On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 March 18

On this day in 1950, several sightings of daylight discs occurred over the United States, Europe, and South America.

1950 - At the Atlanta Municipal Airport, Georgia six airline pilots on the tarmac reported sighting an aluminum colored disc that flew silently toward the southwest at between 6000 and 7000 feet altitude. It then made an "impossible climb." (Source: Michael Hitt, Georgia UFO Phenomenon, 1947-1987, p. 9).

1950 - A large number of saucers, performing aerobatics, appeared over Farmington, New Mexico around noon, and then flew away at an estimated 1000 mph. A luminous, metallic appearing disc was sighted five miles northeast of Bradford, Illinois at 8:40 a.m. (Source: unnamed newspaper clippings, March 18 and 19, 1950).

1950 - At a ranch in Lago Argentino, Argentina, Mr. Wilfredo H. Arevalo, a rancher, saw two objects, one of which landed at 6:30 p.m. He walked within 150 meters of the aluminum looking craft that gave off a blue-green vapor with "an intense smell of burning benzene." A large, flat section on top was revolving above a glass cabin in which could be seen four tall men with pallid faces, dressed in something like cellophane, working at various instruments. When they saw him they shone a light in his direction while a blue light illuminated the craft. The vapor increased and flames, alternately red and green, shot out of the base while the object rose with a faint hum. Both craft flew away toward Chile, leaving bluish trails. (Sources: Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucer Occupants, p. 108; The Humanoids, FSR Special Issue #1, p. 32; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 194).

In 1963 a UFO was seen from Cape Canaveral, Florida as a Minuteman missile malfunctioned and veered off course. On that same night, at 8:30 p.m., the crew of a Greek ship, the "Hellenic Laurel", watched a bright white fireball shoot to the east for one minute. It was described as the apparent size of the Moon, and it left a bright white contrail. (Sources: NICAP Investigator, March-April 1963, p. 4; APRO Bulletin, September-October 1963, p. 6).

1965 - At 7:00 p.m. on this day, while flying between Himeji and Matsuyama, Japan the crew of a Japanese airliner Convair 240 sighted three elongated objects and one circular UFO at the same time that the plane's automatic direction finder malfunctioned. The circular UFO was described as 15 meters in diameter. The UFOs were also sighted by a private pilot in a Piper Apache flying over Dishima Island. (Sources: Japan Times, March 21, 1965; Brad Steiger, Strangers from the Skies, p. 72; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II:  A Thirty-Year Report, p. 117).

One year later (1966), at 4:00 p.m., a shiny metallic cigar-shaped UFO, approximately 60 feet long, and completely smooth and featureless, was sighted off the coast, 10 miles north of Puerto Deseado, Argentina. The UFO emitted a gray vapor from its rear. It then vibrated; made a louder rumbling noise, and a black smoke emerged from the rear. The nose of the object tilted up as the object flew erratically to the northeast, then hit the water and disappeared beneath the surface. (Source: Phenomenes Spatiaux, March 1970, p. 17).

In 1967 at 7:50 p.m. a domed oval or domed disc was seen surrounded by a ring of vapor in Stow, Massachusetts. The UFO glowed violet when it was stationary, but changed to a reddish orange color when it danced around in the sky. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 346).

That same night in Lebanon, Ohio a 50-foot diameter, round object hovered over the treetops near a highway. It was glowing white, sometimes red, with a "halo effect" and appeared to be rotating. The headlights of a car passing nearby went out. The object emitted a high-pitched sound, and after its departure, the car's headlights functioned normally. (Sources: FSR, March-April 1971; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 193).

In 1969 a luminous, football-shaped flying object landed 3 meters from a stranded truck that was stuck in some mud, on a road between Ollague and San Martin, Chile. The driver and two passengers watched the UFO for ten minutes until it took off. (Source: CICA Botetin Informative, December 1969).

The next close encounter occurred in 1972 over the mountains of Upper Austria, at 11:35 p.m. Flying between Krems and Linz, Austria an Austrian DC-9 airliner had a near collision with a huge funnel of white light, which changed color to red. The aircraft's electronic instruments all went haywire during this close approach. (Source: Alexander Keul, APRO Bulletin, March 1972, p. 1).

In 1975, four photographs of a sombrero-shaped UFO were taken by a 19-year-old student named McCarthy at a quarry off of highway 5 near Waterdown, Ontario, Canada shortly after 1:00 p.m. The UFO was described as being the size of a DC-8 airliner. The UFO had many unblinking lights, and flew from east to west, while maneuvering, at a low altitude. (Source: APRO Bulletin, October 1975, p. 1).

1978 -- On the evening of this date an auto mechanic observing a UFO through binoculars in North Charleston, South Carolina was rendered unconscious and levitated by a tubular, aquamarine beam of light. Amnesia followed and he found himself alone in a field miles away from where he had encountered the disc-shaped UFO. Through hypnosis he recalled an abduction sequence by four-and-a-half-foot tall beings with spongy white skin, big eyes and head, that wore rust colored jump suits. Among the features of the abduction included a physical exam on a table inside the UFO, being given messages and an artifact. (Richard Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 294).

Mr. J. Duty, an Army reservist, watched a domed disc-shaped UFO hover off to the left side of a highway in Flatwoods, Kentucky around 10:40 p.m. in 1982. The disc had red, green, blue, and white lights around its base, which blinked in rotation. It made a humming noise, circled the witness's car, then flew away. (Source: George Parsons, field investigator, CUFOS investigation files; Richard Hall, MUFON UFO Journal, November 1982, p. 13).

In 1995 two bright white UFOs paced a car southwest of Falkirk, Scotland at 8:30 p.m. then zoomed away in opposite directions. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, May 1995).

In 1997 several men in cars from Canaan, New Hampshire chased a silent, elongated nocturnal light through three towns at 8:45 p.m. EST. At 8:30 p.m. MST a V formation of fast moving lights, most likely from a single, very large craft, were seen heading toward Prescott, Arizona. (Sources: Francis Ridge, UFO Info News; Michael Hall, UFOs: A Century of Sightings, p. 333).

2003 -- A married couple outside gardening in Buckhaven, Fife, Scotland at 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon saw a black, oval-shaped UFO 8-12 feet wide fly out from behind a rood only 100-130 feet away. The lower part of the object was revolving, and it had a pinkish-red flashing light on it. The ends of the objects looked like manta-ray fins, and it floated oddly through the sky for four minutes. They claim to have taken photographs. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, March 2003 webpage of archived UFO reports).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 23 October 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: cigar-shaped UFOs; disc-shaped UFOs; domed discs; electro-magnetic (EM) interference with electronics in an aircraft and a missile; humming or rumbling sounds; maneuvering UFOs; metallic or aluminum colored UFOs; nautical UFO (UFO seen entering sea); UFOs surrounded by mist, vapor or smoke; UFOs changing colors; vehicle EM electrical interference; vertical ascent.

© Donald A. Johnson