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Cases by Decade: 1980s

'Arrowhead triangle' with lights during night launch of Space Shuttle

November, 22, 1989 - Cooper City, Florida, United States

"My wife and I observed a very large, dark triangle (arrowhead shaped) flying low from east to west. It was completely silent. We counted seven (7) circular white lights on the underside. The triangle craft was moving at a high rate of speed, surrounded by a white haze."  View full report

Source: NUFORC (National UFO Reporting Center), Peter Davenport, Director   ID: 577
Case Type: StandardCase    Features:  Witness Sketch

Large 'V'-Shaped UFO encounter with US Navy nuclear submarine; electromagnetic effects

October, 24, 1989 - Florida, United States

From the witness: "My ship was on patrol about 150 miles of the Florida coast. We were cruising at about 500 feet when the submarine started experiencing electronics problems.... I saw a large inverted V-shaped UFO off the port side....This huge vessel was over a half mile across. The UFO made a half circle around our ship then passed across the stern..."  View full report

Source: George Filer (MUFON Eastern Director), Filer's Files #43-1998, 10-30-98   ID: 1110
Case Type: RawReport    Features:  Military, Water-Related, E-M Effects

Belgium Triangle UFO Sightings Featured Case

October, 1989 - Belgium

From October 1989 throughout 1990, hundreds of reports of lighted objects, frequently described as enormous and triangular in shape were recorded in Belgium. Air Force supersonic F-16 jets chased these strange objects, which were simultaneously tracked by both airborne and ground radars. The Belgian Government cooperated fully with civilian UFO investigators, an action without precedent in the history of government involvement in this field.  View full report

Source: Don Berliner   ID: 1125
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Body Lights, Military, Mass Sighting, Witness Sketch, Radar, Police

Voronezh, Russia UFO Landing and Aliens Featured Case

September, 27, 1989 - Voronezh, Russian Federation

The story of the Voronezh aliens recounts the adventures of several young children who claimed to have seen a three-eyed alien with a robot escort. The alien was said to be about nine foot tall. The craft, according to eye witness testimony, landed on the outskirts of the city. Shortly thereafter, the tall alien appeared, and upon seeing the young lad, shot a type of weapon at him, causing him to vanish before the eyes of the other people around him.  View full report

Source: UFO Casebook / other sources   ID: 120
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Physical Trace, Physiological Effects, Humanoid/Occupant, Landing, Children, Witness Sketch, Witness Photo

UFO hovers over Russian military base near nuclear test site of Kapustin Yar Featured Case

July, 28, 1989 - Kapustin Yar, Russian Federation

In 1989, at a military base near the nuclear test site of Kapustin Yar, members of two army units noticed a UFO which hovered for hours over the arsenal of the base. The KGB files contained the handwritten reports of the sighting. It flew over the stores of the unit and moved in the direction of the missile arsenal. When it hovered over the arsenal, a bright ray appeared on its underside.  View full report

Source: Michael Hesemann, 1998   ID: 663
Case Type: StandardCase    Features:  Military, Nuclear Facility, Light Beam, Witness Sketch

Contact Case in Georgia (Eastern Europe)

July, 4, 1989 - Tbilisi, Georgia

From the witness: "...I saw a "flying saucer". It was standing to the left of me and has three legs. All around it were colored lights. At the bottom were stairs and illuminated windows. From the "Saucer" 15-20 meters away were standing four figures. They were 2.5 – 3 meters in height."  View full report

Source: Georgian Ufological Association (GUFOA),   ID: 998
Case Type: RawReport    Features:  Humanoid/Occupant, E-M Effects, Vehicle Interference, Humming, Communication, Contact

Large cylindrical object with cupola and portholes in Duclair, France

January, 12, 1989 - Duclair, France

On January 12, 1989, a woman at the wheel of her car observes with approximately 30 meters with the top of the marshes an “enormous” cylindrical form comprising at the top a cupola emitting a yellow light and a series of red luminescent port-holes and white at its base. With its passage, the object disappeared and reappeared a few seconds later much higher in the sky. The observation lasted a total of only a few seconds. The investigations did not make it possible to collect other information nor to identify the phenomenon.  View full report

Source: GEIPAN (CNES, France) (French gov't UFO program)   ID: 1116
Case Type: SummaryReport    Features:  Portholes/Windows, Vehicle Encounter, Witness Sketch

Knowles Family UFO Encounter in Mundrabilla, Australia Featured Case

January, 21, 1988 - Mundrabilla , Australia

The Mundrabilla incident of a few years ago received much media publicity. The Knowles described how the UFO shot over their car and lifted it off the road. Their voices changed in pitch, the family dog in the car went crazy, and the car started shaking. The news media described the incident as a 'UFO attack' and reported that the car was covered by strange dust.  View full report

Source: UFO Research Queensland (Australia)   ID: 1090
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Vehicle Encounter, Physiological Effects, Animal Reaction, Vehicle Interference, Physical Trace, Humming, Light Beam

Gulf Breeze Sightings Featured Case

November, 11, 1987 - Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States

"Ed Walters was working in his home office when he noticed a light moving outside, partially obscured by the pine tree in his yard. To get a better look Ed went out of the front door, and could see that the light was in fact a glowing bluish-gray craft like none he had seen before... Edwould go on to photograph it many time"  View full report

Source: Ed Walters and Frances Walters, The Gulf Breeze Sightings   ID: 325
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Photo, Humanoid/Occupant, Polygraph Test, Humming

Cone-shaped object with light beam in Farmville, NC

1987 - Farmville, North Carolina, United States

From the witness: "I grabbed the binoculars and looked at it. This time I could see a distinct shape. It was like an ice-cream cone pointing upward. The flat part of the cone was facing the earth. On the back of the cone was what looked like a small hull or house or hut of some kind. It was about a fifth of the size of the cone itself. Out of this hut came a very faint blue light. It passed directly over our heads at about 15 MPH. That’s how slow it was going."  View full report

Source: UFOCasebook.com (B.J. Booth, editor)   ID: 1059
Case Type: RawReport    Features:  Light Beam, Vehicle Encounter

Japan Air Lines Flight 1628 Over Alaska Featured Case

November, 17, 1986 - Alaska, United States

In November, 1986, a Japanese crew of a jumbo freighter aircraft witnessed three unidentified objects while flying over Alaska, USA. This sighting gained international attention when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was going to officially investigate this sighting because the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Anchorage, Alaska, had reported that the UFO had been detected on radar. The UFOs in this case were tracked on both ground and airborne radar, witnessed by experienced airline pilots, and confirmed by a FAA Division Chief.  View full report

Source: Loy Lawhon   ID: 287
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Pilot/Aircrew, Radar

Bright, glowing disc-shaped object hovers over cabin in Old Crow, Yukon

September, 20, 1986 - Old Crow , Yukon Territory, Canada

From the witness: "I looked outside and there was this UFO right over the trees! It was bright blue, almost too bright to look at and was rotating fairly fast... I continued to watch the UFO for about 5 minutes, then it just slowly descended down towards the river bank and away from us, started speeding up going cross river, then it just shot off rapidly into the distance!"  View full report

Source: Martin Jasek   ID: 1011
Case Type: StandardCase    Features:  Rotary/Spin Motion, Sound

Jet Chase Over Brazil

May, 19, 1986 - Brazil

As many as twenty UFOs were seen and tracked by ground radar and at least six airplanes. Unidentified radar returns were tracked by airports in São Paulo and the Integrated Air Defense & Air Traffic Control Center (CINDACTA) in Brasilia. Two F-5E and three Mirage jet fighters were scrambled from Santa Cruz AFB in Sao Paulo State, and Anápolis AFB in Goias State.  View full report

Source: Don Berliner, UFO Briefing Document   ID: 51
Case Type: StandardCase    Features:  Radar, Pilot/Aircrew, Military, Multiple UFOs

Large Triangular Craft Doing Unusual Maneuvers

February, 1986 - Franklin, North Carolina, United States

"The outline of the craft was indistinct but the mass blocked the stars and sky while it passed overhead. It was totally silent....It was no more than about 300 feet up and moving at a crawl, maybe 10 mph, it was massive and approximately 100 yards (300 feet) in-between each light... As the craft moved over us, it performed an amazing feat!... it stopped and turned up on its axis and cart wheeled off into the eastern sky!"  View full report

Source: Brian Vike, HBCCUFO Research (hbccufo.org)   ID: 1114
Case Type: RawReport    Features:  Body Lights, Silent

Unidentified maneuvering lights seen from US Navy ship; radiation detected afterwards

1986 - Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States

During one of my scans of the night sky, out of know where, four red circular lights appeared... The four lights, in a flash, darted towards the horizon amazingly fast... Then all four shot straight up into outer-space and out of sight, all within a split second... After a half hour had passed since the sighting, the radiation detection system on the bridge started making a loud clicking sound."  View full report

Source: UFOCasebook.com (B. J. Booth, editor), citing MUFON CMS (Case Management System)   ID: 1111
Case Type: RawReport    Features:  Military, Water-Related, E-M Effects, Silent

Two large saucer-shaped objects encountered by family in car in Surrey, UK

September, 15, 1985 - Bagshot Heath, Surrey, United Kingdom

David and Susan McMurray were driving home across Bagshot Heath, Surrey, to Famborough, Hampshire, with their two children when they encountered a "huge saucer-like craft about 50ft. long with brilliant lights coming from portholes around the centre. Then it suddenly took off." When a second craft began to tail the family's car David stopped, got out and went to investigate. But it too, took off.  View full report

Source: Bill Davey, Sunday Mirror (London, UK), Sept. 29, 1985   ID: 947
Case Type: StandardCase    Features:  Portholes/Windows, Vehicle Encounter, Witness Sketch, Witness Photo
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