UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 582, Issue date, 10-07-13
McDivitt Gemini UFO Finally Viewable
Published: 2:13 PM 10/5/2013
Submitted by Scott McMan on October 4, 2013 – 9:54
Brigadier General, James McDivitt, USAF Retired, was the commander on the Gemini IV mission among others. However, it was on that particular space flight in June of 1965 that McDivitt saw what he described in these words:
It had a very definite shape – a cylindrical object – it was white – it had a long arm that stuck out on the side. like a beer can or a pop can, and with a little thing like maybe like a pencil or something sticking out of it.
Here’s the video on that story:
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McDivitt suspected that it was probably very close to the spacecraft, but he was also somewhat confused:
I don’t know whether it was a very small object up close or a very large object a long ways away. There was nothing to judge by. I really don’t know how big it was.
We had two cameras that were just floating in the spacecraft at the time, so I grabbed one and took a picture of (the object) and grabbed the other and took a picture. Then I turned on the rocket control systems because I was afraid we might hit it.
At the time we were drifting – without checking I have no idea which way we were going – but as we drifted up a little farther the sun shone on the window of the spacecraft.
The windshield was dirty – just like in an automobile, you can’t see through it. So I had the rocket control engines going again and moved the spacecraft so that the window was in darkness again – the object was gone.
At the end of the day, it’s all in what you want to believe. There are those who will accept a more conventional explanation and others who are going to claim this is proof of ET.
Whatever you believe, I’m sure McDivitt often wishes he never saw what he saw...
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Military Magazine Highlights Iranian Air Force Encounters with UFOs
Published: 1:55 PM 10/5/2013
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The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) has reportedly used F-14A Tomcats to intercept UFOs for decades.
An article in the October 2013 issue of the military aviation magazine Combat Aircraft Monthly details the history of the Tomcat aircraft in the IRIAF. Near the end of the article, a section titled “UFO hunters” describes that F-14s have been used by the air force during the last twenty years to “intercept foreign and unknown aircraft.”
The article explains that, when Iran’s nuclear program was revealed, the U.S. used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather reconnaissance from nuclear facilities in the fall of 2004. IRIAF reportedly had four F-4 and four F-14 interceptors standing by, twenty-four hours a day, because of this UAV presence.
Other F-4s and F-14s were kept on alert, and some were even flown every night to monitor the area’s airspace. But some of the unidentified craft they encountered were anything but ordinary.
UFOs were spotted multiple times by both ground radar and airborne radar. According to Combat Aircraft Monthly, Iranian sources described that the UFOs “displayed astonishing flight characteristics, including an ability to fly outside the atmosphere, attain a maximum cruise speed of Mach 10, and a minimum speed of zero, with the ability to hover over the target.”
These craft also reportedly emitted high levels of magnetic energy that disrupted navigation systems and jammed radars.
The article details one of these encounters where equipment was affected by a UFO:
In one case over Arak in November 2004, the crew of an F-14A armed with two AIM-9Js and two AIM-7E-4s spotted a luminous object flying near the heavy water plant of the Arak site. When the beam of the jet’s AN/AWG-9 radar “painted” the object, both the RIO and pilot saw that the radar scope was disrupted, probably due to the high magnetic energy of the object increasing the power of the reflected radar waves.
The pilot described the object as being spherical, with something like a green afterburner creating a considerable amount of turbulence behind it. The Tomcat crew achieved a lock-on when it was flying a linear and constant flight path. Once the pilot selected an AIM-7E-4 to launch against it, the object increased its speed and then disappeared like a meteor.
The article also mentions a 2012 incident where an F-14 was scrambled to intercept an incoming UFO, but seconds after taking off, the F-14 exploded.
Other attempted engagements by the F-4s and F-14s proved futile, so the IRIAF reportedly ordered an end to flying missions against these “luminous objects.” Both Iran and Russia allegedly investigated these extraordinary UAVs. But following two years of research, the Iranian Army settled with the conclusion that the craft were simply U.S. intelligence drones.
No currently known aircraft has the ability to perform like the UFOs observed in Iran. NASA’s X-43A Scramjet set a new world speed record for a jet-powered aircraft–Mach 9.6, or nearly 7,000 mph–in 2004. But it does not have the capability to hover. It is a natural assumption that the U.S. military has secret aircraft and technology that is yet to be publicly acknowledged.
But until such incredible technology is revealed, it is impossible to conclusively write off the UAVs in Iran as U.S. drones.
source & references:
graphic - www.ufocasebook.com
UFOS: Lost Time, Lost Clothes
Published: 7:08 AM 10/4/2013
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By Cheryl Costa
Since I started writing this series in July, people I run into ask: Have there been any abduction events in upstate New York?
The answer is, yes! In the spirit of scary Halloween stories, for the month of October I will explore a handful of abduction stories from New Yorkers.
In the spring, there was a movie in the theaters titled “Dark Skies.” For those of you who were shaken by the abduction theme of the motion picture, I must remind readers that it was just a movie, and that UFO abduction events are very rare.
A friend of mine, the late Dr. Constance Clear, was a psychotherapist who had the opportunity to work with abductees during the course of her practice and wrote a book in 1999, “Reaching for Reality: Seven Incredible True Stories of Alien Abduction.”
I had the opportunity to interview Clear in 1999 when I hosted a radio program on WMET, in Washington, D.C. She told me that while being “taken” is exceedingly rare, there was evidence that there were many more than originally thought.
She also indicated that it wasn’t an uncommon experience for abductees who were missing for days to return with the wrong clothes on and sometimes even the wrong gender’s clothes on, miles from where they were when the event began.
Let’s talk about a New York abduction case.
One case that caught my eye was in Warrensburg. It’s in the Adirondacks just west of Lake George. On the night of Aug. 10, 2005, a few people witnessed some sort of UFO event. After all the excitement died down, one of the observers, while alone on the front porch, was suddenly overcome by an overwhelming need to sleep and fell asleep on the front porch.
This person woke up several days later miles from home, dressed in someone else’s clothes. The person was treated as crazy by both the state police, who were called, and later by the medical people who treated some minor medical issues. That person lives in New York City, to be around as many people as possible. Once again, please remember that alien abduction is exceedingly rare!
Let take a peek at this past week’s New York UFO sightings.
Sept. 20: At about 11:30 p.m. in Morristown, two visiting middle-aged women witnessed a rapidly moving UFO that had rotating lights that resembled “a ball of twinkling Christmas tree lights.” The craft silently flew from the northwest to the southeast. Both women report being awed.
Sept. 22: At about 7:20 p.m. in Brewster, a motorist spotted a neon green acorn-shaped or spherical object in the sky moving toward Putnam Lake. The object was reported to be very bright and moved rapidly until out of sight. Spooked, the motorist and the spouse called the police department.
Sept. 23: At about 8:45 p.m. in Webster, a motorist observed two bright red orbs hovering above the horizon. The orbs then began to fly eastward faster than known aircraft. The observer reports that as both orbs flew over his car, they both winked out.
Sept. 24: On a crystal clear evening at about 5:30 p.m. in Central Valley, a worker on a dinner break observed two silvery objects hovering. Moments later, one of the objects shot away at great speed. The other began descending toward the Central Valley country side and disappeared.
Sept. 29: At about 10:20 p.m. in New York City, a man and his wife were driving home when they witnessed five to eight bright orange orb lights over the city skyline. The couple pulled off the road and watched the objects, which were described as bigger than stars. The odd thing that they report is that the orange orbs kept changing position, disappearing and reappearing nearby.
Sept. 30: At 3:30 a.m. in New York City, a trained observer watched an object with multiple flickering lights that were stationary in the sky for 45 minutes. The multiple lights that cycled randomly were confirmed by the observer's fiancé as red, yellow, green, white and blue. The lights at times seemed directional, at times spherical, then at times rectangular/cigar-shaped or a cross as its aspect changed. Eventually, the object began moving slowly southwest over the city. The observers watched the object for nearly an hour.
source & references:
graphic - www.ufocasebook.com
The Mantell UFO Incident
Published: 6:57 AM 10/4/2013
Written by Linnea Crowther
More than 65 years after Roswell became the top location in UFOlogy, believers in UFOs have come to be seen as a little... kooky.
We joke about probes and little green men, brushing off stories of close encounters as made-up.
We may want to believe, but most of us go through our lives safe in the knowledge that we're the sane ones – and the people who think aliens have visited earth are clearly silly, misguided and delusional.
Tell that to Thomas Mantell. He was a WWII ace pilot, honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross for courageous action and an Air Medal for heroism, who continued his military career with the Kentucky Air National Guard. It is believed he was also the first person to die while chasing a UFO.
Mantell was one of four Kentucky Air National Guard pilots already in the air on January 7, 1948, when the men in the base's control tower saw a strange object in the sky. It hovered for a long time, and then quickly climbed to 10,000 feet. Mantell and his fellow pilots were told to follow it.
As the object continued to climb, too high for a human without supplementary oxygen, the other pilots called off their pursuit. But Mantell continued on, determined to figure out what he was chasing.
Mantell never reached the UFO – at 25,000 feet, his plane spiraled into a dive, ending in a fatal crash. Twenty minutes later, the UFO disappeared without a trace.
The assumption was that Mantell flew too high and didn't have enough oxygen to breathe – so he blacked out and lost control of the plane.
But according to the sensational headlines in the next day's newspapers, he had been shot down by "magnetic rays," or killed by aliens, or fallen victim to the extreme radiation emanating from the UFO.
What really happened at 25,000 feet is something we'll never know – Mantell took the events of his last minutes to his grave. We can't say for sure what the UFO was, either.
The government explained it as a weather balloon – a new way of explaining away UFO activity at the time, even if it sounds trite today.
But without further evidence – unlikely to show up now, 65 years later – we'll never know if that explanation was legitimate or a government cover-up for something they could explain no better than we can.
The one thing we can say without hesitation is that Thomas Mantell, the first known person to die while investigating a UFO sighting, was no kook. He was a war hero and a well-respected pilot – one who saw something he couldn't explain and died in pursuit of the truth.
See the UFO Casebook case file, The Death of Thomas Mantell
permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/mantell-ufo-incident.html
source & references:
graphic - www.ufocasebook.com
Archived Case of the Week
Alien Encounter in Cisco County, 1964
On September 4, 1964, 28 year old Donald Shrum and his friends were bow and arrow hunting at
Cisco Grove, Placer County, California.
Before very long, the avid hunter would have an encounter
with the unknown; an encounter that would make this the most memorable hunting trip of his life.
During the afternoon of hunting, Shrum had become separated from the rest of the group, and with
nightfall fast approaching, he decided to sleep the night away in a tree for safety. His attention
was soon drawn, however, to the sight of a white light which zig-zagged through the trees at low altitude.
At first, he thought
it was a helicopter, so Shrum jumped down from the safety of the tree, and began lighting flares to attract
attention to himself. He thought that his friends had launched a rescue party to locate their
missing companion. Finally the white light turned in his direction, coming to a stop some fifty yards from
He soon discovered that the object was not a helicopter at all, but a strange-looking object,
different from anything he had seen before. Now frightened, he climbed back up into the safety of
After a short period of time, he was shocked to see three beings approaching the tree. Two of
them seemed to be a humanoid-type of being, while the third was more robot-like. Shock became utter
panic now, as the three began to shake the tree in an attempt to dislodge him. He vividly recalls a
white vapor being shot from the robot's mouth; which rendered him unconcious.
When he came to, he was nauseous, but began throwing lighted matches toward the beings, which caused
them to back away from the tree momentarily.
Soon the assault continued. Finally, Shrum managed to load and shoot an arrow
at the invaders, hitting the robot. The direct hit caused a spark to fly, indicating that the arrow
had hit a metallic surface. He managed to shoot two more arrows at the beings, each time causing to
the group to scatter.
Soon, a second robot joined the group, and again Shrum was rendered unconscious by the strange, white
vapor coming from the entity's mouth.
When he awoke again, the two humanoid beings were now climbing
the tree! He mananged to thwart the attack by throwing different objects at them, and shaking the
This scenario continued off and on for most of the night.
As dawn approached, more beings arrived, and this time a large volume of smoke caused him to black
When he awoke, he was barely hanging from the tree by his belt. The aliens were finally gone. Shrum was soon rescued, and
reunited with the other hunters. Corroborating at least part of his story, one of the other men who had
also become lost, had seen the UFO. What exactly were these humanoid-like creatures that Shrum
encountered that fearful night in California?
Unfortunately, Donald Shrum was the only witness to
these other worldly beings.
(B J Booth)
Source: Strange Effects From UFOs (NICAP 1969) page.17
Other Sources: The Hynek UFO Report (1977) pages 210-212.