Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Congressional UAP Briefing


The anticipated open hearings on UAPs lasted less than 90 minutes and the blanket of national security was a topic that was addressed often, something that I had expected. Of course, when you’re talking about intelligence gathering, regardless of the focus of that intelligence gathering, means, methods and sources are something to be protected. As was mentioned more than once, we don’t want our competitors in the world to know what our abilities are… or what our shortcomings might be.

One of the first things we learned is that the pronunciation of the new office is AIMSOG and I was certainly glad that we could clear that up. And we were told that there had been no official investigation into UFOs, I mean, UAPs, since the closure of Project Blue Book, which, of course, ignored Moon Dust and other regulations that did require some reporting. There were also other investigations, or rather official panels, boards or organizations that dealt with the problem of UFOs, that the Air Force ran in the 1950s and 1960s.

The fellows on the hot seats were Ronald Moultrie, (seen here) listed as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security and Scott Bray, the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence.

To set the tone, the second question asked of Moultrie, was about his interest in science fiction. Moultrie confessed that he was interested in SF and that he had actually attended some science fiction conventions, but not in costume. He also mentioned that he had met with the chairman of the committee, André Carson, in the last week and I suspect the question was designed to mitigate attempts to belittle Moultrie by someone learning that he was interested in science fiction and therefore was a biased source or maybe somehow unqualified because he read science fiction.

It was clear from the questions of most of the congressmen in attendance that alien visitation wasn’t actually on their radar. The questions tended to be about the capabilities of our adversaries in the world and if they could be responsible for some of the intrusions into our airspace and the training areas. It was that national security thing again.

We learned that they now had 400 reports, some of which were historic in nature, meaning that they were mainly anecdotal, that they were just witness testimony, as if that was sufficient cause for them to be ignored. They did say that there were 18 of the reports that might represent an advance in technology, but I had the impression they thought that technology was terrestrially based and came from China or Russia.

There were two videos shown. One was a fleeting image, which, I suspect was selected because it demonstrated the fleeting nature of many observations. A look at any data base shows that there are many sightings that last less than ten seconds. For the most part, these sightings are nearly useless, and I believe that was why we were treated to Bray attempting to freeze the video to show the object in it and not having much luck in isolating the particular frame or frames. I’m not sure why he wasn’t prepared with a still image to show because someone should have anticipated the question.

Scott Bray attempting to point out the UAP in the video.

The second video was of a triangular-shaped object that we were told had been captured by using night vision goggles and a camera on two occasions in widely separated events. They explained, rather poorly I thought, that this image was an artifact generated by the use of the two electronic devices, the night vision goggles and a digital camera. I had reported on this months ago which included a YouTube video made of triangular-shaped object focused on a light source using night vision and a digital camera. In other words, we had the explanation months ago and I wonder why this was brought up at the hearing other than to suggest a terrestrial explanation. You can read my report on this here:


And for those who don’t wish to read that report, you can find the video of that experiment and explanation here:


The point is that we amateurs in the UFO field, along with those interested in finding answers, knew this already. You have to wonder, again, why these videos were the ones used at the hearings.

I will repeat here that we were warned about national security implications more than once, and, of course, about the hazards to our aircraft. Moultrie and Bray were asked if there had ever been a collision between one of these objects and one of our fighters. There had not, but there had been eleven close calls but we got no details about those incidents.

Back in the days of Project Blue Book, we learned that if a sighting had not been “officially” brought to the attention of Blue Book, it was pretty well ignored. We learn that there is a similar limiting factor here. That means that if it is not officially brought to the attention AIMSOG (I don’t really know if this is the correct way to display the acronym, but it’s the phonetic way of spelling it), then it will probably be ignored. It seems, based on what I heard, that the official reports are going to be restricted to military and government entities. Those made by civilians might simply be ignored. That lets them control the data and the narrative, which flies in the face of transparency.

In fact, at one point, they were talking about open-source reports, meaning those from the local news, magazines, Internet, civilian organizations and outside government secure channels, will not make it into their data base. Ed Ruppelt, back in 1951, as he reorganized Project Grudge, which would evolve into Project Blue Book, subscripted to a clipping service which sent him newspaper articles about UFOs. In this new investigation, that sort of information will be ignored.

They did take a shot at “amateur” groups, meaning organizations like MUFON and Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies. There is also a concern for individuals putting out misinformation or disinformation that is self-serving and not “factually” based. There was a brief discussion about creating some sort of penalty for putting out that sort of information. I thought of the Robertson Panel of 1953 which suggested a debunking program. We haven’t come all that far except to suggest some sort of criminal penalty for making false UFO reports.

About the only relevant questions for us here, meaning relating to alien visitation, was asked about the Malmstrom Air Force Base incident in which ten missiles, in their silos, were shut down as a large orange object hovered overhead. Not surprising, neither Moultrie nor Bray knew much about it, though one confessed to have heard rumors. For those interested in the details, you can read them here:


In the end, this was about what I suspected. Very little dealing with UAPs as extraterrestrial craft. I wonder if the creation of UAP is a way to separate this new study from the UFO studies of the past. A way to ignore the history because they did say that their research or interest begins in 2000. That enables them to ignore everything that began in 1947 and dismiss the research that has gone on before.

The concentration on a national security aspect of this does negate the University of Colorado study, known as the Condon Committee, done under the auspices of the Air Force in the late 1960s. One of the Committee’s conclusions was that UFOs (not UAPs) were not a threat to national security.

There was one other thing that caught my attention and that was a suggestion that there might have been some sort of RF emissions detected in relation to some of the sightings. I thought immediately of the Levelland, Texas, sightings in which close approach by the UFO stalled cars and filled radios with static. That simply means there is a great deal of data available about this sort of thing, not only in and around Levelland but around the world. In fact, there were Air Force officers who experienced the car stalling affect of the UFO but their reports are not part of Blue Book. All this was explained in my book cleverly titled, Levelland.

In the end, they mentioned the USS Nimitz sightings that sort of sparked this overall interest in the unexplained. They said that those sightings were unexplained but that they weren’t necessarily non-human. Again, an attempt to take us away from the alien and move us to some sort of technological glitch or strange weather phenomenon or maybe a black project that they haven’t bumped into. It all revolves around national security.

The other thing was that they wanted to protect against leaks. Of course, when you are dealing with sensitive collection methods or the ability of various sensor arrays, you don’t want our competitors to know what we can do and see. But that allows them to wrap the data in the mantle of national security and evade transparency. They were telling us not to expect much in the way of information and that was what I thought would happen.

In the end we didn’t learn much of anything other than the person appointed to head the AIMSOG has been found but not who it is. That they expect there to be multiple answers to the questions about what is being seen and reported, which I could have told them months ago. They expect to go where the evidence leads them, but we’ve heard that before. If the answer is not to the liking of the person in charge, well, then the answer is changed.

And sadly, we seen all this before, beginning in 1947 and various evolutions in the past. We are at Twining 2.0 and I suspect the ending has already been written.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

'X' Zone Broadcast Network - The Top Ten UFO Sightings


For the show this week, I did something a little different. There was no guest for the program. Instead, I provided a list of what I thought were the top ten UFO cases from around the world. As I mentioned in the very beginning of the show, there are many good sightings that involve multiple witnesses and multiple chains of evidence. These top ten were the ones that I thought of on the particular day that I created the list and that next week, I might have another list.

I did mention several cases that could have been on my list but weren’t there for now. These included the Michigan sightings in 1966 which precipitated congressional hearings called for by then Michigan congressional representative, Gerald Ford. The Rendlesham Forest series of sightings in December 1980 is another good case. I have interviewed Charles Halt, John Burroughs and Jim Penniston on this program and the case could easily be on the list. And I mentioned the Terry Lovelace abduction that might not have been alien inspired but was certainly a real event. He talked of his interrogation by agents of the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, which suggests possible manipulation. Those at Rendlesham also mentioned AFOSI interrogations. Charles Halt, the senior officer involved, confirmed that though he said he was not subjected to the interrogations. I still wonder about that.

I also mentioned that there were some important cases from the past that seemed puzzling at the time but are now “solved.” I included the Mantell incident of January 1948 in which Mantell died chasing a UFO. The best evidence available today suggests that this was a tragic accident caused by a Skyhook balloon that had been launched a day earlier in Minnesota. And I mentioned the Chiles-Whitted sighting which, in 1948, inspired the famous Estimate of the Situation, which is not to say it was the only reason the study was conducted. I believe that they sighted a bolide as it broke up. Jerry Clark and others disagree with that.

You can, of course, see the program here:


The cases that I discussed, in the order in which they were discussed are:

10. The French Wave of I954

9. The McMinnville Photographs of May 11, 1950

8. The Lubbock Lights of August and September 1951.

7. The Washington Nationals of July 1952.

6. The Montana Movie of August 15, 1951

5. The Coyne Helicopter Case of October 1973.

4. The Shag Harbour UFO Crash (Emergency Landing) on October 4, 1967

3. The Socorro, New Mexico (Zamora) Landing of April 24, 1964

2. The Levelland Sightings of November 2/3, 1957

1. What else? Roswell

In the future, I plan to do this again, if there is interest in it. Next up, for one of these solo shows would be UFO hoaxes… No, not MJ-12 or Aztec or the Alien Autopsy, but the government’s hoaxes such as the Mogul Deception, the Robertson Panel and the University of Colorado study, just to name a few. This would be sometime in June.

For those interested in such things, I have studied a number of the above cases in depth and have written books about them. Encounter in the Desert is about the Socorro landing witnessed by Lonnie Zamora. Levelland, is a close look at those sightings of a glowing egg-shaped craft that stall car engines. That book also contains detailed information about the French wave of 1954. I did a book called Invasion Washington about the Washington National sightings which you can read for free at the NICAP website. And finally, for those interested in the solid information about Roswell there is Understanding Roswell. All books are available at Amazon, and as they say, if you enjoy them, take a moment to leave a review or a rating.

The greatest newspaper banner headline ever (UFO related).

Next week, I’ll be talking to Philip Mantle of the Flying Disk Press about his new book about landings in the United Kingdom and his investigation, with Irene Scott into the Hickson-Parker Pascagoula abduction in 1973.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Coast to Coast - Open Hearings of UFOs and a Couple of Pictures


Anyone who has been paying attention knows that I have little faith that the new emphasis on investigations into UFO or UAP sightings will generate much in the way of increased information. We have been told that sightings by military personnel will be born classified, meaning that the information will not be freely available. And we have been told that the investigations will concentrate on those military sightings.

However, on next Tuesday, May 17, according to the latest information, there will be a briefing that will focus on last year’s briefing of 144 reports with 143 of them remaining unexplained.

Here’s the interesting thing about this. The House Intelligence Committee’s subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counter Intelligence and Counterproliferation will hold the hearing that will be followed by a classified hearing by the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG). This a ridiculous name that does more to obscure than to explain. In the past there have been much better names but, in the world today, if it isn’t overly complicated, well, it just isn’t worth the effort.

And, all this doesn’t bode well because it seems the unclassified event has little relevance to UFOs and the part that would deal directly with the UFOs is classified. That, of course, is my reading based on limited information. There could well be an examination of some of the UFO (I detest the name UAP) that has been collected, but I suspect the national security blanket will be thrown around.

Adam Schiff said that the hearing would “give the public an opportunity to hear directly from subject matter experts and leaders in the Intelligence Community on one of the greatest mysteries of our time and to break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth and transparency.”

I do wonder who these “subject matter experts” are. Will they be the same ones that have been talking about UFOs recently, or are they going to bring in someone who has been around the field for a long time (Jerry Clark and Mike Swords spring to mind here) … and will they be skeptical or from the other side of the fence? Depending on your point of view, it would be very simple to select the subject matter experts based not on their dispassionate research, but someone who had the proper orientation. Governmental transparency is a tricky thing. All we have to look at other governmental committee investigations and we can see the agenda of those who are participating.

I have to say, while Schiff might believe that, I don’t believe it will happen, given past experience. Project Sign, in 1948, was supposed to be a high priority investigation, but the Air Force Chief of Staff didn’t like some of the conclusions drawn and the project basically died. Ed Ruppelt came in with orders to revitalize the investigation, which he did, but the Robertson Panel of 1953 convinced both the military and civilian leadership that there was nothing to UFOs. The Air Force sponsored University of Colorado study was supposed to be unbiased and scientific, but it was compromised from the very beginning by bias and a lack of science. What happened was a real desire to find answers in the beginning eventually degenerated into public relations and explanations that make no logical sense. The Levelland sightings, spread over multiple witnesses and locations were eventually explained by ball lightning… something that scientists still wonder if truly exists.

But, as always, there are still interesting sightings to report from the last two months. On April 22 of this year, the witness, in Orlando, Florida, reported that she had set multiple hunting trackers which have produced a number of UFO photos. She said that she watched an alien climb into his spacecraft. She said that he allowed her to take photographs of his ship, but apparently none of him. The ship is dull black and slightly larger than a jet fighter.

She said that the alien is monitoring our space program. She said that the alien can jam cell phone signals to prevent a video. She also mentioned that the government has flown in to talk to her. And yes, I am somewhat reluctant to report this, but the report is real. I don’t want to make the mistake the Air Force did by rejecting nearly all reports of alien creatures as a psychological problem on the part of the witness. As the old prospector said, you don’t expect to find gold but that shouldn’t stop you from looking. The question here is whether or not the observations are real but there is the photo that can be seen here.

You can read the whole report here:


On another note, is a photo from Vista, California on March 17 of this year. The witness was playing golf at the Vista Valley Golf Course when he sighted a circular object with a vertical fin. The UFO was a flat, circular craft with the back quarter cut off. There was no sound and he used a four-power rangefinder to get a better look at it. He took four pictures of it before it disappeared behind the hills.

The UFO is barely visible next to the tree on the hill on the horizon.

Now you can see the object. You can, of course, click on the pictures to get a better view.

As always, I provide some of this information because the cases are interesting, but don’t endorse them unless I can find additional confirmation. If I have an update on these sightings, I will post relevant information the blog.

Monday, May 09, 2022

Chasing Footnotes ) Kevin Randle Edition, Part Two

There are many avenues in the world today that allow us to take an investigation much farther than had been possible in the past. I mention this only because I started a search for L. G. Sikes who had investigated an interesting UFO sighting many years ago. I was able to find an email address for him but it was no longer active. I had the basic information about the case, posted it here, and mentioned I had taken this as far as I could, which is to say, as far as I wanted. There was nothing more to learn about the sighting but there might be something to be learned about the man.

A friend, John Steiger, picked up the ball and ran with it. He found an article from the January/February 1966 issue of The A.P.R.O. Bulletin that was a report of a UFO sighting by a police officer, Lewis Sikes. The UFO, which was hovering near Wynnewood, Oklahoma, was tracked by radar at both Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City and Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth according to that information. You can read the article here:

My original idea, was to mention that Sikes, was a police officer, which increases his credibility but only because of the possible repercussions from reporting a UFO. That would tend to rule out hoax because he had something to lose by making the report if it was untrue. I can cite dozens of examples of police officers involved in UFO sightings who soon found themselves out of a job as a direct result of a UFO sighting.

Steiger also found a reference to a book Sikes had written in the 1990s entitled The Wizard’s Bible. We learn from the website that the book is Sike’s first “full length work.” We learn that the occult has been part of his life since childhood and that, apparently, the occult was part of his work as a police officer. You can see that information here:


Finally, capping all this off is a note that he was an ordained pastor in the religion of Dualism. Personally, I have no interest in following up on this, other than to note that it makes me question the reliability of the information supplied by Sikes. If you wish to learn more, you can read about Dualism here:


For those interested, Sikes died in 2014. And that would be the end of this little chapter in the world of the UFO, but as I say, nothing is ever that easy. There is the impact on his investigation of the October 16, 1973, sighting by William and Donna Hackett which was part of an earlier posting here. While it can be seen as an unremarkable sighting, there is a feature that interested a number of UFO researchers including Walter Webb (which is where all this started a couple of weeks ago). Webb merely reported that the “air seemed charged and oppressive.”

I wrote, in The UFO Casebook, “Later, both Hatchett and his wife reported they felt the creatures in the UFO knew everything they were thinking.” This, of course, relates to Sikes’ interest in the paranormal, and you have to wonder if he didn’t unconsciously influence them as he was taking their report.

It was reported in The A.P.R.O. Bulletin that both the Hatchetts “had an intense feeling that the object, or its occupants ‘knew everything’, and that the power that they, or the object possessed was limitless.”

But that turns out not to be the most important aspect of this, and it does demonstrate the rabbit holes you can go down. As I noted, John provided the lead to The A.P.R.O. Bulletin article of the Sikes sighting. As you can see, “…the object was picked up on radar scopes at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City and at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, according to the Highway Patrol.” What is not clear if that report came to the Highway Patrol via Sikes or if the Highway Patrol learned it from an independent source. That is an important distinction to be made. If the Highway Patrol had received the information from a source other than Sikes, then another level of corroboration is built into the case. If they didn’t, then we’re back to Sikes.

Here is the most important part of the article. “Later inquiries to Tinker Air Force Base brought forth the statement from a spokesman there that he could ‘neither confirm nor deny’ the radar confirmation. He referred future inquiries to the U.S. Air Force headquarters in Washington. Note that he did not refer them to Wright-Patterson AFB.”

I have scanned the Project Blue Book Index on the relevant date(s) but there is nothing listed for either Tinker or Carswell. My instinctive reaction was that the sighting, especially the radar sightings from two Air Force installations, should have been reported to Blue Book as regulations demanded. Here is just another example of the cover up in progress…

But then I thought, “What if there were no radar sightings because we don’t really have a corroboration from the spokesman at Tinker?”

That leaves us with one interesting fact. The Air Force spokesman directed further inquiries to Washington and not to Blue Book and that, if nothing else, suggests some sort of duplicity on the part of the Air Force. However, Air Force regulations at the time directed those inquiries to unidentified or unexplained sightings be sent to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Information (SAF-OI). The relevant part of the regulation said:

c. Exceptions. In response to local inquiries regarding UFOs reported in the vicinity of an Air Force base, the base commander may release information to the news media or the public after the sighting has been positively identified. If the stimulus for the sighting is difficult to identify at the base level, the commander may state that the sighting is under investigation and the conclusions will be released by SAF-OI after the investigation is completed. The commander may also state that the Air Force will review and analyze the results of the investigation. Any further inquiries will be directed to SAF-OI.

What this means is that the spokesman at Tinker should have said that any information about the sighting would be coming from SAF-OI rather than neither confirming or denying the sighting. Unfortunately, all we can draw from this is one of two conclusions. The spokesman was ignorant of the regulations or that nothing happened but for some reason he fell back to the confirm or deny routine. If nothing happened, this confirm or deny statement would spark suspicion and if it did happen, it would just make others want to explore the case further.

My suspicion here is that the spokesman, who would be speaking with the authority of the base commander, didn’t have a clue about what was going on. He just used the phrase that he’d seen or heard others use in the past. The only real source of information is what Sikes reported, and what he reported might be what the Highway Patrol was saying because Sikes had told them about the radar sightings.

So, we have returned to the very first question in this rather tangled mess. Just how reliable is Lewis Sikes and does his interest in UFOs and the occult contaminate the case? And we can then ask, “Where do we go now?” 

Friday, May 06, 2022

Coast to Coast - Congressional Mandate and Current Sightings


We all know that Congress has demanded briefings about UFOs, which some now insist on calling UAPs. Apparently there have been classified briefings made to the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committee and in leak heavy Washington, it is surprising that not much about this has leaked.

These briefings came some four months after Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act requiring the creation of the Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office, which is supposed to be up and running by June. However, if the past performance is any indication, that being the Director, National Intelligence, who was responsible for that report on June 25 of last year, is any indication, that deadline will probably be missed. Nobody will do anything until they realize that someone else is keeping track.

Deputy Defense Secretary, Kathleen Hicks, is the one who is charged with getting the program going with a permanent office, but as I have said in the past, we’ve been through this before… first with Project Sign which began as a priority project, with a proper classification and a dedicated staff.  After 1948, Sign degenerated into a do-nothing operation with limited staff and propensity for labeling sightings to keep them from the “unidentified” category. Many simply were ignored completely. In 1951, Ed Ruppelt was ordered to revitalize the UFO investigation. With a new emphasis, and a desire to find answers, the investigation became more robust. That is, until the CIA sponsored Roberson Panel of 1953 decided, based on opinion rather than evidence, that there was nothing to UFO reports.

In the late 1960s, we had the University of Colorado study, financed by the Air Force and known as the Condon Committee which had the conclusions supplied by the Air Force before the investigation even began. Although that information has been available for years, there are those who still cite the Condon Committee as a scientific study. For those interested in the history of this Condon Committee “investigation,” see:


Each of these investigations whether conducted by the Air Force, the CIA or a civilian organization, was supposed to be a serious study of the UFO problem but became little more than a way of convincing people that there was nothing to UFOs. That, of course, was their real purpose.

There is even a new call in the latest Congressional interest to identify UFO hotspots and set up a way to monitor those areas, something Ruppelt tried in the early 1950s. This had to do with the Green Fireballs that were being reported over the desert southwest. No one was quite sure what they were or why they were limited to that one geographical region. They even called in Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, the expert in meteors, thinking that he would be able to find the remains of one of the fireballs using the techniques he invented for tracking other meteor falls. Although he had been quite successful in the past, this time he failed to find any fragments.

Ruppelt’s plan, or the one offered by one of the other military officers involved with the Green Fireballs, was to place a series of cameras in the region that would automatically photograph the sky. This way they would have some photographic evidence. The trouble, according to Ruppelt, was that only a single camera was deployed and they moved it every time one of the fireballs was seen in a different location. Ruppelt pointed to the flaw in that system mentioning that duck hunters knew what was wrong with it. The implication was that the attempt failed, but Ruppelt hinted that some evidence had been gathered. The camera had captured an image, but Ruppelt never described the image nor where the photograph had gone for study.

I did make a quick survey to find out where UFO sightings are most likely since that was one of the suggestions. The data seem to depend on which outlet you surveyed. One of them listed California as number one, then Florida. In fact, that list of top ten reflected the most populous states and the ones with the best weather, meaning that more people are outside looking up into the night sky.

On April 22 of this year, the witness was out walking and saw a black triangle with red and green flashing lights, which sounds suspiciously like the navigation lights on an airplane. In fact, his first thought was that it was an F-35 fighter from 29 Palms Marine Base near Palm Desert, California. He ran inside and grabbed his Celestron telescope. He said that some of the neighbors were out looking at the UFO as well. Through the telescope he saw a triangular-shaped object.

It hovered for about ten minutes when a commercial aircraft appeared, passed the UFO and twenty seconds later the UFO disappeared. He said that his spouse had also seen the object and after it had disappeared, he used the Internet to search for photos of drones and VTOL aircraft, but this was nothing like those.

And, by coincidence, also on March 22, from Haslet, Texas, the witnesses were driving home about 7:20 p.m. when they noticed four bright lights overhead. They took video and when they zoomed in saw the saucer shape. I’m not sure what to make of this after a preliminary glance, but the photo is interesting.

Texas flying saucer.

Yes, I have issues with the picture, but I do find it interesting. If I learn anything else, I'll update the information.

'X' Zone Broadcast Network - Dr. Don Donderi

This week, I reached out to Dr. Don Donderi, who has just published a new book on UFOs. He said that it was a sort of primer for those who have become interested in UFOs but have no real knowledge of the subject. It is an introduction to the field and we talked about that for a while. You can, of course, listen to the show here:


And for those who are not easily frightened, or who would rather be watching our discussion than listening to it, you can see it here:


Frankly, I hadn’t realized that Don had been around the field for so long. We did begin with a short discussion of the Roswell case. I, of course, thought it was a topic we should ignore because I’ve covered it on the program more than once. I think Don wanted to engage me in a discussion of the case, but I deflected to points that I thought were more important and would be more interesting to the audience.

I wanted to know when he thought UFOs appeared… meaning when did people begin to notice many things in the sky. That, of course, led to the Great Airship of 1897. I wondered if he had noticed that the airship sightings mirrored the modern era, meaning all the types of UFO sightings we have today were reported at that time. That meant the wave was somewhat predictive of the situation today. I don’t think he understood that the majority of the sightings in 1897 were faked. There were people who approached the crews of the airship and were told all sorts of things. One crew found in Texas said they were on their way to bomb the Spaniards in Cuba. This predictive nature, that came from the hoaxes, is somewhat worrisome to my way of thought, but Don didn’t seem to know much about these sightings other than he seemed to think the majority were legitimate.

The airship that landed in Waterloo, Iowa in 1897, eventually proven to be a hoax.

We did touch of the nature of evidence, or what would be sufficient for most people to accept the idea of alien spacecraft. He believed that there is more than enough including radar sightings which seem to impress him greatly, photographs such as that from McMinnville, Oregon, and, of course, the testimony of so many witnesses. He seemed to be much more receptive of these things that I am. I would like something that leads us to the alien rather than the interpretation of eyewitness testimony that might suggest the alien.

He did mention the cockpit videos that the Navy released (more or less). He thought their pronouncement that they are real meant they were alien. I believe the Navy was just telling us that the recording had been made by the Naval aviators and other sightings were made by Naval personnel. They weren’t saying they were of alien craft, just that the information, the reports, had been made by Naval personnel. Too many have jumped to that conclusion that the Navy confirmed the alien nature of the reports.

We talked about alien abduction and I pointed out that the logistics of the situation were prohibitive. I suggested that by some estimates, more than three million Americans have been abducted and we hadn’t even mentioned people from other countries who claim they were abducted. The numbers are just impossible, especially when you begin to talk about longitudinal studies covering, basically, decades.

He wondered where I had gotten that number, I suppose figuring I had pulled it out of my hip pocket. I mentioned the Roper Poll conducted in the end of the last century. He was quite dismissive of it because he has no idea what the numbers are, but does believe, as David Jacobs does, that the aliens are creating a race of hybrids to take over the planet.

Anyway, as I say, you can listen to all that and decide for yourselves what you think. Next week, I’m going to try something a little different as I fly solo. I’ll be discussing an aspect of the UFO field with visual cut-ins. I’m not sure how well this will work. And in the next weeks I’ll be talking with Philip Mantle and to Michael Shermer. 

Monday, May 02, 2022

Chasing Footnotes: Kevin Randle Edition


Well, this is going to be a weird one…

For those who visit here regularly, you’ll remember, just a few weeks ago, we were talking about the DIRD reports, specifically, that one created by Kit Green. That one, which actually dealt with UFOs, referenced a number of sightings in which the witnesses were injured in some fashion. Dr. Michael Swords had connected some of those sighting reports to an article written by Walter Webb that appeared in Official UFO in 1976.

That launched a search for the article which I eventually published here. The problem was that the entries were not very detailed and while Webb did mention the sources at the end of the article, he didn’t provide any way to connect those sources to a specific report, which meant that we needed to search all the mentioned sources for the specific case we wanted to identify. A rather tedious task.

I was able to do it with a few exceptions and one of those was the case from Mannford, Oklahoma. Webb provided a little information about it. He wrote:

Mannford, Oklahoma. October 16, 1973. As the UFO hovered nearby, witnesses in a pickup truck heard or felt, or both, an intense and penetrating low-pitched hum. The air seemed charged and oppressive.

That was it. I went through my books and sources, looking for anything to provide additional information. Remember, I did have Webb’s list of sources, but since the list included The UFO Investigator published by NICAP and The APRO Bulletin, published by, well, APRO, it meant searching through many issues. The task was complicated because sometimes a case would be reported months or years after the fact. And, of course, there was the final note that some of the sightings were from his personal files, which I couldn’t search.

Anyway, there was only three or four that I couldn’t find anything beyond what Webb had published. The Mannford, Oklahoma, case was one of those. In the catalog that I was preparing of the sources Webb used, I was stymied by these cases.

George Eberhart, was doing the same thing, or rather, had cataloged a number of the cases in the past so that he was able to provide a long listing to those of us interested in it. His listing included additional sources, almost as if he was chasing the footnotes or sources back to their original appearance before the latest interest brought all this to our attention.

He did have a longer entry for the Munnford, Oklahoma, case, which was helpful. He wrote:

Night. William and Donna Hatchett are driving down a country road near Mannford, Oklahoma, when she sees a bright light coming from the south. They first think it is a security light on a pole, but then realize the object is pacing them and descending. When the Hatchetts stop the truck, the light also stops in front of them. As the object hovers, it gives off a blinding light and a penetrating low-pitched hum. They have a feeling that there are occupants who know everything they are thinking. Donna is so afraid that she twice leaves the truck cab and goes into the back. William manages to persuade her to return, and they set off, the object rising up in the opposite direction. 

That was something, and the names of the witnesses struck a chord with me. I mean I recognized the names but I didn’t know where I had heard or read them. That meant that his source was a real shock to me, when I reached that point. It said, “Kevin D. Randle, The UFO Casebook, Warner, 1989, pp. 143–144.

Unfortunately, The UFO Casebook was made up of magazine articles I had written back when I was starting out as a writer, and in keeping with the conventions of the time, sources were generally not included. There was a sort of “Reference” section in the back of the book, and for the entry on the October 1973, sightings, it didn’t provide much in the way of help for finding the original source. It said:

October 1973: The UFO Occupants

Charles Hickson [yes, I had actually interviewed him], Pat Roach, James Harder, Susan Ramstead, Leigh Proctor, Coral Lorenzen, the APRO Bulletin, various newspapers from October 1973, and a number of witnesses who asked their names be withheld.

In other words, I didn’t know now where that information had originated and wasn’t sure how to find it. There were hints, but suggesting the that I had found information in various newspapers and The APRO Bulletin, just didn’t tell me much. However, I had a very good working relation with Coral Lorenzen, and the entry in the book seemed to suggest more than just a newspaper report. I suspected it might have been something that Coral had provided. I do have a file labeled, “October 1973 Occupant Reports.” I was surprised to find that it contained several issues of The APRO Bulletin from 1973.

Yes, the information I sought came from the September-October 1973 issue. The Bulletin usually ran a month or two behind so that information gathered by APRO in October, would have appeared in the September-October issue. Credit is given to APRO Field Investigator L.G. Sikes for the investigation, whom I would guess lived in Oklahoma at the time.

This is about as far as I can take this. Rather than retype the entry for inclusion here, I’ve just scanned the relevant parts which you can read here:

The APRO Bulletin entry for the Mannford UFO sightings


Unless someone knows Sikes or how I might contact him, this is the end of the road. I did find an email address but it bounced as not existing now. I did, however, make it to the original published source that I had used and the only way to improve on it would be to talk with Sikes, or even better, the witnesses themselves. But, at least, I have found the source that I used to prepare the entry for The UFO Casebook.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

New Sightings with Video


To begin, on Wednesday morning, April 27, a bolide flashed over Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. It was bright enough to be seen in the morning sky and made a roaring sound, something often reported with large meteors.

While this, in and of itself, is relatively unimportant, a comment about this, is. One commentator suggested it suggested something about the capability of American military defense. They hadn’t spotted the meteor and that meant, I suppose, a hole in our defense system, except…

This bolide probably was no larger than a softball, maybe a basketball, was traveling at something around 50,000 miles an hour, and would have been lost in the hundreds of items of space debris now in orbit around the Earth. This is not to mention that our sensor arrays and radar facilities are often set to discriminate, looking for threats to national security rather than a high-flying bolide that probably burned up before reaching the ground. There are some very good videos of meteor falls and you can watch them here:


I just thought I would mention this because, in the following reports, it is mentioned that the object sighted, at least at Midway, made no sound. In other cases, the witnesses heard a low rumbling but the passage of a bolide has been described as sounding like an artillery round flying overhead, and yes, I have heard many of those.

So, I thought I’d take a bit of a tour around the world and see what is being reported in other areas. First, is an interesting report from Midway Atoll in the Pacific. On November 24, 2021, the witnesses said that they saw an object that was moving away at high speed. There was no sound and no trail that might suggest a fireball.

One of the witnesses said that it was an airplane, but others said that it was not. The witness reached for her cell phone and began to record. The film lasts for two and a half minutes, meaning that the witnesses were able to get a good view of the UFO. It moved quickly and steadily and seemed to be descending as it disappeared.

Here's the important point with this sighting. The witness attempted to find a way to provide the video to the Pentagon, but was unable to do that, the current interest in UFOs not withstanding and I believe it is because the source was not military.

UFO seen over Midway Atoll.

The preliminary analysis by William Puckett, was that the object might have been a balloon, but the witness said that it was moving faster before she began filming. The sighting did not take place during the normal balloon launchings and has been ruled out by Puckett. You see the video here:


On March 8 of this year, the witness watched a slow moving, triangular object as it flew over Meyerton, South Africa. The UFO made no noise but did cause a slight rumbling. It was very big, the size of a football field, but given this is South Africa, I’m thinking that meant a soccer field. It was very low. The witness said that friends had been searching for her for thirty minutes, but she was there the whole time, which is an intriguing detail suggesting some sort of missing time.

Finally, on March 9 of this year, in Harwington, Connecticut, the witness said that she had seen a massive black triangle with curved corners, and red, yellowish and blue round lights under each side.

According to her report, it was dark outside and she turned on the garage lights. When she reached the driveway, she heard a low, but deep rumbling. The triangle was right above her and extended over part of the roof. She thought the only reason she could see it was because of the lights underneath it. As she watched, it moved very, very slowly until it was completely over the house roof and then was gone in seconds.

She was concerned about the sighting and lost sleep for several nights because, as she said, her good fortune in seeing the UFO. She decided to report it and sent the information to the National UFO Reporting Center.

The MADAR network had a hit in the Newington area, about 21 miles east of Harwington, which when the times were converted to UTC matched. Although the witness said that she watched the UFO for about two and a half minutes, the recorded anomaly was eight minutes long and the MADAR node also recorded a compass deviation at the time of the sighting. That does, to an extent, corroborate the idea that some UFOs do emit a strong magnetic field.

This is an important sighting for two reasons. One is the independent corroboration of the event by the MADAR system and second, the witness did report the sighting but not to an official government organization. Again, the report probably would have been ignored by this new UFO investigating office because it came from a civilian.