Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Spain: Francisco Franco's Flying Saucers



Source: Planeta UFO
Date: 12 August 2018
An article by Jaime Noguera


Spain: Francisco Franco's Flying Saucers

On Saturday, 18 December 1971, Francisco Franco was spending some days with his family at Mudela Castle in Viso del Marques (Ciudad Real) when four unidentified flying objects hovered above the palatial residence. The Spanish "caudillo" was about to perform a minor electrical repair, consisting of fixing a plug, but he was sabotaged by aliens who left him in the dark (perhaps they were red, that is to say, from Mars).

The mind-bending story that appears below was collected in the book Franco Top Secret (published by Temas de Hoy) by José Lesta and Miguel Pedrero. According to the project, this near-close encounter of the third kind occurred thus:

Franco, accompanied by his wife Carmen Polo and his son-in-law, the Marquis of Villaverde and other guests, was relaxing and shooting game at the place where La Mancha meets Andalucía. Protecting the dictator, his friends and guests were members of the 6th Guardia Civil Company, guarding Mudela Castle, provisional residence of the Franco family. Armed officers were stationed at four different points. In the event of an attack, a secondary protective ring had been set up with other members of the armed forces. Half of the state police was looking out for their leader's safety.

On Saturday, 18 December 1971, the busy dinner party turned into a lively social gathering that lasted until eleven o'clock in the evening. At that time, Isidro Pradas Toledo, the estate manager, left the palace to head home, some hundred meters from the building. Something strange appeared in the sky (as he recounted to author J.J. Benítez).

"...suddenly, as I walked home, I saw that thing. Four lights. The flew overhead, slowly and not too high up. They were silent, flying in perfect formation. Two in front, two in back. The space between them wasn't too large. They glowed intensely, with a significant white light. I stared at them, stunned. They went by slowly, unhurried, heading toward Almagro. I saw them drop around the farm we call Casa Lato, and then they vanished. Fifteen minutes later, I returned to the castle, rather troubled. I recall remarking about it with the Caudillo's driver and to Federico Pajares, the engineer. They were playing cards, but apparently no one had seen a thing. Then something strange happened. Franco had requested an electrician, as his bedroom's overhead light had just blown out. Equipped with my tools I went up to General Franco's rooms. Mrs. Franco was in bed, reading. Franco asked me for a screwdriver and tried to loosen the outlet's faceplate. He wasn't able. I asked him to let me try, and I couldn't do it either. Then the lights went out. To tell you the truth, the blackout never made any sense to me. In the end, the Caudillo put his arm around my shoulder and said: "We're quite the experts!"

It appears that J.J. Benítez found another witness to the sighting: a Guardia Civil captain who was part of the Caudillo's security detail in the palace.

"I had just stepped into the enclosure that surrounds the palace when a corporal came out to meet me, saying: Nothing to report, my captain, other than we have company. He pointed skyward and following the direction indicated, saw the lights. Four of them, motionless overhead. Two were larger than the others. They were white and very bright. The guards, I was told, had witnessed their arrival earlier and there they remained, silent. We lit cigarettes and discussed the matter, never averting our gaze. That's what we were doing when suddenly, two of the lights became larger, leading us to interpret that they had descended..."

Possible Explanations to the Event

1. According to some saucer buff websites, there has been speculation that [the event] involved a test flight of some military aircraft belonging to one of the two superpowers in the year 1971: the USSR or the USA. But of course, what were they doing over Franco's palace? Were they listening in on the Caudillo's sexual activity? What American or Soviet secret military aircraft could fly from the USA to Ciudad Real in the 1970s and short out Franco's fuses before returning home? Was it worth spending a fortune in fuel just to plunge the head of state into darkness for a while. Was it a first notice, a payment due message?

2. Other saucer buff websites, of course, opted for an alien explanation. Gentlemen from other galaxies, perhaps newly arrived from the planet Raticulín (*) and with vast economic and technological resources to invest in fathoming the eminent mind of Francisco Franco. Perhaps after putting all the guests at Viso del Marques to sleep, the dictator was beamed onto their spacecraft to undergo all manner of tests. Then they returned home with a load of fine Almagro eggplants. Could they have been dwellers from the depths of the newly-discovered Martian lake? What were some Martian prawns doing spying on the dictator?

3. The third possibility is that given the long day and the wine consumed during the banquet, the estate manager and the civilian could have mistaken a street lamp for planes in formation, shooting stars or car headlights with alien spacecraft.

4. The fourth is that a journalist with an interest in UFOs could have made it all up.

(*) A planet conjured up by the mid-90s contactee Carlos Jesús, who believed himself to have a parallel existence on that world, as well as being a reincarnation of Jesus Christ.

[With thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and Jaime Noguera]

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Argentina: Mystery in Santa Fe - Seven Mutilated Cows and Locals Speak of the Chupacabras



Source: Todo Noticias (TN.com.ar) and Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía (FAO)
Date: 08.06.2018


Argentina: Mystery in Santa Fe - Seven Mutilated Cows and Locals Speak of the Chupacabras


[Animals] found with incisions to their tongues and genitals. No trace of blood.

The town of Colonia Durán, located in the Department of San Javier in Santa Fe, is still at a loss for an explanation. This morning, seven pregnant cows were found mutilated in the middle of a field, with precise incisions to their tongues and genitals. Without a trace of blood, the incident was a cause of uncertainty among local residents.



Norberto Bieri, one of the affected cattlemen, described the situation as inexplicable. "Veterinarians have come and no one can tell me how something like this can be done. That is to say, there is no scientific answer. It all seems as though cut with a laser. There is no trace of blood and the missing parts of the animals cannot be found," he told the Reconquista newspaper.

But this wasn't all that drew his attention. According to the cattleman, the carrion animals did not come near the dead cows, nor did flies.

Supernatural theories did not take long to appear. Some residents spoke of 'strange lights from the sky that are not stars' while others ascribed it to the mythical Chupacabras, a figure from popular culture that attacks animals.

Veterinarians took samples to analyze in a laboratory, but the results yielded no answers as to what befell the cows. There were no signs of poisoning or electric shock, according to studies.

"Some say its the Chupacabras, aliens or mice. But the fact is that the animals are dead and there are no answers," Bieri concluded, explaining that this is not the first time something like this has happened, since there were similar cases in Los Laureles and San Javier.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía (FAO) and Todo Noticias]

Argentina: No Chupacabras - Authorities Disclose Cause of Santa Fe Cattle Mutilations



[Editor's Note: As usual, officialdom dismisses the cattle mutilation epidemic by blaming the usual suspects - the red muzzled mouse, vultures and foxes. Argentina is experiencing a repetition of the events of 2002, which were 'explained away' at the time by SENASA, the government's agricultural service]

Source: Todo Noticias (Argentina) and Pablo Omastott (FAO)
Date: 8.7.2018


Argentina: No Chupacabras - Authorities Disclose Cause of Santa Fe Cattle Mutilations


TN.com.ar received an explanation from SENASA - animals feed off corpses by eating soft tissue.

It wasn't the Chupacabras. It wasn't a Martian or a giant bat, as local residents had it half-seriously and half in jest. The suspects responsible for mutilating seven cows in Colonia Duran, Santa Fe, were local predators.

This was confirmed by Juan Dalla Fontana, animal health coordinator of the SENASA regional center, to TN.com.ar "This is a critical period of winter. The cold and drought we're experiencing was the worst in 50 years, causing animal deaths. Fauna begins to degrade the carcasses - it's part of the natural process," he explained.

After the cows' deaths, different theories made the rounds as to the reason for their mutilations. All of this was made clear by the expert. "When an animal dies, it lies exposed and is attacked by predators, which are numerous in the Santa Fe region, for example, wild pigs, vultures, foxes, the red-muzzled mouse and pumas," he added.

There was a similar situation 12 years ago in the Province of Buenos Aires. Experts also reached the conclusion that carrion animals were responsible for eating the dead animals' remains.

So the myth of the Chupacabras or paranormal phenomena is discarded. At least for now.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Pablo Omastott)

Monday, August 06, 2018

UFO: Saucers of the Colonial Era



UFO: Saucers of the Colonial Era
By Scott Corrales
[Abstracted from the book INEXPLICATA - UFOs in Latin America and Spain]


It’s hard for us to imagine what crossing the Atlantic in a Sixteenth century sailing ship must have been like. Creatures of comfort that we are, the privations and unsanitary conditions of a galleon or caravel would be the stuff of nightmares, and the risk of shipwreck on an unfriendly shore, with scarce hopes of rescue, equally hellish. Yet explorers set up in vessels that were small and fragile—from our perspective-- across the vastness of “the Ocean Sea” to explore and conquer new lands, fuelled by dreams of glory and a good wind at their backs.

Our textbooks, revisionist and status-quo alike, agree that islands, landmasses and bodies of water were discovered and named; species of fruit, roots and tubers were sent across the ocean to a land that had never seen them before, and deadly illnesses were exported and imported from the so-called “new world”. Yet mariners and soldiers, whether headed to the mountain-girt glory of Tenochtitlán or the lofty mansions of Macchu-Picchu, encountered phenomena that clearly exceeded their understanding, and even that of the highly educated natives of the new lands they had come to conquer and explore.

In an age where literacy was the exclusive province of the clergy and the notary, it was a great boon to posterity that the early explorers, sea captains and navigators, were able to convey their findings in their routine log entries. With a potentially mutinous crew, fearful of monsters and the endless seas around them, Christopher Columbus allegedly kept two sets of logs – an actual one and another that showed different times and positions. Although we may perceive this as trickery on the seaman’s part, it enabled him to allay his crew’s fears until landfall was finally made on Guanhaní (supposedly Watling Island in the Bahamas) on October 12, 1492.

But Columbus’s log includes other information that is of great interest to us. On September 15,1492, nearly a month away from his historic landfall, the mariner reported a “long tongue of flame” falling into the ocean, noting it thus in his log. This event, seen as an ill omen by the crew, very nearly caused a mutiny. While it is perfectly naturally that a meteorite or bolide could have been the cause of this phenomenon, it cannot be proven. In subsequent weeks,

Columbus and one of his men, Pero Gutierrez, witnessed “a light shining at a considerable distance” from the deck of the flagship “Santa María” – a light that reputedly vanished and reappeared several times that evening, bobbing up and down. This light was seen only a few hours before Rodrigo de Triana shouted from the crow’s nest that land – America – was in sight. Years after Columbus’s fateful discovery, an expedition of five hundred men set out from the island of Cuba to conquer Mexico. At their head was Hernán Cortés, a ruthless but educated man who had been a notary. His letters to Emperor Charles V represent some of the first perspectives on Mesoamerica by a European. However, in his expedition was Bernal Díaz del Castillo another man with writing skills, and his chronicle Historia de la Verdadera Conquista de la Nueva España includes the first sighting of a UFO by a European in the new lands that had been subjugated by blood and fire. “The Mexican indians,” writes Castillo, “claimed having seen a sign in the heavens which was green and red, round like a cartwheel; beside this sign was another line, headed toward where the sun rises, and which had come to meet another red line.” Later on, the chronicler himself would see strange activity in the Mexican skies: “This is what I saw, and what was seen by all those who would see it, in the year 1527. There was a sign in the night sky resembling a longsword, [located as if] between the province of Pánuco and city of Texcoco. It did not move from the sky, neither hither nor thither, for more than twenty days.” A comet? Possibly. But comets—frightening harbingers of future mishaps that they were—would still have been identified as such by someone of Castillo’s level of education.



At this point it should perhaps be mentioned that Aztec Mexico had undergone a series of unexplained events between 1509 and 1519 – mysterious fires, encounters with strange and frightening creatures, and sightings of UFOs – for at least a decade prior to the arrival of Cortés and his band of adventurers.

Nor was this paranormal activity restricted to Mesoamerica: Nicolás de Martinez Arzanz y Vela described the strange recorded a compelling UFO sighting of the colonial era involving “two suns seen in the morning sky”.

The following account appears in the chronicle Imperial History of Potosí, an account of the governorship of General Hinojosa, a royal official in charge of the silver wealth of the Potosí Mines of “el alto Perú” as Bolivia was known then. Any official with oversight of the continent’s greatest single source of silver was bound to make enemies, and Hinojosa was no exception. Two of his rivals, Sebastian of Castille and Francisco Girón, conspired to bring him down, and this is how history records the event: “…at the moment when Sebastián and Girón were preparing their troops for the insurrection, there appeared over Porco, threes suns and two moons appeared in the midst of a circular halo, and within the latter two blue and red arcs. On January 13, 1553, 52 days before General Hinojosa was killed at 7 o’clock in the morning, a great circle was perceived in the sky above Porco. it was entirely white, with a thickness of one span. The natural sun was somewhat reddish, almost blood colored, and the two lateral ones were very red and bloody, so that the sheen and the fire blinded onlookers. The two frontal moons (sic) resembled white moons with a reddish cast…the two arcs were blue and red, as they seemed. This prodigy was witnessed for seven consecutive days over the rich summit of Potosí, followed by two other arcs, one of them looking like polished silver, the other blood-red and bright as fire. One end of this arc terminated in a sort of spiral ray, the color of blood…these signs were seen [at both] Porco and Potosí, causing the Spaniards to discuss future events. Don Sebastián de Castilla and Francisco Hernández Girón asked the natives what these signs meant…the Indians, amazed, covered their eyes and spit into the air, saying aucca, aucca, mayccan apihuañucca, which means some ill omen, abominable action or hideous ruin…” The Inca oracles were right – the bizarre, moon-like lights had indeed heralded the success of the insurrection and the death of Hinojosa, the royal official.


Nearly thirty years later, on Sunday, February 7, 1580, Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, an envoy of the Spanish viceroy of Perú, was charged with the mission of exploring the southern coast of modern Chile and attempting an eastward penetration of the Straits of Magellan aboard his vessel, the San Francisco. His own log entry records the following: On this night, at one o’clock, looking south-southwest, we saw a round thing emerge from [the sea] which was as red as fire and shaped like an adarga [a small leather shield] that rose through the skies or was borne by the wind. It tarried above a lofty hill, and being like a tall lance above the hill, it acquired [the shape of] a half moon, between red and white…” Gamboa and his crew watched the phenomenon dispassionately, at no point assigning any supernatural significance to it. Only a few days later, Gamboa and his crew would successfully reach the Straits of Magellan and complete their mission.

Many years before Gamboa’s mission, between 1515 and 1516, Juan Díaz de Solís, another Spanish explorer, had sailed down the Atlantic coast of the South American landmass and discovered the River Plate. This landmark discovery aside, Argentinean paranormalist and author Gustavo Fernandez believes that he made an even more important discovery – he discovered strange metal, an alloy of possible non-human manufacture, around the necks of the friendly natives who dwelt along the banks of the Paraná River. Startled by the lightness of these metal “charms”, for want of a better description, and readily identifying them as not being silver or white gold, Solís asked his interpreters to find out where the odd material came from. According to Fernández, he received the reply: Mba e verá guasú – which translates roughly as “collected from the big shiny hut”, which the author interprets as a possible crashed UFO whose remnants were picked up and considered a “gift from the gods”. He further suggests that Yaciretá, an island on the Paraná River famous for its massive hydroelectric dam, features beaches of vitrified sand that could have been the result of some massive explosion at some point in antiquity.

UFO sightings during the Colonial Era were not circumscribed to the Latin American viceroyalties. Only nine years after having arrived in Massachusetts Bay at the head of a large number of Puritan settlers, John Winthrop, the colony’s first governor, became unwittingly our country’s first ufologist. With the lives of over nine hundred men and women under his care in a new, unknown country, the strange event that befell one James Everell in 1639 as the settler crossed a river in a boat at ten o’clock at night. According to Winthrop’s Journal, Everell, “a pious, sober and highly considered man”, saw an enormous flaming light in the sky directly above the Muddy River. This light, described as a rectangular shape measuring an estimated 8 to 10 feet across, sped away at a velocity unimaginable by 17th century standards only to return zooming back to the spot it had originally occupied, leaving Everell astounded. The object continued to maneuver above the Muddy River, repeating its earlier behavior of rapid starts and stops ornamented by the occasional zigzag. Everell and the other men aboard the boat lay flat on the bottom of their vessel in terror, “unable to row or punt”.

According to Governor Winthrop’s chronicle, a curious physical phenomenon was also observed after the intruder had vanished to parts unknown: the boat found itself further upstream than when the object had initially appeared, as if some unsuspected force emanating from the apparition had prevented the Everell’s boat from drifting with the current, in fact pulling it upstream.

Five years later, another light would rise above the horizon to trouble the rest of the early colonists: In January 1644, a luminous object described as comparable in size to the full moon was seen by residents of Boston. Another that came in from the east soon accompanied this unexpected light.

“One would approach the other,” wrote the governor, “then they would separate and approach again. This they did several times until at last they plunged behind the hill of the island and disappeared.”

This early CE-1 also had a curious high strangeness component to it. Apparently, some colonists heard a voice in the night sky that terrified them with the following utterance: “Little one, little one, come, come.” Winthrop records that similar calls were repeated “twenty or more times” from various directions. The witnesses to this phenomenon claimed that it voice appeared to come from a considerable distance away. A week later, the same aerial phenomenon repeated itself and the voices were heard again.

The voice booming in the darkness of colonial New England brings to mind another terrible voice mentioned elsewhere—that of Moyohualitohua, the terrifying voice emanating from a nocturnal cloud or object that terrified the subjects of the Aztec Empire in 1492 and which allegedly appears in two ancient codexes. What strange force paraded over the skies of ancient North America, addressing humans below in their own language? We will never know.

Viewers of the 1985 production “The Mission” will be familiar with the presence of Jesuit missionaries in what is now the Argentinean province of Misiones, located by the borders of Brazil and Paraguay. Native Guaraní-speaking peoples were trained by the Jesuits in a number of trades and professions. On August 10, 1631, an unnamed member of the Society of Jesus made the following entry: “At the reducción of San Ignació de Ipané, between six and seven o’clock in the afternoon, a luminous sphere of strange grandeur was seen to rise from the east, flying unhurriedly over the town, like a full moon. Toward the east it gave off a great number of sparks, and put forth greater light, which it later dimmed, and the amount of time it takes to recite the Apostle’s Creed, it made a tremendous report, like a thunderclap. Argentinean ufologist Antonio Las Heras, who records this case in his book OVNIS-Los Extraterrestres Entre Nosotros (Buenos Aires: Edad, 1992) suggests that the loud report or explosion conveyed in the Jesuit chronicle represents a perfect description of an object that is breaking the sound barrier – something impossible to describe in a 17th century account.

In the year 1816, well toward the end of the Colonial period, as the South American colonies struggled for their independence from Spain, an early newspaper, the Gazeta de Buenos Aires, reported an interesting involving a thoroughly unexplained phenomenon near the town of Rojas, in the province of Buenos Aires, which many have associated to the UFO phenomenon.

“At three thirty in the afternoon, on a rainless day, a very hard piece of ice was seen to fall out of the skies, with an approximate weight of two pounds, and it split in four. Immediately, toward the south, a tornado accompanied by a sort of tremor was reported, along with a fall of numerous fireballs. These have been blamed for setting fire to pasturelands, the wood of some buildings and enclosures. The fireball headed toward the largest part of the town with the most extraordinary effects. One building next to a cart was left untouched, while horses were seen carried in the wind at a distance of four blocks from their location; a heavyset woman was also spirited out of her house and taken south some two blocks…the phenomenon withdrew then thirteen blocks toward the north…”A super-tornado accompanied by strange effects? A devastating prairie fire similar to the great “Peshtigo Fire” of the 19th century in the United States? Possibly. But it must be noted that during the last century a UFO was seen to cause similar high winds and conflagrations elsewhere in Argentina. In August 1982, the region of Catamarca, in Argentina, was set ablaze by the maneuvers of a fire starting UFO that hurled a gout of flame in an empty field near the city of Londres, an action witnessed by two stunned policemen from the safety of their squad car. Apparently, the strange vehicle had waited for gale-force winds to begin before expelling its fire, causing it to spread voraciously through the vineyards and tree groves of the agricultural region. The story appeared in Buenos Aires' Clarín and La Crónica newspapers.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Spain: A UFO Over Málaga (1984)



Spain: A UFO over Málaga (1984)
By M. Angeles González

In 1984, the news media published the photograph taken by two young residents of Málaga, showing a strange flying object crossing the city's skies.

The time was 11:30 a.m. on 18 January 1984 when two young people photographed a strange object flying over the Cadiz Highway near the San Carlos district. The photograph was published the next day in the news media - DIARIO SUR among them - accompanied by the following text: "Around 11:30 yesterday, an unidentified flying object flew above the Cadiz Highway for a very brief span of time, its maneuvers being witnessed by some thirty people from the San Carlos district."

Among the eyewitnesses were Antonio Romero Rodriguez and David Romero Bonilla, who were taking photos on the street. Upon seeing the UFO, they did not hesitate to focus on it and take the shot. The ABC newspaper, echoing an EFE news wire, specifies that the young men were "taking photos of their dogs on the street". They explained that the object must have been very large, and that "after having been virtually suspended in the sky" it took off at high speed almost before they realized it. The witnesses stated that the alleged UFO vanished into the horizon behind the rooftops and was not seen again.

Journalist Iker Jimenez mentions this strange case in his book Encuentros OVNI: La historia de los ovnis en España, where he says that the first to notice the strange object was a dog called Bobby, who began barking at the sky, drawing the two friends' attention, who were testing out a pocket camera one of them had purchased only days earlier.

A shadow of doubt fell upon the case, and in subsequent days the photograph was called into question, suggesting that it could have been a hoax.

[Translation (c) 2018 IHU, with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

Operation Trancas: The Classic Case Revisited 55 Years On



Operation Trancas: The Classic Case Revisited, 55 Years On
By Luis Burgos (FAO-ICOU)

If there is anything in common between the Trancas case and successive generations of ufologists - both the old ones and the younger ones taking their first steps into the subject matter of UFOS - it is this case that we have on our beside table, much like a student handbook in a book bag or a Bible in the hand of churchgoers. It so happens that the remarkable event contains all of the elements necessary to a UFO case in order to consider it perfect. Years went by, decades went by, and many more shall elapse and it is IMPOSSIBLE to refute the events of that night long ago in Tucumán, although there is always someone looking for an answer, such as, for example that the witnesses "mistook" it for a train and its operators on the tracks. Laughable yet sad, because it is an effort to "cover up" something the person couldn't bring themselves to say: the entire case was a shame, in other words, a boldfaced lie. Therefore, the witnesses were all liars, not confused by the situations experienced, since "any one of us could be confused by a distance light, but no one would confuse an object resting on the ground and suddenly takes to the sky thirty meters away with a train car! This is the typical "playing the fool" explanation - lacking enough guts to stand and say "everyone lied in Trancas."

Reasons for the Trip

When ICOU (Investigadores de Campo OVNI Unidos - United UFO Field Researchers) on March 22, 2014 in Maximo Paz, Santa Fe, we also began to outline the idea of setting the "markers" for major cases in our UFO case histories. The first one was bestowed upon the Villaverde Case outside Santa Rosa (La Pampa), followed by a series of memorials in various Argentinean provinces: La Plata (Buenos Aires), Punta Indio (Buenos Aires), Venado Tuerto (Santa Fe) and El Bolson (Rio negro) where the "highest UFO monolith" was erected - at an altitude of 1250 meters, in the heart of Mt. Piltriquitron. Therefore, when organizing Operation Noa 2018 as a continuation of Operación Patagónica 2017, this new journey would cover some 5000 kilometers across a number of northwestern Argentinean provinces, prompting us to dedicate two memorials to UFO incidents considered as top cases in the national UFO histories: The Trancas Case (Tucuman), featuring the Moreno family, and the 1995 Salta UFO Crash investigated by Tony Galvagno.

Clarifying Information

A detailed retelling of the Trancas events would be redundant, since any person interested in the subject would be able to access a wealth of information in this regard by simply typing the name in the Internet. We are faced by the best Argentinean case, in my opinion and that of the majority of ufologists. Therefore our visit to the Santa Teresa farm, where the events too place, and to be welcomed by Jolié Moreno, 78, the only surviving witness of that evening, was a thrill to us. But for this writer and other members of FAO, for researcher Aguilares Marcelo Oso Nueva and ufologist Javier Lopez Posse and his GIOT group, who accompanied us, expectations were taken a step further by the on-site reality.

The Property Then and Now


While looking at the photographs of the Santa Teresa farm at the time - located some 3 kilometers from the town and belonging to the Moreno family - "time had stood still" by all accounts, as we toured the facilities and their surroundings in person nearly half a century later. Not much had changed since then. Jolié even has planned some repairs, among them the inclusion of a monolith on which our commemorative plaque will have a deserved monument. The atmosphere is permeated with tranquility, peace and memories.

The Alert

As Jolié told us, the first person in the family to sound the alert about "some strange presences aboard a luminous something on train tracks" (the Belgrano Railway) was her sister Argentina, age 28, who immediately woke up Dora Martina Guzman, 15, the family maid. They woke up Yolanda, age 32, and Jolié herself, age 23, who slept in the second room with one of the babies. Guillermo, Argentina's son, and the three women decided to leave the farm to see what was going on. Yolanda held a Colt .38 in her hand (a weapon kept by Dora when she was alone in the house) and Jolié carried a heavy-duty flashlight.



Their parents, Antonio Moreno, 72, and Teresa Kairuz. 63, very nervous, remained within the house with Argentina, who did not want to leave, being the most frightened of all. The clock indicated 21:30 hours on October 21, 1962 and there, at 150 meters from the entrance to the dwelling could be seen some 40 silhouettes of normal appearance and gait.

The Closest Encounter

It was necessary for them to crouch order to see better, and to avoid being covered by the foliage of neighboring trees. Dora went ahead a few meters, having seen a dim greenish light close to the "automatic" gate, leading her to think one of the farm's workers -a man surnamed Huanca - had arrived in his pickup truck. Just at that time, Jolié pointed her light against the light and "a disc-shaped luminous body" suddenly lit up. It was practically lying only scarce inches from the ground, as it was "balancing slightly" at less than 10 meters from the witnesses. The device, with six rectangular windows and an upper protuberance, emanated a sort of fog from tis lower base, while making a buzzing sound similar to "a fluorescent bulb shutting off". A strong smell of sulfur was evident in the area, and it lasted until the next morning. The fog dissipated in the morning.

The Woman Who Stared Down a UFO

A very powerful 'heat wave' emanated from the craft, causing Yolanda to drop her handgun, making it fall to the ground Jolie and Dora, who was up ahead and took the brunt of the impact. The three turned and ran toward the farm to follow the events. From that point onward several beams of white light measuring 3 meters in diameter emerged from the objects, aimed at the farm. All of them were at a distance of 10 centimeters off the ground. Two of the beams were aimed at the shed in the back of the property, where a tractor was kept, dirty from its use on farm duties. It turned up completely clean in the morning, as though it had been washed. The other two beams scoured the henhouse, which contained some 400 chickens, and the other surveyed the farmhouse. This activity took several minutes. Another interesting detail was that Jolié "plunged her arm into one of the beams, only to see it pull back immediately." That is to say, it wasn't Jolié who pulled her arm out of the beam.

Animal Symptoms

As is common in these cases, the farm's three guard dogs remained "flattened" throughout the entire ordeal and the 400 chickens did not stir during the prevailing situation.

The Doctor's Astounding Vision

Searching for other eyewitness accounts, those provided by José Acosta, the farm's foreman, and neighbor Francisco Tropiano regrettably do not provide further details on the case, beyond the "strange lights in the surroundings" seen by Acosta and the orange-tinted sky seen by Tropiano. However, the experience of Doctor René Vera, 28, at the Trancas Hospital is fundamental in the final interpretation of the incident: This medical professional's car broke down on the road near the Santa Teresa farm around 23:00 hours. She left it behind and began walking toward the town when suddenly "some 40 or 50 luminous objects began to fly over at low altitude, heading east," leaving the air saturated with an almost-unbreathable smell of sulfur.

Physical Evidence

Next day, Dr. Walter Gonzalo Tell (National University of Tucumán) reported to the scene and gathered "a large number of tiny white balls that crumbled to the touch" and which were scattered in a 30 meter radius of the bean field where the object landed, and to a lesser extent on the railroad tracks. An analysis suggested that they were 96.48% calcium carbonate and 3.51% potassium. In other words, calcium of the highest degree of purity.

A circular ground mark measuring 8 meters in diameter was stamped for several years on the site, as mute evidence of the events transpired, where the craft closes to the gate had landed.

Doña Marina, who was closest to the main object, suffered first and second degree burns to her face, arms and legs, treated for this condition the following day in the town's hospital.

The Trancas Case's Lost Sibling

At 04:10 a.m. on May 12, 1962, three truckers were driving along Route No. 35 in the vicinity of Berraondo (Buenos Aires) and saw a "train-shaped" object flying at low altitude, accompanied by a buzzing sound, deep in a field. It split in two and both halves flew off in different directions. A 60 meter ground mark was left on the grass along with a whitish substance which was subsequently analyzed by the National University of the South in Bahia Blanca. It turned out to be calcium carbonate and potassium: a residue nearly identical to the one found at Trancas and which had taken place seven months earlier! Comparative ufology at its very best.

Hypotheseses to Match all Tastes

EM Effect: The farm's electric generator quit working at 19:00 hours. At the time the incident occurred, the Moreno family was drawing light from candles and lanterns inside the property. Did the intelligence governing the Trancas events cause the situation a little over two hours before the incident began? Did the physician's car suffer an identical fate?

Fear of Attack
: The main reason for panic in the family upon seeing the events on the track was "fear of a terrorist attack" due to the political situation at the time, bolstered by the fact that Don Antonio Moreno had been the mayor of Trancas years before. Furthermore, Jolié and her sister Argentina were both married to military men.

Odors: The coincidence of a smell of sulfur at the Moreno household and the physician's own sighting is a relevant point. As in other cases, this perception by witnesses could have to do with ozone.

End of the Case: After some 45 minutes, the main object fired a beam of light that practically reached the town, withdrawing before firing another beam - this time a curved one at 180 degrees - before rising into the air along with the other five object sitting on the tracks, flying eastward toward Sierra de Medina. According to Jolié, the objects were "mindful of its geography" (sic). To the witness, this final act signaled a "departure order" for the fleet, whose mission was now complete.

Terrestrial Origin
: At the time that Dora, Yolanda and Jolié approached the main object, they were able to see rivets on its metallic structure. This - added to the normal behavior of the figures seen on the tracks - caused Jolié to believe to this day that what occurred that night was the product of a terrestrial technology, a suggestive and acceptable hypothesis.

The Reason for the Trancas Operation


There can be no doubt that such a technological display, with a crew of 40 entities and 6 craft over 45 minutes, proved to be a considerably high-strangeness event, both to the Moreno family and ufologists. But if we extend the case another 45 minutes, that is, until 23:00 hours, when Dr. Vera witnessed a fly-over by "dozens of flying objects", these intruders were present for a span of 90 minutes. Therefore, were find to our surprise that while the events at the Santa Teresa farm were taking place, there was a veritable "fleet" operating on the ground, a few meters away from the Morenos, who were never aware of the situation and much less on account of the dense forest grove that hindered their vision. The question here becomes: Were the events experienced by Jolié and her relatives the real reason for the landing, or was the real reason a few hundred meters from their dwelling? Was it a distraction? A cover up? An unexpected breakdown and repair task? All of these conjectures serve to confirm the presence of "a common thread at all times." Unfortunately, with the passing of time, no one investigated the site from which the objects seen by Dr. Vera departed. Perhaps THE KEY to the event could have been found there. What matters is that this was the "UFO case with the most artifacts on the ground" and something very significant caused it to happen.

The Day After Tomorrow

The UFO phenomenon never returned to Trancas with a similar event. Not even the Decimal Hypothesis, which returned in 1973 with the so-called "Year of the Humanoids", made its presence felt in that part of Tucumán. There were, however, minor sightings throughout the entire region and neighboring communities which were significant to the case history of the area, such as the Choromoro River. Seven months later on the evening of June 6, 1964, Dr. Juan Medrano, engineer Jose Luis Cerviño and business executive Vicente Pellicer were heading back from Salta along Route 9 when the saw 'a strange rectangular object" flying by at low altitude. The object measured some six meters, was reddish orange, and with a lower appendix similar to a pentagon-shaped gondola. Smoke or vapor of some sort issued from its upper section and two large fins rotated around it. The uncanny vessel crossed the road, absorbing a structure of the highway as it did so, possibly a luminary (?).

Most significant of all, perhaps, is that Trancas, over time "did not become a tourist location, or a circus show, or a breeding ground for pseudo-contactees hoping to meet UFOs." This, without question, was a very healthy for national ufology.

Epilogue

Over the decades, all of the witness of that unforgettable evening passed away (Dora suffered a tragic accident with a train the province of Salta). We would like to acknowledge the work of Capt. Omar Roque Pagani, the true pioneer of research into the Trancas case, and our eternal thanks to that sweet woman, Jolié del Valle Moreno Ebaich, protagonist of one of the most outstanding cases in world ufology and which "changed her life", in her own words.

[Translation (c) 2018 Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Argentina: UFO Landing Traces in Cordoba (1986)



Source: El Día (newspaper) and Marcelo Metayer
Date: 06 February 1986


Argentina: UFO Landing Traces in Cordoba (1986)

An unidentified flying object (UFO) has left landing traces in the mountain ranges surrounding Cordoba.

The flying saucer, witnessed by a large number of people on the evening of 9 January, allegedly caused a burn mark measuring approximately a hundred meters in diameter and the charred remains of two head of cattle.



The fact was discovered by a group of local residents who embarked upon an amateur investigation prompted by having seen the object back in January.

According to reports from those who witnessed the UFO in flight and its subsequent landing a little less than a month ago, they said it was a large craft. At first they were only able to see a swinging light that resembled a flattened ball full of portholes, with a bright red light that turned on and off intermittently.

Nearly all agreed that the object's landing site was charred.

After having organized the expedition and waiting a judicious amount of time, the enthusiastic witnesses were able to find the exact landing site. All of Capilla del Monte is in an uproar by the phenomenon, although some state that they are quite accustomed to such manifestations, although never with a landing.

This is not an isolated fact. There has been talk of sightings throughout the country in recent days, heralding a prolific year for manifestations of this sort.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Marcelo Metayer]

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Argentina: UFO Hunters at Work in San Juan



Source: Planeta UFO and www.sanjuan8.com
Date: 18 July 2018


Argentina: UFO Hunters at Work in San Juan

Images were recorded and shared by a group of amateur ufologists in Pocito.

The case involving a UFO in the skies over Pocito keeps racking up hits on Facebook. The images were taken by the amateur UFO group known as Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano (Guardians of the Skies of Cuyo).

According to the publication made on Facebook, the sighitng took place last Sunday, July 15 [2018] over Cerro Plateado. The "witness guardians" were Ramón Lázaro Flores and Jorge Pérez, who received support from the Matakiterani group by radio.

The video shows a flashing light that moves "northward at an elevation of 20-25 degrees more or less."

While it has not been possible to ascertain its origin, it has been a source of curiosity among cybernauts who have seen it.

Spain: UFO Crash in La Graña (Galicia, 1966)



Source: Planeta UFO and Revista Engimas
Date: 06 November 2017
An article by Josep Guijarro


Spain: UFO Crash in La Graña (Galicia)

In 1966, the Spanish Navy obtained the remains of a saucer-shaped aircraft that had flown over several military facilities in El Ferrol (A Coruña)

If we suppose that UFOs are technological devices created by aliens, it is logical to suppose that some of them may have become damaged, or may have even crashed, during their visits to our planet. In greater or lesser measure, we follow the ups and downs of the Roswell Incident, seemingly one of the first worldwide cases involving crashed UFOS, yet not the only one. However, does Spain have any documents that enshrine an event of this nature?

The answer is yes.

On April 2, 1966, an unidentified flying object fell into Mar de la Graña, across from the Galician locality of El Ferrol. It is the first UFO case recorded on Galician territory and forms part of the official files of the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force), which are accessible through the Ministry of Defense's Virtual Library online.

UFOs had hitherto been a concern, but were not investigated. Between June 1967 and October 1968, Spain experienced a "flap" of sightings that eventually involved aircraft in flight, both military and commercial, having a powerful impact on the media. After a secret meeting attended by only seven generals of the Ejército del Aire, a message was put forth, requesting citizen cooperation in notifying sightings to the authorities.

On December 17, 1968 the UFO subject was concentrated in the Operations Section of the Senior Staff of the Air Force, and finally on 26 December, Circular Letter 9266-CT was issued, setting forth research standards and classifying the matter as confidential.



By then, the first UFO crashed in Spain was already under the waters of Mar de la Graña. It had all begun on 23:30 hours of April 2 at the La Carreira Radio Station. As the declassified report indicates, a corporal on duty, a watchman and two sailors witnessed "a sizeable object in the sky, emitting an opaque light, and changing its shape approximately every five minutes.

The corporal was able to photograph the mysterious object from the Navy communications center located between the towns of Narón and Valdoviño in the district of El Ferrol. The lieutenant commander in charge of the radio-telegraph station instituted an investigation showing that "the object was to the left of Monte Campelo, one of the highest points in the Province of La Coruña, where a major military base was located.

The object flew over the Astano Shipyards where several warships were under construction and then headed toward the opening of the firth without leaving any visible signs in the sky. According to eyewitnesses, it wound up falling into the sea.

Diario Público
reported: "When fishermen arrived at the Port of Ferrol with the UFO, a group of long-faced Navy officers were there to meet them and relieve them of the object, sternly warning them to keep their mouths shut about it. The object was loaded onto an army transport and escorted to La Graña in a convoy. The UFO was hidden in one of the tunnels within the La Graña submarine base.



The Navy reported the find to the U.S. base in Rota. A group of U.S. military men reported to El Ferrol to take custody of the "device" on a military truck. Nothing else was ever known about its whereabouts.

Renowned ufologist Miguel Pedrero, editor of Año Cero magazine, managed to locate some witnesses who took part in the recovery of that yellowish object, whose size was comparable to that of a North American F-86 Saber.

Part of the operations took place aboard a fishing trawler called "Reina María". One of the sailors, Jose Fernández, recalls: "It was like yellowish Polyspan, but weighed some 200 kilos. It was hard getting it aboard and we set it on the bow."

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and Josep Guijarro]

Monday, July 16, 2018

Argentina: The Cerro Plateado UFO Video

Source: Canal 13 de San Juan (Argentina) & Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano
Date: 07.16.2018



Argentina: The Cerro Plateado UFO Video

The Cerro Plateado UFO. This was the name given to an object recorded on Sunday night to the northwest of Pocito. The UFO was headed north at an elevation of 20-25 degrees, according to Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano. The event was witnessed by Ramón Lázaro Flores and Jorge Pérez with support from the Matakiterani group on radio.

VIDEO AT: https://www.facebook.com/1196552700360937/videos/2230350563647807/