1966 • Four UFOs over Ream Field (Naval Auxiliary Air Station, San Diego, California) were sighted by 14 persons at the main gate at 9:30 p.m. on the 16th. Three Navy pilots and 11 other persons observed the objects maneuvering for nine minutes. Ensign John Schmitt, 22, a helicopter pilot, said he and friends were leaving through the main gate when they first saw the objects. “There were three objects,” he said, “and they appeared to be up about 50,000 feet. They were bright, round yellow objects flying in a triangular formation. They looked to be about the size of a quarter from where we were.” With Schmitt was Ensigns John Coghill, 23, a pilot at Miramar Naval Air Station, and David Conklin, 22, a North Island Naval Air Station pilot. “I can’t say the objects were UFOs,” Schmitt said. “We don’t know what they were. But none of us had ever seen anything like them. They would hover, and then go forward, then to one side. The three were traveling at speeds from about the maximum speed of a bomber to about five times that speed,” Schmitt said. “A fourth one came over the horizon from the east at a terrific speed.
It came up to the group of three, stayed near the formation for a minute, and then headed to the east. It dropped to a lower altitude and the magnitude of its light increased. It dropped what appeared to be two small spheres of light, which disappeared, then it headed west and we lost sight of it. Then the other three objects suddenly disappeared.” (The Evening Tribune, San Diego, CA, 12/17/66)
• Canadian Pacific Airlines Flight 421, en route from Lima, Peru, to Mexico City on the night of the 29th was paced by a strange object which the five-man crew was later unable to explain as anything but a UFO. “I think it was something other than normal,” said the pilot, Captain Robert Millbank, a 26 year veteran. Capt. Millbank was flying the DC-8 northwest along the Peruvian coast at 35,000 feet, with a moon two days past full brightening the clear night sky. At a position south of the Equator two twinkling white lights were observed close together on the horizon, to the left of the nose of the airplane. The lights arced toward the plane, separating as they did so, brightened and descended. Two thin beams of light shining upward in a V-pattern emanated from the lights themselves. At the altitude of the DC-8 the lights levelled off, taking position beyond the left wing.
By this time the entire crew was watching the UFO through as many windows as possible to rule out reflections. The UFO’s shape was indistinct, but it appeared to be thicker in the center. At closer range, a string of yellow lights became visible on the edge of the object, between the two large lights. For two minutes the UFO stayed in position off the wing, once emitting a shower of sparks like fireworks. Then it disappeared behind the plane. It had been in view for seven minutes in all. Other members of the crew who observed the UFO were Second Officer John Dennis Dahl, Navigator Mike Mole, Purser Joseph Lugs, and pilot-trainee Wolfgang Pbepperi. (UFO Investigator, Jan. /Feb. 1967; The Sun, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 1 /11 & 26/67)
1976 • Reports of two mysterious balls of light which appeared in the sky over Sweden baffled authorities in December. The riddle began with a report from Finnish school-boy Eero Lammi, who claimed he had been knocked down by a "beam of light." He was on his way home to Uleaborg, on the Finnish side of the Swedish frontier, when he saw a ball of light move across the border from Sweden and appears to land in a nearby field. "I went to look at it," Lammi said, "but suddenly a ray of light seemed to beam out from it and I felt a searing pain in my chest and everything went black." Even his parents thought it was a prank until a doctor found the boy had slight burns on his chest ... and back. At the Swedish Military High Command, which investigates all reports of UFO sightings, Colonel Bertil Eriksson said: "We do not know how it happened. We have been unable to trace anybody else in the area that saw anything unusual on that day." The second report came from a university student who was out bird watching near Tiveden, 400 miles south of the border. His description of the object tallied exactly with the measurements given by the Finnish youth. "It was about five meters in width and looked like a moving ball of light." Mr. Sture Wickerts, UFO expert and research chief at the headquarters of the Swedish Defense Intelligence Organization, said that "the student's name is not being released at the moment. He is a technical student and was very precise with his description. He was using binoculars and suddenly spotted a 'round object with pulsating lights,' lift into the air. He was able to detect that the object was colored black and grey, and he heard a strong throbbing noise which lasted about 10 seconds. He estimated that the frequency of the noise was about three hertz." (Sunday Express, London, England, 12/12/76)