UFO FLAP CONTINUES IN THE CAUCASUS
Another UFO was sighted in southern Russia last week.
"Residents of Chervishevo in the Tyumen region" west of Baku and the Caspian Sea "saw an unusual phenomenon Thursday," November 16, 2000. "An RIA (Russian news agency--J.T.) correspondent reports that at approximately 6:30 p.m. local time Ludmilla Kovaleva and her young daughter, Yulya, went into the yard of their house" in Chervishevo "and could see 'a small dot with a long shiny tail' for several minutes."
"Ms. Kovaleva said this was the second case in the seven years she and her family have lived in the village. The Kovalevas saw 'something that looked like a comet but with a long tail' back in April 2000."
"Nobody knows what it might be--an unidentified flying object, a meteorite fragment, a comet, a satellite or the aftermath of some flight test carried out at a military base nearby."
The North Caucasus region is still buzzing with talk about the huge luminous UFO that overflew the Magaramkent district on Tuesday, November 15, 2000.
""Russian border guards, who report almost every day the capture of 'Chechen militants' who are trying to cross the Azerbaijan border illegally, have now stated that they have seen a flying saucer on the border between the two nations."
However, a spokesman for "the border troops of the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Defense said, 'Our border guards have not seen any 'flying saucer.''"
"The Russian Air Force dismissed on Thursday," November 16, 2000, "reports that an unidentified flying object was sighted in Dagestan early on Tuesday," November 14, 2000.
"The daily report by the Interior Ministry of *Russia's) Dagestan region said the guards at two Russian frontier posts saw a UFO at 1:45 p.m. over Russia's border with Azerbaijan."
"The guards, stationed near the villages of Kazmalyar and Novyy Filya in Dagestan's Magaramkent district, said they watched an object flying quickly at an altitude of about 100 meters (330 feet) for almost four minutes."
"They said the object was moving (east) toward the Caspian Sea from the vicinity of the local (Caucasus) mountains."
"Three lights on the object, 'two meters apart from each other,' were evidence that the object was not a missile fired from neighboring Chechnya, the guards said."
"Meanwhile, North Caucasus border guard chief Gen. Yevgeni Bolkhovitin said on Thursday 'a central air defense control post' had told him that the supposed UFO had been 'a Russian space vehicle.'"
But "the Air Force spokesman in Moscow dismissed the general's remarks."
"'Gen. Bolkhovitin's assertion, with reference to a central air defense control post, that a Russian space vehicle flew over Dagestan was not true to fact,' spokesman Aleksandr Brobyshevsky told Interfax (Russian news service--J.T.)
"'We don't have any such posts in the North Caucasus region,' he said." (See the newspaper Ekspress of Baku, Azerbaijan for November 15, 2000, "The flight of the saucer." Also RIA and Interfax reports for November 17, 2000, Many thanks to Martin Montague for these reports.)
MINNESOTA'S MYSTERIOUS MORRISON COUNTY
Morrison County, just east of Little Falls, Minnesota (population 3,000) has seen may UFO sightings over the years, according to one resident.
In addition to last week's UFO sighting (See UFO Roundup, volume 5, number 47, "Woman motorist sees a hovering UFO in Minnesota," page 5), states reader Todd Madson.
Todd "wanted to mention that I'm fairly familiar with the area, having passed through Little Falls to go to a childhood friend's home on a number of occasions. That entire area is very rural and not known for having a lot of air traffic."
"That friend and I saw something really unusual in the winter of 1979 while we were snowmobiling on a frozen lake in Pierz (population 850)," about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Little Falls.
The UFO "was flying a good distance away and could have not seemingly been ours."
Todd and his girlfriend of the time had an even more dramatic UFO sighting on February 14, 1989 in nearby Biscay, Minn.
"Anyway, my Feb. 14, 1989 sighting was notable as it shows there were small unusual craft were being flown over rural western Minnesota."
"We had been driving" through Biscay "and saw what appeared to be lights attached to a pair of smokestacks in a field but couldn't see any factory or stacks at all. There was a pair of hovering green and red lights. I told her to pull over and we did."
"They were stationary for a moment, then began moving forward and eventually passed overhead at an altitude of 250 to 350 feet (75 to 105 meters). As it happened, the streetlight near the highway was shedding light, and it lit the bottom of these things and lit them up really nicely. They were flying probably 30 to 50 feet (9 to 15 meters) apart, one to the front and right of the other one."
"What they were were two black aircraft with very quiet engines similar to an F-117 (Stealth fighter--J.T.) but the empennage was completely wrong. And these things were flying so slowly you could walk right along with them. I heard the engines ramping up, and they eventually started accelerating faster. The (objects') plan/form was a black triangle with a 79-degree wing sweep but it appeared to have more roundness to the shape. and the F-117 tail was nowhere in evidence. I am tempted to create a computer graphic of what I saw. When they did fly over, there were two dim yellowish-white lights pointing downward roughly where the landing gear would have been on an F-117."
"They flew overhead from north to east paralleling the highway, and we managed to follow them for awhile until they left us in the dust."
Little Falls is on Minnesota Highway 27 about 95 miles (152 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. (Many thanks to Todd Madson for this report) (Editor's Note: Little Falls was the boyhood home of the famous American pilot, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., who flew The Spirit of St. Louis from New York City to Paris in 1927.)
DIAMOND-SHAPED UFO SEEN BY NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTORIST
On Friday, November 17, 2000, at 9 p.m., the witness, Castor, was driving on Interstate Highway I=95 in the rural west end of Seabrook, New Hampshire (population 740) when he "witnessed the craft hovering at approximately 1,000 feet (300 meters). The two craft were flying in tandem when they separated launched a star-like fireball in a northerly direction."
"One craft had four white lights which were located an equal distance apart, which were blinking in unison like an automobile directional signal *light). The other craft had a red and white light."
"This was rush-hour traffic so I suppose a number of people witnessed the event. After the star-like fireball was fired, the two craft moved slowly in a northwesterly direction. I had pulled into a (highway) rest area and watched until the craft moved beyond my view. The entire event lasted approximately 15 to 20 seconds."
Seabrook is just east of I-95 and located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Portsmouth. (Email Form Report).
TEENS SPOT A HOVERING UFO IN COLD SPRING, KENTUCKY
On Tuesday, November 21, 2000, at 7:15 p.m., Marvin L. reports, "My son was out shopping on U.S. Highway 27 here" in Cold Spring, Kentucky (population 3,700) "He and my daughter, one of his friends and my (other) daughter were driving northbound."
"They saw a light that was blue/white. He said it got brighter, and a red light came out of the top of it and the red light took off at a high speed. Then the blue/white light began to strobe."
"By the time he got home was about ten minutes after he saw it. I went outside and saw what appeared to be a yellowish-white light in the same position. It was in the west/southwest sky. My daughter was very scared. It would fade a little bit. My son and his friends all left to take her (the daughter's) boyfriend and another friend home.."
"And then my wife came about ten minutes later. When I went back out, the light had disappeared. What it was I don't know. It was there for about 10 to 15 minutes."
Marvin described the UFO as "a yellow, almost cross-like (cruciform) shape in the sky. My son said it first looked like a triangle. And strobing blue/white with a red streak coming out of it."
Cold Spring, Kentucky is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Lexington. (Email Form Report)
COUPLE CONFIRMS RECENT NEW MEXICO SIGHTING
A New Mexico couple has confirmed the recent sighting of a UFO hovering over Deming, New Mexico (population 11,000).
On Thursday, October 26, 2000, at 4 p.m., Francisca Serivano and her husband were driving on Interstate Highway I-10 near Deming when they spied the UFO hovering over the community. (See UFO Roundup, volume 5, number 45, "Hovering UFO seen near Deming, New Mexico," page 9.)
"My husband and I were driving to Las Cruces that afternoon and spotted that same object at around 4 p.m. It was a dark color, metallic looking and was wedge- shaped. It must have been over the town for hours because" truck driver Tom Hall, "the other witness reported seeing it at 8:10 p.m."
"Anyway, just wanted to share my sighting with you guys."
Deming is located 80 miles ((128 kilometers) west of Las Cruces. (Email Form Report)
GEORGINA BRUNI'S NEW BOOK EXPLORES RENDLESHAM FOREST UFO CASE
"After years of government denials, a secret tape recording of a U.S. Air Force officer proves that a UFO landed" in East Anglia, UK in 1980.
"A blockbuster new book, You Can't Tell the People, by Georgina Bruni (Macmillan, 2000) contains a spine- chilling 30-minute transcript of tapes made by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Halt, speaking into a recorder as he witnessed the spacecraft approach him and land in the woods."
"Halt led the search party that was sent out after eerie lights were spotted near the U.S. air base in Suffolk, England."
"'It's moving from side to side. Strange--it's like the pupil of an eye looking at you, and the flash is so bright that it almost burns your eye.'"
"Halt then goes on to describe two other strange- looking objects in the night sky before the UFOs move away from him and his men."
"'There's definitely some kind of phenomenon,' he says" on the tape, "'We got two strange objects, half-moon shape, dancing around with colored lights about five to ten miles out.'"
"'The half-moons have now turned into full circles.'"
"Former (USAF) Sgt. Adrian Bustinza, who was also the search team and now works for the U.S. State Department supervising criminal investigations, says he saw the mysterious craft immediately before and after it landed."
'When I arrived, it was going in and out through the trees, and at one stage it was hovering,' Bustinza told Bruni, 'Then it went over to a clearing at the edge of the forest.'"
"'By the time we got to the clearing, it had already landed. When this thing landed, Halt was already there.'"
"'I didn't see it land, but I saw it take off. It kind of hovered at first, then took off. At the time, I thought we were dealing with an extraterrestrial visitation. I can't say I saw beings, but I saw outlines of something.'"
"Bruni has also found photos taken the next morning that show flattened patches of earth where the UFO sat, along with a cover letter from (RAF) Squadron Leader Donald Morland attached to Halt's report of the incident."
"'The interesting thing about it is that it's titled UFO,' says Bruni, 'Now why did he call it that if it was something else?'" (See the National Examiner for November 29, 2000, "Secret tape proves...UFO landed near U.S. Air Force base." page 42.)
MORE COUNTRIES HIT BY UNUSUAL RAINSTORMS
Instead of the New Millenium, it's beginning to look like the New Deluge, as unusual torrential rainstorms continue to afflict countries all over the Earth.
In UK, the latest in a series of devastating autumn storms came off the Irish Sea during the weekend of November 25 and 26, 2000, and the "weekend rains raised the total autumn rainfall figure to 18 inches, bringing to a close the wettest fall since accurate weather recordkeeping began" back in 1765.
In Italy, "two car accidents caused by torrential rains killed five people" during the weekend if November 25 and 26. "The city of Venice was put on flood alert."
On the other side of the world, in Indonesia, "more than 150 people were killed by torrential rains, floods and landslides" in the island nation and also in neighboring Thailand and Malaysia. (See USA Today for November 28, 2000, "Heavy rains, floods swamp Europe, Asia," page 15A.)
from the UFO Files...
1972: A STRANGE ENCOUNTER AT ROSMEAD SCHOOL
Sunday evening, November 12, 1972, found Harold Truter, the principal of Rosmead Junior School, driving home after a weekend holiday. As he drove into Rosmead, a small town in South Africa located about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Port Elizabeth, he spotted an unusual light in the sky.
Through the car's windscreen (windshield in the USA-- J.T.) Truter could see the school building up ahead, with its attached bungalow living quarters, and to the left a tennis court with a high chainlink fence and a grove of eight bluegum trees. A strange bright greenish-white flickering glow hovered above the tennis court.
What the bloody hell--!> the principal thought.
Turning off the highway, he drove down a short road and pulled into the driveway. As he emerged from the car, he espied "a strange light in the sky but considered it to be a natural but unusual phenomenon."
The "distant light" was now a good 183 meters (600 feet) away, hovering over a peaked ridgeline that towered over a nearby construction site. Numerous dark silent trucks crouched at the foot of the hill.
Truter frowned thoughtfully. Must be a helicopter...
But there was no engine noise, just the whisper of wind through the leaves of the bluegum trees.
Returning to the car, Truter unlocked the boot (trunk in the USA--J.T.) and began taking the luggage out.
But as he carried two suitcases past the tennis court, the principal's nose detected the scent of burned oil.
Peering through the chainlink fence, Truter "saw that the surface of the tennis court had been broken up and tar (asphalt) and coal ash had been lifted up and scattered."
Truter tugged at the tennis court gate. It was locked. He ten tried the door on the bungalow. That, too, was securely locked. He vividly remembered locking it himself late Friday afternoon.
He glanced back at the tennis court. Asphalt chunks littered the surface. Gaping holes about five inches (12.5 centimeters) deep had been torn in a lateral direction parallel to the white lines. He saw a pool of molten tar glistening in the dim light.
After unlocking the door, he went inside and rang the police.
"Investigation of the tennis court indicated a symmetrical pattern of identical holes; some of the tar from the court had been strewn 183 meters (600 feet) away, on to a ridge nearby."
"Bluegum trees alongside the tennis court had been badly burnt and they died about two months later," in January 1973.
Interestingly, the Rosmead police told Truter "that there were many other UFO reports received from the same area at the same time, including reports of sightings by (South African) police officers."
"Analysis of samples taken from the site indicated no obvious anomalies, though (they) indicated no solution, either."
"Whether or not the tennis court was the landing site of a UFO remains speculated by some; but unproven." (See the book World Atlas of UFOs by John Spencer, Hamlyn Publishing Group, London, 1991, page 149. Also The UFO Encyclopedia, compiled and edited by John Spencer, Avon Books, New York, N.Y., 1993, page 297.)
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