How Far do Reports of UFOs go Back in History?

How Far do Reports of UFOs go Back in History?

Most people who have read about UFOs get the impression that they have been
reported only since World War II. In fact they go back much, much further.
During World War II both Allies and Nazi air forces reported strange lights that
often buzzed their aircraft. Each thought that the lights were some kind of secret
weapon of the other, possibly unmanned flying observatories. Partly in jest, partly in
frustration at their elusiveness the Americans nicknamed them “foo fighters”. After a
while, since nothing seemed to happen, both sides ignored them.
In the late 1890s a world-wide series of sightings of “airships” gripped the
headlines. Dirigible-like aircraft were seen over Europe, the United States and even
Australia.

In fact Australia has a long UFO history. Bill Chalker—one of Australia’s best
known UFO researchers—has spent years compiling dozens and dozens of older
Australian cases from newspapers, magazines and other sources. Australia’s oldest
abduction case dates back to 1860 in Parramatta Park in Sydney. There are also many
Dreamtime references among the Aborigines and other local peoples which strongly
suggest UFOs, and textbook cases of abduction. In one Island group off northern
Australia the shamans instruct the tribe in special chants to sing to calm themselves
when being abducted by beings.

There were many puzzing reports in the 17-and-1800s. For example, Sir Edmund
Halley, the great astronomer who gave his name to the famous comet, on March 1716
recorded seeing a brilliantly lit object over London for two hours. And over the French
town of Embrun on September 7, 1820 witnesses reported seeing a groups of discshaped objects flying in tight formation execute a perfect 90 degree turn.

But strange reports go back much further and over much wider a field.
Japan and China have recorded many events over the centuries. Among them
was an object like the full moon, shiny and bright, that appeared on September 12. 1271.
Another event occured on March 17, 1458 when five stars suddenly appeared cirling the
moon, and changed colour three times before vanishing. One of the more spectacular
sightings happened on August 3, 989 when three round objects of high brilliance were
seen in the sky and later merged together.

Europe was full of sightings which arouse one’s curiousity. One of the most
spectacular of its time was recorded at Basle, Switzerland on August 7, 1566. To the
confounding of the populace giant glowing globes covered the sky. And in an amazing
Close Encounter of the Third Kind in 1270 AD at Bristol, England a spaceship was seen
at low level and when an occupant climbed down its ladder he was stoned and
asphyxiated in the earth’s atmosphere.

During the reign of Charlemagne in Europe there were so many reports of
encounters with “tyrants of the air, and their aerial ships” the Emperor became so
concerned that people reporting these strange events were subject to torture and death.
Going further back the Greeks and Romans regularly reported phantom chariots
appearing the night sky. These from civilisations well acquainted with the night sky and
falling stars.

Further still, hundreds of years before Christ, Ezekiel, the Biblical prophet,
described a scene he experienced in captivity. In the King James version he says:

“…it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of
the month…the heavens were opened…
Out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures…[that] had
the likenesss of a man…
Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the
living creatures…”

He goes on to describe other wheels, all the color of “beryl”
“And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the
living creatures lifted up from the earth the wheels were lifted up.”
Though many ancient texts are full of such strange and UFO-suggestive
references, I will leave you with two of the more startling.

Throughout the history of the Near East it was known that the Sumerians
claimed their civilisation really began to flower when they made contact with a sky
creature (note this was not a god, nor an angel, just another living creature) who flew
down into the sea in a ship. Like our amphibians this creature needed to live near and in
water . In fact when portrayed in Near East sculpture he is carved half man-half fish.
Apparently, it met repeatedly with a Sumerian native on a beach and gave him many of
its secrets, among them the gift of the alphabet/writing. This legend, or story, was
passed down through generations and numerous tribes including the Babylonians. In
1936 the legend was rediscovered by French archeologists in Mali in an African tribe
called the Dogons . The Dogons were a descendant of a Near East people, probably the
Sumerians themselves, who had carried their oral traditions for thousands of years.
Respected by the Dogons the archeologists were indoctrinated into the tribe’s
greatest secrets. They worshipped the star Sirius, saying the sky creature had come from
a water world in its solar system. Sirius is our brightest star. Commonly called the Dog
Star, is sits about 7 light years from our sun. Among the sizable collection of
astronomical information the creature imparted—including a description of the Big Bang
theory—was that Sirius was actually a three star system. According to the creature the
Sirius system had a large sun, a second, tiny, very dense, almost invisible sun, and a
third, somehat less heavy , sun. The second sun was enormously heavy despite its small
size. It revolved around the large sun we call Sirius A with A at one foci of an elipse,
hardly everyday information for a preliterate people. They also described how A
rotated on its axis. Transsecting the orbits of these 3 suns the orbit of the creature’s
planet was egg shaped and took fifty years. The French team recorded their story and
subsequently published it. At the time scientists thought Sirius was a binary sun system,
though a few astronomers had speculated the possibility of it being trinary. The matter
rested there until the 1970s when scientists using the latest powerful telescopes finally
were able to get good photos of the Sirius system. To their amazement it was a tristar
system with a large sun, a white dwarf star (very heavy and basically invisible) and a
third, less powerful, sun. Using computers astronomers calculated that a planet in the
position that had been described by the Dogons would have an egg shaped orbit taking
fifty years to complete. This at least forty years before our most powerful telescopes
could even foretell its existence.

Our last reference to UFOs, or should I say perhaps our very first reference, lies
in one of the oldest books in the world, The Tibetian Book of the Dead. No mere
sighting, it contains a story that raises speculation to dizzing heights. In it is described a
great ancient race of prehistory peoples who were very advanced. They had great
weapons and ruled their time, though they preferred to stay mainly to themselves. A
struggle arose among them and they separated into 2 groups. Eventually war broke out
between their 2 great cities. Huge arrows shooting flame hurled into the air and landed

on one city. The earth shook, there was a great light and heat, and a giant cloud reached
into the sky where the now charred city stood. Around the stricken city people and
animals died slowly of some unseen and unknown disease that seemed to sicken them.
For years afterward the plants and animals avoided the place or had strange offspring.
In despair the first group gathered in flying carts and left for the sky. The parallels to
nuclear warfare are eerie, thousands of years before our era.

And so the cases stand out, strange and confronting. Unexplained and
impossible-to-know knowledge, stories that tell of things unimaginable for their time,
lights in the sky and beings that come out of flying ships, abductions, they are all there.
And all years before our time, all without the alleged science fiction hysteria that
supposedly makes we moderns see these things.
History provokes us and forces us to look at our present in hopes to better
understand our future.

Special Ground breaking UFO lecture By Phil Schneider

Phil Schneider UFO researcher, a very brave man, recently lost his life due to what appeared to be a military-style execution in January 1996. He was found dead in his apartment with piano wire still wrapped around his neck. According to some sources, he had been brutally tortured repeated before being killed. Phil Schneider was an ex-government engineer who was involved in building underground bases. He was one of three people to survive the 1979 fire fight between the large Greys and U.S. intelligence and military forces at Dulce underground base.

In May 1995, Phil Schneider did a UFO lecture on what he had discovered. Seven months later he was tortured and killed by those for whom he had previously worked. This man’s final acts should not go unnoticed.

 


Special UFO Lecture By Phil Schneider

“It is because of the horrendous structure of the federal government that I feel directly imperiled *not* to tell anybody about this material. How long I will be able to do this is anybody’s guess. However, I would like to mention that this talk is going to be broken up into four main topics. Each of these topics will have some bearing on what you people are involved in, whether you are patriots or not.

“I want you to know that these United States are a beautiful place. I have gone to more than 70 countries, and I cannot remember any country that has the beauty, as well as the magnificence of its people, like these United States.

“To give you an overview of basically what I am, I started off and went through engineering school. Half of my school was in that field, and I built up a reputation for being a geological engineer, as well as a structural engineer with both military and aerospace applications. I have helped build two main bases in the United States that have some significance as far as what is called the New World Order. The first base is the one at Dulce, New Mexico. I was involved in 1979 in a firefight with alien humanoids, and I was one of the survivors. I’m probably the only talking survivor you will ever hear. Two other survivors are under close guard. I am the only one left that knows the detailed files of the entire operation. Sixty-six secret service agents, FBI, Black Berets and the like, died in that firefight. I was there.

“Number one, part of what I am going to tell you is going to be very shocking. Part of what I am going to tell you is probably going to be very unbelievable, though, instead of putting your glasses on, I’m going to ask you to put your “scepticals” on. But please, feel free to do your own homework. I know the Freedom of Information Act isn’t much to go on, but it’s the best we’ve got. The local law library is a good place to look for Congressional Records. So, if one continues to do their homework, then one can be standing vigilant in regard to their country.

Deep Underground Military Bases and the Black Budget

“I love the country I am living in more than I love my life, but I would not be standing before you now, risking my life, if I did not believe it was so. The first part of this talk is going to concern deep underground military bases and the black budget. The Black Budget is a secretive budget that garners 25% of the gross national product of the United States. The Black Budget currently consumes $1.25 trillion per year. At least this amount is used in black programs, like those concerned with deep underground military bases. Presently, there are 129 deep underground military bases in the United States.

“They have been building these 129 bases day and night, unceasingly, since the early 1940’s. Some of them were built even earlier than that. These bases are basically large cities underground connected by high-speed magneto-leviton trains that have speeds up to Mach 2. Several books have been written about this activity. Al Bielek has my only copy of one of them. Richard Souder, a Ph.D architect*, has risked his life by talking about this. He worked with a number of government agencies on deep underground military bases. In around where you live, in Idaho, there are 11 of them.

*(Richard Souder — not to be confused with Richard Sauder, Ph.D, an underground bases researcher and author of the book, “Underground Bases and Tunnels: What is the Government Trying to Hide?”)

“The average depth of these bases is over a mile, and they again are basically whole cities underground. They all are between 2.66 and 4.25 cubic miles in size. They have laser drilling machines that can drill a tunnel seven miles long in one day. The Black Projects sidestep the authority of Congress, which as we know is illegal. Right now, the New World Order is depending on these bases. If I had known at the time I was working on them that the NWO was involved, I would not have done it. I was lied to rather extensively.

Development of Military Technology, Implied German Interest in Hyperspacial Technology, and More

“Basically, as far as technology is concerned, for every calendar year that transpires, military technology increases about 44.5 years. This is why it is easy to understand that back in 1943 they were able to create, through the use of vaccum tube technology, a ship that could literally disappear from one place and appear in another place. My father, Otto Oscar Schneider, fought on both sides of the war. He was originally a U-boat captain, and was captured and repatriated in the United States. He was involved with different kinds of concerns, such as the A-bomb, the H-bomb and the Philadelphia Experiment. He invented a high-speed camera that took pictures of the first atomic tests at Bikini Island on July 12, 1946. I have original photographs of that test, and the photos also show UFO’s fleeing the bomb site at a high rate of speed. Bikini Island at the time was infested with them, especially under the water, and the natives had problems with their animals being mutilated. At that time, General MacArthur felt that the next war would be with aliens from other worlds.

“Anyway, my father laid the groundwork with theoreticians about the Philadelphia experiment, as well as other experiments. What does that have to do with me? Nothing, other than the fact that he was my father. I don’t agree with what he did on the other side, but I think he had a lot of guts in coming here. He was hated in Germany. There was a $1 million reward, payable in gold, to anyone who killed him. Obviously, they didn’t succeed. Anyway, back to our topic – deep underground bases.

The Fire Fight At Dulce Base

“Back in 1954, under the Eisenhower administration, the federal government decided to circumvent the Constitution of the United States and form a treaty with alien entities. It was called the 1954 Greada Treaty, which basically made the agreement that the aliens involved could take a few cows and test their implanting techniques on a few human beings, but that they had to give details about the people involved. Slowly, the aliens altered the bargain until they decided they wouldn’t abide by it at all. Back in 1979, this was the reality, and the fire-fight at Dulce occurred quite by accident. I was involved in building an addition to the deep underground military base at Dulce, which is probably the deepest base. It goes down seven levels and over 2.5 miles deep. At that particular time, we had drilled four distinct holes in the desert, and we were going to link them together and blow out large sections at a time. My job was to go down the holes and check the rock samples, and recommend the explosive to deal with the particular rock. As I was headed down there, we found outselves amidst a large cavern that was full of outer-space aliens, otherwise known as large Greys. I shot two of them. At that time, there were 30 people down there. About 40 more came down after this started, and all of them got killed. We had surpised a whole underground base of existing aliens. Later, we found out that they had been living on our planet for a long time, perhaps a million years. This could explain a lot of what is behind the theory of ancient astronauts.

“Anyway, I got shot in the chest with one of their weapons, which was a box on their body, that blew a hole in me and gave me a nasty dose of cobalt radiation. I have had cancer because of that.

“I didn’t get really interested in UFO technology until I started work at Area 51, north of Las Vegas. After about two years recuperating after the 1979 incident, I went back to work for Morrison and Knudson, EG&G and other companies. At Area 51, they were testing all kinds of peculiar spacecraft. How many people here are familiar with Bob Lazar’s story? He was a physicist working at Area 51 trying to decipher the propulsion factor in some of these craft.

Schneider’s Worries About Government Factions, Railroad Cars and Shackle Contracts

“Now, I am very worried about the activity of the the federal government. They have lied to the public, stonewalled senators, and have refused to tell the truth in regard to alien matters. I can go on and on. I can tell you that I am rather disgruntled. Recently, I knew someone who lived near where I live in Portland, Oregon. He worked at Gunderson Steel Fabrication, where they make railroad cars. Now, I knew this fellow for the better part of 30 years, and he was kind of a quiet type. He came in to see me one day, excited, and he told me “they’re building prisoner cars.” He was nervous. Gunderson, he said, had a contract with the federal government to build 107,200 full length railroad cars, each with 143 pairs of shackles. There are 11 sub-contractors in this giant project. Supposedly, Gunderson got over 2 billion dollars for the contract. Bethlehem Steel and other steel outfits are involved. He showed me one of the cars in the rail yards in North Portland. He was right. If you multiply 107,200 times 143 times 11, you come up with about 15,000,000. This is probably the number of people who disagree with the federal government. No more can you vote any of these people out of office. Our present structure of government is “technocracy”, not democracy, and it is a form of feudalism. It has nothing to do with the republic of the United States. These people are god-less, and have legislated out prayer in public schools. You can get fined up to $100,000 and two years in prison for praying in school. I believe we can do better. I also believe that the federal government is running the gambit of enslaving the people of the United States. I am not a very good speaker, but I’ll keep shooting my mouth off until somebody puts a bullet in me, because it’s worth it to talk to a group like this about these atrocities.

America’s Black Program Contractors

“There are other problems. I have some interesting 1993 figures. There are 29 prototype stealth aircraft presently. The budget from the U.S. Congress five-year plan for these is $245.6 million. You couldn’t buy the spare parts for these black programs for that amount. So, we’ve been lied to. The black budget is roughly $1.3 trillion every two years. A trillion is a thousand billion. A trillion dollars weighs 11 tons. The U.S. Congress never sees the books involved with this clandestine pot of gold. Contractors of sleath programs: EG&G, Westinghouse, McDonnell Douglas, Morrison- Knudson, Wackenhut Security Systems, Boeing Aerospace, Lorimar Aerospace, Aerospacial in France, Mitsibishi Industries, Rider Trucks, Bechtel, *I.G. Farben*, plus a host of hundreds more. Is this what we are supposed to be living up to as freedom- loving people? I don’t believe so.

Star Wars and Apparent Alien Threat

“Still, 68% of the military budget is directly or indirectly affected by the black budget. Star Wars relies heavily upon stealth weaponry. By the way, none of the stealth program would have been available if we had not taken apart crashed alien disks. None of it. Some of you might ask what the “space shuttle” is “shuttling”. Large ingots of special metals that are milled in space and cannot be produced on the surface of the earth. They need the near vaccum of outer space to produce them. We are not even being told anything close to the truth. I believe our government officials have sold us down the drain – lock, stock and barrel. Up until several weeks ago, I was employed by the U.S. government with a Ryolite-38 clearance factor – one of the highest in the world. I believe the Star Wars program is there solely to act as a buffer to prevent alien attack – it has nothing to do with the “cold war”, which was only a toy to garner money from all the people – for what? The whole lie was planned and executed for the last 75 years.

Stealth Aircraft Technology Use by U.S. Agencies and the United Nations

“Here’s another piece of information for you folks. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the ATF rely on stealth tactical weaponry for as much as 40% of their operations budget. This in 1993, and the figures have gone up considerably since. The United Nations used American stealth aircraft for over 28% of its collective worldwide operations from 1990 to 1992, according to the Center for Strategic Studies and UN Report 3092.

The Guardians of Stealth and Delta Force Origins of the Bosnia Conflict

“The Guardians of Stealth: There are at least three distinct classifications of police that guard our most well-kept secrets. Number one, the Military Joint Tactical Force (MJTF), sometimes called the Delta Force or Black Berets, is a multi-national tactical force primarily used to guard the various stealth aircraft worldwide. By the way, there were 172 stealth aircraft built. Ten crashed, so there were at last count about 162. Bill Clinton signed them away about six weeks ago to the United Nations. There have been indications that the Delta Force was sent over to Bosnia during the last days of the Bush administration as a covert sniper force, and that they started taking pot shots at each side of the controversy, in order to actually start the Bosnia conflict that would be used by succeeding administrations for political purposes.

Thoughts on the Bombings in the United States

“I was hired not too long ago to do a report on the World Trade Center bombing. I was hired because I know about the 90 some- odd varieties of chemical explosives. I looked at the pictures taken right after the blast. The concrete was puddled and melted. The steel and the rebar was literally extruded up to six feet longer than its original length. There is only one weapon that can do that – a small nuclear weapon. That’s a construction-type nuclear device. Obviously, when they say that it was a nitrate explosive that did the damage, they’re lying 100%, folks. The people they have in custody probably didn’t do the crime. As a matter of fact, I have reason to believe that the same group held in custody did do other crimes, such as killing a Jewish rabbi in New York. However, I want to further mention that with the last explosion in Oklahoma City, they are saying that it was a nitrate or fertilizer bomb that did it. “First, they came out and said it was a 1,000 pound fertilizer bomb. Then, it was 1,500. Then 2,000 pounds. Now its 20,000. You can’t put 20,000 pounds of fertilizer in a Rider Truck. Now, I’ve never mixed explosives, per se. I know the chemical structure and the application of construction explosives. My reputation was based on it. I helped hollow out more than 13 deep underground military bases in the United States. I worked on the Malta project, in West Germany, in Spain and in Italy. I can tell you from experience that a nitrate explosion would not have hardly shattered the windows of the federal building in Oklahoma City. It would have killed a few people and knocked part of the facing off the building, but it would have never have done that kind of damage. I believe I have been lied to, and I am not taking it any longer, so I’m telling you that you’ve been lied to.

The Truth Behind the Republican Contract With America

“I don’t perceive at this time that we have too much more than six months of life left in this country, at the present rate. We are the laughing stock of the world, because we are being hoodwinked by so many evil people that are runing this country. I think we can do better. I think the people over 45 are seriously worried about their future. I’m going to run some scary scenarios by you. The Contract With America. It contains the same terminology that Adolph Hitler used to subvert Germany in 1931. I believe we can do better. The Contract With America is a last ditch effort by our federal government to tear away the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Some Statistics on the Black Helicopter Presence

“The black helicopters. There are over 64,000 black helicopters in the United States. For every hour that goes by, there is one being built. Is this the proper use of our money? What does the federal government need 64,000 tactical helicopters for, if they are not trying to enslave us. I doubt if the entire military needs 64,000 worldwide. I doubt if all the world needs that many. There are 157 F-117A stealth aircraft loaded with LIDAR and computer-enhanced imaging radar. They can see you walking from room to room when they fly over your house. They see objects in the house from the air with a variation limit of 1 inch to 30,000 miles. That’s how accurate that is. Now, I worked in the federal government for a long time, and I know exactly how they handle their business.

Government Earthquake Device, AIDS as a Bioweapon Based on Alien Excretions

“The federal government has now invented an earthquake device. I am a geologist, and I know what I am talking about. With the Kobe earthquake in Japan, there was no pulsewave as in a normal earthquake. None. In 1989, there was an earthquake in San Francisco. There was no pulse wave with that one either. It is a Tesla device that is being used for evil purposes. The black budget programs have subverted science as we know it. Look at AIDs, invented by the National Ordinance Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois in 1972. It was a biological weapon to be used against the people of the United States. The reason I know this is that I have seen the documentation by the Office of Strategic Services, which by the way is still in operation to this day, through the CDC in Atlanta. They used the glandular excretions of animals, humans and alien humanoids to create the virus. These alien humanoids the government is hobnobbing with are the worst news. There is absolutely no defense against their germs – none. They are a biological weapon of terrible consequence. Every alien on the planet needs to be isolated.

“Saddam Hussein killed 3.5 million Kurdish people with a similar biological weapon. Do we, the people of this planet, deserve this? No, we don’t, but we are not doing anything about it. Every moment we waste, we are doing other people on the planet a disservice. Right now, I am dying of cancer that I contracted because of my work for the federal government. I might live six months. I might not. I will tell you one thing. If I keep speaking out like I am, maybe God will give me the life to talk my head off. I will break every law that it takes to talk my head off. Eleven of my best friends in the last 22 years have been murdered. Eight of the murders were called “suicides.” Before I went to talk in Las Vegas, I drove a friend down to Joshua Tree, near 29 Palms. I drove into the mountains in order to get to Needles, California, and I was followed by two government E-350 vans with G-14 plates, each with a couple of occupants, one of which had an Uzi. I knew exactly who they were. I have spoken 19 times and have probably reached 45,000 people. Well, I got ahead of them and came to a stop in the middle of the road. They both went on either side of me and down a ravine. Is this what its going to take? I cut up my security card and sent it back to the government, and told them if I was threatened, and I have been, that I was going to upload 140,000 pages of documentation to the internet about government structure and the whole plan. I have already begun that task.

“Thank you very much.”

End of May 1995 Lecture

UFO Sightings By Astronauts

Astronauts were followed and watched by UFO craft and here are their UFO testimonies!

 

Major Gordon Cooper

One of the original Mercury Astronauts and the last American to fly in space alone. On May 15, 1963 he shot into space in a Mercury capsule for a 22 orbit journey around the world. During the final orbit, Major Gordon Cooper told the tracking station at Muchea (near Perth Australia) that he could see a glowing, greenish object ahead of him quickly approaching his capsule. The UFO was real and solid, because it was picked up by Muchea’s tracking radar.

Cooper’s sighting was reported by the National Broadcast Company, which was covering the flight step by step; but when Cooper landed, reporters were told that they would not be allowed to question him about the UFO sighting.

Major Cooper was a firm believer in UFOs. Ten years earlier, in 1951 he had sighted a UFO while piloting an F-86 Sabrejet over Western Germany. They were metallic, saucer-shaped discs at considerable altitude and could out-maneuver all American fighter planes.

Major Cooper also testified before the United Nations:

“I believe that these extra-terrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets… Most astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs.”

“I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them, of different sizes, flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe.”

And according to a taped interview by J. L. Ferrando, Major Cooper said:

“For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists in astronautics. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public.

Why? Because authority is afraid that people may think of God knows what kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is: We have to avoid panic by all means.”

“I was furthermore a witness to an extraordinary phenomenon, here on this planet Earth. It happened a few months ago in Florida. There I saw with my own eyes a defined area of ground being consumed by flames, with four indentions left by a flying object which had descended in the middle of a field. Beings had left the craft (there were other traces to prove this). They seemed to have studied topography, they had collected soil samples and, eventually, they returned to where they had come from, disappearing at enormous speed…I happen to know that authority did just about everything to keep this incident from the press and TV, in fear of a panicky reaction from the public.”

 


Ed White & James McDivitt

In June 1965, astronauts Ed White (first American to walk in space) and James McDivitt were passing over Hawaii in a Gemini spacecraft when they saw a weird-looking metallic object. The UFO had long arms sticking out of it. McDivitt took pictures with a cine-camera. Those pictures have never been released.

 


James Lovell and Frank Borman

In December 1965, Gemini astronauts James Lovell and Frank Borman also saw a UFO during their second orbit of their record-breaking 14 day flight. Borman reported that he saw an unidentified spacecraft some distance from their capsule. Gemini Control, at Cape Kennedy told him that he was seeing the final stage of their own Titan booster rocket. Borman confirmed that he could see the booster rocket all right, but that he could also see something completely different.

During James Lovell’s flight on Gemini 7:

 

 
Lovell:   BOGEY AT 10 O'CLOCK HIGH. 
 
Capcom:   This is Houston. Say again 7. 
Lovell:   SAID WE HAVE A BOGEY AT 10 O'CLOCK HIGH. 
 
Capcom:   Gemini 7, is that the booster or is that an actual sighting? 
Lovell:   WE HAVE SEVERAL...ACTUAL SIGHTING. 
 
Capcom:   ...Estimated distance or size? 
Lovell:   WE ALSO HAVE THE BOOSTER IN SIGHT... 

Neil Armstrong & Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin

According to the NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong the Aliens have a base on the Moon and told us in no uncertain terms to get off and stay off the Moon.

According to hitherto un-confirmed reports, both Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin saw UFOs shortly after that historic landing on the Moon in Apollo 11 on 21 July 1969. I remember hearing one of the astronauts refer to a “light” in or on a crater during the television transmission, followed by a request from mission control for further information. Nothing more was heard.

According to a former NASA employee Otto Binder, unnamed radio hams with their own VHF receiving facilities that bypassed NASA’s broadcasting outlets picked up the following exchange:

 

 
NASA:     Whats there? 
          Mission Control calling Apollo 11... 
 
Apollo11: These "Babies" are huge, Sir! Enormous! 
          OH MY GOD! You wouldn't believe it! 
          I'm telling you there are other spacecraft out there, 
          Lined up on the far side of the crater edge! 
          They're on the Moon watching us! 

A certain professor, who wished to remain anonymous, was engaged in a discussion with Neil Armstrong during a NASA symposium.

 

 
Professor:     What REALLY happened out there with Apollo 11? 
 
Armstrong:     It  was incredible, of course we had always  known 
               there  was  a possibility, the fact  is,  we  were 
               warned  off!(by the Aliens). There was  never  any 
               question then of a space station or a moon city. 
 
Professor:     How do you mean "warned off"? 
 
Armstrong:     I can't go into details, except to say that  their 
               ships  were far superior to ours both in size  and 
               technology  - Boy, were they big!...and  menacing! 
               No, there is no question of a space station. 
               
Professor:     But NASA had other missions after Apollo 11? 
 
Armstrong:     Naturally  - NASA was committed at that time,  and 
               couldn't risk panic on Earth. But it really was  a 
               quick scoop and back again. 

According to a Dr. Vladimir Azhazha:

“Neil Armstrong relayed the message to Mission Control that two large, mysterious objects were watching them after having landed near the moon module. But this message was never heard by the public — because NASA censored it.”

According to a Dr. Aleksandr Kasantsev, Buzz Aldrin took color movie film of the UFOs from inside the module, and continued filming them after he and Armstrong went outside.

Armstrong confirmed that the story was true but refused to go into further detail, beyond admitting that the CIA was behind the cover-up.

 


Donald Slayton

Donald Slayton a Mercury astronaut revealed in an interview he had seen UFOs in 1951:

“I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. I was at about 10,000 feet on a nice, bright, sunny afternoon. I thought the object was a kite, then I realized that no kite is gonna fly that high.”

As I got closer it looked like a weather balloon, gray and about three feet in diameter. But as soon as I got behind the darn thing it didn’t look like a balloon anymore. It looked like a saucer, a disk.

About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me — and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared.”

 


Major Robert White

On July 17, 1962 Major Robert White reported a UFO during his fifty-eight-mile high flight of an X-15. Major White reported:

“I have no idea what it could be. It was grayish in color and about thrity to forty feet away.”

Then according to a Time Magazine article, Major White exclaimed over the radio:

“There ARE things out there! There absolutely is!”

 


NASA Pilot Joseph A. Walker

On May 11, 1962 NASA pilot Joseph Walker said that one of his tasks was to detect UFOs during his X-15 flights. He had filmed five or six UFOs during his record breaking fifty-mile-high flight in April, 1962. It was the second time he had filmed UFOs in flight. During a lecture at the Second National Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Space Research in Seattle, Washigton he said:

“I don’t feel like speculating about them. All I know is what appeared on the film which was developed after the flight.” – Joseph Walker

To date none of those films has been released to the public for viewing.

 


Commander Eugene Cernan

Eugene Cernan was commander of Apollo 17. In a Los Angeles Times article in 1973 he said, about UFOs:

“…I’ve been asked (about UFOs) and I’ve said publicly I thought they (UFOs) were somebody else, some other civilization.”

 


NASA’s Maurice Chatelain

In 1979 Maurice Chatelain, former chief of NASA Communications Systems confirmed that Armstrong had indeed reported seeing two UFOs on the rim of a crater. Chatelain believes that some UFOs may come from our own solar system — specifically Titan.

“The encounter was common knowledge in NASA, but nobody has talked about it until now.”

“…all Apollo and Gemini flights were followed, both at a distance and sometimes also quite closely, by space vehicles of extraterrestrial origin – flying saucers, or UFOs, if you want to call them by that name. Every time it occurred, the astronauts informed Mission Control, who then ordered absolute silence.”

“I think that Walter Schirra aboard Mercury 8 was the first of the astronauts to use the code name ‘Santa Claus’ to indicate the presence of flying saucers next to space capsules. However, his announcements were barely noticed by the general public. It was a little different when James Lovell on board the Apollo 8 command module came out from behind the moon and said for everybody to hear: ‘PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS.’ Even though this happened on Christmas Day 1968, many people sensed a hidden meaning in those words.”

The rumors persist. NASA may well be a civilian agency, but many of its programs are funded by the defence budget and most of the astronauts are subject to military security regulations. Apart from the fact that the National Security Agency screens all films and probably radio communications as well. We have the statements by Otto Binder, Dr. Garry Henderson and Maurice Chatelain that the astronauts were under strict orders not to discuss their sightings. And Gordon Cooper has testified to a United Nations committee that one of the astronauts actually witnessed a UFO on the ground. If there is no secrecy, why has this sighting not been made public?

 


NASA’s Scott Carpenter

“At no time, when the astronauts were in space were they alone: there was a constant surveillance by UFOs.”

UFO Reports from Cambridgeshire

There have been many UFO reports from Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas over many years. The earliest report concerns sightings of a strange airship over the Cromwell Street area of Peterborough in March 1909. In November 1962 a hazy white object was seen over Cambridge at about 21:30.

At 2:50pm on 16th October 1976, Mrs. Kathy Tribe reported two stationary lights over the city of Cambridge. She observed these gently floating in the same place for about three minutes before they suddenly moved off in different directions at great speed. An individual report from a single witness without any obvious special knowledge, seeing two objects in the distance is not usually considered very important. However…

At 11am the same day, a teenager was travelling in a van with two of his friends near Warminster. Looking out of the window they saw what were later described as two, metallic looking, spherical, objects. The witness and his two friends thought the objects were stationary over a small village in a valley. Could these three young men have seen the same objects a couple of hours before Mrs. Tribe?

But, it gets better!

At 2:50pm on 16th October 1977 – that is the same time on the same day exactly one year later than Mrs. Tribe’s report – an object was reported over Cambridge airport. It was seen coming from the southwest. At first the witness thought it was an aircraft. The radar control officer who was on the runway at the time said he thought the object was approaching too fast and not on the usual approach line. It passed overhead then returned, turned a half circle, started to rotate then left at high speed.

Northamptonshire UFOs

In the UK there are reports of strange aerial phenomena back at least to the turn of the century and maybe several centuries before that. For example, on 23rd March 1909 PC M. Kettle of Peterborough (which was then part of Northamptonshire) reported a strange airship. There were many other reports of this object from around the country. Throughout 1909 there were many similar reports around the world of these mystery airships. One of our members working on a project on early UFO reports for the British UFO Research Association has found references to Northamptonshire reports from the 1790s.

Since that time there have been many other reports throughout Northamptonshire. Around 1954/55 an eight year old boy was digging in his garden near Rushden when he saw a strange ovoid shaped cloud and heard a voice giving him instructions. He has also had a number of subsequent UFO experiences.

In May 1978 at 23:30 a witness saw strange manoeuvering lights in the sky over Finedon. In 1977 researchers carrying out a skywatch exercise saw two separate stratnge lights over Harrington. In 1980 a man in Northampton General hospital saw through the window a strange object over the town. There were several reports from the Corby area during the 1980s. In 1994 a Harringworth woman awoke at about 04:15 on morning and observed four or five white lights. In 1997 a woman from Kingsthorpe in Northampton reported round red objects moving fast over the town. In October 1998, two witnesses from Kingsthorpe reported seeing two triangular objects moving from the south to the north. The two objects were seen a few minutes apart.

On 22nd November 1978 a Nortamptonshire lady was on her journey home from work at 17:15 when she saw a dumbbell shaped object over the A5 road near Weedon. She passed under the object then turned off the main road into a lane which lead to her house. As she drove up the lane the engine of her car stalled and she observed strange lights dancing around the car. When the lights disappeared the car engine re-started and she was able to continue her journey. Fortunately the witness sat down and wrote a detailed description of what she had seen whilst the details were still fresh in

her mind. The witness, Mrs Oakensen has written a book “One Step Beyond” describing her UFO experiences and the events that followed. A similar object was reported approximately two hours later by four ladies who saw it near Preston Capes, about four miles from Weedon.

On Wednesday 20th June 1984 a witness saw an object over Northampton. At 40 minutes past midnight he saw what he describes as being a Chinese lantern. It was an octagonal object about 20 feet long and 35 feet in height. At each of its 8 corners there was an orange light. It made a sound like electricity shorting out and there were occasional blue sparks. The witness estimates that the object could not have been more than 100 feet from the ground. It passed within 35 yards of the observer. Then the lights went out and it just vanished. There were reports from other people of strange lights seen over that part of Northampton at around the same time.

This witness has made several reports of other events seen on other occasions, including one near Great Houghton in March 1983. On that occasion he observed a small white sphere hovering above a nearby field. The engine of the motorcycle he was riding cut out, but restarted after the UFO had gone. To some of these UFO reports there are other independent witnesses adding strength to his story.

The Roswell Incident

During a thunderstorm on the night of 2nd July 1947, Mac Brazel a rancher from near Corona, New Mexico heard a loud crash. The next day he went out horseback riding with Timothy Proctor, the son of a neighbour and came upon a field with debris scattered about. It is often overlooked that there were other reports of UFOs in the Roswell and Corona area on that night.

The debris field was 3/4 of a mile long and 300 feet wide. It was oriented in a northwest to southeast direction. There was a gouge in the northwest side of the debris field that was 500 feet long and 10 feet wide. The debris on the field mostly consisted of I-beams and parchment like, paper-thin pieces of metal material. The material was very light in weight, a dull grey in colour, and most pieces were 6 to 7 inches in length. Some pieces that were even thinner than paper could not be broken in half, cut or burnt.

Mac Brazel collected several pieces of the debris and went back to his ranch. On July 6, Brazel went into Roswell to report what he had seen and to show a piece of the debris to Sheriff Wilcox. The sheriff decided to call the local air base. During this time Frank Joyce called in from the local radio station to see if anything newsworthy was happening around town. Brazel gave him the information about what he had found.

Major Jesse A. Marcel and a few other military personnel arrived from the base only a few minutes after the sheriff had finished talking to the people at the base. Brazel and the military personnel left and returned to the base. Later that day Brazel, Marcel and Lewis Cavitt went back to the Ranch. The next morning (July 7) they went to the crash site. The military retrieved some of the debris and returned to Roswell, arriving back late in the evening.

On July 8, the military came back and sealed off the area. They took Brazel into custody. According to some accounts, that same day they found a second crash site two and 1/2 miles southeast of the first. Barney Barnett and 4 archaeologists had stumbled onto the new site a few minutes before the military had arrived there. At the site they found a “pretty good sized metallic dull grey object” and 4 small alien bodies. They were 4 to 5 feet tall, with large pear shaped heads, small bodies and skinny arms and legs. They had two large eyes, no ears and no hair. Their skin was pinkish grey and leathery. They were wearing a one piece grey suits. The civilians were escorted out of the area when the military arrived. In a recent book updating his work on the Roswell events Kevin Randle makes a case for the military being aware of the ‘second’ site before Brazel arrived with his material.

On July 9th the military escorted Brazel to the radio station, there he was interviewed on air by Frank Joyce and stated that he saw a weather balloon. He left again with the military and didn’t get back to his ranch until around July 15. As he left Brazel commented to Joyce “Those little green men, well they are not green”. In none of the published accounts of the Roswell incident is there mention that anything other than bits of foil and small cross-section beams being recovered from the Foster Ranch where Brazel farmed. If Brazel had seen bodies of some description he must have seen them elsewhere.

Later when asked about what had happened Brazel said he had given an oath and could not talk about it. However it is strange that the military should detain Brazel for a week, when he was clearly co-operating on 9th July and, at least publicly, accepted the crashed balloon story.

The Incident remained closed and the public and UFO research organisations at large accepted the weather balloon story until 1970 when Jesse A. Marcel broke the silence and told his part in the story.

The case has been extensively researched by Stanton Friedman and independently by the team of Kevin Randle and Don Schmitt. Between them they have discovered around 200 witnesses who claim to have been involved in the recovery or subsequent handling of the Roswell material. Researcher John Keel has suggested that the Roswell material might be the remains of a Japanese Feugo balloon, a balloon with a bomb attached launched towards the USA during World War 2. These were still being discovered in remote parts of the USA in the late 1940s.

In 1994 at the request of US Senator Steven Schiff the General Audit Office started an inquiry into the incident and subsequent cover-up. The GAO required the US Air Force to reopen the inquiry. After a nine-month study the Air Force announced that the Roswell object had not been a weather balloon but a balloon involved in a top-secret project to study Soviet atomic explosions (Project Mogul). Many UFO investigators remain unconvinced by this explanation.

Timothy Good in Above Top Secret states that shortly after the Roswell incident Marcel was promoted to Lt. Col. and transferred to work on a project to detect fallout from Soviet atomic explosions in the upper atmosphere [? Project Mogul]. If Marcel later worked on Mogul he should have been able to identify what he recovered in 1947 as one of the projects balloons and, if he had, it is unlikely he would have come forward in later years. Some people have held that it was due to the secret nature of the Mogul project that the US Army Airforce could not give this as the true explanation at the time. There have been many accounts of the balloons used in the Mogul project being described over the intervening years, so there would have been plenty of opportunity to correct the Roswell report.

In summer 1993 British businessman Ray Santilli came forward saying he had obtained a quantity of 16mm film of the Roswell recovery operation. It was not until early 1995 that a video transfer of some portions of the material was shown to UFO investigators. This film is highly controversial and remains under investigation. It must be remembered that all physical evidence should be considered in relation to the testimony of the witness. At the time of writing researchers had not been allowed access to the original photographer. Since Ray Santilli came forward, other alleged Roswell films have also emerged. (See The Roswell Film below)

Are UFO Abductors Time Travellers?

The following, highly speculative, article offers an alternative view to the classic scenario that the Abduction phenomenon must be the result of the actions of extraterrestrial beings. I believe that as yet there is not enough hard data to be able to identify the agent behind abductions. It may well be after extensive investigation that many or all of the abduction cases turn out to be something closer to home such as the witnesses all being fantasy prone individuals, or indeed some other causative agent is identified.

Since the publication of the reports about the abduction of Betty and Barney Hill and of Antonio Vilas Boas in the mid-1960s the abduction of human beings by some mysterious force has gained in prominence. Although these are amongst the most spectacular of UFO reports it must be remembered that they constitute only a small proportion of all UFO reports, maybe only 1 to 2% of the total. Indeed some researchers believe that, since abductions appear to be radically different from other UFO reports, that the only connection they have with UFOs is an accident of history. And since the term Alien actually only means something or somebody in the wrong place, it is not essential that Aliens are extraterrestrial. After all, most governments class people not born in their country as Aliens.

Many researchers who believe that abduction cases are a genuine part of UFO phenomena believe that the force responsible for abductions might be extraterrestrial. Are they correct in this belief? I believe that time travellers could just as well, if not better, explain the evidence available.

One of the features of many abduction reports is missing time. In missing time cases the witness may undertake a task which they know should have taken a well defined time but appears to have taken them much longer for no apparent reason. Consider the Betty and Barney Hill case where they were travelling home from a visit to Canada to their home in New Hampshire. This journey took them around two hours longer than they estimated. Or consider the case of the witness who set off from his home in Northampton to visit a relative in a village around 20 minutes from his home. Along the journey his motorcycle stalled and he observed a strange object hovering over a nearby field. He observed the object for about 5 minutes before it disappeared and his motorcycle restarted. Yet he was over one and a half-hours late arriving at his destination.

Less well known are those abduction cases where the witness undertakes a task, for example goes on a journey, and completes the task in an impossibly short time. Consider the witness who was travelling in his car along the A34 in Berkshire. As he went round a roundabout the 6pm news came on the car radio. He knew that about 1-mile beyond the roundabout he had to turn off the main road and would be at his destination in about half an hour. The radio signal started to break-up; he looked down and tried to re-tune the radio. When he looked back at the road the previous good weather had changed to rain, yet within quarter of a mile or so the rain disappeared and the sky was cloudless. He did not recognise where he was, but then he came upon a road sign. He was still on the main road, about 20 miles beyond his turnoff. Realising he would now be late, he checked the time – it was 6:05pm, in less than 5 minutes he had travelled over 20 miles. There are other similar cases.

Whatever is responsible in these cases seems to be causing a change in the passage of time, either a gain or loss of time. If the force responsible for abductions were extraterrestrial then the ‘Aliens’ would have not only to have overcome the problems of long distance spaceflight but also would have developed some way of manipulating time. Two miracles for the price of one!   If the force responsible for abduction is some form of time travelling being, they would have already conquered time and so the ability to transport somebody backward or forward in time would be second nature.

Some abduction researchers believe that the ‘Aliens’ are visitors from a dying planet who are here to carry out genetic experiments because of weaknesses in their own genetic makeup. It is highly unlikely that any being that evolved entirely separately in a different part of the universe would have biochemistry that is compatible to this degree with our own.

In terms of spaceflight, beings from earth have only made the short hop to visit our moon yet we have made huge strides in recent years in the analysis and understanding of our own genetic makeup and the genetic makeup of many other species on earth. Any race that could undertake long distance interplanetary travel is likely to have made similar advances in other areas of science. They should have the chemical skills to mess around with their own genetic material without contaminating with ours. Even if they were not skilled in biochemistry (in which case they would not need to take samples from humans) much of the material they would be interested in is available in on-line libraries and databases which they could easily tap.

Abduction researchers report that the ‘Aliens’ tend to abduct different members of the same families at different stages of their lives. One of the great fads amongst humans is to try to trace their ancestral lines. If the ‘Aliens’ were just interested in forming a pool of human genetic material probably the abductions would be just random people, not groups within a family. The focusing on particular families suggests more likely an interest in that family with the genes a means of examining the links between individuals.  This kind of behaviour is more typical of somebody trying to trace a (their?) family tree.  Could the ‘Aliens’ be the witness’s decendants come back to trace their roots?

I do not necessarily believe that whatever is the causative agent behind UFO abductions is time travellers, but the above illustrates how much of the same data which is used by researchers to make a case for extraterrestrial aliens can be used to make a case for an alternative hypothesis.  Indeed, we could extend the arguement somewhat.  As stated above, some supporters of the Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis believe that abductions occur for the collection of genetic material.  But what other genetic links could there be?  Some people believe that only some people see UFOs (and by extrapolation ‘Aliens’) because they have some ability or are sensitive in some way which the majority of people are not.  This could well be some form of inherited trait which passes down the genes.  Again, some people have suggested that UFO Abductions could be some previously unrecognised form of psychiatric or neurological disorder.  Again there is a growing body of evidence that many psychological disorders are genetic.

The Roswell Film

Probably the subject of greatest and hottest debate in UFO research at the moment is the alleged footage of the Roswell Incident. But when you talk about the Roswell Film, which one do you mean? I have been able to identify a number of different pieces of film from at least three sources:

  1. Tent Footage 1 – apparent preliminary examination of a body in a tent/shed shown to Reg Presley and some other researchers early 1995, source Ray Santilli
  2. Tent Footage 2 – similar to above, but probably different sequence, shown to BUFORA early 1995, source Ray Santilli
  3. Tent Footage 3 – similar to but different from both above, appears on video Penetrating the Web 2, source Bruce Barlow
  4. Autopsy 1 – autopsy film shown to some researchers in April/May 1995, not shown since, source Ray Santilli
  5. Autopsy 2 – similar, but different from above, widely used in documentaries etc, source Ray Santilli
  6. Wreckage – show apparent control panels and other wreckage filmed inside tent/shed, source Ray Santilli
  7. Hessman’s Footage – undeveloped film given to researcher Michael Hessman by daughter of Roswell airman, little chance of recovering images, source Michael Hessman

And all this does not include the two guys who turned up at Michael Hessman’s conference in Dusseldorf with their Roswell film. They claimed that they had found it amongst other films a girlfriend of one of them had inherited from an uncle. It turned out to be a cheap hoax by a German TV company. (Perhaps they should have contacted Morgana Productions who could have done a much better job for them!)

(As an aside for those who do not know, the Morgana photographs came to light a few days after some of the film held by Ray Santilli and his associates was broadcast world-wide in a series of documentaries. The photographs were of different stages in the construction of a very good replica of the alleged alien shown in the documentaries. In some of the documentaries the view that it would be difficult to make a model alien of that complexity was expressed. The Morgana people set out to show just how easy it was. BUFORA researcher John Spencer investigated these photos and was able to track down the originators. They worked for a small special effects company and said they had made the model using the photographs Ray Santilli had previously made available to newspapers for guidance.)

If UFO researchers are to be believed, the US government had managed to keep most of the information about the Roswell incident secret for nearly 50 years. For the US government to then lose one top secret film would be unfortunate, to lose two films would be careless and to lose three would be incredible. But perhaps people would like us to believe that ‘genuine’ UFO films are like buses – none come along for ages, then three come along together!

Throughout late 1997 and into 1998 a few researchers began to uncover people who said they knew people who had been involved in faking film which sounded very much like the Tent footage described above. Indeed at the BUFORA Research Evening in 1997 a statement was read out to the effect that names of suspected fakers had been passed to BUFORA for investigation.  In the summer of 1998 various researchers went on record naming names. Finally, in January 1999 the people named by the researchers admitted in a Sunday newspaper that they had indeed faked the Tent footage. Where this leaves the rest of the alleged Roswell footage, who knows?

Although there are have been several dozen alleged crashed Flying Saucer recoveries by different governments the important thing to remember about the Roswell incident is that the US Army Air Force put out a press release saying that something had been recovered. So the UFOlogists and the authorities are agreed for once something DID happen at Roswell. It is only about the nature of what happened – crashed balloon or crashed Flying Saucer that they differ.

The Warminster Initiative

Steve Gamble – Director of Research

One of the projects the BUFORA Research team are starting work on is the Warminster Project. BUFORA has run studies in the past which have looked at the Warminster area, so why another Warminster project?

As I have stated previously (Gamble, 1988) it is important to study repeated phenomena. These repeated phenomena may take the form of a witness who has repeat experiences or similar experiences which occur to different witnesses at different times or locations where there are many reports over a period of time. The Warminster area fits into this last category. From the mid-1960s onward there have been many reports from the area around Warminster in Wiltshire. These have been widely discussed elsewhere (for example see Chapman (1969); Paget(1980); Rogers(1994) or Shuttlewood (1967)), so will not be discussed in detail here.

Nigel Stephenson (1966) states “Investigations at Warminster showed that the whole thing had been greatly exaggerated. Even so, there have been more interesting reports in the area of Warminster and Westbury than in other towns of similar population, though this might be accounted for by the excessive publicity to the Warminster “Thing” and the inhabitants’ knowledge of the great interest in it taken by the local paper’s news editor resulting in so many witnesses, as well as hoaxers, coming forward”. I think Nigel’s words are as true today as they were in 1966, there are a lot of reports from Warminster, some exaggerated, some hoaxes but also many intresting reports.

The main events at Warminster started on Christmas eve 1964. These started with a number of incidents of rattling roof tiles and other aerial noises. Recently Robert Bull researching reports from Cambridgeshire has come across a similar report from a similar time period, and I have found another case from the Norfolk area. A wide spectrum of UFOs were reported from Warminster during the rest of the 1960s and throughout the 1970s.

Some of the reports from the area are the result of military exercises which are conducted around Warminster. For example, Ken Phillips investigated a report from the 2nd August 1984 of strange multicoloured lights seen hanging in the sky at around 11pm. These were traced to most probably being due to paracute flares connected with an exercise.

The ‘Thing’ on Film

The Faulkner PhotographPerhaps the most famous of all the reports from the Warminster area is the photograph taken by Gordon Faulkner in 1965 of the so-called “Warminster Thing”. Faulkner said he was leaving the back door of his house at 8:30pm on 29th August 1965 to visit his mother’s house. He had a camera, which he was to give to his sister, with him and was able to take a single picture of the object. This picture was originally published in the local “Warminster Journal” in 1965, was published a few days later in the “Daily Mirror” and subsequently has been widely published in the UFOlogical literature, for example see Spencer (1992) or Rogers (1994).

Stephenson (1966) informs us that “The well-publicised photograph of a domed circular object in the daytime is the only report of this type of object over Warminster, but the rumour that it was a schoolgirl’s hat has not been verified”. This was also a theory subscribed to by Norman Oliver in his 1992 lecture mentioned below. So it can be seen that doubts have been expressed about Faulkner’s photo from early days.

Early in 1992 a gentleman called Roger Hooton came forward and said that he had been involved in faking the photograph (Spencer, 1992). Hooton had moved to Australia a couple of years after the photograph had been taken, but was suprised to find that it was still doing the rounds when he returned to the UK some 25 years later. Hooton said he had contacted John Spencer so he could put the record straight.

In 1994 (Spencer, 1994) John Spencer managed to track down Gordon Faulkner and arranged an interview. Faulkner maintained that he had not faked the photograph and furthermore he did not know Hooton. So the story became even more curious! Over the past year I have been in contact with Stephen Dewey who has recently published the results of his findings on the Faulkner photograph (Dewey, 1995). Dewey tells us that the photograph was faked by Faulkner with help from Bill Newton. He specifically points out that in the story he was told by his informant no mention is made of the involvment of Hooton. In August 1995 Dewey spoke to Faulkner who again denied it was a hoax.

So once more doubt is focussed on the Faulkner photograph. But there are very many more reports from the Warminster area which should not be overshadowed by the truth or otherwise of Gordon Faulkner’s picture. As Norman Oliver said in his lecture at the BUFORA 30th Anniversary Conference in September 1992 “A lot of nonsense has been talked about Warminster, an awful lot of nonsense has been reported from there, but one of the biggest pieces of nonsense is that one faked photograph disproves the whole thing”.

The Warminster project will clearly have overlaps with other parts of the BUFORA Research programme. Some of the reports previously collected have aspects which are similar to poltergeist phenomena. There are also reports of vehicle interference and of strange Ball-Of-Light (BOL) UFOs. If we can establish teams to undertake sky observation, then the Warminster area could be a prime target. In the early 1970s the Bedford UFO Society (later renamed the Extra-Terrestrial Society) maintained an instrumented observation station near Warminster. BUFORA is working on establishing instrumented observation stations. Given the number of reports in the past from the Warminster area, this might be a productive place to establish such a instrumented station.

Yet again I have completely blown the word limit the editor gave me, so I better leave things there. If you feel you can contribute to this, or any other, BUFORA project please contact me.

REFERENCES

Chapman, R. (1969) “Why Warminster?” in: Unidentified Flying Objects, Mayflower Books, London.
Dewey, S. (1995) “1965 Faulkner Photo Exposed”. Strange Magazine, Number 16, Fall 1995, pp 34-35.
Gamble, S. (1988) Journal of Transient Aerial Phenomena, Volume 5 Number 2, pp 33-35.
Paget, P. (1980) “UFO-UK“. New English Library, London.
Rogers, K. (1994) “The Warminster Triangle“. Coates & Parker, Warminster.
Shuttlewood, A. (1967) “The Warminster Mystery“. Neville Spearman Ltd., London.
Spencer, J. (1992) “The Warminster Hoax“. UFO Times, Number 17, Spring 1992, pp 6-9.
Spencer, J. (1994) “Think Again!”. UFO Times, Number 31, pp 3-5.
Stephenson, N. (1966) Annual Report on the Association’s Investigations and Research. BUFORA

Captain Bruce Cathie