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Filer's Files
#13-2001
By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
March 27, 2001

George Filer: Majorstar@verizon.net
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ARE UFO's A THREAT TO AIRCRAFT SAFETY?

In this weeks files we review UFOs and aircraft safety. UFOs were observed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Illinois, Washington, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and France. The Bolivian Air Force chased a UFO with a jet over La Paz. Leonard Stringfield one of the greatest Ufologists of all time told me of his meeting with Robert C. Gardner an UFO investigator who had interviewed General Benjamin Chidlaw, then in charge of US Eastern Air Defense. Later General Chidlow became head of the Air Defense Command. In his book "Saucer Post.. 3-0 Blue" by Leonard Stringfield reveals in the course of the half hour interview General Chidlaw stated the following,

"We have stacks of reports about flying saucers. We take them seriously when you consider we have lost many men and planes trying to intercept them." Later work, supporting Gardner's statement came from a Cinninnatian, who, with rank in the Air Force Reserve, had access to certain bits of off-the-record information. It was during the Cincinnati flap of 1955, that he related to a GOC supervisor, who in turn told me that the Air Force was losing almost a plane a day." Page 91.

If these statements are true I can understand the government secrecy. As I write this it was announced that an Army RC-12 twin engine crashed in Germany and two Air Force F-15s crashed into a mountain on a clear day in Scotland. My aircrew was asked to intercept a UFO by London Control over England. We dove on the hovering UFO flying above the red lined speed of our aircraft. Fortunately the plane held together, but the excitement of the chase can cause accidents. I had a huge solid return on my radar as we dove near the UFO it suddenly launched into space. There are other unexplained crashes of our aircraft.

Thirteen months ago, Alaska Airlines Flight 26 plummeted into the Pacific off Southern California and 88 people were killed. The families have filed a claim against the Federal Aviation Administration wanting an explanation why their loved ones were killed. The Boeing MD-83 actually manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, which has since merged with Boeing is blamed for the crash. Failure of the plane's jackscrew assembly, a part in the tail section that helps control the up-and-down movements of the aircraft, is suspected as the cause of the crash. However, the real question is what caused the jackscrew to fail?

Allegedly a happy married pilot chose to commit suicide and kill the occupants of EgyptAir Flight 900. Loved ones of the flight crew have contacted me and were outraged at this explanation for the crash. Is it possible the pilot dove his plane to avoid a collision? An Army C-23 Sherpa aircraft mysteriously lost its tail (horizontal stabilizer) and apparently part of its wing prior to crashing and killing 21 on March 3, 2001. No evidence of explosion, fire, mechanical problems or even serious weather phenomenon is reported. Yet, a slow moving prop planet mysteriously crashed. Despite reports of bad weather, the Sheriff claims it did not start raining until he had reached the crash site fifteen minutes after the plane crashed. See Filers files for photos of the C-23 crash.

These crashes have been going on for fifty years and its time to realize the UFOs in our skies may be responsible. These may not represent attacks or hostile action. They may the result of tremendously powerful machines coming too close to our aircraft, or our pilots attempting to avoid a mid air collision. Dan Wilson of Panesville, Ohio kindly sent me data on numerous mysterious crashes. He pointed out that a UFO was sighted in South Carolina the same day as the C-23 crash occurred not far away in Georgia. On several occasions when MUFON personnel attempted to investigate UFOs their plane mysteriously crashed or they were found dead under mysterious circumstances. I will admit that much of this is speculation based on circumstantial evidence, but isn't it time to look at some of the facts?

SOUTH CAROLINA OVAL SHAPED UFO

ST. GEORGE -- It was oval shaped with several lights, and about the length of a pickup. It was an oval shaped object observed on March 2, 2001. It had flashing white lights on the bottom. I saw it just over a cornfield that Thursday night at 12:31 AM. It just hovered in one spot and then it shot off. I didn't even see it leave. I ran home immediately and told everyone. They didn't believe me. I hope you do. Thanks to NUFORC www.ufocenter.com.

FLORIDA TWO SILENT WEST BOUND OBJECTS GULF COAST OF FLORIDA

SARASOTA -- I live in Bradenton, Florida, have been a letter carrier for thirty years and I am currently 53-years old. I was an Air Force dependent and spent three years in the US Army 1966-69 serving a year combat tour in Vietnam. On the morning of Sunday, March 11, 2001, my wife and I took four of our dogs to Sarasota. I was about 50 yards in front of my wife, when I heard the noise of a small plane overhead and looked up. I located the plane another object caught my eye at 9:45 AM. This object was light gray and circular. Seagulls are common here but it did not waver or move erratic as they do. It was obvious this object was moving in a direct line westward. I then noticed another object of the same description in what appeared to be about a quarter mile a part traveling same direction and speed as the first. Other than the small plane's engine, there were no other sounds of aircraft. However, my years around all types of aircraft left me with the certainty that these two objects were not normal aircraft. There were no distinctive markings, lights, or other features; just to very light gray circular objects. Editor's Note: Peter Davenport called me last week and we discussed several cases. He indicated this witness was quite credible and this a good report. NUFORC www.ufocenter.com.

ALABAMA UFO BUZZES SMALL PLANE

IRVINGTON -- On Sunday, February 18, 2001, at 6:25 p.m., a small private plane was making its approach into the airport in Mobile, Alabama, when the youthful pilot spotted a blue UFO. The pilot, his brother, and a male friend of their father, who was serving as the check pilot saw the object. According to the witness, his "Dad's friend is a commercial and instrument-rated pilot." The young pilot described the UFO as "a large blue light, fast-moving." He added, "I'm a private pilot. I had just gone flying and was on my way home when, to the left of me, a blue light appeared and shot forward at an incredible rate of speed. It then arced upward and streaked into the sky." At the time of the encounter, their single-engine propellor plane was passing over Irvington near Mobile. Thanks to Peter B. Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center report www.ufocenter.com. NUFORC

NATIONAL AVIATION REPORTING CENTER ON ANOMALOUS PHENOMENA

The distinguished researcher Dr. Richard Haines (NASA, Ret.) has, with Ted Roe, recently helped to establish a new national organization called NARCAP. The latter is singular among world organizations in providing a completely confidential center where pilots, air traffic controllers, and radar operators can report their sightings of anomalous phenomena which threaten aviation safety. These reports can be made confidentially by telephone and Internet. The Center is staffed by technical specialists who -- in contrast to current civilian and government institutions -- will not endanger air safety by either skewing or suppressing the reports. These specialists tentatively include Joel Bartlett (Meteorology), Capt. Neil Daniels (Pilot), Susan Dreiske (Information technology & science), James McCampbell (Engineering Physics), James E. McClenahen (Air Traffic Control, FAA regulations, Brian E. Smith (Aerodynamics), Willy Smith (Physics, Field Investigations), and Robert Stahl (Flight Instructor, Accident investigation, Systems Engineering). Dr. Haines states in his PRESS RELEASE, among other things, that "Based on a comprehensive review of past US pilot, radar operator, and controller reports, we believe there is a potential and ongoing threat to aviation safety posed by so-called anomalous aerial phenomena... We would like to work with the nation's airlines to implement special pilot training classes directly related to coping with such close encounters in the air." For further information contact Ted Roe, Executive Director NARCAP, PO Box 140, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 (T: 831-338-4783). www.narcap.org. Thanks to Dr. Robert Trundle

NEW YORK UFOs

LAKE ONTARIO - Tim Beckley writes UFO reports over Lake Ontario are nothing new. We published photos in UFO REVIEW and UFO UNIVERSE showing the UFOs in flight. We even gave the photos to Omni magazine to publish but they never published. Tom Grey was one of my contacts up in Canada. There was also a fellow with a talk show. I once gave a talk over on the Canadian side in and I remember they had all kinds of stories to tell. The objects would come right down over the barge lane and go into the water so the guys working on the barges would know something. I wonder if there is a barge workers union or something like that? www.webufo.net, www.mrcreepo.com. Thanks to Tim Beckley MRUFO@webtv.net

PENNSYLVANIA ZIG-ZAGGING LIGHT

INDIANA COUNTY -- On the evening of March 19, 2001, at approximately 7:50 P.M., a witness observed an odd light source in the southern sky that was a "wide band of white light." This solid band of light began to move east. It then made a clockwise loop and it continued to rotate until it returned to the position where it had started the loop movement. At that point, the band suddenly changed and became just a white dot of steady light, which quickly turned to a red color. The red light began a series of about eleven zig-zagging maneuvers as it moved towards the southeast. Suddenly, the red light vanished. At the time of the observation the sky was clear. The witness who was standing outside in his front yard, indicated that the entire sighting lasted less than a minute. This sighting took place in the vicinity of the Homer City power station in Indiana County. UFO sightings have been active in this area ever since the power plant was constructed in the 196'0s. Thanks to Stan Gordon, PA UFO Hotline: 724-838-7768 http://www.westol.com/~paufo

MARYLAND VIDEO OF RODS, CYLINDERS AND DISCS

BALTIMORE - Bill Bean sent me a video with numerous amazing UFOs. These include UFOs flying over commercial aircraft as they land at Baltimore Airport. Bill video tapes many anomalous objects flying near his Woodlawn home. Some of his friends are joining him in nightly skywatches. They even appeared on Fox 45 Television in an interesting segment showing some of their video. Many of the UFO videos were unexplainable and represent some excellent work. Thanks to Bill Bean for his video and great work.

ILLINOIS MANEUVERING LIGHTS CONTINUE

ROCKFORD -- Todd Livengood writes that I was watching Channel 13 news at ten o'clock this past Sunday, March 18, 2001, and the weatherman reported they had received a lot of phone calls about lights seen from North Main Street. They had a live camera on the street for the whole telecast, but they didn't see anything except for a light that appeared 'mostly' stationary for about 5-6 minutes when they first arrived at the scene. The light then just vanished. The did not show the 'stationary light' during the telecast.

Kristyn S. reports that my mother and I were heading south on Alpine Road on Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at 6:50 PM when she suddenly saw fifteen lights. They were not way up in the sky. They seemed as though they were right close to us. They were individual glowing orange lights. The objects had lights and an aura or haze around them. They were not in a specific formation, but one was way out of the cluster by itself. Some objects emitted other objects. Some objects changed colors. They were traveling quite fast also. Then suddenly they would flash bright white and disappear one at a time. I even saw one split into two and then turn white. It was crazy. We tried to take a photo but by the time we got a camera, there was only one left. It was a weird experience. Thanks to Todd Livengood- lightfate@aol.com

NEW MEXICO, ROSWELL RESEARCH UPDATE

The Roswell research team of Tom Carey and Don Schmitt have just returned from yet another research trip to Roswell, NM as they continue to investigate the most famous UFO case of all time. It was their tenth such trip since teaming-up in May, 1998 for the express purpose of bringing the case to a definitive conclusion, one way or another. As the World War II generation passes on at an ever-increasing rate, the chances of finding firsthand witnesses to the 1947 events correspondingly diminishes at an alarming rate. Even so, the team found a new firsthand witness on this most recent trip. The witness was a member of one of the three 509th bomb groups at Roswell Army Air Force. Prior to takeoff, he checked out the specially prepared B-29 that transported the craft that crashed north of Roswell. The witness stated, "I never saw anything like it before or since." It was fitted in the bombay compartment and turned on its side and flown to Wright Field in Ohio.

The Carey/Schmitt investigative team has also enlisted other researchers in New Mexico to continue the investigation to find the ultimate truth. The team believes that the true impact [crash] site is still to be located. On this most recent trip, the team believes they got within five miles of the true crash site. Carey gave a presentation to 130 people at the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell titled, "Flight to Fort Worth - Beginning of the Cover-up." Thanks to Tom Carey TCarey1947

NEVADA VIDEO OF UFO

LAUGHLIN -- Casey Holt and two of his friends had sighting on Monday, March 5, 2001. There were two bright spherical or oval shaped objects seen during the day at about 2:30 PM drifting slowly from the northeast to the northwest. They seemed quite high but lower than the clouds and about 60 degrees up. The size was 1/16 the diameter of the moon. One object appeared to flash red, blue, dark, and white and rotated in a counterclockwise direction around the more stationary bright white or silvery reflective object. The two objects were seen for a little over ten minutes during which about 1-1/2 minutes of video was taken of the bright white object. The video is in the process of being analyzed. Thanks to Casey Holt caholt@juno.com

WASHINGTON - HIGH SPEED LIGHTS

SEATTLE --I received a phone call from Peter Davenport, reviewing an astounding series of sightings near Seattle on March 13, 2001. Numerous astronomers working with Peter were also startled by the series or reports. Several yellow colored lights flew up Puget Sound to Vancouver Island a distance of 80 to 90 miles in 30 seconds. Moving at an estimated speed of 10,000 mph the object flew parallel to the ground without making any noise. No known celestial object, meteor, bolides could explain the sighting by multiple witnesses. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC www.ufocenter.com

PUERTO RICO UFO

LAS PIÑAS HILL -- Researchers Orlando Pla and Lucy Guzman have brought to our attention a sighting, which took place on March 12, 2001, at 2:00 AM. Witnesses to the event were A. Serrano and A. Leon, who were sitting on their porch at that time and saw a bright light heading toward them from the mountains near Aguas Buenas and over Hwy 1. The object's brightness increased as it approached, as did its size. It flew at low altitude over a farm located some 15 meters away from where the witnesses sat. The flying object was flying in general direction from Puerto Rico's northern coast toward its southern coast, finally vanishing over Las Piñas hill. The 2nd PARTwitnesses did not detect any unusual smells related to the event, but remarked that the sighting left an odd taste in their mouths, which they described as similar to "putting a battery between one's lips." An almost imperceptible buzzing sound, "like that of bees" also accompanied the event. Both witnesses agreed that the object was so bright that it was painful to look at, and that its true shape could not be made out because of the brightness. It appeared to have "something like luminous mirrors" along its bottom section, which seemed to rotate. They estimate that the UFO was some 10 meters in length. Scott Corrales Institute of Hispanic Studies.

BOLIVIA VIDEO OF SATURN SHAPED DISK

COCHABAMBA -- Gabriel Villarroe reports that for the last 70 minutes local television has been taping and showing a UFO over the city on March 26, 2001. Beginning at 7:20 AM up to now the local TV's are taping a UFO with a saucer shape. The object is silver with a sphere and a disk. It looks very much like Saturn through a telescope, with the exception that it moves back and forth in the sky and as crossed over 120 degrees in less than an hour. Thanks to Gabriel Villarroe 591-772-7000 Editor's Note: We are attempting to obtain a copy of this tape.

BOLIVIAN AIR FORCE JET CHASES "UFO FOR 30 MINUTES

LA PAZ - A number of hypotheses, which sought to explain the appearance of an UFO, were systematically discarded by air traffic controllers in La Paz and Cochabamba, as well as by commercial and military pilots. The first sighting of the flying object took place near the city of Cochabamba over the Tunari National Park around 7:30 AM. Following a sequence of rapid movements interrupted by minutes of static flight, the object reached La Paz over which it remained until 8:25 AM. Eyewitness accounts coincide on the description: a spherical object with a metallic sheen, which could not be completely identified due to its sporadic movement. Alerted to the phenomenon, the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) ordered the scramble of a T-33 jet, which unsuccessfully tried to approach the object. "It was a brilliant, metallic-colored sphere, but we could not determine what type of object it was," reported Major Luis Arzabe Torrico, the T-33's pilot, who explained that although his military jet was able to reach an altitude of 42,500 feet, the object maintained the same vertical distance in regard to the aircraft as it did during the jet's takeoff. Minutes after the FAB jet landed at the El Alto Air Base, the object vanished. Several commercial airliner pilots plowing the Lima-La Paz and Cochabamba-La Paz route reported seeing a large object (considerably larger than a passenger aircraft such as a Boeing 747) to the El Alto tower. The object was also picked up by the television cameras of at least two local stations. A technician told the FIDES News Agency that "radars were unable to identify the type of vehicle crossing the skies." Several people tend toward identifying the object as a weather balloon, but its speed and altitude do not lend credence to this hypothesis. Thanks for translation (c) 2001. S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology and Gloria Coluchi.

FRANCE FLYING TRIANGLE SIGHTING

PARIS -- Jonathan Dunford writes, " I'm an ex-patriot who's been living in Paris for 16 years. I must start by saying I am an amateur Ufologist. My French wife has tolerated my interest in the UFO phenomena but has always been skeptical. Last night, March 26, 2001, at about 10:15 P.M., returning in our car from Orleans to Paris (near Antony not far from Orly airport) while driving on the highway we noticed off the shoulder to the right, three white lights in a triangular form with a RED one (somewhat larger) in the middle. The light in the middle was red and the surrounding ones white, I was driving so I didn't get a chance to stare at it...
My wife immediately opened the car window, and noticed the massive structure that at first she thought was sitting on a pole. Then this "thing" disappeared suddenly and with no noise in the fog. It was a classic flying triangle experience. I 'm thrilled as I study the subject with such passion, but have never witnessed a UFO "in the flesh." My wife who never even wanted to hear such a thing now knows that UFOs exist (she is convinced thought that this structure must be terrestrial and some sort of sophisticated military project). I would like to know if any of the many cars on highway reported the incident. Thanks to Jonathan Dunford, Paris dunford@noos.fr

SOUTH AUSTRALIA SIGHTINGS

Dave writes, "The first time I saw a UFO was when I was fourteen years old in 1979. I was walking home about 9.25 PM when a shadow went over my head. I cringed and looked up and saw this incredibly huge dark shape about 100 feet above me traveling north. No sound, no lights -- nothing! It scared the living daylights out of me. I jumped into a bush and watched it pass by. Its shape was circular. I could see the stars outlined all around the object and it cast this monstrous shadow on the ground. Best visual encounter I ever had in my life! I stood there cowering in the bush till it had gone a few miles off and then ran like the wind home! Sure, at the time I was scared, but I wonder what a UFO was doing around my neighborhood. I live about five miles from the RAAF base Edinburgh and UFO's were seen near bases a lot. This is a "Weapons Research Establishment" (W.R.E. - now named DSTO of "Defence and Sciences Technology Organization") Its a hi-tech hub for defense research. Several years ago a journalist disclosed while working on a corporate video for the DSTO he had entered an off-limits hangar that contained saucer shaped craft -- as he described it when noticed in hangar, he was swiftly escorted out and told not to talk about what he had seen. Others have stated that there is a top secret project named "Project Apotheosis" that involves the transport of alien craft from the DSTO to another secret location. Perhaps it was the DSTO that was the focus. After all, some of best defense projects in the world have come from there.

We had other sightings in the 70's as well of strange lights doing right angle turns. The most recent sighting was last month while my brother and I watched a satellite pass overhead. Suddenly a bright light "switched on" in our view up in the sky and became really bright, then moved across the sky at a great pace till it disappeared. It took all of two to three seconds for it all to happen. It was like someone had kicked the engines to life and flattened the throttle. That's the best way I can describe it. Thanks To Dave For His Report

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NEW JERSEY GREAT UFO CONGRESS 2001

BORDENTOWN -- March 31 and April 1, at the Days Inn on Route 206 at the NJ Turnpike Exit #7. Jan Aldrich will talk about his Project 1947 investigations, Don Ecker will discuss the Dark Side of the Moon, Viki Ecker's talk concerns "In Search of the Secret Keepers," Dolores Cannon discusses The Soul, Between Death and Life, Richard Cassaro will speak on the truth concerning Ancient Egypt, , Bob Durant's talk is about The Ramey Memo, and Nancy Talbot talk is on the Physical Evidence regarding plants, soils at crop formation sites. Call Pat Marcatillio for reservations at 609 631-8955

NEW NASA SHUTTLE VIDEO OF UFOs IN SPACE

Jeff Challender has prepared a new tape of various UFOs that were caught on recent Shuttle video footage. Jeff has over an hour long tape of UFOs shot in space. Jeff spends hundreds of hours watching the shuttle broadcasts from space and is now an expert on NASA missions and even those onboard the shuttle are unlikely to see what Jeff does. Using Jeff's directions you will be able to learn the difference between space junk, ice crystals and real UFOs. I feel confident we could go into a court of law and convince any jury that there are UFOs moving at high speed around the Earth. Send $25 to: Jeff Challender 2768 Mendel Way - Sacramento, California 95833-2011

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Filer's Files is copyrighted 2001 by George A. Filer, all rights reserved. Readers may post items from the files on their Web Sites provided that they credit the newsletter and its editor by name and list the date of issue that the item appeared. These reports and comments are not necessarily the official MUFON viewpoint. Send your letters to Majorstar@verizon.net. Sending mail automatically grants permission for us to publish and use your name. Please state if you wish to keep your name, address, or story confidential. Caution, most of these are initial reports and require further investigation.

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