On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 September 23

1948 - At 9:40 a.m. a group at the Los Alamos, New Mexico airport saw a tilted, silver disc-shaped UFO with the apparent diameter of a dime at arm's length. Its estimated distance was 15 miles. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 1347, citing Jerome Clark).

1948 - San Pablo, California. At twelve noon Sylvester Bentham and retired U.S. Army Colonel Horace Eakins observed two daylight UFOs: one a buff or gray rectangle with vertical lines, the other a translucent "amoeba" with a dark spot near the center. The arms of the "amoeba" undulated. Both objects traveled very fast. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers: Top Secret, p. 90).

1951 - On this morning a total of seven F-86 fighters were scrambled to chase a UFO that remained over southern California for nearly ninety minutes. Two F-86 jet interceptors were scrambled from George AFB near Victorville, California then vectored by air defense GCI radar to a target off the Pacific Coast 30 miles west of Long Beach Airport, where the jets circled and then headed east toward Long Beach when the object was seen at 7:55 a.m. PDT at the 12 o'clock high position. It was in a left orbit at about 50,000 feet, above the F-86's. It appeared to be a bright silvery aircraft with highly swept back 45° wings. The F-86's tried to climb to intercept the object but it climbed away in response. Another two F-86's were scrambled from George AFB at about 8:00 a.m. as the first two were running low on fuel and broke off pursuit. The second pair of F-86's was vectored by GCI  radar to Camp Pendleton, arrived there at 8:10 a.m. at 43,000 feet, and spotted the object at the one o'clock high position back to the north toward Muroc/Edwards AFB, appearing to be at about 50,000-55,000 feet in a controlled orbit. It looked like a swept wing aircraft that sped up when the F-86's tried to close. The object was again found near March AFB, Riverside, California to the NNW but the jets broke off intercept because they were low on fuel at about 8:20 a.m., landing at 8:45. A third flight of two F-86's were scrambled from George AFB and saw the object shortly after takeoff, heading south. The F-86's made climbing turns up to 43,500 feet under the now round silvery object at 55,000 feet over the San Bernardino Mountains. They broke off the intercept at about 9:25 a.m. A seventh F-86 was scrambled to the south toward Long Beach but the UFO had gone. The Air Force explanation for the sightings was a balloon. (Sources: Project Grudge Report #1, November 11, 1951; Project Grudge Report #2, December 31, 1951; Edward J. Ruppelt, Unidentified Flying Objects, pp. 94-95; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers from Outer Space, p. 48; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucer Conspiracy, p. 42; Kenneth Larson, Flying Saucers, June 1968, p. 44; Richard M. Dolan, UFO's and the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-1973, p. 400; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 14; Blue Book Archive Document Group NARA-PBB85 566 (566-568) - Francis Ridge, From Long Beach to Camp Pendleton - MAXW-PBB8-1583-1588,1596-1617 - Dan Wilson, Blue Book Archive Document Group MAXW-PBB8 1604 (1604-1649) & PBB2 273 - Fran Ridge The Report and the Flimsy Analysis - Francis Ridge The original Project Blue Book Special Report Document, p. 16; Analysis: Air Force Documents Supporting Negative Conclusion, Project Blue Book Special Report, pp. 44-47).

1952 - Gander Lake, Newfoundland, Canada. No time given. Pepperell AFB operations officer and seven other campers witnessed a bright white light, which reflected on the lake. It flew straight and level at 100 mph for ten minutes. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1954 - At three o'clock in the morning an ovoid-shaped UFO was sighted on Highway N269 in Moussoulens, France. Two human-looking occupants exited the craft, gestured, then re-entered it and the object took off, flying to the north. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 3617; Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 166).

1954 - In Gatlinburg, Tennessee at 9:45 a.m. Dave Owenby sighted two daylight UFOs. The two bright silver, wheel-shaped objects flew from north to south in trail formation for two minutes (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1954 - At 9:00 p.m. in Le Jou, France the Patient family witnessed the landing of a bright object that gave off a magnesium-like light, a red glow, and a narrow beam of light. It took off again a moment later and followed their car until they reached Fontland. Policemen in Plombieres and several other independent witnesses observed the object as it flew erratically over the area for 60 minutes. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 69; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 210).

1954 - At the same time as the Patient family sighting, Mrs. Vignolles of Lencouacq, France saw a luminous object come down from the sky very rapidly. It made no noise as it landed in a nearby field, next to a church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 77; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211).

1955 - An eight meter wide gray colored plate-shaped disc flew at only 50 meters altitude over the town of Kreuzlingen, Switzerland on this day. It was rotating as it flew by, six cycles per second. It tilted upward and flew away. There were two witnesses. (Source: L. Zinstag, UFO Sichtungen, p. 21).

1960 - A Canadian ship reported that a cylindrical object with lighted portholes came down, hit the ocean, and sank off the north coast of Labrador. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 509).

1962 - An abduction reportedly occurred near Franconia Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. While driving on Route 3 at ten p.m. the male witness saw a large, lighted domed-oval craft, the same as he had seen in 1959. He parked his truck and walked into a blue beam. Inside the craft he met the same four entities as he had encountered three years before. He was shown controls, and watched others being abducted and medically examined. He was taken to a mother ship and returned in two hours. (Source: Morton Schafer, MUFON case file investigations, case 930403E).

1965 - A luminous UFO flew over the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico on this evening and caused three separate power failures. The domed object was seen by thousands, including the mayor. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, December 1965, p. 3; Charles Bowen, Flying Saucer Review, January-February 1966, p. 14; Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers - Serious Business, p. 259).

1967 - Four photographs were taken on this evening of an orange, flare-like light that flew in from the south over the Stafford, England railway station. It stopped above the station, shot up, vanished, reappeared, moved around in an odd manner, and then faded away. There was no sound. (Source: Roger H. Stanway & Pace, UFOs: Unidentified, Undeniable, p. 16).

1967 - At 1:37 p.m. Dr. B. Hand, a geology professor and a NICAP UFO investigator, sighted two silver cylinders moving against the wind in a bright blue sky over Amherst, Massachusetts. They made no sound as they went behind some low lying cumulus clouds and did not emerge. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 349).

Amherst, Massachusetts - 1967


1968 - A minister in Whitefield, Maine awoke at 2:30 a.m. EDT to see two pencil-shaped beams of light coming through his window from a reddish-orange saucer-shaped object hovering in the sky. It made no sound. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 354).

Whitefield, Maine - 1968

1968 - Later that same evening at ten p.m. Mr. Battease looked out his bedroom window, six miles east of Roosevelt, Utah in Duchesne County, and saw a double convex disc that was slightly flatter on the bottom. It had red lights on top and was making a humming sound. The lights were steady and the disc moved at the speed of an airplane. (Source: Frank Salisbury, Utah UFO Display, Appendix case 68).

1971 - Three people saw a twelve foot by twelve foot by ten foot box-shaped object in an oilfield in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada at 4:30 p.m. It was not there a short time later. When they investigated, they found footprints that descended a steep ledge. (Sources: John Magor, Our UFO Visitors, p. 183; Ted Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, p. 491).

1972 - Eight children reported watching a UFO maneuvering in the sky over Sudbury, Ontario for over an hour, beginning at around eight p.m. The object had a green dome and red and green body lights. (Sources: newspaper clipping dated September 25, 1972, Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue #127).

1973 - In Tyler, Texas a truck driver going to work this morning at five a.m. saw a small "airplane" change shape into a cigar, hover for awhile, and then change shape again into an elongated balloon with lights. He heard a "loop-loop-loop" thumping sound emanating from the object. A bright square light also swung from the object. (Source: John P. Timmerman, International UFO Reporter, July 2002, p. 24).

1973 - At 7:20 p.m. a huge object, described as a "flying oceanliner," was seen from a residential area of Fort Wayne, Indiana as it moved behind the treeline. It had five rows of lights of its side, and was seen for several minutes. (Source: Francis Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 37).

1975 - An elongated fuselage-shaped object 15 meters long with several big, lighted portholes appeared over Cambrai, Nord, France at 10:30 p.m. It moved rapidly and vanished instantaneously when chased by a French Air Force Mirage III jet. It made four appearances. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 39).

1978 - At midnight two locksmiths watched a mysterious light pulsating and hovering silently above the ground near Biela Lake, Carpathia, Romania. It suddenly disappeared in plain sight. Around the same time an army private at a nearby military barracks was walking around some buildings when a two meter tall, dark man confronted him. The soldier ran into the barracks to get additional witnesses, but when they came back out he was unable to locate anyone. He saw the being again, later, standing against a window. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case # 1783, citing Boczor Iosif, Fate, September 1994).

1978 - Before dawn, during a road rally north of Viedma, Argentina one of the cars, a Citroen being driven by two men named Sr. Acevedo Ramirez and Sr. Moya, was approached from behind at high speed by a bright yellow luminous light, blinding the witnesses. They estimated the approaching object's speed at 300 kph. They felt their car levitated four meters from the ground and experienced the loss of steering, and the car's engine and lights died. As the light faded their car descended to the right shoulder of the road. However, they had experienced a two hour loss of time and were somewhere else along the road than they should have been. (Sources: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, November 1978, p. 15, citing Cronica, September 24, 1978; Richard Hall, MUFON UFO Journal, October 1978, p. 11; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, pp. 204, 276, 350).

1978 - That morning a florist in the city of Rosario, Argentina saw a reddish-orange lighted sphere make several 90-degree turns impossible for any conventional aircraft. The object crossed over the Parana River into Entre Rios province. (Source: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, November 1978, p. 16, citing Cronica, September 27, 1978).

1979 - In Feignies, Nord, France a near collision occurred on the D136 highway between an automobile and a six-meter wide disc on the highway, at five o'clock in the morning. The UFO had portholes around its rim. It flew off toward the southwest into some trees. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, December 1980).

1979 - A silver cigar-shaped object approached a cattle lot two miles north of Dexter, Iowa at 1:28 p.m. It was only 150 feet above the ground, had no wings or windows, and made no sound. It hovered in place for a few minutes so the witness, a 49-year-old contractor, got out of his truck and attempted to walk underneath it. It then moved off toward the northeast, moving rapidly, and rose slightly into the sky. (Source: International UFO Reporter, July 1979, p. 12).

1984 - At 7:30 p.m. several nocturnal lights buzzed fishermen fishing in the Parnaiba River in Maranhao State, Brazil. A door was heard to slam, and voices were heard. Footprints were found on the bank of the river. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact, p. 182).

1984 - At 8:00 p.m. a large disc-shaped UFO followed a Piper airplane from Cordoba to Resistensia, Argentina. It reportedly maneuvered at great speed, and changed color from silver to orange. The plane's compass oscillated between 0.5 and 270 degrees, and there were several other variations noted in other onboard instruments. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 51).

1989 - At 9 p.m. a boy named Torshin returning home late in the evening from school in Voronezh, Russia noticed a large round red object with a black, door-like hatch hovering close to the ground. It suddenly landed on four legs and the hatch opened. A ladder descended and a square, robot-like being emerged. The witness did not stay around. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 202; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 535, citing Gordon Creighton, in Timothy Good (ed.), The UFO Report 1991).

1996 - In Bouville, France a circular object was seen at 8:50 p.m. only 100 meters away. It had three square windows and a beam of light in the front. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 17426, citing Banque OVNI Reports, case 96).

1996 - Lyn and Jean, two women from Kennoway, Fife, Scotland had seen a huge triangular craft shining very bright beams of lights towards the ground at around 8 p.m. The object hovered over the area and was seen to bank slowly, revealing a large dome on top. On the underside they could see three small red lights on each apex. The craft shot away suddenly at the sound of an approaching aircraft. At 8:30 p.m. the witnesses again saw the huge triangle over the same location, shining down powerful beams of white light.

The witnesses returned back to the area at 9:55 p.m. and watched a powerful blue glow appear over a nearby field at about treetop level. In order to get a better look they drove down a narrow lane and parked their vehicle. They then saw a large star-like object just above the blue glow that was pulsing while appearing to grow repeatedly larger and smaller. Suddenly they noticed the silhouettes of many small thin figures, moving about in the field. One of the figures was much taller than the others, around seven feet tall. Other small beings moved in among trees in the field, while a large black object sat on the ground. The figures appeared to be moving towards this object. At this point the witnesses became extremely frightened and drove away.

They arrived at the home of one of them and borrowed some binoculars, after which they soon returned to the same location and again saw the blue light, still glowing, and they again saw the little beings moving about the trees. They also saw the very tall being again, standing with its back to them. Viewing the hovering object with binoculars, they could now tell that it was amber in color, with dark indentations all around it. It rotated slowly, occasionally turning on its axis. Dozens of small creatures were visible inside, apparently carrying small boxes and tubular canisters around. Taller figures were also seen and described as having brown skin and oriental shaped eyes. They seemed to be supervising a large group of the smaller beings. Using the binoculars they now spotted a large transparent illuminated capsule-shaped object, that rippled on the outside and had indentations like the crenulations of a brain. The object appeared to be resting on the ground, and there were some very small, thin beings inside it. Next to this object was another smaller one, identical to the first, but this one contained a very tall being with brown skin and narrow eyes. Another larger craft was also seen on the ground near the woods. There were lots of lights around it and dozens of small entities that appeared to be working in groups, coming and going from the woods. The witnesses also saw capsule shaped objects resembling cocoons coming out of the woods. These objects suddenly shot across the field towards the witnesses, hovering only a few feet from them. Each of the capsules contained a small entity. They were soon dozens of bubbles or capsules hovering near the two women.

At this point the witnesses became disoriented and had vague memories of being touched by the small entities with probe-like devices. These small entities were described as having big dark eyes, big heads, and smiled at the witnesses. They communicated among themselves by making loud high-pitched noises. They remember leaving the area and returning home in a state of shock. Later, while checking the scene of the incident, UFO investigators found circular marks on the ground, burnt and dead vegetation, and branches from nearby trees covered in what appeared to be white spider web material. (Sources: Tony Todd, UFO Magazine (UK), Volume 15, No.15; Ron Halliday, UFO Scotland: The Secret History of Scotland's UFO Phenomenon, p. 162; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 2562).

1999 - A silver-metallic, featureless disc dropped to 75 meters altitude over Interstate 75 near McDonough, Georgia on this night. It then moved off rapidly to the west and hovered there for a couple of minutes. (Source: George Filer, Filer's Files, volume 9, # 39).

2000 - Ms. Rosa Lopez was on her way home late one night at 3:25 a.m. near Sevilla, Spain when her vehicle entered a strange fog on the road. When she drove out of the fog she was surprised to see that it was almost five a.m. already, although it seemed only minutes had passed. Later, under hypnotic regression, she recounted encountering a huge metallic object on the road. Her car then stalled and stopped. Several short figures with large heads and huge eyes next surrounded her vehicle. She felt weak and helpless as the humanoids carried her into the UFO. She was questioned and put through what she thought was a "brain scanning" device. She was then taken back to her car, and she drove away apparently still under the control of the humanoids. She only seemed to snap out of it completely when she got home. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2000, case # 3935, citing Jose Manuel Garcia Bautista & Rafael Cabello Herrero).

2006 - A large triangular craft flew low over two witnesses traveling in a car in Ste. Adolphe, Manitoba at 8:30 p.m. No noise was heard coming from the object. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2006 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 624).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 4 September 2007).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions, car pacing, cylindrical UFOs, daylight UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, human-looking UFOnauts, landings, levitation, light beams, luminous UFOs, missing time, multi-year reports from France, nautical UFO (UFO seen entering ocean), nuclear facility, orange UFOs, ovoid UFOs, radar-visual confirmation, robot-like humanoid, shape changing UFO, silent UFOs, silvery UFOs, translocation or time distortion, wheel-shaped UFOs, zigzag motion.