(Mysteries of the Skies by Gordon Lore, Jr., and Harold Deneault, Jr.)
• On the night of the 13th, 1952, 68 UFOs maneuvered over Washington, D.C. They were tracked on radar, photographed, and were observed by the pilots of commercial airliners using the National Airport. The whole dramatic story of that night was described in the Civil Aeronautics Administration Technical Development Report #180-CAA, entitled “A Study of Unidentified Targets Observed on Air Traffic Control Radar.” It shows how the UFOs maneuvered on the radar screens and lists the commercial planes and pilots involved in the events. (Strange World by Frank Edwards; The Journal, Lorain, OH, 11/14/64).
August 1957 • On the night of the 14th, a Varig C-47 cargo plane took off from Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, en route to Rio de Janeiro. At the controls were veteran pilot Commander Jorge Campos Araujo and his experienced copilot Edgar Onofre Scares. At 8:55 p.m. the aircraft, over the state of Santa Catarina, had passed Joinville five minutes before. At 6300 feet Scares spotted a luminous object far to the left of the plane. Suddenly, in a fast maneuver the object was ahead of them, and then crossed to the right side, following a horizontal trajectory. It stopped for a moment and then abruptly went into a dive and was out of sight in the cloudbank below. When the object reached the right side of the airliner, the engines of the plane began acting up, coughing and missing, and the lights in the cabin dimmed and almost went out; it seemed like the whole electrical system of the airliner was going to collapse. Besides the commander and co-pilot, radio operator Rubens A. Tortilho and stewards Jose D.S. Machado and Alfonso Schenini also observed the strange craft. All said the object was disc-shaped with a cupola or dome on top. The dome glowed with an intense green light and the flattened base showed a less intense yellowish luminosity. (Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of The Invasion From Outer Space by Coral Lorenzen).
August 1962 • Two separate unidentified objects flying at high speed were sighted on the night of the second over Kansas and Oklahoma by Captain Jack Metzker, a Central Airlines pilot, and other witnesses. Shortly before Capt. Metzger’s first sighting, between Wichita and Liberal, Kansas, a county Civil Defense director relayed several UFO reports to Central Airlines Agent Fred Jones, at Liberal Airport. A few minutes later Capt. Metzger radioed the airport that he had just seen a brilliant flying object traveling swiftly east to west, after hovering for a second. A few moments after the radio report, Agent Jones, looking out from the airport station, saw an extremely bright UFO over the field. Its dazzling glow lit up the runway. A dozen passengers waiting outside saw three other strange objects flying above the airport. Approximately 30 minutes later, after landing and taking off at Guymon, Oklahoma, Capt. Metzker saw his second UFO. “These two objects were not meteors,” he reported. “They were flying faster than anything I have ever seen.” (The U.F.O. Investigator, Aug./Sept. 1962).
August 1967 • On the 29th, Francois Depleuch, 13, and his sister Anne Marie, 9, accompanied by their dog Medor, were looking after a herd of cows near their home on the plateau of Cantal, at the village of Cussac, which is 20 kilometers west-southwest of Saint-Flour, France. At 10:30 a.m., the cows were about to jump over a low wall and Francois climbed up on a pile of stones whereupon he saw, on the other side of a hedge, about 40 meters (150 feet) away, what he thought were four children whom he did not recognize. They appeared strange; they and their clothing were completely black and had a silken look. Near the four figures was a large, extremely brilliant sphere which shone so much it was difficult to look at it. One of the small beings was bending over and seemed to be busying himself with something on the ground, while another, holding an object which reflected the sun like a mirror, waved his hands and seemed to be making signs to his companions. At this point Francois called out: “Are you coming to play with us?” At that moment the beings, who did not seem interested in the children, realized they were being watched. The first being flew up vertically and dived head first into the top of the sphere. The second followed him/her in the same manner and the third one, after standing up, did the same. The fourth being rose off the ground, came down again and caught up with the sphere which, during this time, had begun to rise by describing small circles and had reached a height of about 15 meters (50 feet). The fourth being then disappeared into the sphere in the same manner as the other three. As the sphere rose from the ground a low, fairly sharp hissing noise was heard, mingled with a noise like a breeze blowing which neither of the children felt. The craft described a few more circles, still rising, and the intensity of the light emitted by the sphere increased greatly. Then the noise stopped and the sphere made off at full speed. At the same time that all of this was happening, a smell of sulfur was detected by the children. The children said the craft was about six feet in diameter and very bright silver. The beings were about three and a half to four feet tall. The arms were long and slender, and no hands were noted. The legs were short and slender, and the feet of the fourth, when it caught up with the sphere, appeared to be webbed. The skull was pointed and the chin very marked. The nose was pointed and no eyes or mouth were evident. (The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, July/August 1968).
August 1972 • John Burgess, 32, was terrified on the 22nd as he was chased by a UFO in England. “I was driving from Spalding Home to Market Deeping when I saw a red light coming across the fields towards me,” said Burgess.
“I’m one of those people who said flying saucers were a lot of codswallop anyway. But I soon changed my mind. The light came closer and closer. It was bright red. I slowed down to see what it was because by now it was obviously no airplane. As it zoomed up to within 200 yards of the road I saw that it was a vast globe-shape, 20 feet across."
I proceeded to try and think what it might be. I rolled down the car windows but it was not some sort of freak reflection. It wasn’t the moon, it was no higher than the treetops and it was moving. “I stomped down on the accelerator and took off at 75 mph but I didn’t shake it off, it just kept pace with me ... the faster I drove the faster it went, moving along beside me, flying over the fields. By now I was thoroughly scared and chain smoking as I drove. I slowed right down to 30 mph to see if it would take off. It slowed down with me.” When John pulled up outside his house he was too frightened to leave the car because by now the sphere was circling the village above him. “When I saw it zoom off towards Stamford I got out, shaking,” he said. “I don’t care if people don’t believe me. I know what I saw and I was frightened to death. It is an experience I will never forget.” (The Evening Telegraph, Peterborough, England).
August 1977 • A priest, a film director and a bank official were among startled witnesses who saw a glowing, oval shaped UFO hover over a field in north-central Italy on the 12th. “It was phosphorous-white in color with a green dome on top which flashed on and off, while the base gave off lights which dazzled us,” recalled author and film director Pier Carpi. “It was solid and floating above the ground.” Father Artemio Vezzosi, a priest in the parish of Villa Aiola, said: “I’m not a UFO fan. I do God’s work and I’m not given over to fantasy, but I can’t explain what I saw. The night was clear, starlit, not a breath of wind. Like the others, I could see this shining mass, like a cloud, only much better defined. It was about four inches above the grass, above five feet tall, 13 feet in diameter and it was undulating in this field.” Witnesses were stunned by a bright light as if it had suddenly become daylight. They rushed from the local church hall and found the object, radiating light, just down the road in an open field. Bank official Giancarlo Ferretti ran toward the glowing mass. “He was thrown backwards,” Capri said. “I heard him cry out, ‘Leave me alone!’ as he was lifted up in the air and flew backward about 20 feet” said artist and factory worker, Antonio Bedini, “We saw him fall. It was oval-shaped ... we were all scared ... we didn’t know what it was.” Ferretti himself didn’t know what hit him.
“As I went toward this luminous object, I felt myself pulled back by a violent force. People say I fell between 20 and 30 feet backwards, but I wasn’t aware of this.”
Awestruck, the witnesses withdrew to return to the church for a camera to take photographs of the UFO. They had only gone a short distance before it simply disappeared. (National Enquirer, 10/31/78).