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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 571, Issue date, 07-22-13

Student Pilot and Instructor Spot Rectangle over Tennessee
UFO Depiction
Published: 6:24 PM 7/18/2013

Tullahoma, Tennessee - 04-08-88

In 1988, I was taking my 10th flying lesson at Tullahoma Airport in Tenn. After 30 minutes of completing the flying lesson the instructor told me I could fly around for the next 30 minutes.

As I was flying around practicing a turn, I noticed an object that was rectangle in shape, dull black, 60-70 feet long, altitude around 5,000 feet flying towards Normandy Lake.

I asked the instructor what it was and he said he did not know. I asked him since I had some time left in my flight could I get closer. He said yes go ahead. So I did.

I was slightly above it in altitude and slightly faster than the craft. Each minute I would get closer to the object. The whole time my instructor and I was asking each other, "WHAT IS THAT?"

It glided a straight course and stayed the same altitude the whole time. After 20 minutes of flight the instructor said we had to go back to the airport because our time was running out and there was someone else that might take a lesson after I did.

Before I turned around I noticed we were about a 1/4 mile from it and about 500 feet above it in altitude. It made no sound, no exhaust, had no markings, and no change in flight.

It was an absorbent type of black; dull, no reflection at all, which got my attention. I was flying slightly faster than it was, as I gradually was catching up with it.

When I turned around the last thing I saw was it was over Normandy Lake still heading north. I saw a reference close to there was the creek going by the Lake has, or had a horseshoe bend in the creek.

The flight back to the airport was quiet except for the instructor and I asking each other in a puzzling tone, "what was that?"

After we landed we were securing the plane and again we keep asking the same question. When he was filling in my student pilot log book we talked about it again. It has been over 25 years since it happened. What was it?

I had no ideal. I still don’t. I have told the story over and over for the last 25 years, and yes I still wonder if I would have had 10 more minutes flying to observe it because all things being equal I would have been flying next to it.

It was as big or bigger than a tractor trailer rig, and flying in a horizontal position. It stayed on the same path the whole time.

It had no wings, rudder, lights, cockpit, and engine exhaust from my view point. The sun was bright and there were no clouds in the sky, but there was no reflection of any kind at any time.

If I had just flown for another 10 minutes.

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UFO Agenda Book


Little Green Men Visited Queens in Summer of 1952
UFO Depiction
Published: 11:39 AM 7/14/2013

By The Greater Astoria Historical Society

The year 1952 will be remembered as the summer of UFOs on the East Coast. Since the 1947 sightings of unidentified flying objects over Roswell, N.M., Americans from various parts of the country had been reporting seeing strange phenomena in the night skies.

July 1952 was a banner month for close encounters. On July 18, the Star-Journal advised readers, “If you see a flying saucer, call Mitchel Field [on Long Island] right away. That’s official. It’s a complete reversal of policy on the part of the big Air Force base. The number to call is Garden City 3-4000. Tell the operator, ‘I want to report a flying saucer.’”

“The Air Force promises you won’t get the brush-off. Major John Barron, public information officer at Mitchel Field, said today that all flying saucer reports received locally will be relayed to Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. They will be ‘co-ordinated’ there — which means that Air Force technicians are taking the flying saucers seriously.

In Dayton, Captain E.J. Ruppelt, head of Operation Bluebook, the Air Force group studying reports of unidentified aerial objects, said ground radar had tracked some aerial objects at speeds ranging between 1,500 and 2000 miles per hour.

“‘We’re convinced that persons making these reports actually see something in the sky,’ Ruppelt said. ‘But what they see is another question.’”

On the night of July 19, there were several reports of strange lights in the skies over Washington, D.C. Radar at the capital’s airports picked up strange objects traveling at high speeds. And on July 23, the Star-Journal broke the news in a banner headline: “3 Astounded Astoria Housewives Spot Queens’ First Flying Saucer.”

A strange globular object glowing with its own light was seen gliding “higher than any plane could go” across the starlit skies of Queens at 10:35 last night” by three local residents.

Florence Carver admitted she could not be sure she had seen one of “those flying saucers, but it certainly was the strangest object I’ve ever seen in the sky.”

Emily Stone and May Curbs were also with Carver and bear witness to the strange flying disc. The women agreed the mysterious object was a round disc, larger than a star and reddish-orange in color.

“It couldn’t possibly be a plane,” Mrs. Carver said indignantly. “We certainly know what a plane looks like, here in Astoria. But this thing was far too high for any plane, and it was going too fast. And it’s easy to see that it was perfectly round.’”

The following day, on July 24, the Star-Journal’s count was up: 50 sightings of saucers had been reported in the past five days by Queens and Long Island residents.

The account by Mrs. Daniel Etheridge was typical. Shortly after midnight on the night of July 23, she saw what she described as a “fireball” circling over Flushing.

“It was orange with a small green glow at one edge,” she said. “It was very high and moving at a speed that an ordinary airplane could not match.”

And as the reports came flooding in, Astoria’s claim to be first in the flying saucer stakes was called into question.

Francis Exkeben, of Fresh Pond Road in Maspeth, reported he spotted an “oval-shaped light, blue-green in color, and faster than any airplane,” over Maspeth July 15.

“Perhaps these things are a new type of jet plane,” he wrote.

For more information, call 718-278-0700 or visit astorialic.org.

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White Helicopter/UFO Seen over Carlsbad, California
UFO Depiction
Published: 5:33 PM 7/19/2013

Carlsbad, California - 07-18-13 I have always believed in UFOs based on simple mathematics/probabilities but until yesterday (07-18-13) had never seen anything unusual.

This does not include an "extreme dream/or actual event" that happened at home during the night 20 years ago that still haunts me to this day. Perhaps I'll share that story in the future.

I was quickly driving to my home in Carlsbad, California at approx. 1:30 pm on July 18th to meet family members that were impatiently waiting for me.

As I approached my neighborhood I noticed a large, white helicopter several hundred yards away circling around a shopping center (life flight copter?) and that is what got me to look up as I sped home.

I immediately noticed a classic, oblong disk shaped/tube shaped "object" above and behind the helicopter floating perfectly still and tilted at a slight angle as is often seen in UFO pictures.

It looked bright white via the bright sunshine reflecting on it, but may have been light metallic in color.

I was trying to drive and look at the same time and got a good look at it, but needed to be home as I was running late. I am frustrated with myself that I did not stop the car and take a cell phone picture as after further reflection, I realized that it was quite bizarre and was definitely NOT a plane, helicopter, balloon, lantern, etc.

It was relatively close and I could clearly see it. I thought that if I made it home just several blocks up the street that I could still see it from my house/vantage point, but I could not see it via the angle or it was gone(?).

Not the most exciting story, but for me it appeared to be "a real UFO" and I have looked at thousands of pictures and videos over the years while studying Ufology. I'm not very good at describing scale, but it was comparable to if you were to hold out a dime in your extended arm/hand, turn it side wards and about twice as thick as the dime would be a close approximation.

The helicopter was about the distance of 2-3 footballs fields away. For the locals here, it was just slightly north of La Costa Canyon High School.

Because of the helicopter attracting attention someone else must have seen this? I may call the Carlsbad Police to see if anyone else reported anything "unusual" above/near the helicopter.

I have not watched the local News to see if anyone else reported it as well. The last local sighting was the one in Santee a few months ago and this one looked very similar.


Mike, Carlsbad, Ca. (South La Costa area)

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Unknown Object Makes Unbelievable Maneuvers over Florida
UFO Depiction
Published: 11:38 AM 7/18/2013

Homestead, Florida - 07-09-13

Shape: Sphere - Duration: 10 seconds

Well pretty much I was chilling with my girlfriend at my neighborhood pool. We were looking at stars when coincidentally we were both looking at the same spot in the sky. We saw an aircraft.

It had pulsing orb in the back of it acting as the engine I suppose, and it maneuvered in amazing ways.

When we first saw it, we didn't realize it was a UFO. We just saw how this aircraft was maneuvering some impressive feats that no aircraft today can perform.

It seemed to defy all laws of gravity and maneuver in what way it please, without any fixed projection.

The aircraft was able to do a complete 270 degree turn, flawlessly and instantly (the whole incident was quite quick. So try to imagine this happening in front of you).

The aircraft did not move like any Air Plane, or Helicopter. The feats it performed are quite impossible actually.

So pretty much we saw it go from one side of the sky to the other in mere milliseconds. It did an oval shaped turn, and it had a pulsing orb light coming from the back of the vehicle.

It continued traveling in its projected path and then it disappeared instantly.

There is a Military Base (Air-Force) nearby so military testing of new crafts could be one possibility, but from what I saw, I doubt we have anything even comparable.

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Archived Case of the Week

The Kecksburg, Pennsylvania Crash
UFO Depiction
Note: On November 1, 2003, NASA released some forty pages of documents that are supposedly related to the Kecksburg incident. You can see these documents on our site. The documents are all in the .PDF format, which requires an Acrobat Reader, which is available here: ACROBAT READER.

Go to: NASA- Kecksburg documents

What exactly soared through the late afternoon skies of Canada, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania on December 5, 1965? Eye witnesses described the unknown object as a "fireball," but it seemed to be under some type of intelligent control, as it veered somewhat in Ohio toward the Quaker State.

One of the first official reports of that day came from Frances Kalp, who phoned in her experience to radio station WHJB in Greensburg at 6:30 P.M. She related seeing a fiery object crash into a wooded area near her home in Westmoreland County. Kalp and her children had approached the site within a half-mile, and there they saw an odd object resembling a "four-pointed star."

Radio station employee John Murphy immediately phoned in the report to the Pennsylvania State Police Department. The Police phoned Kalp and arranged to meet her in Kecksburg.

Murphy also raced to the site of the alleged crash. He interviewed Kalp and her children for his report, while the State Police searched the woods for the crashed object. Murphy eagerly awaited the return of the searchers. When they finally completed their search, Murphy was unable to get any clear information from either Carl Metz or Paul Shipco, who headed the search. They only stated that they were calling in the Military to handle the case.

Undaunted, Murphy made phone contact with Captain Dussia at State Police Headquarters in Greensburg. Murphy was instructed to visit the office to receive an official statement on the search party results. Upon arriving at headquarters, Murphy noticed that the Military had already arrived in force. Murphy was startled when he received the "official" statement;

"The Pennsylvania State Police have made a thorough search of the woods. We are convinced that there is nothing whatsoever in the woods."

By this time, Murphy was convinced that there was a cover-up of some kind. If there was nothing in the woods, why would the Military be in force at Pennsylvania's Police headquarters?

After turning in his report to the radio station, Murphy overheard one of the policemen involved in the search describing a "pulsating blue light" in the forest.

Murphy was told that Officer Metz and the Military were going back to the woods, and to his surprise he was given permission to join the second search.

Murphy's excitement soon turned to disappointment when after accompanying the party to the outskirts of the woods, he was kept from going any farther.

Murphy was an eye witness to the Military sealing off the area, and banning all civilians from the scene and its immediate surroundings. The story of the crash soon made newspapers and television, and the area was quickly overflowing with people wanting to get first hand information on what could possibly be a historic event.

What had actually crashed into the woods? Was it just a fragment of a comet?

Or space debris reentering the Earth's atmosphere? If the explanation was so simple, however, why had the Military cordoned off the area? Could it have been a secret Military craft? Or something far more mysterious?

It soon became common knowledge that some eager, interested civilians had made a trip into the woods before the Military gained control of the area. These few individuals were interviewed by Stan Gordon, and told an amazing story.

They stated that they saw a copper-bronze colored, saucer-shaped object crashed in the woods. This craft was anywhere from 9-12 feet in length, and bore a gold band around its bottom.

Some of the witnesses described writing on the craft which resembled Egyptian hieroglyphics. These few witnesses were quickly whisked away when discovered by Military personnel. Later that night, witnesses claimed that they observed a flatbed truck toting a large object, covered by a tarpaulin.

Shortly after the departure of the flatbed, many of the Military personnel vacated the search area. Could this have been a craft from another world being taken down our highways?

An extremely intense day of activity was followed by a quiet morning, and it seemed that what had occurred was just a dream. The Air Force concluded their investigation with the "official" statement that a meteorite was responsible for the report of a glowing craft, and subsequent crash in the woods.

The media as a whole accepted this explanation, and the matter seemed for all intent and purposes, closed. Had it not been for a 1990 television program, the Kecksburg crash would have been just another fancied report by a few overly excited witnesses.

Kecksburg Map The area of Kecksburg would again become a beehive of controversy after a dramatization of the events on "Unsolved Mysteries" in 1990. The citizens of the area seemed to be equally divided on the value of airing the segment, with some accepting the "official" explanation, and others claiming "cover-up."

Even before the segment aired, some protesters promoted a petition to stop the network from airing the Kecksburg story.

The actual witnesses of the event prevailed, stating that the petitioner's list did not include any eye witnesses to the original event. Opposite sides were also taken by those officially investigating the facts of Kecksburg.

After the television show ran, two new witnesses came forward. One was a USAF officer at Lockbourne AFB (near Columbus, Ohio). In the early hours of December 10, a truck arrived by the little used back gate of the base and he was ordered to patrol it.

It was a flat-bed with a large tarpaulin on the surface covering a conical object.

He was told to shoot anyone who tried to get too close. He was advised the truck was bound for Wright Patterson AFB, which is the reputed home of other crashed saucers.

The other witness was a building contractor who was asked two days later to take a load of 6,500 special bricks to a hangar inside Wright Patterson. When he sneaked a look inside the hangar he saw a bell-shaped device, some 12 feet high sitting there. Several men wearing white anti-radiation style suits were inspecting the object.

After he had been escorted out he was told that he had just seen an object that would become common knowledge in 20 years time.

Investigator Robert Young, for one, became an advocate of the Military's official explanation. Stan Gordon, on the other hand, believed the eye witness accounts, and the cover-up theory. Gordon took his findings to the next level, producing a 92 minute documentary video of his findings, titled "Kecksburg: The Untold Story."

As to be expected, alternative theories were put forward by skeptics and debunkers, such as the reentering of the Russian VENUS probe, but this scenario was rejected by the American and Russian governments.

One interesting footnote to this haunting tale came from the widow of John Murphy, who shortly after his death, publicly stated that her husband had been one of the first on the scene, and had actually photographed the strange craft.

Supposedly, these valuable snapshots were confiscated by Military officers, and Murphy was instructed not to discuss what he knew, unless he wanted to suffer severe consequences.

In January 1980 UFO investigator Clark McClelland interviewed the assistant fire chief of Kecksburg, James Mayes, and Melvin Reese, another fireman. They reported that their team had come within sixty meters of the object. They had seen an object on the ground that had smashed its way through the trees.

Mayes explained how the military had cordoned off the woods and had established a temporary base, complete with telecom link. Fire chief Robert Bitner would later confirm this story. He also said he had seen an object that was about 6 feet high, 6 feet wide, and some 15 feet long, clearly not an aircraft.

It was resting at an angle on the ground as if it had impacted nearly horizontally. Another fire officer, 'Pete', stated he had seen a ring of bumpers around it into which were described some pictorial symbols.

Stan Gordon In 1990, researcher Stan Gordon from the Pennsylvania Association for the Study of the Unexplained, traced an apparent first-hand witness, James Romansky. He recalled seeing the object on the ground some 25 years previously, when he was an 18 year old fire fighter.

He had been called to duty that night following concerns that an airplane had crashed.

He described the object as bronze coloured and shaped like an acorn-some 12 feet long and 25 feet in diameter; it had slightly raised "blunt" end and strange markings.

"It had writing on it, not like your average writing, but more like ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. It had sort of a bumper on it, like a ribbon about six to 10 inches wide, and it stood out.

It was elliptical the whole way around and the writing was on this bumper.It's nothing like I've ever seen, and I'm an avid reader. I read a lot of books on Egypt, the Incas, Peruvians, Russians and I've never to this day come across anything that looked like that."

On 08-29-05, the UFO Casebook received this information from a person who was an eyewitness to the object that soared over Kecksburg.

B J, I was on some site about the Kecksburg sighting. It told the story and asked if anyone had an opinion about it. Well, I lived in Pittsburgh at the time that this occurred. Brian Vike wrote about his experience, and when I read it I was floored.

I had forgotten about this ever happening until I watched the Brian Gumbel special. Brian Vike also said he recalled the incident. His sighting and mine are so similar.

I was at a drive-in movie that night with my boyfriend. He wanted to get there early to get a good spot. I can't remember how long after we arrived there when it happened. All of a sudden the sky lit up.

"What the heck is that I asked?"

The sphere or the ball like object was very low in the sky and was burning and had a long firey tail. The color to me had a greenish color to it. I would say it was in my view for at least 4 seconds, maybe 5 seconds.

But of course in those days we thought it was only a meteor.

And the next day it was confirmed on the radio it was. After all these years that have passed it's truly amazing to me how much of it I can still remember.

Thank you B J, and getting this computer is wonderful. And know I can relate what I"ve seen, and hope what I will see in the future I can relate them to you, and everyone else out there that is interested in the UFO phenomenon.


The Kecksburg crash, in many ways similar to the Roswell case, remains an extremely interesting one, and is still considered "unsolved."

(B J Booth)


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