None of them knew what it was.
“I didn’t believe in such things before, said Freestone. “But after this happened, I got some books and read up on it. Now I’m convinced it was something that is out of our experience, so far as aircraft are concerned.” Freestone said the UFO was “four to five times larger than any aircraft observed in the past.” The UFO appeared to be egg-shaped or oval-shaped. “It appeared at approximately 65 miles southwest of Miami, at an altitude of between 7000 and 8000 feet,” Freestone said. “It disappeared and reappeared several times. I found that by turning the antenna tilt up, it could be brought back on the screen. It disappeared once at 70 miles and reappeared at about 55 miles, then moved back to 70 miles. The speed was estimated at 550 to 650 miles per hour. It then moved in to 50 miles and remained stationary for two to three minutes. Then it moved to the southwest, the direction it had come from. At one time the target moved 20 miles in about six sweeps or rotations of the antenna, which rotates at a speed of 20 times per minute.”
That would be a flying speed of about 4000 MPH. While the above UFO activity was occurring, Homestead Air Force Base, located south-southwest of Miami, was put on an “alert” status. (S.P.A.C.E. newsletter, Jan. 1957 & Feb. 1957)
• Calvin Goetz, a railroad telegrapher, watched a ball of fire follow a freight train into the Lemmon, South Dakota yards at daybreak on the 16th. Goetz said that the object, estimated to be about 25 feet from the ground, stopped when the train stopped, then swooped over the stockyards and sped away. As the UFO moved away, a noise, as if lightning had struck, was heard in the depot and as far away as Baker, Montana.
Goetz then tried to call the next station, only to find the railroad phones and the automatic block system was mysteriously dead. After Goetz had aroused a lineman, they started functioning again, just as mysteriously. Goetz said the light form was about three feet in diameter. (The Tribune, Mobridge, SD, 11/22/56; The Pioneer Press, Mott, ND, 11/22/56)
• South Dakota State Police Officer Don Kelm was driving on Highway 31, about 25 miles east of Pierre, with Jack Peters, dispatcher for the state radio system as his passenger, when suddenly they came upon a strange object. It was about 12:15 a.m. on the 25th, and “we came over the top of this hill,” Kelm said, “and right down there in the valley below us was this object. We were within a block of it.
I slammed on the brakes.
I thought we were going to run into it, we were that close.” The two men got out of the car and watched it for a few minutes. When they first saw it, the bright red UFO was hovering a few feet off the ground on the north side of the road. As they watched it, it rose up and away from them. The two men got back into their car and attempted to pursue the object. It stayed about a mile ahead of them. “We must have driven after it for seven miles,” Kelm said. “It wouldn’t let us go by it.” The UFO moved back and forth across the road as they followed it. Kelm turned the car around and headed back toward Pierre. The object followed them, they said, but never went ahead of them. Kelm described the object as about the size of an “ordinary car,” and bowl-shaped.
It gave off a bright red light which illuminated the entire highway. Jack Peters took three pictures of the UFO. (Daily Capital Journal, Pierre, SD, 11/26/56; The Plainsman, Huron, SD, 11/27/56; Public Opinion, Watertown, SD, 11/30/56)
• Shortly after the Pierre incident, another UFO was spotted about 4:30 a.m., on the 25th, by a group of people near Hot Springs, South Dakota. Robert Coates, who accompanied his father, Sheriff Allen Coates, to the scene said the object was brilliantly lighted and moved up and down. Young Coates said a jet interceptor made three passes at the object and on the third pass the pilot reported by radio that a blip registered on his radar screen. Coates said, however, that two other jets flying in the vicinity did not report picking up anything unusual on their radar. Coates said the jet’s radio was being monitored by police radio. (The Plainsman, Huron, SD, 11/26/56; The Daily Call, Lead, SD, 11/26/56)
(NOTE: The three preceding reports were just part of a major UFO flap which occurred in North Dakota, South Dakota, Eastern Montana and Western Minnesota between November 8 and December 2, 1956)
1961 • A UFO streaked across the skies above the Theodore Goff farm near Chadron, Nebraska on the eighth and left behind it a mysterious substance. The strange, seemingly metallic, substance came off of the UFO in thin fibers and settled to earth, draping itself like a finely-knit shroud over Goffs fields, trees, and machinery and power lines.
“It was about 3 o’clock in the afternoon,” Goff related, “and I had been working in my shed. I came outside and happened to look up and see this strange ball flying through the air. It was kind of rough, and seemed to be rolling as it sped through the air. It was going faster than any airplane I ever saw and it just disappeared from sight when it got out of sunlight. It made absolutely no noise. Big chunks of it broke off and these fibers began settling down on everything. The object was about four feet in diameter.” The fibers could not be seen with the naked eye except when they were in direct sunlight. They could be felt on the skin like spider webs, but they were much smaller in diameter than a spider web. The human hair seemed like a rope compared to the fibers.
Attempts to break the weird strings were to no avail. They could not be pulled apart, but when a hot cigarette was applied to one of the strands, it did break. The fiber did not seem to burn.
No word was ever received from an Air Force team which was supposed to investigate the incident. And Goff said they never did contact him. (The Record, Chadron, NE, 11/16 & 30/61)
1966 • Mrs. Ray Tibbetts was talking on the telephone in her home in Newfields, New Hampshire, at 8 p.m. on the first, when her son called out from his bedroom that there was a strange light outside. Mrs. Tibbetts ran to the dining room window as the house lights “began blinking on and off.” She observed a lighted area, then went into her son’s room and saw a huge object with two tiers of four windows each. The size of one of the windows, she said, was as large as her living room wall. A bright yellowish-green light was being emitted from the windows.
Then a “very intense light” was emitted from the object toward Mrs. Tibbetts. The witness was knocked backward. There were spots before her eyes. When her vision cleared, the UFO had disappeared. An eye examination by a Dr. Nolan at the Exeter Clinic found only spasms in the eyelid and tearing. (“Strange Effects From UFO,” by Donald Key hoe and Gordon Lore, Jr.)
• Al Wiselka and Leonard Kaiser were elk hunting around Dayton and Parkman, Wyoming on the 14th when they spotted strange lights up on a ridge near the Elk pastures above West Pass Creek. The next day on the way back they checked it out and found no house or dwelling which could have caused the light.
They did find a semicircular area where the brush and grass was pressed flat and branches of brush on the perimeter clipped off.
They also found the body of a fawn lying outside of the perimeter. Where the head and neck crossed the perimeter line, they had been cut clean off, with no other sign of blood or visible wounds! The body lay there for weeks and was never touched by magpies or other scavengers; even flies and maggots left it alone. (The Press, Sheridan, WY, 10/19/67)
1971 • Ronald Johnson, 15, doesn’t know what it was, but it rumbled, whistled, like a jet, streaked into the sky and left a glowing ring behind on the ground. Ronald was doing his evening chores on his parents’ farm in rural Delphos, Kansas, about 7 p.m. on the second, when he heard a rumble as he approached the back side of the barn. About 50 yards away, he saw a spheroid-shaped object hovering two feet off the ground. Because of the dazzling glow around the object, he couldn’t distinguish the precise shape of the craft, but he later described it as domed at the top and bottom and bulging in the middle. “When I tried to move I couldn’t,” Ronald said. “I figure there was some kind of force from the object that kept me from moving.” In the area where the object hovered for about five minutes, Ronald and his parents found a phosphorescent ring on the ground. The object was estimated to be about eight feet wide and 10 feet tall. (The Journal, Salina, KS, 11/5 & 7/71; The Times, Plainville, KS, 11/11/71; The Gazette, Emporia, KS, 12/29/71; Fate magazine, April 1973) (MUFON was the prime investigator on this case – Ted Phillips.)
1976 • On the 19th, General Carlos Dols de Espejo, Commander in Chief of the Canary Islands Air Zone, was flying in a T-12 military transport plane towards the Gando Air Base on the Grand Canary Island. Traveling with him were his aide de campe, Commander Alfonso Crespo, a Lt. Col. piloting the plane, and a brigadier acting as a mechanic. At about 7:05 p.m., General Dols observed a white object three times the size of the moon that began to grow, “forming a perfect semicircular halo with a white-gray color.” The general’s report indicated that inside the large halo and right on its center was a “figure with a bright green color and the approximate form of a barrel, with a smaller and rectangular form of the same color above.” Simultaneously, the phenomenon was also observed by the officers and crew of the Spanish Navy training ship “Juan Sebastian Elcano,” navigating between the island of Lanzarote and Las Palmas, the capital of the Grand Canary. At about the same hour, Lt. Fernando Gomez, with 12 years of service in the Spanish Navy, reported “a luminous spot which formed a geometrically perfect semicircle with a white-yellowish color.” The UFO was also observed by military personnel from the Gando Air Base and by numerous civilians in the islands. The team of inquiry from the Spanish Air Force concluded in their report that “If we study as a whole the ... reports issued up to the present, we would have to think seriously on the necessity of considering the possibility of accepting the hypothesis that a craft of unknown origin propelled by an equally unknown energy, is moving freely over the skies in the Canaries. (News \\brld, New York, NY, 12/5/81)
1981 • A deputy sheriff and his wife, a town selectwoman, said they saw a UFO the night of the 28th, hovering over Route 43, that beamed a light at them and forced them to take another road home. Harold and Helen Hendsbee said they spotted the object while driving toward their home in Madison, Maine. “The UFO hovered over the hill and it lit up the whole area, so we sat there and watched it,” said Mrs. Hendsbee. “I didn’t see any object. I just saw a bright light. It was probably about a utility pole high and it was just stationary in space.” Hensabee said he waited a few moments, and then tried to drive over the hill, located in Starks, about 11 miles southwest of Madison. “It advanced toward us, and then stopped. I then backed up 30 to 40 yards and stopped.” Hendsbee said he tried three times to pass. “The second I started to go ahead the object moved toward us again, shining the light right in my windshield. It was so bright I couldn’t see in front of me.” “We had the feeling that it didn’t want us to go up there,” said Mrs. Hendsbee. After 20 minutes, Hendsbee turned around and drove home along Route 148. While driving in the area earlier that evening, the Hendsbees came upon a car parked along the road with three men and a woman. Hendsbee stopped to see if they needed help. “One of the guys told me, ‘don’t go up over the hill, there is a UFO up there. If you do, you are going to witness something you won’t want to see.’ And then they drove off and I could see they were terrified.” (Maine
Telegram, Portland, ME, 12/1/81; Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME, 12/5/81)