The 1970 UFO Chronology

Jan. 7, 1970; Imjarvi, Finland
Magazine cover depicting 1970, courtesy of (Jim Klotz)

Map of sightings for 1970, courtesy of Larry Hatch's "U" Database (Pending)

Created: January 15, 2007, updated 13 march 2022
This is a five-page chronology of UFO incidents and events for 1970
. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to our documentation team: Richard Hall (the original 1970 chronology from UFOE II), William Wise (Project Blue Book Archive), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns), and Jean Waskiewicz (online NICAP DBase [NSID].

One will note that, starting with 1970, since Project Blue Book had closed (Jan. 30th, 1970) there are no Project Blue Book reports listed on this chronology or ones in the ensuing years. However, since UFO reports were now being handled by other agencies See, Bolender Memo, Oct. 20, 1969  ("reports of unidentified flying objects which could affect national security are made in accordance with JANAP 146 or Air Force Manual 55-1 and are not part of the Blue Book system."), any such report will be noted as to source in this or any future chronologies.
Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

The 1970 UFO Chronology

Early 70's, possibly sometime in 1970; Kingsley, OR
Keno Mountain radar incident.

Jan. 1, 1970; Duncan, B.C., Canada
Hospital nurse saw craft like object hovering near building, two humanoid figures visible in upper portion (UFOE II, Section XII).

Jan. 7, 1970; Imjarvi, Finland
Two skiers saw disc-shaped object approach, hover, humanoid appeared in light beam from object. Memory loss, extensive physiological effects (Humcat 1970-4 ; UFOE II, Section XII).

Jan 30, 1970; Project Blue Book Officially Closed, at 3:30 PM.
Secretary of the Air Force Robert C. Seamans, Jr., had announced termination of Project Blue Book UFO study on Dec. 17th of 1969. This was only the announcement date, not the actual termination date, but the AF release was worded in such a way as to suggest immediate termination of BB.  In fact BB did not terminate until Jan. 30, 1970, as NICAP found out and published in the May 1970 UFO Investigator.

Jan. 30, 1970; Mrewa, Africa
Three shiny ovals hovering nearby, headlights remained off until 10 minutes after UFOs departed. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 16, No.5; See Rodeghier, 1981, p. 48), L, police car.

March 21, 1970 (date approximate); Camp Pendleton CA
8:00 p.m. 15-20 minutes While using night vision scopes, Marines witnessed three saucer craft hovering near Camp Pendleton rifle range during night firing exercises. (NUFORC)

April 20, 1970; Near Evansville IN
4:10 p.m. While travelng north on rt 57, witness noticed dust being kicked up in a farmers field. He looked up and noticed that at about 200 feet in the air a silvery disk-shaped object was traveling parallel to the ground traveling at about the same speed as the driver and a friend. This object was approx 1/4 mile away and it was a sunny warm spring day. The object was very detailed and he could see what appeared to be windows on the top portion of the craft. He had never seen anything like this before and has never seen anything like it since, and was totally unmistakeable for anything other than a classic disk shaped ufo. 10 minutes. (NUFORC)

April 15, 1970; Mar del Plata, Argentina
Daylight disc photo similar to August 3, 1965, Santa Ana, CA, photos (UFOE II, Section VII).

April 28, 1970  Clandestine CIA Meeting with McDonald
Leading UFO scientist, atmospheric physicist Dr. James E. McDonald of the University of Arizona had a clandestine 1-1/2 hour bag-lunch meeting at the outdoor Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, with top-ranking CIA official Arthur C. Lundahl, Jr., Director of CIA NPIC (National Photographic Interpretation Center), who was in charge of 4,000 classified CIA and DIA employees or about 1/4 of the CIA's total staff.  McDonald has been secretly meeting Lundahl at these outdoor venues at Lundahl's suggestion since at least 1968 whenever McDonald came to Washington.  Lundahl has told McDonald previously that he wants their meetings away from his CIA office (at the classified NPIC headquarters at Bld. 213, Washington Navy Yard).  (Brad Sparks;  McDonald files)

May 4, 1970  CIA Official Lundahl Meets McDonald and Richard Hall
CIA NPIC Director Arthur Lundahl (see Apr. 28 entry) meets with Dr. James McDonald and former NICAP Asst Director Richard Hall at Hall's home.  (Brad Sparks;  McDonald files)

May 18-25, 1970  McDonald's Third Trip to BB/Files
McDonald makes his third trip to visit Project Blue Book or the BB files since June 1966, this time a week-long excursion to the newly moved BB files at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama.  The BB files had been deliberately moved to Alabama by the AF after BB's closure on Jan. 30, 1970, to make them as inconveniently remote and/or inaccessible to UFO researchers as possible (see Bolender Memo entry, Oct. 20, 1969, where this AF intention to hinder UFO research access was discussed).  McDonald copies and reviews about 400 mostly radar cases from his prepared list of 536 BB cases of interest.  (Brad Sparks;  McDonald files)

June 2, 1970; Apache Junction, AZ
Horses react as if (UFO) predator. (Woodward)

June 27, 1970; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Domed disc on ocean surface, two humanoid figures visible, took off in an arc, headed out to sea (UFOE II, Section V).

June 29, 1970; Apopka, FL
Dog in car did not respond; dog outside of car DID respond (to UFO). (Woodward)

Aug. 1970  McDonald's Fourth Trip to BB/Files

Aug. 13, 1970; Haderslev, Denmark
Egg-shaped object approached police car, engine, lights, and radio failed; object took off at high speed (UFOE II, Section V).

August 30, 1970; Vincennes, Indiana
11:30 a.m. Girl (7), saw a metallic disc in the ENE hovering over Wheatland Road and reported it to her parents. Her father went outside and saw the object, too. He re-entered the house to get his 7x50 binoculars, and when he emerged, the object was closer. It was described as about a quarter of a mile away, "a garbage can lid with a piece of watermelon on top" (more like a squared-off "coning tower") and about 30' in diameter. Witness said that somebody else should have seen it, it was so low. Observed for a minute and a half by the man and his wife and daughter. Object left in a swooping dive to the NNE. (See  MADAR event Sept. 9)

Aug. 30, 1970; Itatiaia, Brazil
Close approach, human effects, traces (Phillips, #441)

MADAR Project Detects Anomales - Sept. 9, 1970; Vincennes, IN
MADAR equipment picked up magnetic disturbance at 4:45 p.m. On Sept 22 there was another incident at 12:30 p.m., seemingly indicating some unusual magnetic activity while local daylight CE incidents were occurring in the area. The next MADAR incident occurred on Oct. 2 at 9:55 p.m, which was a night incident.

Sept. 1970; Jessup, PA
9:00 p.m. While walking home from a high school football game, Frank Scassellati (16) observed a glowing white, apparently metallic silvery disc in the southeast sky moving from left to right. Around the dome on top was a row of rectangular windows and three spheres and a flat circle were visible on the underside. The object moved out of sight behind local terrain. Though he didn't report the sighting to any authorities, Scassellati said that within a few nights he noticed a limousine parked outside of his house with four men in black suits and hats sitting in it. They reappeared for several nights but he had no interaction with them. (Case documented by Thomas M. Olsen, filed report with several major UFO groups).

Oct. 5, 1970; Walsh, IL
Cow's behavior supports IFO theory. (Woodward)

Oct. 29, 1970; Helleland, Norway
4:40 PM. Disc with dome descended, hovered over car, driver blinded by strong blue-white light, physiological effects. Object departed rapidly straight up (UFOE II, Section VI; report link by Mike Swords)

Nov. 1970; AIAA Publishes Report
The UFO Subcommittee of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) published its report, UFO, An Appraisal of the Problem, recommending continued investigation of UFO sightings.

Nov. 1970  McDonald Begins Draft of Best Evidence UFO Book

Nov. 25, 1970; Nova Scotia
The RCMP report states that while on patrol at 9:50 PM on the night of November 25 Constable Ralph Keeping was contacted by Lawrence Smith of Lower Shag Harbour. Smith reported that he and his brother Manus Smith had been driving on old Highway 3 near the western Bear Point turnoff when they encountered some lights in the sky. Investigation shows the incident turned out to be a Close Encounter of the Third Kind and possibly even more. There are two sightings of the same object at the same time from two locations separated by about 10 miles. One is a civilian sighting and another by a Cpl. in the CAF at radar base Bacarro. (This Close Encounter incident was investigated separately by Don Ledger and Chris Styles and is supported by documents from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Styles interviewed Lawrence Smith while Ledger interviewed both Smith and Ralph Keeping a year or so later. Both Ledger and Styles interviewed Colonel Rushton who Ledger tracked down).

Year End Review:
The AF closed Project Blue Book, ending its ostensible two-decade investigation of UFO's dating back to 1947, insofar as the public is told. In actuality, the AF's Top Secret global sensor network, designed in part to replace anecdotal reporting systems of marginal intelligence value such as BB, went into partial operation. This allowed BB to finally close down as originally planned since 1952 when the black project system was conceived.

CIA reviewed the UFO subject following the 1969 Condon Report and the 1970 closure of BB, secretly concluding that UFO's are paranormal occult phenomena. Thus CIA transfers its main UFO sighting files (close to 15,000 pages at this point) and minimal monitoring responsibilities from the Aircraft Branch (OSI Defensive Systems Division) to its newly hired parapsychology expert, Dr. Christopher "Kit" Green, in the Life Science Division, CIA Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI).  (Brad Sparks)

1. Volume II, The UFO Evidence, A Thirty-Year Report - Richard Hall, 2000

2. Rodeghier, CUFOS report, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference (441 Cases) - Mark Rodeghier,

3. NUFORC, Reports gleaned from National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, WA, Peter Davenport

4. Woodward, Joan; Animal Reaction Specialist


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