At a little after 5 pm on 8th January 1981, Nicolai was at his home building a concrete shelter for an outside water pump. His home overlooked the land below it as it was built on a raised level. As he noticed how cold it was becoming, he heard a “sort of faint whistling”. He turned his attention towards the sound and in front of him was a “device in the air” at the tree-top height at the very edge of the land of his property.

He would distinctly remember the device “was not spinning”. And furthermore, it was “coming lower to the ground”. He moved closer to a stone cabin on his property so he could watch the object land. As it moved, there was no flames or clear sign of propulsion or an engine. Almost as soon as it touched down on the ground it rose again, the whistling sound still audible. It would take off with speed towards the woodland nearby. It had the shape of “two saucers, one on top of the other” and was a lead color.

The higher it went Nicolai could see “four openings” on the underside, although no lights or flames were visible from inside. Still a short distance away from where the craft landed, he would wait for a moment until he was happy it had gone. Then, he would walk toward the landing site.

Markings Of A Circle And “Abrasions”

Upon arriving at the location Nicolai could clearly see a circle around two meters across. Within this circle were “abrasions” or scorch marks. Following his reporting of the incident, further reports would reveal more intricate details of the area. One of those investigating groups was GEPAN who would investigate such mysterious sightings. They would find “mechanical pressure” most likely the cause of the impression left at the site. Very likely, the craft was of a weight of between four to five tons. Furthermore, indications were that the underside of the craft (at least) was of a temperature of between 300 to 600 degrees Celsius (between 500 and over 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit).

Due to the relatively close location of the Canjuers military base, Nicolai would ponder if the device was some kind of secret military reconnaissance craft. And while UFO enthusiasts had an obvious interest in the case, many theories bizarrely enough, would revolve around “natural phenomena”. This, despite the report of a very physical and real nuts-and-bolts machine. As well as GEPAN’s own suggestion that a four or five-ton machine had made the impression on the land.

In total, from him first noticing the strange whistling sound to the object taking off from the ground and disappearing out of sight, the incident would last no longer than a minute. However, the investigations would all agree it was the alertness of the witness and his ability to take in as much as possible that made such a short and otherwise mundane sighting so rich with detail and subsequent information.

Alien Intelligence Or Military Advancements?

Given the size of the craft, while it isn’t impossible by any stretch of the imagination for a single pilot to fit inside, it is perhaps more likely that the craft was indeed some kind of drone or scouting device. If this is the case, then, would it be one of military origin or from further afield? While it apparently had the ability of propulsion, possibly based on electromagnetic energy (given the immense rise in heat upon its take-off), that is of an advanced nature, the object didn’t exhibit any breathtaking speeds or movements.

With this in mind, then, is it more likely that the brief landing is one of a clandestine military craft? Either French or from one of the numerous American bases in France and other parts of Europe? Might it even be a secret joint international-type project? Perhaps the design and propulsion is indeed based on recovered extraterrestrial technology? This itself would be reason enough to discredit or gloss over the incident.

Or might the “downplaying” of evidence be another example of controlling what little information had already ventured into the public arena? Whether there is a connection or not, there are several similar sightings in France on record around the same time. And, possibly of more interest, an almost identical sighting in the immediate days following the Trans-en-Provence sighting, on the other side of the world, no less. NOTE” The above image is CGI.





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On the evening of 15th May 1951, the unnamed soldier was making his way back home. It was 11:20 pm and he had just finished his shift acting as a driver for QM Colonel Cousin. After leaving the car at the US base, around five miles outside of Salzburg, he began his journey home, taking a short-cut through an overgrown brush area.

There was no moon this particular evening and consequently, the abandoned patch of land was almost completely in darkness. Suddenly, he noticed a figure coming towards him. He couldn’t see much other than the general outline of the moving shape. However, it appeared that it was a person, roughly his height, and someone wearing a helmet. Before the figure reached him, it pointed something towards the soldier who heard a very audible “click” sound. He would attempt to lift his arms so that he could shield his face. When he did so, however, he realized he was completely paralyzed.

The dark figure came close and placed a strange black square on the soldier’s chest, strapping it tight around his back. When this was done, the figure walked around to the soldier’s front. It then pointed the device in his hand towards the square plate, turning and walking in the opposite direction at the same time. The soldier, as if connected by an invisible rope and still completely paralyzed, moved in sympathy with the strange figure. It appeared as though his body was completely weightless as the unseen force pulled him along.

A Room With Transparent Walls

The brushland opened out to a large field and as the soldier moved along at the mercy of this dark stranger, he noticed a round object in front of them. He continued towards the object, rising off the ground so he was above it. The figure appeared to press a sequence of buttons. Suddenly, a doorway opened out of nowhere underneath them. The humanoid went inside, and the soldier would drift in after him.

As they both floated downwards, he managed to take in more details of the strange figure. He was dressed in a black one-piece-type suit and had a white face and head. There were only holes where ears and a nose would be on a person, and its eyes were “compound like an insect’s”.

Finally, the soldier’s foot touched the floor and their descent stopped.

A quick scan of his surroundings showed he was in a transparent room as he could see the stars and the night sky through the walls and ceiling as if it were merely glass. He began to move once more, this time towards a doorway. Once he was inside, the figure clicked the device in his hand once more, and the soldier was free of whatever force had paralyzed and dragged him here. He sank to the floor in a heap. The doorway to the room shut and the room began to “shake”. It was then that he realized they were rising as he watched the ground below, through the transparent floor, become further and further away. Within a matter of minutes all around him was space aside from the Moon and the Earth below. This is an interesting detail as many other such encounters speak of “transparent walls”.

Traveling In Space

After a short while, full feeling returned to his limbs and he was able to get to his feet. Sunlight was also shining into the craft. He could now see clearly the figure who had brought him here. He might have wished he couldn’t as he would later describe his abductor as looking “like a devil”.

The creature was completely bald, as the glass helmet revealed. Its forehead was unusually large, as were its eyes. Once more the witness noted how there were “lots of little eyes within the two large eyes” and that the creature had “the eyes of a fly”. The skin was a deathly white. The black outfit had a dark, silver shine to it in the light. All the time while the soldier was taking in as much detail as he could of the strange humanoid, it didn’t look or attempt to communicate with him at all.

The round room was completely transparent aside from a large, black rectangle in the middle of the floor under the glass-like material. From each corner of this square, black beams stretched out towards the walls.

Suddenly the soldier felt the intense heat of the sun as it moved across his body. At the same time, he noticed the strange creature manipulating some levers on the wall where it stood. A “covering like blue water” covered the roof of the room (and likely the entire ship) and with it, the burning sensation immediately ceased. He glanced upwards at the roof. Although it now had a blue-liquid tint to it, it remained transparent.

He then noticed how close they were to the Moon. So close, he could see the intricate detail of the craters. As he was taking in this fascinating sight he noticed that the ship had stopped.

A Planet “Like Paradise”

After several moments he felt the movement of the craft again. He assumed they were going back down to Earth. However, he quickly realized that the Earth and the Moon were now becoming smaller and smaller in his line of sight. They were moving away from them, and fast. In what seemed no time at all, another cosmic body was quickly getting larger in their field of vision. Just as it seemed they would crash into it at full speed, the craft stopped. It then began to move downwards and towards the ground.

As they descended he took in the truly breathtaking sight of this unknown planet. Underneath them were fields of red, and of grey-green. Within these fields were several large “chimneys” seemingly purposely placed there. As the descent continued he could see that the sun was shining and the entire surroundings were lit up fantastically. The craft was heading towards one of the fields of red. The soldier could make out several bright blue rivers which ran straight and were of obvious intelligent design. He could even make out several bridges and what appeared to be roads. He would later describe the scene as looking “like paradise”.

As the craft came to rest in the red field, he noticed numerous saucer-shaped crafts, exactly the same as the one in which he was riding. He moved his focus across the entirety of the large field and quickly estimated there were hundreds of these other-worldly vehicles. They each shined different colors. Some grey, some gold, and some silver.

The craft stopped once more before dropping to the ground like a stone and at a rapid pace. Then, around twenty feet from the surface the ship positioned itself on a purposely raised platform. He would later state the planet was Mars.

Other Ships With Other Humans

Upon landing a glass door opened in the craft and the humanoid would leave heading to another ship nearby. The soldier used the device the humanoid had used to control him and managed to move outside the craft. As he scanned the scene around him, he was amazed to see other ships with humans inside them. On one there were two children. On another, he could see a man and a woman.

He turned his attention to the ground and could see the “red” were some kind of wildflower, similar to sunflowers. He could now make out patches of green underneath which he believed was grass. When he noticed his abductor returning he moved himself back inside the craft once more.

When the humanoid reentered the craft, it began to rise again. Within moments they were back in the blackness of space, traveling at untold speed. The soldier could make out a moon that resembled a “tin ball” approaching them. As it passed it, he realized it wasn’t a moon at all, but some kind of metallic spherical device. It has been suggested by investigators since that this object was some kind of alien satellite.

Several minutes later, he could see what he believed to be the Earth. Again, the craft approached the cosmic body at breakneck speed, stopping dead again once it hit the atmosphere. From there it would “glide down” towards the ground.

Upon landing the humanoid, using the device, dragged the soldier out of the ship and directed him to the spot of their meeting. It then clicked the device once more, before turning and leaving him alone. After several moments, he could see a “saucer shape” rising high up above him. He checked his watch. The whole encounter had taken only ten minutes. NOTE: The above image is CGI.





THANKS TO and Marcus Lowth