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By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
December 17, 1999

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NOTE: I would like to point out that these files contain initial reports from concerned people who spend a considerable bit of effort and time to report their sightings. They have observed, photographed, or video taped unidentified flying objects (UFOs). A UFO is not necessarily an alien craft, it may be any type of various phenomenon such as plasmas, Earth lights, classified aircraft, blimps, etc. The cases are investigated whenever possible and only a small portion are determined to be truly unidentified. This investigation may take weeks or even years. Often these initial reports are supported by others observers, creating a stronger case for a particular UFO. Hundreds of reports are received each month from high quality observers. ---George Filer

Arthur C. Clark stated, "We are either alone in the universe or we are not. Either case is over whelming!"


My experience chasing a UFO while in the Air Force has led me to believe that we are not alone in the universe. I attempt to show evidence that supports this belief. Officially, NASA, the US Government, most scientists, and numerous Ufologists feel that I'm wrong, and I admit I may be in error. I certainly could be, but many people who I never thought would agree with my perspective are sending letters of support. By far the hardest people to convince are those who claim to be Ufologists. This phenomena is a valid one that's needs investigation using scientific instruments and research. The phenomena is real and in my opinion the evidence exists in space, on Mars, and here on Earth. The scientific images of a large cylindrical shaped object taken by the Soviet's Phobos 2 scientific mission to Mars is virtually the same cylindrical shaped object described by a witness in the Florida story below. These images and testimony could be used in a court of law and should be considered as scientific evidence as well. The objects are reported by hundreds of witnesses each month. Insiders seem very worried and encourage these reports.

NASA claims they are searching for intelligent life on Mars with something like 15 Billion dollars of the taxpayer's money. I can only assume these are competent scientists with advanced technology.

On December 16, 1999, I phoned Doug Isbelle at NASA Public Relations (407 867-2468) who told me that better than 90 percent of all missions sent into space are successful. He did admit that something like 23 out of 31 probes going to Mars have failed. Only eight got through for a 26% success rate. I explained my theories that someone or something was laying in wait near Mars, and was preventing our space probes from getting through. He stated, "There is not much evidence anything is out there so they are reviewing their technology, computers, mission management, and the craft themselves to determine why Mars missions are jinxed. I told him, I was at one time a Flight Planner, intelligence officer and flyer that planned flights for the President of the US, various military transports and fighters. All flights were successful to my knowledge. If we lost over two-thirds of our aircraft we would have been fired. I suggested that if you even suspect foul play, you must make adjustments in how the mission is flown. There are numerous penetration techniques that might improve our chances of getting through to Mars and save billions of dollars. NASA has already announced that bacterial life once existed on Mars. Perhaps it has grown up? Furthermore, the 1989, last images from the Soviet Phobos mission showed a huge cylinder UFO closing on the Phobos spacecraft just before it stopped operating. Doug stated, "That was an old Soviet mission to Mars and not really of any interest to NASA." He assured me that they have decreased the cost of each mission down from the billion dollars each, and that the newer missions are much more reasonable. I wish to point out that Soviet Colonel Maria Popovitch, one of the world's most famous test pilots appeared on the television show Hardcopy with a video of a long cigar shaped object that apparently caused the failure of Phobos 2. Photos of the UFO can be seen on my Webpage. Hit, : "Is ET capturing our Mars Spacecraft?" at the top of the page.


THOROFARE - Nick Altamuro was driving to work on Route 295 on December 17, 1999, when he spotted a bright pinkish light in the sky at 7:15 AM. The light descended vertically and suddenly streaked off to the northwest disappearing at tremendous speed. The color and high speed movement was much faster than any normal aircraft in the sky and lasted for only 30 seconds. Thanks to Nick Altamuro Woodbury, NJ.


LANSDOWNE -- In a most unusual experience prior to this summer, myself, my sister Dolores and friend Kathleen Simon watched as a jet flew due west of Philadelphia. It formed a contrail along its path from which an object broke off of the trail, just a short distance behind the jet. Afterwards, the object veered off for about ten to fifteen seconds and then, vanished. The object was well defined so as not to be simply vapor from the trail itself. This curious event occurred May 30, 1999, 8:00 PM EST This has been, undoubtedly, the most outstanding incident in sightings for myself and others here. Thanks to: Michael Kelly

On December 15, 1999, at 9:52 PM a friend and helpful assistant with my UFO Discussion Groups at the local Sidetracks Cafe in Lansdowne, PA related having noticed a streak of bluegrass light through the window of her sixth floor apartment. The light came from the direction of the roof just left of her window which curved to the right. It seemed like a firework and made a popping sound. She was frightened and couldn't explain it. Her room glowed, briefly. We discussed the possibility of arcing electricity but didn't come to any conclusion. Michael Kelly <>Editors Note: We suspect a buildup of electrical energy or plasma causes this phenomenon.


DANVILLE -- Adam Clark reports that on November 4, 1999, at 5:30 PM my friend and I were outside talking when I noticed three disc shaped objects in the sky. I told my friend to look and we watched the three objects for about 30 minutes when the objects flew off. One of the disc objects was smaller than the other two. They were metallic gray in color. No detail could be seen. On November 18, we were outside again and my friend told me to look up, because the same three objects were in the sky. We watched them for about 10 minutes around 5:30 PM. Thanks to Adam Clark


NORCROSS -- MUFON State Director Tom Sheets reports that NUFORC has several recent cases posted from our area to include a November 21, 1999, illuminated object near Highway 141 in Norcross, possible disc hovered and then accelerated at a tremendous speed.

LAWERENCEVILLE -- On November 24, 1999, a circle shape was observed near Highway 316. It was the size of a large car sending out blinding flashes like lightening strikes. ASD Mark Ausmus of Lawrenceville also observed some sort of unusual explosion in the sky a little over a week ago. Possibly related to the above is a witness living outside of Cumming at the south end of Lake Lanier. He has observed unusual bright multicolored star like objects coming up above the horizon and then going back down. Within the last few days, the witness has observed these darting objects again.

ROME -- A few weeks ago, our Diane Headrick referred a witness to SSD Janssen in Rome regarding a 'ferris wheel' appearing UFO.

ZEBULON - On December 12, 1999, at 2:10 PM, a dump truck operator was unloading on County Line Rd. in Pike County. As he checked his outside mirror, he noticed a distant object in the sky, his truck facing to the SW, appearing just over the top of his mirror. He stuck his hand out and spread his fingers to measure it's travel from NE to SW and stated that it went from the tip of thumb to tip of finger in about 3 seconds. He continued to watch the object for about 10 seconds, describing it as round, aluminum color, glistening in the sun, about 3 times the size of a BB shot or small ball bearing at arm's length. The witness indicated that it had no aircraft like structures such as wings, tail etc. He had earlier been watching regular jet liners leaving contrails overhead, and that the viewing conditions were good in the blue sky. This witness was an attendee at a recent MUFONGA meeting.


DANDRIDGE -- On December 2, 1999, Patricia G. reports, "At 12:25 PM, I was sky-watching and saw a silver cylinder flying north to southwest rather flying slowly. I'm afraid I can't tell the altitude, but it was large." "At first I thought it might be a jumbo jet, so I looked through my binoculars, and to my delight there were no wings or tail, just a smooth silver cylinder. There was no jetstream or contrail." On Wednesday night, December 1, Patricia's daughter "saw a blue light that pulsated in the northeast sky. She said it was as large as a pencil eraser. She was driving home and lost sight of it when she got home." Thanks to UFO Roundup Vol. 4, # 33, 12/9/9, Editor: Joseph Trainor


John Thompson writes I think the December 5, 1999, flash was caused by a bolide. I believe the meteor blew up between Anniston and Birmingham. There was no direction to speak of because one or more pieces fell basically straight down. This would explain why most people near Montgomery and LaGrange only saw flashes and the folks in Tennessee only saw a flash. The radio manager down here was in a totally cleared area he said. He caught the "ball" just barely going down. In truth, he probably saw it at its highest -- 20 miles or higher -- and saw it disappeared because of the curvature of the earth between LaGrange and the location where it blew up at. The deputies probably saw much the same in Douglas County except they were looking more to the west whereas the radio man was looking to the northwest. It might have traveled somewhat down to the west but I'll bet it was almost a pure vertical free-fall for the ball and tail into Alabama. We know the bolide wasn't that high because of the witnesses in Alabama say they heard it only 1 1/2 minutes to 2 minutes later. Simple math of 760 mph for the speed of sound shows it was not more than 25 miles away when the flash occurred. That's not that high at all. Joel Vincent said that since the December 5, explosion he has had lots of callers from Georgia and Alabama saying that their have been crisscrossed "chem-trials" galore in the sky. Joel was implied a decontamination effort was under way. He asked if I had heard about "cow poop" hitting north of Atlanta in August. He said he got a call off the air that some stuff that can only be described as cow manure had seemed to have been hurled to the ground and splattered. It was not cow manure but it looked like this. Strange! I told him the Big Birds have returned! I was wondered what had happened to them. Best Regards, gin@wp-lag.mindspring.


TAMPA - The witness was driving south on Highway 75, and saw this cylinder shaped object in very pale muted blue and green cast sky. It stood out as a huge cylindrical upright object. It appeared as if the sky was a fabric and that this object was coming through a slit in the fabric. The witness was not sure what could be so huge and its vertical position like a column was unlike the horizontal positions of a plane, craft or birds, etc. It was solid white in color with a definite outline to it and it did not mover or change shape. The witness watched for about five minutes. The length of the object at arm's length was about the size of a new pencil, eight inches by half an inch in width. The witness also compares the length of the object to approximately six full moons, at arm's length. The sighting took place on November 9, 1996, at 9:00 AM. Thanks to MUFON's Baywatch Newsletter 12/99 editor Fred Miller.


SILSBEE -- Sue reports that she observed a UFO, 25 miles north of Beaumont, Texas on December 10, 1999. Sue was traveling home from work when she saw a large golden flying triangle at 5:00 PM. It appeared to be heading towards the ground on a fairly steep angle. She thought it might crash and looked for the smoke or fire and the sound of a crash, but there was none. She tried to get her husband to come outside and look but he doesn't believe in UFOs. This is the first time Sue ever saw a UFO. Sue said, "This is my first sighting ever." Thanks to: SANKYSUE13

HOUSTON -- On December 10, 1999, at 8:00 - My daughter was looking at the sky and asked me, "What is that?" and I replied it's the Moon. She said, "The moon is to the right!" I looked again and seen this bright light with what looked like lots of stars or fire maybe, behind it. I was amazed. We watched it for about 20 seconds and went to get my wife and she came out, but it was gone. We stood there a couple more minutes and saw it again going the other direction. First, we saw it coming down. The second time it was shooting up. I can only explain it as a strange feeling. It looked more like a rocket landing or missile. We thought Russia sent one at us, but the second time we saw it going the other way. Well, we were amazed. Thanks to the World Wide UFO Reporting Center


ELK CITY -- was visited again on December 16, 1999, by Contrails. The contrails were last observed on November 29, 1999, Scarecrow writes, "I observed a whole sky full of parallel contrails. There were huge lines in the sky at low level, all parallel. Then there were contrails crossing the first at right angles causing a checker board sky. Thanks to Scarecrow "Lions and Tigers and Grays, Oh My! Editor's Note: There are many stories explaining why Air Force and government aircraft are spraying large areas of the country with unknown substances. Some of the best explanations indicate that some kind of anti-viral, or anti-bacteria spray is being spread to kill disease or biological warfare agents.


CAIRO -- Egyptian pilots have threatened a US television station with legal action over a news report into the theory that Egyptian Flight 990 was brought down by a copilot suicide. All 217 people aboard the EgyptAir flight to Cairo died. The head of the Egyptian Pilots' Association, Captain Walid Murad rejected a report on CNN, which said the pilot suicide theory had not been ruled out. Captain Murad said: "The association reserves the right to take legal action against these allegations, which amount to defamation. "These accusations are unacceptable and I don't know on what they are basing them." US television network CNN quoted "two sources familiar with the investigation" as saying that a recently completed transcription of the cockpit conversations did not alter the suicide theory.

The sources said relief copilot Gambol al-Baitty was heard asking or offering to take the controls half-an-hour after Flight 990 left New York for Cairo, CNN said. He was then heard saying "I put my faith in God's hands", which he uttered "multiple times" before a series of unexplained maneuvers. The autopilot was turned off, the plane went into a dive, the elevators went in different directions and the engines were turned off, CNN said. The sources emphasized that the voice recorder information was not conclusive by it and acknowledged that there has been considerable debate about the meaning of the religious phrase, CNN said, EgyptAir president was not accepting the possibility that one of his pilots was responsible for the disaster. He said in an interview published in the Al-Ahram weekly, that "serious damage" to the aircraft's tail section might have been the cause of the crash. He said: "Serious damage to the tail unit caused, perhaps, by a collision with a solid body, would explain the rapid descent."


Bill Hamilton Executive Director of Skywatch International, Inc. writes that when I served in the US Air Force in the 1960s I was assigned to Security Service which reported directly to the National Security Agency (NSA). NSA is mainly concerned with signal intelligence (SIGINT) and uses the finest radio equipment to tune into the signals transmitted by various military organizations throughout the world. These military communications are often encrypted so that only the intended receiver can decipher them. We have heard from various sources that have worked within compartmentalized NSA projects that NSA may also be interested in intercepting signals from extraterrestrial sources in order to maintain national security. We know from documents released from FOIA requests that the NSA has maintained an interest in UFOs. The mission of tapping some type of signal from UFOs operating within or without our atmosphere, or from planetary bases of operation is conceivable. "There are many intelligence reports that NSA may have numerous "Deep Space Probes" some reaching beyond the orbit of Neptune. The real purpose of these space probes has not been determined. NSA/OCR is the reported office responsible for tracking these probes. Why then is NSA in deep space when the "threat" as we know it is centered here in the near Earth environment? A NSA source reported that one of these NSA Deep Space Probes detected a failed parachute on the Mars' Lander. NSA reported this to JPL, but JPL did not inform the public. And, the "Aliens" are reportedly suppose to have a base on Neptune's moon Triton. Perhaps these NSA Deep Space Probes monitor "Alien" activity in our Solar System? A list of the successful NSA probes can be seen at: Thanks to Bill Hamilton:


Mike Smeltzer comments that for several years I have watched a growing list of satellites and space probes just disappear. I watched footage of the Space shuttle Columbia explosion, only to discover less than one second before the explosion occurred, two UFO fly past at high speed (they only appear in two frames of video). This was the real beginnings of my watching of strange situations unfold (only two weeks after the shuttle explosion, the Russians watched Chernobyl go into meltdown). The list is growing. Several Canadian communication satellites just stop broadcasting. Two CIA black project Mars probes just disappear, one of which was launched shortly after our Mars probe stopped broadcasting. The other CIA satellite, after the Russian Mars probe video transmissions stop. The list goes on and on. Insurance company's are not only just aware of the tremendous lose of satellites but also the five fold increase in lost aircraft over the past several years. I feel some ones or some things are trying to tell us that we are NOT in control of the skies. (Snip.) Thanks to Mike Smeltzer <>


Researcher Joseph Stefula writes: In his book "The F.B.I. Files-The FBI's UFO Top Secrets Exposed," Nick Redfern, a FBI memo from SAC, Dallas, to Director, FBI, states they had received copy of a MJ-12 document. (MJ-12 Documents claim that an alien craft crashed at Roswell.) Dallas requested Headquarters discern if the document is still classified? Dallas would withhold any investigation in abeyance until further direction from FBI Headquarters.

FBI Headquarters inquired if the Air Force's AFOSI, Washington, DC, had any information on MJ12, the FBI would like to know? On November 30, 1988, Headquarters AFOSI advised the FBI that the document was "fabricated''. But Special Agent Frank Batten, Chief of the Information Release Division at the Investigative Operations Center admitted to Mr. Redfern that AFOSI had no records pertaining to MJ12 or any investigation that the papers were faked. This situation is odd to say the least, without any investigation how could Air Force AFOSI state to the FBI that the MJ12 document was faked? Redfern interviewed Col. Dick Weaver (ret). He , too, conceded, however, that there were "no documents responsive to Redfern's request for Air force files on how such a determination was reached."


Numerous experts have attempted to solve the mystery of the giant anomalous object picked up on November 21, 1999, at 14:45Z on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geosynchronous Orbiting Environmental Satellite (GOES) in orbit watching the Earth's weather. Nicla Camerin writes that he had observed the NOAA Satellite photos above Earth. These objects are not the moon. I looked at the images for the day before and after at the same time. If that object had been the moon, it would have been there on those days as well." The image appears to be a full disk, and in the left corner you can see another 'spot'. I zoomed in, and rendered and seems to be another 'object'. Do you have any idea at what timing are get this satellite images? 1/500, 1/1000, 1/8000 etc. In the full disk 4 seems to be a 'blur' in the top-left part instead of the bottom are defined. In the full disk there seems to be some kind of heat around the object. Thanks to Nicla.

Another person wrote US Military satellites also pick up the Fast Walkers on a regular basis. They are the ones knocking out our satellites.

Nick Balaskas nikolaos@York U. So does the Moon (about 15%). Astronomer Rik Hill checked this out and found that our natural satellite was at the right place, and showing the right phase to account for the oval image at the time the pix was taken. The shape of the object was due to the motion of the Moon, which caused trailing, even though the Moon phase was nearly Full, so the actual disk was about circular. The time between pictures was 30 minutes, not 15 minutes. Therefore the shifts of the Moon from one picture to the next are about 15 Moon diameters.

I sent an E-mail request to NOAA for any other images of the full Earth they have which also include the Moon in the same pictures. Until then, let's do a quick mathematical check to see if the alleged UFO Mother Ship was in fact the Moon.

The mean diameter of the Moon is: 3475 km, while the mean diameter of the Earth: 12,756 km. The mean distance of the Moon to the Earth: 384,500 km. The approximate distance of NOAA's GOES satellite to the Earth (since it is in geostationery orbit): 35,786 km. The approximate distance of NOAA's GOES satellite to the Moon (since the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth with respect to GOES, this will be 384,500 plus 35,786 or): 420,286 km. From trigonometry we get: tan X(M) = 3475/420,286 = 8.268 x 10^-3 And tan X(E) = 12,756/35,786 = 3.564 x 10^-1 where X(M) is the angular size of the Moon and X(E) is the angular size of the Earth. From the inverse tans we get: X(M) = 0.47 degrees and X(E) = 19.62 degrees, The ratio in sizes of the Earth to the Moon in the GEOS images should be 19.62/0.47 = 41.7. In other words, the Earth should appear 41.7 times larger. The diameter of the Moon (long axis) on the GEOS images I downloaded was about 3 mm (plus or minus 0.5 mm) and the diameter of the Earth was 96 mm (plus or minus 1.0 mm). This gives ratios as large as 97/2.5 = 38.8 or as small as 95/3.5 =27.1.

Observations: The object in the GEOS images is smaller than what we would expect for the Moon (assuming there is no pronounced distortions near the edges of the GEOS images). Also, the axis of the nearly full Moon phase (less than two days from Full Moon), should be parallel to the Earth's N-S axis. It isn't (nonsymmetrical distortions?). Yes, GEOS images of the Earth are taken every 30 minutes but it does not take up to 30 minutes to take this image so no trailing of the Moon should be evident. Note that the Moon revolves around the Earth once (360 degrees) in just over 27 days so in a 30 minute time frame the Moon would move in the sky by: (360 degrees / 27 days) / (24 hours x 2) = 0.27 degrees in 30 minutes. This is about a half Moon diameter, not the 15 Moon diameters you mention. If we assume it is the Moon in the GEOS image, since it is a few lunar diameters from the edge of the Earth and it moves about half a lunar diameter in the sky each 30 minutes, there MUST be a few more images of the Moon in GEOS images taken before and after this one. Conclusion: The object in the GEOS image (taken November 21, 1999, at 14:45Z cannot be easily explained as the Moon - it remains a UFO. Nick Balaskas, Physics and Astronomy, York University Thanks to Bob Young

There is some disagreement if the moon will show up on infrared. Anyone know? The Photos are located at:

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