Saturday, February 25, 2012

Argentina: A UFO Reported over Pilar

Date: 02.24.12

Argentina: A UFO Reported over Pilar

Some residents from the town of Pilar in Buenos Aires claimed having seen a UFO around 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, according to a statement made to a radio show.

“I saw something very odd, with a strange color. If I had to judge by its size, it was 10 meters tall. It wasn’t a flying supermarket bag,” said Martín, a listener of the “Club 88” program on FM Estación Pilar.

“I saw a flying object with a rounded shape, measuring approximately 10 meters, opaque white in color, moving horizontally over the Pilar Golf Club. A few minutes later, when I got out of my car to get a better view, it was no longer there,” said the man, who managed to photograph the unidentified flying object.

The sighting took place near the Pilar Industrial Park, but the image provided by Martín has yet to be analyzed. Otherwise, the question of whether it was an alien spaceship or a device created by humans remains open.

“Air Force personnel must be consulted. Ordinarily, weather balloons were launched to sample the wind conditions, and these are elements that appear white and round, which is something that not many people are aware of, and they are frequently sighted,” said Andrea Pérez Simondini on air in the program.

Simondini belongs to the “Visión OVNI” organization in Victoria, Entre Rios, which specializes in mysterious events related to aliens. “But [weather balloons] are hard to see because they are small and fly at high altitudes,” agreed the expert.

“It wasn’t the type of balloon that conveys people in a basket. First, the colors were completely opaque. It was leaden grey, and could not carry any kind of basket under it,” explained a man during a conversation that was broadcast live.

“There are places where they appear constantly and its quite natural,” added another witness identified as Teresa Suárez, who did not specify what the sighted object could have been. “It moved horizontally, from one side to another.”

Was there a sighting of UFOs in Pilar, or a new broadcast of the radio classic War of the World with which Orson Welles startled American audiences in 1938, making them believe that a Martian invasion was underway?

(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Spain: Case Histories for the Year 1939

[Angel Carretero’s “Andalucía Misteriosa” website ( is one of the most complete and updated repositories of information available on UFO cases in the Iberian Peninsula. His collected case files extend back to the year 1430; some CE-2 incidents in his collection cover the turbulent Spanish Civil War period (1936-1939) and we present two of them here – S. Corrales]

Case Histories for the Year 1939
By Angel Carretero – Andalucía Misteriosa

A UFO Lands at Zahara de los Atunes (Cádiz)

Date: July 1939
In the summer of 1939, several children looking after cattle in Zahara de los Atunes (Cádiz) witnessed a flying object measuring some 18 meters in diameter. When the UFO flew over them at low altitude, they had a sensation of heat. The object landed some 30 meters away, kicking up a dust storm. A door opened and two beings emerged – one tall and slight, the other short and stocky, lighting their way with a sort of flashlight, despite the fact that it was noon. After stepping some 20 paces from the UFO, they made an about face and re-entered the object. The entire event lasted 15 minutes.

Some witnesses and researchers state that the imprint was visible on the ground up to the year 1980.

(Source: and Enciclopedia de los Encuentros Cercanos by Vicente Juan Ballester Olmos)

A UFO Lands at Finca Los Majales, Sierra del Retín (Cádiz)

Date: Summer 1939
M. Jimenez Junquera, a child at the time, and in the company of five other goatherds, was known for his honesty. He told researchers in 1990 – having kept his experience a secret for forty years – about an object measuring between 15-20 meters in diameter, flying at low altitude and giving off intense heat and wind, metallic-looking and issuing an unpleasant whistling sound, that caused a stampede among the goats as it landed 30 meters from the eyewitness, who was standing on a small mound. The object looked like two soup bowls joined at their lips, surmounted by a conical dome with an antenna. Its perimeter featured a row of lights grouped two by two in red, yellow and green, with a “belt of lights” under each pair. A door opened and two occupants wearing coveralls and moving rigidly (as though in a plaster cast) descended to the ground. From their brows to the waist, horizontal blue lines crossed their moldy green outfits. Their faces were concealed by the coveralls and features were not discernible, but two round dark holes occupied the place of the eyes.

The entities wore belts and two “suspenders” to hold a large “suitcase” from which emerged a thin, silvery antenna. One of the beings was tall and slight, the other somewhat shorter and heavier.

In complete silence, the two beings removed unidentifiable objects from their belts, proceeding to fire “flashes of light” toward a nearby shed where animals were kept. They walked rigidly, extending their right arms to support the device. The taller being put the device away mechanically, but his counterpart continued firing flashes. Eventually, both beings turned around on their heels and retraced their steps. Upon nearing the UFO, the tall being flashed a yellow light that had remained at the spot on the object’s “hull” where the door had been. The door opened and the beings re-entered their object.

It rose into the air, kicking up dust and stabilizing 10-20 meters before flying close to the ground over the shed and the El Aguila farm, spinning on its axis and vanishing into the West. The witnesses told the story to the chief goat herder, who accompanied the boys to the site the next day and found prints. These were shown to the case researcher 41 years later, after hiking for an hour through the mountains. The landing had left two holes in a huge stone slab – now covered in soil and grass – suggesting a weight of dozens of tons to judge by the hardness of the terrain. Once the dust and soil covering them was removed (confirming that they were old and not “set up” for the benefit of contemporary researchers, as they were not visible, and not pointed out by the witness), the holes proved to be even and perfectly made, meaning that they could not be ascribed to erosion nor natural breakage. One side of an acebuche tree, facing the landing site, had turned ash-white in color and was leafless and dry, possibly from the jets of hot air issued by the object. The other half of the tree was normal, verdant and with leaves.

(Source: Catálogo General del Fenómeno Ovni by Gabriel Wuldennar Ortiz).

(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Special thanks to Angel Carretero, Andalucía Misteriosa)

Venezuela: UFO Over the Central Littoral Region

Venezuela: UFO Recorded in the Central Littoral Region
By Hector Escalante – Ovnivenezuela

CARACAS, 20 February 2012 – On Sunday, 19 February at approximately 8:00 p.m., Jimmy Ramirez managed to capture the presence of a luminous object of considerable size from his residence at El Junquito. The object remained over the airspace that covers the coasts of the state of Vargas in Venezuela’s Central Littoral Region.

“I was at my house on Km 25 of El Junquito when I suddenly went outside, and felt that what I was seeing in the air was weird. So I called my wife and family, since they live nearby, and they all saw it. Later, I went inside for my camera, took several photos and recorded some videos, but my batteries were drained very quickly,” said the witness.

Jimmy, a 32-year-old musician, finds the event unusual, given the amount of time that he has lived in the area, from which the coastal region is clearly visible, containing a seaport and an airport. He can easily recognize the behavior of any aircraft or vessel crossing the area.

“I know the airplanes well, since I live here and it’s become routine. But the first thing that called my attention was the symmetry and place where the three lights were located, at a middle point, neither too high nor too low, but quite distant, forming something like a wide open triangle,” he added.

He said that his mother-in-law and his wife, who have lived in the area far longer than he, are more expert at identifying airliner and vessel movements. However, both of them “were rather surprised” at the event. In fact, he added “while we were watching, over 4 airplanes headed for the airport and their lights were completely different (...). I can assure you that they weren’t airplanes or ships.”

The lights remained there, “motionless” to the startled eyes of the onlookers, who kept wondering among themselves what was going on. Two hours later, approximately, the lights “began to flash until they disappeared completely. My wife was disconcerted by it all, since she couldn’t explain what it was,” he concluded.

Unofficially, this author [Hector Escalante] managed to contact the control tower at the Maiquetía Airport without obtaining further information regarding the likelihood of an anomalous manifestation in the records of this air facility. “Everything is normal, sir”, was the response.

The video taken by Jimmy Ramirez can be seen at:

(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Hector Escalante, Ovnivenezuela, and Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Argentina: The Uncanny "Bosque Energético"

It’s always interesting to note how one story comes out of another: while discussing the very positive response to her interview with experiencer Fito Vivas, published only last weekend in INEXPLICATA, I asked researcher Andrea Pérez Simondini about the information that had been included in the section marked in brackets [...] in the article. It turns out that the missing paragraphs describe her visit to one of Argentina’s high-strangeness wonders, El Bosque Energético (the Energy Forest) mentioned at the start of the article. She has graciously allowed us to use the excised information and photographs to give INEXPLICATA readers a taste of this weird and wonderful location – S. Corrales

A Visit to the “Bosque Energético”
By Andrea Pérez Simondini
(Section excised from the article “The Fito Vivas Case, 1968)

Accompanied by my co-workers, ensnared by the story I told them, we reached the community of Miramar along the coastal road.

The entrance to the premises, guarded by volunteer firefighters, allowed us to discover a circuit that was very interesting in of itself, beyond our search for the forest. It is possible to enter the place with a $4.00 contribution to the Asociación Cooperadora del Vivero Municipal Florentino Ameghino, an endeavor that deserves to be supported, because it is the source of reforestation and this forest certainly allows us to breathe clean air.

There is a production area at the site, the Fire Station, the waterworks, horseback riding areas, and grilling areas with restaurants and sweet shops. Surprisingly, the brochure one is given upon entering the area says nothing about the Energy Forest, or its location. I do not think it is an exaggeration that 50% of all visitors come to the premises to see it.

We engaged a firefighter in small talk, and I think that I quickly understood the reason for the absence of promotion. The reason can be found, perhaps, in the fact that the people who work there want to be acknowledged for the enormous effort implied by the forestry project rather than for the forest’s magical properties.

After touring the area, I can say that a tour of the Energy Forest is highly recommended. The truth is that I left the place more confused than when I went in. I can certainly say that there is some magnetic force at work in the place, but if I have to let myself be carried by the evidence, the truth is that nothing made me see the extraordinary conditions that are described and said about the place.

Regarding the UFO that fell in 1955 – which was really the purpose of my trip, in the understanding that all these electromagnetic phenomena were due to this crash – I found nothing. Not even from the locals, who are quick to weave a fantastic story with information having these characteristics.

Upon leaving the place, I felt a mixture of frustration, disillusionment and joy at having been in this mythic place.

As is often said, images are worth more than words, so I’ll share a number of videos and photos off the site with you.

Spain: Cádiz - A UFO Hotspot

Spain: Cádiz – A UFO Hotspot
By Angel Carretero, Andalucía Misteriosa

I’ve spoken much of triangular UFOs and hotspots, adding that over the course of the years, UFO cases have diminished in those areas. I also said that this reduction was due to an increase in knowledge by the witnesses. Explanations were found for objects or phenomena for which no explanation could be found at the time, so sightings diminished.

Something similar occurred in Cádiz. A considerable number of phenomena have been documented, mainly in the area of the bay, in the 1970s and 80s, while sightings are practically non-existent there today.

Regular readers of my blog can readily ascertain that the references I make to these phenomena go back in time. But the year 2010 arrived and brought some more or less interesting things with it.

On 20 January of that year, as the day drew to a close, a couple driving along N-340 heading toward Algeciras (Cádiz) saw two dimly-lit bars or columns over Sierra del Retín. They saw them for the first time around Venta Tejonero, and the objects followed them up to Zahara de los Atunes.

Months later, on 15 August, around 18:00 hours and at the beaches in Sanlucar de Barrameda, two people noticed a luminous sphere crossing the sky over the sea at a distance of about one kilometer; it wobbled erratically and remained motionless during short periods of time.

I’ve placed a broad critique on both cases in Andalucia Misteriosa ( within the section devoted to Andalusian case histories, as well as others that took place in our community that year.

Lacking a detailed study of these events, I can set on record that Sierra del Retín is used for maneuvers by the Spanish and U.S. armed forces. Nocturnal firing exercises are conducted, and in the past, they employed something similar to a pillar of light to illuminate the targets. Currently, laser beams are employed.

I do not wish to state unequivocally that this could be the explanation for the first sighting: however, it is a possibility to be taken into consideration.

In due time, I will include a detailed project on the subject in Andalucía Misteriosa.

The photograph displays a view of the military maneuvering field located in the aforementioned Sierra del Retín:

(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Angel Carretero, Andalucía Misteriosa)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Another UFO Encounter in the Spanish Sahara

Another UFO Encounter in the Spanish Sahara

[Researcher Alfonso Ferrer has just reminded us of another – and more spectacular – case involving the Canary Islands and the Spanish Sahara. Our readers will remember the review of his book “El Reloj del Fin del Mundo” that we presented in INEXPLICATA in 2009 – S. Corrales]

An Extraordinary Aerial Encounter in the Canary Islands
By Alfonso Ferrer –
Date: 3 October 2009

It was the year 1968. On a springtime evening, a Fokker aircraft belonging to the IBERIA airline flew its routine service from Las Palmas (Canary Islands) to Villa Cisneros in the Western Sahara. The flight was proceeding normally until the aircraft, within sight of its destination, found itself escorted by a light of unknown origin. When the Fokker commenced its approach maneuvers and descended, the unidentified light shot off into the sky. But the story doesn’t end here.

Veteran pilot Paco Andreu, a member of the Fokker’s crew along with Cmdr. Ciudad on that March 14th, 41 years ago, told us about his experiences on the return flight to Las Palmas, in which the UFO made a repeat appearance. This is a unique account, provided by an expert aviator who has an encounter with an unidentified light/object in the air. It is doubly interesting by the fact that the sighting occurred in mid-air (the same medium occupied by the UFO). Moreover, these are the words of an expert who is clearly able to distinguish between an airplane and a star, without this inferring that airliner pilots are infallible in their observations, or not immune to error. They are human beings, like everyone lese. Furthermore, Andreu’s words have the virtue of having remain unchanged over time. He contributes no elements that might suggest a mystical reading of the event on his part. The story is told in a sober and dispassionate manner. A sincere, objective and highly interesting report.

[The entire interview (in Spanish) can be heard on the Cronicas del Misterio podcast at - we are taking the liberty of transcribing only a few items of Paco Andreu’s experiences - SC]

Interviewer: So tell us what happened that day.
Paco Andreu: Well, let’s start. It was March 14 1968, I was a pilot for Spantax at the time, for some 7 months as a co-pilot, and the flight was from Las Palmas to Villa Cisneros. The entire flight went without incident until we reached the vicinity of Villa. Then we were about to start our descent, and looking to our left we saw a light descending at the same angle of descent as our plane, matching our speed. At that time I remarked to the commander if he wanted me to ask Villa Cisneros Tower of the traffic we had in sight. We thought it was another plane. So we contacted Villa Cisneros and told them that to our left we had some traffic, and could we please receive some information about it. A few seconds went by, and Villa Cisneros answered that there was no traffic reported in that area. We were startled, and immediately following, the light that descended with us at an angle that was perhaps 5-10 degrees, ascended at a 60-80 degree angle and took off with an emanation, losing itself in infinity. There were no clouds, it was a very clear night, and it became lost from sight. In the meantime, we exchanged glances and said “let’s cut the maneuvers and land immediately for the safety of our passengers and our own.” So we landed with short traffic, landed and upon descending we remarked the situation with the personnel of Iberia, because the flight was for Iberia. So we discussed it with the Iberia field officer, and then with a military doctor from the legion, who was a big fan of astronomy. We discussed all we’d seen, and they were left between belief and disbelief. They joked with us and such, but time went by, the layover had ended, passengers boarded the plane for the return trip. We got going. We rolled toward the end of the runway, lined up for takeoff, requested authorization from the tower, received it, and we took off. And it only...within not even a minute of being airborne, we got a call from the tower telling us [...]: “Iberia 372, you have a light to your right.” we looked, and the light that had accompanied during descent was back again. I replied: “Yes, yes, affirmative, we have a light flying beside us.” They said: “Could you advise us if this could compromise flight safety?” We said: “Well, for the time being, if it holds its position, no, it’s not affecting us.” “Well, for your information, I can tell you that as you rolled down the runway, the light passed over the airport, flying very low and giving off blue and red flashes.” [The object] the stopped over a barracks that belonged to the legion, as I recall it was the Tercio Juan de Austria. It remained static. They watched the object from the airport with binoculars, consulted with the doctor who was an astronomy fan, and they all said that it was nothing known at the time, because as it flew low over the airport, it made no engine sound. It was silent. It remained static, we took off, and when we passed its altitude, it started to follow us, climbing at our same rate of speed, much like it did during our descent. We checked our nav and radio equipment and everything was ok, it wasn’t affecting us. So the tower insisted that if that thing jeopardized flight safety, we should inform them at all times. And so we did. Once we reached cruising altitude – some 5000 meters or 15,000 feet – the object stayed with us, but started to wobble at that time, being at the very same altitude as we were. At times it would get above us, and on others it would remain below us, before climbing and staying with us. After a while it repeated it. This, of course, left us stunned, because no airplane or object known to us could do it. There was no effect of gravity or anything. So we kept flying and began our flight – about an 1 ½ hour went by – our ETA for Las Palmas was around 10 pm, we advised the control, and...well, when we began our descent toward Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, we had stratiform clouds near the island, so we descended through the clouds and started to question whether we were mistaking the light of the UFO with the stars, because it could no longer be seen clearly. And we landed. And once the passengers had debarked, we found that the press was at the airport.

Interviewer: So the story had become known, and the media had learned of it through some leak.

Paco Andreu: We can suppose that some member of the control center at Las Palmas had a buddy or friend who worked for a newsroom and called them, telling them that a flight was coming in from Villa Cisneros followed by a strange gadget.

Other voice: Paco, this is Jorge. What was the size of the light? Could you give us more details?

Paco Andreu: Well, how could I best describe was a source of light like an airplane beacon that is about to land, a strong light, but it wasn’t a projected light. it was like a luminous sphere.

Interviewer: Because when it came to reckoning distance...

Paco Andreu: Of course, it was very complicated. We, on our right, headed for Gran Canaria, we had the shore and the desert. Without towns or lights or anything that could give us a distance calculation, I don’t know, it could have been 2-3 miles away by our calculations, but it could have been 50 miles away, because it may have been a gigantic thing, but distance made it seem small.

Interviewer: Paco, this truly interesting, perhaps one of the most interesting ones I can think of as UFO sightings go, especially coming from an expert aviator like yourself. Did you dismiss the possibility that it was a military maneuver? You mention the presence of a military base nearby.

Paco Andreu: You can figure that in the year 1968 military maneuvers in the desert were few. The known military craft at the time had bases in Gran Canarias and in El Aaiun, were Junkers transport aircraft, a plane from 1934-35, so it was impossible that it could make such maneuvers. And then, the only thing it could have been...there were no helicopters yet...or yes, there was a helicopter unit at Los Rodeos, but they were there for evacuation service and emergency purposes only, so the Sahara region may have had piston driven T-6 aircraft but nothing resembling what we saw.

Interviewer: We discussed the likelihood that it could have been a star.

Paco Andreu: No, no, never. A star we don’t see...a star we see above us, like you do from the ground. But we’d sometimes see it below us. It couldn’t be a star. Nor was it a comet. We’ve seen an infinite number of comets in flight, and we know their trajectory and patterns. There’s something else there. Don’t know if its manned, unmanned or guided automatically at a distance. no idea. There could be many conjectures about it. But the fact is that what we saw was that. And the truth is that I never forgot it, despite the years that have gone by.

(Translation & transcription (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Alfonso Ferrer)

Spain: UFOs Over the Spanish Sahara

Source: Angel Carretero – Andalucía Misteriosa
Date: 02.20.12

Spain: UFOs Over the Spanish Sahara

[Many of our readers may not be aware that Spain had – and continues to have – a significant presence on the African continent. In colonial times, these possessions included the Sahara Español (Spanish Sahara, consisting of Rio de Oro, Cabo Juby and Sagura el-Hamra), Sidi Ifni, and the northern coastal strip of Morocco, including the cities of Ceuta, Melilla and Tetuán. Further down the hump of Africa, Guinea Equatorial remains the only Spanish-speaking country on the continent, the legacy of 18th century diplomatic territorial swaps – S. Corrales]

1958 – Telata de Isbuia (former Spanish Sahara)
In early 1958, the pilot of a C-4K fighter sees a black, cylindrical object near Telata de Isbuia (former Sidi Ifni). Source: Angel Rivero

October 1959 – Hasi Habas – Cape Bojador (former Spanish Sahara)
A metallic object pursued a C-2111 fighter over the Atlantic between Hasi Habas and Cape Bojador.

1960 – Mahbes (former Spanish Sahara)

During a nocturnal bivouac in the region to the south of Mahbes in 1960, a triangular object with green and red lights made its presence known, landing and taking off near the soldiers (abstracted from an article in El Ojo Crítico)

02-09-1964 – SIDI IFNI (former Spanish Sahara)

On 9 February 1964, a member of Badalona’s Baetulo Observatory Barcelona) photographed an unknown object that could well be a classic “unidentified flying object”. The event occurred in Sidi Ifni. The French publication L’Astronomie reported the sighting in its May 1964 issue (Source: J.J. Benítez)

09-17-1968 – EL AAIUN (former Spanish Sahara)

On 17 September 1968 a flying sphere hovered over the runways at the military airfield at El Aaiun, causing authorities to turn on the lights, should it prove to be an aircraft in distress.

1973 – AUSERT (former Spanish Sahara)

Members of the special operations section of the legion witnessed the presence of a luminous red sphere at Ausert in broad daylight.

January 1974 – DAORA (former Spanish Sahara)

One evening in January 1974, soldiers see several luminous objects near the ground at a runway close to Daora.

01-27-1974 – SAGUIA EL HAMRA (former Spanish Sahara)

27 January 1974: occupants of a Spanish military helicopter participating in the “Arred-el Yam” operation against the Polisario Front see a glow on the ground in the Saguia el-Hamra sector. Directing their helicopter toward it, the see a spherical, round object measuring three meters in diameter emerging from a ditch. The object had no openings whatsoever and vanished toward the east in a matter of seconds.

February 1974 – UAD TERNIT (former Spanish Sahara)

In late 1974, a fighter participating in the “Tifaniti II” operation was accompanied by an oval metallic artifact as it flew over the Uad Ternit region (abstracted from El Ojo Crítico)

03-24-1977 – VILLA CISNEROS (former Spanish Sahara)

A Scandinavian DC-8 was flying near Villa Cisneros around 21:15 hours on 24 March 1977 when it encountered a “luminous cloud”. This incident was reported to the control tower in the Canary Islands.

(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Angel Carretero, Andalucía Misteriosa, and Angel Rodriguez, GEIFO)

Mexico: “Stunned and Surprised” – UFO over Dzilam de Bravo

Mexico: “Stunned and Surprised” – UFO over Dzilam de Bravo
By Darvin Canché

Source: Diario Por Esto! (Yucatan)
Date: 17 February 2012

DZILAM DE BRAVO, Yucatán, 17 Feb – Residents of this port city were stunned and surprised yesterday morning after having seen and photographed – accidentally – an unidentified flying object (UFO) that flew over the skies of said community.

According to the information received, it was around 10:30 yesterday morning when residents of the port and the costal sector were astonished to see the presence of a UFO moving from west to east.

The object, which was originally black in color in a sequence of photos, acquired an intense glow similar to the light of an airliner. It was seen flying at low altitude, but what was strange is that it did not make any motor sounds. It flew with the wind and its light was bright. No one was able to explain what really flew over the port city yesterday morning.

This media outlet received visuals from local residents who managed to photograph the moment -- near the military base located on the Dzilam de Bravo – Santa Clara road – when the UFO supposedly came down or plunged into the waters of this municipality, leaving streaks of bright light and smoke in the air, similar to those of a jet aircraft. What was strange is that object was at low altitude.

Several persons left their homes to witness the phenomenon as it progressed eastward, causing it to be the subject of conversation throughout Dzilam de Bravo. In fact, several persons reported to the bright light was first spotted, but were unable to see anything at all.

POR ESTO! requested information from the corresponding authorities to see if any calls had been received, but these reported not having received any information whatsoever, although the unidentified flying object was seen by dozens of persons.

[Additional: Dzilam de Bravo is 85 kilometers distant from Merida and is a fishing village. The term “Dzilam” means “without a cover” in Mayan]

(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid and Omar Villacís, director of the “Phenomenum” program on Cozumel Channel 5)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Argentina: A UFO Over General Villegas

Source: Grupo GABIE
Date: 02.20.2012

Argentina: A UFO Over General Villegas

A couple managed to record -- by means of a cell phone -- two unidentified flying objects over the municipality. They stated that the objects emitted flashing colored lights and made strange noises. A year ago, a perfect design was found in a corn field and attributed to a UFO.

Marcela Digiacomo and her husband - both residents of the Commune - managed to capture two UFOs in the skies over Villegas with a cell phone camera. The recording took place from their backyard, near the district's School No. 46.

The couple described what they saw as a large star making cross-shaped movements. "I realized they were there when I went out to the backyard to put things away," Digiacomo told the Diario Actualidad newspaper in Villegas. The woman said that at first they saw only a single light, and minutes later, another appeared a short distance away.

She further added that both objects changed colors constantly and made strange sounds. Julio, her husband, described the sounds as a strange noise that could be heard loud and clear. The anomalous presences remained visible for around 20 minutes.

Exactly one year ago, residents of the Municipality were startled by the apparition of a single perfect circle in a corn field that was ascribed to the presence of UFOs. Another three sightings were recorded in the regions of Monte Hermoso, Olavarría and Lobos of the Municipality of Buenos Aires.


(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Grupo G.A.B.I.E.)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Argentina: The Fito Vivas Cases (Miramar, 1968)

Argentina: The Fito Vivas Cases (Miramar, 1968)
By Andrea Pérez Simondini – Visión OVNI

Life can be unbelievable at times. I spent all these days in January (2011) discussing the difference between causality and synchronicity while working in Mar del Plata. The latter term I owe to my friend Alex Chionetti, who every so often studies philosophical schools whose axioms help to explain situations that life puts in one’s path.

This case was exactly that. If you’ll allow me a few minutes of your time, I’ll explain why.

During my stay in Victoria, my mother Silvia told me that a gentleman from the coastal city of Miramar visited Museo del Ovni with the story that a UFO had crashed in the renowned energy forest (or dark forest, as it is known in that city) in the year 1955. Since she knew that we would be barely 40 kilometers away from it in a few days, we discussed the possibility of paying a visit and look into the information provided by the visitor.

So it was that I came to Mar del Plata on business reasons and on my day off, set off quickly and early toward Miramar’s energy forest.


Upon leaving the place, I felt a combination of frustration, disillusionment and joy at having visited the mythic forest. And at that precise moment of conflicting emotions, a taxicab parked next to our truck drew my attention. I quickly though: who better than a cab driver to tell me something about the crashed UFO? Without hesitation, I asked him about this theory. He looked at me quizzically. Yet he replied unequivocally, no, nothing happened here. Something did happen in the Sixties in the middle of the city of Miramar. We all asked at the same time: “what happened?” Ha, he said, Fito Vivas saw a UFO land right before his eyes. He’s still alive, he tells us.

The Fito Vivas Case

Without thinking about it twice, we headed to the home of the person mentioned by the cab driver. My companions didn’t put much stock in the information he’d given us, but I must thank them for their willingness to allow me to attempt a search.

Once we’d reached the site, we asked a gentleman for directions. He replied he wasn’t a local and didn’t know. However, he pointed to a house where locals dwelled, and it turned out to be the location in question.

We were met by Fito’s nephew. I introduced myself and stated my intentions, and he went off to find him.

We found ourselves facing a relatively young man, contrary to what we thought. Forty-three years had elapsed, after all. We managed to record his statement, and we will share the videos recorded.

Technical Information
Date: 21 June 1968
Place: Miramar, Buenos Aires Province
Location: Calle 26 and Calle 3
Time: 1:00 a.m.
Witness: Rodolfo Vivas
Participation: 4th Regional Unit of the Argentinean Air Force headquartered at Mar del Plata, with information forwarded to the National Aeronautical Authorities.

Original Information on the Case

Oscar Rodolfo Vivas, 24, married to Edith Tosca, a subordinate employee of the Municipality, had finished playing cards with his friend Ferreira. On 21 June 1968, he retired around 1:00 a.m. after saying farewell to the family. He got on his bicycle and headed toward his home located at Calle 7 between 36 and 38. “I was pedaling along Calle 26 and 3 when I saw a flying saucer that gave me the biggest fright in my life. It was impossible to look at it. I couldn’t withstand the glare. I hid behind some bushes and covered my eyes with my jacket, concealing my whole head. I tried to calm down, and seconds later, I lifted my jacket somewhat and was able to see it more clearly. Without question, it was a flying saucer. It was there and hovered some 40 centimeters off the surface.

“The upper part of the artifact seemed separate from the lower one, spinning constantly at great speed, with two “V” shaped antennae that appeared to emerge from the hull – the rear (lower?) section remained motionless and projected flames against the ground. The rotating section, on the other hand, projected very power lights. I was very scared and at the same time could hear a whistling sound like the one made by jet aircraft. The whistling intensified and the flying saucer took off at a slant, and then zigzagged away at tremendous speed. I remained at the same spot and felt stunned. I didn’t know what it meant to be scared, but now I did. Everything was silent. I got back on the bike and took off in any direction – all I wanted was not to remain in the darkness. I felt like a different person.”

Other Witnesses

Mr. Alfredo del Matto, owner of the “Los Indios” restaurant. He stated: “Vivas reached my restaurant in a state of considerable fear, unable to coordinate his speech.”

Orlando Ituarte, Quito Zemborain, Manuel Antonio Sicovich, Cacho Moske, Mario Dolimipio, Mr. Lucero, and Abel Ibarra – [these witnesses] vouched that an anomalous phenomenon occurred some 8 or 9 blocks from where they stood. They turned on a flashlight and found a large circular stain of something resembling grime.

They said that the had picked up soil in their hands and it was slippery, leaving some kind of greasy residue (!)

They decided to report it to the police, who later ascertained the anomalies (charred grass, a whitish substance looking like powdered chalk, with sticky and warm properties)

The authorities collected the samples, which were later studied in the laboratories of the Air Force Command.

This therefore is a presentation of the case with the original statements, adding that they were statements made before the police.

Let us now revisit the case 43 years later with its protagonist.

UFO research places us startling cases and incredible protagonists in our path. I was truly unaware of this case and it was a great joy to me to have found it. Chance, causality, synchronicity – who knows? The fact is that what I found more than met my research expectations. A case with physical evidence, a reliable witness with many witnesses, with the participation of the police authorities of Miramar and the 4th Regional Unit of the Air Force based at Mar del Plata. A case that merits declassification, most certainly.

I cannot bring this article to a close without providing some images that are certainly of investigative value, as well as the journalistic articles so kindly furnished by the protagonist.

Transcription of the Fito Vivas Interview (2011)

APS: We’re here in Miramar at the home of Fito Vivas, whose case we learned of while in el Bosque Encantado. We are thankful for having welcomed us into your home, and we’d like to know more about the case, exactly what happened...
FV: Well, that was in the year ’68, a while back now. I was coming from a friend’s house, and was around one in the morning. And at the time I was with a girl. I was married, so that’s why I couldn’t mention it at the time! I’ve been separated for many, many years (smiles).
APS: And now you can speak freely...
FV: So the girl was also a witness. So we were coming down the hill on Calle 26, before crossing Arroyo, and we saw a glow. Then it looked like a rhomboidal object, all silvery, hanging over the middle of the avenue, projecting a light (gestures with hands) it seemed to be covered by a glass bell.
APS: Aha.
FV: Then it made a buzzing sound, and the upper section rotated (gestures). And we looked at it for a while, and then it took off and went upward.
APS: I imagine that at that time there were no homes there...
FV: No, no...the witnesses at that time was mister...he also passed away...I can’t remember his name. But he saw the craft, he said there was another larger craft. I could only see the one below, but he said there was a larger one that then took off, it zigzagged, buzzed, and flew off to the south.
APS: And you didn’t find any prints or marks on the site?
FV: Yes, they came from...the Air Force, the Naval facility here, and they took out soil –
APS: The Mar del Plata base?
FV: Yes, took out soil, they analyzed it and said it withstood 2000 degrees Centigrade.
APS: Two thousand degrees Centigrade?
FV: (nods) yes, that soil.
APS: Do you remember the officer in charge of the investigation?
FV: No, no I don’t.
APS: I’m telling you this because recently, the Argentinean Air Force reported that it will create a commission to study space phenomena. So this eyewitness account would be of interest –
FV: No, I don’t remember because they were there, they interviewed me, but I never asked for their names:
APS: They never gave you a copy of their findings or conclusions?
FV: No, no, that was all private, their investigation was such that no one found out about it.
APS: Ah, perfect then.
FV: These cases make me say that (inaudible)
APS: Yes.
FV: Because otherwise they say your nuts, or drunk, or a liar. And since I always said that there are four things in life that I hate: lying, falsehood, betrayal and deceit.
APS: Of course.
FV: So there are many people who laughed. I had many problems. I was jailed three times because of this problem, some made fun of me, and at that time I couldn’t take it –
APS: You would react and fight.
FV: Of course, so the ministry told me (inaudible) Fito, you’ve got to stop this (gestures) otherwise we’re going to have to lock you up.
APS: And what’s your life like now, after that experience?
FV: Different.
APS: Are you calmer?
FV: (gestures) many strange things happened.
APS: Yes? Experiences?
FV: Very many (shakes head), very, very many. Only God knows.
APS: Yes.
FV: Completely incredible.
APS: And you told me that you were in a car at the time?
FV: No, on a bicycle.
APS: And you didn’t notice any electrical alterations, smells?
FV: Well, high voltage wires run along that street. According to Fabio Zerpa, who was here, he said that “they” draw power, and there’s water. There’s a stream right there and the power lines are overhead.
APS: That was on Calle 24.
FV: 26, between five and three (points at horizon) You can go straight and find the avenue, three blocks away, passing the stream.
APS: Astounding!
FV: (draws bell shape with his hands) that’s where the device appeared. The trees were all scorched...
APS: There was evidence that the trees had suffered damage...
FV: Yes, and later on (inaudible) the Air Force said there was radiation.
APS: They managed to detect radioactivity?
FV: I was there, looking with them. And it made that noise it makes when they pass the probe...
APS: How many Air Force people came? Many? a unit?
FV: (thinks) Four people. I believe they were four.
APS: Four.
FV: Then they took me...and then the Air Force people took me, put a device on me, a lie detector, and conducted studies on me. And many things happened to me later. I saw things that shocked me greatly (inaudible)
APS: Is that so? You began to see...
FV: (nods) Then...after that, many people with problems began to show up.
APS: Do tell.
FV: (begins to leaf through a notebook, showing it to the camera) these are all the people who have come this year. All of them, all of them.
APS: And how do you handle that new discovery, this urge to help people?
FV: I felt – I feel – different. I that time I was a guy who loved to sing Tango.
APS: Really?
FV: (reaches for an envelope in a drawer)
APS: At that time you were a singer by profession?
FV: (hands her a photograph) I was young and I had the looks. And later on I worked as a painter the rest of my life, shirt maker, I cooked, I did a lot of things. So my life changed completely.
APS: How did you discover this gift, shall we say? This gift of helping others?
FV: An image appeared and took me by the hands.
APS: Ah, you saw the image here?
FV: Exactly. It appeared, took me by the hands and said, “don’t be frightened”
APS: And you associated that with a...shall we apparition of the Virgin...
FV: Yes, it was a white image (gestures a shape)
APS: A white image.
FV: And its face was a light, and I thought it didn’t have a face. I asked it to smile; it said, “I don’t”. It gave me to understand that all human beings believe in God, higher beings, each of us calls it a different thing.
APS: Yes.
FV: And they see it like they think it is. One sees it one way, another sees it another.
APS: You associate that image then with a religious figure? A Christian one, shall we say?
FV: I believe that—from the Bible itself—that they weren’t there.
APS: But you are not an active worshipper?
FV: No, not at all. Nothing, nothing.
APS: And after that experience—
FV: Yes, yes, yes.
APS: After the image appeared, you became more devout.
FV: The same as when they talk about the Christ Child –
APS: Yes, I can see that you have many religious images (camera pans left) linked to the Virgin, we saw a Christ that drew our attention, an incredible one. Up here we can see (camera pans up) little saints. You collect them?
FV: Those belong to my son.
APS: And from that moment you felt the possibility that you could help people?
FV: I went out dancing, and happened to walk past a mass. I felt a person had a problem in their stomach– there was a table with four women. I told one of them: “You have a pain in your stomach”, and she said: “Why yes, how do you know?” “I don’t know, intuition.” She allowed me to place my hand on her head, and then she left. And this appeared on my hand (shows right hand, displaying odd palm lines) looking like two outstretched arms.
APS: Ah-ha. I can see it. Impressive, it truly is.
FV: Yes. And that appeared on my hand. And that was the shape that was seen...a little face, the outstretched arms...
APS: That was what you were left with?
FV: Yes.
APS: Uncanny! And the experience you had with the UFO – were there any journalistic records, did it appear in the local press?
FV: In all of them.
APS: In Mar del Plata as well?
FV: In all of them. Throughout the country (inaudible). From all parts of Argentina, and later, well...Central America
APS: Spain, Mexico?
FV: Spain, Mexico, France, Italy...England. They all asked for photos and the story. They sent me a book that I later passed along to someone at the school, don’t know the name, and it came out in a book. The principal of the technical school told me, “do you know that you’re in a book?” So my story appears to (inaudible).
APS: I’m going to look for it. What is your name?
FV: Rodolfo Oscar Vivas.
APS: Age?
FV: Sixty-seven, going on sixty-eight.
APS: I want to thank you so much for your attention, for your consideration, and we will now take our leave and go find those journalistic records.
FV: And you will find it, because as I said, it appeared everywhere.
APS: Our thanks again –
FV: I must have something around from “Cinco” magazine...
APS: Do you have articles?
FV: Let me see...
(Recording ends)

(Translation & transcription (c) 2012, Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Special thanks to Andrea Pérez Simondini, Visión OVNI and Carlos Iurchuk, El Dragón Invisible)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bolivia: Government Responds to UFO Information Request

Bolivia: Government Responds to UFO Information Request
By Carlos Guzmán Rojas, C.I.F.E.E.E.A.C.

[This information was provided by Carlos Guzmán, director of Mexico’s C.I.F.E.E.E.A.C. research organization. Please visit his blog at Our thanks to Paulo P. Poian for the alerting us to it! – SC]

As reported earlier, our colleague Alfonso Salazar, an aviation technician and an essential part of the C.I.F.E.E.E.A.C. group, requested information form the Bolivian Ambassador to Mexico regarding encounters between military aircraft and UFOs in Bolivian airspace.

We present the response given by the Bolivian ambassador with regard to the subject of UFOs.


Dear Mr. Salazar,

We have carefully read through your request for information that the Bolivian Air Force might provide you with regard to Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

I must admit that this subject, given its characteristics, is not one that receives any official treatment from any agency of the Bolivian government, even while the subject is well-known and a source of reports, particularly in the press. As a consequence of your request, it was learned that a number of blogs are in existence and provide information on this subject. However, it is up to you to weigh the quality and veracity of the information you may glean from them. In any event, so that you may obtain official information, if any, from the Bolivian Air Force, I am submitting their address and basic information.

Lic. Jorge Caballero Barrera
Advising Minister
Embassy of Bolivia
México D.F.

It is clear that governments still avoid the subject of unidentified flying objects. This does not mean, however, that there aren’t official documents, reports from pilots, air traffic controllers and thousands of witnesses that have reported encounters between air force aircraft and unidentified flying objects.

Moreover, there are high-level eyewitness reports that speak of aerial pursuits, such as the 1973 case involving an F-86 piloted by Maj. Norberto Salomon of the Bolivian Air Force, and the giant UFO intercepted in the year 2000 by Maj. Luis Higa and Col. Alfredo Arzabe.

Our thanks to our colleague Alfonso Salazar, aviation technician, for his formidable compilation, research and dissemination task involving military aircraft and UFOs around the world, since without this extraordinary dedication, hundreds or perhaps thousands of reports would be lost in time and would not be known to the public.

In closing, researcher Alfonso Salazar is the co-author of the book Ovnis y la Aviación Mexicana, a significant compendium of encounters between UFOs and civilian and military aircraft over Mexican territory, making all this information available to people everywhere interested in first-hand knowledge of this enigmatic subject.

(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Carlos Guzmán and Paulo Poian)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Low Intensity Warfare: UFOs vs. Earth?

Low Intensity Warfare: UFOs vs. Earth?
By Scott Corrales (c) 1994

[This article originally appeared in Tim Beckley's Unsolved UFO Mysteries magazine in 1994. The electronic file was recently rediscovered during a hard drive scan and we're sharing it with our readers 18 years later! -- SC]

Captain Charles Wendorf's orders were straightforward enough: fly his B-52 Stratofortress to the Saddle Rock Mid-Air Refueling Area to meet a KC-135 tanker. The clear skies over the Mediterranean coast of Spain made Saddle Rock a particularly suitable refueling site. The giant aircraft, an element of the 68th Bomber Squadron out of North Carolina, was in the middle of a long patrol of the Atlantic Ocean, coming as close to the USSR as they dared. But Cold War tension would be the very last factor to affect the B-52's fate.

At 10:22 a.m. on January 17, 1966, at an altitude of thirty thousand feet, Captain Wendorf's nuclear-warhead laden Stratofortress sighted the KC-35 some 15 miles ahead in the refueling zone. The B-52 carefully jockeyed into position behind the tanker to connect with its refueling mast--a complex but efficient operation that did not involve any loss in speed on the bomber's part and in which remarkably small amounts of fuel were lost.

But something went wrong. An unseen force bumped against the bomber's underside, pushing it upward and causing the KC-135's starboard wing to graze the B-52's cockpit. The bomber's crew felt another terrible jolt as their plane rammed into the tanker's fuselage

To observers on the ground witnessing the refueling maneuver, the tanker exploded into a ball of orange flame while both military aircraft disintegrated high above the earth. The long-range bomber's crew managed to jump clear of the explosion and were later rescued by Spanish fishermen after having miraculously survived their high-altitude jump. But four hydrogen bombs now lay at the bottom of the shallow coastal waters, and the efforts to retrieve them before lethal gamma radiation spread throughout the sea made headlines worldwide.

Witnesses to the explosion claimed having seen three objects in the sky at the time of the explosion, although only the downed bomber and the disintegrated tanker should have been in the area. Suspicions arose among the Spanish military elements assisting with the rescue efforts that the USAF's frantic search for the missing warheads was, in fact, a thinly-veiled excuse for finding the elusive third "airplane" -- the UFO which had caused the destruction of its aircraft and then disappeared without a trace.

The USAF had good reasons, perhaps, to worry about a force inimical to its interests somewhere over the Mediterranean: Eight days before the Palomares debacle, a colossal fireball of unknown origin had flown over the Italian cities of Capri and Naples, causing a general blackout. Four years later, in October 1969, two jet fighters would disappear without a trace during NATO exercises held off Crete. The previous year, the French air force had lost two Mystére IV fighter-bombers on routine patrol over Corsica. The result of the military inquest was that both planes were lost due to "undetermined causes".

Incidents such as this one are legion: UFOs--whether interplanetary or interdimensional--have engaged in a sort of "air supremacy" struggle with military aircraft of all nations since the first foo-fighter encounters during the Second World War. Fighters, bombers and transport planes have been intercepted and fired upon by unidentified objects, while others have been destroyed during efforts at getting closer to the mysterious intruders that fly over sovereign airspace with impunity.

The concept of an interplanetary war in our times, a thought which admittedly smacks of the Cold War's "flying saucer" scare, has been seriously invoked by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the 1950's and by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980's. NATO allegedly prepared a document evaluating the threat posed to existing conventional and military forces in the 1960's, conceding that "we virtually have no defense against their advanced technology." Serious researchers like the late Dr. Olavo Fontes analyzed the possibility that northern Brazil would be occupied by a UFO invasion force in the wake of the attack on the Itaipú garrison in 1965. But the hostility between unidentified objects and human air forces is not limited to our own air force nor to our own times, as can be seen in the following paragraph.

During World War II, both Allied and German aviators had close encounters with unknown aircraft. The following incident appeared in La Nature, a French scientific magazine:

"It took place in Le Mans at the start of the summer of 1941...The Luftwaffe had occupied the old Le Mans airfield at the La Sarthe circuit and was stationing many Messerschmitt 109 fighters--not very fast vehicles, but highly maneuverable ones. The German pilots were kept in constant state of readiness, and I had the opportunity to witness a number of Messerschmitt flight squadron maneuvers in broad daylight.

"The weather was splendid, and as far as I can recall, it was a Sunday. At around 1300 hours, the skies were clear and only a few large cumuli could be seen at quite a distance from each other. Toward that time, the entire city heard the roar of the airplanes flying at full speed, and I was able to ascertain at the time that the cause for alarm appeared to be within one of the large cumulus clouds, which at the time was slowly passing over the airfield. One could see the Messerschmitts flying around the cloud, diving into it, shooting up out of it, or emerging from it sideways before engaging in the same maneuver again. It was a spectacular performance to watch, but it must have been terribly dangerous for the pilots. Was this an exercise ordered by the base commandant or an alert? I never found out, but it was interesting to see the looks of terror on the faces of the German soldiers and officers that
comprised the city garrison as they followed the spectacle from the windows of their homes.

"I was then able to observe how the cloud, whose base upon its arrival was 900 feet high to a maximum height of 3000 feet, began to grow, and when it cleared the airport to move away from the city, had acquired the shape of a very tall pyramid with perfectly clear outlines. Its sharp apex must have been at an altitude of some 10000 feet, judging by its visible height over the horizon and its probable location over the terrain. My vantage point was some 2 miles away from the airfield, and the cloud was some 3 miles away while I watched its apex."

The Korean War produced a number of incidents which became classics of ufology and stressed the inimical nature of whatever appeared to be sharing the skies with our own aircraft.

A B-29 flying over the Korean Peninsula during the 1950-53 conflict had its otherwise uneventful mission interrupted by the sudden appearance of a 20 inch wide glowing disk within the cockpit, which remained immobile and suspended in mid-air to the shock of the flight crew. When one of the airmen approached it with a fire extinguisher, the strange object vanished, only to reappear later on. The bizarre "probe" inspected the bomber's interior before returning to its materialization point and disappearing for good.

A squadron of fighters flew into a cloudbank similar to the one assaulted by the German Messerschmitts during the previous war, but this time, whatever was inside the cloud won: the fighters never emerged from the seemingly innocuous clouds.

The air and ground forces of the former Soviet Union were by no means immune to UFO attacks. In 1961, a giant UFO escorted by a host of lesser craft challenged the grim defenses of the Moscow Anti-Ballistic Missile defense system, one of a kind in the whole world. The commander of the Rybinsk battery opened fire on the intruder, but to the surprise of the assembled misslemen, the projectiles detonated well short of their targets. Now it was the UFOs turn: all the electrical systems of the Rybinsk battery were stalled until the small flotilla of intruders was safely out of its range.

Apparently, the elements of the elite Soviet Rocketry Forces were unable to avoid the temptation of taking potshots at passing UFOs. In 1969, one such detachment was in charge of the nine brigades of SAMs (Surface-to-Air Missiles) which defended the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi against American bomber raids. The Soviet artillerymen, stationed at some distance from Hanoi proper, observed a battleship-sized discoidal UFO (its diameter was in excess of 1000 feet, according to calculations) approach silently and suddenly, oblivious to the urgent IFF ("Identification Friend-or-Foe") requests transmitted by the ground installations. The battery commander phoned his superiors for instructions, and after a brief delay, was given the order to open fire. Three out of five missile brigades launched a total of ten SAMs against the aeroform, but as had occurred in Rybinsk years before, the salvos detonated well short of the target, to the dismay of the ground personnel.

The UFO fired a needle-thin blue beam against one of the SAM launchers, turning the entire unit, which included three launchers, as well as radar and guidance stations, into a smoking heap of metal. According to the report (which has been classified as a hoax by many researchers), two hundred lives were lost in the process before the UFO resumed its trajectory and vanished from sight.

However, the Petrozavodsk UFO of September 1977 seized the initiative when, at four o'clock on the morning of September 20th, it terrorized the city's inhabitants. The medusa-like craft emitted golden shafts of light that pierced holes in windows and pavements. The intruder returned five or six times within a month.

Another much-publicized incident dealt with the destruction of a Cuban MiG-21 "Fishbed" by a UFO. According to a specialist stationed at Florida's Boca Chica Naval Station, some 90 miles off the Cuban coast, he noticed that a strange object was approaching the island nation at some 600 miles an hour at an altitude of 32,000 feet. Two Cuban MiG's intercepted the object and attempted radio contact. The vehicle was described as a large, featureless sphere. When orders to destroy the object were
issued from the ground, one of the MiG's suddenly exploded and disintegrated (in other retellings of the story, it was "zapped" by the UFO) while the UFO climbed suddenly to 100,000 feet and continued its southward trajectory unchallenged.

Other incidents, like the following, have bordered on the unreal--and in fact, there exists no way of proving its authenticity. Author Luis Anglada Font, a World War II fighter pilot who later devoted himself to UFO research in the early days of the phenomenon, included the following highly dramatic account (as told to him by physicist Raymond Harvey) in one of his books, La Realidad de los Ovnis A Través de los Siglos. The case was allegedly "hushed" by ATIC at Wright Paterson AFB and never included in the Blue Book Files. Anglada simply refers to it as "The Steinbeck Affair."

According to the author, this chilling incident took place sometime in 1953. Steinbeck--no rank given--was a thirty year old aviator who was considered among "the best and brightest" due to his bravery and considerable sang froid. He had been summoned to an unnamed air base near Las Vegas to test a one-of-a-kind fighter prototype: a sky-blue interceptor armed with atomic cannon.

[The narrative involving the pilot "Steinbeck" has been called a fabrication, given the fact that it was never substantiated, Luis Anglada never cited his sources, and "atomic cannon" sound like an outlandish pulp magazine creation. For the sake of maintaining the original article's continuity, it is not being excised -- SC]

A lengthy briefing session ensued, after which the test pilot, technicians and three high-ranking officers went on to inspect the interceptor itself, which was kept in a hangar guarded by an armed infantry platoon. Steinbeck and the officers had to present their credentials to be allowed in.

Once inside, a German engineer met the visitors and proceeded to show off the interceptor. The test pilot climbed into the cockpit and gave the instrumentation a thorough examination. Steinbeck was to fly the plane at four o'clock the following morning and perform a certain number of routine maneuvers before opening fire with his atomic arsenal against an airborne target.

The story relates that Steinbeck and the others met with the press later that evening at the officers' lounge. In conversation, the test pilot revealed that he had studied stenography (!) and that a mechanized steno pad had been installed on the right-hand side of the cockpit so that he could note every single step of the test flight. The steno pad's housing was equipped with a parachute that would land it safely in the event of a malfunction.

All went well the following morning. Steinbeck took to the dark desert sky in the prototype without any incident while the unidentified German technician followed his progress from the control tower. At one point, witnesses in the tower saw the foreign expert blanch as he stared at the radar screen, speaking into the microphone
with a sense of urgency: "Please, come back to base! There are unidentified machines to your right! Land quickly!"

The radar had in fact detected an object that crossed the field at breathtaking speed, followed by others: a total of eight unidentified vehicles were closing in on Steinbeck's prototype, sending the ground control personnel into a frenzy. The entire base was placed on full alert.

Steinbeck allegedly radioed back that the vehicles were surrounding him and that he was going to open fire on them with the interceptor's advanced weaponry. Two bursts from the atomic cannon [sic] were fired against one of the intruders, and moments later, the prototype crashed into the desert sand at high speed some two and a half miles downrange from the control tower.

Rescue crews found a twisted heap of metal along with the test pilot's carbonized remains--the engines and fuel tanks, however, were intact and unexploded; more importantly, the steno pad in its aluminum housing was recovered intact a few hundred feet away from the downed fighter, and it told the astounding tale of how a long, flaming "tube" had been aimed at Steinbeck's plane. The pilot's final desperate shorthand read: "They're attacking, I think they're attacking...God have mercy on me...I'm shooting back."

Anglada's "atomic cannons", the most questionable detail in the account, could refer to small warheads expelled by means of a launcher-like arrangement rather than science-fictionish "blasters". It is a fact that the military experimented with different permutations of nuclear ordnance, ranging from atomic hand grenades and bazookas (like the "Davy Crockett") to huge atomic railguns. If true, the case would represent one of the most significant unprovoked attacks ever recorded.

Heat weapons appear to be the weapon of choice in aerial engagements between UFOs and terrestrial aircraft. One case involving fighters "scrambled" to intercept UFOs ended with the object pursued firing a heat weapon at the fighters which made their wings incredibly hot, forcing them to break off their mission and return to base.

The Walesville, NY incident, which occurred in July of 1954, is perhaps the best known of the heat-weapon attacks: An F-94 Starfire scrambled to investigate a UFO tracked by the radars at Griffins AFB was greeted with a terrific blast of heat issuing from the unknown vehicle. Pilot and navigator bailed out while the fighter rammed into a house, causing five deaths.

Carlos Alejo Rodríguez, a trainer pilot for the Uruguayan Air Force, also found himself at the receiving end of a heat weapon of some sort when he approached a large discoidal UFO flying over the Curubelo Air Force Base. The sudden surge of suffocating heat caused the startled pilot to break off his pursuit and return to the base.

Helicopters have, on occasion, had cause to defend themselves from intruders: In January 1974, the crew of a Marine UH-1E helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft wing flying from Quantico, Va. to Beaufort, S.C. found itself having to stand tall against a silver-white UFO heading on a collision course toward the helo. The pilot engaged in evasive action only to discover that the featureless object was able to match his dodging effortlessly and even pull alongside until it filled the cockpit's view. Disregarding the rules of engagement, the gunner fired tracers point-blank at the UFO with no apparent effect. But to the surprise of all aboard, the huge object peeled away with a slight wobble before receding into the distance.

Lest the reader suspect that these incidents belong to the "heroic past" of UFO research, it is well worth remembering that the most graphic cases of UFO-military aircraft interaction occurred in the late Eighties, when the US Navy lost two F-14 Tomcats while intercepting a giant triangular object over Cabo Rojo, P.R.. The magnitude of the incident apparently forced all military flights over the island to take off with their full complement of missile pods, and prompted PRANG (Puerto Rico National Air Guard) to replace its ageing fleet of Grumman A-7's with F-15's.

The final question is always: does Earth stand a chance against a bona fide extraterrestrial attack? There is evidence that terrestrial air forces have tried to develop deterrents against this unknown threat since the 1950s. It has been suggested that the formation of the USAF's Space Command in 1985 (ostensibly in charge of all satellite operations) was the first step in providing a capability against an attack from space. Upon close inspection, the SDI program (alternatively known as "Star Wars" or the "Peace Shield") applications appear better suited to repel a space-based threat than an atmospheric one. In September 1985, an F-15 launched an 18 ft. long missile dubbed "Tomato Can" at P871, a solar observation satellite, striking it at 30,000 miles per hour and nearly pulverizing it. While "Tomato Can" accomplished its mission without the benefit of a warhead, one can imagine its capability against "hostile unknowns" if endowed with one.

Model kit hobbyists may recall Aurora's "Ragnarok", a prototype of a U.S. Air Force nuclear-powered and laser-equipped interceptor specifically "developed to
protect the earth from any hostile alien invasion". The detailed 1/200 scale kit provided an informative rundown on the ultimate orbital interceptor, which was 255 feet long and with a weight in excess of 330 tons (heavier than a B-52) and capable of achieving its cruising altitude of 200,000 feet in a startling 8 minutes.

The information went on to state that "protection from alien craft" was provided in the shape of five nuclear rockets and an ingenious manned support craft (a descendant of the D-21 reconnaissance drone carried piggyback by the SR-71?) armed with laser weapons capable of piercing two feet of solid steel. The kit's info blurb ended with a price tag of 100 million dollars for each "Ragnarok".

While the model kit may just have been a fanciful take on the aviation developments that followed one another in the 1960s--U-2s, SR-71s, XB-70s--the fact remains that modeling companies have often "scooped" the Air Force's official acknowledgement of the existence of certain craft, as was the case with the F119 "Stealth" Fighter and the B-2 Bomber. Another modelmaker, Testors, recently made the pages of TIME magazine with a disturbing model kit of a UFO, described as "a scale replica of one of the ships, based on descriptions from Bob Lazar." We can certainly feel confident that there are no Ragnaroks lurking in secret warrens under the Nevada desert, but at some point, a design similar to Aurora's must have been on the drawing boards as a viable response to the threat posed by UFOs, despite Project Blue Book's insistence that "no UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given the indication of being a threat to our national security."

Argentina: "Shining Object" in the Skies of Oro Verde

Argentina: “Shining Object” in the Skies of Oro Verde

Date: 02.14.2012
Source: Diario UNO (Entre Rios) and Planeta UFO

An amateur astronomer noticed that “something at a considerable height” was moving along. It happened on Saturday afternoon between “13:10 and 13:40” hours”. He admitted that it could be a “weather balloon” and managed to photograph it while engaged in yard work.

César Fornari contacted UNO to describe what happened while he trimmed a tree in his backyard. “ I saw a curious object to the southwest at an altitude of 20 degrees,” he said.

He strove for a more technical description while continuing his story. “[the object] made an arc that reached maximum altitude around 70 degrees before heading southeast. It had a rather interesting glow, clearly visible in the blue sky. This means that it was not hard to find it despite the brightness of the day,” said the director of the Galileo Galilei Observatory, which he operates out of his own home.

Later on he added that “it was as readily visible as a 0 Magnitude star” – an allusion to its intense brightness. With regard to this characteristic, Formari added: “Had the sighting occured at night, the spectacle would’ve been completely different.”

Using the movement that we customarily see in the ISS (International Space Station) as a reference, this object was moving at half the speed, or 1/3 that of a commercial airliner. The entire fly-by took place between 13:10 and 13:40 approximately. At first I thought that it was a bag flying at considerable height, but after detailed observation, I realized that it was something at a great height, and I was unable to make out any shape whatsoever,” stated the self-taught student of celestial phenomena.

The question of what he really saw in the sky over Oro Verde remains open. According to his evaluation and experience, he noted that “given its U-shaped trajectory” he discarded all manner of satellites or natural phenomena. It could be a weather ballon, since it had no fixed route and oscillated in its trajectory. I nonetheless still have my doubts.”

...and a follow-up to the same sighting by the same digital newspaper...

Following the sighting of a strange object over Oro Verde on Saturday afternoon, an employee of a downtown service station in the city of Paraná also claimed having had a similar experience, although in her case, it was at night.

Maria Salzmann, a worker at the Automovil Club Argentino station on the corner of Buenos Aires and Laprida Streets, told UNO her experience: “On Saturday, while at ACA, I went to change in order to work the night shift, and when I was in the women’s lounge patio putting on my shoes, I happened to look up and saw something that flew by incredibly fast.

Impassioned, the 30-year-old woman said that “the light wasn’t very strong, but it was solid and unblinking.” Startled, she realized that the object did not look like anything known to her: “I had the time to notice if it was an airplane or a helicopter, but no. Besides, it passed by too close to me. I saw it for some six or seven seconds.”

The time was 21:30 and she was alone. She quickly went to tell her co-workers, who said they hadn’t seen a thing. “It shocked me because it was clearly nothing known, it was something odd. It was a UFO to me. I told my co-workers immediately and texted my husband.”

A co-worker told me that Diario UNO had published a story about something seen on Saturday that was similar to what I’d seen. So I went and checked, and that’s why I decided to get in touch with you,” she said to this digital newspaper, regarding what had been seen by Cesar Fornari on Saturday in Oro Verde.

We saw something similar not long ago in Uspallata, near Chile. We were eating at a restaurant and suddenly saw a light approaching at high speed before it disappeared. We were left in suspense, watching it until it vanished. It was the same thing. The same light traveling quickly,” Maria noted.

(Translation (c) 2012 S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Paraguay: A UFO over Loma Pyta?

Is the incipient UFO wave in Argentina beginning to have a ripple effect to neighboring countries? Guillermo Gimenéz alerts us to a video posted to YouTube suggesting that Paraguay -- absent from UFO chronicles since UFOs were reported over the community of Luque in March 2010 -- has experienced "strange object" sightings.

The text accompanying the video states that a group of young men was playing soccer at a neighborhood football field when they were startled by the presence of red lights some seventy meters from their position. A boy from the community of Loma Pyta named Ulises González was the one who saw the unidentified flying objects.

"Ulises," reads the original text, "was alerted by his 4-year-old niece, who had seen strange lights in the sky. He was playing football with some friends only blocks away from the El Portal shopping center.'s newsroom was visited by Ronald Maidana, who said that the lights were two at first and later became four. "The formed a lazy L-shape, lying on tis back, and then headed westward toward Argentina," he explained.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Argentina: Latest Reports from CEUFO (La Pampa)

Argentina: Latest UFO Reports from CEUFO
By Fabio I. Romano, La Pampa

Several qualified witnesses claim having seen the movement of an orange triangular object with rounded edges and a round yellow center in the sky. According to two witnesses in the western part of town, they were able to distinguish and provide references for what they observed for nearly 5 minutes.

Around 22:30 on Sunday, a senior commander of the local firefighters, accompanied by another person, notified me immediately and provided broad details on the event.

One of the witnesses made it clear that the object was toward the southwest, at the height of a 33 KWH power line in the area. It later moved slowly northward. The object that drew their attention was mistaken at first for an aerostat, and followed closely due to the concern that it could kick off a new source of wildfires. But this concern was dismissed immediately.

He states that the UFO was a perfectly defined orange triangle with rounded edges and a pale-yellow coloring at its center. The object maintained its shape at all times and notes that its [apparent] size was some 35 cm per side.

This detail is not insignificant, given that he was able to highlight fixed references, estimating size and distance, from his standpoint. He further adds that the object remained visible for nearly five minutes and that the intensity of its light did not change at any moment. It made no noise and did not leave a wake.

The witness was at the entrance to his house, accompanied by another person who confirmed his statements. “I didn’t want to miss any details. We only looked and I didn’t even think to get the camera to photograph it out of a fear of losing it. We followed it with our eyes and lost it behind the hill that’s some 500 meters distant,” he said.

Early in the week, I was able to ascertain that several witnesses had seen the phenomenon and agreed with the observations of the initial witnesses.

A Cylinder with Lights

The repercussions of the aforementioned case have attracted new testimony, but the significant account, offered by an experienced aviator and his wife a week after this event, allow us to say that the phenomenon is displaying itself unabashedly in various sectors.

These two people state that on Saturday, 28 January, a large grey cylindrical object with three equidistant lights in its interior flew over them at low altitude.

The sighting occurred in [the town] of Miguel Riglos at one o’clock in the morning, and was seen from their back yard at the time that they were entertaining a relative. Both noticed a strange object with lights crossing the clear skies from the west, following a steady eastward path. It was a large grey cylinder with rounded edges and three white lights inside it.

A thunderstorm was approaching at that time, but the moment that the sighting occurred, the sky was clear. They stated: “The object was large, about the size of a pickup truck.” The fleeting vision startled them and they immediately headed to the other side without seeing it further.

That same day, at a time estimated to be the same as the recent sighting, other sources that prefer to remain confidential noted that while on their way to Macachín, a large opaque white light was seen suspended at the edge of Provincial Route One and that it turned off immediately.

With increasing assiduousness, more people are coming forward with significant details of UFO experiences. Societal awareness, emerging from research and dissemination of events, has forced us to be cautious.

There aren’t given times according to the calendar, nor sure-fire advice on how to be a witness. However, there are always triggers for this so-called anomalous phenomenon. The fact is that it is increasingly familiar, and in fact, the presence of strange forms, movements and maneuvers has drawn the attention of entire communities.

The significant number of arguments wielded as a result of the sightings that have taken place recent days leads me to believe that we are facing a new and evident flap of unidentified flying objects.

Freely and providing a wealth of details, qualified accounts from various professionals, with the unconditional support of their families – including young children – leads one to believe that for some reason, the phenomenon is making itself far too evident. In the last 15 days, the affluence of eyewitness accounts has been particularly rich and abundant.

The various maneuvers and movements of strange lights in the Pampean sky, particularly in the region of Macachín, Miguel Riglos and Alpachiri, are proof that an activity of unknown purpose has begun.

As a researcher of the UFO phenomenon, I only have to ask around town and the vicinity about the latest events. Word spreads quickly and new testimonies are quick to emerge. Some are exceedingly cautious; others, with total freedom, discuss the fleeting sightings with a variety of interpretations. With fervor and enthusiasm, the experiences are remarked and given the ease with which information is conveyed; the stories and evidence can be immediately evaluated. The possibilities are many, but as well as the eyewitness accounts, they all agree on one thing: intense UFO activity.

At this time, the number of sightings isn’t the only feature that draws our attention, but rather their persistence and the variety of opinion on the subject. According to the data received, the patterns appear to be the same. Manifestation of a strange light of considerable size in the clear sky, maneuvers and slow movement with a sighting that lasts up to five minutes.

Nearly all agree on having seen – at various altitudes – colored spheres of various sizes, some of which subdivide into equal parts at very low altitude and fly off before reaching the horizon. Spheres, triangles and stylized cylinders display themselves with majesty.

The testimony of the first witness and his companion, and that of the residents of the western area of Macachín, leads us to think that the maneuvering ability is far different from what we know. In a single day, with a minimum difference in time and cardinal points, the manifestation of these objects leads us to think that several maneuvers could have been involved, without necessarily being the same object. That is to say, more than one phenomenon could be involved.

A variety of shapes with variable sizes, with an [apparent size] of 15 to 70 centimeters. White, blue, green and orange lights ascending and descending, flying in a straight line or moving erratically, separating, making no noise whatsoever, leaving no traces and appearing close at hand, form part of the great mystery. What’s going on? Who’s mobilizing them? What is their goal? To these and hundreds of other questions we seek serious and objective answers.

(Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO and Quique Mario, CEUFO)