Form 97-AR
Date: Saturday, 26 Nov 2005

From: Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist
Subject: Apache Junction, AZ, June 2, 1970

Cat: 4
To: NICAP

 

Animal Reaction Feature:

Lulu Luebben, on the staff the Apache Sentinel, was awakened at 2 AM by horses in a corral.   Their snorting and movements made her think a coyote was in the corral, so she got up, noticing a faint odor of something burning, and looked out.

 

She saw a craft hovering between her and highway 60, located 6 blocks from her house.  The light from the UFO was so bright Lulu could see details of vehicles on the highway as they passed behind the object. After about 15 minutes, the object moved to the far side of highway 60, so the trucks were now passing in front of the object. 

 

The sighting:

The object was in view for 30 minutes before moving off to the SW.  The weather is not described, with the exception of a report that prevalent winds over the state were N-NW.

[I have search for the street location in order to estimate distances and topography between the witness and the object, but could not locate Lu-Roy Lane.  The witness’s description of being east of Route 60 suggests the general location is east to southeast of Apache Junction.—jw.]

 

The object was described as being composed of two circular structures, a larger one on top connected to a lower one by a rod.  Three bar appendages were on the bottom, but the hovered over the ground and did not land.  The top structure was an intense glowing blue, and the bottom was a neon glowing yellow.

 

No sound, no physiological, and no EM effects were reported. Ground illumination was reported.

 

[See article below for the Sentinel’s investigation involving Williams Air Force Base, airports, Weather Bureau, highway patrol, Sheriff’s office, and Drs. McDonald and Hartmann at the University of Arizona.—jw]

 

Source: Skylook #33, August 1970 (copied below): [which was copied in turn from the Apache Sentinel” June 10, 1970]:

 

Strange Hovering Craft Seen in Arizona

 

     The early morning skies of Apache Junction are not as peaceful as many of us would like to imagine.  There are things, it would seem, in the neighborhood, which glow and go bump in the dark.

     Staffer Lulu Luebben said she was awakened about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, June 2, by the horses in the corral, who were moving about restlessly and snorting.  Thinking a coyote was in the corral, she got up.

     As she did so, Lulu said she smelled a faint odor of something burning and thought her husband Roy had left a cigarette butt smoking in an ashtray.  As she got out of bed and looked out the window, however, the sight of a strange, hovering craft drove all thought of the cigarette from her mind.

     The craft, according to Mrs. Luebben’s eyewitness account, appeared to be constructed of two circular structures, the larger one on top lit with an intense glowing blue light.  The bottom one, which appeared to be connected by some sort of rod, was a neon, glowing yellow.  Mrs. Luebben said it looked like three iron-bar type appendages were on the bottom of the craft, although it did not sit down, but hovered over the area.

     The object hovered in the area between the Luebben’s house, which is located on Lu-Roy Lane about six blocks east of highway 60-70-89 [I could find no highway 70 or 89 in area—jw], and the highway.  Lulu said the light was so bright that she could identify types of vehicles moving on the highway behind the craft, such as a semi-truck, lumber truck etc.  After about 15 minutes, the object moved to the other side of the highway, and Mrs. Luebben reported that she was sure of this because cars passing on the highway were between the Luebben house and the craft.

     Although the sighting may sound like science fiction, several other people in the area have seen objects in the sky at night with apparently the same intense blue light.

     Hud Hutchinson, employed as a security guard at Falcon Field, said he and two other men watched an object with the same type of blue light slowly cross the sky toward Williams AFB.  He said at the time all three men had to reassure each other that they hadn’t been dreaming.

     Two persons in the Bush Highway area last October sighted an object again identifiable by the same blue light, crossing the sky to the west.  Mrs. Doris Mathews and Richard Sayers, both of Boston St., just west of Bush, watched what they thought was a brilliant blue falling star suddenly appear to the southwest and cross the sky toward the north.

     Then, instead of falling as they expected, the blue light suddenly went out as though it had been extinguished.  Once again, both persons had to reassure each other they had actually seen such an object in the sky.

     Checks with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Highway Patrol’s Claypool and Phoenix Offices revealed no reports by motorists of sighting unusual lights along the highways around Apache Junction.

     A check with Williams Air Force Base produced the information that Williams had no aircraft operational at the time of Lulu’s sightings and that there have been no reported sightings of UFOs within the last six months.

     Although the air Force has closed its research project which was entitled Project Blue-Book, it is still a part of Air Force policy to advise whether or not the air base nearest the sighting had any operational aircraft at the time of the sighting.

     The Sentinel then called the Administrative offices of the Weather Bureau in Phoenix.  The Bureau informed the Sentinel that weather balloons are not launched from the Phoenix facilities of the bureau.  The prevalent wind patterns from the state were North-North-west, the nearest station which could have originated a balloon is Wilcox. [Wilcox is located in the SE corner of the state about 120 miles SE of Apache Junction.—jw]

     The weather bureau spokesman also stated that the balloon does not have internal lighting and moonlight would not cause enough reflection to match the reported lights.

     A check with the tower at Sky Harbor Airport revealed that there have been no sightings reported to that facility for the last six months.  Both the Williams AFB and Sky Harbor replies cover the entire state.

     The Sentinel contacted two members of the Astronomy Department of the University of Arizona, Professors William Hartman [Hartmann—jw] and James E. MacDonald [McDonald—jw].

Professor Hartman who is an assistant professor at the Lunar and Space Laboratory, is a co-author of the controversial “Colorado Report” which was sponsored by the Department of Defense.  The report found no evidence to support the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects.

     “After two years of research I do not discredit the possibility of extra-terrestrial visitors, but I do feel that most unexplained reports are caused by atmospheric phenomena.  There are so many of these phenomena that I could not identify them all.”

     Professor MacDonald, who is an atmospheric physicist and one of the leading critics of the Colorado report told the Sentinel after speaking to Lulu and hearing the result of the Sentinel investigation, that the object Lulu sighted could not have been a meteorite or any known atmospheric phenomena.  The professor also stated that while the design of the “ship” was unusual, it was not unprecedented.

     However, Prof. MacDonald stated he could offer no explanation of the sighting other than the fact that due to the agitated state of the horses, it was no hallucination.

 

Source: “Apache Sentinel,” June 10 1970, Credit; William J. Fisch.

 

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