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Mexican Air Force Pilots Film 11 UFOs

March, 2004 - Over Campeche state, Mexico

Mexican Air Force pilots filmed 11 unidentified flying objects in the skies over southern Campeche state in Mexico, a Mexican Defense Department spokesman confirmed. A videotape was made widely available to the news media. The lights were filmed using infrared equipment. They appeared to be flying at an altitude of about 3,500 meters (11,480 feet), and allegedly surrounded the Air Force jet.  View full report

Source: Associated Press / Jaime Maussan   ID: 263
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Radar, Military, Pilot/Aircrew, Photo, Multiple UFOs, Witness Photo

Disk-Shaped Object Photographed by Military Pilot in Hungary Featured Case

September, 29, 2001 - Budapest, Hungary

"A military pilot recorded a spectacular video of a silver disk object on September 29, 2001. The craft was flying to his left side and then moved very fast past him in the clouds as can be seen in the video."  View full report

Source: Kal Korff / Rense.com   ID: 404
Case Type: PressReport    Features:  Photo, Military, Pilot/Aircrew

Chinese Air Force pilot chases 'mushroom-shaped' UFO

October, 19, 1998 - Changzhou, China

The [Chinese] air force had a prolonged up-close encounter with a UFO last month that one fighter pilot described as "just like ones in foreign movies," a government-controlled newspaper reported Thursday. At least 140 people on the ground also saw the object. They described an object with a mushroom-shaped dome on top and a flat bottom covered with bright, continually rotating lights.  View full report

Source: AFP (Agence France Presse) - November, 1998   ID: 1074
Case Type: PressReport    Features:  Group Sighting, Pilot/Aircrew, Military, Radar, Body Lights

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

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

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

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

The Rendlesham Forest Incident Featured Case

December, 26, 1980 - Rendlesham Forest, United Kingdom

What is widely considered Britain’s most extraordinary encounter took place between 26 and 28 December 1980. It involved at least a dozen civilians from villages surrounding Rendlesham Forest, a large pine wood in south east Suffolk eight miles from the large town of Ipswich. However, it also gained a high profile because of its military witnesses, part of a huge USAF contingent at the twin bases of RAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge located beside the forest.  View full report

Source: Jenny Randles   ID: 279
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Physical Trace, Physiological Effects, Military, Nuclear Facility, Witness Photo, Witness Sketch

Kirtland Air Force Base 1980 UFO Landing

August, 9, 1980 - Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

On the morning of August 9, 1980, several security guards at the Manzano Weapons Storage Area, adjacent to Kirtland AFB, saw a bright light descend in (a) restricted area. A fourth guard observed a disk shaped light in the vicinity of a bunker used to store nuclear weapons. The incident resulted in a report being filed with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) at Kirtland.  View full report

Source: Francis Ridge, NICAP   ID: 218
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Military, Nuclear Facility

US Air Force personnel witness 3 large oval shaped craft in Mojave desert

August, 1978 - Phelan, California, United States

"Myself and other witnesses were F4-Phantom Weapons Control Technicians in the USAF. First large oval rises up from directly behind mountains due east from me. Motion is slow, floating like a blimp or balloon. Second identical object then began to rise just to the left of the first object. Third identical looking object then began to rise just to right of first object."  View full report

Source: UFOEvidence.org   ID: 802
Case Type: RawReport    Features:  Military

Fort Dix / McGuire AFB Case Featured Case

January, 18, 1978 - Fort Dix/McGuire AFB, New Jersey, United States

The primary eyewitness in the case, Jeffrey Morse, alleged (i) that he had been working as a security policeman at McGuire AFB when he was notified about UFO activity over Fort Dix army base. (ii) Morse alleged that he heard that a non-human entity had been shot and he later saw the dead body of the entity lying on the ground on a disused runway at McGuire AFB.  View full report

Source: NIDS, National Institute for Discovery Science   ID: 317
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  Military, Humanoid/Occupant, Witness Sketch

Retired Chilean General in air encounter with large 'banana-shaped' UFO

1978 - Antofagasta, Chile

Retired General Hernan Gabrielli Rojas had squared off against a gigantic UFO while engaging in a training flight in the skies of northern Chile. According to the military man, the object was the size of 10 or 15 aircraft carriers, and its presence was picked up by the radars aboard two F-5 jet fighters as well as the Cerro Moreno airport in Antofagasta.  View full report

Source: Inexplicata, Scott Corrales, editor / Ovnivisión (Chile) / Revista TOC / Terra Chile   ID: 997
Case Type: PressReport    Features:  Military, Pilot/Aircrew, Witness Photo, Radar

Chilean soldier loses five days to UFO (The Valdes Case)

April, 25, 1977 - Pampa Lluscuma (near Putre), Chile

A Chilean soldier was in shock after a weird, five-day ordeal with a UFO. Six members of an army patrol saw two bright objects descending from the sky. Cpl. Armando Valdes, the patrol leader, set out alone to investigate and, according to the men, simply vanished. Fifteen minutes later, they said, he reappeared, tried to speak and passed out. The date on his watch had been advanced five days, and he now had about a week's growth of beard.  View full report

Source: Associated Press / San Antonio News, May 23, 1977   ID: 460
Case Type: PressReport    Features:  Missing Time, Military

F-4 Jet Chase over Iran 1976 Featured Case

September, 18, 1976 - Tehran, Iran

One of the best documented UFO-aircraft incidents, when a UFO was observed flying over the restricted airspace of Tehran, Iran. Two U.S.-made F-4 Phantom II jet fighters of the Imperial Iranian Air Force were scrambled, but as the pilots closed in on the target, their communications and weapons systems were suddenly jammed. The incident was confirmed by high ranking officers of the Iranian Air Force and later documented by several agencies of the U.S. military.  View full report

Source: Don Berliner, UFO Briefing Document: The Best Available Evidence   ID: 200
Case Type: MajorCase    Features:  E-M Effects, Radar, Pilot/Aircrew, Military

Black sphere hovers near U.S. Naval Comm. Station at North West Cape, Australia

October, 25, 1973 - North-West Cape, Australia

According to official reports, at 7.30 p.m. Lieutenant Commander M, of the US Navy, observed 'a large black, airborne object' in the airspace over the important US intelligence base at North-West Cape. US Navy Fire Captain L had also seen the object. The object was about 10 metres in diameter and was about 300 metres above the ground. It was completely stationary except for a halo around its centre, which appeared to be either revolving or pulsating.  View full report

Source: Bill Chalker (1996)   ID: 629
Case Type: StandardCase    Features:  Military, Nuclear Facility
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