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Filer's Files
#52-1998
By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
December 31, 1998

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Senator Barry Goldwater, Alan Sheppard the first American in space, Lt. Col. Corso and Col. Colman Von Keviczky all friends of Ufology passed away in 1998. Senator Goldwater the Republican presidential candidate in 1964 stated: The subject of UFOs is one that has interested me for some long time. About ten years ago, I made an effort to find out what was in the buildings at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where the information is stored that has been collected by the Air Force, and I was understandably denied the request. It is still classified above Top Secret." Thanks to Above Top Secret by Timothy Good. These officers felt the public has a right to be informed about UFOs. We salute these wonderful men who spent much of their lives serving their country and dedicated to exploring for extra-terrestrial life.

MASSACHUSETTS

MIDDLEBORO--On December 10, 1998, the witness spotted a strange brightly lit craft in the sky around 9:00 PM. The craft had numerous red, green, blue and white colored lights. As the witness watched the it broke into two UFOs. The two UFOs flew geometric patterns at high speed around the sky. The colored lights were spectacular and eventually the two UFOs combined into one and shortly there after disappeared. The witness then noticed what he believes were Air Force jets investigating in the same general area as the UFOs.

GEORGIA

TROUP COUNTY-John Thompson State Section Director writes: I am now going to have to reassess what flew over west central Georgia on December 10, 1998, at 10:20-10:30 PM. I have located a witness who was directly under the path of the unknown object. This ex-Air Wing Marine says it was definitely flying under 1,000 feet and when directly overhead was seen only as a fireball of orange-yellow color making a huge roaring noise. On it moving off to the ESE, he said it appeared to have a dark Grey bottom that was slightly illuminated. Now it appeared to be of a long delta shaped craft with a rectangular shaped boxed-off end, with four fires coming out of the "box." (Note: See other witness in initial e-mail description who said its end was boxed-shaped.) He said he saw no wings, per-se, no airplane lights, and that it looked much like drawings of the Aurora craft that is alleged to be flying. He wondered if it was a cruise missile of some kind but said the craft was considerably bigger than an F-16. Total time of hearing the unknown object was nearly 10 minutes! The racket it made he said in both intensity and duration was like no other aircraft he has ever heard. He, like many others, also wondered if it was not a jet aircraft of some sort that was fixing to crash. The speed of the unknown object was slower than a jet but he thought faster than a prop plane. Unlike most witness, who heard a loud roaring noise for only 2-3 minutes, this witness was outside the entire time when the unknown object passed eastward and he heard it from beginning to end. Another witness, seven miles north, at where Highway 100 intersects Highway. 27 south of Franklin, in Heard County, heard nothing but saw a bluish-red fireball with short tail. This 48 year old witness said that the fireball, which had no sparkler effect but seemed to be rolling, was three-quarters the size of a full moon. It flew level across nearly 45 degrees of sky in three seconds. While this witness is sure she and her 17 year old nephew saw this at between 10 and 10:30 PM, like all others, she is not certain if it was on 12/10/98 (a Thursday). She is certain that it was on a weekday night during that same week. She says what they saw was not an airplane or "shooting star." Her description, however, suggests a spectacular meteorite, which is what I initially thought the 12/10/98 unknown object was. There is another witness who lives in the Liberty Hill area of extreme southwest Heard County, one mile from my house, he says he thought it was a dirigible! There is obviously considerable confusion on what passed through three counties going towards Savannah and possibly Ft. Stewart on 12/10/98 between 10:20 and 10:30 PM. A meteorite, cruise missile, black budget craft, disabled military aircraft, UFO imitator, or even true UFO are options. It should be remembered that in the Troup-Heard Corridor during 1994-1995 there were several reports of a low-flying, slow- moving and loud roaring to "rumbling" UFO documented. The FAA has not replied thus yet; while they, most likely will have no radar data (assuming the altitude of the unknown object was extremely low) they could have voice communication between pilots. LaGrange's Callaway Airport said they had no pilot reports but did not think it was a dirigible or blimp as they usually are given a "clearance" notice when one flies over the area. Initial description: This occurred at night and my wife and I both saw whatever it was that made the "racket"--as many witnesses described it. We heard it, like nearly all, for at least two minutes; possibly even three minutes. I've seen many jets fly over but I've never seen one like this! What my immediate reaction was on hearing and seeing it, was than it was a spectacular meteorite that seem to be going too slow. But the path and length of noise heard are consistent with an airplane. What is not consistent was the huge rocket like noise and the large fireball at its rear. I can only assume that the jet--if that is what it was--had some kind of engine trouble that was emitting fire for over 45 seconds, the interval we had it in sight. Since e-mailing you, I have talked to an individual just north of our house who said it was a "box shaped," rear ended, jet that had blue, red and white lights. I also talked to a Meriwether Sheriffs Dept. dispatcher, 30 miles to the East in Greenville, who saw it. She said that it had a blinking red light and that the sky was completely clear where she was located. There are over 20 people who heard it, but usually could not see it because of cloud cover over most of the area. Considering these two witnesses, and despite what we saw, it must have been some kind of plane with jet engine problems. Then again, it may well have been someone trying to generate a UFO report. What kind of plane flies over that rattles windows 15 miles away in at least three counties and yet is going below the speed of sound? Since the Art Bell LaGrange report of July 1997, I have seen several of these unusual events. Remember, the huge red light plane seen here twice over the Troup-Heard Corridor that reek of UFO simulations. I have to wonder is someone is trying to create UFO reports for unknown reasons? I cannot imagine, what it must have sounded like inside that plane? At a distance many witness said it sounded like thunder. Closer up, the loud rocket-like roaring noise sounded like the aircraft was about to crash.. So far I have received no reply from the FAA on anomalous radar/voice communication data or Tim Long of Georgia Tech on seismic data. I want to emphasize I am not sending this as a UFO report. Incidentally, if you follow the azimuth of 110 degrees from southwest Heard County (just north of Glenn) through Greenville, Meriwether County, the flight-path of this "plane" would have been towards Hunter Air Field, south of Savannah. I believe this "racket and fire maker" would have also passed over an area where other UFO reports were investigated by Chief last year: Jeff Davis County. A curious coincidence? Best Regards, John Thompson gin@wp-lag.mindspring.com
Editor's Note: Hunter Air Field is only a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean and has one of the longest and strongest runways in the US. Interestingly it was designed to handle aerospace craft.

CYLINDRICAL UFO FLIES OVER LONDON

On Thursday, December 16, 1998, at 9:05 a.m., David W., his wife and two children were driving on Manthorpe Road, heading into Brewery Road in London when they spotted a UFO. "The sky was clear blue, with slightly patchy cloud near the horizon," Dave reported, describing the UFO as "a solid white cylinder, smooth but reflective surface with rounded edges, no visible wings, markings or other appendages." The UFO, he added, "flew like a slow-moving missile, travelling 'a level straight line' east to west, from Abbey Wood to central London. Thanks to Marc Bell and Errol Bruce-Knapp.

EDMONTON-On November 17, 1998, north of London a triangular shaped craft was sighted flowing low over just after midnight. Observers of the Leonid meteor shower reported seeing a low flying craft with triangular shape. There were a dozen amber lights coming from the craft that appeared to flying at a high altitude. This report was sent from England and carried in FF #49, but apparently originated with Victor Kean who should have been credited. Thanks to Victor Kean.

AUSTRALIA CONTROVERSEY

Robert Frola writes that his group cannot confirm Ross Dowe's report you posted on #50 of Filer's Files: A message dated December 10, 1998, from Ross Dowe of the Australia National UFO Hotline reads: The Hotline has been very busy taking sighting reports from most parts of Australia over the last 48 hours. UFO reports are coming from Melbourne, Victoria; Perth, Western Australia; Darwin, Northern Territory; Brisbane, Queensland; Canberra, Australian Capital; and Albury, New South Wales. All these reports are similar in nature. Respondents are claiming that they have sighted a very large black or dark triangular shaped object with an illuminated array underneath, descriptive of "Ezekiel's wheel." The UFO was seen standing still, rotating and moving slowly passing overhead. Ross Dowe (ippoz@eisa.net.au) Robert Frola writes: There has been no activity that I am aware of as all groups in Australia are in communication with each other. On the contrary, it has been very quiet, with little or no reports coming through. There were reports from Darwin and the Northern Territory, but they were not what Ross is reporting to you. Here is what Diane Harrison posted:

NORTHERN TERRITORY: From local Northern Territory News by Maria Billias 12/14/98. UFO reports in the Territory have increased astronomically, with the latest sightings occurring in Katherine yesterday morning. UFO Researcher Keith Douglass of Unidentified Flying Objects Research, Alice Springs, yesterday said UFO sightings were reported to him every two or three days. And he said reports had soared, not just in the Territory, but all over the world. Mr Douglass said: "It's bigger than anyone could imagine. "UFO sighting is on the increase because it's becoming more acceptable not to be called an idiot.
TENNIS "A lot of people are seeing them in the Territory especially, with strange lights being reported on average every two or three days. Mr. Douglass said the most recent sighting came from Katherine early yesterday morning, with two tennis-sized red ball illuminating the sky. He said: "I think there is something going on out there. Warwick S said: The time was 2.10am I had gone out side to have a smoke and enjoy the beautiful night/ early morning. I said a prayer, looked up and around the Milky Way that hung there in the sky. I saw a shooting star and then to my right a flashing light approaching, the lights caught my attention. At first I thought it was a plane as the Airport isn't far away. It flew past me slowly observing me and letting me observe them. It maintained the same speed around (5 km/h ) and then flew out to sea. It was 20 meters in height. Objects lights were blue, red, yellow, and orange. The objects were oval with light through the middle. The witness was scared, excited, overwhelmed, and disappointed because they didn't stop to chat during the ten minute sighting. Thanks to Diane Harrison and Robert Frola.

FAMED REMOTE VIEWER TO REVEAL ALIEN SECRETS

Ingo Swann, a gifted natural psychic who was one of the first and most influential members of the U.S. government's super-secret remote viewing program, has recently announced the forthcoming publication of a new book in which, he says, he will reveal astonishing secrets about alien activity. The book is called "Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy." A brief description now posted on the web says that Swann was part of an unnamed "deep black" agency with an extraordinary focus: "UFOs and extraterrestrials on the moon, and worries about ET telepathic/mind control powers." Swann says this group used to meet in an underground facility near Washington, D.C., but was so secretive that it left no paper trail. He says the only secrecy oaths he took were verbal, not written, and that they have recently expired, so now he can reveal some of his official knowledge concerning UFOs and aliens. During his time with the secret agency, Swann says, he was taken to a remote lake in Alaska where he witnessed a large triangular UFO at close range.. Swann was reportedly told that this kind of craft emerged from the Alaskan lake every day. Swann's main concern is the undeveloped nature of human telepathy and its contrast with "the probable existence of fully developed alien telepathy." Swann also says he will reveal new secrets of the moon, its origins, its atmosphere, its occupants and many other features." More information at: http://www.biomindsuperpowers.com/Pages/PenetrationCovers.html>. Thanks to Skye Turell for bringing this story to our attention.

ROSWELL PHOTO CONTROVERSY CONTINUES

Did a space craft crash near Roswell in 1947? Photographs now being examined may show possible strange symbols and writing that seem unlikely to be engraved or embossed on Mogul balloon materials and a radar target like kite. Numerous books have been written claiming an alien craft crashed, but they are based mostly on forty or fifty year old memories and testimony. Intelligence officer Major Jessie Marcel had picked up some of the debris on a ranch near Roswell, showed it to his family and brought it to Roswell Air Base for examination. On July 8, Colonel Blanchard announced that the Army Air Force had captured a flying saucer. Major Marcel and the debris were flown to Fort Worth, Texas. James Bond Johnson was ordered by his newspaper the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to go to the base and photograph the debris. When he arrived at the Eighth Air Force Commander's office, he was met by Colonel Dubose the Chief of Staff. General Ramey was not there, but a still wrapped package of debris was on the floor. Colonel Dubose and Bond Johnson unwrapped the debris and spread it out to prepare for the photo shoot. Respected researchers have maintained that the real alien debris had been switched. In the book, The Roswell Incident, by Charles Berlitz and William Moore on Page 35 it states: "Actually," said Major Jesse Marcel, shown kneeling here amid what he described as some of the less spectacular pieces of wreckage, "this material may have looked like tinfoil and balsa wood, but the resemblance ended there." At first newsmen were permitted only as close to this material as was necessary to take the picture. Later, after torn-up pieces of an actual weather device had been substituted for the real wreckage on General Ramey's orders, press photographers were permitted to examine at will. Editor's Note: One problem we have is that Moore offered three different versions of the quotes attributed to Marcel, first in his book, then when he sent out his notes, and finally in his magazine, FOCUS. The controversy continues.

KEVIN RANDLE writes: I think it is time to review the various tales told by J. Bond Johnson as he continues to tell us about the photographs he took in General Ramey's office. I think we now agree that he took six pictures rather than the two that he originally claimed. The evidence here is the quality of the pictures. They all look basically the same, have the same lighting and angles, the debris in the pictures, and RAMEY'S HAT and tie on the radiator. (Yes, examine the picture carefully and you'll see a brigadier general's star on the cap and not a major's leaf.) Now, Johnson is telling us that when he entered Ramey's office, Colonel DuBose was there and they unwrapped the debris while waiting for Ramey to arrive. What Johnson said to me originally was "So I drove directly to Carswell [though in 1947 it would have been the Fort Worth Army Air Field] and my recollections are now I went in and I opened my carrying case with my Graphic [camera] and I had just brought one holder with me with two pieces of the four by five film. I posed General Ramey with this debris..." Notice that he said nothing about unwrapping debris or anything else at this point. This is all based on what he told me during our first conversations in early 1989 and are, of course, on audio tape. Johnson reported in February 1998 that "I was met by COL DuBose and ushered into Ramey's office. Dubose (sic) went to find Ramey. I used that time to further unwrap and arrange the debris." When he was challenged on this point, that he was unwrapping the material in General Ramey's office, the story shifted subtly. Now we learn, "When he arrived at the Eighth Air Force Commander's office, he was met by Colonel Dubose (sic) the Chief of Staff. General Ramey was not there, but a still wrapped package of debris was on the floor. Colonel Dubose and Bond Johnson unwrapped the debris and spread it out to prepare for the photo shoot. Fifteen minutes later, General Ramey arrived clutching a piece of paper..." Once again Johnson raises the question of when Ramey told him it was a weather balloon. "No one seemed to know the exact identity of the debris." Not according to Johnson himself. He told me, in 1989 in two separate interviews that Ramey told him it was a weather balloon. To quote Johnson, once again, "I posed General Ramey with this debris. At that time I was briefed on the idea that it was not a flying disc as first reported, but in fact, was a weather balloon that had crashed." There was no misunderstanding here. That quote came in the middle of a long narration by Johnson. My original question had been just to have him relate, in detail, what happened. I was not questioning him closely so that he was confused and I did not put words in his mouth. Those were his own memories until he decided that he must have photographed the "real" stuff. Johnson posted, on the Internet, a "press release" in which he alleged that the University of Texas at Arlington held the photographs under high security, that they were arranging a special public showing of huge blowups of the photos and that the University and the Air Force had fought about the photos. According to the University, none of this is true either. When I ordered the blowups for analysis, I was told, without asking, that these tales were not true. There was no special security, there was no planned show, and there had been no fight with the Air Force. I could go on with other Johnson misrepresentations, but is there any real point. Johnson has changed his story significantly, he changes when facts suggest a version of his tale to be wrong, and he keeps inventing new details to thrill us all because he is the "Roswell Photographer." Isn't it time to stop reporting his tales. They only confuse the issue rather than clarify it. His transparent attempt to read the "Ramey message" with all sorts of references to "victims" and "wreckage" and a second site at "Magdalena" have not been duplicated by other researchers. The interpretations of the message leave a great deal to be desired. Thanks to Kevin Randle

RESPONSE FROM JAMES BOND JOHNSON: There remain two unwrapped packages of the debris in clear view in the Ramey office photos, including in the Newton photo. Bob Durant and others continue to expose their ignorance re the remarkable findings of the RPIT (Roswell Photo Interpretation Team) volunteers. Instead of embarrassing himself with his ignorance by taking cheap pot shots at this very dedicated international group of photo analysts, they MIGHT have joined this distinguished group in their quest to finally solve the Riddle of Roswell. How can fully displayed symbols and other anomalous objects carefully unearthed from the Ramey office photos be dubbed "fantasies?" Again and again the RPIT has invited wider assistance and has NOT drawn any final conclusions as to the preliminary revelations of their remarkable findings! Durant --along with other UFOlogists -- have been invited repeatedly to roll up their sleeves and PARTICIPATE in this fascinating project.
Second, Johnny Mann, when he was in Roswell with Major Jesse Marcel, Sr. showed Marcel the pictures in THE ROSWELL INCIDENT. Mann says that Marcel told him those pictures had been staged. There is NO dispute that the pictures taken of Major Marcel were staged. I staged them. It has been published repeatedly that I helped to unpack the "flying saucer" crash debris that Marcel couriered from Roswell to Fort Worth on orders of General Ramey. Then I "posed" -- arranged, displayed -- the junk in an attempt to make a meaningful photo record and then took the six famous pictures of Major Marcel, General Ramey and Colonel examining the debris. There is NO issue here. As far as I know, that is the only time that Marcel referred to those pictures. See website at: http://adm2.ph.man.ac.uk/ftw-pics/index.htm. Thanks to Colonel James Bond Johnson

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