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.
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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.
If you had a "Top 20" instead of a "Top 10?" One case that should be included is the RB-47 incident on 17 Jul 1957. That was the first known Radar-Visual-ELINT case on record, and the ELINT tapes, if they exist today-would provide solid evidence of a UFO's own radar system at work, as the ELINT operators on the RB-47 tracked the bogey by its ELINT signals.
Two other cases that should be high up there are the Portage County UFO Chase (17 Apr 1966) and the Tehran Intercept (radar-visual-EM effects) from 19/20 Jul 1976.
"I provided a list of what I thought were the top ten UFO cases from around the world."
It's unclear what the criteria for "top ten" is...
Most likely or most popular?
Most "well known" in my view would have to include the Barney & Betty Hill case as well as the Travis Walton abduction - although most readers know your feelings about UFO abductions :)
Kevin: An informative and enjoyable broadcast as always!
Almost everyone has a case or two that they believe should have been included in such a list.
Besides Kecksburg (which you've covered extensively in the blog here), what about the Ariel School case in Zimbabwe circa September 1994? Not only is it of fairly recent occurrence, but there were upward of sixty (60) witnesses! Plus a movie about it comes out on Friday (!!!)
You are always stressing the drawbacks of a single witness case -- well, not here! I also note that after a Search, I found no reference to this seemingly overlooked case herein.
I agree with Matt Wiser about the RB47 case.
Two other cases I would like to include are: (a) The B36 case at Tucson Az in which the UFO
flew in close formation (between the right wing and tailplane) long enough for the entire 12-man crew to get a closeup view of it. There were several ground witnesses at Davis-Monthan
AFB also, including the base Intelligence Officer, who later said he sent the thickest report
to Bluebook he had ever filed, and it disappeared down a black hole. This was 1952.
(b) The Newhouse movie, also 1952. That movie was intensely examined by photo labs of the Navy, Army. and Air force, all three of which could not identify the objects.
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