Monday, October 25, 2021

A Legendary UFO Photo and Government Research




Source: FAO / ICOU (Luis Burgos)
Date: October 25, 2021

A Legendary UFO Photo and Government Research

On August 13 1967, Jose Miguel Lugones, a professor at the National University of La Plata, detects the strange silhouette of a flying object which went on to become "The First Phantom UFO" reported in the country. This gave rise to the 2001: Periodismo de Anticipación magazine to call it "A ghost over Aeroparque", a naming that does not belong to Fabio Zerpa, Luis Burgos or any othre ufologist. Lugones, who was my advisor for 30 years until his passing years ago, went to the Condor Building and was attended in person by Romualdo Moyano, the officer-in-charge of the Air Force's UFO section. I said UFO and not space or unknown phenomena, as some may call it, because they simply researched...UFOs! As can be attested from their printed materials.
He subsequently headed to the Punta Indio Naval Air Station and contacted Lt. Cmdrs. Carlos Molteni and Hugo Morales, who informed him that the information would be submitted to the Central Office in charge of studying UFOs at the Naval Command. He was given a Navy form to fill out, but his negatives were never returned to him.
Therfore, at that time (and earlier as well), two of the three branches of the military government were investigating UFOs. This cannot be stated more clearly. Today, the famous photo that went around the world has been colorized byt Patricio Barrancos (FAO, Buenos Aires)

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Why Humankind Cannot Solve the UFO Enigma



Why Humankind Cannot Solve the UFO Enigma

[Mexico, DUDA magazine, Issue 389, 1978]

 While working on an issue dedicated to the subject of UFOs as living organisms, the staff of the long-defunct DUDA magazine summarized the thoughts of author Trevor James Constable on the subject of our inability to grasp the phenomenon. "New interpretations on the UFO phenomenon arise on daily basis," wrote editor Guillermo Mendizábal, "some of them feasible, other merely curious. In this issue we are presenting those which, due to their research methods, truly provide a new hope at unmasking the UFO enigma."

 The article goes on to say:

 Trevor James Constable, whose research provided the basis for this issue, has set forth the reasons for which humanity, from his perspective, has been unable to properly study the UFO phenomenon. They are as follows:

 1. The rejection of the soul and matters spiritual by science;

2. The infusion of suspicion, contempt and hastily m in humans against anything that implies a spiritual concern;

3. Humanity's adoration of the material;

4. Denial of the existence of invisible realms;

5. The worship of numbers, illustrated by the computer age, which has further dehumanized life, and

6. Official science's obsession with measuring everything and only accepting that which can be rendered in numerical form.

Thoughts which could be considered no less valid in 2021.


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Costa Rica: Anomalous Object Recorded Over Construction Site







Source: Cial Investigación OVNI CR

Date: 08.17.2021

Cial Investigación OVNI CR reports: "UFO recorded while a building was under construction". No specifics given beyond a comment that it is a view from  "Carpintera (San Rafael, Provincia de Cartago) looking toward the Irazú volcano."


Costa Rica: An Unusual Nocturnal Photograph




Source: Cial Observación OVNI Cr
Date: 08.22.2021

Costa Rica: An Unusual Nocturnal Photograph

Cial Observación OVNI reports: "This object has been among the clearest and most impressive that we have captured. It was behind our own house and issued a low-frequency buzzing sound. Heredia, Costa Rica. North sector with a view toward Cerro Zurquí."

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

.Venezuela: UFOs over Caracas Airport (1972)



Venezuela: UFOs over Caracas Airport (1972)

In early July 1972, air traffic control personnel in Caracas's Maiquetía Airport claimed seeing strange objects flying over the expressway that leads to the airport.

Even veteran commercial aviation pilots with LAV and AVENSA - Venezuelan carriers - claimed that during a flight near the Caribbean shore, east of the capital city, they had found themselves escorted by a formation of objects they were unable to escort that lasted several minutes.

"They flew beside us at a prudent distance, sometimes faster and others slower than us. These were luminous, orange-colored spheres that would become oval-shaped."

These were the words of those who were in the air, and their statements were corroborated by airport radar records. But there was a flight technician who added something extremely interesting: He claimed having seen a glowing, yellowish object, shaped like a large disk, flying from one side to another. When the airliner increased speed, the object flew away at high speed, the same way it had come.


Mexico: The Mysterious Fireballs of Veracruz (1980)


 Mexico: The Mysterious Fireballs of Veracruz (1980)

By Vicente Barrera

 From 1980 onward, Cerro de la Mesa in the state of Veracruz went on to become one of the most feared places in the area, given that fireballs can supposedly be seen "patrolling" the mountain.

 Correspondence has indicated for some time that massive sightings of fireballs are common in the state of Veracruz. For this reason, an expedition was sent out to the state with the aim of investigating the phenomenon.

 Our destination was Cerro de la Mesa, located some 40 kilometers northeast of Jalapa. According to the information in our possession, fireballs were being reported daily in that location for some three years.

 While the distance was short, the travel time between Jalapa and Cerro de la mesa is 2.5 hours, given the tortuous unimproved road. The road plunges into sugarcane, coffee and corn plantations, as well as mango and papaya groves. Cerro de la Mesa is four kilometers long with an approximate elevation of 200 meters. According to eyewitnesses, fireballs may appear out of any part of the mountain.

 What is most surprising about these fireballs is that they appear to execute intelligent maneuvers. Numerous witnesses claim to have seen them "walking" among the mango and papaya groves, fly at dizzying speeds, hang in the air, turn on and off and suddenly multiply before the startled eyes of onlookers. Residents of the five communities surrounding the hill - Zetal, Chicoasen, Otates, Cololillo and Trapiche del Rosario - take care not to drive the highway that runs along the summit's slopes. According to some statements, prior to sighting one of these fiery orbs, the air becomes 'heavy' and there is an inevitable sensation of cold.

 According to locals, the fireballs began to appear in 1978. Sightings were at first sporadic, with the fireballs being visible every two to three months. However, as of 1980, sightings take place one after another. It is odd not see fireballs surrounding the hillside on any given day.

 Fruit grower Samuel Flores of the community of Otates admits: "I'd heard that fireballs would appear in the summit facing us. But the truth is that I thought it was a lie. Must be a fantasy, I thought." Mr. Flores, age 59, then proceeded to describe his encounter with the incandescent orbs.

 "It was around two years ago during the drought. We were on our way back from Jalapa in my pickup truck. I was driving by the town's limits in a place with papaya groves. There's a nearly U-shaped curve at that location. All was going well, until I suddenly began to feel cold and my arms became heavy. When I was about to reach the curve, two powerful lights lit the driver's side. It must be a car, I thought. I pulled over and stopped to yield, waited two minutes but the vehicle never passed me by. No sooner had I left the curve when I could see two small fireballs taking off swiftly toward Cerro de la Mesa. They flew at an astonishing speed. They covered more than four kilometers in only five seconds."

 What makes this case interesting is that a number of similar encounters have taken place at the same location. Two bright lights, appearing in the opposite direction, resembling automobile or truck headlights, but disappear upon approaching. Benito Palmeros, a young fruit farmer from Otates, described a similar event, with the exception that he did not see any fiery orb fly away. He said nonetheless that they did exist, and he had seen them cross the skies on many occasions.

 "The fireballs aren't very large," said Benito Palmeros. "They measure 30 centimeters or less. At a distance they look like very bright lights."

 The following case took place on Saturday, October 22, 1983 at 11:00 p.m. on the slopes of Cerro de la Mesa. The parties involved were Roberto Callejas, Nicolas Salazar and Miguel Estrada. The first two were residents of Otates and the third from Trapiche del Rosario.

 That Saturday evening, the three friends decided to go hunting on the slopes of Cerro de la Mesa, given that rabbits were abundant in that season. In this instance, however, they had walked over two hours without coming across any animals whatsoever. They then decided to return to their respective communities.

 "Frankly, we were bored," says Nicolás Salazar. "Two hours walking and not a single rabbit to be seen. We were already heading back when a luminous orb appeared at a distance of some 100 meters. I had been seeing these lights for a long time, only not this close. It resembled an incandescent soccer ball. It would suddenly turn on and off. After remaining in the air for a few seconds, the ball went away without a sound."

 "As the fireball went away," interrupts Roberto Callejas, "I took out my flashlight and pointed it at the luminous object. I shouldn't have done it, because the ball stopped and came toward us. Then we witnessed a phenomenon that scared us. As the ball approached, it multiplied. Now we weren't facing a single ball, but five. They were some 60 meters distant and kept approaching. I turned off the flashlight, which seem to confuse the fireballs. They stopped in mid-air and formed a circle. Then they moved, and forming a "V" in the air, took off at considerable speed."

 Our last interviewee was José Santos, age 28, a resident of Cololillo. José Santos works as a laborer in the mango and papaya groves of Trapiche del Rosario, and this is his comment about the Cerro de la Mesa fireballs: "It's true that they exist. I see them nearly always on my back home from work. They're small and move quickly from one side to another at high speed. The truth is they no longer surprise me."

 Most of the locals believe that the fireballs are produced by sorcerers and witches living in Chicoasen, one of the towns near the hillside, which reputedly harbors a considerable number of witches. For this reason, a small chapel has been erected on the roadside. According to locals, this should chase away the evil spirits.

 Another theory posits that a significant deposit of uranium, silver or phosphorus must exist in the hill, which would explain away the lights are mere flashes or the 'aura' of the mineral. The cold sensation reported by witnesses would be the consequence of entering a magnetically-charged area.

 However, the research team found three things most intriguing: 1. The intelligent maneuverability displayed by the fireballs; 2. The cold sensation that precedes the sightings, and 3. The existence of unexplored caves in several lofty areas of the hill.

 We came across the caves during a visual survey of the hill. Given the summit's height, and possible landslide and loose stone areas, climbing it is nearly impossible without proper equipment. So our three observations prompt us to ask: Might a UFO base exist in the area? The question would require in-depth investigation, however, let us not forget that the spheres constitute one of the traditional shapes of the UFO and the sensation of cold (nearly always due to the presence of an electromagnetic field) is a constant in UFO cases.

 [Translation (c) 2021 by Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU)]


Friday, August 06, 2021

Argentina: Misadventures in Navarro


Argentina: Astonishing Tales (Cuentos Asombrosos)


#10 Misadventures in Navarro

Narrated by Luis Burgos

 Luis Burgos: It was around 1991 when we paid a visit to [the town] of Navarro, a locality in Western Buenos Aires [province] to research a case with a local group from the area, since sightings and ground impressions were being reported in the pastures. On a given day, we decided to embark on a joint investigation with people from Capital [Federal] and other groups, but our means were limited. Yet it was necessary to schedule the visit, given that a least 60 ground impressions had been recorded, with an impressive number of direct witnesses, a truly impressive number. Navarro, within the case histories of Argentina, occupies the second place in the subject of [UFO] landings.  These ground impressions are exceeded only by those of Atalaya, where 150 ground impressions were recorded in 1985.

 Then again finding a field in the province of Buenos Aires, or any other province of Argentina, with 60 ground impressions is not commonplace. The case truly deserved on-site research, which we indeed conducted, a night watch – all of the details that are observed when delving into such a matter. You go to a field and stay up until one in the morning conducting a night watch, something that’s typical of every group. We do it all the time when we set out to investigate a case.

 It turned out that we didn’t have the means to get there. We were going to go by microbus, but the journey and the connections would have been burdensome to say the least. There was no train service either; so, there was a young fellow in the group who had been with us for a while. He was of Peruvian descent and did not speak fluent Castilian. He spoke in a stilted “good-morning-guys-how-are-you” manner. His name was Enrique, and we’ll keep his surname under wraps to avoid any harm.

 [Enrique] had an old Peugeot 404, but he was unwilling to take a chance as he hadn’t serviced it, but we told him not to worry, we would bear the cost of fuel among all of us. So in the end we set off for Navarro one morning in 1991 to meet up with the other groups who were expecting us in the afternoon to conduct the investigation, stay for the night watch and then remain there overnight.

 We left La Plata aboard the old Peugeot 404 – there were five of us – and we exchanged looks among ourselves saying “we’re not going to make ten kilometers in this thing.” And we weren’t wrong. The car began to sputter and overheat, and it became necessary to stop every fifteen minutes or so, and there was no way of getting the temperature to go down. Every time we passed a house we’d stop and ask for water – not for ourselves, but for the radiator.

 And so, hours went by. It was a truly endless journey – to the extent that one of our number decided to stop at a farmhouse and ask for some chicken eggs. We asked, “What do we want the eggs for?” He replied, “wait, I saw this on MacGyver!” So he put two or three eggs down the radiator, closed the lid and said “Let’s go”. Well, twenty minutes later the engine was acting up again, time went by and there was no way that we’d ever reach our destination.

 We reached a service station and told our troubles to the attendant. Another one turned up and said, “Hold on, there’s an easy way out of this. You want to get there, right?” Of course we wanted to get there, and on time. He asked, “Does this car have a thermostat?” To which I said that I didn’t know, it was a question he should direct to the owner.

 By this point Enrique was nervous, wanted to head back at all costs, while we wanted to get to Navarro even if it was by mule train.  The mechanic on duty allowed the car to cool off, pulled out the hose, removed the thermostat, the engine temperature plummeted, we refilled the water and there was no problem. We got to Navarro, returned safely, and it was the thermostat that was blocking the passage of water and making the temperature rise.

 It was a journey worthy of the Beverly Hillbillies.  The car was a wreck and it was already getting dark. First we had to find lodgings, and then worry about the sky watch. Enrique was very, very nervous. He said “No-Luis-I-will-stay-behind-I’m not-going.” He said he was very tired. We argued that if he stayed behind, the field in question was 20 kilometers distant. He said we should take the car, which was now running well, while he stayed behind at the lodgings. “Are you sure? Remember when we’re done we’ll be having something to eat, then look at the stars” and so forth. But it didn’t work.

 Enrique stayed behind. We reached the field and ascertained the existence of the 60 ground impressions, half of them greening again, the other half still dehydrated. There were witnesses – a full line of investigation that can be found on the Internet.

 What’s odd is that we were there practically all night. We remained on site until dawn, and around seven, seven thirty a.m., after drinking some mate, we returned to the lodge to collect Enrique and return to La Plata.  So we were chatting, and I said “Carlos, go fetch Enrique, since we’re ready to go.

 Time went by with no sign of Carlos. Fifteen or twenty minutes later, we were parked outside the lodge. “No, there’s no Enrique here.”

 “What do you mean there’s no Enrique registered here? We left him here last night.”

 We insisted that we had left our traveling companion at the hostelry the night before. Another check of the guest book was made, and they said to me: “No, there’s no one here by that name at all.”

 So to make a long story short, we spent an hour looking for him. And the guy shows up all of a sudden by the door. “Look here,” I said to him, “we’ve been here an hour, trying to find you.”

 “I-did-not-register-under-my-own-name,” he said. That was enough to want to leave him stranded and return home ourselves.

So on the drive back to La Plata, our tempers more settled, as it had been an unusual situation. We managed to drag out of him that his reticence about participating in the sky watch was due to the fact that ‘he could see stars falling’ in the fields. I chided him about the possibility that these were fireflies becoming visible as it got darker. No, he argued, it was an altogether different thing to him.

 So that’s how it all ended. The man became frightened, didn’t want to go, we went through the MacGyver moment, he registered in the hotel under another name…in short this was one of the most remarkable journeys we had ever undertaken, not because of any UFO involvement, but on account of the misadventures experienced during the trip. This person was with FAO for a while and he later disappeared. We lost all trace of him. It was truly extraordinary that he had registered under a different name, afraid of participating in a sky watch because of a fear of ‘falling stars’.

 It’s something we always remember at our gatherings, among the older members who recall the early days.

[Translation and transcription (c) 2021 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos]



Monday, July 26, 2021

Argentina: Cattle Mutilation in Hasenkamp


Source: FAO/ICOU

Date: 07.24.2021

 Argentina: Cattle Mutilation in Hasenkamp

 Research by EDITH MONEDA (ICOU-Colón) with DANIEL PADILLA (Ufologist)

 Geographic Location

 Hasenkamp is a community some 80 km northeast of Paraná, capital city of Entre Rios. The case in question took place in mid-July, almost surely on Thursday, July 15, in a field known as "El Sambuyón" leased by a man surnamed Lescano.

 The Mutilation

 A red Aberdeen Angus heifer, weighing some 400 kg, had given birth to two young some days before, and surprise was widespread when the animal was found mutilated in bizarre fashion some 5 kilometers away from the farmhouse in a grassland dotted with espinillo trees. The animal was found under a Nandubay tree (Prosopis affinis) near a wire fence, missing the organs typical to such cases: one eye, an entire udder, tongue, genitals and part of its jawbone. The incisions were cauterized and there was no trace of blood on the field. Oddly enough, both ears were intact. In the affected area, the grass was blackened, as if by some kind of spilled fluid, in the words of the animal's proprietor.

 On Site Research

 Police authorities were notified of the event and the Crime Prevention Brigade of the Paraná Police took on the case, sending a police veterinarian to the scene. A week after the incident, a research team made up of Edith Moneda of ICOU and ufologist Daniel Padilla from Colón visited the area. They were accompanied by part of the Lescano family (father and three children) and they were able to ascertain some significant points of interest, such as:

1. The animal was 'dragged' a meter away from its original position.

2. No traces of any associated anomalies were found in a survey of the surroundings.

3. The acting veterinarian performed abdominal incisions without first ascertaining any strange anomalies or justifying the cause of death.

4. Most noticeably, despite having died 8 days prior, the carcass showed no signs of rigor mortis, as though it had occurred only days before. All of its soft parts, blood and exposed flesh, were normal, without any insects settling upon it.

5. The hyoid bone was remarkably 'clean' without any adhesions. This is a determining factor, as in several cases we have been told that 'not even professional deboners can do such a good job'.

6. The other highly strange event has been the discovery of a small, perfect circle measuring 5 centimeters, cauterized, and located on the animal's hide over the udder. A vital element that was extracted by researchers for study.

7. A magnet was passed all over the cow’s body in a search for metallic elements (filings, parts, etc.) with negative results.

8. There is a windmill with a water tank some 1000 meters from the animal. It shows no anomalies.

9. The locals did not see any 'nocturnal lights' about prior or after the event.

10. In the Hasenkamp event, the mutilating agent did not 'return' to continue mutilating the body, as has happened in other instances. According to the owner, everything was the same as when they found the animal the first day.

 Hypothesis (Luis Burgos)

 While research is ongoing, we can develop a framework toward a "working hypothesis". During a survey of the field two days before finding the lifeless animal, the owner attested that it was in good health and so were its two calves. He did not check on them the next day, and the day after, he was startled to see the calves alone in the field. He undertook a search for the mother and found the unpleasant surprise. We must therefore suppose that it is possible that the cow was 'separated' during the night, mutilated and deposited where she was later found, distant from both little calves. Faced with such a prospect, it is obvious that some questions are more disquieting than the answers. Had the animal been stalked beforehand? Did the mutilation take place on site or elsewhere? Was the body inoculated to keep it fresh for several days? The fact is that we're facing a mutilation of exceptional characteristics that will not have a satisfactory 'official' explanation, much like the hundreds that have taken place since April 2002. What is most convincing to researchers is that this entire event, which took place in 48 hours, invalidates the possibility of any conventional methodology or the involvement of local fauna.

 Research credit: Edith Moneda, indefatigable ICOU travel companion, to whom we are deeply grateful for her willingness to investigate, undertaking a nearly 600 km.long journey at her youthful 82 years of age. An example to be followed by anyone who wants to engage in field research. Congratulations and thanks!

 [Translation (c) 2021 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos]