- Former NASA engineer debunks UFO sightings, calls them “space dandruff” – Alphr
- Why UFO investigators ignore naysayers and critics from established science – Newsweek
- ‘Close Encounters’ Turns 40: Why Its Legacy Has Endured for Ages – Space.com
- Scientists send music and maths to Luyten’s Star and hope aliens will respond – Herald Sun
- CLOSE ENCOUNTER Stunned Scots driver spots two ‘strange’ rectangular UFOs over A9 near Dunblane – The Scottish Sun
- Black triangle UFO spotted above Munibung Hill in the 1990s – Newcastle Herald
- What happens if aliens are real? Astronomers have protocol on how humans should react – Newsweek
- Early Ideas About Extraterrestrial Life: What Might Inhabitants from Other Planets Look Like? – Ancient Origins
- WATCH: Astonishing moment UFO ‘scatters CLOUDS’ – Daily Express
- Alien bugs may have been transported to Earth, scientists say – The Independent
- I-Team: Former military intelligence officer pursues supernatural phenomena – Las Vegas Now
- U-F-O sightings in South Florida in the #RobyFiles – CBS 12
- Earth is trying to communicate with aliens around Luyten’s star – and could hear back in 25 years – The Independent
- Iconic Arecibo Observatory Saved From Demolition – National Geographic
- Earthbound Antimatter Mystery Deepens After Scientists Rule Out Pulsar Source – Space.com
- Airliners And F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft Over Oregon – The Drive
- Scientists have sent messages to advanced alien civilizations–and are hoping for a reply in 25 years – Newsweek
- Another proof of alien life? Mysterious UFO spotted on German skies – International Business Times
- Some insane people think this weird triangle is a crashed alien ship on Mars – BGR
- Strange Boom in Alabama Has NASA Puzzled and Locals Alarmed – Mysterious Universe
Editor’s note: This article appeared in Issue 5 of Open Minds Magazine in 2011.
This report was originally published in the 1984 APRO Bulletin (newsletter of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization). New illustrations have been provided by Jim MacNeill. The text of the original article has been slightly modified from its original version. The original can be found here.
Encounter in Alabama
The following case is the result of a lead furnished to APRO by Bob Gribble of the Phenomena Research Hot Line. The follow-up investigation was completed by Field Investigator Ed O. Brown. The name of the witness and some identifying names of the exact location have been changed to protect the principle, as requested.
Mrs. Pat Norris, twenty eight years old, lived with her husband, Carl, and three children in a suburb of Mobile, Alabama. On the evening of February 3, 1983, she had visited a friend in Mobile, and when the friend’s husband arrived from work, Mrs. Norris left and headed home on Highway 90. As she turned off the highway, she heard an explosion. At this point, her car began to vibrate, making it difficult for her to steer. She negotiated another turn off the road she was on, brought the car to a halt, opened the car door, and leaned out to ascertain the cause of the problem.
Mrs. Norris continued driving, and the vibrating stopped. She turned onto another road and saw that the woods ahead were brilliantly illuminated. At first she thought that there was a helicopter search in progress because of the lights, and she was very frightened. She again stopped the car, and at this point, she sighted a huge object about half a mile west of her. She later thought that the explosion she had heard earlier was the object coming down over a clay and gravel pit in the vicinity.
The thing was huge—later estimated to be seven to eight stories (70 to 80 feet) high and “six telephone poles” (210 feet) wide—and appeared to be moving toward her at four or five miles per hour. The evening had been clear and cool, and she had driven with the car windows closed. After the explosion, she noted a “chopping wind, a high-pitched sound, and a roaring sound” as well as the vibration. She noted the “whipping of the wind—like a tornado.”
When the object reached a point fairly close to Mrs. Norris, the object halted and all of the noise stopped. It was completely silent, and Mrs. Norris lost all the fear she had felt before. She then got out of the car to get a better look. She strained to take in every detail—feeling like a child with “unbelievable happiness.”
Carl Norris, Pat’s husband, said that although his wife told him of her sighting after it happened, he didn’t realize how important it was to her until she started checking books out of the local library pertaining to UFOs and related subjects.
Mrs. Norris estimated the time duration of the sighting as five minutes. As the craft appeared, Mrs. Norris’s attention was drawn to a top deck with a long window she estimated to be fifty-three feet and through which she viewed twenty or thirty persons, apparently oblivious of her presence, walking about as if they were changing shift. The wall behind them was curved and white. There were no instruments. The people did not appear to look out the window. The beings were pale-skinned and dressed in white one-piece suits. She judged them to be about five-feet-ten-inches tall, quite slender, but with chests larger than ours, the top of the head more prominent, and no hair. She noticed nothing out of the ordinary about their eyes. What did draw her attention was the great grace of their movements. The overall atmosphere seemed “sterile.”
Below this top-deck window was an opaque window. The area around it was all white. This lower window was in sections and was inset. The glass was tinted.
Below the center of the craft, a door was closing from right to left. All across the craft, she saw rivets and portholes. She said she could see the portholes as she peered into the craft. She saw some construction that included “huge I beams like they put ships together with, and beams holding the glass in there.” The bottom side was tiered upwards. The construction reminded her of a ship or submarine. She said it seemed possible that it could have been constructed here on Earth.
The very bottom of the craft was formed into a cross, made with one foot mirrors and an observation deck hung down and around the bottom with beings in it. In this case, unlike the top deck, the people were peering out, while overhead she heard a very low-pitched but clearly audible (almost like a growl) “announcement” coming from the area of the observation deck.
Mrs. Norris said she believed that the beings didn’t realize she was there until they were directly over her position.
She saw four pipes projecting six to eight feet out from the craft set in three or four foot square boxes. They had a hollow flange on the end like a tank cannon, and she believed “it looked like a weapon.”
The craft took a southerly turn as it went on from where she was parked. She said it was staying in the wooded area and did not cross Highway 90 again. It lit up the wooded area and the area beneath it as it moved on. It had white spotlights, and it had blue and red lights on its sides that intermingled, pointing up to the clouds and then down to Earth.
After the object was out of sight, Mrs. Norris continued home, arriving at 1:10 a.m.
- Close encounter 50 years later: Woman relives night she says her dad saw ‘vehicle’ coming from sky – Fox 8
- A Consciousness Consideration for UFO Sightings – Syracuse New Times
- China all set to make the crucial first contact with alien life – International Business Times
- Blue Book: Laura Mennell Set For History’s Robert Zemeckis UFO Series – Bleeding Cool News
- Viral Boise UFO chicken coop is out of this world – East Idaho News
In Part I of this series I told you about an amazing UFO encounter that occurred between the USS Nimitz, USS Princeton, an E-2C airborne early warning aircraft, four Navy F-18 Super Hornets and a Marine F-18. In Part II I told you about emails that I received from the Navy JAG where a Marine Lt Colonel and a Major confirmed that they were aware of this UFO encounter as were at least seven other Navy and Marine officers. Now in Part III I will explain how you can help and make a difference. This is your chance to pressure your congressman to investigate this incident. If everyone acts together, there is a reasonable chance that the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services will ask for a debriefing on the incident.
The Senate Armed Service Committee is the congressional organization that would receive a debriefing and this is why we are also sending a letter to John McCain who is the Chairman of this committee. The four steps below will guide you. The letter to your congressman has already been written and the wording of the letter has been carefully chosen to provide the best chance at success.
Step 1 – Share/forward this information with all of your friends that are interested in a solution to the UFO phenomenon. This is the most important action that you can take. Let’s get thousands of letters sent!
Step 2 – Go to the following link to identify your congressional representatives by entering your address including your state: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/
You will have two senators and one representative. Click on their “Official Website” to obtain their physical address and use their address that is in Washington, D.C.
Step 3 – Download the following letter: Letter to Congressman
Add the appropriate name of your senator or representative, print, sign the letter, use the address from Step 2, and then mail it. You will have three letters for your two senators and one representative. Physical mail with a personal signature has more effect with your congressman than an email.
Step 4 – Download the following letter to Senator John McCain here: Letter to John McCain
Sign your name and use the address shown in the letter heading to address your envelope.
Thank you for support! Once you’ve sent your letters, please send an email with the subject line “I voted from ‘name of your state’” to firstname.lastname@example.org This will allow me to measure the effectiveness of the campaign.
- Americans believe in ghosts, ancient aliens and Atlantis, but not Bigfoot, study finds – The Sacramento Bee
- Before Roswell: the UFO of 1941 – Arrow
- ‘Blue Book’: Aidan Gillen To Star In Robert Zemeckis-Produced UFO Series At History – Deadline
- UFO sighting in Southern Colorado – Fox 31 Denver
- Was it a UFO or an Air Force refueling operation? – Chiefland Citizen
A commercial airline passenger on a flight from Toronto to Edmonton spotted a strange bright object appearing to be at the same altitude. He took pictures with a Galaxy S8+ cell phone before the object flew off to the east.
The witness submitted the UFO report to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) on October 24, 2017, and says the sighting took place on October 19 at around 4pm. The witness says the path of the flight took the aircraft over the U.S. border and he estimates they were over Minnesota when he spotted the object.
The witness report reads, verbatim:
I was flying West from Toronto to Edmonton on Oct 19, 2017. We took off from Toronto around 3pm and had been flying for about an hour when I looked out the window and saw this object shining in the distance.
I took a bunch of pictures with my S8+ a few I zoomed in also. The object then disappeared to the east and that was it. No trails behind it, just gone.
I checked our flight path and it took us down to the US Canada border so this object would have been over US airspace at 40,000 ft or so. Location Minnesota is an educated estimate of location.
The photos do show a white elongated object in the distance. It is a bit whiter and brighter than the clouds and could be a small cloud or a small bit of contrail from another aircraft. The witness stated that the object was “shining,” indicating it might be a metallic object, and if the object did fly off, that would negate the cloud theory.
The vast majority of UFO sightings turn out to be mundane objects, but once in awhile there are sightings that are much more difficult to explain. MUFON conducts investigations on sightings submitted to their website, and if they share their conclusions, we will let you all know. Meanwhile, others will likely chime in and we will try to keep you up to date with any discoveries. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this sighting in the comments below.
Open Minds UFO Radio: Powell is retired from a career as a research and development lab and engineering manager. He is a co-author of UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry. For several years he served as the director of research and chair of the scientific board for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). He is now part of the Scientific Coalition for Ufology (SCU), a group of scientists, former military and law enforcement officials and other professionals, many of whom have decades of experience looking into UFOs. The SCU was founded to investigate a UFO case that included a video captured by Homeland Security over Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Now they are expanding to look into other cases.
In this episode, we are talking about a case Robert has been researching that was mentioned at the recent press conference announcing Tom DeLonge’s new UFO organization. Chris Mellon, a former CIA agent and United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, shared a shocking sighting he felt demonstrated UFOs are a genuine mystery. The case took place in November, 2004, and was witnessed by the USS Nimitz strike force. Jets were scrambled, and a “tic tac” shaped object was seen and recorded on video.
For more about the Scientific Coalition for Ufology visit: ExploreSCU.org