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Dozens in Stephenville and Dublin, Texas report seeing large UFO Featured Case

January, 8, 2008 - Stephenville, Texas, United States

Several dozen people — including a pilot, county constable and business owners — insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it. Locals swear that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground than an airplane. They also said the object's lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane. People in several towns who reported seeing it over several weeks have offered similar descriptions of the object  View full report

Source: Associated Press, January 15, 2008   ID: 1156
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Group Sighting, Witness Photo, Silent, Police, Witness Sketch, Mass Sighting

Multiple witnesses observe disc-shaped object over Chicago O'Hare Airport Featured Case

November, 7, 2006 - Chicago, Illinois, United States

At approximately 16:30 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday, November 07, 2006, Federal authorities at O'Hare Airport received a report that approximately a dozen witnesses were observing a small, round disc-shaped object, metallic in appearance, which hovered over Gate C17 at that airport.  View full report

Source: NUFORC (National UFO Reporting Center), Peter Davenport, Director   ID: 958
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Rotary/Spin Motion, Pilot/Aircrew, Group Sighting, E-M Effects

Mexican Air Force Pilots Film 11 UFOs

March, 2004 - Over Campeche state, Mexico

Mexican Air Force pilots filmed 11 unidentified flying objects in the skies over southern Campeche state in Mexico, a Mexican Defense Department spokesman confirmed. A videotape was made widely available to the news media. The lights were filmed using infrared equipment. They appeared to be flying at an altitude of about 3,500 meters (11,480 feet), and allegedly surrounded the Air Force jet.  View full report

Source: Associated Press / Jaime Maussan   ID: 263
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Radar, Military, Pilot/Aircrew, Photo, Multiple UFOs, Witness Photo

Illinois Triangle UFO Sighting (by multiple police officers) Featured Case

January, 5, 2000 - Illinois, United States

This famous UFO case involved the sighting of a huge unidentified triangular-shaped UFO by police officers and others in the early morning hours of January 5, 2000, over the state of Illinois. The officers, from a number of small Illinois towns, were able to track the unknown object and maintain radio contact with each other during the event. Their in-depth testimonies have been fully documented by investigators.  View full report

Source: David B. Marler, Illinois State Director, MUFON Journal No. 383 (March 2000)   ID: 277
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Police, Polygraph Test, Portholes/Windows, Witness Sketch, Witness Photo

The Phoenix Lights Featured Case

March, 13, 1997 - Phoenix, Arizona, United States

The Phoenix Lights UFO incident is a complex series of events that took place on March 13, 1997 over the states of Nevada, Arizona, and possibly New Mexico, and which would quickly become known as the "Phoenix Lights" sightings. It involved sightings by tens, or perhaps even hundreds, of thousands of witnesses on the ground, and it gave rise to a storm of controversy over what had caused the event.  View full report

Source: Peter B. Davenport, Director, National UFO Reporting Center   ID: 270
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Mass Sighting, Silent, Photo, Witness Sketch, Famous Person, Witness Photo

The Varginha Incident (Brazil) Featured Case

January, 20, 1996 - Varginha, Brazil

In 1996 in Varginha, Brazil, during the course of several weeks at least two and perhaps as many as six alien creatures were captured or killed and turned over to American authorities, and a UFO may have crashed. Eyewitnesses described the creatures as humanoid and 3 to 4 feet tall. They had dark brown, hairless skin, big triangular heads with three short "horns" on top, and huge red eyes that were vertically oval.  View full report

Source: Press release by A.J. Gevaerd, Editor of UFO Magazine (Brazil), June 12th, 1996   ID: 498
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Humanoid/Occupant, Crash/Retrieval, Injury, Children, Witness Photo

America West Airlines Flight 564 UFO Case Featured Case

May, 25, 1995 - Bovina, Texas, United States

A Boeing 757 piloted by Captain Eugene Tollefson and First Officer John J. Waller, was passing near Bovina, Texas. Captain Tollefson left his seat to look [at a line of regularly flashing lights]. As the lightning flashed behind the lights, it silhouetted something that to the observers appeared to be a large, dark, cigar shaped object between 300 and 500 feet in length.  View full report

Source: Loy Lawhon, About.com   ID: 225
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Pilot/Aircrew, Radar

Kelly Cahill Abduction Featured Case

August, 8, 1993 - Dandenong foothills, Australia

In August 1993, 27-year-old Kelly Cahill, her husband and three children were driving home after a visit to a friend's house. After midnight the Cahills first noticed the lights of a rounded craft with windows around it. It silently hovered above the road. Different colored lights were clearly visible on the bottom of the object.  View full report

Source: Bill Chalker, International UFO Reporter, Sept/Oct 1994, Vol 19, No 5   ID: 187
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Missing Time, Abduction, Witness Photo, Portholes/Windows

Belgium Triangle UFO Sightings Featured Case

October, 1989 - Belgium

From October 1989 throughout 1990, hundreds of reports of lighted objects, frequently described as enormous and triangular in shape were recorded in Belgium. Air Force supersonic F-16 jets chased these strange objects, which were simultaneously tracked by both airborne and ground radars. The Belgian Government cooperated fully with civilian UFO investigators, an action without precedent in the history of government involvement in this field.  View full report

Source: Don Berliner   ID: 1125
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Body Lights, Military, Mass Sighting, Witness Sketch, Radar, Police

Voronezh, Russia UFO Landing and Aliens Featured Case

September, 27, 1989 - Voronezh, Russian Federation

The story of the Voronezh aliens recounts the adventures of several young children who claimed to have seen a three-eyed alien with a robot escort. The alien was said to be about nine foot tall. The craft, according to eye witness testimony, landed on the outskirts of the city. Shortly thereafter, the tall alien appeared, and upon seeing the young lad, shot a type of weapon at him, causing him to vanish before the eyes of the other people around him.  View full report

Source: UFO Casebook / other sources   ID: 120
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Physical Trace, Physiological Effects, Humanoid/Occupant, Landing, Children, Witness Sketch, Witness Photo

Knowles Family UFO Encounter in Mundrabilla, Australia Featured Case

January, 21, 1988 - Mundrabilla , Australia

The Mundrabilla incident of a few years ago received much media publicity. The Knowles described how the UFO shot over their car and lifted it off the road. Their voices changed in pitch, the family dog in the car went crazy, and the car started shaking. The news media described the incident as a 'UFO attack' and reported that the car was covered by strange dust.  View full report

Source: UFO Research Queensland (Australia)   ID: 1090
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Vehicle Encounter, Physiological Effects, Animal Reaction, Vehicle Interference, Physical Trace, Humming, Light Beam

Gulf Breeze Sightings Featured Case

November, 11, 1987 - Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States

"Ed Walters was working in his home office when he noticed a light moving outside, partially obscured by the pine tree in his yard. To get a better look Ed went out of the front door, and could see that the light was in fact a glowing bluish-gray craft like none he had seen before... Edwould go on to photograph it many time"  View full report

Source: Ed Walters and Frances Walters, The Gulf Breeze Sightings   ID: 325
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Photo, Humanoid/Occupant, Polygraph Test, Humming

Japan Air Lines Flight 1628 Over Alaska Featured Case

November, 17, 1986 - Alaska, United States

In November, 1986, a Japanese crew of a jumbo freighter aircraft witnessed three unidentified objects while flying over Alaska, USA. This sighting gained international attention when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was going to officially investigate this sighting because the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Anchorage, Alaska, had reported that the UFO had been detected on radar. The UFOs in this case were tracked on both ground and airborne radar, witnessed by experienced airline pilots, and confirmed by a FAA Division Chief.  View full report

Source: Loy Lawhon   ID: 287
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Pilot/Aircrew, Radar

Trans-en-Provence Physical Trace Case Featured Case

January, 8, 1981 - Trans-en-Provence, France

On the afternoon of January 8, 1981, a strange craft landed on a farm near the village of Trans-en-Provence in the Var region in southeastern France. Physical traces left on the ground were collected by the Gendarmerie within 24 hours and later analyzed in several French government laboratories. Extensive evidence of anomalous activity was detected.  View full report

Source: ISSO   ID: 110
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Physical Trace, Landing, Witness Sketch

The Hudson Valley Boomerang Sightings Featured Case

1981 - Hudson Valley, New York, United States

Between 1982 and 1995, more than seven thousand cases were investigated and documented by a team of investigators led by Philip J. Imbrogno, a high school science teacher and astronomer in Greenwich, Connecticut. The heaviest period was between the end of 1982 and 1986, when more than five thousand people reported seeing the object.  View full report

Source: Bob Pratt   ID: 1084
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Mass Sighting

The Cash-Landrum Case Featured Case

December, 29, 1980 - Huffman, Texas, United States

A terrifying encounter with a flame belching UFO on a lonely road near Huffman, Texas, resulted in appalling injuries for the three innocent victims. According to Bob Pratt, "the case remains one of the most important in the history of ufology. It has never been resolved. Someone in the U.S. knows exactly what happened to Betty and Vickie and Colby but they have remained silent despite all the suffering - and ridicule - those three endured."  View full report

Source: NICAP   ID: 86
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Physiological Effects, Injury

The Rendlesham Forest Incident Featured Case

December, 26, 1980 - Rendlesham Forest, United Kingdom

What is widely considered Britain’s most extraordinary encounter took place between 26 and 28 December 1980. It involved at least a dozen civilians from villages surrounding Rendlesham Forest, a large pine wood in south east Suffolk eight miles from the large town of Ipswich. However, it also gained a high profile because of its military witnesses, part of a huge USAF contingent at the twin bases of RAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge located beside the forest.  View full report

Source: Jenny Randles   ID: 279
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Physical Trace, Physiological Effects, Military, Nuclear Facility, Witness Photo, Witness Sketch

Kirtland Air Force Base 1980 UFO Landing

August, 9, 1980 - Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

On the morning of August 9, 1980, several security guards at the Manzano Weapons Storage Area, adjacent to Kirtland AFB, saw a bright light descend in (a) restricted area. A fourth guard observed a disk shaped light in the vicinity of a bunker used to store nuclear weapons. The incident resulted in a report being filed with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) at Kirtland.  View full report

Source: Francis Ridge, NICAP   ID: 218
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Military, Nuclear Facility

The Valentich Mystery

October, 21, 1978 - Bass Strait , Australia

It was the extraordinary disappearance of pilot Frederick Valentich (left) over Bass Strait on October 21st, 1978, that thrust the subject of UFOs into the news headlines around the world. The Valentich mystery has endured as an insoluble enigma.  View full report

Source: Bill Chalker   ID: 24
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Pilot/Aircrew, Witness Photo

Fort Dix / McGuire AFB Case Featured Case

January, 18, 1978 - Fort Dix/McGuire AFB, New Jersey, United States

The primary eyewitness in the case, Jeffrey Morse, alleged (i) that he had been working as a security policeman at McGuire AFB when he was notified about UFO activity over Fort Dix army base. (ii) Morse alleged that he heard that a non-human entity had been shot and he later saw the dead body of the entity lying on the ground on a disused runway at McGuire AFB.  View full report

Source: NIDS, National Institute for Discovery Science   ID: 317
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Military, Humanoid/Occupant, Witness Sketch

F-4 Jet Chase over Iran 1976 Featured Case

September, 18, 1976 - Tehran, Iran

One of the best documented UFO-aircraft incidents, when a UFO was observed flying over the restricted airspace of Tehran, Iran. Two U.S.-made F-4 Phantom II jet fighters of the Imperial Iranian Air Force were scrambled, but as the pilots closed in on the target, their communications and weapons systems were suddenly jammed. The incident was confirmed by high ranking officers of the Iranian Air Force and later documented by several agencies of the U.S. military.  View full report

Source: Don Berliner, UFO Briefing Document: The Best Available Evidence   ID: 200
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  E-M Effects, Radar, Pilot/Aircrew, Military

The Allagash Abductions Featured Case

August, 26, 1976 - Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine, United States

In August of 1976, four young art students in their early twenties left for a canoe and camping trip in Maine's Allagash Wilderness. On one night during the trip, they encountered a huge oval, glowing object rising above the trees nearby, and were soon engulfed in a beam of light from the craft. As discovered in hypnosis sessions years later, it was at this point that all four were abducted into the craft and subjected to physical examinations.  View full report

Source: Raymond E. Fowler   ID: 466
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Missing Time, Abduction, Witness Photo, Witness Sketch, Interaction/Reaction, Light Beam

The Kentucky Abductions Featured Case

January, 6, 1976 - Stanford, Kentucky, United States

On January 6, 1976, three women were abducted near Stanford, Kentucky. As they were driving together to have dinner, a bright red object appeared in the sky, which Mona Stafford at first thought was an airplane on fire. As the object descended from the right side of the road to a point ahead of them, they could see that it was not an airplane, but a huge object bigger than "two houses."  View full report

Source: Loy Lawhon, About.com   ID: 181
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Physiological Effects, E-M Effects, Missing Time, Abduction, Polygraph Test, Witness Photo, Witness Sketch

Travis Walton Abduction Case Featured Case

November, 5, 1975 - Sitgreave-Apache National Forest , Arizona, United States

In November 1975, a group of six tree-trimmers were driving home from work. The driver stopped the truck when he noticed that a flying saucer was hovering above some nearby trees. Travis Walton approached the craft. He was then knocked to the ground by a blue and white light.  View full report

Source: Coral Lorenzen, APRO   ID: 242
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Abduction, Polygraph Test, Witness Photo
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