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Volume 7
Number 46
November 12, 2002

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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UFO FLAP BREAKS OUT IN RUSSIA

On Tuesday, October 29, 2002, four teenagers were driving on the Moscow-Simferopol Highway when they spotted an usual object in the sky. The teens "observed a red UFO while driving south on the highway near Kursk. They were heading towards the city (Kursk--J.T.) when the four witnesses spotted the UFO circling slowly in the sky, looking like a glowing star."

"The UFO's approach caused the car's radio to go haywire. They could no longer hear the Moscow radio stations, just long, intermittent bursts of static. Finally, the strange object continued its flight toward the southern horizon. As it passed out of view, the car's radio returned to normal."

Kursk is located about 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Moscow.

Two days later, on Thursday, October 31, 2002, "a series of UFO sightings was reported in Astrakhan," at the mouth of the Volga River on the Caspian Sea.

"For five consecutive days, a spherical UFO performed aerial maneuvers above the rooftops in the upper hillside section" of Astrakhan. "Occasionally, the UFO emitted small spheres of white or golden light."

"Another UFO with the same characteristics was seen by several witnesses in the town of Ortzonikitsk. The object fired beams of light at the ground. The beams were red, blue and green. The UFO emitted these colorful rays of light for several minutes and then disappeared before the astonished gaze of the witnesses present." (See NotiOVNI for November 3, 2002. Many thanks to Daniel Munoz for this report.)

(Editor's Comment: And welcome to The Aliens REALLY Strike Back Week at UFO Roundup. The aliens are giving us "a full court press" all over planet Earth, and our newsletter has it all. First let's check out the Black Sea region...)

MOTORIST STALKED BY A UFO IN THE CRIMEA

On Monday, October 7, 2002, between 3 and 5 p.m., "Viktor A. Zdorov was on a business trip, driving his Lada station wagon in the Belgorosk district of the Crimea," in the southern Ukraine. "Suddenly, he watched a big circular object no less than 50 meters (165 feet) in diameter, hovering stationary for more than one hour over the forest-covered mountains 5 kilometers (3 miles) southwest of the village of Zemlyanichnoye."

"The circular UFO had a flat, cone-shaped upper part (something like a Vietnamese or Chinese hat--A.N.), with a smaller cone on top and a vertical antenna. The lower part was like a big deep saucer, with the upper part (of the "saucer"--J.T.) wider than the lower. It had a segmented structure with several vertical and horizontal sections, marked by slightly visible lines. The color of the entire object was dull grey-metallic."

"Many local residents saw the UFO, but there are frequent sightings" in the Crimea "so many do not pay much attention to the regularly-observed UFOs. The local press often refuses to publish UFO reports since they are so common." (See Filer's Files #45 for November 6, 2002. Many thanks to Anton A. Anfalov for this report and to George A. Filer for allowing UFO Roundup to reprint this article.)

UFO FLOTILLA FLIES OVER A TURKISH JETLINER

On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 5:30 a.m., a Turkish DC-10 jetliner was approaching Afyon, during its early morning flight from Antalya to Istanbul. The DC-10 was flying at an altitude of 6,600 meters (22,000 feet), when the co-pilot noticed something strange on the cockpit radar screen.

Looking out the cockpit's side windows, the pilot and crew "saw a group of 15 UFOs, 'all the size of a Boeing 747,' passing overhead, speeding by the airliner at an altitude of 10,500 meters (35,000 feet). The circular objects were faintly self-luminous and left no condensation trail in the upper atmosphere. They flew past Afyon and became lost in the darkness of the northwestern horizon."

Afyon is a mid-sized city about 250 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Ankara, Turkey's capital. (Many thanks to Erkan S. for this report.)

(Editor's Comment: When you have a global UFO flap this big, you just know something's going on in South America. Read on...)

SMALL ALIEN SIGHTED IN SOUTHERN ARGENTINA

On Sunday, October 20, 2002, "a resident of Junin de Los Andes," a small city in southern Argentina, "made a call to the local sheriff's office, reporting the presence of 'a strange little person' at his house."

"According to the informants, a police patrol reached the site to verify the report and learned that the resident had been visited by a small person who knocked on the door of his home, requesting help, since 'someone was beating on one of his relatives.'"

"The house's occupant stated that the creature was short in stature, although given the fact that it was nighttime, he was unable to identify it clearly. However, he acceded to the mysterious little man's request. He left his house, but upon not hearing other noises or cries for help, he chose to return home, fearing (that) it might all be a ruse to commit burglary during his absence."

"Hours later, police received notice of a strange presence in the 150-dwelling neighborhood, located to one side of the Boulevard Juan Manuel de Rosas. Once again a patrol car reported to the scene without ascertaining any developments."

"Days later, an officer of the provincial police decided to inspect the location at 4:30 a.m., due to the incessant barking of dogs. He discovered the presence of a small person, some 80 centimeters tall (2 feet, 8 inches), who was on a pathway leading into a house. Upon realizing that it was being watched, the entity made a quick getaway."

"Concerned by what he had seen, and according to our journalistic source, the officer made an Identikit drawing of the suspect before reporting the incident to his superiors."

"Hugo Jara, the main officer at the Sheriff's Department No. 25, was interviewed by a local (radio) station and confirmed the information on both procedures, although no evidence was found to corroborate the presence of the small person at the site."

"The news spread like wildfire throughout the city, and residents provided confirmation of the strange event, such as the odd behavior of dogs that evening with their incessant barking."

"The fact is, the 'goblin' or 'gnome,' as it has become known, caused a sensation that shattered the city's habitual calm, and has gone on to form part of the gallery of mysterious characters in the area, such as El Cuero of (Lago de) Huechulafquen, the marine creature seen several times in the said lake."

Junin de los Andes is located about 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of San Carlos de Bariloche in southern Argentina. (See the Argentinian newspaper Junin Dice for October 27, 2002, "Mysterious dwarf causes concern in community." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Guillermo Gimenez para eso articulo de diario.)

(Editor's Note: To give the Spanish a free translation, El Cuero in this case would be something like Leatherskin. This is the first I've heard of a "Nessie" in Lago de Huechulafquen. However, a Loch Ness-type monster has been seen repeatedly in Lago Nahuel Huapi, the large lake near San Carlos de Brailoche.

UFO FLOTILLA SIGHTED BY THOUSANDS IN COLOMBIA

Colombian ufologists are calling it "a UFO wave without precedence."

On Thursday, October 25, 2002, at 6:30 a.m., thousands of people in Bucaramanga saw "strange flashes of light" on the mountaintops overlooking their city. "Telephone calls flooded the TV studios of Caracol and RCN in Bogota," the capital of Colombia.

"UFOs were seen flying over the city of Bucaramanga, and thousands of witnesses reported that the sky over their city 'was resplendent with the lights of the UFOs' as they passed over slowly."

"As a result of the UFO visitation, a new committee has been formed, composed of veteran ufologists and local residents, to study the unprecedented event in our city."

Bucaramanga is located about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Bogota. (See NotiOVNI for November 3, 2002. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz y William Chavez Arriza del grupo Contacto OVNI para ese informe.)

(Editor's Comment: We have one more story from South America yet to come. But for now, on to Norway for yet another sighting in last week's worldwide flap...)

PULSATING UFO VIDEOTAPED IN ROLLAG, NORWAY

On Friday, November 1, 2002, Thomas Mogen was outdoors in the small town of Rollag in Norway. "It was a clear night and his attention was drawn to a colorful point of light."

"Curious, he went home to find his binoculars. The light phenomena was evidently changing, shifting between all the colors of the rainbow. It also pulsated somehow."

"Thomas Mogen had discovered the UFO over Rollag."

"'It looked very much like a disco light show,' he said."

"He also explained that the light changed size very quickly, and that it slowly and barely noticeably shifted from east to west."

"He did not want to be alone in seeing the phenomenon, and even though it was close to 4 a.m., he called his pal Amund Henriksen. Amund had a digital video camera and started recording the light."

"'In the beginning, it was difficult to record the light. I had to use zoom a lot, and it was hard to keep the light steady in the viewfinder. Finally, I decided to just put the video camera on the second-floor windowsill. Then the picture became acceptable,' Amund Henriksen explained."

"The light disappeared at approximately 5:30 a.m. over the east side of Numedal."

"'The light disappeared behind a hill, but I left the camcorder running. Half a minute later, it reappeared but only for a few seconds. This happened twice,' the photographer said."

"Amund Henriksen and Thomas Mogen have no good explanation for the light. 'First I thought it had to be a comet, but it wasn't. It certainly is not a common star,' Amund said."

"'It was either the planet Jupiter or the star Sirius that were videotaped in the sky over Numedal the night before Saturday,' said Professor Kore Aksnes of the University of Oslo, who has seen the video."

"It is quite common to see Jupiter behave that way,' Aksnes said."

"Ayvind Tancen of the Norsk Astronomisk Selskap (Norwegian Astronomical Society--E.P.) at Kongsberg suggests it is the star Sirius, since this is the brightest star to be observed in the Norwegian sky."

However, "one of Norway's most experienced UFO experts watched the ten-minute unedited recording of the light phenomena over Rollag. Erling P. Strand maintains that the theories about planets and stars are wrong."

"'The most interesting passage is the end of the recording. Here we see the light disappear, only to return in another place. The light goes away very fast. That would not have been the case with a star or a planet,' said Strand." (See the Norwegian Broadcasting Co. reports for November 4 and 5, 2002. Many thanks to UFO Roundup's Scandinavian correspondent, Erik Petersen, for this news story.)

(Editor's Comment: And we're not done with Europe yet. Read on...)

THREE UFOs SIGHTED IN NORTHERN ITALY

On Sunday, October 27, 2002, at 7:21 p.m., Italian author and ufologist Roberto Malini and two companions, D.F., a young art director, and A.C., a resident of Cernusco sul Naviglio," were in that community, near Milano (Milan) in northern Italy "when we sighted three UFOs in formation."

"The UFOs were disc-shaped, black, no lights," Roberto reported, "The discs had little wings, no reflective surfaces and were visible before dark. The flying objects were rotating and moved slowly in a horizontal flight path, with a peculiar tremor, from west to east."

"Suddenly, two of the UFOs vanished," he added, "The third disc remained immobile in the sky, continually rotating, for over ten minutes. It seemed dark, metallic, height (altitude) about 1,000 meters (3,300 feet)."

"The UFO went straight up and vanished."

Malini and his companions "shot two photographs of the discs with a camera that lacked a zoom. When I got the photos back from the photo shop, the object appeared like a glowing red light." (Grazie a Roberto Malini per questo rapporto.)

Roberto Malini's "UFO" photo


HOVERING UFO STARTLES A COUPLE IN DIJON, FRANCE

On Sunday, October 27, 2002, at 10:22 p.m., the female witness reported, "As we were pulling into our building's parking lot" in Dijon, a large city in the Cote d'Or department of eastern France, "my husband and I perceived just in front of us at an estimated height of 30 to 50 meters (100 to 165 feet) an orange ball which I first thought to be a helicopter."

The witnesses soon decided that the object "could not be one, not at this height, too close to the building and with no noise. Then I saw it rather in profile, going noiselessly from left to right (i.e. north to south--R.F.) looking like an orb enlightened from the inside with a yellow-orange color, closing towards the rear with a sort of short incandescence, leaving no marks or contrails."

"I had the impression that I could see something inside (the object--J.T.) and, at the moment I intensified my glance, lowering my head slightly, thinking that there was something inside--it disappeared, as if it were a light going out."

"It lasted about four or five seconds, I think. During that time, I said to my husband, 'But what is it? What is this!? Stop!'"

"I remember more details. It appeared in front of us, then was seen from profile, shape like an enlightened light bulb with someone inside, and towards the back some incandescent features."

"I questioned the Gendarmes (French military police who operate outside the jurisdiction of the major cities--R.F.) but nobody reported anything like this, and I was told to fill out a report at the Hotel de Police (headquarters) in Dijon." (Merci beaucoup a Robert Fischer pour ces nouvelles.)

(Editor's Comment: And now, on to China...)

UFOs BUZZ JETLINERS NORTH OF NANJING IN CHINA

"Several airline pilots have reported sighting a shining unidentified flying object (UFO) near the southeastern Chinese city of Nanjing."

"A Xiamen Airlines pilot reported the first sighting on Monday," November 4, 2002. He said he saw a bright blue object hovering just beyond his plane."

"At the same time, pilots of a Shandong Airlines jet, which was 120 kilometers (75 miles) away from the Xiamen Airlines jet, also reported a similar sighting. They described the UFO as being 'a white and blue skateboard-shaped craft.'"

"The UFO was believed to be about 70 kilometers (42 miles) away, above the east side of Bengbu," a mid-sized city in China's Anhui province.

"A pilot 300 kilometers (180 miles) away also saw the strange object and reported his sighting by radio to the control tower in Tonglu, in Zhejiang province." (See the Chinese newspaper Wen Wei Po for November 7, 2002. Many thanks to Chen Jilin and Jim Hickman for this newspaper story.)

FOUR UFOs SEEN NEAR PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA

On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 8:45 p.m., M.R.B. was driving from Ebro, Fla. to Panama City, Fla. (population 36,417) when he "first saw a shooting star. Then approximately two minutes later I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. We were traveling south, and there were four lights about 100 feet (30 meters) in front of the car, about 100 feet (30 meters) up in the air. Two of them would shoot toward the west. Then the other two appeared to chase them. Then they would all go around in circles. Then they would all get together as one light and explode out in four directions."

"This went on for approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers). When we got to the bridge at Panama City, they disappeared."

M.R.B. described the UFOs as "white lights, oval-shaped--one end rounded, one end pointed. Dense. All four were the same shape and size. At first approach, they were like a blur, but while they were dancing and darting, they were fast but not so fast that they blurred. When they disappeared, it was like a light going out--they did not dart off."

Panama City is on Highway 98 on Florida's Gulf of Mexico shoreline, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Tallahassee, the state capital. (Email Form Report)

UNUSUAL METAL UFO SEEN IN HOLLY. MICHIGAN

On Monday, November 4, 2002, at 9:12 p.m., Nichole L. and a friend "were driving to his house" in Holly, Michigan (population 6,135) "when he pointed out a bright orange light to the west."

"We watched for about 15 seconds while it became very bright," she added, "Like three to four times the size of the average star. Then it began to move toward us, and we got spooked."

"It flew really close to us and then did a 70-degree turn to the southeast. As it got further away, the bright orange dot became three smaller dots. We started after them in the car. But as we passed under a group of trees, we lost sight of it. When we came to a clearing, the lights were gone."

Nichole described the UFO as "orange, the size of a star, before it split." She added that, on its closest approach, the object "looked like a (steel) jumping jack," like the ones she played with as a little girl, and that it "was as fast as an F-16."

Holly, Mich. is just west of Interstate Highway I-75, located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. (Email Form Report)

UFO SPOTTED ON CAMPUS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

On Thursday, November 7, 2002, at 10:15 p.m., eyewitness M.R. was walking near Bellaire Boulevard and Rice University in Houston, Texas when he saw a trio of strange lights approaching from the west.

"I was walking home when I noticed three lights which resembled the landing lights of a plane," he reported, "This is not unusual as I live in the flight path of Hobby Airport in South Houston."

"The three lights were about as bright as the stars (it was an unusually cloudless night, and the stars were visible, a rarity in Houston--M.R.). The lights were lined up and suddenly moved to my left, the southeast, and the two lights on the right revolved around the one on the left. The lights then moved off to my right, zigzagged and revolved around each other again before fading. The whole thing lasted only a minute."

The mysterious lights traveled "at least several hundred feet miles per hour and made very sudden shifts left and right before fading from view." (Email Form Report)

FIVE ORANGE UFOs SIGHTED IN LONDON, ONTARIO

On Saturday, November 2, 2002, at 1 a.m., eyewitness J.A. "spotted five bright orangeish lights in a diagonal line formation travelling slowly north" in London, Ontario, Canada (population 325,646).

"The lights were brighter than the brightest stars that night but seemed slightly larger and more orange than white," he added.

"Normally, I would've assumed moving lights in the sky are from a plane. The thing is, lights on planes are never configured to the pattern I witnessed. This line of lights was neither parallel nor perpendicular to the direction of travel. It was diagonal. The object was silent. The lights spanned too great a distance to be from any earthly plane."

"If it was flying low, then it was moving really slowly. But if it was flying high, then it was going really fast and should have had to have been extremely large."

London, Ont. is located 132 miles (211 kilometers) southwest of Toronto. (Email Form Report)

CONTACTEE: "I WAS A P.O.W. ON THE MOON!"

A contactee in Argentina came forward last week with an incredible story. He claims he was held prisoner on the moon by aliens.

"A local man claims having sustained contact with beings from other worlds. He claims that there is a tunnel on the moon through which alien spacecraft can pass."

"Ramon Barraza was born in Tinogasta," in Argentina's Catamarca province. "He is 74 years old and has lived in this city (Comodoro Rivadavia--J.T.) for over fifty years, having retired recently from the YPF Corporation, describing himself as a kind of 'mediator' between 'Jesus, the Virgin Mary and the community.'"

Barraza told the newspaper La Cronica "that his mother prepared him for this task when he was only 15 and still living in his native province. She urged him to sleep on straw instead of a mattress, and he did not understand at the time the reason for her request. Then, after meditating on this period of his life, he concludes that his mother was preparing him to be a mediator."

Shortly afterward, in 1943, Argentina's civilian government was toppled in a military coup masterminded by then-Colonel Juan Domingo Peron. It was then that Barraza made the first of his trips to an alien base on the moon.

(Editor's Note: Peron remained in power until he was ousted in 1955.)

"Barraza explained that aside from our (inhabited) world, there are two more. The second one is occupied by beings having characteristics almost identical to humans, with some differences in overall anatomy, and (they) are lacking hair."

"He showed a photograph of a drawing he made" while on the moon. He also said he "could see alien craft shrinking in size" as they traveled down the lunar tunnel, "adding that the alien beings asked him to step aside (to avoid) the vehicle in transit. He remembered that (the UFO) had a reddish light."

"The (lunar) tunnel he entered is divided in two. The first part is known as B-1 and is located on the visible side of the moon. The second, B-2, is on the lunar far side, and (alien) spacecraft meet in the middle on their way into space."

"He said he is visited by Jesus and the Virgin Mary on a daily basis...On a table in his dwelling, as well as in his backyard, he has several sanctuaries and various stones visited by people from different communities. He stated that in there it was possible to observe the Virgin and Jesus at different stages of their lives."

"He further added that before going to bed each night, he asks, 'Jesus and Mary, are you there?' And at this time a small light illuminates the ceiling as a response." (See the Argentinian newspaper La Cronica of Comodoro Rivadavia for November 7, 2002, "Contactee claims discovery of 'tunnel' used by alien craft." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Guillermo Gimenez para eso articulo de diario.)

(Editor's Note: Author David Hatcher Childress has presented photographic evidence for anomalous structures on the moon in his book Extraterrestrial Archaeology. Two craters near the Sea of Fecundity, Messier and W.H. Pickering, have features suggestive of a tunnel entrance. See Extraterrestrial Archaeology by David Hatcher Childress, Adventures Unlimited Press, Kempton, Illinois, 1999, page 102.)

NASA KILLS OBERG'S BOOK

In a surprising turnabout, NASA, the USA's space agency, has reversed its decision to hire science writer James E. Oberg to write a book documenting the six moon landings that took place between July 1969 and December 1972.

"The nation's space agency sent men to the moon 33 years ago, but its plan to sponsor a mini-book documenting that those Apollo landings really happened blew up on liftoff. Its mission was aborted last week by bad publicity."

"After decades of mostly ignoring those who were skeptical about the moon landings, NASA hired Houston author and aerospace engineer Jim Oberg this fall to write a 10-chapter monograph for $15,000. His mission was to deliver a point-by-point rebuttal of conspiracy theorists who say the six Apollo moon landings were hoaxes."

"Last year, FOX Television twice broadcast a show titled Conspiracy Theory: Did We Really Land on the Moon? and NBC's Today show staged a debate on the topic. Last month Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, punched a conspiracy theorist who had been pestering him to swear on a stack of Bibles that the landing was real."

"After the FOX show first aired, NASA put out a one-paragraph news release titled Apollo: Yes, We Did.

"Yet a 1999 poll found that 11 percent of the American public doubted the moon landing happened, and FOX officials said such skepticism increased to about 20 percent after their show, which was seen by about 15 million viewers."

"When Knight Ridder (newspaper chain) reported the book deal, the resulting ridicule led NASA to kill the plan, agency spokesman Bob Jacobs said. NASA will pay Oberg $5,000 for work he had already done." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for November 10, 2002, "NASA scrubs book about moon landings," page 17A.)

(Editor's Note: In the publishing industry, the money Jim Oberg is getting is known as a kill fee.)

That's it for now. This has been the biggest worldwide UFO flap we've had in a while. The reports are still coming in. We'll have the latest updates next week in "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you in seven days.

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