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By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
December 12, 2001

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UFOs have been reported in New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, Colorado, California, Mexico, Ireland, Italy, and Australia. Scientific evidence of UFOs damaging the paint on automobiles in the US Northeast and Australia.


Charlene sent this e-mail, "I write you hesitantly and grudgingly, not wanting to have talked about this outside my marriage, but my husband has badgered me to report the event. I will therefore explain the incident on condition of 100% complete anonymity. I am a 30-year-old professional female, I'm not particularly interested in science, science fiction, nor have I seriously entertained the idea of UFO's previously.

On November 7, 2001, at approximately 1:00 AM, I had just finished a lovely dinner while visiting with my parents in a rural area. On my way home I was driving along a dirt road, which cuts through farmland until it accesses the main road. I was about half way along the access road when I noticed in front of my car an area that could best be described as distorted, like heat waves coming off a hot asphalt road in the middle of summer. (We live by the way in the Northeast, so it was certainly less than warm in mid November.) The headlights of the car began to flicker the radio, which I was listening to keep me alert for the ride home crackled then died. The engine stopped and I can only describe what happened next as a red glowing almost translucent, like a red glowing stove element, somewhat irregular shaped object appeared about 20 feet in front of my car, slightly to the left and hovered about 10 feet off the ground. The object sort of just appeared like it burst onto the scene from nowhere. I certainly did not notice anything peculiar previously to the object appearing. The object was irregular in shape, roundish but the edges were not well-defined and seemed to wobble or change almost like a cartoon animation. The object also seemed to be giving off sparks or something. The object maintained the same position for five minutes, best described as, morphed, or changed its shape into a pillar like shape, and its color went from translucent red to platinum silver and shot straight up into the sky at incredible speed.

The car began functioning again, the radio came back on, and I continued home convincing myself I had imagined the whole thing, that I was still sleepy. When I got home I explained the whole thing to my husband. My husband went out to check the car and noticed spots on the hood of the car where the paint had bubbled as if burned. The radio functioned but the CD player and digital clock no longer work. This was an odd experience to say the least and have talked to no one about it but my husband. We don't know what to make of this experience except that we are in agreement not to talk of this to anyone for fear of ridicule or worse. I have been having nightmares ever since and hope that perhaps by relating my experience can somehow alleviate some of the stress this episode has caused. Since this episode I cannot drive alone at night and even during the day prefer to be accompanied. The stress is beginning to take a toll, a patch of hair on my head has fallen out, and I suffer from headaches and sporadic shooting pains up my spine. I have sought medical attention for the physical symptoms and they can find nothing wrong. If the psychological symptoms don't subside I may seek professional help for them as well although I do not want to have to relate this experience to anyone. Thanks to Charlene.


Bonnie writes that on December 2, 2001, "I rose early, around 5:00 AM to run before the day starts; I let the dog out, most mornings." It's predawn, there is a full moon high in the sky, and to the east the sky is just getting purple. The dog is doing her thing. The moon is so pretty I stare at it for a bit, and under the moon is a thing, it's invisible in a night sky, but it is outlined by the moon's glow. I try to make it a plane, but it has no wings, no tail, and no nose. It is cylindrical, has flat ends, I think it looks like a pole. As I stare at it, it starts to move like a blimp, slow. It was lying horizontally under the moon, and it moves in jerky movements (like a rubber band, hard to explain) until it is vertical. Then it stops. Then a light came out of one of the ends, and it looks like a star. Indistinguishable from the other stars. (had I not seen it I never would have known). Then I believe I saw the first "shooting star" I've ever seen, when it took off in a southeasterly direction, which from here is the Atlantic ocean. The whole thing took place in a 15 minute span of time, at no time did it occur to me to get a camera, or call a family member. Thanks to Bonnie


SYLVA -- Gene writes that on October 8, 2001, at 10:00 PM, I walked to the deck in front of my house, looked up at the sky, and saw directly over my head a UFO flying south. The shape was a rectangle about 10 X 5 inches traveling like an airplane wing, completely lighted in an orange yellow color with flashing or rotating lights of blue and purple and a blood red bubble which expanded and contracted on the right three inches of this object. There was no sound and I observed this for 5 to 8 seconds. The next night at about 10:00 PM, I walked out of the back door of my house and looked toward the heavens and there straight above me was the same or another UFO like I had seen the night before. This time it was flying from west which would make the two sightings to intersect over my house here at in Western North Carolina which is: 35 degrees 20 minutes north latitude 82 degrees 15 minutes west longitude.

I had been talking to God regarding what the Magi or Wiseman saw that is called a Star in Matthew, which they saw two times. Once in the land they came from and then it accompanied them from Jerusalem to Nazareth where "it stopped over the place where the Child was." I am not surmising anything this just happened to me, and I was "overjoyed" just like the Magi were. By looking up supernovae on the Internet, I got a picture with these colors by searching "Barry Setterfield" who produced the video "The Christmas Star" which a friend Dr. Silas Anderson gave me in 1984, which showed me that Christ was born sometime in September or October. This showed me the date of October 1st which I had underlined several years before in Genesis 8:5. The colors in this picture are the same as I saw on the UFO. To see a supernova with all its colors go to: then click on Signs in the Stars. In Christ, Gene. Thanks to Gene


NORTH ALABAMA -- On December 2, 2001, the witness observed a slow moving oblong shaped object metallic in color headed east at 1:35 PM. The object made not no noise and disappeared in a flash.


LEBANON -- On December 4, 2001, and several previous nights at 10:50 PM on my way home from work driving north on Route 4 towards Lebanon from Scott Air Force Base and while driving east on new Route 50 to Carlyle I witness a ball of light moving across the sky at a very high rate of speed. I can't tell it's altitude or size. I drive at 65 mph and it comes into my view as I leave the base and it is gone out of my sight before I reach Breese, Illinois. The drive takes about 15 minutes. The object must cover about 300 statue miles in that time frame. It is first visible from the southwest looking from Lebanon and last visible in the northeast over Vandalia from the same vantage point.

((NUFORC Note: We have no idea what the witness has been viewing. However, since the witness apparently has been in motion during his sighting, we feel that he may have been witnessing a (stationary) celestial body, which gives the impression that it is moving, given that the witness has been moving. PD))


SOUTH BOSSIER -- On December 1, 2001, the witness heard a tremendous roaring sound, making his house vibrate, so he went outside on his deck to see two large low altitude craft flying over at 8:45 PM. The craft were about 2,000 feet or less in altitude. They had a strange lighting configuration. Both craft had very bright red lights in the center, and bright white lights on front and back. It was a clear night for viewing. The craft had no wing lights or small tail lights, just lights spanning the length of both craft! They had no green light or other lights that FAA requires. The craft were extremely noisy, rumbling and roaring, to the point, I feared a crash was about to occur! They were in view for too long to be conventional jets, judging by their size and altitude. Being so low and large, it was hard for me to comprehend how they could stay airborne. There may have been more than two, but when I went outside, only two were evident. Both were about the size of B-52 bombers. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


WINFIELD -- On December 1, 2001, the witnesses saw an object made up of streaming light that was approximately 1 1/2 miles long that made no sound. It was basically three streams of light that were blue in color. Two streams were originating from the cylindrical objects at 10:38 PM. Within the light streams were gold looking objects that on first observation looked like sparks. Intermixed within the sparks and blue rivers of light were many round shapes which were in reds and greens. These objects held formation. The blue streams of light appeared to be a half mile long though it was difficult to judge the size as it may have been very large and far away even thought it appeared to be very low and close. The whole thing was humongous. I guessed it to be 1 1/2 mile total length and moving at a very high rate of speed. There was absolute silence as it glided through a cloudless sky. This was preceded by two small light sources that looked like the eyes of the craft. We were unable to make out any structure and could only clearly see the streams of light. The light coming from "the eyes" was very contained and had no light between them and the craft, and the light source did not create a beam. They appeared to be totally independent. There appeared to be shades of red, green and blue lights around the cylindrical objects that we could see. When we switched off the headlights and engine to the car, it flashed a green light in our direction.

Fifteen minutes prior to this sighting, we had noticed a light in the sky falling straight down towards the earth that we thought was a meteor. We were just southeast of Winfied when we saw this. We drove through Winfield, and were about 5 miles north when we saw this craft. It came from the southwest going rapidly to the northeast. From the inside of the car, the view filled the whole windshield. At first it appeared to be two B-1b Bombers flying in very close and low formation. I got out of the car because I could not believe what I was seeing and realized there was no sound. We watched intently for the next few minutes until it just disappeared behind some trees. We headed in the general direction and never caught sight of it again. We tried to use our cell phone but had a huge echo and a lot of static. I am a recently retired Numerical Control Programmer for Boeing aircraft in the tool engineering department.

Editor's Note: NORAD announced that moving from the southwest to northeast pieces of a Proton rocket had disintegrated in Earth's atmosphere. NORAD has had a sudden increase in the number of uncorrelated targets reaching one hundred a day. The time difference between the two sightings is unexplained.

WICHITA -- At 10:20 PM, the witness spotted a formation of 18 to 20 bright objects leaving contrails on December 1, 2001. An entire formation (18 to 20 objects) of very "hot" streaking objects moved across the sky from our location moving from southwest to northeast. The "formation was led by two very bright lights leaving streaks of orange/yellow contrails. The balance of the objects (each leaving an orange very long very bright contrail) followed. The only description I can think of to describe the formation was like an almost dry paint brush run across a wall. The number of objects tended to decrease as they proceeded northeast from this location in Southwest Wichita.

((NUFORC Note: We suspect the witness is describing the reentry event that occurred at approximately 2120 hours. (Mountain) on Saturday, December 01, 2001. Please see: Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gary England Chief Meteorologist, KWTV NEWS 9, On December 2, 2001, at about 10:15 PM, my wife, two others and myself were in our car traveling south. One of us pointed to the west and said, "What is that?" A somewhat wild scramble to get out of the car for a better look, in the middle of Meridian Avenue, followed that comment. For a moment, the fuzzy lights appeared to be similar to the bottom side of an airliner. But in what seemed like a split second, numerous streaks of bright light were silently blazing across the western sky toward the north. Like so many of you who saw the event, I had never seen anything that could compare to it. It was absolutely beautiful as well as a bit scary for a brief period. I turned to my friend and commented that I certainly hoped we were not observing incoming ICBMs. As it turns out, a rocket was involved. It was a Russian Proton rocket, called SL-2 system. It was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan at 2:04 PM Saturday afternoon and had placed communication satellites in orbit. It then reentered the atmosphere and went into a never to be forgotten long duration, fragmented bright burn across a crystal clear night sky. Gary is a friend of Jim Hickman's and they have worked on several UFO cases together, including the "Unknown Flying' thing. Thanks to Jim Hickman

Editors Note: A series of witnesses reported the reentry in detail indicating the average witness is rather accurate in their descriptions. Two to 400 UFO reports are received each month indicating that many are actual unknowns.


COLORADO SPRINGS -- On December 2, 2001, the witness observed eight Lights in formation flying overhead. There were dots of white, blue and red. They were in a formation pointing east. The brightest was below the moon with two at 50 degrees forming a triangle. Off all three points there was a dimmer light. Then in the north two more lights were over Denver. My brother and I have viewed the R.W.B. for years. This the first time I've seen more than two in the sky. Note at the proper angle the formation appears to be an Eye of Ra pointing towards D.C. I have seen them for years and this is the first time more than two have appeared. Thanks to NUFORC


SANTA ANA/GARDEN GROVE -- While driving in Costa Mesa (Orange County south of Disney Land), at about 7:00 PM, I saw what appeared to be a lighted blimp in the northern sky. It seemed to be somewhere in the air space southwest of the Disney Land Area. As I was driving, I only saw the lighted blimp for a few moments and at a distance but it appeared to be nothing else but a blimp. I submitted this report because the object could very have been reported as a UFO.

ANAHEIM -- The witness a private pilot reports, "I was looking up towards the North Star on December 4, 2001, when all of sudden I saw two formations of lights in a triangle shape." Each formation was about 15 inches long. After a few seconds they changed formation into one large triangle, and one object was acting like a rover circling the whole triangle, then it added itself on to the formation, and they disappeared into the distance. They were at a very high altitude. I have never seen anything like this or reported anything in my life. I come from a family of fighter pilots and airline pilots, I have been around all kinds of planes and air shows my whole life. The speed and maneuverability of these objects was something I haven't seen before. If anyone else witnessed the same formations I would like to know. They were flying directly Southbound away from North Star.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness, and he sounded quite level-headed and sincere to us. We suspect that his report has no relationship to the sighting from Santa Ana/Garden Grove from the same date, but two hours earlier. Apparently, the movement of the objects was quite uncharacteristic of migratory birds, aircraft, or any other phenomenon the witness is familiar with. The witness identified himself as being a private pilot. PD)) Thanks


MOUNT POPOCATPÉTL -- Troy Allen notified me he is regularly observing UFOs over Popocatpétl one of the tallest active volcanoes, located sixty kilometers east of Mexico City. Troy is not located near the volcano but monitors the volcano's observation camera. Troy noticed on November 27, 2001, around 8:00 AM there were dark objects circling the volcano. Their speed and size ruled out birds or aircraft. Numerous UFOs have been sighted and caught on the volcano's observation cameras. Over sixty UFOs were spotted this summer alone. The volcano is active and often has cloud cover, but the UFOs are comparatively dark and can frequently be seen through clouds. They appear as dark specs but move like a powered craft. UFO s have had an interest in the volcano since its December 21, 1994, eruption, ending decades of slumber. Residents of the Popocatepetl area have also reported seeing lights that "fly" over the volcano for several years. Troy says, "After almost a year of repeated surveillance and a few thousand photos later, it is my belief that the so-called UFO flying saucer phenomenon in fact is a very real thing that is accruing throughout the world." Thanks to Troy.


DUBLIN -- On December 2, 2001, the witnesses observed a disk with red and white lights on it that just seemed to hover to the west! As we stopped at the traffic lights my Mam looked out the window and to her surprise she saw a disk shaped flying object in front of her! The craft started moving and she told all six of us to look out the window! As we looked out we all saw a craft with a red lights and white lights on it! It just seemed to hover to the west of the car! As we drove off it vanished out of sight! Thanks to NUFORC


A slump has been confirmed in the number of UFO reports published by Italian newspapers. This may be the result of the shift in mass media attention to the dramatic news events occurring at the international level. In fact, only 42 clippings appear with reference to the UFO argument, these gathered over the last month by the special agency Eco della Stampa for the Italian Center for UFO Studies. There being a sharp drop compared with the preceding months (monthly data from the last ten years are available on the C.I.S.U Internet site: The trend was also reflected in the number of sighting reports, which abruptly diminished during the second half of September. The data relative to the month of October confirm nonetheless the end of the summer wave) will be distributed by the C.I.S.U. next week. This is the English translation of UFOTEL, a free phone/Internet information service on UFOs edited weekly by Edoardo Russo for the Italian Center for UFO Studies (Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici), at


BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND -- A report has just come into MUFON from a man returning home from work in the suburb of Fernvale. On arriving just out of Ipswich his wife contacted him by mobile phone to pick up some milk on his way home. He stopped at a small shop at 7.35 PM, just this side of Brassall fifteen minutes drive from his home in Fernvale. As he drove along he became aware of a bright light on the horizon. He said that usually he drives at around 100 kilometers per hour (60 mph) on this stretch of road, but found himself doing 135 kilometers (80 mph). As he drove on, the light became bigger as he got closer, it seemed to be stationery then as he got a little closer his immediate thought was, that it was someone on a motor bike. As he got closer still the color seemed to change from the color of a halogen light to the reddish/orange. This light went over his car and was about 45 degrees above the trees on the passenger side of the car, it seemed to keep abreast with him, so he sped up. It kept just ahead of his car. When I asked him how big this light was? He said, 'if you stretched out your arm it would be about 8 inches in diameter,' he would gauge the height it traveled was about 20 feet above the trees.

He contacted his wife by mobile phone and asked her to go outside and look in his direction at this object in the sky. She said that she watched it for about five minutes before it flew in a south west direction. Malcolm claims that he watched it for a good fifteen minutes. Malcolm had phoned me around 9:15 PM to report the incident. I asked him was anything different regarding his car or clothes, skin etc. He asked me to wait while he checked out his car. Malcolm came back to the phone rather puzzled, he found a type of dust imbedded in his car on the passenger's side, roof and the front of the bonnet (hood) also around the trim on the doors-when he shined a large spotlight on the paint work he found that the colors were imbedded into paint work of the car -- like a brown, creamy color and other colors seemed to glitter. When he ran his hand over the paint work he found that the dust particles felt like find sand paper. I asked him to scrape off some of the residue so that we can have it examined. On questioning Malcolm - it would appear a time distortion (lapse) had taken place. Usually it only takes him about 15 minutes to reach home from Brassall, the time he arrived home at 8:50 PM. It would appear that he had an hour of lost time. Malcolm has been a truck driver for many years. Up until now has never had any interest in or taken notice of UFO's. A pretty down to earth chap. I will interview him tomorrow. Thanks to Rev. Glennys Mackay, J.P. Continental Director MUFON AUST. & NZ.


MUFON's Tom Deuley writes that we might be interested in the new "Popular Science Magazine" for December 2001. There are two aircraft, either of which the public would likely report as a UFO. One of these, on page 39, is Boeing's X-45, an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). It has completed ground testing and is likely in flight-testing. The second one, on page 71, had no name or designator mentioned, but has a wingspan of 38 meters, is triangular, and can take off and land vertically, (hover). It is beginning to appear that most of the black triangular UFOs are ours, but as I said - no surprise. There is no telling how long these have been around. Thanks to Tom Deuley


Mac Tonnies writes, "There is a decidedly unusual face formation located in Iran. This artificial-appearing feature shares a striking, if superficial, resemblance to the Face on Mars as revealed in its entirety by the Mars Global Surveyor. The highly symmetrical base "platform" and tapered "chin."

The exact archaeological/geological history of Iran's peculiar "platform" is presently unknown. As noted previously, NASA has written the Face off as a "hill" based on one JPL employee's personal position that the Face "reminds" him of a hill. JPL's "hill" is the perfectly natural-looking Middle Butte formation, exposed by Lan Fleming of the Society for Planetary SETI Research. If the formation in the Mideast is natural, it is obviously a far superior example of bisymmetry occurring via normal geological forces than Middle Butte. It appears Iran's "platform" is a deliberately sculpted monument, and we are presented with the opportunity to see what a "Face-like" terrestrial artifact has to tell us about the enigmatic visage on Mars' surface. Such comparative anthropology is a crucial component in any attempt to assess possible extraterrestrial artifacts. Thanks to Mac Tonnies and

Editor's Note: I have repeatedly told our readers that various features on Mars appear artificial. Tunnels, buildings, walls, pyramids, water and plants are evident. These could theoretically be natural on Mars, but they are most likely evidence of life and cultural activities. This seems particularly likely because of relationship and symmetry of the artifacts in relations to each other. JPL who is charge of the exploration deliberately misrepresents the Face and other features to the public. Even relatively unimportant features such as blue skies are intentionally changed to red skies, so the public remains unsuspecting. This inexcusable misrepresentation of the space science data is deliberate. I ask why? The logical answer is they have been ordered to hide the fact that there is life in space and on other planets.

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