• In the last week of May, Dr. Golden R. Battey, a physician in Augusta, Georgia, was fishing ten miles off St. Helena Sound, near Beaufort, South Carolina. About 11:00 a.m. he noticed a formation of four disc-like objects flying overhead in a southeasterly direction at a terrific rate of speed. The discs appeared to be spinning on their axes and were at an estimated altitude of about 20,000 feet. They were silvery and appeared highly polished. No sound was heard as they flew overhead. On their undersides, Dr. Battey noticed a circular rim, or projection, about one-quarter of the way in from the edge. The objects sped out of view in less than 20 seconds. (The Report on the UFO Wave of 1947)
• About the middle of the month, Byron Savage, a businessman and private pilot, spotted a strange object over Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He described the object as being a shiny, silvery color, and very large. It was perfectly round and flat and made no noise. (Report on the UFO Wave of 1947).
• About 1 a.m. on the eighth, a Pan American Airlines DC-4 was flying south toward Puerto Rico, about 600 miles off Jacksonville, Florida. They had just been advised by radio that there were no other airplanes in the area when the copilot noticed a light up ahead which looked like a tail-light of another aircraft. The co-pilot reached over and slapped the pilot on the shoulder and pointed. Just at that instant the light began to get bigger and bigger until it was ten times the size of a landing light of an airplane. It continued to close in and with a flash it streaked by the DC-4’s left wing. Before the crew could react and say anything, two smaller balls of fire flashed by. Both pilots later said that they sat in their seats for several seconds with sweat trickling down their backs. After being interviewed by an Air Force officer, the two pilots concluded that, “We always thought these people who reported flying saucers were crazy, but now we don’t know.” (The Report On Unidentified Flying Objects by Edward Ruppelt)
May 1957 • On the fourth, radio commentator Henry J. Taylor, President Eisenhower’s nominee for ambassador to Switzerland, said that about 10 percent of UFO reports are “very disturbing” and must be taken seriously. Taylor was questioned earlier at a closed-door hearing by members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who later approved his nomination by voice vote without a record ballot. His testimony was also made public on the fourth. In response to questions about his oft-expressed belief in UFOs, Taylor said: “Nine out of ten cases are either ridiculous or publicity seekers, or misconceptions, optical illusions and a hundred different reasons, but there is a tenth one that is very disturbing.” He said this tenth case has to be taken seriously because it “has been seen by too many sober-minded people, with photographic and other evidence.”
Taylor told the Senators: “I haven’t the faintest idea what is happening. I just don’t know, and I don’t know anybody else who knows. It is very difficult to deny that something is happening around us that we just don’t quite understand ... I just don’t think that we know all the secrets of the universe yet.” (S.P.A.C.E. Newsletter, June 1957; The Herald, Miami, FL, 5/5/57)
May 1967 • Michael Campeadore, 24, reported to officials of St. George, Utah, on the morning of the 13th, that an amber-colored circular object with a dome-shaped top had buzzed his car at 1:43 a.m. that morning just 17 miles west of St. George. Campeadore said he heard a strange, loud humming sound and at first thought it was a truck trying to pass so he moved over, but he could not see any lights in his rear view mirror. He then stopped the car and jumped out. The UFO, which he estimated to be 40-50 feet in diameter, was hovering over his head at an altitude of 25-35 feet. Campeadore, thoroughly frightened, reached into his car, got his .25 caliber pistol, injected a clip of ammunition and began firing. He said he heard the bullets hit and ricochet as if they had struck metal. At this point the object accelerated and left at high speed. (The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, May-June 1967).
May 1972 • Four youngsters, residents of Canterbury, New Hampshire, were sleeping out beside a barn on the edge of a large open field on the 13th. Their father had checked on the boys around 9:30 p.m., found them to be safe, and left. About 10 minutes later one of the boys, who was observing stars, suddenly shouted to his companions that one of the stars appeared to be on fire and heading toward them. The other boys looked up and saw a very bright light source descending slowly toward the field. Concurrently they began hearing a sound apparently coming from the object. They jumped out of their sleeping bags and ran to the edge of the' field to get a better view of what they thought was a helicopter coming down. One of the youngsters used his flashlight and aimed it at the approaching object. Then, according to the youngsters, the UFO did something very strange: it suddenly and yet very smoothly, like a falling, floating balloon, descended in a sideways, zig-zag, manner. The boys, asked individually to describe the object they had reported, said it looked like an octahedron-shaped craft that appeared to be tilted at a 45-degree angle as it moved across the open field. It had four pipe-like legs with round pads affixed to the end of each leg. A bright white light on its forward moving side seemed to turn on them, and, according to the witnesses, lit up the chicken coop and the surrounding area. A fiery 10-foot-long exhaust appeared beneath the object which seemed to switch from one color to another. The witnesses also observed a number of bright, silver, inverted U-shaped cable-like things sticking into the top of the object. As the object passed directly over them the boys estimated the altitude at about 150 feet, and the size of the UFO to be between one and two car-lengths in both height and width. (UFO Investigator, July 1972).
May 1977 • Two astronomers considering the possible payoff of radio searches for life elsewhere say it appears most likely our galaxy either is essentially empty of other civilizations or is extensively colonized. Drs. Thomas Kuiper and Mark Morris of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, said in the May 6th issue of the journal Science, that if the galaxy has been colonized there are some interesting implications: That a galactic community would exist in which civilizations communicate with each other and that Earth is within the sphere of influence of one or more extraterrestrial civilizations; that our solar system would probably have been visited; and that an advanced civilization probably would have representatives somewhere in the solar neighborhood, and may already have sent an unmanned probe into the solar system to contact us when we reach some developmental threshold. (The Telegraph, Nashua, NH 5/11/77; Science magazine, 5/6/77)
• An awesome triangular-shaped UFO, big as a football field and lighted like a flying Christmas tree, was observed soaring over Memphis, Tennessee by five police officers, all members of that city's SWAT team. The officers watched the gigantic metallic craft for up to three minutes before it blazed across the clear night sky at astounding speed and disappeared. "It was approximately as long as a football field and 50 to 75 yards wide," Patrolman Troy L. Todd said. "I believe what I saw was some aircraft not of this world." Todd first spotted the eerie UFO about 3:30 a.m. on the 17th, hovering over some high-tension wires. Moments later he and his partner, Patrolman Jerry W. Jeter, observed it hovering 500 feet above a golf course. They got out of their van and watched it for two or three minutes. "It was a triangular-shaped object with white, red and green lights, and awhile glow around the silhouette itself," Todd said. "We were not directly under it, but at a slight angle, about two blocks away, and we could see the whole belly of the craft," Jeter said. "Two red lights came on at the rear and it just shot out of sight." Todd said the huge craft made no noise as it zipped across the sky and vanished over the horizon. Three other members of the SWAT team, Patrolman Michael L. Davidson, John R. Birdsong, and Forrest E. Bartlett, had seen the same craft four and a half hours earlier, while they were in a police substation parking lot. (The Press- Scimitar, Memphis, TN, 5/17/77; The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, 5/18/77; The National Enquirer by Bob Pratt, date unknown)
• Karen McLennan, 10, and Fiona Morrison 10, of Elgin, Scotland said they saw a UFO and a man dressed in a silver uniform in the wooded area near their Thornhill housing estate on the evening of the 18th. The girls said they were playing in the wooded area when they heard a strange humming sound. They investigated and saw a long cylindrical object, about 30 feet in length, with a dome on top and with a red rotating band around it. Standing beside the object was what appeared to be a man dressed all in silver. The girls ran off, and when they turned around they saw the object taking off in jerky movements before streaking skywards at a tremendous speed. The following day Karen's mother, Mrs. Caroline McLennan and the girls visited the spot where the object had been and found a circular area of around 100 yards where there had obviously been damage to trees, and where some of the smaller trees appeared to have singe marks. (The Press & Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland, 3/20/78)
• A 15-year-old boy said he was thrown three meters backwards by a shock from a column of light in secluded Bushjand at Salisbury North, S.A., and Australia on the 27th. His two companions dived to the ground in fright when they saw their friend, Brenton Clark, thrown violently backwards after touching the beam with his right hand. Thirty seconds later, said the three boys, they had watched in amazement as a bluish-green conical-shaped object rose rapidly from a tall gum tree in a group of trees 20 meters to their right. Alex Medaras, 14, said the object had made a noise similar to the muffled sound of a jet taking off. "It was a low-pitched vroom sort of noise," Alex said. The object, which ascended from the trees, had sped off in a different direction from the original beam of light, which came from overhead. The beam, about three meters in diameter, had surrounded three bicycles the boys had put down in the clearing while they had lain on the grass about 10 meters away. "The bikes gave off a metallic glow while the beam was on them," Alex said. Clark said he had raced forward when the beam had first appeared, thinking he could put his hand through it. Seconds later he found himself lying on the ground. (The Sunday Mail, Adelaide, S.A., Australia, 5/29/77).