Alabama UFO reports totaled 63 cases received by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 2017 with three important reports included in the recently released annual UFO Cases of Interest book.
Of those 63 reports, 38 cases occurred during 2017 and six of those cases were closed by Alabama Field Investigators as either an Unknown Aerial Vehicle or an Unknown Other. From that list, three reports were included in the book detailing a cylinder being chased by the military, a circular object over an army base and a triangle-shaped object flying under 500 feet.
An Alabama witness at Remlap reported watching a dark, cylinder-shaped object, being followed by a jet plane, according to testimony in Case 81858.
The witness and a daughter were driving along Route 79 north at 6:25 p.m. on February 1, 2017.
“All of a sudden, we saw two lights that were strobing across the sky, from east to west, right above the trees with a jet plane directly behind it in pursuit. It was so low that we were able to see the doors of the landing gear on the jet.”
These first few seconds of the sighting scared the daughter.
“She looked at me and said, ‘Please tell me we just didn't just see what I thought we just did!’ All I could do was confirm with her what we had both seen. I was at my mother's house within two minutes and called my husband immediately because my daughter and I have always been sceptics, but my husband had always been a believer.”
The woman’s husband told her and their daughter to draw what they saw immediately.
“So, we sat in the car and we drew it out. We went into my mother's house and told her what we saw, and my mother said she heard a roaring, rumble noise that vibrated the house. Like an engine was accelerated to the max. We are still in shock, not really believing what we saw. My husband told me about this website and wanted me to report this.”
Alabama MUFON Field Investigator Roger Moore investigated this case and closed it as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.
Moore contacted the witness by telephone and then made a site visit.
“The description she gave was very similar to her description of the event, with no ambiguity noted. She did indicate that some of her daughter's friends had seen strange objects in the area previous to this sighting and had been a source of conversation on Facebook. The object described does not correlate with the design of any man-made aircraft known to this investigator, and the fact that a military fighter aircraft was entailed suggests that this would rule out celestial, satellite, comets, meteor showers or any terrestrial aircraft.”
The weather at the sighting time was partly cloudy, wind from the southwest at 5 mph. The temperature was 64 degrees F, with clear visibility.
“Based on witness testimony, the object would be classified as an Unknown.” Remlap is an unincorporated community in Blount County, Alabama.
A Fort Rucker pilot reported watching an “oddly-shaped, circular object” hovering over the Alabama army base, according to testimony from Case 84970.
The witness had just finished morning physical training and was standing around talking to two other friends before heading home at 6:45 a.m. on June 15, 2017.
“It was a warm morning with partly cloudy skies,” the witness stated. “The sun was just starting to peak over the buildings around us and was quickly starting to warm the day. At approximately 6:45 a.m., I observed a UH-60 (Blackhawk) helicopter flying above the tree line approximately a mile from my current location. This is a pretty typical sight as Fort Rucker is home to initial Army flight training.”
As the witness looked up to watch the Blackhawk helicopter, another object was noticed hovering approximately a thousand feet or so above the tree line.
“From my line of sight, the Blackhawk was passing under the object but was much closer to me than the object appeared to be. From where I was standing the object was rather small but taking into consideration the altitude and distance from my location, it had to have been no smaller than the size of an average car. The object emitted a light similar to a star but was not as bright. You could also tell that the object’s color was most likely white or a dull-like color. We knew this was no star because it was below the clouds and appeared to be much closer. The longer we watched it, the less it seemed to have a definitive shape. It appeared to be shifting shapes kind of like a ball of liquid would behave. Almost like a pulsating type behavior.”
None of the three observers could identify the object.
“All three of us have quite a lot of experience with aviation and different things associated with weather/sky activity. None of us could positively identify this object. It hovered in one place in the air as I watched it for approximately 10 minutes. After about 10 minutes had lapsed I looked away to step toward my car. When I looked back less than a minute later, the object was nowhere to be seen. Unfortunately, I am not the only one to witness objects or have experiences on base. Another friend of mine had experienced what he describes as a close encounter in the air but refuses to talk about it. I, like him, feel it could be quite repercussive to specify any other information.”
Alabama MUFON Field Investigator Rachel Cordes and State Director Scott Cantrell closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.
“The witness being a military pilot, I have no reason to doubt his credibility,” Cordes and Cantrell wrote in their report. “Attempted to obtain ATC radar data from Fort Rucker; however, 45-day radar data retention exceeded. Considered the possibility of object being a group of balloons at altitude; however, witness had a water tower available to use as reference and noted the object did not move as balloons would have been forced to move by wind current. Interviewed the witness, who appears to be of good standing. And, lack of evidence, must rely on witness testimony. I find no reason to question or doubt testimony and conclude the object observed and report disposition as Unknown Aerial Vehicle.”
Fort Rucker is a U.S. Army post located mostly in Dale County, Alabama. The post is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the United States Army Aviation Museum. Small sections of the post also lie in Coffee, Geneva, and Houston counties. Part of the Dale County section of the base is a census-designated place; population 4,636.
An Alabama witness at Gadsden reported seeing a triangle-shaped object with bright, white lights at each tip and a single, red light underneath, according to testimony in Case 85065.
The witness had just moved out onto a front porch and lit up a cigarette at 9:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017.
“I was just looking at the sky and saw a plane and then this big triangle with bright white lights on each point with one red blinking light flew over me going east,” the witness stated. “I'm sure it's just some kind of plane, but when I tried to find out what kind of plane, it could be just a UFO.”
Alabama MUFON CAG investigator Pr. Frederick Kohler closed this case as an Unknown – Other.
“The witness stated the object made noise, had an outline, actual size was between 11 and 30 feet, had exterior lights, brightened, sound was a swish, also in area was an airplane before the sighting, lowest altitude was 500 feet or less, distance from the witness was between 101 to 500 feet, flew in a straight line path, came in from the east and left by the east, with no landing observed.”
Gadsden is a city in and the county seat of Etowah County, Alabama, population 35,837.
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