On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 November 18

1951 - near Washington, D.C. The crew of a Capital Airlines DC-4, Flight 610, and Andrews AFB Senior air traffic controller Tom Selby witnessed an unidentified object with several lights at 3:20 a.m. It followed the DC-4 for about 20 minutes and then turned back. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1952 - Nello Ferrari, 41, a farmer from Castelfranco, Italy found himself flooded with a reddish light on this morning when a large plate-shaped object flew ten meters above him. The 20-meter diameter disc was golden to copper in color. At the center of the bottom surface was a cylindrical section, about five meters wide, made up of a rapidly rotating part that produced a noise similar to an electric motor. On the upper surface was a transparent turret inside which three occupants were visible. The beings looked directly at him. They looked to be normal humans in appearance, and wore rubber coveralls and transparent facemasks. They spoke a few words, which were not understood. A loud metallic noise was heard; and the top part of the object lowered itself toward the lower plate. The sound gained intensity, and the craft flew up vertically at very high speed. (Sources: Il Tempo, July 12, 1963; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 201).

1954 - At six o'clock in the morning a 12-year old girl in St. Maudan, Cotes-Nord, France saw a UFO looking like "a glowing boat" land in a nearby field. Three hairy dwarf humanoids emerged from the object and began to gather apples from the nearby orchard. (Sources: Lumieres dan la Nuit, issue #325; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 4177; Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 225).

1957 - In Maracaja, Brazil Farmers Joao Ernani and Pedro Zilli heard a strange humming sound at 10:30 a.m., then saw two aluminum-colored discs 200 meters away. Near them were six men of average height and slim build, dressed in "dark gray suits glued to their bodies." The discs were only about 3.5 meters wide, and hovered one meter above the ground. They rose with a sharp whistling sound, while coconut trees below them bent over double. Three more discs rose from behind the trees, and then all five flew away toward the Atlantic Ocean. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 443).

1957 - An hour and a half later Mrs. Cynthia Appleton, age 27 and mother of two, saw the figure of a man appear near her fireplace in Aston, England at three o'clock in the afternoon at the same time that a whistling sound became audible. He was tall and fair, wore a tight-fitting plastic garment, and seemed to communicate with her through telepathy, indicating he was looking for titanium and was coming from a world of peace and harmony. He suddenly disappeared. Mrs. Appleton had subsequent contacts with similar entities. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 442).

1959 - At 6:25 a.m. in Crystal Springs, Mississippi Mr. J. M. Porter witnessed a row of red lights that flew slowly through the sky, and then sped up incredibly fast. His sighting lasted from 5-6 minutes. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1961 - A strange flying object streaked across the skies above the Theodore Goff farm on the afternoon of the 18th and left behind it a mysterious substance that defied explanation. The strange, seemingly metallic substance, came off the UFO in thin fibers and settled to earth, draping itself like a finely-knit shroud over Goff's fields, trees, machinery, and power lines. The farm is located near Chadron, Nebraska.

"It was about three o'clock," Goff related, "and I had been working in my shed. I came outside and happened to look up and see this strange ball flying through the air. It was kind of rough and seemed to be rolling as it sped through the air. It was going faster than any airplane I ever saw and it just disappeared from sight when it got out of the sunlight. It made absolutely no noise."

"Big chunks of it broke off and these fibers began settling down on everything. The ball was about as big around as a tractor tire, four feet in diameter or so and it came out of the southwest going northeast. At first I thought it was an airplane but when I really looked, I just didn't know what to think. It's hard to say how high up it was, maybe a thousand feet or more. The fibers cannot be seen with the naked eye except when they are in direct sunlight. Then, and only then, can you see them glistening ghostlike in the sun. They can be felt on the skin like spider webs, but they are much smaller in diameter than a spider web. A human hair seems like a rope compared to the fibers."

"I didn't really notice the fibers much that day, but the next morning my fields and trees just glowed with the stuff when the sun hit them. You can pick one up, but you can't really tell if you have one unless the sun hits it just right. It's the strangest stuff I ever saw."
Attempts to break the weird strings were to no avail. They seemingly could not be broken apart, but, when a hot cigarette was applied to one of the strings, it did break. The string did not, however, burst into flame or seem to burn. "They're so fine you just can't tell when you've got one," Goff said. "You can feel it, but you can't see it." (Source: Bob Gribble, Looking Back November 1961, National UFO Reporting Center website).

1966 - On this night in Point Pleasant, West Virginia police captain Paul Yoder and B. Enochs saw a huge bird-like creature, with big red eyes, in the "TNT" dump area. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1966-59, citing John A. Keel).

1973 - On the previous evening Enrique Castillo of Fulanos de Tal, Colombia was again summoned telepathically to go to an isolated area for possible contact with "extraterrestrials." Hours went by, when at around three o'clock in the morning numerous illuminated objects appeared, one of which detached itself from the rest and slowly approached him in a zigzag fashion. It performed an astonishing series of maneuvers before landing on three supports about 60 meters away. The other lights disappeared. This craft was quite different from the one he had previous encountered, of a rather peculiar shape. A metallic ladder emerged, leaving a narrow, illuminated opening from which a human shaped silhouette could be seen. Castillo started to approach the craft but a deep voice ordered him to stop, and then beckoned him to approach slowly. Soon a human looking alien named Cyril, whom he had met on a previous occasion, met him at the doorway. He invited Castillo to walk up the six steps of the ladder. When Castillo extended his hand to greet him, he stepped back and motioned him to stop between the last step and the door. A very bright blue flash of light shone briefly, bathing Castillo's body. He understood that the blue light was part of a sterilization system.

On board were two other very different beings with "avocado-shaped heads", dressed in one-piece, ample overalls. They smiled constantly. He went to greet them, but they just bowed without extending their hands. The little men were bald, with pale skin, seemingly completed coated with a film of oil. They were about 1.5 meters (4 feet) tall, well proportioned, with large normal eyes and normal ears, a large "Greek" nose, and prominent jaws. Cyril declared that these creatures came from Mercury. Castillo was incredulous because he knew there were immense temperatures contrasts on that planet. But he was told, "you would be astonished by the civilizations that have flourished there." Via a spiral stairway Castillo was taken to the second level, which he found rather cramped. Cyril announced that the craft was on its way to the "mother ship." One of the other beings took Castillo to a closet on the first floor and gestured to him to put on a uniform, which stretched to fit him perfectly.

A gigantic craft came into view. A hatch opened, from which came an intense light. Inside the mother ship Castillo was led through several passageways and in one area he noticed an emblem, in high relief, of a winged serpent holding what looked like an egg. Inside this object Castillo also encountered toilet facilities. In the hall Castillo claims to have encountered yet another thoroughly unbelievable being, a giant man no less than three meters tall. His features were remarkably similar to those of a common terrestrial. His skin was grayish, his hands hairy with normal fingers, shaped at the tips like spatulas. He was dressed in a dull gray uniform. At one point Castillo boarded a smaller craft accompanied by Cyril and the two smaller humanoids. It took them on a ride to different places apparently on earth. Later back aboard the mother ship Castillo claims to have seen a robot, with some human features, and for the first time, women who wore tight-fitting suits and had decidedly feminine features. "Their golden hair framed the most beautiful faces I had ever seen," Castillo enthused. They were as tall as the men, perhaps 1.75 meters. Eventually Castillo was returned to an area not farm from Bogota, Columbia. He had been away for about 26 hours. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1973, citing Timothy Good, Unearthly Disclosure).

1973 - On this evening four girls between the ages of 14 and 24 years old were accompanied as they drove from Tracy, Quebec toward Montreal by a luminous white flying ball of light. It was perhaps the size of a watermelon. It sometimes flew ahead of them and sometimes behind them, at a considerable distance. They passed through a cloud of red dust that obscured their vision, and shortly after emerging from the cloud they had to swerve to avoid a little man wearing dark clothing and a lappet helmet, who was standing on the white line in the middle of the road. He appeared to be sweeping with push-broom. He was short in stature and they could not see his face. After passing the "sweeper" they saw a car and three dark clad people beside the road. There were several other UFO sightings in this part of Quebec the same evening. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-114, citing Claude MacDuff and Marc Leduc).

1982 - Late at night Andreas Schneider sighted a maneuvering disc-shaped object over Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. He lost consciousness and had an out-of-body experience, feeling that his "astral" body was taken into the object. Inside he encountered several short beings with wrinkly rough gray skin and huge heads. The beings communicated by using telepathy and told Schneider they were from the planet "Humo." (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1982, case # 3180, citing S.I.B. Betelgeuse).

1993 - At 1:00 a.m. Ms. Kimmy Martin awoke with a start in Baca Chalets in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. She looked out into the gloomy night and felt somebody was watching her. Then something moved on her porch outside, and a group of Grey alien looking creatures peered in the window at her. She was not sure if they were really physically there or some form of apparition. Not frightened by their presence, she watched them for almost an hour, while they watched her. Finally she told the beings to go away and let her sleep, and the 20 or so visitors then trooped away obediently. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, case # 2546, citing Christopher O'Brien, The Mysterious Valley).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 25 June 2005).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: air displacement, bedroom visitation, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, fall of metallic "angel hair" like residue, free-will abduction, Grey humanoids, hairy dwarves, human looking UFO occupants, materialization of entity in witness's house, Mothman, out-of-body experience (OBE) in presence of UFO, rubber coverall suits with face masks and helmets, short humanoids, spherical UFOs, telepathy, thin humanoids of average human height, vertical ascent, whistling sounds.