On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 June 17

On this day in 1947 three platter-shaped discs were seen hovering in the sky for a period of three hours over Bremerton, Washington from late in the afternoon until evening. The objects wavered as they flew, and shot off at extreme speeds toward the west. (Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 26, 1947).

Oskar Linke and his 11-year-old daughter saw two little men in silver suits in a forest outside of Hasselbach, Germany in 1950. His motorcycle had gotten a flat tire and they were pushing it toward the village around 2:30 a.m. when his daughter Gabriele pointed to what she thought was a young deer about 150 yards away. He approached and realized that what she had seen were apparently human figures, wearing shimmering metallic clothing. They stood about 1.5 meters (4 feet) in height, and one of them wore a light on its chest that flashed at regular intervals. He stealthily approached to about 30 feet from them, peering over a small ridge. Next to them was a pan-shaped disc, approximately 40-50 feet (15-20 meters) in diameter. The object was metallic and had two rows of holes along the sides each about a foot in diameter, spaced 1.5 feet apart. Out of the top rose a ten-foot high black, cylindrical "conning tower."

When his daughter called to him it apparently alarmed the two figures, for they rushed back to the object, clambering up the side of the conning tower and disappearing inside. The outer rim of the disc in which the holes were sunk began to glow a blue-green color, and a humming sound started. As the glow and sound increased, the tower was retracted into the center of the object, and the whole object rose from the ground. From the swirling effect he got the impression the object was spinning like a top. The color of the disc turned to red as it took off. A two-meter circular depression of compressed ground, freshly made, was found at the landing site, with ground indentations. At the time Mr. Linke lived in communist controlled East Germany. He told his story to a judge and U.S. Military intelligence when he was able to cross into West Germany two years later. (Source: Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, pp. 8-9, citing Leonard Cramp, Piece for a Jig-Saw, p. 158. This case is often erroneously cited as occurring in 1952).

Two cases from Project Blue Book's list of unexplained reports occurred on this day in 1952. On Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a bright light crossed the sky in front of a USAF F-94 fighter plane at 1:28 a.m. local time. The light was observed for 15 seconds. Later that evening at McChord AFB outside of Tacoma, Washington many military observers tracked 5-6 discs with a theodolite as USAF F-94 jets pursued them. (Source: Project Blue Book, cases #1299 and #1298).

In 1955 a silver, oblong object hovered over Adelaide, South Australia at 2:15 p.m. The object was viewed through binoculars, and was seen to hide in some clouds when a plane approached. (Source: Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume I, p. 135).

In 1956 a bright blob of light zoomed away when approached by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Vampire jet interceptor, near Ohakea AFB, New Zealand. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 28). In Abingdon, England on this night in 1966, an astronomer, a second scientist, and five others watched a domed disc w headlights maneuver in the sky for 90 minutes, beginning at 8:50 p.m. (Source: Flying Saucer Review, September-October 1966, p. 27). Four pinkish-white football-shaped objects, flying in a rectangular formation, paced a private plane flying between Ladd and Peru, Illinois in the early morning hours of this day in 1969. (Source: Data-Net Report, April 1971). In 1971 at 9:40 p.m. a domed disc with flashing red and green lights repeatedly buzzed the Smith family farmhouse in Gorae West, Victoria, Australia. Watched through binoculars, the Smiths could see that a silver flash emanated from the object when it swooped low over the farmyard. It moved back and forth at high speed for 55 minutes. (Source: Portland (Victoria) Observer, June 21, 1971). In 1972 a 350-meter wide bright orange object descended near George Air Force Base in California at 11:50 p.m. More than thirty base personnel witnessed it. (Source: APRO Bulletin, May 1972).

In 1977 a 29-year-old man returned home in Austin, Texas at about 2:00 a.m. He saw a light in the distance he thought was an airplane but heard no engine sound. The object, a yellow-orange disc, flew along the shoreline of the lake, passing in front of the witness at his lake front home, and flew from view into the distance. (Source: MUFON Investigation files, case #890709). That same day in Portugal near the Castelo de Bode dam, a Portuguese Air Force Dornier 27 aircraft encountered a dark daylight object about 13-15 meters in diameter as it flew out of some clouds. The magnetic compass onboard the plane malfunctioned during this close encounter. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 50).

Themes: UFOs pursued by military aircraft. Ground traces.