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UFO'S - MET HET LAATSTE NIEUWS OVER UFO'S BOVEN BELGIË EN IN ANDERE LANDEN...
UFO's in België en de rest van de wereld In België heb je vooral BUFON of het Belgisch UFO-Netwerk, dat zich met UFO's bezighoudt. BEZOEK DUS ZEKER VOOR ALLE OBJECTIEVE INFORMATIE ww.ufo.be.
Verder heb je ook het Belgisch-Ufo-meldpunt en Caelestia, die prachtig, doch ZEER kritisch werk leveren, ja soms zelfs héél sceptisch...
Voor Nederland kan je de mooie site www.ufowijzer.nl bezoeken van Paul Harmans. Een mooie site met veel informatie en artikels.
MUFON of het Mutual UFO Network Inc is een Amerikaanse UFO-vereniging met afdelingen in alle USA-staten en diverse landen.
MUFON's mission is the analytical and scientific investigation of the UFO- Phenomenon for the benefit of humanity...
Je kan ook hun site bekijken onder www.mufon.com.
Ze geven een maandeliiks tijdschrift uit, namelijk The MUFON UFO-Journal. Since 02/01/2013 is Pieter not only president (=voorzitter) of BUFON, but also National Director MUFON / Flanders and the Netherlands. We work together with the French MUFON Reseau MUFON/EUROP.
Ministry of Defence officials 'DID investigate mass UFO sightings in West Wales village'
Ministry of Defence officials 'DID investigate mass UFO sightings in West Wales village'
The Broad Haven Triangle sightings made national headlines nearly 40 years ago
According to the Express, Mr Spring researched the case through documents sent to the National Archives 30 years after the bizarre happenings and after a new witness came forward.
“I visited Broad Haven a sceptic, and came away convinced that some of the locals knew far more about the mysterious occurrences of 1977 than they are willing to reveal,” he said.
According to documents held at the National Archive in Kew, the story began one night in April 1977 at 2.30am when Rosa Granville, who ran the Haven Fort Hotel in Little Haven, was awoken by strange noise and lights.
Looking out of her window, she described seeing an object which looked like an “upside-down saucer” in the field next to the hotel and two “faceless humanoid” creatures with pointed heads.
The incident, she said in a subsequent letter she wrote to her MP Nicholas Edwards, left her “agitated and disturbed and not the least bit desirous of another encounter”.
'Inundated with sightings'
On receiving Mrs Granville’s letter back in 1977, Mr Edwards contacted the Ministry of Defence and Flight Lieutenant Cowan, an officer from RAF Brawdy, then visited the hotel.
The MP said at the time: “I am being inundated at the present time with representations about UFOs said to have been seen in Pembrokeshire.”
Other incidents reported in the Broad Haven area at the time included a class of schoolchildren who claimed to have seen a spacecraft near their playground.
Then a family said they saw several UFOs in the space of a week, as well as several sightings of silver-suited creatures.
MoD officials expressed no interest, saying there was no threat to national security.
However, among the documents was a letter from the head of the MoD’s S4 wing to the Provost Security Service, the RAF’s internal police force.
The S4 chief wrote: ”I have not even told the Minister I am consulting you” and called for a “discreet enquiry” after expressing bewilderment at the number of apparently “level-headed” witnesses to the strange activity.
Mr Spring said: “(The new witnesses’) testimony rocked the very foundations of the British Government.”
Nick Pope, who worked as UFO investigator for the MOD, said: “This bombshell document shows how the MoD’s UFO project asked the RAF Police to conduct a secret investigation into these mysterious events, while Parliament, the media and the public were being told the subject was of no defence significance.
“Defence ministers were cut out of the loop.”
The disclosures have prompted Tory peer Lord Black of Brentwood to call for a full explanation from the MoD of what it uncovered.
'More answers needed'
Lord Black said: “A number of recently released MoD files leave little doubt that a small number of sightings of aerial phenomena - particularly by military personnel, pilots and air traffic controllers - remain unexplained and unidentified.
“There needs to be further examination of these issues in the hope of learning something new.”
Social media and local news outlets throughout upstate New York were swamped with reports of strange lights over Lake Ontario on the evening of May 23rd. Just around dusk, a formation of eerie floating lights appeared over the Canadian side of the lake, prompting curiosity from hundreds of local residents.
Many social media users speculated the lights could be drones.
Eyewitness Kate Caven told local Buffalo news station WIVB that residents throughout the Lake Ontario region were perplexed about the source of the lights, which seemed to hover in the air above the lake:
Some people were concerned maybe they were distress signals, but we couldn’t see any boats. And then some people mentioned maybe a meteor shower, but again they weren’t really moving. So that’s pretty much what most people were saying other than UFOs or aliens. I joked around with my friend Matt who was with me, if they were coming to take us, I was ready, that that wasn’t a bad way to go out if I could see an alien.
It sure wouldn’t be, Karen. Shortly after the reports came in, however, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) claimed responsibility for the sighting. According to an RCAF spokesperson, the lights were training flares dropped by a Hercules Model 8 CCC-130H aircraft in the 424th squadron out of 8 wing Trenton, Ontario, who were conducting a search and rescue exercise in the area.
Smoke trails can be seen trailing behind each descending flare.
However, there are some alleged inconsistencies in the RCAF’s story. The RCAF spokesperson’s statement claims the flares were dropped around 9:30 p.m., yet some social media commenters noted that they observed the flares hours earlier. Other commenters noted that the lights appeared to move up and down in the air above the lake. Of course, the mind sometimes sees what it wants to see, and at such a distance, it could be difficult to judge movement.
After the RCAF claimed similar exercises are routine, some residents wondered why flares aren’t a more common sight.
Meanwhile, according to a few sources, the U.S. Coast Guard reportedly initially ruled out basic flares as the source of the phenomenon. However, a quick comparison with images of artillery flares indeed shows a clear resemblance to the Lake Ontario lights. While a government UFO cover-up makes for great headlines, this case is likely exactly what the RCAF says it was.
Artillery illumination rounds are commonly used in military operations.
It has long been fenced off from the prying eyes of the public, with armed guards swarming the surrounding area.
'Area 51 has always been a magnet for those who believe the US Government knows a lot more about UFOs than they are prepared to reveal to the public,' Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual, told MailOnline.
'People like the late Boyd Bushman, a senior scientist who worked for Lockheed Martin, have declared that Area 51 is a base where extraterrestrial spacecraft and technology is stored and examined.'
The strange video appears to show a flying object hovering in the sky and then flying away - emitting a strange light as it sporadically moves side to side
'It's one of the mysterious pieces in UFOlogy', said Tyler Glockner who runs SecureTeam 10 on the clip. He described the footage, which was believed to have been filmed in the 1980s or 1990s as a 'hidden gem'
The Nevada-based military testing facility has been a focal point of many conspiracy theorists and UFOlogists since the late 1970s, who claim that the base houses secretive alien technology. Pictured is the most recent sighting by SecureTeam 10
Claims of alien conspiracies around Area 51 have largely been debunked.
But the site has been confirmed as a historic test site for military aircraft.
Famous machines developed there include the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter.
The unexplained object appears to be getting higher and higher and releases a strange light as the footage goes on
In this image, the base is shown in a small yellow square within the massive Air Force base at Nevada's Groom Lake. Area 51 is blanketed by a strict 23 by 25-mile (37 by 40km) no-fly zone for civilian aircraft
The extraterrestrial Highway is between Highway 6 and Highway 93 in Nevada, and is the closest main road to Area 51. The sprawling military complex sits between a dry lake bed to the North East, and a small mountain to the West
Images of the base are extremely rare, with any photographers brave enough to travel there kept far back from the perimeter by the base's many armed guards.
Area 51 is blanketed by a strict 23 by 25-mile (37 by 40km) no-fly zone for civilian aircraft.
Nearby viewpoints Freedom Ridge and White Sides Peak, which offer vantage points looking down on the base, are off-limits to the public.
After a series of declassifications, official details of Area 51 only came to light in 2011. This image shows a suspended, upside-down titanium A-12 spy-plane prototype as it is 'prepped' for radar testing
The U-2 spy plane is photographed as it is tested at Area 51 in 1955. Early missions involving the plane were used throughout the Cold War for surveillance over Cuba, the Soviet Union and China
The U.S. Air Force's SR-71 (double cockpit training version pictured) was in many ways a product of Area 51 testing and an evolution of the A-12, which was decommissioned in 1968
The unique design of the A-12 made at Area 51. A mock-up of the aircraft is seen here upside down as it is tested. Ironically, this is is also how test pilot Collins had to eject in 1963
UFO BOMBSHELL: Could this memo solve Roswell 'flying saucer' crash mystery?
UFO BOMBSHELL: Could this memo solve Roswell 'flying saucer' crash mystery?
DECIPHERING this memo captured in an alleged image of the remains of whatever crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, nearly 70 years ago, could solve the world's biggest ever UFO mystery, it has been claimed.
Mr Ramey holding the memo (circled) in the picture in question.
Roswell has been at the heart of the alien hunter scene since the military sensationally announced in a press release in July 1947 it had found a crashed flying saucer in the desert nearby.
But the following day the statement was retracted and officials said the debris was in fact a damaged US Air Force air balloon.
Witnesses later came forward to say there had been a cover up and alien bodies were found within the "crashed craft", which along with the wreckage were then taken to the mysterious top-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada.
The photograph in question shows General Roger Ramey in his office at Fort Worth Army Air Field, later known as Carswell Air Force Base.
He is holding a memo and crouching over debris that he claimed was from the Roswell crash and was identifiable as coming from a weather balloon.
The Ramey memo in close up.
But, many UFO researchers doubt the debris in the photo is actually from the object which crashed outside Roswell in July, 1947. They say it is was used as part of a cover up.
They believe the text in the memo could proves their claims once and for all.
Just hours before the pictures were taken, the public information officer at Roswell Army Air Field, sent out the infamous press release saying they had discovered the remains of a crashed flying saucer.
This was on the orders of his superior, Colonel William Blanchard.
Then the story gets stranger.
Jesse Marcel was the intelligence officer who was sent to inspect and collect the material a day earlier.
He was ordered to bring the material to Fort Worth.
He says it is clear that there is a reference to a disc, and believes he can also make out a portion of a sentence that reads 'and the victims of the wreck’.
But this inquiry still concluded there was nothing extraterrestrial.
The conclusion stated a top secret project called Project Mogul - to send balloons with sensitive listening devices used to detect Russian nuclear tests - was underway, and the debris was from one of these devices.
The weather balloon cover-up was to stop Project Mogul being compromised, the inquiry concluded.
But, now UFO researchers think modern technology could solve the case once and for all.
In the photos, the memo is seen in Mr Ramey's hands.
David Rudiak has used modern technology to zoom in on the text and claims to have deciphered some of the words.
David Rudiak claims to have deciphered these words in the memo.
He believes he is now able to read 80 percent of it.
Mr Rojas added: "He says it is clear that there is a reference to a disc, and believes he can also make out a portion of a sentence that reads 'and the victims of the wreck’.
"Rudiak says this proves that a disc-shaped craft was recovered.
"However, perhaps more startling, he says it also corroborates the claims that extraterrestrial bodies were recovered from that wreck."
The inquiry report said it had not been possible to decipher the text, saying: “The photo was sent to a national-level organisation for digitising and subsequent photo interpretation and analysis.
David Rudiak claims to have been able to read 80 percent of the memo.
“This organisation reported on July 20, 1994, that even after digitising, the photos were of insufficient quality to visualise either of the details sought for analysis.”
Not all researchers agree with Mr Rudiak’s interpretation, but it is felt more needs to be done to read the memo in full.
An anonymous donor has pledged a huge reward for information, says UFO author Kevin Randle.
In a blog titled “Ramey Memo and the $10,000 Reward”, he wrote: “A trusted colleague who is not a Ufologist but does have an interest in Roswell and UFOs and who has the money, has taken this in a slightly different direction.
"He is offering a $10,000 reward for the first person or group/lab that can provide a definite read of the Ramey memo.
“To claim the reward a number of criteria will need to be met, including full reproducibility of the result (with methodology of the individual/lab completely explained and transparent so that anyone knowledgeable can replicate in much the same way that the placard on the Not Roswell Slides was revealed).
"There must be overwhelming agreement that the result is definitive with most of the text clear enough that there is little or no disagreement on what it says across a broad spectrum of people of all opinions whether true believer or complete sceptic.”
UK GOVERNMENT TO REVEAL PREVIOUSLY SECRET AND UNPUBLISHED REPORTS ON UFO ACTIVITY
UK GOVERNMENT TO REVEAL PREVIOUSLY SECRET AND UNPUBLISHED REPORTS ON UFO ACTIVITY
It has been said that the British government is going to release secret information about all UFO sightings in the UK once the general election is over and done with in June.
50 YEARS OF SECRETS TO BE RELEASED FOLLOWING ELECTION
A German science and paranormal blog said that the secret dossier is going to be revealed and it contains many reports that have been unpublished about UFO activity over 50 years that has been put together by the Ministry of Defence in Britain.
The Ministry of Defence released what at the time they called, all of the files in relation to UFOs, in 2013. However, they then admitted to having held back 18 documents with the reason being that they needed to identify some content that had to be re-examined before then releasing it to the general public under the Freedom of Information Act.
FILES WERE DELAYED SPARKING CONSPIRACY THEORIES
This brought about many claims about a cover-up of alien life and their existence by men who wore dark clothing. The Ministry of Defence then revealed that they would release the files during 2015 and then it was 2016 and then the most recent date is March 2017. It has been said that the delay at current is down to the general election which is scheduled to be held on June 8.
A letter that was said to have been sent to the German website and which was alleged to have come from a spokesperson for the National Archives, said that due to the upcoming election along with the rules that are in relation to the government departments during the period before the election, the files cannot be released until after the election has taken place. They went on to say that they were working to make sure that the files get released as soon as possible after that period, which points to around the middle of June.
ALIEN HUNTERS WAITING FOR CONSPIRACIES TO BE LAID BARE
Alien hunters and paranormal researchers have been waiting for proof of extraterrestrials, and for the conspiracies to be laid bare, they are hoping that something is going to be released that will be worthy of a cover-up by the government. Whatever they hold the documents should contain something that is interesting, which dates back to the 1970s.
A former MoD investigator said that there was nothing in the files that would confirm that aliens do exist; however, he went on to say that there were plenty of reports about UFOs. It is thought that among the information to be released will be documents relating to the Rendlesham Forest incident in 1980, this has been said to be Britain’s answer to Roswell. The incident involved many people giving reports of a UFO landing close to the Bentwaters and Woodbridge RAF military bases.
LAS VEGAS - Can a rock star do what generations of investigators have failed to manage -- that is, find out what the government knows about UFOs?
Last year, Tom DeLonge, the co-founder of Blink 182, told the I-Team about his plans to create a multi-media empire based on inside information given to him by military sources he had cultivated.
Since then, DeLonge has taken some lumps, and his grand plan was nearly crushed by the WikiLeaks disclosures.
The rock star life was good for Tom DeLonge. he had millions of fans, sold millions of records, and would occasionally mention his obsession in song lyrics.
But since becoming more serious about UFOs, he's managed to tick off just about everyone, especially the UFO faithful who've accused him of being a dupe, a fraud, a tool of the deep state, or delusional. DeLonge has persevered.
"This is the greatest story never told period, you don't even need to sensationalize anything. It's like science fiction, but more like science non-fiction," said Tom DeLonge, founder of To The Stars.
Last year, when DeLonge showed us the headquarters for his new company, To The Stars, he revealed that he had talked his way into a seat at the UFO table, by somehow cultivating a group of high-ranking sources or advisors from within the defense establishment, the keepers of UFO secrets. He says he did it by making this pitch.
"They have been backed into a corner and need a way for this to get out and I went in there saying, there will never be congressional hearings on this. I understand and accept that but what I think can happen is that we can change belief systems," DeLonge said.
What he offered to do was to invest millions of his own dollars into telling a different story. One that explained why the cone of silence had been dropped over UFOs, why misinformation was spread. In exchange, they told him things.
Tom DeLonge: "He says, 'We found a life form..'" George Knapp: "We found a life form?" Tom DeLonge: "When we first found the vehicles, I know we brought in private industry, military, intelligence, a good diverse group of elevated thinkers and said, how do we handle this?"
Defending the military's handling of UFO secrecy was too much for many researchers. They dismissed DeLonge as a profiteer, out to make a buck on flying saucers, and maybe of making it all up.
Then came WikiLeaks Presidential advisor John Podesta's emails spilled out for the whole world to see and in the middle of them were multiple emails to and from DeLonge, naming his secret panel of advisors, and showing there had been high-level meetings of generals and military contractors to discuss UFO disclosure.
DeLonge had been telling the truth. In February, DeLonge accepted an award from the UFO Congress in Arizona, he has since acknowledged that his panel of advisors had been shell shocked by the leaks, and that his plans had been delayed but not derailed.
For the last few months, DeLonge has been almost silent about his plans. On his Twitter feed, he's acknowledged delays in making his big announcement but says it's still coming. There are other hints about who might be helping him. A former high-ranking CIA operative Jim Semivan wrote the forward to one of DeLonge's books.
Astrophysicist and author Dr. Jacques Vallee did likewise. and a former defense department official named Chris Mellon has made public statements about UFO secrecy. If DeLonge has a new team of advisors, he may be inching closer to his original plan of using movies and TV and other media for a program of gradual disclosure, rather than a sudden announcement.
"I think they really do want us to know. I really do think they do. I do, at this point, feel like it's going to be a tough thing to swallow for people and I think there are elements about it that people are not ready for," Delonge said.
He had hoped to make some sort of announcement about his business plans by the beginning of June but it looks like that will be delayed until later this summer.
In the meantime, he's reportedly in the studio recording a new album.
While using his all night camera Brad Morris recorded a huge bright flash that suddenly came out of nowhere directly followed by an unidentified illuminated winged object that then moved away at an incredibly high speed.
Brad said “It might be a meteor but it does not explain the winged object.”
However, if it was a typical meteor then it produces a streak of light, both from the glowing object and the trail of glowing particles that it leaves when it passes through the atmosphere but this is not the case here.
In this case we see a sudden burst of light from which an object emerges that then moves away at high speed before it disappears in the night sky.
Editor’s note: Even though I have no clear answer to this strange event but could it be something that arrived through a portal from another dimension or the winged object is something that arrived via unknown Time Travel or Teleportation methods?
In the next video you can see the moment when the flash/winged object appears, including Brad’s analyze of the event.
USAF Veteran Films Supersonic UFO Flying At Mach 17, Sends 4K Video To NASA
USAF Veteran Films Supersonic UFO Flying At Mach 17, Sends 4K Video To NASA
A USAF veteran from Ayden, Carolina spotted and filmed a supersonic UFO traveling at 17 times the speed of sound. He filed a report with MUFON, who notified NASA and sent them a copy of the video.
On October 26, the former Air Force member was flying his DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K drone above Ayden District Park when the unidentified flying object traversed the sky at an unbelievable speed. Its movement was too fast for the naked eye to see but upon playing the video on his 4K TV, the veteran was stunned by what he had caught.
“I m 59 years old and retired from the USAF,” the veteran told MUFON. “In my 20 year military career I thought I had seen it all. This footage took me back!”
The enigmatic object was traveling at an altitude of just 50 feet but its speed far exceeds that of any manned craft that we know of. Its velocity was estimated to be up to 13,000 mph, or 17 times faster than the speed of sound.
To put things into perspective, the Lockheed SR-71 only breaks Mach 3.2 or approximately 2,200 miles per hour. The SR-71 holds the record as the fastest manned air-breathing jet and the UFO filmed in Carolina was nearly 6 times faster!
On the other hand, the fastest man-made, unmanned object was HTV-2 (Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2), a rocket glider built and operated by DARPA as part of their FALCON Project. But while the HTV-2 needs to be launched with a rocket into the stratosphere and only afterwards propelled by its scramjet engine, the UFO filmed by the USAF veteran seems to defy the laws of physics as if it was strolling through the park.
If you play the video at normal speed, blink and you’ll miss it several times. Only when slowed down does the object stay on the screen enough to be seen. According to the YouTube video description, the “UFO traveled 6200 feet (about 1.2 miles) in 1/3rd of a second.”
“I filed a UFO report with MUFON and they notified NASA and sent them a copy of the video. The video is under investigation and analysis work is being performed on it by both agencies.”
While the nature of the UFO is yet to be discerned, two details seem to suggest it has a physical body: the object looks metallic and also reflects light. These characteristics rule out any camera glitch as the possible cause.
The veteran’s video was shot in 4K at 30 frames per second and the object appears like a blur in ten of those frames. The distance it manages to cover during that third of a second is simply staggering. Even stranger is the fact that it makes absolutely no sound. Any man-made hypersonic object would roar like a thunderstorm if passing that close to you.
The video was analyzed by MUFON investigator Sanford Davis, who was unable to find a suitable explanation for the sighting.
“This anomaly was neither observed nor experienced first-hand,” he wrote in the official report. “It was observed as the witness was reviewing aerial drone footage. The whole sighting occurs within a third of a second – a streak arising in the background, streaking across the screen before disappearing in the foreground.”
“It appears as a white dot, flattening out somewhat into a ‘light disk’ right before it disappears off screen.”
The YouTube comment section is a testament to the fierce deliberation generated by the sighting: some users vehemently claim it has prosaic origins while the others see it as indisputable proof of UFO activity.
Undoubtedly, the results of the NASA analysis will favor the former.
After a review in The New York Times, a book by a couple in Syracuse, U.F.O. Sightings Desk Reference: United States of America 2001-2015 has drawn attention to the phenomena of people seeing things in the sky they can’t immediately identify, a.k.a. unidentified flying objects. The book is a statistical analysis of reports made to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC). Here are select sightings from the Hudson Highlands, edited for brevity.
Cold Spring, July 15, 1966
In 1966 I was 8 years old and at sleepaway summer camp at Surprise Lake. That night in our bunk, there was a light shining through the window. We figured a counselor must have set up a flood light. That night I dreamed two figures were standing over me looking down at me, one a typical grey with almond-shaped eyes. On the right, a round-headed, round-faced and round-eyed dude with a mouth stuck in the position like he was saying “Ooooh.” The grey inserted a probe into my forehead.
I pulled the covers over my head. I figured it was a dream. The next evening the counselors transformed an indoor basketball court into a “spacecraft.” A lot of kids were screaming in terror. In retrospect I realize that the whole encampment — 19 kids and five teenaged counselors — had been abducted by the light, and the counselors subconsciously reenacted the whole event.
Garrison, June 1974
I was about 15 and was walking with a friend on Manitou Road west of Route 9D at about midnight. We were walking with our backs to the highway and noticed the sky light up. We turned and saw an object in the sky, about 1,000 feet up and half a mile south of us. I saw a white, glowing disk that stood still and made no sound.
After a second or two, the disk moved closer and covered a half-mile almost instantly, stopping on a dime. After another second or two, it veered off to the east, in the area of South Mountain Pass. I have been encouraged by books like Night Siege to think that sightings in the Hudson Valley have not been unusual.
Cold Spring, 1975
I was looking out the window of my elementary school classroom. Against the backdrop of the mountains on the other side of the river, I saw a bluish-grey metallic oval object. It zipped around at high speeds at various angles, then would pause and shoot off. I watched for at least 15 minutes, I remember looking at the school clock, as I was starting to get bored watching it (hey, I was a kid).
When I’d finally made up my mind to tell someone about this, it was gone. I can’t possibly have been the only one who saw this, yet I have never heard of anyone else who admits to having seen anything unusual.
Cold Spring, July 15, 2002
I was in a cabin near the woods. About 10:30 p.m., outside of my window, I saw a gigantic gold circle with flashing blue, red, and yellow lights. It was at least half a mile away. Other people in cabin saw it, too. It was moving sideways and up.
Garrison, Oct. 26, 2002
About 9:30 p.m. I saw an array of hovering red lights through the woods behind my house. Some were blinking. There was no sound. There is no tower or any houses for miles. I watched for about 10 minutes. I’m a nurse and have never seen a UFO and am not even sure they exist.
Cold Spring, March 15, 2004
I was watching The Tonight Show when the cat jumped up to the corner of the window and pushed the drape aside. Curious, I looked out and saw what looked like a 747 going very slow. I went outside to get a better look. The craft was about 300 feet long, going 25 to 35 mph, no noise, maybe 600 to 1,000 feet up.
Beacon, Feb. 2, 2005
As I stepped outside to the front of my house at 6 p.m. I saw what I thought was the radio tower of Mount Beacon. It started to move slightly, and I thought it was a helicopter. I tried to look through binoculars on a steady point and the object kept on moving around and I am unable to get a clear look. This is going on as I type this.
Cold Spring, June 2, 2008
I was walking my dog at about 10:30 p.m. and noticed a bright light in the northeastern sky. It was too bright to be a plane and there was no sound. This was a bright light resembling a bright star and it was moving in a curving direction. I watched it for about one minute and it disappeared.
Beacon, June 4, 2011
I was driving on the Newburgh-Beacon bridge toward Beacon about 10:10 p.m. when I noticed a strange object. What caught my eye were the lights; they were positioned differently than on a plane. As I approached the toll booth I noticed that it was in the same place it had been while I was on the bridge, hovering in place.
Once I got through the toll, I went to turn around so I could try to get a video on my phone, but by then it had vanished. It was triangular, and not much bigger than a small passenger plane.
Beacon, Dec. 28, 2011
I didn’t want to be the first person to talk about this sighting so I’ve been scanning the internet for two months hoping someone would post about it. This kind of thing makes you doubt your sanity. About 3 p.m. I was driving east on I-84 when I saw something strange. It almost looked like a derby hat hanging in the sky (I know it’s goofy but that’s what it reminded me of). I could see the bulge in the middle and then what sort of looked like a brim sticking out at the sides.
I was doing 75 mph and it quickly passed in and out of my field of vision because of mountains and hills that the road cuts through. I came around that bend and there in the sky right above the highway was a massive object. As I went underneath, it looked almost diamond shaped and a matte gray. After I passed, I looked in my mirror but it was gone. This all transpired in about 30 seconds. People in other cars around me were also looking up.
When I got to the tollbooth, I asked the collector if she had seen it. Beaming, she said, “I finally saw one.” The weirdest thing, it looked aquatic, almost like a manta ray and had two black circles underneath that looked empty, like holes. It was completely still and silent, and freaked me out. I wondered if it wasn’t a military craft, but the woman at the booth seemed positive it was a UFO. I tried to snap a picture but all I got was the roofline of my car.
Beacon, Oct. 12, 2014
Spotted a reddish orange light over Newburgh as I was driving down my street about 7 p.m. It was somewhat stationary and glowed with a slight pulse. It was quite high up. I had watched it for two minutes or so when the red glow faded from a round shape to a triangle with three sections, like looking at an airplane prop. It changed to dull orange like a highway flare glow, then went out. Maybe it was a balloon with a flare attached, of a parachute flare, but I never seen one this high in the sky and I am familiar with flares.
Beacon, March 11, 2015
About 10:45 p.m., I couldn’t make out the shape of the aircraft but the lights were in a cross shape, red and white light and some were blinking. It was flying east to west, about five or six lights on the front and two or three on the back. No noise whatsoever. I have been living in Beacon for four months now and have never seen anything fly that low.
Cold Spring, July 4, 2015
After the fireworks at about 10:30 p.m., while in the municipal parking lot, we noticed an orange glowing object moving north slowly over West Point. At one point it remained stationary. Several times it emitted smaller glowing lights from its rear and bottom that appeared to fall and disappear. The object disappeared and reappeared several times over 8 to 10 minutes.
Cold Spring, July 23, 2015
I was driving to work at 11 p.m. and saw a slow plane and a fast plane. The slow plane was too slow, in my opinion. All of a sudden it got brighter and larger, like an extremely bright star about the size of a golf ball. Then I lost it behind the trees and couldn’t find it again.
Cold Spring, Aug. 3, 2016
As I was driving home north on Route 9D, across from West Point, at about 11 p.m., my friend and I noticed a bright light moving slowly. It wandered overhead and looked almost like a hovering rocket. When we turned around further down the road, the craft had vanished.
Beacon, Aug. 10, 2016
At about 2:10 p.m., I was taking photos for landscaping paintings. When I was looking through my photos that evening, there was an object I didn’t recognize. It didn’t appear to be a bird. Many professional photographers said I should submit the photo to UFO experts.
Beacon, Feb. 24, 2017
I was walking into my kitchen at about 11:45 p.m. and noticed an unusually bright white light over Mount Beacon. A series of smaller multi-color lights (red, blue and orange) began moving around the white light. This went on for over an hour, with the lights growing much larger, moving, dancing, and finally disappearing. There’s definitely something happening there.
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It’s X-Files time with 16 UFO sightings reported to police
It’s X-Files time with 16 UFO sightings reported to police
UFO's have been spotted on 16 occasions across the Midlands in the last four years, new police findings show.
West Midlands Police received 12 reports of UFO sightings between 2013 and 2016.
Meanwhile West Mercia Police received four reports across Shropshire in the same time frame.
The figures have been revealed following Freedom Of Information requests to both police forces.
It comes as two high-profile UFO sightings have occurred across the region in the last three decades.
Shropshire's most notorious 'X-File' incident took place at RAF Cosford in 1993 where an MoD police patrol saw bright lights in the sky. The sighting - dubbed the Cosford Incident - took place on March 31, at 1.15am. Dozens of triangular shaped UFOs were spotted moving at speed in the sky across western Britain at around the time.
In the Black Country, numerous sightings of a triangle-shaped UFO have been spotted over Dudley since the start of the millennium. The numerous reports of the bright lights have gave way to the nickname the 'Dudley Dorito'.
A break-down of the stats from West Midlands Police show the most UFO reports came from Birmingham, with three being made since 2013.
There were two reports in Dudley and Sandwell, and one report from Wolverhampton and Walsall.
Police revealed some of the sightings were described as 'lights', 'objects' and 'objects with lights'. But none were investigated by police officers.
In Shropshire, West Merica Police revealed four UFO sightings took place across the rural county since 2013.
An 'object with lights and flames' was seen flying the low before landing in a tree in Donnington, Telford, on November 11, 2013. The sighting took place in the early hours and was reported at 3.47am.
Around 10 months later, an object was seen 'moving erratically in the sky' over Bridgnorth. It had lights and was doing '90 degree turns'. Police received the report on September 25, 2014, at 4.23am. Police closed the log into the incident pending further enquiries.
A 'UFO' with 'lots of lights and loud screaming' was seen around 30 to 40 feet from the ground in Mickleton, Gloucestershire. The incident was reported to West Merica Police on February 25, 2016 at 19.32pm, but officers passed it onto Gloucestershire Police.
The most recent UFO sighting reported to police in Shropshire took place in Shrewsbury. Strangle lights were reported on March 7, 2016, at 1.17am. But the sighting was established as a helicopter and no police deployment was made.
The term UFO was officially coined by the American air force in 1953 and has since become widespread.
Allied pilots described such sightings as 'foo fighters' during the Second World War.
Staffordshire Police said it was unable to respond to an FOI request regarding UFOs because it would be too costly to investigate.
Colonel Charles I. Halt returns to Rendlesham Forest.
Picture: TOM POTTER
“It brings back old memories,” said retired US Air Force colonel Charles Halt on his return to the spot where, in December 1980, he was at the centre of a UFO mystery in Rendlesham Forest.
Picture: TOM POTTER
As deputy commander of Bentwaters and Woodbridge bases, Mr Halt wrote a memo to the Ministry of Defence describing the incident, and recorded what became known as the Halt Tape – made public the following year.
Colonel Charles I. Halt returns to Rendlesham Forest, with Dawn Holloway, John Hanson, Gary Baker and David Young.
Picture: TOM POTTER
“I never intended for it to get out,” said Mr Halt, who carried out his investigation on December 28, 1980, during which he saw mysterious lights like those witnessed by three airmen on security patrol two nights earlier.
Colonel Charles I. Halt returns to Rendlesham Forest. Picture: TOM POTTER
“I did all I could to keep my memo private.
Colonel Charles I. Halt, Gary Baker and John Hanson (foreground) retrace the route of US airmen in Rendlesham Forest in December 1980.
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“When the three individuals came back, the desk sergeant and I had a chuckle and agreed there must be a logical explanation.
Rendlesham Forest. Picture: TOM POTTER
“The next day, we realised all the military cops were looking to the skies. On the third night, [Lieutenant] Bruce Englund came in and said ‘it’s back’. That’s when I became involved.
Gary Baker and Colonel Charles I. Halt walk the UFO trail in Rendlesham Forest. Picture: TOM POTTER
“I was very much a sceptic and expected to find nothing.
Gary Baker and Colonel Charles I. Halt walk the UFO trail in Rendlesham Forest.
Picture: TOM POTTER
“Whatever we saw was under intelligent control,” said Mr Halt, who rubbished claims he was merely chasing lighthouse beams from Orford Ness.
David Young, John Hanson, Gary Baker, Colonel Charles I. Halt and Dawn Holloway in Rendlesham Forest.
Picture: TOM POTTER
“The story has become muddied over the years. I still don’t know why the CIA turned up here after the first night – and what was done to the three airmen, who have never been the same.”
In 2015, one of the airmen, John Burroughs, won compensation for illnesses he blamed on exposure to radiation from the event.
Mr Halt returend to Rendlesham with John Hanson and Dawn Holloway – authors of the Haunted Skies books, currently working on a second edition of The Halt Perspective – and by local ufologist David Young and Gary Baker, radar operator at RAF Neatishead from 1978-1980.
Mr Baker, from Ipswich, had returned from leave at the end of 1980 for the aftermath of the incident. He claims to have been told “this never happened” by RAF officers, and that radar tapes and bridge logs from the evening of the incident disappeared.
“Whatever the radar picked up, it wasn’t a subject of interest for interceptor aircraft because it didn’t come from the east – this was the height of the Cold War.
“It would have been sensible to quash any evidence. If something had happened, and it wasn’t picked up, it would have showed we weren’t capable of dealing with something from ‘above’.
“Later, I read the MoD said the radar had been switched off at the time, which is a load of rubbish.
“I’m no UFO nut, but something extraordinary happened here – outside the parameters of manned aircraft.”
DR. STEVEN GREER EXPLAINS HOW ETS MAKE THEIR SHIPS AND HOW THEY CONTROL THEM
DR. STEVEN GREER EXPLAINS HOW ETS MAKE THEIR SHIPS AND HOW THEY CONTROL THEM
Dr. Steven Greer once said: "Anyone with knowledge of this stuff would have a bullet with their name written on it.”
Steven Macon Greer (June 28, 1955) is an American retired medical doctor and ufologist who founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and The Disclosure Project, which seeks the disclosure of allegedly suppressed UFO information.
A National Archives spokesman spoke to the German frontier science and the paranormal news blog.
He said: "Due to the upcoming election here in the UK and the rules relating to government departments during the pre-election period, the files will not be released until after the election.
"We are working to ensure that the files are ready for release as soon after this period as is possible: hopefully around the middle of June."
In 2013, the MoD claimed to have released all of its UFO related formerly classified files, after beginning declassification in 2008, but it later emerged in 2014 it had held back the 18 still to be released.
UFO hunters hope the files will hold smoking gun evidence of alien visitations.
In a blog about the delay, Andreas Müller, editor of Grenzwissenschaft-Aktuell.de, wrote: "Since it became known in Autumn of 2014 that contrary to the claim that the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released all of its formerly secret UFO-files already back in 2013, still 18 files of the MoD’s former UFO-Bureau files were held back.
"UFO-researches as well as historians look forward to the release of those files, that has been postponed repeatedly since then.
"As even the latest release date given – March 2017 – has passed."
Nick Pope, who was formerly employed by the MoD to investigate the UFO phenomenon, until 2009, told Express.co.uk: "As a former civil servant I understand the reasons for this, but the UFO community will doubtless be suspicious of this latest delay.
"When I made the official announcement of the declassification and release of these UFO files in May 2008, the thinking was the the release project would take two or three years.
"Now, over nine years later, I understand people's frustration and can see why this delay is generating conspiracy theories.
"I hope the release of the last files can be fast-tracked after the election."
Op jacht naar aliens: een bijna onmogelijke zoektocht
Op jacht naar aliens: een bijna onmogelijke zoektocht
Zoeken naar aliens: we moeten het doen, maar we weten eigenlijk niet hoe. “De kans dat we buitenaards leven in onze directe omgeving gaan vinden, is héél klein.”
Al decennia speuren we met behulp van radiotelescopen naar signalen van buitenaards leven. Zonder resultaat. Misschien zou je bijna gaan vermoeden dat het leven op aarde uniek is. De meeste wetenschappers willen daar echter nog niet aan. Zij kunnen zich onmogelijk voorstellen dat er in een universum gevuld met miljarden hemellichamen maar één planeet is waarop intelligent leven is ontstaan. Ook Heino Falcke, als radioastronoom en astrodeeltjesfysicus verbonden aan de Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen, acht het bestaan van aliens “aannemelijk”. Maar op de vraag of hij denkt dat er buitenaards leven is, antwoordt hij wat terughoudender. “We moeten het eerst vinden, tot die tijd weten we het gewoon niet.”
Zeldzaam En het vinden van die aliens: dat blijkt nog niet zo eenvoudig. “Wat is een succesvolle methode om aliens op te sporen? Dat weten we eigenlijk pas als we ze vinden.” Maar dat de radiotelescopen van SETI ondanks dat ze al decennia op zoek zijn naar buitenaardse signalen nog geen succes hebben gehad, wil niet gelijk zeggen dat die methode niet deugt of dat er geen aliens bestaan. “Intelligent leven is zelfs in de geschiedenis van onze planeet een heel zeldzaam verschijnsel,” stelt Falcke. Het lijkt dan ook aannemelijk dat intelligent buitenaards leven ook niet zomaar overal ontspringt. En dus is het zoeken naar een speld in een hooiberg. Die spreekwoordelijk hooiberg is enorm. “Je moet de omvang van het heelal nooit onderschatten.” En op het moment kunnen we zelfs met de krachtigste radiotelescopen in een gegeven periode slechts in een klein hoekje van die hooiberg naar de spreekwoordelijke speld zoeken. “De kans dat we buitenaards leven in onze directe omgeving gaan vinden, is klein,” denkt Falcke. Maar hoe meer planeten en sterren we op steeds grotere afstand van de aarde bestuderen, hoe groter de kans wordt dat het een keer raak is.
“WAAROM ZOU JE WILLEN COMMUNICEREN MET IEMAND DIE ONS WEL KAN BEZOEKEN, MAAR WAAR WIJ NIET NAAR TOE KUNNEN?”
METI Terwijl SETI in een fractie van dat enorme universum op zoek is naar buitenaardse signalen, gaan er ook stemmen op voor een actievere zoektocht naar leven: METI. METI staat voor Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Het is eigenlijk heel simpel: in plaats van te zoeken naar buitenaardse signalen gaan we zelf radiosignalen uitzenden in de hoop dat aliens die dan opvangen. Falcke is echter niet enthousiast. “Ten eerste denk ik niet dat het wat oplevert. De kans dat iemand dat oppikt, is klein. Ten tweede vind ik het geen goed idee om met heel veel energie echt in de Melkweg bekend te maken dat wij er zijn. Je weet tenslotte nooit wat je tegenkomt.” Want de kans dat aliens de signalen opvangen, is klein, maar weldegelijk aanwezig. En daar krijgt Falcke eerlijk gezegd de bibbers van. “We weten uit de geschiedenis dat een botsing tussen twee beschavingen altijd uitvalt in het voordeel van de beschaving met grotere resources en betere technologieën. In dit geval zou dat de beschaving zijn die de ander kan bezoeken.” En dus lijkt het erop dat we bij voorbaat al aan het kortste eind trekken. “Waarom zou je willen communiceren met iemand die ons wel kan bezoeken, maar waar wij niet naar toe kunnen?” Falcke lijkt er nu al van uit te gaan dat we van aliens geen amicale houding hoeven te verwachten. “Waarom zouden zij beter zijn dan wij? Mensen die dat denken, zijn naïef.”
Aan boord van de beide Voyager-ruimtesondes bevindt zich een boodschap voor aliens. Mocht buitenaards leven de sondes – waarvan er één vermoedelijk al in de interstellaire ruimte is beland – tegenkomen, kunnen ze dankzij de grammofoonplaat onder meer aardse geluiden (wind en vogelzang) horen.
Afbeelding: NASA / JPL.
LOFAR Maar als SETI – tot op heden – onsuccesvol is en METI ronduit gevaarlijk, hoe moeten we dan verder? Falcke is wel te spreken over Breakthrough Listen, een project waarbinnen met meerdere radiotelescopen naar buitenaardse radiosignalen en laserpulsen wordt gezocht. “Dat is een slimme aanpak.” Maar als Falcke het voor het zeggen had – en een ongelimiteerd budget toegewezen kreeg – zou hij de zoektocht naar aliens toch net wat anders aanpakken. “Ik zou zoiets als LOFAR (een radiotelescoop met duizenden radioantennes, red.) opnieuw gaan bouwen, maar dan groter. En dan de hele hemel doorzoeken.” Met een beetje geluk resulteert het in het oppikken van een buitenaards signaal. “En anders levert het sowieso fantastische wetenschap op.” Maar zo’n LOFAR 2.0 blijft – ondanks dat we in staat zijn om deze te bouwen – voorlopig een hersenspinsel, denkt Falcke. “Voor zoiets heb je miljarden nodig.”
Vragen Terwijl wetenschappers zich het hoofd breken over hóe we die aliens nu het beste kunnen vinden, rijst wellicht bij jou de vraag waarom we zo nodig op zoek moeten naar buitenaards leven. Falcke kan er kort over zijn: “Het is een bijzonder fundamenteel vraagstuk.” Hij wijst erop dat er wel miljoenen vragen te bedenken zijn die met de ontdekking van buitenaards leven wellicht beantwoord kunnen worden. “Hoe werkt het leven ergens anders? Welke kennis hebben de aliens? Hoe zit hun samenleving in elkaar? Hoe kijken zij naar het heelal of naar religie?” somt Falcke op. “En door naar anderen te kijken, ga je ook nadenken over jezelf.”
“STEL JE STUURT: “IK BEN ER, ZULLEN WE NAAR DE KROEG GAAN?”, DAN BEN JE AL DOOD VOOR JE ANTWOORD KRIJGT”
Communiceren Om die miljoenen prangende vragen te kunnen beantwoorden, moeten we echter niet alleen buitenaards leven ontdekken, maar ook een manier vinden om ermee te communiceren. En dat is waarschijnlijk een stuk lastiger dan veel mensen – afgaand op sciencefictionfilms – denken, vertelt Falcke. “Waarschijnlijk bevinden aliens zich op grote afstand. Als we een signaal van hen oppikken, is dat misschien al wel 1000 of 10.000 jaar onderweg.” En dus is niet bewezen dat de beschaving die dit signaal uitzond er nog steeds is. “Wie zegt dat wij er over 1000 jaar nog zijn?” En als je dan een signaal terugstuurt, is dat ook weer duizenden jaren onderweg. “Stel je stuurt: “Ik ben er, zullen we naar de kroeg gaan?”, dan ben je al dood voor je antwoord krijgt.”
Falcke is binnenkort hopelijk te zien in de documentaire ‘Searching for Aliens‘. De documentaire gaat over vijf mensen die op verschillende manieren zoeken naar buitenaards leven. Om de documentaire van de grond te krijgen, is nog een klein beetje geld nodig. Vandaar dat een crowdfundingsactie is opgezet. Je kunt er hier meer over lezen.
Religie Maar zelfs als communiceren lastig of onmogelijk is, zal de wetenschap dat aliens bestaan of bestaan hebben, toch verstrekkende gevolgen hebben op aarde? Falcke denkt van niet. “Misschien dat de kranten er de eerste dag vol van staan, maar de volgende dag gaat het leven weer verder. Dat gaat onze beschaving echt niet op zijn kop zetten.” Zelfs religies zouden het bestaan van de alien kunnen overleven, denkt Falcke, zelf christen. “Bijna 900 jaar geleden werd er binnen de kerk al gediscussieerd over het bestaan van andere planeten. En toen werd besloten dat het verboden was om uit te sluiten dat andere werelden bestaan. En een Parijse bisschop voegde er later aan toe dat je niet mocht zeggen dat buitenaards leven niet bestaat. Want zo beperk je de macht van God en je moet God niet voorschrijven wat hij wel en niet mag creëren.”
Aliens zetten de wereld dus niet op hun kop. Anders is dat voor de wetenschappelijke wereld. “Als we ze vinden, leren we ontzettend veel. Dan verdubbelt in één klap het aantal beschavingen in de Melkweg! En misschien vinden we wel leven op planeten waarop we het helemaal niet verwacht hadden.” Een andere optie is natuurlijk dat we geen intelligent, maar eenvoudig buitenaards leven vinden. “Plant- of dierachtigen of eenvoudige cellen,” somt Falcke op. Hij benadrukt dat het vinden van sporen van die levensvormen misschien nog wel lastiger is dan het vinden van intelligent leven. “Daarvoor moet je in de dampkring van planeten kijken en daar heb je heel krachtige telescopen voor nodig.” Met de nieuwe generatie telescopen – zoals de James Webb-telescoop – kunnen we die dampkringen onder de loep gaan nemen, maar grote doorbraken verwacht Falcke nog niet. “De komende decennia verwacht ik dat we zo af en toe horen dat er misschien een aanwijzing voor buitenaards leven is gevonden.” Maar zeker zullen we daar – zonder nog betere telescopen – dus niet van zijn. Dat het zo lastig wordt om aliens te vinden, kan eigenlijk geen verrassing zijn. Neem nou Mars, een planeet waarvan sterk vermoed wordt dat deze ooit leven herbergde. “Deze bevindt zich in de achtertuin en we kunnen de planeet bezoeken en nog weten we niet zeker of er leven is geweest.” Of buitenaards leven bestaat, kan dan ook nog eeuwen een raadsel zijn. “Maar dat raadsel kan ook morgen opgelost zijn.”
WHITESHELL PROVINCIAL PARK — The truth is outthere, but so still are the answers.
New Mexico may have its Roswell, Britain has its Rendlesham Forest, Nova Scotia has its Shag Harbour, but Manitoba also has a claim to stake when it comes to one of the most notable unidentified flying object sightings around the world.
Fifty years ago, an amateur prospector saw something at a remote spot in this provincial park that changed his life and the lives of his family members, and not always for the better.
No one knows for sure what Stefan Michalak saw while he was looking for signs of gold and silver in the rocks in the Precambrian shield, but numerous military and scientific experts went to the site, tested the area, repeatedly interviewed him and, in the end, the report of the United States government-sponsored UFO project concluded that the incident was "unknown."
Surprisingly, it was only a few days ago that for the first time, his youngest son Stan — who was nine years old at the time and has now co-written a book being launched this weekend about how his family experienced the unwanted attention from authorities and the media — visited the site itself, the big bang of the incident and the elephant in his family’s life.
"I’ve always wanted to do it — and then not," Stan said earlier this month shortly before going to the site accompanied by the Free Press. "I don’t know why. This is closure. Putting the book together is kind of farewell, and I’m done.
"This will be the first and last time. It is a chapter of our family life and history that remained before us for a long time."
What Stefan — who also went by Stephen and Steve — saw on May 20, 1967, at about 12:15 p.m., is now known around the world as the Falcon Lake Incident, considered one of the most documented UFO sightings of all time.
In a short 40-page booklet entitled My Encounter With The UFO, which Michalak wrote a few months after the sighting in his native Polish — and then had it translated into English — he said, "Up until the time and the events I am about to describe I had no special interests in ‘flying saucers’ and other strange phenomena one hears about time and again.
"Maybe they are real, maybe not, but I had never been seriously concerned about them. Not until May 20, 1967, when I, perhaps as nobody else — or at least very few — came in such a close contact with one of those strange objects commonly called UFOs."
It all began when Michalak, 51, married with three children, and self-described amateur prospector, went to the Whiteshell on the Friday of the first long weekend of the summer looking for precious metals. As he had done before, he stayed at a motel that used to be on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway. At 5:30 a.m. he got up, crossed the road, and began finding his way north through the pine trees and rock formations. Eventually, he got to a small peninsula on top of which were exposed rocks, trees and scrub, with a lake on one side and marsh on the other two.
He was chipping away at a quartz formation, just after eating lunch, when he was "startled by the most uncanny cackle of the geese that were still in the area. Something had obviously frightened them.
"Then I saw them. Two cigar-shaped objects with humps on them about halfway down from the sky. They appeared to be descending and glowing with an intense scarlet glare. As these ‘objects’ came closer to the earth they became more oval-shaped."
One took off a few minutes later, while the second one landed about 50 metres from where he was crouching. He said there was an opening near the top of the craft with brilliant purple light coming out. After waiting several minutes, he went closer, stopping when he heard voices.
"They sounded like human, although somewhat muffled by the sounds of the motor... I was able to make out two distinct voices, one with a higher pitch than the other."
Still thinking it was likely some type of new American craft, Michalak called through the opening, at first in English. When he didn’t receive any response, he called out in other languages. He even stuck his head in the opening where he saw "a maze of lights."
The opening suddenly closed, but just before the craft took off, he touched it. It was so hot it burned the glove he had on.
"All of a sudden the craft tilted slightly leftward. I turned and felt a scorching pain around my chest. My shirt and my undershirt were afire. A sharp beam of heat had shot from the craft. I tore my shirt and undershirt and threw them to the ground. My chest was severely burned."
Newspaper photos of the time show Michalak, his pyjama top open, with a series of circular third-degree burn marks making a square pattern on his chest.
Then Michalak began to get a headache, started vomiting and felt weak. He was able to stumble out of the bush and later that evening board a bus back to Winnipeg; his eldest son Mark drove him to Misericordia hospital to treat his burns. Doctors there, and in the United States, never could say how he got the burns. The next day he gave his first press interview, the first of many in the days, months and years ahead with media, law enforcement, government and military authorities.
A box of the booklets, written when Michalak and the family grew tired of answering the same questions from strangers, was stationed by the front door so that Mark could hand them to the curious.
Michalak concluded the booklet by not blaming whatever — or whoever — was on the craft for his injuries.
"The burns and suffering I had endured were not caused by any aggressive moves of the craft or its occupants... if I stayed farther away from the craft I would not have been burned or suffered in any other way.
"I offer this warning to all who may also encounter such a craft: keep away from it far enough to protect yourself."
Who was Stefan Michalak?
At the beginning of his booklet, Michalak introduces himself as having being born 51 years earlier in Poland and emigrating to Canada in 1949, after "the turbulent years of the Second World War that started in my homeland."
Those "turbulent years" included becoming a junior officer in the Polish army just before the Nazi blitzkrieg stormed in and took over the country, and then joining the Polish Home Army in resistance operations against the Germans. Because they were associated with him, his future wife Maria and her two sisters were arrested and sent to a concentration camp in 1943. All three survived and were liberated two years later.
Michalak, who was now serving with the resistance against the Communist regime, was forced to escape the country, even though Maria, now his wife, had one child and was pregnant with another. They didn’t see each other for almost a decade. They first lived in Regina, where their third child was born, and then moved to Winnipeg.
He was working at Inland Cement, located on Kenaston Boulevard behind IKEA, when he went off to the Whiteshell for what he figured would be one more weekend of looking for precious metals.
By all accounts, Michalak was not somebody who lied and certainly was not somebody who was seeking publicity. He just wanted someone to tell him what he saw and felt it was his duty to report it to the authorities.
By horse, it takes about 45 minutes to get to the site located a few kilometres north of the townsite of Falcon Lake. The trail is narrow, marked with a few elevation changes, and boulders and small rocks that horses try to avoid. There are plenty of tree branches and trunks forcing detours, and streams and boggy areas to cross.
But at least there’s a trail. When Michalak first went to the site, he was simply walking through the bush looking for minerals. He couldn’t even find the site the first time he tried to locate it for police, and then Life magazine. He managed to find it again about a month later.
A half-century later, everything has changed. Then-immature trees are now mature, towering over the site. Young trees are filling in some of the sightlines Michalak would have had. Much of the flat rock area is now covered by lichen and short plants.
But, the outlines of the site, as seen on a drawing he made of the area by memory for the RCMP and Royal Canadian Air Force, are still there.
It took most of Stan’s lifetime to get to the site. Maybe it was part of his personal catharsis of finally seeing the spot his dad saw through his own eyes, but the overriding thought he expressed aloud was simply: "What the hell was he doing here?"
Holding a copy of the hand-drawn map his father had made of the site, Stan continued to stand in place while looking around. Then he walked around, examining for a few seconds the line of quartz running through the rock. He peppered UFO expert Chris Rutkowski, who travelled with him to the site, with a few questions to get a better sense of where everything was. He walked some more, shaking his head back and forth. And then he looked off into the distance seeing only reeds, water and mud between where he was and the lines of trees in the distance.
It might not have been what Stan expected.
"There is nothing here to attract or entrance," he said. "But I guess this was just a stop. He chipped at some rocks. He took a break. If it hadn’t happened he would have moved on until he was tired and then gone back to the hotel.
"But that’s not what happened."
Seeing the site didn’t shake his continued belief of what his father saw.
"I always believed that what he said was the truth," Stan said.
"I think what happened is exactly as he described... it pisses me off that people didn’t believe him.
"I still get angry.
Chris Rutkowski, research co-ordinator of Winnipeg-based Ufology Research — and Canada’s foremost UFO expert — said the Falcon Lake Incident is one of almost 2,000 sightings from Manitoba’s historical records.
"If it’s a hoax it has enough complications to make it one of the best on record," Rutkowski said.
"It is even better than Roswell, because with that one the government denies anything happened... and it takes effort to get to the place. But (Falcon Lake is) part of Manitoba’s history."
Rutkowski said 1967 was "a watershed year" for UFOs in Canada.
"There were UFOs in Shag Harbour, where it crashed in the ocean, another in Rivers, Manitoba and a case in Calgary, where a photograph was taken of a silver object. Right across Canada there were an amazing number of sightings, for some reason."
There are about 1,200 reported UFO sightings every year across Canada, he said. About three to five per cent can’t be explained away.
"None say we’ve been visited by aliens, but they are very curious cases," he said.
Rutkowski said he not only has copies of the hundreds of documents produced by the authorities, he also has in his possession a piece of the melted radioactive metal found at the site.
Rutkowski said that from his knowledge of all the other cases, the Falcon Lake Incident is notable because, "(Michalak) reported just the facts without very much embellishment."
"If I’d made it up I would have gone to town (with details), but he said what he saw. He didn’t care of anyone believe him or not.
"As far as what Stefan Michalak encountered — I have no idea. But it’s a riveting story."
Five decades on, whatever happened near Falcon Lake is still of interest to UFO enthusiasts. Regular folks, too.
Local resident Bob Firth has no doubt that Michalak saw what he reported that day. Firth, who works at the Falcon Lake Golf Course, may have seen one of the two objects.
"I was 14 at the time," he said. "It is such a weird story."
Firth said he and three friends were at the beach on the south side of Falcon Lake when they saw something on the other side, north of the lake, moving westward.
"It was little. If you hold your thumb up, it would be that big. The thing just jumped across the sky. ‘What is that?’ And I said, ‘it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a flying saucer.’
"I didn’t think anything more about it."
But later that weekend while his family was in Winnipeg to see Victoria Day fireworks, someone ran up to them and started talking about the Falcon Lake sighting. That’s when Firth realized he might have seen the same thing.
"I was later interviewed by someone with the University of Manitoba," he said. "In my mind I can still see it. Something crossed the sky and disappeared."
Barb Hamilton didn’t see the UFO, but that didn’t stop her and other local kids from getting caught up in all the excitement.
"I was 12 at the time and for young kids, after what happened, it started everyone to wonder," she said. "We kids got together and formed a little club for UFOs."
And they thought they were hot on the trail when one of them heard a beeping sound in the forest.
"We were all convinced it was something. We called all the kids together and we went off in the direction of the beeping sound. We couldn’t find it and came flying back and just screamed."
But Hamilton said her dad suggested they speak with a wildlife expert and, after they did, she heard the sound of the Saw-whet Owl.
"Its mating call sounds like a machine," she said, but quickly added that she doesn’t doubt Michalak’s story.
"I don’t think Stefan was making it up," she said. "I think he saw something. I just can’t explain it."
Falcon Beach Ranch owner Devin Imrie offers trail rides to the site for people who make reservations in advance.
This weekend, the ranch is hosting a 50th anniversary commemorative event with escorted trail rides to the site.
"We’ve been going to the site for a number of years now," he said.
"It’s a real range of people who go there. We get a lot of people who had been in the area as kids. Others never heard of it before they came here and think it sounds interesting. And then we get a few UFO enthusiasts who know more about it than I know.
"They all are just fascinated by it."
Imrie, who grew up at the ranch, said he did a school project on the incident.
"It really is part of the history of this community," he said.
LAUNCH OF WHEN THEY APPEARED — FALCON LAKE 1967: THE INSIDE STORY OF A CLOSE ENCOUNTER
McNally Robinson Booksellers
Grant Park Shopping Centre
Saturday May 20, 7 p.m.
Stan Michalak and Chris Rutkowski
The Falcon Beach Ranch is hosting a 50th anniversary celebration of the Falcon Lake incident Saturday and Sunday, including escorted horseback rides to the landing site at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a barbecue dinner and a fireside chat with Stan Michalak, Chris Rutkowski and others. The cost is $65.
As well, reservations are taken at other times of the year for trail rides to the site. Call 204-349-2410 or go to www.falconbeachranch.com for more information.
Canada’s history, too.
On June 29, 1967, a rookie Manitoba MP stood up in the House of Commons and asked a question about UFO investigations and the Michalak case.
"I had felt obliged to ask a question — it had happened in my riding," said former governor general and premier Ed Schreyer, then an NDP member of Parliament.
"Plus, I was intrigued that someone seemed so genuinely convinced he had seen something inexplicable. I asked the question and the question was taken not by one of the ministers, but by the prime minister himself.
"What did (Lester) Pearson do? He took it as notice."
A few days later, Pearson offered him a chance to look through the government’s file on the matter. Schreyer refused.
"I didn’t take it because it required an understanding that you had to keep the contents confidential," Schreyer said. "I thought that would put me in a problematic position. I just wanted to make sure there was no danger to the individual, the family and the country.
"I was reassured there was no significant danger... it was left somewhat as an open question."
A few months later, defence minister Leo Cadieux was quoted in Hansard as saying "it is not the intention of the Department of National Defence to make public the report of the alleged sighting."
Although he never met Michalak in person, speaking to him at the time on the phone, Schreyer said he hopes to visit the site this summer with his grandchildren now that he knows they can get there on horseback.
"Having made a point of trying to find out more information at the time, yes, I’d like to see the site with my own eyes."
Standing on the flat rock that his father described as the one the UFO landed on, Stan was surprised how accurate his father’s hand-drawn map — drawn from memory in the days after the incident — really was.
While he expected to see the flat rock, he didn’t know it was sloped slightly.
"It still baffles me — the slant we are on — but then I remembered how he described the object tilt as it went up," Stan said. "Now I know it probably tilted because it was coming up from a slope."
Again Stan wondered: "What the hell was he doing here?"
"There is nothing for him here, the geology stakes and the looking for precious metals," he said. "I sure as hell wouldn’t want to spend time here.
"But he was here. I know that now."
And he has a theory about why his dad, and many others around the world, have reported so many UFOs in the post-Second World War years.
"When we blew up the first nuclear bomb and we sent our first radio signals, we got attention. Maybe it was, ‘What are they doing on that planet? Oh, they’re killing each other. Let’s check back in a few hundred years.’"
When Michalak died on Oct. 28, 1999 at the age of 83, there was no mention in his obituary of the Falcon Lake Incident, only of how his "passion for this vast, new country developed into a love of nature, open spaces, animals and birds and a celebration of what Canada’s unending wilderness had to offer" and that "geology became one of his hobbies and the reason for many trips to the wilderness to see the world in a grain of sand."
For a man whose hobby of prospecting had given him such joy, the Falcon Lake Incident also marked the end of his amateur prospecting career, Stan said.
"When he died, we found several wooden boxes of rocks in the basement. I kept only one or two samples — the rest went into the garden."
Australian government investigating taxpayer funding of UFO group
Australian government investigating taxpayer funding of UFO group
Australia's social services minister on Friday launched an urgent investigation to determine how a UFO group received thousands of dollars in taxpayers' funds.
Christian Porter described having a "beam me up, Scotty" moment when he discovered that his department approved nearly AUD6,000 (£3,400) of grants for the Tuggerah Lakes UFO Group on the New South Wales central coast since 2013.
"I'm sure they're very nice people and there are lots of volunteers who are getting something out of it, but looking at it from my perspective, representing taxpayers, it didn't seem to pass a common sense test," Mr Porter told ABC News.
"I asked the department to hold the transmission of funds until they could give me a little more detail around what the group does."
The funding, exposed by national news, was initially provided by the Labor government to assist with the cost of transporting volunteers with a disability.
Asked about the Central Coast's reputation as a UFO sightings hot spot, boasting the most apparent sightings of UFOs in the country, the minister said that "you tend to find a lot of sightings when you're funding UFO sighting groups."
The department approved AUD2,645 for the UFO group in the 2017 volunteer grant program, according to official records seen by ABC News.
Mr Porter said that the money transfer has been currently put on hold until he is given more detail about what the group does specifically.
Tuggerah Lakes UFO Group received AUD2,994 in 2013 under Labour government.
The Tuggerah Lakes UFO Group has over a thousand followers on Facebook where it says that its mission is to "share information on UFO and related topics, support and encourage likeminded people and encourage UFO Disclosure."
The Telegraph has contacted the UFO group for comment.
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the best documented UFO incidents in history, and the community of Shag Harbour applied for a government grant to fund a large celebration. Alas, the Canadian government axed their request which has left organisers scrambling.
At around 11:20 pm on October 4th, 1967, the small fishing village of Shag Harbour in Nova Scotia, Canada was awakened to a loud whistling noise followed by the sound of a crash. A dozen of witnesses saw a bright illuminated object crash into the harbour, and watched for nearly 30 minutes as a bright round shape floated upon the water’s surface before it sank under the depths and vanished. Contacting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the local detachment sent several officers to the location. Fearing an aeroplane crash, they contacted the Coastguard and the Navy. Local fishing boats went out into the bay to look for survivors, but nothing was ever found and no aircraft were reported missing.
The Shag Harbour UFO Incident is one of the best documented UFO incidents in history. Investigations were conducted by the RCMP, the Canadian Navy and Air force, as well as the US led Condon Committee. A media frenzy followed the event, and the Navy even spent several days after the event combing the sea floor looking for the object. Whatever the people of Shag Harbour saw that night, it has never been identified.
Canada is turning 150 years old this year, and to generate excitement, the Canadian government created a grant program called “Canada 150” to help fund major celebrations around the nation. The Shag Harbour Incident is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the community wanted to do something special.
The society’s vice-president, Brock Zinck, said in an interview,
We can’t get a lot of love here in Shag Harbour; they won’t even give us a [highway] sign…Maybe the government doesn’t want to know we are there.
In regards to the loss of the grant money,
We were excited…It does throw a wrench in our preparations. We had big plans to take it to the next level.
The Shag Harbour Incident Society applied for $20,000 to put on a major event, including a conference with UFO experts and speakers. Many of these speakers had to be flown in from across Canada and the from the United States. The event would have brought significant tourism to the quiet village of 500 people, and the economic benefits would have been significant.
Photo inside the Shag Harbour Incident Center. Photo: Tina Comeau, Shelburne County Coastgaurd
UFO researcher and science writer Chris Rutkowski was slated as one of this year’s guests. Author of several books on UFOs, his latest release, “When They Appeared” came out only two weeks ago. In an exclusive interview with Mysterious Universe, in regards to the benefits of such an event, he stated,
It would have been quite appropriate for a Canada 150 event because it is one of the best-known Canadian [UFO] cases, and one that attracts visitors to Nova Scotia. It certainly would be at least as important as a local community event involving mainstream or more traditional historical projects like museums and artwork.
The internet and its host of conspiracy theorists has taken this denial of funding as another aspect of the “truth embargo” regarding the UFO phenomenon. Perhaps the government is hiding something, and the less attention the Shag Harbour event gets, the better. Most people believe that other cultural events simply took precedence, and the Canada 150 grant committee simply had to make cuts to certain requests.
However, the UFO community in Canada has not taken this news sitting down. Podcasters and UFO enthusiasts around the nation are continuing to bring awareness to the event. Tickets are still for sale, and the society plans to host the event anyway, just on a more grassroots level. Event planners are hoping for the best, and praying for a miracle. The event is slated for September 29th to October 1st 2017, with a celebration party on October 4th.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter, whose department dishes out the volunteer grants, is in disbelief.
"It was a bit of a 'beam me up Scotty' moment when I found out about it," he told ABC TV on Friday.
"I'm sure they're very nice people and there are lots of volunteers who are getting something out of it but looking at it from my perspective - representing taxpayers - it didn't seem to me to pass a commonsense test."
Mr Porter has requested his department hold any funds until he gets more information about exactly what the group does.
The group, which has more than 800 members on Facebook, is said to share news and information of UFO matters and support friends and networks.
NSW's Central Coast has long been a hotspot for UFO sightings in Australia.
"It's very hard to unpack cause and effect; you tend to find a lot of sightings when you're funding UFO sighting groups.
"But we'll see what they're all about."
The minister's office has been advised the group was previously funded under the Labor government in 2013 and that some of this grant goes to the transport costs of volunteers with a disability.
A mysterious object appeared to have hovered past the International Space Station, according to new video footage from UFO researchers.
SecureTeam 10, who in recent days has posted videos about a supposed alien tank and a cigar-shaped disc over Paris, claims that a disc-shaped object whizzed past the ISS “at a very high rate of speed.”
NASA, which did not respond specifically to the latest video, has often said the objects are “distortions in a lens” and do not signify the presence of extraterrestrial life.
Tyler Glockner, the voice heard on the video from SecureTeam 10, said the object in the video moved “as if it knew the camera was watching.”
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