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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

The Billy Meier Case (Photos and Contact Case) Featured Case

January, 28, 1975 - Switzerland

"Billy" Eduard Albert Meier (born February 3, 1937) is a citizen of Switzerland and contactee. He is also the source of over 1000 photographs of objects claimed to be UFOs. Billy claims regular contact with the Plejaren, a group of extraterrestrials, and presents much spiritual and philosophical information from these meetings. He describes the Plejaran as humans much like the humans of Earth.  View full report

Source: Steelmark   ID: 989
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Photo, Contact, Contactee, Physical Trace, Artifact, Sound, Witness Photo

Coyne Helicopter Incident Featured Case

October, 18, 1973 - Mansfield, Ohio, United States

The Coyne case (or "Army helicopter incident") stands out as, perhaps the most credible (in the "high strangeness" category) of the 1973 wave. An Army Reserve helicopter crew of four men encountered a gray, metallic-looking, cigar-shaped object, with unusual lights and maneuvers, as they were airborne between Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.  View full report

Source: Jennie Zeidman, CUFOS   ID: 104
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Pilot/Aircrew, Military

The Pascagoula Abduction Incident Featured Case

October, 11, 1973 - Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States

The Pascagoula Incident involved two men, Parker and Hickson, both of Gautier, Mississippi, who were fishing in the Pascagoula River when they heard a buzzing noise behind them. Both turned and were terrified to see a ten-foot-wide, eight-foot-high, glowing egg-shaped object with blue lights at its front hovering just above the ground about forty feet from the river bank. As the men, frozen with fright, watched, a door appeared in the object, and three strange Beings floated just above the river towards them.  View full report

Source: Andy Page / NICAP   ID: 97
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Abduction, Physiological Effects, Polygraph Test, Witness Photo, Humanoid/Occupant

Delphos, Kansas Landing Ring Featured Case

November, 2, 1971 - Delphos, Kansas, United States

16 year old Ronald Johnson was tending the sheep, accompanies by his dog, when the sighting happened. What he suddenly saw was a mushroom shaped object, illuminated by multicolored lights over its entire surface and hovering 25 yards away. Johnson and his family went around the house to the site of the near landing and were surprised... to observe a glowing ring in the ground. This is considered as one of the very best physical trace cases involving a UFO landing.  View full report

Source: Loy Lawhon, About.com   ID: 192
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Physical Trace, Landing, Animal Reaction, Children

Lago de Cote Photograph Featured Case

September, 4, 1971 - Lago de Cote, Costa Rica

Photo was taken by a Costa Rican government mapping plane during an aerial mapping mission. No member of the crew stated that they saw anything unusual during the routine flight. Much analysis has been undertaken using the original negative.  View full report

Source: STUDIOVNI   ID: 250
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Photo, Pilot/Aircrew

The Buff Ledge Abduction (two teenagers abducted in Vermont) Featured Case

August, 7, 1969 - Buff Ledge Camp, Vermont, United States

"Michael" and "Janet", two teenage employees at Buff Ledge summer camp were sitting on a boat dock, when a UFO approached them. Two occupants were visible inside the craft. When it was directly over them, a beam of light shone from the craft. The next thing they remembered was sitting on the dock watching the now distant light. Ten years later under hypnosis, Michael and Janet each recounted a similar detailed story of abduction, a medical examination, and being taken on board a "mother ship."  View full report

Source: Loy Lawhon, About.com   ID: 658
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Abduction, Witness Sketch, Water-Related, 'Dyad Scout Craft', Children

President Jimmy Carter's UFO Sighting Featured Case

January, 6, 1969 - Leary, Georgia, United States

Jimmy Carter is one of two U.S. Presidents who have reported seeing a UFO before becoming the President. He later said, "It was the darndest thing I've ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon.. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing's for sure, I'll never make fun of people who say they've seen unidentified objects in the sky."  View full report

Source: Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO   ID: 294
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Famous Person, Witness Photo

Police Officer Herbert Schirmer Abduction Featured Case

December, 3, 1967 - Ashland, Nebraska, United States

Sgt. Schirmer was on patrol when he encountered a UFO hovering above the road, which shot up when he flashed his high beams at the object. Soon, Schirmer realized he had experienced "missing time", and a red welt appeared on his neck. Hypnotic sessions revealed that the occupants of the landed craft came and took Schirmer aboard, and communicated with him through some form of mental telepathy. They told him that they would visit him twice more and that some day he would "see the universe".  View full report

Source: Brent Raynes   ID: 659
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Abduction, Police, Missing Time, Contact, Physiological Effects, Artifact, Polygraph Test, Witness Sketch, Witness Photo
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