Massachusetts UFO Flap - April, 1966.

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  1. karl 12

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    As so often happens when looking into the UFO subject for certain trends, patterns, characteristics etc. you do come across certain cases (or flaps) you've never heard of before.

    For some bizarre reason there does appear to be quite a number of close range UFO sightings over schools so whilst looking into relevant police reports did see this very strange one from the 22nd of April, 1966 in Beverly, Massachusetts.

    Turns out over that over a twelve day period lots of other very strange UFO reports started coming in from the general area also involving multiple witnesses (including police officers).


    • Close range UFO sighting directly over a school - 22nd of April, 1966 in Beverly Massachusetts.


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    Research documents (PDF file)


    On the nights of 19th and 20th April there were also at least six UFO reports 50 miles away in Sharon - a NICAP investigation ended up logging eighteen down the eastern seaboard.


    • Police witnesses, April 19th - video and radio interview (rare vid so please download if poss).






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    Interesting that Raymond mentions reports of UFOs making 'high-pitched humming noises' between April 11th and 23rd as over in Portage County on the 17th police officers also chased this strange humming object over 86 miles into Pennsylvania.

    • There's also this one from Massachusetts on the 24th of April involving an object with a 'transparent bubble' on top (and circular red blinking lights) which banged against a house - power outages also reported.


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    Lots of similar reports from the month before in Michigan so this could just be a continuation.


    The annual NICAP chronology from April, 66 really does make for some interesting reading - also a bit ironic that they were holding the US Congressional UFO hearings in the same month.


    The complete NUFORC report list is linked below and looks like humming disc shaped objects are still being reported - theres also a few UFO reports involving the ocean and this weird one from Crane's Beach on the 17th April, 1966.

    NUFORC Reports - Mass


    • Crane Beach:

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  3. Skepticide123

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    This picture posted by karl 12:
    (and I LOVE how it moves up and down and back and forth --of course), actually is very similar to what the Hills described.
    This photo (which I got from Pinterest, and looks like it came from ufoevidence.org)
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    July 3, 1967

    I think is the same object the Hills saw and also what is in that drawing.
    Here you see the extended "bat wings" on the sides, that don't have the lights showing from them yet, and the bank of dark windows, too.
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    Betty, Barney Hill UFO:
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    Scepticide, very good point there mate and the Hill object really does look to resemble the object the police officers witnessed on the 19th of April - particularly with their description of red lights on either end.

    Apparently it was 'so low you could see the oval shape of the object' and the officers thought they were going to 'look in the window and see something extraordinary' because they were 'that close'.

    The object is described as hovering and soaring with no wings, tails or propellers and about the size of an automobile - they also stated they were dumbfounded and the sight was 'actually unbelievable'.

    The UFO was reported to have a red light in front and a red light to the rear of it with what appeared to be illuminated white lights the whole length of it ('it looked like a long strip of glass and you could see the curvature of the glass').

    Also found it interesting that Intelligence officers from Hanscom AFB ordered Police Chief Albert Horan to 'say no more on this and future incidents' and to start a separate non public log.


    • Radio interview - WNEW New York:



    Track 24:

    Wendy Connors Audio Archive - Cops & Saucers Law Enforcement And UFO's 1957 1981 Guide

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    Similar case here mate from Red Bluff, California in August, 1960 - police witnesses also describe red lights on either end and state the object's flight characteristics were 'actually unbelievable'.


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    Links:

    Red Bluff UFO Case Directory
    UFOs- Lights In The Texas Sky: Red Bluff UFO Encounters, Then And Now

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    Looking closely I have come to the same opinion that this is the same craft involved in the hill case.
     
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    It even behaved in a similar manner dropping down behind some trees, iirc.
     
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    Also some relevant descriptions from the rash of police sightings the month before in Michigan - police officers there also reported UFOs with 'lights on either end'.



    Police Officer Nel Scheider's sketch in this animated sequence also looks a bit freaky and would dearly love to know what the object witnessed by Frank Manor and his son actually was.


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  10. 1963

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    Hi Karl, great stuff as usual mate in highlighting some of these old cases. And the way that you present your offerings by means of localising reports , and concentrating on certain aspects of the phenomenon for better consideration is truly awesome my old friend. ... and i'm hopeful that this is the correct pathway for a future student polymath to follow in order to see the whole picture far clearer than I ever could. :Thumbsup: .. And though not given quite the celebrity of the Portage County incident [just 5 days prior] the Massachusetts flap of 1966 that you present is certainly a worthy case for inclusion in that category.
    By the way matey, just a side note is that I can never here the words UFO and Massachusetts without immediately thinking about the Salem Coast Guard Shel Alpert UFO picture of 1952...

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    I know it is not one of the 'best' UFO photos [although must be one of the most famous] and has been around for such a long time relatively unchallenged... but has in modern times been 'retrospectively debunked' as being simply "lights being reflected on a window". ... which I believe is not such a bad call... but then when taking into account that this explanation [debunk] would have to include that Mr. Shel Alpert, a USCG seaman on duty in the Salem Coast Guard was actively perpetrating a hoax for a little fame and publicity, which is something that he always denied? ... and then there's the fact that the Salem picture also puts me in mind of the Lubbock Lights photo from a year beforehand by Carl Hart ...

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    ... and though this picture that was not debunked by the boffins at Wright-Patterson and also later by Blue Book I feel it has the same ambience as the Salem picture. ... but with this one, there is a bit of corroboration by the bunch of Texas Tech professors that had witnessed the lights first hand ... [with the caveat that they were in the U formation rather than the V formation in the photo when they saw them] ... which makes me lean toward both of these pictures being genuine. .. don't know about you mate?
    Anyway great stuff Karl. :Thumbsup:

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    Sighting details for this object.

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    July 3, 1967 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Date: July 3, 1967

    Sighting Time: 5:30 PM

    Day/Night: Day

    Location: Calgary, Alberta

    Urban or Rural: Rural

    Hynek Classification: DD (Daylight Disc) Metallic or whitish object seen in the day.

    Duration: 25 seconds

    No. of Object(s):

    Size of Object(s): 25 feet wide

    Distance to Object(s): two miles away at about 2000 feet

    Shape of Object(s): Disc

    Color of Object(s):

    Number of Witnesses: Multiple

    Source: Knight; “Metal Ejecting UFOs” in CONFRONTATIONS: A CHALLENGE TO SCIENCE, © Jacques Vallee

    Summary: Of the 35 photographic cases examined by the Condon Committee, only two were judged to be “first priority” — having potential value in establishing the existence of “flying saucers.” One was the so-called Calgary case with its two photos. Dr. Hynek, who subjected the original negatives to exhaustive lab tests, called the first photo the “best Daylight Disc photograph I have personally investigated.” [map id=”485″]

    Full Report
    Of the 35 photographic cases examined by the Condon Committee (pp.168-9), only two were judged to be “first priority” — having potential value in establishing the existence of “flying saucers.” One was the so-called Calgary case with its two photos. Dr. Hynek, who subjected the original negatives to exhaustive lab tests, called the first photo (above) the “best Daylight Disc photograph I have personally investigated.” Fifty miles southwest of his home in Calgary, Alberta, Warren Smith and two friends were returning from a weekend prospecting trip through rugged “bush” country on July 3, 1967. At about 5:30 PM the youngest of the group pointed to what at first all thought was an airplane. It was some two miles away at about 2000 feet — but losing altitude fast, as if headed for a crash. As it traveled toward them, they noticed it had no wings. “…It passed slightly out of view behind some trees,
    From Betty & Barney Hill's account:
    Through binoculars, Barney observed what he reasoned was a commercial airliner traveling toward Vermont on its way to Montreal. However, he soon changed his mind, because without looking as if it had turned, the craft rapidly descended in his direction. This observation caused Barney to realize, "this object that was a plane was not a plane."
    "...Approximately one mile south of Indian Head, they said, the object rapidly descended toward their vehicle, causing Barney to stop in the middle of the highway. "

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    ...went Smith’s deposition, to which he swore under the Canada Evidence Act, “…then reappeared and hovered in the open sky, and something of a much smaller size fell from the craft.” In the 25 seconds the object was in view, Smith remember the loaded camea in his pack. “I … took two pictures of this strange craft and swear… no other humans were in that area” and “no camera tricker” was involved, he stated. The object was described as circular, shiny, and about 25 feet wide. Arrows point to a small cloud formation virtually unchanged in both photos, proof of Smith’s claim that the shots had been taken only seconds apart. Hynek, who flew over the site with Smith, found no evidence of a hoax in his investigation.
     
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    Certainly a very curious series of similar, localised sightings my friend and (as usually happens) the more you look the more you find - have highlighted a few NICAP reports for Massachusetts around that timeframe and there really is some weird stuff being described (including objects with red lights on either end)



    It's been conservatively guesstimated that only 1 in 10 people actually submit UFO reports (I know I didn't) so really do wonder just how many UFO witnesses are actually out there.

    There also seems to be some sort of 'flap' every year throughout the 60s and 70s depending on where you look and the number of similarities in reports throughout November 1957 are also pretty mindboggling:






    Mate that's one of my favourite cases with a highly questionable government investigation and resulting 'force fit' explanation - considering certain facts involved (and close range police testimony from multiple officers) I have a really hard time buying the Venus debunk.

    Apparently there was another strange UFO sightng by three municipal workers and a policeman in Western Michigan on the same day as Portage and a similar police UFO pursuit in Ohio 10 days earlier (UFO also departed vertically like in the Portage case).


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    Karl 12, you mention your encounter and not filing a report; could you post a link to your experience? I agree 100% about number of experiences not reported. I think we and others here on the forum have a very similar take on the phenomenon, and have come to conclusions by independently looking at the information = really great!
     
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    Hola mate, no link to post but one of the images below looks a lot like the sighting I had with a friend in the mountains of Spain a few years ago (zig zaggy light one) -have no idea what it was but it covered a huge distance of sky in a very short time and seemed to give off luminescence each time it turned - looked more organic than anything else.


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    This one from two years later in Redlands also looks a bit similar.

     
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