The Gulf Breeze Wave

This case documents encounters with UFOs and aliens that Ed and Frances Walters had in Florida. Gulf Breeze is a small community just outside Pensacola, Florida.

Polaroid photo taken by Ed Walters

Polaroid Photos

Beginning on November 11, 1987, Ed Walters and his family spotted a UFO hovering not far from his house. Walters grabbed his Polaroid camera and took a series of pictures. The fact that he used a Polaroid camera is important, and we’ll talk about that in a minute.  As Walters was taking pictures, a beam of pale blue light hit him, lifting him off the ground. Walters fought physically and mentally and was dropped back down. Over the next several months, Walters, his wife, and his children saw more UFOs. Walters even saw an alien in his backyard and chased it away. Ed Walters took more photos, including one showing a blue beam of light hitting his wife.

Another Ed Walters Polaroid Photo of Alien Spacecraft

A Past History

As Walters began to analyze what was going on, he realized that he had a long history of strange experiences. For the most part, he discovered what researchers already knew. People very seldom have a first alien experience as an adult. The experiences have been going on since childhood, but the person doesn’t think much about them and assumes that others have the same kind of “Twilight Zone” experiences from time to time.

The Walters’ were not alone. Many other residents in Gulf Breeze were seeing UFOs at the same time, so many that Gulf Breeze got a reputation as the place to go to see UFOs. People were out in lawn chairs every single night looking up at the sky. They were seldom disappointed. It seems that virtually every citizen in Gulf Breeze and many outsiders have seen UFOs there. As is typical with many UFO sightings, there were charges and counter charges of a hoax being perpetrated by Walters and his family. However, this is a valid and important case. Here’s why:  * Ed Walters is no flake. He is a respected businessman with an excellent reputation. He is a contractor and developer in the construction business. It takes a lot to maintain a good reputation in that business. Not only that, but the charges of a hoax would mean his wife and children were active participants in a complete lie. That simply is not very likely.

Part of the controversy stems from Ed Walters’ photos of the UFOs. They are quite vivid and very clear. Some were also taken very close up at a distance of only about fifty yards. Some of these craft look a little hokey, like they are from a 1950s ÒBÓ movie. But, that’s just how they look! These craft are said to be utility vehicles, like army tanks. Our modern-day tanks don’t look much different now than they did in World War I.   A side note about UFO photos. Photos taken of flying saucers are one of the greatest detriments to researching these craft. There have been many attempts at faking photos. Also, everyone has their own idea of what a real flying saucer should look like. If an actual photo doesn’t resemble the viewer’s concept, it’s often labeled a fake.   They’re Polaroids! This is the most important part of the Ed Walters/Gulf Breeze case. Walters used a Polaroid camera. Polaroid film has a very sophisticated chemistry. Polaroid photos can’t be faked! There is no negative to monkey around with, and any attempt to alter the image interrupts the development of the film and ruins the image. Also, the image begins to develop immediately upon exiting the camera. I know this because I worked for the Polaroid Corporation for five years.  Experts from Polaroid were called in to check out Ed Walters’ photos. They concluded that the pictures were real: that what was seen to be on the film was really there. In addition, they concurred that everything, such as the surrounding shadows, trees, and general distances, all these details were in proper proportion.








On November 11, 2014, a Chilean Navy helicopter (Airbus Cougar AS-532) was on a routine daytime patrol mission flying north along the coast, west of Santiago. On board were the pilot, a Navy Captain with many years of flying experience, and a Navy technician who was testing a WESCAM’s MX-15 HD Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR) camera, used most often for “medium-altitude covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance,” according to the product website. The aircraft was flying at an altitude of approximately 4,500 feet on a clear afternoon with unlimited horizontal visibility, and the air temperature at that height was 50 degrees F (10 C). There was a cloud base above at 10,000 feet, and a layer of stratuscumulos clouds below. The helicopter was flying at about 132 knots, or 152 mph.

At 1:52 pm, while filming the terrain, the technician observed a strange object flying to the left over the ocean. Soon both men observed it with the naked eye. They noticed that the velocity and the altitude of the object appeared to be about the same as the helicopter, and estimated that the object was approximately 35 to 40 miles (55-65 km) away. It was traveling W/NW, according to the Captain. The technician aimed the camera at the object immediately and zoomed in with the infra red (IR) for better clarity.

Shortly thereafter, the pilot contacted two radar stations – one close by on the coast, and the other the main DGAC Control system (Ground Primary Radar) in Santiago – to report the unknown traffic. Neither station could detect it on radar, although both easily picked up the helicopter. (The object was well within the range of radar detection.) Air traffic controllers confirmed that no traffic, either civilian or military, had been reported in the area, and that no aircraft had been authorized to fly in the controlled air space where the object was located. The on-board radar was also unable to detect the object and the camera’s radar could not lock onto it.  The pilot tried several times to communicate with the UAP, using the multi-national, civilian bandwidth designed for this purpose. He received no reply.

The technician filmed the object for nine minutes and twelve seconds, mainly in IR. This sensor produces a black and white video in which the black, white and grey tones are directly related to temperature. IR detects heat, and the hotter the material being filmed, the darker it appears on the image. The officers stopped the camera when they had to return to the base and the object disappeared behind the clouds.