|Filer's Files: MUFON Skywatch Investigations|
|-- #15 (April 16, 1999)|
|by George A. Filer
MUFON Eastern Director
ASTRONAUTS SAW UFOs IN 1960s
Astronaut's Ed White and James McDivitt were passing over Hawaii in a Gemini spacecraft in June 1965, when they saw a weird-looking metallic object. The UFO had long arms sticking out of it. McDivitt took pictures with a cine-camera. Those pictures have never been released. In December 1965, Gemini astronauts James Lovell and Frank Borman also saw a UFO during their second orbit of their record-breaking 14 day flight. Borman reported that he saw an unidentified spacecraft some distance from their capsule. Gemini Control, at Cape Kennedy told him that he was seeing the final stage of their Titan booster rocket. Borman confirmed that he could see the booster rocket all right, but that he could also see something completely different. During James Lovell's flight on Gemini 7: Lovell: "BOGEY AT 10 O'CLOCK HIGH." Capcom: This is Houston, "Say again 7." Lovell: "SAID WE HAVE A BOGEY AT 10 O'CLOCK HIGH." Capcom: Gemini 7, "Is that the booster or is that an actual sighting?" Lovell: "WE HAVE SEVERAL...ACTUAL SIGHTING." Capcom: ..."Estimated distance or size?" Lovell: "WE ALSO HAVE THE BOOSTER IN SIGHT !" Thanks to email@example.com (Steve Wingate)
CAPE COD -- On April 7, 1999, Stacy S. "was looking through the second-story window of my home at 10:58 PM," in East Falmouth when "I watched through the sheers strange double white lights resembling car headlights, across the sky through the maple trees." "The craft came from the west, approximately at a 35 degree angle. Unfortunately, I had it in view only five seconds." "As it approached my house, I could see that this aircraft was not making a sound. It was only slightly above the maple trees in my front yard, moving with absolutely no noise. It had a triangular shape with a large spotlight thing on each end of it with pulsating red lights underneath it." "My mind was thinking that it's just an airplane, but its silence and fluid motion told me this was not so. As it rose above the treeline, it shifted slightly to the right and flew over our house until I could see it no longer." "I am now convinced there are UFOs in the sky!" Thanks to UFO Roundup Vol. 4 #15, 4/11/99, Joe Trainor editor.
HARTFORD -- Dean Burgess writes that on April 8, 1999, while driving north on Route 91 at 5:30 AM, I saw a round flying object about the size of a large car. The object was intensely bright and made no sound. At first I thought it was a news chopper, but as I got under it I could see the craft very clearly. I took the Jennings Road exit and got out of my car. There was a very low cloud cover, and the sun was just rising. The object had no blinking lights, there was just one intense light. It hovered for a few minutes and went up and down in and out of the ground cover as if hiding. When it flew higher the light from the object reflected on the clouds, and I was able to see that it was more a ball shape than a disk. Thanks to Dean Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org and Larry Clark, http://www.nymufon.org, email@example.com
WEST HAMPTON -- CAUS reports that Shirley stated, "I live near West Hampton Air Force Base on Long Island. On April 8, 1999, there were three triangular aircraft that flew over my home. I got a few pictures of the third object. This was low and I hope the pictures come out since, I have never taken pictures at night before. This was a true triangular shaped aircraft. My daughter and her boyfriend also saw one of these on the way home from picking up my son at work also at about 9:30 PM, last night. He said it was no stealth fighter. We have seen them before. The craft had lights all around the outside edge and a red light in the bottom center. It made a great deal of noise. I went through all Air Force pictures on the computer and found nothing that even looks like it. Thanks to James A. Peters (James_Peters@compuserve.com) and Peter A. Gersten Director of CAUS.
LATROBE – On April 10, 1999, the witness who is a law enforcement officer for a state agency, had taken a walk outside and at about 7:40 P.M. He noticed a brilliant star-like object very high up in the sky that looked similar to Venus. He is used to seeing Venus later in the evening, but towards the west. The sun had just set, and the witness thought that it was still too early to see many stars. He lined up the bright object with the corner of a building, and confirmed that the object was indeed moving very slowly. He ran inside and got his 10 x 50 binoculars. The object was moving slowly and steadily from northwest to southeast. In the binoculars the actual shape of the object itself couldn't be determined, since the sun was reflecting off the body and it was extremely bright. What was most interesting, was that hanging from the bottom of the brilliant object was a long appendage that "looked like a very long poll?" The pole must been very large to see so clearly. This straight device gave the impression of a silver pendulum rotating under the object counter clockwise. At times the pole would remain straight down and stop. There may have been some bumps or irregularities along the appendage. The object was observed for about 20 minutes. Thanks to Stan Gordon researcher PA UFO Hotline (724-838-7768) Website: http://www.westol.com/~paufo/
CLYDE -- The Fremont News-Messenger article stated: "A month after several unidentified flying object sightings near Clyde, two 18 year old teens reported seeing a strange object in the sky on April 11, 1999. Timothy R. Twice and Shawn Robinson, told Freemont police they were driving at 9:42 PM, Sunday in the area of Atkinson Elementary School and saw a UFO in the sky. They described it as saucer shaped, bright white with green lights in the front and back. Twiss said as they were watching, it suddenly "took off like a bolt of lightning!" Thanks to News-Messenger 4/13/99. Ken Young comments: "This is yet another mysterious sightings reported from Sandusky County in the last few weeks. For details see the detailed reports at: http://home.fuse.net/ufo/Fremont99.htm Thanks to Ken Young at UFO Research
HOPEWELL -- Frank writes, "Recently I took part in a MUFON investigation of members of a Hopewell, family whose close encounter resulted in numerous physical affects including wounds to at least two family members. I also talked with others who also saw unidentified craft in the same area, between Colonial Heights and Hopewell in early February 1999. The Central Virginia area is a very active UFO area where "MUM" has been the word about strange craft for a long time. Are there any WEB pages that keep current and historic data bases on sightings and unusual events? firstname.lastname@example.org. Editors Note: I have not received any sighting reports from Virginia in recent months. Congratulations, it looks like your finding out what is going on in your area, which is the most important job of a field investigator. You are in effect the expert detective in your area. There is a mistaken idea that headquarters knows the movements of UFOs in a local area and will report them to you. When UFOs are reported to me, I put them in Filer's Files. I feel that in any location an investigator starts a search for UFO sightings, he can find them. Witnesses seldom come to you. The National Reporting Center at http://www.nwlink.com/~ufocntr/webreports.html has many reports. A search engine index to my files is at: http://ufoinfo.com/filer/search.html
ALBUQUERQUE -- IamLeona writes that on April 2, 1999, my wife and I observed a very bright luminous object traveling east just south of our home 10:03 PM. We are located at 8,000 feet up in a mountainous area 20 miles SE of Albuquerque. The object was a bright luminous amber sphere slightly smaller than the moon would appear and traveled just above tree top level. The distance from us was difficult to judge because the size is unknown but we both estimated it to be between 50 and 300 yards away. The object was definitely not anything like the air traffic we normally see and made no sound. We observed the object for 15 - 20 seconds until it disappeared behind trees. Thanks to IamLeona
WASHINGTON ELK ABDUCTION UPDATE
MOUNT ST. HELENS – On February 25th, fourteen witnesses observed an elk was being abducted by a UFO. Robert A. Fairfax WA MUFON Director of Investigation reports an official at the Washington Department of Game told him that more than 100 dead elk were reported in the St. Helen's region. Because of the long winter and dearth of new spring growth and nutrient providing new growth in general, many animals have used up their energy reserves. The elk have migrated to lower elevations in search of food; many animals have met new energy depleting situations such as being run by dog packs or avoiding people on horseback outings. The deer in the area are suffering from a nutritional hair loss disease. What this all boils down to, is that the elk we found without any obvious mutilation markings is not likely to have been actually abducted by a UFO. Apparently, some of these elk can appear to be well fed because they are eating large quantities of bulk food, but the problem is with the nutrient value of that forage. With so many carcasses around, the carrion feeders may feel no need to descend on any one particular body shortly after it succumbs. That may be the reason the elk we examined was not scavenged for 3 weeks after it was discovered. I suggested to Bob that these craft may not be manned and are sent to pick up food and elks for experimentation. The meat, blood and other fluids in a large animals body could be used as food. Fairfax said: "Certainly one would like to think that animals were at least not being wasted, however, as in all the animal abductions that I am aware, the meat is not harvested. Perhaps the blood is used for substance but there would be better methods of procurement -- (like the vampire bat), there would be seemingly little problem of the high tech draining of some blood from several critters such that no permanent damage ensued. If they are using the animals for nutritional needs, they are not very high-minded in their concern for animal welfare. Add to that the taking of pets such as dogs and cats and horses, along with many other species and you have to wonder about this scenario." Thanks to Bob Fairfax.
MEXICO RESORT A GETAWAY FOR EXTRATERRESTRIALS?
TEPOZTLAN -- Seattle Times by Ricardo Sandoval. When Carlos Diaz came down from his first mountainside encounter with a UFO 20 years ago, he was worried people in this popular resort town would shun him as a nut case. But what stunned Diaz was his inability to get anyone here excited. To residents of Tepoztlan - and many of its countless weekend visitors -- his account of getting close to a glowing object pulsing with yellow, orange and red streaks was no big deal. In this sun-drenched haven for residents of nearby Mexico City, believers are as common as the healing crystals and Indian sweathouses that help make Tepoztlan a popular getaway in a country steeped in superstition. The commonplace nature of UFO sightings here, against a surreal backdrop of jagged peaks and an Aztec pyramid halfway up a 1,000 foot cliff, also make Tepoztlan ideal for the UFO information center Diaz plans to open this month. "I found people in their 90s who have had so many sightings that they now take them for granted," said Diaz, who says he has witnessed dozens of visits here by spacecraft. "They simply refer to them now as sunspots in the night sky." Diaz says he wants to help others find the truth through a nonprofit clearinghouse about extraterrestrials and their love of visiting Mexico and Tepoztlan. In the past decade alone, hundreds of sightings throughout Mexico have been reported to UFO experts, often above Mexico City and it's surrounding volcanic mountains. Video recorders have captured odd shapes over the capital's upscale neighborhoods. During Pope John Paul II's recent visit, many people -- including radio and TV reporters -- talked quite earnestly of seeing strange lights in the sky during one of his Masses. That pales beside Tepoztlan's record for ethereal sightings. Some longtime residents report soberly that 60 percent of the people here have seen UFOs. Many say it's because the copper-laden mountains, which bedevil cell phones, televisions and radios, also act as beacons for extraterrestrials. Others say it's the "seven bands of energy" -- electromagnetic waves -- streaming through the valley around Tepoztlan. It's probably mass hysteria and a desire to be part of the hip crowd in very hip Tepoztlan, countered Mario Torres Lujan, a physicist who edits the magazine Contacto OVNI. OVNI is the equivalent acronym in Spanish to "UFO." Torres Lujan says he believes visitors come calling from elsewhere in the universe, but insists he tries to bring science into his investigations. He says he gets as excited about uncovering hoaxes as by establishing legitimate claims. He says many of the Tepoztlan sightings are real and even predate the Spanish conquest in the 1520s. Copyright © 1999 Seattle Times Company April 9, 1999
CUERNAVACA -- While repairing the roof of my house March 15, around a 11:00 AM, I spotted a large shiny object in the western sky upon taking a closer look through binoculars I managed to spot several smaller objects surrounding the large object. I managed to count at least forty smaller objects. I invited my sister to witness the event as a backup eyewitness. As we passed the binoculars back and forth to each other we suddenly realized that the smaller objects were entering the large object one by one very slowly. It took about half an hour for the smaller objects to enter the large one. Another large object of the same size joined the first object side by side and they both proceeded to move south slowly at first and then disappeared outwards into space. Thanks to Dave Ledger email@example.com
Bill Rose writes, EMG weapons have been a reality for some time and are designed to disable electronic systems. A new device was recently introduced for the Tomahawk cruise missile which is called the Explosive Magnetocumulative Generator Warhead. It consists of a coil surrounded by explosives, which are configured to implode. A fraction of a second before detonation, a current is passed through the coil which generates a small magnetic field. When the implosion occurs, the coil is squeezed to generate a massive electromagnetic pulse which equals that produced by a tactical nuke. Developed at Los Alamos, this particular device adds to the many warheads now available for cruise missiles which include nuclear/non nuclear, submunition dispensing, carbon fiber strand (to take out power lines) and probably chemical agent delivery. There have been calls to use these "non lethal" warheads against Serbian radar and installations reliant on electronics. Many other types of EMG weapons are already in NATO and Russian service from aircraft delivered devices to some the size of small demolition charges, designed for special forces use. Thanks to Bill Rose.
FLORIDA ALIEN ENTITY ENCOUNTER CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK
K.t. Frankovich, a well-qualified wild life expert had an awesome encounter with an alien entity during May of 1992. This the second interview with her to attempt to bring you the reader her amazing story. Last week, we told you k.t. had been warned that there was danger in the Lime Grove behind her home. Walking two of her dogs she had heard the chopping of wood deep in the Lime Grove. Now she stood only thirty feet from a strange entity. Her aggressive black Labrador and giant Schnauzer dogs were strangely docile and lay with their heads on the ground at her side. She studied the entities entire body so not to forget anything. He had a head and eyes larger than a human, his skin was smooth like a dolphin. His nose, mouth, and ears were tiny. He apparently was not a homo-sapien or human, at least not like anyone she had ever seen! Later she learned the entity had the general description of an alien called a Gray. His arms were long and relatively undeveloped, while he had marvelous muscular legs that reminded k.t. of an Olympic athlete. The mouth was very small and it appeared unlikely to be used for eating meat like humans. His skin was grayish-pink and smooth in texture like a dolphin. He had six fingers and the thumb digit was positioned in the same place as a human's. His arms appeared long and thin and similar to an orangutan. When he moved his arms in the air they almost seemed to 'float.' She mentioned she can almost determine an animal's performance based on its muscle tone and skin condition. She told me, "These were the legs of a powerful runner who must have exercised them constantly." (As she wove her story, I thought this alien does not seem to be a person who just arrived from another star system. This was someone who apparently was accustomed to Earth and its atmosphere. Perhaps most important of all this healthy creature was not bothered by Earth's bacteria and virus's.) K.t. continued, "He wore a white tee-shirt short-made of a shiny metallic material that fit tightly. He also wore very shiny metallic black shorts that came down to his upper thighs. He wore black ankle high-boots. Nothing seemed to have buttons or zippers." They were both startled to see each other. It was dusk, and the sun was setting. She didn't want to frighten the entity, she loved all animals and had never hurt anyone.
As they stared at each other, k.t. noticed a strange animal hanging from a branch beside him. She saw it move like an opossum. It looked kind of like a fur hand warmer hanging down from a branch. The fur was Smokey-gray, exceptionally long and very thick and shiny. This animal was well taken care of and healthy. It was not like an animal who lived it the wild, but probably a pet. The body reminded her of perhaps a round raccoon. It never turned its head toward k.t. Never, in all her life, had she seen anything like this. After attempting to find a reasonable explanation for the two creatures, it became apparent they were not from Earth. With this realization she became little frightened. The shadows grew darker and scary. She realized she was completely alone except for her dogs, who were not acting normally. This extraordinarily entity could easily possess powers far beyond her own. Without realizing it she tugged on the dog's leashes. Perhaps out of an instinct for self preservation she wanted to make sure her dogs were all right. She spoke out loud, "What in the hell was I looking at?" Next week we will continue her story. Thanks to k.t. Frankovich. If you can't wait, her story is at her website: http://members.aol.com/KFrnkovich/index.html.
Editor's Note: Many witnesses have commented that many of the aliens appear almost emaciated and may lack certain key vitamins and minerals. This entity seemed to be foraging for the branches. It appeared he had been chopping the lower branches of a lime tree. Why? If he wanted to make a fire, there were plenty of dead trees and sticks. He was cutting the lower growing limbs that usually sprouted the best limes. These branches could be grafted onto some other type of tree, and with the proper sunlight and water, limes could grown almost any where, even on board a space ship. Interestingly, she is married to David Taub, an Englishman, who is very charming and firmly believes her story. In slang terms, English sailors are often called Limey's. This was because the British Navy gave limes to their sailors, who were often at sea for months without fresh food. The limes helped keep the sailors healthy and free of a disease called Scurvy that is caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. The disease is characterized by anemia, spongy gums, bleeding from the mucus membranes and may cause death. Trips from one star system to another may be similar in length to long trips at sea. The aliens may have discovered that limes or lime tree sap can help keep them healthy. She suggested that perhaps their digestive system is based on photo synthesis and chlorophyll to gain energy. The fur creature the alien had with him could be a pet who warns when intruders are near. I remembered a similar story by Liz, another contactee who saw a similar strange animal. Liz had described it as a hand muff made of long rabbit fur that you stick your hands into in the cold weather. She had even made a sculpture of this strange looking fur creature shaped like an egg. Of course these creatures could have been a deformed human and pet, or perhaps they from one of these newly discovered planets?
RESEARCHERS DISCOVER TRIO OF PLANETS IN A NEW SOLAR SYSTEM
GANNETT NEWS SERVICE – by Robyn Suriano. Scientists have discovered a trio of planets orbiting a nearby star, providing the first evidence the universe could be home to other solar systems like our own. The finding suggest that planets are abundant throughout the universe, bolstering the chances that other Earth-like world's may exist. "It implies that planets can form more easily than we ever imagined and that our Milky Way is teaming with planetary systems" Debra Fisher, a research at San Francisco State University said Thursday. Courier Post 4/16/99.
AIR VICTORY MUSEUM -- MEDFORD, NJ is going to have a UFO display area. We need your help. Do you have any photos, videos, drawings, or exhibits you would like to donate? What we really need is a real UFO!
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