1961

Historical Sightings
1961

• Australia, Bowna: F. Reynolds and his son were camping near the water. They observed an object on the ground with four windows in it. There was a fire nearby, and four figures could be seen between it and the object. At 2130 it had disappeared. Witnesses in Wodonga, West Albury, Wangaratta and Tallangatta independently observed an unknown object in flight.   
• England, Ryde: An object resembling a hovercraft, having five windows through which an orange light was shining, hovered about 20 m above the trees. It left suddenly at high speed. 
• France, Cestas-Gazinet: An electronics professor at Bordeaux University and three school teachers observed an elongated, glowing, orange object. Interference with car ignition was noted. One witness was said to have felt a slight indisposition and to have heard or somehow perceived the word “ZEMU” repeated twice.   
• France, Toulouse: Approximate date. Five persons observed a luminous, yellow sphere, 8 m in diameter, flying about 10 m above the road. Horizontal and vertical bands of darker tone gave the impression of “windows. ” The object flew up very fast when the car reached town.   
• USA, New Hampshire, Indian Head: Mr. and Mrs. Hill saw a lenticular object with a double row of portholes and half-a-dozen dark figures working at control panels inside, when they stopped to investigate a light following their car. They became afraid and drove away. A “beeping sound” enveloped the car, and they felt a prickling sensation before losing consciousness. When they came to, they were driving near Ashland. A series of nightmares and medically controlled hypnosis brought back what apparently was the memory of their abduction by the occupants of the object.   
• USA, Wisconsin, Eagle River: J. Simonton heard a whining sound and saw an object, 10 m in diameter, 4 m high, with exhaust pipes around the periphery, land near his house. A door was opened and a man appeared. About 1. 50 m tall, he wore a black, turtleneck pullover with a white band at the belt, and black trousers with a vertical white band along the side. Two figures were visible inside the object. Simonton filled a jug with water, returned it to the man, who gave him three ordinary pancakes, and the craft took off.   
• Italy, Savona: Off this town, four people in a boat were suddenly shaken by growing waves and saw the sea swelling like an enormous bubble 1 km away. An object emerged, hovering at 10 m altitude for a brief time, its underside glowing, and it left obliquely at high speed toward the northeast. Its shape was similar to a cone resting on a disk.   
• USA, Indiana, LaPorte: Eight km south of La Porte, 16- year-old Dennis Bealor saw a large sphere of orange light rise ahead of him on the road. He was so frightened that he lost control of his bike and left the road.   
• USA, Indiana, Lafayette: Jerry Hislope, 20, was driving to Kentland when he saw a glowing white object, 3 min diameter, 1 m thick, dive at him, flying 3 m above the ground. He stopped to observe it, but the object flew away.  
• USA, Indiana, Union Mills: Approximate date. A hemispherical craft with portholes, resting on a road, took off when a car came near it. Estimated diameter was 4 m, height 2. 5 m, bearing “fluorescent lights. ”  
• USA, Kansas, Kansas City: Two Drake University students saw a large object shaped like an oval with “running boards” bearing a series of lights. It hovered for about 4 min at tree-height, shot straight up, climbed away toward the east, then disappeared from view in five sec or so.   
• USA, Nevada, Las Vegas: One mile north of Bonny Spring Ranch, on U. S. Highway 91, two civilians in a car observed in the rear-view mirror a low-flying object that overtook their car, followed by a rush of cold air. It stopped, circled the vehicle, flew off and was lost to sight behind the mountains, where it may have landed. In the course of an exceptionally complete investigation by military authorities, however, no evidence of a landing was discovered.   
• USA, New Hampshire:  Betty and Barney Hill.  Driving to their home in New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill notice a bright light in the sky. Radar reports at the nearby Pease Air Force Base also record something in the air at that time. The Hills examined the light through binoculars, and saw a structured object with flashing lights. Barney walks across a field for a closer look, and sees beings looking back at him. Frightened, he and Betty drive home, arriving two hours later then expected. They cannot account for the missing time (a common phenomenon among abductees) until they undergo regression hypnosis. The couple described being stopped by the UFO and taken aboard the saucer for medical examination. Due to the impressive documentation and the confirming radar trace from Pease Air Force Base, the Hill case is one of the most famous on record.
• USA, New Hampshire, Indian Head: Mr. and Mrs. Hill saw a lenticular object with a double row of portholes and half-a-dozen dark figures working at control panels inside, when they stopped to investigate a light following their car. They became afraid and drove away. A “beeping sound” enveloped the car, and they felt a prickling sensation before losing consciousness. When they came to, they were driving near Ashland. A series of nightmares and medically controlled hypnosis brought back what apparently was the memory of their abduction by the occupants of the object.   
• USA, Wisconsin, Eagle River: J. Simonton heard a whining sound and saw an object, 10 m in diameter, 4 m high, with exhaust pipes around the periphery, land near his house. A door was opened and a man appeared. About 1. 50 m tall, he wore a black, turtleneck pullover with a white band at the belt, and black trousers with a vertical white band along the side. Two figures were visible inside the object. Simonton filled a jug with water, returned it to the man, who gave him three ordinary pancakes, and the craft took off.   
• Venezuela, LaVictoria: A government topographer, Adolfo P. Pisani, was passed by a truck as he was driving on the Andean Highway. A brilliant disk with the appearance of blue steel swooped down very close to the hood of the truck and then flew away. The truck was pulled up nearly 1 m above the road and overturned in a sandbank. The driver escaped with minor injuries.  

1961 Project Blue Book Unknowns

• Japan June 2, 1961; Miyako Jima, Japan. 10:17 P.m. Witnesses: lst Lt. R.N. Monahan and Hazeltine Electric Co. technical representative D.W. Mattison. One blue-white light flew erratic course at varying speed, in an arc-like path for 5 minutes. 
• USA, California April 24, 1961; 200 miles SW of San Francisco, California (35′ 50′ N., 125′ 40 W.). 3:34 a.m. Witnesses: aircraft commander Capt. H.J. Savoy and navigator lst Lt. M.W. Rand, on USAF RC-l2lD patrol plane. One reddish-white, round object or light, similar to satellite. Observed for 8 minutes. 
• USA, Florida Nov. 21, 1961; Oldtown, Florida. 7:30 p.m. Witnesses: C. Locklear and Helen Hatch. One round, red-orange object flew straight up and faded after 3-4 minutes. 
• USA, Florida May 22, 1961; Tyndall AFB, Florida. 4:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mrs. A.J. Jones and Mrs. R.F. Davis. One big silver dollar disc hovered and revolved, then suddenly disappeared after 15 minutes. 
• USA, Iowa Nov. 23, 1961; Sioux City, Iowa. 9:30 p.m. Witness: F. Braunger. One bright red star flew straight and level for 15 minutes. 
• USA, Kansas Aug. 12, 1961; Kansas City, Kansas. 9 p.m. Witnesses: college seniors J.B. Furkenhoff and Tom Phipps. One very large oval object with a fin extending from one edge to the center; like a sled with lighted car running boards. Hovered at 50′ altitude for 3-5 minutes, then flew straight up and east. 
• USA, Michigan Feb, 27, 1961; Bark River, Michigan. 10:15 p.m. Witness: Mrs. LaPalm. One fiery-red, round object, preceded by light rays, slowed and descended, while her dog howled. Sighting lasted 10 minutes. 
• USA, Michigan July 7, 1961; Copemish, Michigan. 11 p.m. Witness: waitress Nannette Hilley. One large ball flew slow, split into four after 45 minutes. Four flew close formation, descended and flew away to the west. Total sighting lasted 1 hour. 
• USA, Ohio July ll, 1961; Springfield, Ohio. 7:45 p.m. Witnesses: ex-air navigator G. Scott, Mrs. Scott, and neighbors. One round, bright light like shiny aluminum, passed overhead in 20 minutes. 
• USA, Texas July 20, 1961; Houston, Texas. 88 a.m. Witnesses: Trans-Texas Airlines Capt. A.V. Beather, flying DC-3, plus vague report from ground radar. Two very bright white light or objects flew in trail formation for 30 minutes. 
• USA, Washington, D.C Dec. 13, 1961; Washington, D.C. 5:05 p.m. Witnesses: C.F. Muncy, ex-U.S. Navy pilot W.J. Myers, and G. Weber. One dark diamond-shaped object with a bright tip flew straight and level for 1-3 minutes.

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