordinary lengths to this end.

It appears that cloaking technology is used to disguise any bodies floating through the sky and abductions are done in the dead of the night. it is also believed that the entire abduction process is completed within minutes.

Sydney UFO abduction accounts indicate that if you really don’t want to be abducted invest in an air-conditioner or a fan. Avoid sleeping with an open-window if possible or install bars. Most abductions occur during Australia's hot summer.

These accounts hint at something else that many UFO experts suspect. Aliens are in control of their interactions with us. It is they who will or will not decide to reveal their presence to us and the time of their choosing.

It seems that the aliens doing the abductions are not aggressive and I often console confused and scared abductees by letting them know that they have experienced something special: Their own personal confirmation that we are not alone in the universe.

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Unknown Object Videotaped over Maryland
Maryland - 06-07-09

This is my third report to MUFON of a strange craft that appeared in front of my apartment building, but I was not the one to notice it.

My roommate was actually the one to notice it.

I was sitting at the computer relaxing after being out all night at the movies and dinne,r and he was on the sofa that sits right next to the balcony watching a movie.

That is when I heard him asking me to come look out the balcony door window because he did not think whatever was there in the sky was a plane.

So I got up, camera in hand because lately there have been an increase in sightings it seems in this area. Now I am not saying what is on film is of ET origins, but it was no plane, there was no sound whatsoever, except for a slight hum as it passed overhead, and it was moving eerily slow to be a plane.

It was three lights in the shape of a triangle, with one red light in the middle just like last time. This is the second time I have seen a triangle craft fly by in front of my balcony, and I was more then happy to have had my camera handy this time.

It could be military, but truth is, I really don't know, and neither does my roommate, we are at a loss for words, and shortly after we did see a helicopter head in that direction, though we could not see what kind because we went back inside the apartment.

However, one thing is for sure, this time we both agree that it can't be a plane.

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UFO Encountered, Photographed, Roaring River, Missouri, 1966
Roaring River, Missouri, 1966, click for large
This case is unique in Ufology for several reasons. Although there have been a number of eyewitness accounts of UFOs shooting beams either to the ground or at someone (Travis Walton) the case from Roaring River, Missouri has eyewitness testimony of personal items being destroyed by a beam or some other weapon from a UFO.

The UFO, in this case, was seen and photographed.

On November 22, 1966, the events of Roaring River, Missouri. The exact location was near Cassville. During deer season, two hunters were trying their luck. As one of the men returned to their campsite, he became alarmed when he saw smoke rising from their camp.

He immediately ran to find out what had happened. He discovered the hunters' 12"X18' tent and other equipment totally destroyed. The tent was still smoldering.

Also some shoes and records were still smoking. One of the aluminum poles that supported the tent was singed, but not burned. The aluminum cots inside their tent were melted.

Oddly, the hunters' tent was set up under two trees, and being winter time, the leaves of the tree were dried; the leaves showed no damage at all, indicating that the destructive force was a narrow beam.

About 15 feet away was a dead tree with the top still burning. The witness then heard a low humming sound, and looking for the source, he saw an unusual object rising from the valley just beyond the burning tree. He was able to photograph the object only a few seconds after it left the ground, and managed a second photo a few seconds later. The entire sighting was no more than 20 seconds.

The humming sound coming from the UFO intensified as it picked up speed. His last look at the object put it about 40 degrees above the horizon.

It was gaining speed as it left. The UFO was of an aluminum color, reflecting the sunlight. Also, the witness saw what to him appeared to be a band around the the center of the object.

The UFO flew effortlessly as it moved into the skies. The witness walked the distance from his location to the area of the object, measuring approximately 300 feet. The object's diameter was estimated at 25 feet, being about 8 feet thick.

The hunter had used a 620 format Argoflex camera with a coated varex 75mm, f/4.5 lens, shutter speed at 1/90 seconds, f/8 depth of field if focused at infinity was 41 feet to infinity. The two photographs were in the center of the roll with other camping exposures at beginning and end of roll.

There can be little doubt that the damage at the campsite was done by the UFO photographed by the hunter.

(B J Booth)

Roaring River camp damage, click for larger Roaring River tree damage, click for larger


(last update, 06-20-09)

California - Circular Object
06-03-09 - I was preparing for bed and decided to have a cigarette out on my patio, when I noted a circular object in the sky to my right. At first I thought it was an airplane, though it looked strange, i.e. the lights were twirling around the aircraft unlike a plane.

Then I focused carefully and became slightly frightened, but thought to myself, "You have seen this before - approx. 30 years ago in Wickliffe, Ohio, and the craft back then just hovered above my car while I was parking or driving into my drive way and no harm came to my children or myself.

So, I just peered at it while it moved side to side for approx. 2 to 3 minutes, then it zoomed away. source: www.mufon.com

New York - Circular Disc
08-27-08 - I was on a Delta Airlines flight with my wife and two of my children from New York to Manchester, England. They sat on the left hand side of the aircraft, and I was on the right hand side in the aisle seat.

W were on the landing approach, the seatbelt signs were on as we were descending. I wanted to look out the window, but felt uncomfortable looking to my right as there were two people next to me and so I tried to look across the aisle where my wife and children were sitting, but they were not interested, and I could not see for there heads so I looked through the window on the next row back across the aisle.

I saw what I thought was the airport radio watch tower, and I thought, "Wow! we are just about to land."

I looked at it as we went past, but we did not land, in fact we were still just above the lower cloud cover. As soon as I realized what was happening I froze and could not speak for the shock. We landed about fifteen minutes later.

The object was a circular disc about two hundred yards away, and on a level with us. It was about twenty to twenty five feet in diameter, and its depth was around six to seven feet. It was metallic grey with horizontal lines which I thought were windows.

I think it was stationary as I could not see after we went past. My family did not see it, but I don't know about any other passengers as I said nothing for total shock. Because of how I was positioned when I viewed the object it is possible that no one else saw it because I was looking back though the row behind me at an angle that no one else was probably looking.

They would be looking forward through their own windows, I was looking backwards through the row behind window. I have only spoken of this sighting to my family but feel troubled by it. source: www.mufon.com

New York - Unknown Object Moves in Storm

2008 - I just remembered an event that occurred last summer while watching a severe thunderstorm blow through our area. The most recent thunderstorms we've been having this year rekindled this memory.

It was late in the summer, August, from what I can remember. I was looking out my glass doors off the deck watching a strong storm pass through. It was VERY windy, and there was a lot of inter-cloud lightning. I was amazed while watching this storm, the clouds were moving exceptionally fast and the torrential rain was somewhat subsiding even though the lightning strikes and wind were intensifying.

This is when I noticed a blinking white light zooming in and around the clouds. I immediately thought, "Oh my God, what is that plane doing in this storm?"

As the "blinking light" got closer, I noticed it was round and in between the flashes of lightning and its blink-glow, the object was silvery and shiny... almost reflective from the lightning flashes.

I was amazed, a little frightened, and a little upset that my husband wasn't home to confirm what I had just seen.

The duration of viewing this object was approximately 5 minutes or so. It followed along with the storm, flying in and out of the cloud cover. I watched it until I could no longer see it.

I can honestly say that I've heard people mention "ball lightning"- this certainly was an OBJECT, a metallic round object.

I have recently posted a sighting from the same backyard location in upstate NY where I saw a similar shaped object, only quite a bit larger, still round and silver. This sighting was not during a storm but seen on a bright cloudless sunny day. Same area, but moving in a different direction. source: www.mufon.com

Great Britain - Five Red Lights Seen
06-13-09 - I very clearly saw 5 red lights in the sky at 11.56 PM, 13/06/2009... 3 of them formed an arrow head, and the other 2 were behind them roughly a mile or so,staggered.

By the time I got my camcorder set up, there were only 2 - my witness was my partner. They slowly disappeared behind some clouds.

My location was Cumberland, 12 miles east of Glasgow, central Scotland. source: submitted to UFO Casebook

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