Category 11 Case Directory
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Piper Navajo Encounters Satellite Objects / RFI
August 22, 1968
130 mi E. of Kalgoorlie, Australia

5:40 PM LT
Duration 10 mins
aircraft Piper Navajo
2 observer
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
August 22, 1968; Over Zanthus district, 130 miles east of Kalgoorlie, Australia
17:40 LT, 9:40 GMT. Two pilots flying a Piper Navajo single engine aircraft at 8,000 ft and at 195 kts on a heading of 270 between Adelaide and Perth, sighted a formation of "aircraft" some distance ahead at same level which were maintaining station on their plane. There was one large object in the middle of the group with 4 or 5 smaller objects flying to the right, left and above it. The large object was able to change its shape "from spheroid to slightly elongated  form" and its color remained a constant dark grey or black. The smaller objects were cigar-shaped and of very dark color. The smaller objects appeared to travel out and come back without actually turning like a normal aircraft would have to. The pilots radioed their sighting to ground authorities and learned that there were no RAAF airplanes in the vicinity on radar. At this time their communications failed. They were receiving the Kalgoorlie carrier wave but no voice propagation, only static. After about ten minutes the large object seemed to split apart into two sections. At 9 :50 GMT, the entire formation departed "at a tremendous speed". This was done "as if at a single command". The time involved in disappearing was calculated at about 3 to 4 seconds, diminishing in size until out of sight. Communications were back to normal after objects departure. 10 mins. (Sources : Project Delta, Dr Richard F. Haines, case 31; APRO Bulletin, Jan-Feb. 1969; Section X, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

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