In the history of ufology, there are a number of reports that make the existence of non-terrestrial visitations seem plausible. Some of them are so well-documented and inexplicable that they might just have been genuine UFO sightings. I have included a few cases in which I believe that an actual UFO was observed and/or interacted with the witnesses. There are other scenarios for possible alien contact and abduction...I'll save those for later:
The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident
On December 29, 1980, a terrifying encounter with a flame belching UFO on a lonely road near Huffman, Texas, resulted in appalling injuries for the three innocent victims. According to MUFON investigator Bob Pratt, "the case remains one of the most important in the history of ufology. It has never been resolved. Someone in the U.S. knows exactly what happened to Betty and Vickie and Colby but they have remained silent despite all the suffering - and ridicule - those three endured."
Read the full account - The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident
The Trans-en-Provence, France UFO Incident
On the afternoon of January 8, 1981, a strange craft landed on a farm near the village of Trans-en-Provence in the Var region in southeastern France. Physical traces left on the ground were collected by the Gendarmerie within 24 hours and later analyzed in several French government laboratories. Extensive evidence of anomalous activity was detected.
The witness was the farmer Renato Nicolai, 55, on whose property the UFO landed and then took-off almost immediately. Thinking that it was a military experimental device, Nicolai notified the local gendarmes on the following day. The case was investigated by the Groupe d'Etudes des Phénomènes Aérospatiaux Non-identifiés (GEPAN), or Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena Study Group, established in 1977 within the National Center for Space Studies (CNES) in Toulouse, the French counterpart of NASA. (The functions of GEPAN were reorganized in 1988 into the Service d'Expertise des Phénomènes de Rentrées Atmosphériques or SEPRA). The primary investigator was Jean-Jacques Velasco.
Read the full account - The Trans-en-Provence, France UFO Incident
Left to right: Dr. Jacques F. Vallee. Dr. Michel Bounias and the witness, Mr. Renato Nicolai
The 1966 Ohio - Pennsylvania UFO Police Chase
One of the most dramatic encounters by police officers with an apparently structured, low-level UFO occurred in the early morning of April 17, 1966. Officers of the Portage County, Ohio, Sheriff's Department first saw the object rise up from near ground level, bathing them in light, near Ravenna, Ohio, about 5:00 A.M. Ordered by the sergeant to pursue the object, they chased it for eighty-five miles across the border into Pennsylvania, as it seemed to play a cat-and-mouse game with them. Along the route, police officers from other jurisdictions saw the object and joined in the chase.
Read the full account - The 1966 Ohio - Pennsylvania UFO Police Chase
The Day the Earth Stood Still in Clayton South
Over 200 students and teachers witnessed an unexplained flying object on Wednesday 6th April 1966 around 11.00 am. They reported it descended into a nearby open wild grass field adjacent to a grove of pine trees in an area known as The Grange. The object then ascended in a north-westerly direction over the suburb of Clayton South.
Around about 200 people, most of them students at what was then called Westall High School, were out for morning recess. Many saw the strange object descend behind pine trees in The Grange Reserve, and then later ascend and fly away at great speed. The people who ran over to the reserve found a huge ring in the paddock where the object had been seen. Some people reported five light aircraft following or chasing the object.
Read the full account - The Day the Earth Stood Still in Clayton South
'Vehicle in the Arroyo' - Sorocco UFO Landing
An encounter with a UFO with occupants occurred in Socorro, New Mexico on April 24, 1964. The experiencer was a police officer name Lonnie Zamora. This encounter is one of the best documented events with physical trace evidence. Until this incident, reports from persons claiming to have seen small beings in connection with UFOs on the ground (CE-III or Close Encounters of the Third Kind) were looked upon with considerable disfavor within the UFO research community. After the landing near Socorro, New Mexico, confirmed by a second reputable witness, attitudes changed. The years following this event produced an unprecedented flow of reports of high credibility and strangeness.
Read the full account - 'Vehicle in the Arroyo' - Sorocco UFO Landing
Chicago O'Hare Airport UFO Incident
On Tuesday, November 07, 2006 at approximately 16:30 p.m. local time (Central), Federal authorities at O'Hare Airport received a report that approximately a dozen witnesses were observing a small, round disc-shaped object, metallic in appearance, which hovered over Gate C17 at that airport.
Read the full account - Chicago O'Hare Airport UFO Incident
NOTE: These 6 cases, in my opinion, contain the most plausible evidence of intelligent control of UFOs. There are many more compelling documented cases...but lack the same degree of tenable evidence. Lon
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