In 1897 in Denver, Colorado a mysterious light was seen
flying through the night sky. (Source: New York Herald, April 12,
In 1947 at 11:00 a.m., Mrs. J. E. Harp of Lutz, Florida
her seven-year-old daughter Sandra, and her mother Mrs. W. H. Brown saw
several flying discs while driving. The discs were silvery colored and
seemed to appear and disappear. They did not have time to count the
number, and could not estimate the altitude, size or speed. (Source: Jan
L. Aldrich, Project 1947: A preliminary report on the 1947 UFO sighting
wave, UFO Research Coalition, 1997, p. 57, quoting the Orlando
Sentinel Star, July 6, 1947).
1950 – A UFO was seen hovering over Adrian, Michigan at
noon. At 11:00 p.m. that night another UFO was seen hovering between
Worland and Greybull, Wyoming. (Sources: newspaper clippings, March
1950 – Three discs flew in formation over Autaugaville,
Alabama at 5:30 p.m. They went up, down, and then flew away.
Thirty-eight minutes later Mr. Townsend, a radio engineer, and 20 others
in Selma, Alabama sighted three discs zip across the sky toward the
west. One stopped for five minutes, and then shot up vertically, the other
two continued on westward. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database,
case 1623; newspaper clippings, March 31, 1950; Richard Hall, The UFO
Evidence (Volume I), p. 14).
1950 – On this night astronomer Harold Wilkins watched a very
bright oval glow illuminate the Aristarchus-Herotodus crater on the
Moon. (Source: Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucer Conspiracy,
1952 – At about 3 p.m. in Greenfield, Massachusetts Mr.
Earley sighted a disc that stopped abruptly in the air at 1500-feet
altitude. It turned on its edge and then shot off at great speed to the
southeast. (Source: Boston Traveller, May 5, 1952; Loren E. Gross,
UFOs: A History. 1952: January-May, p. 28).
1954 – A 15-foot diameter silvery sphere hovered over a
kite-flying contest in Newton, Massachusetts at 3:30 in the
afternoon. It remained stationary in one place despite the 30 mph wind.
After 30 minutes in moved away slowly. (Source: APRO Bulletin, July
1955 – Andy Florio sighted a disc-shaped object at least 100
feet in diameter while driving near Tucson, Arizona. It made a
humming sound and had bluish-green lights on its top and amber lights
around the rim. He stopped his car when his car radio failed, his
headlights dimmed, and the car lost power and slowed to 12-15 mph. The UFO
swayed back and forth while hovering and shot a beam of white light at the
witness, burning his elbow and bubbling paint on the car. Mr. Florio also
felt heat and a tingling sensation. After the sighting the car was checked
by a mechanic, and was found to have a defective battery, a dead radio,
and only three spark plugs were still firing. (Sources: Mark Rodeghier,
UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 6).
1966 – There are 19 unexplained UFO reports recorded for this
date in the UFOCAT database, coming off the peak that occurred on March
28. For a map showing a distribution of seventeen of these reports with
known geographical coordinates, click here.
Below are some of the more interesting reports.
1966 – A dark oval-shaped object carrying two bright red
flashing lights was seen by three independent groups in the same area of
Rehoboth, Massachusetts at different times, beginning at 8:15 p.m.
One group saw it hover over a road, then descend slowly into a wooded
area. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, case file, report dated April 2,
Rehoboth, Massachusetts UFO 1966
1966 – A 90-foot long oblong object landed near a highway in
Pecos, Texas. It stayed on the ground for five minutes. On the same
night in Suffolk County, New York in communities such as East
Hampton and Napeague, there were numerous reports of oblong-shaped craft
hovering, maneuvering, and then flying out to sea. These reports were
accompanied by electromagnetic effects that interfered with automobile
ignitions, lights, and radio and TV reception. At ten o’clock in the
evening in Montauk, New York Mr. Field’s 1965 Ford pickup truck
experienced total engine failure when the driver came up to the top of a
rise in the road and encountered a cigar-shaped object low over the sand
dunes. After losing power Mr. Field allowed his car to roll backward away
from the UFO. The engine restarted. The UFO took off, circled, and flew
out over the ocean. At about the same time the police station in Oswego,
New York received many calls over a two-hour period reporting UFOs.
(Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, April 1966, p. 8; Frank Edwards,
Flying Saucers – Here and Now! p. 55; East Hampton (NY)
Star, April 17, 1966; Gordon I.R. Lore, Jr., UFOs: A New Look,
p. 8; Mort Young, UFO Top Secret, p. 13).
1966 – At the same time as the New York reports a man waiting in
a parked car on the Ohio University campus in Mansfield, Ohio saw a
round UFO with two lights land nearby. A door in the craft opened and he
could see a “very thin” child-sized standing in the doorway. The object
rose, moved toward him, rose again, then disappeared. (Sources:
Mansfield (OH) News Journal, April 8, 1966; John Keel, Operation
Trojan Horse, p. 15; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, case
1966 – Mrs. Gillem and her four children were driving through
farm country nine miles north of Lewisburg, Indiana at 10:35 p.m.
when they observed a reddish-white oval-shaped UFO approach the car. A
pulsating sound came over the car radio and increased in frequency when
the UFO got close. The UFO changed color to blue, and then pursued their
car for several miles. (Source: Project Bluebook files counted in official
statistics, Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, case 740).
1967 – On this night near Peterborough, South Australia a
car’s engine failed and the two male witnesses then saw a disc-shaped
object rise from a field by the road. The object gave off a blue and
violet glow. It rapidly disappeared into the sky. A few minutes later
another disc shot up from another field, emitting sparks the color of a
blue mercury-vapor lamp. After the second UFO had gone the car could then
be restarted. (Sources: Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern
Hemisphere, p. 178; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle
Interference, p. 33).
1974 – At 9.30 p.m. in Hombreiro, Spain a blinding light
came from a hovering, ovoid-shaped UFO. The car engine quit and the lights
went out. The object flew away making a whistling sound, and the car then
functioned normally. (Source: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue
of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 180).
1976 – Miss Roseti da Silva, a 23-year-old college student, was
blinded by a beam of white light from an unseen flying object in Quixada,
Brazil. The energy beam sapped her strength and she lost
consciousness. She was hospitalized with burns and nervous exhaustion.
(Sources: Richard Hall, MUFON UFO Journal, August 1976, p. 19).
1978 – At shortly after 7:00 o’clock in the morning in Albury,
New South Wales, Australia a chrome colored cigar-shaped object
hovered over a nearby hillside, casting a shadow on the ground. A second
stingray shaped object swept through the sky in a slow arc and came to a
position beside the larger object. There was an eerie, abnormal silence
that persisted over a mile-wide area. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal,
March 1978, p. 6).
1978 – A “flying boxcar” covered with lights crossed a field and
buzzed a car at low altitude in Pompey Center, New York after 10:00
p.m. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, June 1978, p. 5).
1981 – A metallic sphere descended from the sky at a 45º angle
and stopped over a house in Magny, France at 11:20 a.m. It then
shot straight up and away. A check with authorities showed there were no
scheduled balloon releases at that time. That evening there were reports
from pilots from all over Pennsylvania at the same time that a
pilot reported seeing a rocket or cigar-shaped object southwest of
Philadelphia at 11:50 p.m. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, October
1982 – An ovoid or “submarine”-shaped object flew over a car in
Charlottesville, Virginia at 11:15 p.m. It then hovered over the
road, made a U-turn, and then paced the car for 15 blocks. It flew away
toward the north. (Source: International UFO Reporter, November
1983, p. 4).
1983 – Delta-shaped flying objects were seen widely over
suburban Shrub Oak, New York at 8:00 p.m. (Source: J. Allen Hynek,
Philip Imbrogno, and Bob Pratt, Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO
Sightings, p. 202).
1986 – Three domed discs paced a bus in Caraguatatuba,
Brazil at 11:30 p.m. They made no sound. (Source: Boletim
1988 – In Grand Canal, Florida at 10:30 p.m. two adults
and two girls observed a diamond-shaped UFO over a house. (Source: Ed
Walters, Gulf Breeze Sightings, p. 353).
1990 – There were at least three reports of nocturnal lights
from Belgium on this night between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. In
Ramilles, Belgium at 11 o’clock in the evening several lights
flying in a perfect equilateral triangle zigzagged through the sky toward
the southwest. At 11:30 p.m. in Jodoigne a triangle of nocturnal lights
were seen kilometers apart. F-16 jet interceptors were scrambled and
pursued the lights. Also at 11:30 p.m. a sphere that seemed to grow wings
was seen in the sky over Jaunchelette, Belgium. Three lights in a
huge triangle were also reported. (Source: FSR, December 1990).
1993 – A Dauphin helicopter, flying to the east of Mullingar,
Ireland at ten minutes past midnight, encountered an unexplained
light in the sky. It flashed on and off for two seconds, then became two
white lights that flew from the northwest to the southeast. (Source:
Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p 47).
1993 — At 12:30 a.m. at the RAF Shawbury air base in
England, a meteorological officer saw a triangular UFO, larger than
a Boeing-747, zigzag in the sky at great speed, making a humming sound. It
swept the countryside with a powerful beam of light. At the same time in
Rugeley, England a family had a close encounter with a UFO that
made a humming sound. They thought the object was going to crash, but
instead it vanished. At RAF Cosford an aviation expert timed the flight of
a UFO seen traveling between Haverfordwest and Pembrokeshire. He
calculated its speed at 1100 mph. According to Nick Pope, the UK Air
Ministry’s representative responsible for tracking UFO reports at the
time, zigzagging UFOs were also reported flying over Devonshire, Cornwall,
and Somerset Counties at this time. (Source: Lynn Pickett, Mammoth Book
of UFOs, pp. 150-152).
1993, Kadima, Israel – At three o’clock in the morning
Aviva Carmel felt drawn to leave her bed and go outside. There she
witnessed a silver metallic craft land: first the front end touched down,
then the rear. She estimated the size and shape of the craft to be similar
to an “orange storage tank” or fruit silo, about sixty feet in
circumference. She approached the landed craft to investigate and when she
got to within twenty feet she saw one of the crew. He was 2.5 meters tall
and wore silvery foil coveralls that clung tightly to his body like a
second skin. He also wore a helmet with a tinted visor that prevented her
from seeing the being’s face. Later the following day Carmel ventured back
into her backyard and saw the imprint of the craft. It was a circle 22
feet in diameter formed from still living vegetation. Plant life outside
the imprint area had died. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact
Database 1993, citing Barry Chamish, FSR, Vol. 39 # 4).
1995 – A woman watering her garden at 10:25 in the evening in
Saltos Coll, Puerto Rico noticed a three-foot tall humanoid
standing 75 feet away from her. The being had a round head, long thin
arms, large black eyes, and grayish skin. It walked away up a hill. The
witness was unable to move during the close encounter. (Source: Albert
Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, case 2114).
1996 – Two nocturnal lights were sighted flying south over
Americana, Brazil. One object veered away and zigzagged, revealing
it to be disc shaped and surrounded by a white glow. (Source: Boletim
1997 – At 10:45 p.m. 27 nocturnal lights were seen flying in a
diamond formation by two comet watchers in La Tour-de-Pin, France.
(Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, March 1997).
1998 – A capsule shaped object hovered over Brighton, New
Zealand at 8:30 p.m. While it was hovering a luminous glow spread
slowly across the surface of the object. It flew off, leaving toward the
northeast. Three objects were seen flying in a triangle formation in Bel
Air, Maryland at 10:30 p.m. EST. (Sources: Joseph Trainor, UFO
Roundup website, volume 3, no. 14; Peter Davenport, National UFO
Reporting Center, March 1998 web page).
2000 – At five o’clock in the morning a young couple and their
small boy, driving near Little Fox Lake in the Yukon Territory,
Canada spotted a 40-foot wide disc hovering some 300 feet away from
them. The UFO shot across the road at “incredible speed”, then stopped
abruptly and briefly before shooting off at a 90º angle. The car’s lights
and tape deck ceased working when the UFO was nearby. (Sources: UFO
Research Manitoba, 2000 Canadian UFO Survey, case 50; UFO Magazine (USA),
July 2000, p. 24; Jerry Clark, 2002 Unexplained Phenomena
2000 – At 2:00 p.m. a formation of ten objects was sighted
flying south at an estimated 10,000 feet altitude in Westchester,
California. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting
Center, March 2000 web page).
Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 7 September 2004).
Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.