The “Flying Cross” Case
Angus Brooks, a former flight administrative officer for
British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), was walking his Dalmatian and
Alsatian dogs at Moigne Downs, Dorset, England, on October 26, 1967.
At 11:25 a.m., he decided to lie down in an indentation on a hill to shelter
himself from the strong wind.
“Almost immediately” he saw what appeared to be
a contrail high in the sky. Then the contrail disappeared and in its
place, a UFO descended “at lightning speed” to 200 or 300 feet altitude.
“The shape of the ‘craft’ prior to leveling out
to ‘hover’ position was of a central circular chamber with a leading fuselage
in the front and three separate fuselages together at the rear,” the former
World War II photographic interpreter stated. “On slowing to ‘hover’
position the two outer fuselages at the rear moved to position at [the] side
of [the] ‘craft’ to form four fuselages at equidistant position around [the]
center chamber…. On attaining ‘hover’ the ‘craft’ rotated 90 degrees clockwise
and then remained motionless, unaffected by very strong wind.”
For 22 minutes the strange object remained motionless
in the sky. The Alsatian, back from foraging for game, stood “distraught”
beside the witness.
“The dog was standing here and her ears were pricked
straight up like she does when her ears heard sounds that she was worried
about,” Brooks said.
The witness, who served with a Royal Air Force
Middle East Command unit, said the UFO was made “of a translucent material.”
Dark shadows were dotted along the bottoms of the fuselages and center chamber.
Nose cones and “groove fins” were seen along the bases of the fuselages.
The center chamber was an estimated 25 feet in diameter and 12 feet high.
Each of the fuselages was thought to be about 75 feet long, seven feet high
and eight feet wide.
The UFO appeared to be hovering somewhere
between the Winfrith Atomic Station and the Portland Underwater Defense Station
“and about a mile inland from the USAF Communications Unit at Ringstead Bay.”
At 11:47 a.m., the craft flew to the east-northeast
Brooks said that, on future visits to the area,
his Alsatian dog appeared nervous. The animal died of “acute cystitis”
(a disorder of the urinary bladder) about six weeks later.
The Official Attitude
The witness reported the incident to the Ministry
of Defense in London and received an official reply from L. W. Akhurst, who
investigated the sighting.
“We do not doubt that the experience which you
have described was a very vivid one, nor have we overlooked your long association
with aviation,” Akhurst wrote. “However, we are unable to agree with
your conclusion that you saw a controlled flying vehicle of unique design
The Ministry official went on to expound a theory
that Brooks, who experienced “some years ago” a corneal transplant as a result
of an eye injury, actually saw “a vitreous floater—a piece of loose matter
(a dead cell) floating in the fluid of the eyeball.” These floaters,
Akhurst said, sometimes appear as rods or discs and can be more pronounced
by a corneal transplant.
“However,” Akhurst added, “it is unlikely that
the floater would have remained stationary for as long as 22 minutes.”
The London official further stated that the recent
UFO publicity and the floater could have triggered a dream state while Brooks
Brooks responded that his eye doctor informed
him that the eye muscle “moves upward and downwards and, as the craft entered
the vision circle at 30 degrees, moved across descending to center of vision,
hovered for 22 minutes, then exited vision circle at 320 degrees, this hardly
confirms” with Akhurst’s theory. The corneal transplant, Brooks said,
greatly improved his vision.
“In your conclusion,” Brooks added, “your disadvantage
is, of course, that I was there at the time and any Investigation Commission
can only work on the creditability of second hand report details combined
with technical, medical and scientific assistance, so, with reciprocal respect,
your conclusions have not given me cause to alter my opinion of the Moigne
Julian J. A. Hennessey, Chairman of NICAP’s European
Subcommittee #1, investigated the incident.