Monday, December 16, 2013

The Vaddo Island Artifact


Stig Ekberg and Harry Sjoberg were driving on the Island of Vaddo, Sweden, when they were approached by a flattened sphere shaped object. It settled in the middle of the road, about 100 meters in front of them. After about ten minutes, the object lifted off and accelerated away. At the landing site, the witnesses found a shiny "rock" that was hot to the touch. It was a three-sided piece of metal about the size of a matchbox, and had a heavy weight. Upon analysis, the object was found to be composed of tungsten carbide and cobalt.

Two pieces of the artifact (the two left images are piece #1, and on the right is piece #2). (credit: Illobrand Von Ludwiger)


The material is still under the possession of Dr. Peter Sturrock. It reportedly came from two witnesses of an aerial phenomenon, one of whom is deceased. Although the material appears to be tungsten carbide, the original shape of the object was unusual and no conventional use for such an object has ever been found. Von Ludwiger compiled this case and what follows is his exact description of the chain of events:

Two witnesses, Stig Ekberg and Harry Sjöberg were building a house on the island of Väddö, about 90 km NNW of Stockholm on November 11th, 1956. At about 10 p.m. Ekberg was driving his Ford V8 pickup when they saw a bright flying object with the shape of flattened sphere 8 m. wide and 3 m. high approaching from the right (from the east) against the clear night sky. They estimated that it flew about 1 km in front of them at an altitude of 100 meters. Suddenly it made a sharp turn towards them, at which time the truck engine sputtered and died and the headlights went out. The object started a slowly gliding down. It seemed to rock back and forth until it came to a stop in the middle of the road, about 100m in front of them, one meter above the ground. It was illuminating the surrounding landscape with such a tremendous amount of light that even a barn, half a kilometer away, was visible as if the sun was shining. The air smelled like ozone and smoldering insulation.

After about 10 minutes the light of the object intensified, it lifted off the ground, moved to the left and up, made a sudden turn and accelerated away in the direction from which it came. At that point Ekberg was able to restart the truck normally, and the headlights came back on. Observing that the grass at the landing site had been flattened, they investigated further and found a shiny rock that was hot to the touch. It was a three-sided piece of metal about the size of a matchbox, and had a heavy weight.

After several unsuccessful attempts to have the sample studied, it was taken to the SAAB airline manufacturing company where Mr. Sven Schalin conducted a thorough analysis. Other tests were later run in laboratories in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The general conclusion was that the object was composed of tungsten carbide and cobalt, consistent with manufactured products. According to von Ludwiger, all industrial countries have companies which produce such hard metals, and the manufacturing technology is in principle the same. The overall quality of the material was outstanding, but not unusual for the early 1950s. - excerpts from Illobrand von Ludwiger report

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November 11, 1956. Väddö Island, Sweden Ð Classification: CE-2

Prof. Sturrock has custody of a sample reportedly recovered by two witnesses of an aerial phenomenon (one of whom has since died). Although the material appears to be common tungsten-carbide, the original shape of the specimen was unusual and it has not been identified as an object serving a conventional use.

According to a summary of the case compiled by von Ludwiger the two witnesses, Stig Ekberg and Harry Sjöberg were building a house on the island of Väddö, about 90 km NNW of Stockholm. At about 10 p.m. Ekberg was driving his Ford V8 pickup when they saw a bright flying object with the shape of a flattened sphere 8 m. wide and 3 m. high approaching from the right (from the east) against the clear night sky. They estimated that it flew about 1 km in front of them at an altitude of 100 meters. Suddenly it made a sharp turn towards them, at which time the truck engine sputtered and died and the headlights went out. The object started slowly gliding down. It seemed to rock back and forth until it came to a stop in the middle of the road, about 100 m. in front of them, one meter above the ground. It was illuminating the surrounding landscape with such a tremendous amount of light that even a barn, half a kilometer away, was visible as if the sun was shining. The air smelled like ozone and smoldering insulation.

After about 10 minutes the light of the object intensified, it lifted off the ground, moved to the left and up, made a sudden turn and accelerated away in the direction from which it came. At that point Ekberg was able to restart the truck normally, and the headlights came back on. Observing that the grass at the landing site had been flattened, they investigated further and found a shiny rock that was hot to the touch. It was a three-sided piece of metal about the size of a matchbox, and had a heavy weight. - Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 12, No. 3, 1998 - JACQUES F. VALLEE

NOTE: There has been no new information on this artifact. Stig Ekberg and Harry Sjoberg seemed to be credible witnesses, though I have some doubts in their account. Compared to the Ubatuba Exploding UFO incident, the Vaddo Island encounter has very little evidence to hang your hat on...Lon

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