Date: Saturday, 17 Dec 2005
Animal Reaction Feature:
At 9:30 pm EDT (8:30 pm IN time), a group of six men and 3 dogs were at a campground in northern Indiana. They saw (and photographed) a self luminous object that was estimated to be 500 feet in altitude to as low as 100 feet in altitude as it moved SW to NE and then turned east and departed quickly to the SE. The distance to the unknown was estimated as ¼ of a mile (1320 feet) at one point and calculated as 2310 feet (.44 mile). No sound was heard. It was noted that the three dogs did not react in any way.
The prime witness at the campgrounds was an area fire supervisor. The weather was dark (no moon), calm, and partly cloudy. Duration of the sighting was from 1 to 3 minutes. The object was first seen to SW through treetops. It moved into the open and hovered (4 pictures taken at this point). While hovering the white glow turned transparent, a white strobe light flashed on top of dome and a bright red flashed on the bottom. Then the object disappeared to the south and east moving fast, disappearing in 2-3 seconds. Photographs show a domed-disc shape.
Independent observations were made by 2 men ½ mile to the south.
The field investigation team was headed by Francis Ridge, and photograph analyses were done by Dr. Richard Haines.
A blimp known to be aloft that night was thought to not be responsible for the sighting for a number of reasons, including photographic analysis, witness opinions, and the fact that no engines were heard.
References: “Mongo UFO Sighting” investigated by the Indiana group, MUFON, on line at http://n6rpf.com-us.net/mongohom.html
Photoanalysis by Dick Haines “Mongo Preliminary Evaluation” on line at http://n6rpf.com-us.net/mongoeva.html
Haines, Dr. Richard F., 1996, “The Mongo Photo Case Analysis,” MUFON UFO Journal, Number 334, February.
MUFON Case Management System, Form 2.