On the gray, dull morning of 12th February 1954, at around 10:30 am, Second Lieutenant Lamar Barlow was piloting his F86 Sabre jet over the North Shore Mountains, and specifically Grouse Mountain in British Columbia, Canada.
Earlier that morning, Barlow had left the runway from McChord Air Force Base over the state border in Tacoma, Washington. Although the jet was fully armed the flight was simply a standard instrument checking exercise. However, shortly after 12 noon, the control tower began receiving “Mayday” calls from Barlow.
According to the report, he had lost the use of his compass and consequently was now lost himself. Records from McChord Air Force Base show that at 12:06 pm, Barlow was approximately 60 miles north of Vancouver. Nine minutes later, and with the aid of radar operators, that distance was reduced to only 15 miles.
By this time, however, the F86 was beginning to run remarkably low on fuel. Preparations were made for an emergency landing at Vancouver’s Sea Island Airport. Before permission to land was granted, though, all communications were lost.
We will examine the speculative circumstances in a moment, as what exactly happened following this loss of communication is unclear. And certainly the speculation is not part of the official version of events.
However, at an altitude of 2,700 feet and at a speed of over 750 miles per hour, Barlow, still strapped firmly into his seat (which is how military recovery teams would find his body), slammed squarely into the mountainside. Debris would fly into all directions and travel a considerable distance.
Official Explanation Claims Pilot Error – “Radar Ghosts!”
Several days later accounts began to appear in newspapers, locally and nationally. The cause of the crash, according to the United States Air Force, was pilot error. Barlow, they said, was seeing “radar ghosts”. This, combined with the loss of his navigation equipment, confused the pilot, who believed he was nearer to Tacoma than he actually was. When Grouse Mountain suddenly came into view, given the speed at which he was traveling, the pilot simply had no time to react.
A sound enough explanation. However, to some, the official explanation didn’t add up. Not least why he was traveling so fast while descending in the first place. While the military chalked this up to experience or lack thereof on Barlow’s part, it was an aspect of the case, like many others, that niggled at the minds of many UFO researchers.
For example, why was the plane carrying 24 fully armed rockets on what was essentially a training exercise? Although skeptics to the UFO claims – which we will get to in a moment – point out that this is to produce the realistic weight of a plane should it be heading into combat – this would appear to be something achievable without using fully armed weaponry. Certainly not with an inexperienced pilot, if we accept for a moment the US Air Force’s claims regarding Barlow and his error causing the crash.
Furthermore, the entire area was roped off and protected by armed guards 24 hours a day for several days after the incident. Officially, and understandably, this was to retrieve “most” of the 24 rockets in question. Whether that is an honest assessment or not, it certainly provided ample reason for the military to shield the activities at the crash site from the public.
Was Lamar Barlow On A Secret Armed Intercept Mission?
Returning to the question of why the F86 jet was armed, some researchers believe the reason to be far more serious than a mere test. Even sinister. According to some who have studied and researched the Grouse Mountain incident, Barlow’s mission that morning was not to check onboard instruments. According to some researchers, he left the runway that gray morning with orders to pursue and intercept a UFO. With deadly force if necessary.
As a quick side-thought here, all reports concerning the clean up operation following the crash mention that “most” of the rockets were retrieved. Might there still be missing weaponry from the F86 somewhere in the woodlands of Grouse Mountain? Or might it be that one or more of the rockets were discharged during the two hours or so that Barlow was in the air? Again, while that is pure speculation, it is certainly worth keeping in mind. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
A Minnesota witness at Fridley reported watching two sphere-shaped red lights in the sky and a helicopter that moved into the same airspace to intercept them, according to testimony in Case 92957 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. on June 26, 2018.
“My wife had left some things on the clothes line and it was forecast to rain late evening,” the witness stated. “I work nights and had been up about an hour. I took the clothes down and put the basket on the patio. I usually always have a smoke and walk around the yard, check out the sky. The far side of the yard is pretty clear with a good view west. As soon as I looked up, I noticed two very bright red lights. Had no idea what this was.
“Both were motionless, one was much larger than the other. From my vantage point one was about the size of the moon, the smaller one about the size of a very bright star. I stood staring at them for about a minute or so and the small light was at about 11 o’clock in relation to the large light and maybe what looked to be about six inches between them. The small light slowly moved right above the large light keeping what looked to be the same distance. It again was motionless for maybe 20-30 seconds and returned to the 11 o’clock position. Within about 30 seconds it slowly went straight up into the cloud cover.
“The large red light this whole time has not moved or changed the intensity of its red color. The small red light was not visible through the clouds. About 10-20 seconds it became visible again and was descending until it was nearly out of sight because of the tree line. Just before it left sight, the large red light flashed very bright, in fact enough to eliminate a quick red glow on the clouds above. It then started to descend.
“With the small light now no longer visible and the large one nearing the tree line I could hear a helicopter not far away east of my location. Just as the large light dropped out of my line of sight, I could see the helicopter because it had a very powerful spot light on the front. It travelled nearly over my house at a very high rate of speed, at least I’ve never seen a helicopter at that speed at tree top level in a residential area before.
“In fact, I was quite surprised because we have high tension power lines very near us and they ate up much higher than the tree level. At this point both objects/red lights are totally out of my view and the helicopter also left my sight in the same vicinity as the lights. I’m guessing the distance was maybe a quarter mile or just slightly more which puts two major freeways, 94/694 West and 252 going north and south nearly right underneath where I saw the lights. I didn’t know what to think when I first saw the lights, but the movement and flash of light was spectacular, most likely a once in a life time observance. The helicopter with the search light sealed my thoughts and confirmed it was most likely something more than just red lights. This whole episode was less than five minutes and it has definitely changed my perspective on UFOs.”
Minnesota MUFON Field Investigator William Odden closed this case as an Unknown-Other.
The above image is real but from another sighting in Scotland.
I was 14 yrs old. I was sitting in my mother’s car alone waiting for her and siblings to come out of a friends home then go home where we lived in Graniteville, VT. The car and driveway was on a side hill facing south. I observed a bright light “zipping” back and forth over the mountains south of the home at incredible speeds from left to right then back again. It would cover miles in just seconds, then hover for 10-20 seconds, then go back to where it started, again in seconds, then hover again. It repeated this 3 or 4 times. All of a sudden, it was like it knew I was watching, and “zipped” straight at me from over the mountains to right above me. It hovered over me at a high altitude for 10-15 seconds then “zipped” back over the mountains and started repeating the earlier flight paths over the mountains. My mother and siblings came out to the car to leave, and I was, as you can imagine, very excited and was telling and showing them the light. My mother basically dismissed it and we left but the light all of a sudden came towards us and then followed us halfway up the Graniteville Rd. We were all a little scared and nervous as we watched this “light” follow us. Then, it “zipped” away and disappeared towards the south. I remember we talked about it after it disappeared and decided that we shouldn’t say anything because people would think we were crazy. Only one of my brothers remembers the incident. I have told a few close friends over the years, but even they were kind of skeptical. I know what I saw. I felt it was time to publicly say something . NOTE: The above image is real but from another MUFON case.
This case is under investigation by State Director Ken Pfeifer
A British witness at Hemel Hempstead reported watching a triangular-shaped object under 500 feet with an inverted, lit-up dome, according to testimony in Case 89653. The event occurred beginning at 3:35 a.m. on January 17, 2018. “A bright light came through bedroom curtain,” the witness stated. “A triangular vehicle was spotted gliding in a straight line. Underneath the vehicle was an inverted, lit dome virtually touching the three sides. The inverted dome had arched ribs from bottom to top with a center pillar projecting a bright light.” The witness said he had a perfect view of the object until it disappeared over nearby buildings. “My first reaction was it was a strange plane out of Luton Airport, then immediately realized it was not a normal aircraft.” United Kingdom Assistant National Director Michael Price closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.
“Having reviewed the information, this case provides me with a somewhat difficult assessment to make,” Price wrote in his report. “The witness is an aircraft enthusiast, and being one myself I know how accurately we can identify known aircraft both civilian and military with a lot of accuracy even in the dark. This for me rules out mis-identification of a known aircraft and type. “The second interesting point to note is the description of the central light, not only in its shape and luminosity, but also the fact that it was clear enough for the witness to notice that it almost touched the three sides of the triangle. The arched ribs description is very interesting with a central pillar of light.
I have heard this described before by whistleblowers out of AREA 51 and Lockheed that state that bright light given off is plasma charging through the anti-gravity drive, which could have a wave expulsion pattern similar to a black hole forcing out light from the top and bottom of the center. This could explain the pillar of light observed with the arched ribs providing the skeleton for the plasma charge containment. “Without any additional evidence or secondary observed sighting, it is difficult to investigate further, but based on the short description what was viewed was an Unknown Aerial Vehicle of ETV classification. I have classified the case as UAV in the absence of any reliable identification of TR3B or Aurora military craft.” Hemel Hempstead is a town in Hertfordshire, England, located 24 miles northwest of London, population 94,932. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
“In December of 2003, Afghanistan, we were preparing a raid on a small village in Khost province. Looking for a high target ID. It was around 0330hrs and were stationed just outside the village that was around 9,000ft. high in the mountains. What I witnessed that morning was exactly the same account that the people from Phoenix, Arizona witnessed back in March 1997. That only difference was that I had NVG’s and a Thermal nuclear scope. That early morning it just finished snowing and the sky had just cleared up. I could see all the stars in the sky. There a few clouds as far a my eyes could see. I was a gunner pulling guard on top of a vehicle so I had a 360 degree view. That morning I saw what I believe to be a fighter jet flying over us since we had air reconnaissance, they were our eyes in the sky for this mission. But what I witnessed right after was breathtaking and shocking at the same time. The first thing I saw was a dim white light coming from behind us at a very slow speed almost like a floating balloon, moving very slowly. My first instinct was it was one our ours. But then the more I saw it moving I realized it wasn’t one of our aircrafts. So I pull down on my NVG’s to take a closer look and what I realize was that this light, as it was moving forward it was covering all the stars in the sky. So I looked up and behind me and I could see a triangular shaped with three dim white light on every corner as far as my eyes could see with the exception of a fourth light which was much bigger and brighter of an orange color. This orange color bright light was center to the triangular shaped object.
And from this light I could see something burning like a white phosphorus light going from bright white light to bright red and then orange. And every time this happened a light was shooting down and it kept doing one after the other as if smaller light were flying off this colossal object. I try getting the attention of my squad and bringing it up to my NCO so I explain that there were some weird lights in the sky and he quickly dismissed it as of: we had air reconnaissance flying over us. So my next instinct was to dismount the Thermal nuclear scope I had on top of my cursor weapon so I could aim it at the object. What I saw with this scope was thousands of small fragments of lights following this object. It was like a scene coming out of a science fiction movie. This object covered at least 3/4th of all the sky and covered at least 3/4th of all the stars in the sky. Whatever this thing was, was enormous. To this day I have never seen anything like it. Just as it came, it left making no noise what’s so ever. Like it never happened. I related my story to my wife many years ago and stand firm on the testimony I have written.” – Freddy Fernandez NOTE: The above image is CGI.
A Massachusetts witness at Northampton reported watching a “black wing” about 50 to 100 feet across hovering silently alongside a major highway, according to testimony in Case 89280. The incident occurred at 5:20 p.m. on January 2, 2018, as the witness was driving home from work heading south on I-91. “At first, I thought a new construction crane had been set up to the side of the highway because of two bright, stationary lights over top of the trees,” the witness stated. “As I got closer to the object, I realized it was a flat craft just hovering in the dark sky. It was darker than the sky, so I could see its outline.”
The witness described the object. “It was a black wing maybe 50 to 100 feet across. It had two bright lights possibly on the underside and had lights along the front edge of each wing, maybe five on each side. They looked like windows. I could kind of make out an interior space. It wasn’t until I drove under it that I clearly saw the wing shape. I tried to slow down as much as possible. It was rush hour and a lot of traffic, but I then realized this was something I’ve never seen before and it was just floating, silently.” The object was hovering at or under 500 feet and appeared to be 101 to 500 feet away. Massachusetts State Director Eric Hartwig closed this case as an Unknown UAV. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
A Washington witness at Ellensburg reported watching an object the size of an aircraft carrier under 1,000 feet with an estimated length of 1,000 to 2,000, according to testimony in Case 89498. The incident began at 8:45 p.m. on January 9, 2018, when the witnesses’ German Shepard began barking insistently outside their northeast bedroom window. “My wife and I both heard a deep, low, muffled, pulsing sound that grew louder within several seconds,” the witness stated. “My wife went out the northeast bedroom door and I went out the south door. The sound we then heard was very loud and sounded like an electric turbine, similar to a hydroelectric turbine, but pulsating.” The witness looked directly up and saw a very large object moving slowly from the northeast corner of the house moving towards the southwest. “The object appeared to be about 500 to 1,000 foot above the ground and there were two lights and one pulsating red light on both the fore and aft ends of the object. The weather that night was a bit overcast but with some stars visible, except between the two sets of lights where the object blocked out any view of the stars – or light reflected back off the low cloud ceiling.” The witness said the outline of the object was vague and hard to discern but you could clearly see a physical object extending between the sets of lights. “I first thought that it was two aircraft moving in perfect tandem; however, the rear set of lights was directly behind the first and moving in perfect harmony at a slow but steady speed and much too slow for the objects to be aircraft, and I could clearly see some physical object between the two.”
The witness’s wife joined him and they both observed the object moving slowly towards the southwest. “The pulsating sound was very loud and muffled but we could almost feel the energy as it receded as the object moved over the hills to the southwest about two miles away. Our elevation is 1,300 feet and the nearby hills are at 1,800 feet and I got the sense that the object was only 500 to 1,000 feet above us. I held both hands out pointed at the front and back and my arms were at a 90-degree angle which gave me a sense of the size. There is a major highway climbing the grade and we are able to see the lights of vehicles as they ascend and descend the grade; however, no lights were visible as the object passed over the highway.” It took about one minute for the object to reach the hills to the southwest and they viewed it the entire time. “My wife had grabbed her cellphone and attempted to video the object; however, was only able to get some still photographs, which do show distinct light patterns and vaguely show the shape and size of the object, which I estimated to be about the size of an aircraft carrier, 1,000 feet long. As the object reached the hills, it appeared to hover for about 45 seconds to a minute and then slowly disappeared out of sight.
We were amazed and a bit in shock, but were absolutely sure of what we saw and heard. As we recalled what we had seen we noted that the cloud cover had lifted slightly, and stars were very visible, which reinforced for us that it was a physical object that blocked our view of the stars above.” As the two were recapping the event, they both heard a very high-pitched wailing, screaming sound that they had never heard before. “We do live in the country and there are coyotes, flocks of geese and other animals, but this was unlike any sound we had ever heard. The sound seemed very unnatural and I described it to my wife as similar to the sound heard in the movie “Ghost,” where the bad spirits come to collect the ghost of the men who had killed the lead. Very strange and unsettling, especially as we had just witnessed something we had never seen before.” Washington MUFON Chief Investigator Daniel Nims closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle. “The witnesses seemed to be credible and gave a very coherent description of the event,” Nims wrote in his report. “They were in their bedroom in the southeast corner of the house watching TV when they heard a loud noise moving overhead.
The wife went out the north exterior exit of the room to the patio, the husband went out the south exit into the hot tub patio. The wife just saw the back end of the object sticking out northeast of the roof, moving southwest. The husband saw the front of the object overhead moving southwest. He called his wife, who came to the south patio. They watched, and the craft moved toward the southwest and the aft end of the object came into view over the roof. “The object had three lights at the front and back, a red pulsing light in the center and a white steady light on either side of it. They were not exactly in a row, with the center red light closer to the front for the front lights, and closer to the back for the back lights. Though the part of the object between the front and rear lights was not lighted, the star field and scattered clouds were obscured by the middle of the object. As it was dark, and the perimeter of the object was not clearly visible they couldn’t be certain about the overall shape of the object, but they seemed to think it was oval in shape. “The witness held his arms out in the direction of the front and back of the object and there was about a 90-degree arc between them. The witness is a private pilot and familiar with the low, scattered cloud layer common in the valley. Based on that, he estimates the object was approximately 500-1,000 feet AGL. Based on the angle between the front and back of the object and the estimated height, the object would be quite large—1,000-2,000 feet long.
They watched for two to three minutes as the object moved off to the southwest and out of sight over the nearby ridge. “The sound it made was quite loud, loud enough to be heard indoors. They said it had a slow, pulsing rhythm, not steady. The witness was aware of the Yakima Training Range, 10 miles southeast of them. They said they had occasionally seen and were familiar with helicopter traffic operating on the range. They said the sound did not sound like helicopter engines. The wife was able to get several pictures with her cell phone, an LG K8. The pictures show the lights, but they are streaks due her unsteady pointing of the camera. After the object passed, and they were discussing what they had seen, they heard a very highpitched, wailing, screaming sound. They said it was not like a coyote or any other animal with which they were familiar. “A possible option other than an Unknown would be a formation of aircraft (i.e., helicopters). The witnesses said they had never observed night helicopter operations in the area. The lighting pattern does not conform with known helicopter lighting configurations (green right side, red left side, white tail, with an anti-collision beacon. The path of the object was toward the southwest, not southeast toward the range area. The area between the two light groups obscured the stars and cloud sky background. These facts do not support the formation of aircraft option. The loud pulsing noise associated with the passing of the object might support the helicopter thesis, but the witness said it did not sound like a helicopter. It sounded more like an electrical turbine. No natural cause would fit the description of the object. It is concluded that this sighting is an Unknown. “Amended, February 9, 2018: The vice-commander of the Yakima Training Range called and confirmed that there was no training scheduled the whole week of January 9, 2018. That seems to preclude range helicopter traffic as being the object sighted.” Ellensburg is a city in and county seat of Kittitas County, Washington, population 20,326. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
On the evening of 13th May, at a little before 9 pm in National City in the San Diego area of California, aeronautical engineer, Donald Carr, along with six other corroborating witnesses, would witness a strange glowing sphere in the evening skies overhead. Carr would tell of his encounter to respected UFO researcher Richard Hall.
The object was coming out of the north at an altitude of around 15,000 feet. Its speed was such that it was most definitely not a conventional aircraft and when viewed through a telescope was a definite disc shape. The object would perform turns in the air before changing its direction and heading back northwards. Carr would note that these sudden changes of direction and rates of speed should have resulted in accompanying noise. However, the object moved in apparent silence.
Carr would later state that “since this object followed an apparently controlled course it was moving under the influence of gravity”. He would continue that “it must have been guided by an intelligence unknown to us”. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
Several months later, on 25th April in San Jose, two scientists were driving to their place of employment (a private unnamed company) when they witnessed a strange object traveling through sunlit skies overhead. The time was a little after 11 am when biochemist “Dr. W.” and bacteriologist, “Dr. Y.” were driving along the road. They continued to follow the strange aerial anomaly until they arrived at their company car park. There, they would exit their vehicle and take a closer look.
Over the road from their location, directly over the building that resided there, was a “small metallic-looking silver disc”. It was at a tilt of approximately 20 degrees and was rotating. One of the witnesses would later describe it as “like the motion of a disc in a water meter”. They would estimate the width of the disc to have been between four and five feet.
Neither of them could hear any particular sound from the object, certainly not what you would associate with conventional aircraft of the time. They also noticed no sign of exhaust or any other type of fuel emission. Suddenly it would burst into motion again. It would move through the late-morning sky in an arc-like motion. When it was over the railroad, it turned in the air and moving around ten miles per hour, it would head in their direction.
It was then that both witnesses noticed a much larger black object, much higher above at around an altitude of 10,000 feet. They would estimate it to be at least 100 feet across and simply hovered silently with a strange authority. Moments later, two identical large black round objects appeared as if out of nowhere.
Second Thoughts Of An Official Report
With their attention momentarily on the much larger discs above, the two doctors noticed the smaller, silver disc was now much closer. It was still approaching, and still at its calm, leisurely pace. Then it stopped moving and spinning at the same time. It remained still for a second or two before moving off at a much faster pace, climbing higher as it did in the direction of Mount Hamilton. In sympathy with it, one of the large black objects moved away in the same direction.
The two men remained where they were next to their parked car. The two black objects continued hovering before one of them set out towards the north and the other shot directly upward disappearing into the waiting cloud in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. The men checked their watches. It was 11:15 am – only fifteen minutes had passed by. Each would quickly make their way to their respective offices to immediately dictate accounts to their secretaries. Dr. W originally planned to make an official report to the nearby Moffett Field air base. However, while waiting on the line, he suddenly had visions of public ridicule from his colleagues. He hung up the phone.
Although they wouldn’t make official reports, they would speak privately and under anonymity with UFO researcher James MacDonald. The sighting, by two respected professionals no less, is certainly intriguing. And is one that would be replicated several times in sunny California over the next several weeks. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
Hi Ken: Alien Plasma Sphere with electrogravitic force fieldI was sky watching from my back garden when I spotted a sphere shaped object approaching from the East. The Sphere appeared to be plasma like and was a golden yellow colour. I grabbed my Nikon P900 camera off the garden table and switched it on. I then looked through the camera viewfinder and began to follow the sphere object as it moved across the sky heading in the direction of an approaching passenger plane.
I quickly started taking photographs of the plasma sphere just as it passed over the planes contrail and flew off into the distance where I unfortunately then lost sight of it. I took six photographs in total capturing the sphere in four of the photographs. To my amazement photograph five was the clearest shot of the alien plasma sphere. I could clearly see some kind of charged particle gravitational force field surrounding the sphere. This is the first time I have ever captured anything like this.. . it show that these alien craft are clearly using electrogravitic propulsion to propel themselves through our skies. This is incredible.
A Massachusetts witness at Attleboro reported watching three orange lights followed by a helicopter, according to testimony in Case 92641 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was in his living room at 10:30 p.m. on June 10, 2018.
“I heard a very strange noise,” the witness stated. “I went out on my front porch to see what it was. I observed at first a helicopter through the trees coming from a northwest direction. As soon as it came over the tree line, I noticed it was tailing three extremely dim orange lights. They didn’t seem connected. As in it didn’t seem as one object. But maybe three separate objects. The sound was extremely powerful. I could hear the helicopter but could not distinguish the sounds emitting from the other objects. I could see an outline of the chopper. But no outlines on the other three, just the dim orange glow.”
Massachusetts MUFON State Director Eric Hartwig closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.
SECOND SIGHTING IN MASSACHUSETTS
A Massachusetts witness at Blackstone reported watching a low-flying helicopter following three objects flying in formation with a dim, green-ish light, according to testimony in Case 92653 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was home watching television at 10:27 p.m. on June 10, 2018.
“Heard a low-flying helicopter approaching from the southeast,” the witness stated. “Went out into pool area and watched three objects in formation with dull green cockpit lights fly overhead with the helicopter following closely. Objects made no sound and could not make out a shape. They were very dark other than the dim green light. Watched as they flew over until they flew past. Objects were not traveling super fast or high.”
Massachusetts MUFON State Director Eric Hartwig closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle. NOTE: The above image is real and from MUFON case files.
In the early afternoon hours of 14th October 1972, at around 1 pm, Airman First Class Steven Briggs and Airman Dennis Hillsgeck were making their way from McChord Air Force Base in Pierce County, Washington to the Tactical Air Navigational (TACAN) facility. The site was around eight miles from the base itself but still under the control of the United States government and, in turn, the US Air Force who were responsible for it.
The journey to the facility wasn’t a long one. Upon arriving, and after opening the strictly locked fence, they would enter the area before heading for the TACAN building itself. Once inside, and after performing all necessary security checks, the pair would carry out their preassigned systems checks of the TACAN facility.
The operation was running smoothly until around 2 pm when Briggs noticed a high-pitch sound coming from outside. He would later recall how it sounded similar to a small plane engine. However, as soon as he stepped outside came the realization that he wasn’t witnessing a small plane or any other type of conventional aircraft.
There in full sight, hovering over the top of the TACAN building was a “saucer-shaped object”. Furthermore, as he continued to watch, the began to descend to the ground, landing south of the main compound.
It was then that Briggs quickly stepped back inside the main building to alert Hillsgeck.
“Intruders” Attempting To Break The Boundary
After having composed himself mentally while inside, both Briggs and Hillsgeck were more than alarmed to see “two creatures” heading towards the fence which ran around the entire complex.
Once more, Briggs returned quickly inside the base, this time to alert base security and request backup. The person on the switchboard that afternoon was Sergeant David Holmes, who listened to Briggs state with alarm that, “intruders” were trying to enter the base.
A two-man unit received orders to attend the facility. Sergeant Dwight Reid and Airman First Class Michael Tash would arrive 17 minutes later. The scene around the compound was one of confusion and concern.
They would find Briggs and Hillsgeck both seemingly “in a daze” as they stood, almost aimlessly next to their vehicle. When the new arrivals to the scene asked the men what had happened neither of them could speak. Of more concern, however, was the burn marks on his face.
Reid examined the men further and made a request for a USAF Ambulance. Tash would begin to examine the surrounding area. He would discover strange markings in the soil, itself soft from the fall conditions.
Then, Reid’s voice rang out from behind him telling him to look up. He did so, and witnessed a saucer-shaped object, presumably the same that Briggs and Hillsgeck had witnessed. Reid would attempt to communicate further with the security police. However, his portable radio was essentially, dead.
Realizing all four of them were in potential danger, Reid would order Tash to help bundle the two dazed men into their vehicle before driving away from the scene with great urgency.
Six Shots At Close Range
Around a mile from the base Reid’s radio burst into life again. He would request further security police to attend the scene, which they duly did. One of these additional security police officers was Sergeant Darren Alexander along with Champ, his military dog, who would immediately head towards the TACAN compound to conduct a search. When they were around 400 yards from the base, however, Champ would begin to bark loudly.
When Alexander looked up he witnessed “two creatures” near one of the remote power stations around the complex. Unsure whether they would understand or not, Alexander called out for the strange figures to freeze and “raises their hands”.
Instead of doing so, though, they would begin walking towards him. He saw a strange device in one of the creature’s hands. Fearing it was a weapon he pressed down hard on the trigger of his revolver, firing six shots. He was unsure whether he had hit either of them or not. He returned to his vehicle to radio a report of the shots and to request further backup.
Security Alert Teams were swooping on the base within minutes. They would, with complete procession, search the base and the grounds. It was as they were conducting the operation when they suddenly noticed the saucer on the ground itself.
They would approach the craft cautiously, circling it slowly before reporting to their supervisor and awaiting further orders.
A Thorough Investigation Quickly Made Top-Secret!
Several moments later Captain Henry Stone would arrive at the base. The saucer-shaped object remained on the ground with the rest of his men, at a considerable distance, stood around it. Stone would take a step towards the object. However, when he got to a certain distance from it, the object would take off and disappear out of sight.
According to Collins, officials from the special investigations department would soon descend on the compound just outside McChord Air Force Base. They would gather molds, take pictures, and even take the shells from Alexander’s revolver.
They would also take full statements from all those involved. Then, following their investigation, they would label the incident “Top Secret”. One, officially unsolved but not to be spoken of or even acknowledged.
As we mentioned in our opening, there are many who cast doubt on Collins’ version of events. Despite his apparent connections to other whistleblowers such as Richard Doty, who as we have examined in previous articles, have, intentionally or not, seemingly become intertwined with disinformation.
However, as in other such cases, some of the smaller, seemingly trivial details would appear to be of importance in weighing up the credibility of the case. For example, radios mentioned in the report were claimed to be HT 220, which were most definitely produced just prior to the incident in 1969, meaning they were very likely to be used by the United States military.
Furthermore, the revolver used by Sergeant Alexander was an SW Model 15 .38 Revolver is also a detail that would check out with what the US military would have issued at the time.
Skepticism And Controlled Psyches
What should we make of the apparent battle with alien creatures at the compound near McChord Air Force Base? The skepticism of some aside, many details of the account ring true with others. Not least the apparently intense interest these creatures – whoever or whatever they might be – seemingly have in the military installations around the United States. And indeed, other similar military facilities around the world. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
January 11, 1966 Infamous UFO at Wanaque Reservoir, NJ. I want to share my Uncle’s sighting which has been in the family for many years with everyone. This actually started me to be interested in the UFO Phenomenon. I was 5 years old living in Passaic County, NJ. I remember the phone call that we received from my uncle that night who lived in Wanaque, NJ, on Snake Den Road.
I remember my father answering the call and my very excitable Uncle was talking to my father about him seeing this object over the reservoir that was very bright and changed colors with a beam shooting to the ice covered reservoir with no sound. As my uncle who was talking a million miles a minute, I remember my father telling him to calm down many many times!! My Father replied: “I can’t understand what you are saying!! as my dad was laughing”..
My dad finally pick out pieces out and figured out that my uncle witnessed the “UFO” or “Object” hovering over the reservoir just North of West Brook Road Bridge..
Anyone familiar with West Brook Road will know that this part is a short small skinny lane what appears to be a dam that crosses the reservoir.. As my uncle was driving North from Pompton Plains on Ringwood Ave. then attempting to make the left onto Westbrook Rd he saw the Object in the sky with many onlookers parked around the area.
My uncle watched this object sit there and beaming a “Light” on the ice. My uncle insisted that the object was not any aircraft or helicopter or balloon.
I’m not sure what happened after that but the object departed. South towards Ringwood Ave. My uncle was so excited, he drove to our home the next day and told us the story. I was amazed and stunned as any 5 year old would be. So, as my uncle was explaining what he saw and witnesses it was something to hear that day and I was somewhat part of a historical sighting of a UFO.
Joe Rocks recently sent an e-mail to Jan Harzan at MUFON HQ.
I setup that interview with Linda and the NY Reporter back then Michael Kuzmicz. I wanted to do a documentary on the Wanaque UFO incident, since I am a native of Wanaque. Myself and Mr. Kuzmicz spoke on the phone a few times and he e-mailed me some information. He is a very nice man. I had an incident happen to me and I think he got a little scared not sure because he said maybe we were being watched. This was right after I left the Wanaque library to make copies of all the articles of the UFO incident. When I first got to the library there was a black car parked facing the street with a older man inside he looked as if he was watching me. So I went inside and asked where I can find all the Wanaque UFO articles and newspaper clippings. They said it was downstairs and another person handed them to me. I was at the copier making copies and this man who was in the car came downstairs and he looked like he was looking around for someone. He then found who he was looking for I assume when he saw me and watched me making copies the whole time. I wanted to say something but I didn’t. I gathered my copies and left the library. This felt a little uncomfortable as I was thinking men in black for some reason. Maybe a mile down the street my Silverado got rear ended hard, hard enough it pushed the bed of my truck in. Shook me up a little bit then police showed up. I know almost every cop in Wanaque so this officer was a friend of mine. He asked if I was ok and I said yes, so I proceeded to tell him about the documentary I was going to do about the Wanaque UFO and this man watching me at the library. The officer said maybe you are being watched. I laughed but in the back of my mind I was really thinking maybe I was being watched. Was it coincidence or not? I’ll never know. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
I was in the backyard cleaning up after a bonfire and then I was looking at the stars . Then I seen the object. I noticed that strange movement which is nothing like any aviation technology known it was not a weather balloon. I grab my phone to take pictures which I have . It moved in several different directions before speeding off leaving a trail which is the best picture I have. Please see pictures, I’ve never believed in a UFO. I always thought it was fiction and imagination but I have no other explanation for what I’ve seen . Not just the structures ability to move in all directions but the trail that left behind it was not normal, almost like light and all 5 pics were taken within 5 seconds. It seems to get smaller or further away, then then last picture it moves like an “S”. just look at the pictures. I’m open to talk more.
On the morning of 10th September 1951, at 11:18 am at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, an Army Signal Corps student radar operator, Eugene Clark noticed something strange on his radar monitor. An unidentified object that moved so fast the automatic setting mode couldn’t keep up with it. If he had wanted to keep this anomaly to himself, he had little opportunity. By pure coincidence, several visiting high-ranking officers were stood right behind his station when the bizarre object showed on the screen. All watched, apparently in as much amazement as the young student.
The object took only seconds to travel up the north-east coast of the United States. Estimates would suggest it was traveling at a speed of at least 700 miles per hour. The strange object would disappear off the radar screen somewhere near Sandy Hook. And very close to the city of New York. Urgent and dramatic debate filled the room immediately following. Then, seventeen minutes later at 11:35 am, came a visual sighting just south of Sandy Hook. And what’s more, the witnesses were two US Air Force pilots in the air in their T-33 Jet.
The pair, Lieutenant Wilbert Rogers, who piloted the jet, and Major Edward Ballard Jr., who was in the rear seat, were flying northward at an altitude of 20,000 feet over Point Pleasant, New Jersey. They were heading towards Sandy Hook when they encountered the mystery craft.
It Was “Banking Left” And Was “Too Fast” To Be A Balloon!
It was as they made their way towards Sandy Hook that Rogers would spot a “dull, silvery object” passing beneath them and moving in the opposite direction. He would estimate it to be around 12,000 feet below their height, which would put the strange craft at an altitude of around 8,000 feet. As Rogers spoke to his co-pilot, even tilting the plane slightly to the left so as to keep the object in sight, their conversation spewed from the speakers in the control tower. Records exist of this conversation. And what’s more, it shows that both of the pilots were alert and completely aware of the bizarre scene unfolding around them.
They would describe the object as “discus-like” and between thirty to fifty feet wide. Both pilots, incidentally, would also reject the notion offered from the control tower that the object they were witnessing was merely a “balloon” stating it simply moved “too fast” to be such an object. Besides which, it was purposely “banking left” which a balloon wouldn’t do, and certainly not at that pace.
By the time the object had completed a 90-degree turn, it was obvious it was heading out to sea. Rogers would attempt to follow the object. But while he had lowered his altitude to 17,000 feet, he was still nearly 10,000 feet above it. And what’s more, he was losing pace with it. Eventually, it disappeared out of sight. He would add later that, from memory, a trained, military one at that, the object was “perfectly round” as well flat aside from a raised center section.
While the incident itself, at least for now, was over. The investigation and world’s glare wasn’t. Not by a long way.
The Balloon Theory Doesn’t Support Its Own Weight!
The notion that the object was a balloon, based on the report’s notes of the radar operator during the initial sighting, is one that doesn’t support the weight of its own scrutiny. The radar operator would note how “unusually strong” the radar return was for this strange anomaly. So strong, in fact, that it was “comparable to that usually received from a coastal ship”. What’s more, the operator in question at first believed the return was from a ship off the east coast of the United States. Only when he noticed just how fast the object was moving did he realize it wasn’t a ship. In short, whatever it was, it wasn’t only moving extremely quickly, but it was huge in size – an anomaly in itself.
In fact, so fast was the object moving, that radar operators (a second operator also began to track the object shortly after it appeared) had to switch to manual tracking “in order to hold the target”. They would continue to do this for the “maximum tracking range of 32,000 yards”. Furthermore, the object was moving “at a speed several hundred miles per hour higher than the maximum aided tracking ability of the radar sets”.
In short, then, that it might have been an incident due to radar operator error was ruled out, as both operators quite obviously tracked the same object and experienced the same difficulties in doing so. And with that in mind, equipment error can also be ruled out, as both radar controls ran as exactly as they should have given their capabilities. That the two operators’ sighting was the same as the object seen by the two experienced aircraft pilots is almost beyond doubt. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
One of the very first sightings of what could be a UFO occurred as early as 1865, over 35 years before the first known flight at Kitty Hawk. Fortunately, there are still newspaper accounts of this and other early sightings of days long since passed. The Missouri Democrat dated October 19, 1865 gives an account of the sighting of an unknown flying object under the headline of
“A STRANGE STORY-REMARKABLE DISCOVERY.”
The story was reported by one James Lumley, who was a trapper. The report stated that “if” what Lumley reported was true, it would shake the foundations of the scientific world. Lumley claims that in the middle of September, he was trapping in the mountains at a location about 75-100 miles above the Great Falls of the Upper Missouri River.
Just after sunset, Lumley saw a “bright, luminous, body” in the skies. This body moved very quickly to the East. After five seconds, the unknown object burst into pieces. He soon heard a thunderous explosion followed by a “rushing sound.” This explosion shook the ground. He could smell sculpture in the air.
About two miles from his campsite, he could see a path cut through the forest. Whatever had come through the area had leveled everything in its path. He soon discovered the cause of the great destruction, a giant object which was made of a rock-like material.
This object had been driven into the side of a mountain after ripping through the forest. This was much more than an asteroid or comet: the object was divided into compartments.
Also, hieroglyphic-like symbols could be seen carved into the object’s surface.
He also discovered fragments of glass, and strange liquid-like stains located in several places on the object.
Almost humorously, the newspaper account ascertains that the object “had” to be a meteor which was used by extraterrestrials. Their theory was that these other-worldly beings traveled on meteors, and would eventually land on Earth, and put mankind into wholesale servitude. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
The Falcon family were traveling to Florida from their (then) home of Tennessee – a long journey in a cooped-up car, especially for the main witness of the report, 4-year-old Celestian Falcon. His father had been transferred again by the military, hence the sudden move in order to find housing for the Falcons.
It was during this journey that a “strange lighted craft” appeared, seemingly out of nowhere behind their moving vehicle. It was at a distance of approximately 200 yards, maintaining its distance and moving slightly to the left of their position.
When his mother saw the object, she let out a scream. Even more so when it appeared to close in on their car.
Celestian would recall how the underside of the craft had “large red lights” shining downward. From the top came another glowing light, this time from “windows”. All the while, with the craft getting closer and closer to them, his mother screamed.
Around them, other cars, as if sensing the Falcon vehicle was the intended target of this bizarre and otherworldly craft, steered around them and sped off into the distance. One such road user almost pushed their car off the road such was their eagerness to get past. Even more bizarre was the odd car that was traveling the other way would all do “immediate U-turns” as soon as they caught sight of the aerial monstrosity.
One car behind them, however, would pull over on the road, and settling to their right-hand side. Then, the Falcons’ car engine spluttered and died. Celestian noticed his father looking in the rearview mirror, clearly observing the vehicle behind them as well as the bizarre craft hovering in the air. He also witnessed his father reach for his gun before he exited the car.
Witness To Alien Abduction!
Almost as soon as his father stepped from the vehicle the strange object turned and moved straight towards him. This caused his father to rush back inside the car and attempt the engine repeatedly, attempting to force it turn over and start.
As he did so, Celestian’s mother pushed him deep into the back seat, shielding him and telling him “not to make a sound”. He could, though, see out of the back window and to the other car just short of 50 feet away.
The driver had also exited the vehicle and appeared to be trying to hide his (presumably) girlfriend in the trunk. As he was doing so, however, “several five-foot-tall aliens” suddenly appeared and surrounded them.
Celestian continued to watch as the young man went to strike one of the creatures with the tire iron he carried. Before he could, though, the creature nearest to him reached out and touched him with a strange “silver prod” which appeared to immediately paralyze the young man. This is an interesting detail that comes up a lot in other UFO reports. Both the metallic rod device, and the causing of paralysis.
As the young boy continued to watch, the creatures wrapped the couple in “silver blankets” before they began to rise into the hovering craft above.
Then, a “pinkish light” burst into the Falcons’ car. Everything went quiet and Celestian remained as still as he possibly could. The next thing he knew the car door was opening and a strange hand reached in and grabbed him, pulling him out of the vehicle.
A Silver Room With Human-Looking Fetuses!
He must have blacked out or blocked the following moments from his memory as the next thing he realized he was waking up inside the spacecraft. Celestian quickly scanned his eyes around the strange room. He realized he had been separated from his family, who were also in the room, but grouped together. His mother was seemingly in hysterics and trying to move towards him while several of the alien creatures forced them back.
A “reptilian-like alien” had him in its grip and proceeded to take him out of the room and down a set of stairs. He was taken into a large room with windows on one side and a large table in the middle. Out of the windows, he could see the road outside and so knew he was still on Earth and not anywhere in deep space.
Of more concern to the young boy, however, were the “jars of human looking fetuses rowed beneath the windows”. There were more jars around the walls of the room. As he scanned his environment, he noticed several of the alien creatures coming in and out of the room through two doorways opposite the window. Although he wasn’t sure how he knew, he seemed to think that these doorways led to some kind of cold storage like a walk-in refrigerator.
His family was brought into the room also. His mother was placed on the large table where a large silver needle pierced her skin and sedated her instantly. Before he witnessed anything more, however, he was moved out of the room and into another compartment.
Reptilians, Grays, And Humans?
When he entered the room, he noticed how the white light seemingly reflected off the silver that made up the entire interior. He also saw “two green-skinned reptilian aliens” who appeared to be engaged at the main control panel.
Then, he heard the sound of a woman screaming, seemingly coming from a room to his left. Even more unsettling was the sound of a male voice, in as much distress. It called out:
Help us we are being attacked by monsters!
Some kind of fight seemed to break out in the room. Celestian could hear several bangs and rapid movement of feet. Then, two of the aliens ran from the room and appeared to set off some kind of emergency signal. Several of the alien creatures responded and ran into the off-set room. In a moment, everything went quiet and still.
While all of this was happening, an elevator opened behind Celestian and two alien creatures wearing NASA-type spacesuits complete with bubble helmets walked out. Each was just under five feet tall, with “large gray heads” and “large round human-like eyes”. In their hand, one of these creatures held a silver box.
The young witness’s mind already on the verge of collapse was stretched even further when a “strange human” appeared on a balcony in the room and made his way towards the scene below on some kind of perpetually extending escalator. He was dressed in a tight-fitting black suit and had a hat in the shape of a V in his head. There was also a soft patch in the suit with strange symbols on it.
For some reason, Celestian remembered the man as Spanish, with a “short-cut beard” and standing at around six feet tall.
An Immediate Understanding Of Telepathic Communication!
When he spoke to the other aliens in the room, he did so telepathically. However, the young boy could still very much “hear” what was being said. And what’s more, he could understand it.
According to his memory, the aliens were “diving for a device” that was lost in a “deep mud swamp”. Although they had found and recovered a part of it, the other section remained lost, presumed at the bottom of a muddy Georgia swamp. The “human” ordered another search of the area.
The next thing he knew, Celestian was led to another room by two small gray aliens before being taken to another “human-alien”. Again, picking up on their telepathic talk, he “heard” that they should be careful as some of the humans were fighting back.
The guard was actually a mechanic on the ship. Celestian could see he was in the main engine room. What is interesting here is the description of “three cylinders” at the top of the room and “two long shafts” that ran seemingly to and likely through the floors. This description, once again, surfaces in several other close encounter accounts.
The mechanic, dressed in an all-in-one orange overall-type suit, turned his attention back to the device he was working on. It appeared there was a problem with the engine which he was attempting to solve.
When Celestian walked closer to see what the “man” was working on, he could see a “blue-silver atom core” casting its glow into the room. Before he could take in any more detail, the mechanic, with a little bit of impatience in his voice, ordered him into one of the side rooms while he carried out his duties. He did as he was told, waiting there patiently.
An Apparent Imminent Attack!
The small child was eventually led out of the engine room and back to one of the rooms he was in previously. Once more, two gray aliens escorted him. There appeared to be some significant commotion taking place all around him.
As he walked along the corridors, he tried to peek into the various rooms that led off from them. In one particular room, he witnessed what appeared to be the man from the car behind them. He was seemingly hooked up to various devices and the silver blanket lay at his feet.
By the time he was back in the main room near the elevator, a telepathic conversation ensued once more. According to what Celestian could understand, their craft “had been found” and “they were coming to destroy” them.
Celestian wasn’t sure who “they” were, but he felt a sense of panic run through the occupants of the craft. He heard another voice claim that “they were getting close” and there were approximately 12 minutes before they would be visible to their targets. Then, one some kind of screen, two US Air Force fighter jets appeared.
Several of the aliens were watching the screen also. In fact, so detailed and close-up was it that Celestian could see the pilot’s face through the glass of the cockpit. He could also see, or perhaps sense, as could the alien occupants, that the jet was armed and moving in for attack.
An Emergency Journey 40 Minutes Back In Time
Activity inside the craft exploded as the occupants seemingly took to their positions. During this, the young boy managed to see inside another of the rooms off to the side. In it, wearing ominous black, hooded robes, were several “gray alien humanoids” seemingly older than time itself. When they noticed him watching them, Celestian got a feeling of absolute arrogant indignancy from them.
While this sounds like a detail that belongs in a medieval castle, it is perhaps surprising at how many close contact encounters and alien abduction accounts mention these strange hooded figures.
Things became extremely confused in a hurry as something akin to controlled chaos reigned inside the ship. The witness could remember “hearing” bits of the panicked conversations. The aliens were, it would appear, going to travel back in time, only 40 minutes to “before they were picked up on radar”.
As this was happening, Celestian was placed on one of the silver tables and strapped down. Then, he blacked out, seemingly from some kind of medication as he could still “feel” things happening around him. For example, he distinctly remembers someone moving the table, of it “moving uphill” and then rolling backward into place.
Blurred Memories – In And Out Of Consciousness
Then, when he awoke, all was calm, and he was in the first part of the ship at the start of his bizarre and unnerving journey.
What followed was several episodes in and out of consciousness. While he was awake, although far from alert, he could see a plethora of operations and procedures taking place around, and to him. At one stage he appeared to be hooked up to a monitor that resembles a VCR player. During another waking episode, he could see “rings of oracular light” swarming around his body.
It appeared the taller, reptilian-looking alien was in charge. He recalled at one stage a disagreement between the smaller “gray aliens” and this reptilian overseer. Although Celestian couldn’t fully understand, the taller reptilian would order the procedures to continue.
He would black out once more, only this time he could feel a pulling on his stomach and then a sensation as if something was reaching inside him with strange fingers. A “dull pain” immediately spread from this area.
Then, another entity appeared beside him. Now not sure if he was awake or not, the situation turned even stranger.
The “Angel” And The “Child Of God” – A Truly Bizarre Situation!
This new entity appeared very “angelic” to the young boy. Indeed, it even claimed to have been “sent from God”. Not understanding what this “angel” meant, Celestial could clearly hear him order the reptilian to “put him back”. Even stranger, this boy was a “child of God”.
Still in a bizarre realm of consciousness and dreaming, the young boy heard the reptilian claiming that no harm would come to him and they would indeed return him and his family. To this, the “angel” warned them once more to:
…put the child back now and let them go or you will be destroyed!
With that, the angelic person vanished. Celestian might have been able to easily dismiss this chain of events as a hallucination of his own mind. That was until he heard the reptilian creature, with ample concern in his voice asking “did you see that? What was it?” It then turned its attention back to the witness, asking him directly and accusingly, “What are you?”
Then, answering its own question, the reptilian said:
I don’t know what you are, or what that thing was, but we are not going to find out!
Before he blacked out once more, he heard the creature ordering the gray aliens to find the angelic being and bring it back to him.
More Visitations At The Family Home
The next time he awoke the Spanish-looking human was standing over him. He felt tired, exhausted and extremely wobbly. However, even at such a young age, his body surged with a sense of relief and that he was “still alive”.
He and his family were taken from the ship and led back to their car. Celestian noticed how his mother and father both appeared to be in a “trance-like” state. He also noticed several burn marks on the left-hand side of his father’s face.
Things remained calm for several more minutes before each of his parents seemingly came out of their trance together. His mother immediately began screaming telling her husband to “Step on it! Step on it!”
He did so and the car sped away into the distance with a screech. Celestian would look out of the back window just in time to see one of the aliens board the craft, which then shot up into the night sky and vanished in a second.
Although, at least to his knowledge, his parents wouldn’t acknowledge the incident, strange encounters would continue into the future. For example, strange humanoid “aliens” would appear in the family home. Sometimes even “walking through walls” from one room to the next. They always wore silver belts with various silver, futuristic gadgets on them.
Most often, his parents would awaken from a trance-like state following these visitations. On at least one occasion, the family’s neighbors would make a report of “strange UFO activity” at the same time as one of the visits to the Falcon family home. They would report that a metallic, silver disc hovered over the area for some time before vanishing.
Whether these visitations continue, with Celestian Falcon or other people around the world is unknown. NOTE: The above images are CGI.
Although the exact date is not clear, one summer’s evening in late-June or early-July 1972, Hilda McAfee – herself in her late-50s at the time of the incident – was driving her elderly mother home to Deming, New Mexico from nearby Las Cruces. The night air was still warm and the skies overhead remained clear but dark.
She was making her way down a virtually deserted Interstate 10 at a little over 60 miles per hour. Certainly not speeding along but not drifting either. It was as she watched the road in front of the car rush to meet the glow from her headlights when a sudden “beam of blue light” washed over them from above and slightly ahead of them.
An incident in the summer of 1972 near the town of Deming, New Mexico is perhaps another one of those “one-off, random” incidents that in reality was a precursory build-up to the UFO wave that would sweep across the United States the following year, with a number of such encounters featuring “humanoid occupants”.
The more we examine such incidents, the more, in some cases at least, they begin to form a loose picture and pattern. An almost subtle hint at an overriding big picture. One that is perhaps so outlandish and even preposterous to many, that it is simply dismissed as outright nonsense. This, despite the seemingly growing number of intelligent, high-ranking, and “academic” people issuing such similar hints.
Whether the New Mexico Occupant Incident falls into that category or not perhaps remains open to debate. It certainly contains several elements that would show up in multiple reports throughout 1973. As well as those that would follow, albeit more discreetly, in the years following.
It is perhaps down to us as researchers and enthusiasts to keep such cases on the backburners of the UFO community’s collective memory so we might reexamine them lest something new suddenly leaps out at us allowing us to contribute to that still murky but persistently clearing big picture.
The encounter was initially investigated by UFO investigator, Patti Morris, whose report would enter the public domain courtesy of the December 1975 edition of the APRO (Aerial Phenomena Research Organization) Bulletin. In fact, it was while investigating the (then) recent Travis Walton abduction in (relatively) close by Arizona that investigators first got wind of Hilda McAfee’s fascinating encounter.
A “Beam Of Blue Light” Out Of Nowhere On Interstate 10
The brightness was so intense that she could no longer see the road clearly in front of her. At one stage it appeared there was something in the way which McAfee had to “swerve around” in order to avoid. As she did, both women peered out of the windows to the chaotic blinding blue light.
It was then they could make out the “two men” stood within the brilliant blue glow. Each was “stocky” and wore “pale, blue, bulky quilted overalls” with black boots. Each also had a “wide belt” around their seemingly padded waists and thick gloves on each hand.
On their heads, each man had a helmet similar to a motorcycle helmet, with a dark visor covering all of the face. Although neither woman could see any symbols, insignias, or other markings at all, the suits were identical making them believe the strange attire was a uniform of some kind.
A Most Bizarre And Surreal Scene
The two women remained enthralled with the strange situation they suddenly found themselves in. Were these “men” working for the government on secret business? Might they be Soviet spies gathering secrets from American soil? Or might they really be, as bizarre as it might sound to them, visitors on a reconnaissance mission from elsewhere in the Universe? The bizarre object hovering above the pair would certainly suggest so.
As far as they could tell, the two men appeared unaware of their presence or their gaze as they continued to go about their business. One of them appeared to be working or repairing something out of sight of the pair, while the other stood facing him, seemingly talking to him. Next to them were several “black rods” although the pair could make out no further details regarding them.
Although the pair could clearly make out a “truck-sized” object above the scene, the brightness of the lights prevented them from noting any intricate details. They would both note, however, that despite the obvious size of the craft, there was no sound whatsoever.
Then, the car came to a screeching halt. The two women looked back. To their absolute amazement, the craft, the two men, and the glowing beam of blue light was gone. They looked around and then upwards for several moments, but it was as though whatever the object was and whoever the two men were, they had simply vanished into thin air.
If McAfee was alone, she might have considered the whole thing to be some kind of hallucination. However, the fact her mother very obviously saw the scene every bit as detailed and clearly as she meant she would dismiss such a notion almost immediately.
Whatever the explanation for the bizarre event, it was very real.
After effects And Further Tentative Connections To The Walton Incident
They sat there for several moments contemplating what they had witnessed and what might have happened.
Might, for example, the sudden beam of blue light have appeared in order to prevent their vehicle running straight into the two men. What might have happened if she hadn’t swerved to avoid it? Might it have somehow “repelled” their vehicle anyway? Perhaps that is why the light vanished as soon as the vehicle passed?
After taking a moment to gather themselves McAfee would restart the car and continue with their journey. However, the incident was far from over. At least for the two witnesses.
In the days that followed both women would begin to experience severe “burning and aching pains” in their upper torso. In particular, their chests and arms. One of them would go as far as to state that “even their bones” hurt since the encounter.
Both women believed these persistent pains had some kind of connection to the bizarre blue light, although they couldn’t offer any reasons why this might be other than it was their upper body that was exposed to the light through the windows of the car.
In another intriguing connection to the (at the time), on-going Travis Walton abduction and McAfee is the fact that she served as the landlady to the brother of Mike Rogers, one of the six witnesses to the actual abduction incident. McAfee herself would state that if it hadn’t have been for the media attention on the Walton case, with Walton having passed several lie detector tests at the time, she and her mother would most likely have not told of the incident. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
On the evening of 29th January 1976, 30-year-old Johnny Sands, a transplant to Las Vegas in order to promote his first country-western album, was returning home after visiting several radio stations in the towns surrounding the city. It was a little after 10 pm and the night sky had now taken charge overhead.
As he made his way down Blue Diamond Road, about 20 miles from the city center, he suddenly noticed what he first thought was a brightly lit blimp-shaped object overhead. For Las Vegas, this wasn’t particularly spectacular, so he continued to speed down the road unphased. However, several moments later, and after noticing the strange object appearing to follow him, his car engine began to cut out. He eventually pulled the car to the side of the road and exited the vehicle.
He went to the gas tank and physically shook the car a little. Satisfied he could hear the swoosh of petrol inside, he ventured instead to the hood of the vehicle. As he lifted it, though, his focus drifted upwards. The “blimp-like” object was directly above him.
He would later estimate it was around 60 feet long and approximately at an altitude of 1,000 feet. A “large, round ring” encompassed the middle section, and along its side, in the middle and evenly spaced out, were “windows or portholes”. On each end of the object, red and white lights flashed. He also recalled the color of the craft’s exterior was a “rusty-orange” shade.
The object continued to move, heading south of his direction. As it did so, it lit up the ground and mountains below. Then, it seemed to land on the nearby desert terrain.
Humanoids But Not Human!
Sands began to work on the car engine once more. As he did so, he noticed the low beam of his car headlights was on. He looked into the distance where his headlights faced. To his astonishment, two “figures” were heading in his direction.
Thinking they could be muggers, or worse, but not yet making a connection between the strange object and the two approaching figures, he began to move back to his car. However, try as he might, he was unable to move. He would later describe this as a strange feeling of not quite paralyzed and of wanting to move, but simply not being able to. As if there was a disconnect between the instructions of his brain and his legs.
Then, the two figures were almost upon him. One stopped around eight feet from him. The other, however, came much closer, no more than three feet away. He could now clearly see that although they were humanoid, they were clearly not human.
He would describe them as having the body of a young man at peak physical condition. Their faces, however, were almost ancient-looking, almost as if they were hundreds of years old. He would recall:
…bodywise, he looked as fit as a 21-year-old. But in his face, (and his) facial structure – I don’t know, something gave me the idea that this guy was 300 or 400 years old! It was a very powerful face…not ugly, (just) powerful looking!
Their heads were bald, and they also had neither eyebrows nor eyelashes or no other facial hair of any kind. They had jet black eyes, small with white pupils, a small “flattened” nose, and small mouths that neither opened nor moved, even when they spoke.
Appearance Of Floating Instead Of Walking!
Even stranger was the “gill-like protrusions” on each side of the faces which appeared to be constantly in motion. He would further describe these strange figures as being several inches short of six feet and barely 150 pounds in weight.
On their bodies were “black, silverfish all-encompassing overalls with no visible seams”. Later in their encounter, one of these humanoids would brush against his arm allowing Sands to feel the “rough, heavy duty sandpaper” texture of the strange fabric.
Around their waists was a white belt – the same color and design as a white strap which went from right shoulder to left waist. On the belt, several silver objects hung down about an inch in length.
Perhaps strangest of all, however, was the appearance that they were floating over the ground instead of walking. This could have been due to what appeared to be thick padding over the top and back of their feet. However, the lack of sound would also suggest to Sands that this was the case.
He would estimate a 10-minute conversation then began, much of which, as we mentioned at the beginning, he would not relay the details of the encounter at the request of these strange entities.
“We Know Where You Are And We Will See You Again!”
He was, though, happy to speak of several questions the strange humanoids asked him. According to Sands’ claims, they would first ask him why was there in the first place to which he replied he was “an entertainer” and “in Las Vegas to do a show”.
With the glittering lights of the casinos, light shows, and all manner of hedonistic entertainment taking place in the distance, the humanoid enquired why so many people came to the city. To this, Sands tried to explain that many tourists visited the city for many different reasons.
Then, the humanoid asked:
What is your means of communication?
Sands explained that he was confused by this and didn’t fully understand the question. He began to explain there were “several types of communication” available to them. Then, the humanoid interrupted him with an impatient tone telling him to “answer the question”.
Becoming a little unnerved he tried to explain again that he didn’t understand what was meant by the question. After a moment or two, the humanoid turned to face the other. They would simply stare at each other for around two minutes.
This last detail is an interesting point. Although Sands doesn’t state so, it is possible that the two humanoids were communicating telepathically. Especially given their last question. As well as the many cases of similar close contact that state as much.
Then, the humanoid turned back to face Sands, stating in a deep voice with “noticeable spacing” between each word:
Don’t say anything about this meeting. We know where you are and will see you again!
And with that, each figure turned and walked back into the night, towards their waiting craft. Then, a “flash of light came up” and they and the craft vanished.
Lie Detector Answers That Were “Not Consistent With Deception Criteria!”
Sands would estimate the entire scenario took no more than 10 minutes from his car stalling to the flash of light which saw the figures and the craft vanished. As soon as they had left, though, his car started immediately. He started out immediately, making his way back to Las Vegas.
Upon arriving he would make a report of the encounter to Las Vegas Police Department. However, they would send him to nearby Nellis Air Force Base, and specifically, the Office of Special Investigations.
Once there, it became clear, whether intentionally or not, that no one was able, or wished to assist him. The person he spoke with at the Nellis base would claim that they no longer actively investigated UFO reports. And furthermore, their radar didn’t pick up anything out of the ordinary on the night in question.
Incidentally, it would later come to light following APRO investigators efforts with the case that police in the Las Vegas area did receive several reports of an unusual object on the night in question. It not only matched the one described by Sands, but the timeframe of the sightings was also the same as Sands’ encounter. NOTE: The above images are CGI.
Of all the military bases in California, UFO activity haunts Edwards Air Force Base more than any other. And what’s more, these sightings would suggest military knowledge, or even involvement, or extraterrestrial activity on Earth.
In fact, sightings over the military facility go back to only days after the Roswell incident on the 7th and 8th July. Over that 24-hour period, “dozens of military officers and pilots” witnessed several flyovers by saucer-shaped craft. In the words of UFO researcher, Michael David Hall, the incident:
…really shook up the Pentagon (and) were the pivotal event which sprung the United States military into serious action on the saucer mystery!
This event, according to Hall, would lead to the US Air Force in privately giving orders to their personnel. That all reports of UFOs should go directly to the Technical Intelligence Division of the Air Material Command.
The sightings, however, would continue, on a semi-regular basis right up until the modern era. And like many other parts of the United States, sightings in the fifties and mid-1960s were rife. And what’s more, these are only the sightings from official reports.
One of the most famous sightings would see several military jets take to the skies in pursuit of multiple UFOs that hovered over the base on the evening of 7th October 1965. This particular sighting involved several high-ranking military personnel, as well as confirmation from multiple radar operators. What’s more, the incident would last for several hours.
It is almost a certainty that other incidents remain in the minds of those who witnessed them. And many more that reside in respective graves of those who died without speaking of their encounters.
Without a doubt what makes the following account from the summer of 1971 truly intriguing is the combination of an abduction event that would result in an apparent UFO crash near to Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The incident took place only eighteen months before one of the most active years for UFO and occupant sightings in the United States in 1973. And given the similarities in descriptions to many of those sightings, it doesn’t take too much of a stretch of the imagination to consider that this encounter was perhaps part of the same overall “program”.
What’s more, like several other military facilities across the United States, Edwards Air Force Base has a long history of UFO sightings and encounters. We have looked before, for example, of the sighting of former astronaut and test-pilot, Gordon Cooper, who claimed to have witnessed a UFO land in broad daylight during rocket launch tests in May 1957.
Of course, we should also perhaps remind ourselves that Edwards Air Force Base was also the location of the alleged 1954 meeting between President Eisenhower and two different extraterrestrial races on two separate occasions.
Furthermore, the result of that meeting, if we accept for a moment that the claims are undoubtedly true, was the commencing of abductions of citizens from various countries around the world by creatures that would become known in the collective public conscious as “the grays”. With that in mind, then, what exactly happened that evening in the early seventies? And what connection does it have to the wider UFO and alien question? NOTE: The above images are CGI.