The 1981 UFO Chronology

Jan. 8, 1981; Trans-en-Provence, France
Map of sightings for 1981, courtesy of Larry Hatch's "U" Database (Pending)

Created: Dec. 15, 2007; updated 8 Dec. 2016
This is currently a 14-page chronology of UFO incidents and events for 1981
. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to Richard Hall (the original 1981 chronology from UFOE II), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), and Jean Waskiewicz (online NICAP DBase [NSID]). You will note the many foreign reports that we are now being able to access. Our special thanks to Dan Wilson for getting those to us. As more come in, this page will be updated. Previous chronologies (1947 to 1969) involved the expertise of two other team members: William Wise (Project Blue Book Archive) and Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns).

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

The 1981 UFO Chronology

Jan. 6, 1981; Payson, AZ
Four silvery discs executed turns, maneuvers, in a diamond formation. Objects flashed in sunlight as they turned, crossed western sky (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Sections V, X).

Jan. 8, 1981; Trans-en-Provence, France
5:00 PM. Perhaps the best documented and most thoroughly investigated case of physical effects from a UFO occurred on this day in Trans-en-Provence, France. At five p.m. Mr. Nicolai, a gardener, saw a metallic disc-shaped object making a whistling sound land hard in a garden. It was estimated to be eight feet by six feet in size, and had four openings on the underside. It also had a thick band around the middle section of the object. The case quickly came to the attention of the police and was soon investigated by GEPAN, the French government's scientific team of UFO investigators. The physical traces included evidence of vegetation and soil heating, skid marks, and circular ground marks. The chemical analysis revealed that the soil had been heated to temperatures not in excess of 600 degrees Celsius. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact, p. 104).

Jan. 8, 1981; At sea, off Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia
About 11:00 PM local time. Two men sailing a yacht saw two white lights with a beam pulsing irregularly, from left to right, between them. Later, a 20 metres area around the yacht was illuminated by an unseen source. At 9:00 AM on January 9, the boat's battery, which had been fully charged the day before, was found to be flat. Also, a battery powered clock had stopped. (Source: UFO Research Australia Newsletter. May-June 1982. Vol 3. No. 3. p.7.).

Jan. 9-March 7, 1981; N. California
Local concentration of sightings (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Section VIII).

Jan. 25, 1981; Chatsworth, CA
Hovering cigar or spindle-shaped object, disc with dome, darting motions, numerous photographs taken (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Section VII).

Jan. 28, 1981; Colle Maddalena, Italy
5:30 AM. A disc was sighted maneuvering over some woods and landing behind some trees in Colle Maddalena, Italy. A burnt circle of grass and some charred tree branches were found at the landing site. (Source: ITACAT Italian UFO Catalogue).

Feb. 1981; Quindira Brazil
2:00 AM. A woman was awakened by a loud engine type noise coming from outside, she ran out and watched a round object hovering nearby and emitting multi-colored beams of light. Three human like beings cold be clearly seen inside, one them glanced briefly at the witness then the object rose and disappeared. The next day two dead bloodless horses were found on the field where the object had hovered. (HC addition # 1383, Source: National Enquirer UFO Report Type: A)

Feb. 3, 1981; Ross, Tasmania, Australia
About 9:40 PM. Two people travelling by car, were about a kilometre north of Ross, when the driver noted a bright white light to their west. It was descending in front of some low hills. As they continued on, the light changed direction and slowly approached, growing so much in size that they feared there would be a crash. The driver stopped the car. The light was moving at an estimated height of 30 metres, and at this point its angular size was one degree. It was elliptical in shape, with golden light beams coming from either side. It suddenly shot upwards, and away to the south; dwindled in size and disappeared in a couple of seconds. (Source: UFO Research Australian Newsletter. May/June 1982. Vol.3.No.3. p.6.)

Feb. 9, 1981; San Jose, CA
Red-lighted object made pass at aircraft, instant relocation; "very tight turns," hovered, accelerated away at "extremely high rate of speed." (Volume II, The UFO Evidence,  Section I).

Feb.10, 1981; Auburn, WA
11:35 PM. The witness had parked her car in her apartment parking lot when she saw a huge lighted object with a ring of flashing lights. The UFO left but a second smaller craft appeared and descended with a falling leaf motion. The witness ran to her apartment and apparently blacked out. Under hypnosis she recalled that a light shone on her and she suddenly found herself in a domed room with smooth white floors, walls and ceiling. The room contained a desk-like object with lights and an examination table. She undressed and two beings entered, held her by her arms and pressed her down on the table. A third being examined her abdomen. The beings were humanoid with light bulb shaped heads and with large unblinking eyes, small noses and ears, and slit-like mouths. They were thin with sloping shoulders, long hanging arms with 4 long fingers and had grayish skin. They wore metallic blue coverall uniforms with an insignia of a triangle inside a circle on the chest. Another being wore a reddish orange colored uniform. They conversed with the witness by using telepathy. (Source: Thomas E Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of A Mystery; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, case # 463).

Feb. 13, 1981; Fuentecen Spain
2:30 AM. The witness had finished closing up his canteen, which was connected to his ranch house and was walking back to the house when he observed several golden lights on a nearby field. He approached the lights but these suddenly rose up, circled, and landed again, this time closer to his home. The witness went inside and woke his wife and son, they then all observed an object on the ground that gave off bright flashes of light at times. At the same time his dogs were going berserk. His wife became frightened and went to bed. Later he heard footsteps and his dog attracted him to a "figure" standing by the fence. The figure was a meter and a half tall, square in shape and metallic almost robotic in nature; it lacked a head, arms or feet. The dog approached the figure and began barking, and then both witnesses heard a strange barking "echo" that seem to come from the figure itself. The witness grabbed a flashlight and ran out, he then heard a loud "crackling" sound. The figure by now had disappeared; he then saw an object with rotating red lights rise from a nearby field and leave at high speed. A scorched area was found on the ground by government authorities. (HC addition # 641, Source: J J Benitez, La Quinta Columna, Type: C)

Feb. 14, 1981; Greensburg, PA
1:45 AM. A 17-year old girl was baby-sitting when she spotted an object hovering at treetop level about 50 feet away. The object was silent and had three white lights forming the point of an equilateral triangle. It appeared to be a triangular object made out of a dark colored metal. Above one of the lights there was a large transparent window, separated by thin metallic-like partitions. A dull beam of light descended slowly from the object's bottom and to the ground. Inside the craft two humanoid beings could be seen. These were described as having very large heads, oriental like eyes, gill like ears, and two holes instead of a nose. One appeared to be sitting and the other standing behind an instrument panel. The panel was white and had several black and grayish circular controls. The humanoid that was standing had a long thin neck, smooth white skin, and normal looking arms; he stared at the witness with pupil-less white eyes. The witness became spellbound and felt compelled to stare at the beings for 15 minutes, she then reluctantly went back to the living room and did not see the object depart. (HC addition # 724 Source: Bob Gribble, Mufon Journal # 274,Type: A)

Feb.15, 1981; Franklin, OH
2:00 AM. A brilliant white light that began filling her room awakened the witness. She got out of bed and through her window saw a bright hovering disc shaped object. Under hypnosis she recalled being taken onboard by several seven-foot tall humanoids with pointed chins and yellow cat like eyes. She was examined onboard and was told by the aliens that they had come from a planet called "Antares." (HC addition # 1092, Source: Brad Steiger, The UFO Abductors, Type: G)

Feb.18, 1981; Manzano Amargo, Neuquen Province, Argentina
4:00 AM. Jose Fermin Albornoz, an illiterate shepherd, awoke at 4:00 a.m. to the sounds of his animals causing a commotion. Looking out from his hut he saw a "beautiful" blue light hovering over a field about 20 meters away. He woke up another shepherd, but his companion became extremely afraid, screamed out and hid under his blanket. He then heard a loud buzzing sound that appeared to originate from overhead. This was followed by something like the sound of a diesel truck, although the remote mountainous area of Manzano Amargo, Neuquen Province, Argentina that they were in was only accessible by horseback. Suddenly two short humanoid entities appeared out of nowhere, standing side by side. The beings spoke to him in an unknown, unintelligible language. Terrified, Jose now became confused and his next memory was of seeing a bright light quickly flying away. He described the humanoids as about one meter in height with extremely wide shoulders. They seemed to have normal hands and feet, but he could not make out any facial features. They wore helmets and tight fitting, dark blue outfits. During the incident some nearby horses stampeded away from the area, apparently terrified. Albornoz said the spherical light was bluish in color, and it did not illuminate the surroundings. (Source: Carlos Ferguson, UNICAT database, case 463).

Feb. 25, 1981; northwest of Tallinn, Estonia
9:24 PM. An Aeroflot YAK-40 airliner flying northwest of Tallinn, Estonia was paced by two orange, elongated objects at 9:24 p.m. The UFOs flew parallel to the plane and then approached from 70 degrees to the right. The crew saw four orange lights on the first object and 3 lights on the other one. After three minutes the first object executed a turn to the right, then to the left. The second object repeated the maneuver and followed after the first some six to eight minutes later. (Source: Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 176).

March 1981; Birstall West Yorkshire, England
Late night, Jane Murphy had gone to bed late when she suddenly woke up standing in a field feeling very cold and wet. She then noticed a huge metallic object hovering over the field, suddenly a group of figures, as many as 10 approached her. The figures were vaguely humanoid, but for some reason Jane could not focus on them. One of the figures had a cloth in his hand and put it over the witness face. She pretended to be unconscious but they injected her and she blacked out. When she woke up she was on a bed in a strange room. Several figures were around her communicating via telepathy telling her to look at them. One of the entities was seven-foot tall, human looking with totally black eyes. She was told to bathe and then entered a plastic looking object that fitted around her taking the shape of her body. She was then helped back on to the table in the center of the room and now noticed that all but the tall humanoid with the black eyes had left the room. The tall being proceeded to lie on top of her and have sexual intercourse in a very unemotional manner. After awhile the tall humanoid left the room while, others, including female humanoids had now entered the room. She was then given an extensive gynecological examination. Later she was shown a table covered with a number of brightly colored pills of geometric shapes and was invited to take one. She was given a tour of the ship where she saw other humans. Her next recollection was waking up back in her bed. She was plagued for the next three months with a strange vaginal infection. (HC addition # 1992, Source: Carl Nagaitis, Philip Mantle, Without Consent, Type: G)

March 1981; Near Algeciras, Spain
10:30 AM. A truck driver was delivering produce to a nearby village when he noticed strange lights on a nearby field behind a row of eucalyptus trees. He then drove his truck off the road and got out to investigate. As the witness entered the field he spotted a large metallic dome shaped craft on the ground about 50 yards away. The object seemed to be supported by three "telescopic" legs like protrusions. It had three large round windows on the front. As he attempted to approach there was a brilliant flash form the top of the craft that struck him, causing extreme head pain and partial paralysis. He then noticed several man-like figures sitting behind the windows, these were human like, wore helmets and brown uniforms. They started intensively at the witness, who every time he attempted to approach he would get struck by a flash of light that would paralyze him for a few moments. At one point a ladder was lowered from the object but no one came out. The craft finally left silently at high speed. It first retracted the telescopic legs then shot away. Some ground traces were found on the site. (HC addition # 683, Source: J J Benitez, La Punta Del Iceberg, Type: A)

March, 1981; Memphis, TN
4:40 PM. 5-min duration, two witnesses. Responsible woman, secretary in an executive office, was out driving, which she said was most unusual for her. She had intended to stop for coffee when she sees three shining objects in the sky, and so engrossed in them drives right past the local Pancake House. Suddenly the objects disappear into "what looked like puffs of smoke." A minute later one reappears "directly over the street in front of me, so close that I could have counted the lights on the bottom of the object, had I not panicked." She turns into the parking lot of the nearby Admiral Benbow Inn, rushes to the door and summons the night watchman. He also sees the object. She would not go back outside but the watchman observed it hover over her car and rise above the inn. Sighting was reported to police.  (IUR-3,5)

March 10, 1981; near Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
At Carleton Moors, two uniformed police officers observed a large glowing oval shaped UFO as it moved over the moors. (Source: Yorkshire Post, The 5TH ANNUAL PRUFOS POLICE REPORT 2006 by Detective Constable 1877 HESELTINE British Transport Police).

March 30, 1981; Magny, France
11:20 AM. A metallic sphere descended from the sky at a 45 angle and stopped over a house in Magny, France. It then shot straight up and away. A check with authorities showed there were no scheduled balloon releases at that time. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, October 1981).

March 30, 1981; Alton, IL
10:00 PM. Huge bright light went to very dim, had lights on the bottom as it hovered over trees for ten minutes. Object moved towards witnesses at about 10 mph. Frogs stopped croaking and dogs began barking excitedly. Then it was right over the two witnesses. Object appeared circular and was black except for the lights on the circumference. The most unusual thing (other than the fact the object was noiseless) was a large circular opening in the bottom of the black disc. Inside the opening they saw "this churning motion of bright white light with yellow and orange colors in gases rolling around in there." The UFO was more oval than round in shape, and was smooth-edged. After about 20-30 minutes the object took off rapidly. Shortly thereafter a jet flew over, and shortly after that another similar UFO was observed coming across the trees a good five minutes later with the same results. (IUR-3,5)

April, 1981; Peking, China, drawing
Drawing of an object seen over Peking in April 1981, identical to a UFO seen over
 London in December 1980 (UFOs over Modern China by Paul Dong and Wendelle Stevens)

April 1, 1981; Mount Vernon, OR
7:30 PM. The main witness and a friend were driving back home when they noticed three bright lights above the highway. As they approached the top of a hill another larger light appeared. The witness pulled off to the side of the road and then saw a huge lighted bowl shaped object. They both attempted to leave the area but they apparently went into a trance and lost consciousness. The next thing they remembered was sitting in their vehicle and noticing something moving quickly away from the car, moments later a flash of light shot up into the sky. Later under hypnosis the main witness remembered the object hovering over the car and engulfing it in white light. Several beings now appeared in front of the car. The beings were described as about five-foot two inches tall, with large hairless heads, gray white skin and huge dark almond shaped eyes. They appeared to be frail and had long thin arms. Both men were then invited onboard the object and entered through a triangle-shaped doorway. They were then led in different directions. The main witness was taken to a room and examined on a thick table consisting of solid light. He remembers one of the beings sitting at a console with a screen and looking at what he thought was the space shuttle Columbia orbiting the earth. (Columbia was in fact launched on April 2. For some reason the witness was left with the clear impression that these beings had the ability to travel through time.) (HC addition # 1176, Source: Aileen Edwards, On The UFO Road Again, Type: G)

April 8; San Luis Reservoir, Merced County, California
3:00 AM. The complete failure of an aircraft's electronics, including the transponder, DME, navigation equipment, and two-way radios, occurred when a bullet-shaped UFO passed within 500 feet of an airplane being flown by Mr. Dennis, a flight instructor, while flying over San Luis Reservoir, Merced County, California at 3:00 a.m. The electronics recovered after the UFO had gone. The object was described as 35-50 in length, with a pulsating orange front end, and having a blue ring perpendicular to the craft. The object was said to be whirling, and made an instantaneous 90 degree turn. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, International UFO Reporter, January 1982, p. 6; UNICAT database, citing Tom Page, case 34; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 43).

April 12, 1981; Goodhue, Minnesota
1:30 p.m. In a remote farm area, a civil engineer and his wife encountered a two-foot diameter aluminum-like disc as they drove by just 40 feet away. In the early afternoon R. E. Schenk, age 56, and his wife were driving south on Highway 58. At about 1:30 p.m. they saw the small disc, shaped like two saucers, one inverted on top of the other. The object was hovering just a few feet off the road about 40 feet away, with sunlight reflecting off its surface. Surprised by what he had seen, the former Navy pilot turned and drove back. He and his wife then saw the object at an estimated 2,000-4,000 feet altitude. It climbed rapidly through the sky, and disappeared in the distance, headed in the direction of Minneapolis. The weather was clear, and visibility unlimited. It was a bright, sunny day. (Sources: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 26, 155, 165; MUFON UFO Journal, October 1981, Don Johnson).  Drawing.

Between April 15 to 20, 1981; Catania, Sicily, Italy
12:20 AM. Two police officers in their car saw a strong reddish light descending from the sky. The engine and electrical components to their vehicle become inoperative as a saucer about 3 m in diameter and 1 m in height lands on the street about 50 meters away from their vehicle. A small door opened on the saucer and the witnesses see two human forms emerge; the figures began gesticulating and "jumping" around. In the place of their eyes they have balls of light, and sparks around their head and hands. The head, compared to the rest of the body appears to be large. After a few minutes the beings appeared to converse among themselves. Then the entities jump into their saucer, and the door closes. A few seconds later the saucer rotates four times and accelerates up into the sky emitting a very loud noise, it quickly disappears from sight. At this point the shocked agents are able to start their vehicle and leave the area. (HC addendum, Source: CISU, UFO Notizie # 48)

April 15, 1981; Mount Sunapee, NH
7:25 PM. A huge metallic triangular object with several red lights on the sides and very bright white light on the leading edge flew over Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire. It flew very low to the ground, and passed over a car flying off to the west. (Source: Philip J. Imbrogno, Contact of the 5th Kind, p. 24).

April 20, 1981; Reno, NV
Small, shiny object below private plane; object fluttered or tilted, accelerated rapidly, sped away (Volume II, The UFO Evidence,  Sections III, IX).

May 1981; Mennecy, France
3:00 AM. Traveling on a road, 3 women, 34-year old Sandra, Viviane and Marie France see a horizontal orange cigar-shaped object, hovering on the right side of the road. As they drove to the top of the hill the cigar vanishes. Soon a white sphere follows their vehicle. The cigar appeared to have black dot-like openings. Later under hypnosis Sandra remembered seeing humanoids inside the object, described as of normal size, elongated eyes, thin bodies and wearing white coveralls from head to toes. (HC addendum, Source: LDLN # 195)

May 1981; Near Toppenish Ridge, Yakima, WA
Late night. The main witness had seen for the past 2 months numerous slow flying UFOs and strange lights over the area. That night she woke up to go to the bathroom and noticed that the electricity was out in the house. She felt a breeze coming from the kitchen area and walked down the hallway calling for her husband. He came to her and stepped around her to shut the kitchen window. She then heard a sound similar to a sewing machine, she turned around and saw the figure of a "feminine appearing" man with small rounded narrow shoulders, a thin head and thick turtle like neck. She could not make out any eyes, legs, or arms. The next thing she remembered was floating through the air over the cornfields behind her house. The last thing she was able to recall was a large whitish discs shaped object with a dome on top hovering above the cornfield. She remembers floating up into the object through an "ultra violet" type of light, her memory then ended. (HC addition # 1632, Source: Greg Long, Examining The Earth Lights Theory They Yakima UFO Microcosm) Type: G?

May 1, 1981; Clark County, WA
4:00 AM. A 26-year-old woman reported a large white glowing disc-shaped object just 150 feet from her home in Clark County, Washington. It made a humming sound and flew off to the south toward Oregon. The incident lasted slightly less than a minute. (Source: Greg Long, MUFON UFO Journal, December 1981, p. 16).

May 4, 1981; Minas Gerais state, Brazil
10:40 PM. a bright disc landed on the ground in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil and then vanished. A witness felt pulled toward the spot. Burnt grass was found at the site. (Source: Bob Pratt, UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil--Where Next? p. 229).

May 12, 1981; near Clatskanie, OR
5:00 AM. A man and a woman, a truck driver and a cashier, were driving near Clatskanie, Oregon. A large delta-shaped UFO surrounded by a turbulent fog or mist "like smoke from a chimney" followed their truck for 15 miles. It had a white light and two orange lights. As it directed a beam of light at their vehicle the truck lost power, and they smelled an odor like antifreeze. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, January 1982, p. 15).

May 14, 1981; in space, from onboard the Soyuz T-4 spacecraft
Cosmonauts Savinikh and Kovlenok observed a strange object from their space station. At first the object was 1/2 mile away but it eventually approached to a distance to 300 feet. Inside the cosmonauts saw three brown skin beings with slanted bright blue eyes. straight noses and bushy eyebrows. At a distance of 100 feet, the witnesses thought that the beings resembled mechanical robots. The beings facial expressions remained quite emotionless. The beings onboard the object requested close contact with the Soviet craft but this request was denied. Their craft shifted around erratically and from time to time it would vanish, but then reappear in an instant. Their craft seemed to be metallic, but it had no doors no solar batteries, no optical systems, no antennae and no marks or writing of any kind, it was spherical with eight windows and 16 other strange transparent illuminated spheres arranged throughout the hull. The cosmonauts also noticed quite normal looking armchairs, some devices, and walls inside the craft. Using a pair of powerful binoculars the cosmonauts saw the beings showing them what appeared to have been a star map. (HC addition # 3252, Source: Paul Stonehill, The Soviet UFO Files)

May 16, 1981; Near Cocklebiddy, Western Australia, Australia
About  7:15 PM local time. Mr a Mrs Winsone were travelling by car when they approached a stationary, blue, glowing, structure, apparently on the ground, not far off the road. As they came level with it,it disappeared. Through their car window they saw a pink glow, high in the sky. They experienced an uncomfortable perspiring effect to their bodies, for a short time, though the outside temperature was cold. (Source: ACUFOS Bulletin, August 1981.)

June 6, 1981; Little Rock, AR
1:00 AM. Two teenagers in Little Rock saw a small, four-foot long rectangular UFO and a small disc cavorting over a backyard garage and shed. They came very close and the leaves on some trees were withered. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, June 1982, p. 6).

June 12, 1981; near Alice, TX
2:10 PM. Robert Gomez, a vacuum truck driver, was headed west on highway FR 665 toward Alice, Texas after finishing a job. His vehicle had about 165 gallons of water in the tank and no pressure. He saw a bright object in the sky that he first thought was an airplane. It increased in brightness and stopped in midair. The object was domed disc-shaped, brilliant white in color and with a dark ring around the rim and another dark ring around its center. Gomez felt the truck slowing down and tried to accelerate. The truck's exhaust stacks were blowing smoke, but the truck had apparently been lifted a foot off the ground. Although his AM radio quit working, his CB radio was still working, so he reported what was happening to his dispatcher. Shortly later the UFO disappeared into the clouds. Smoke was discovered coming out of the water tank valve, which now showed 55 pounds of pressure on the gauge. He opened the valve to drain the remaining water, but only steam came out. (Sources: Richard Hall, Uninvited Guests, pp. 313-314; MUFON UFO Journal, January 1982; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 276).

June 13, 1981; Chia-Li, Taiwan
12:20 AM. A spinning transparent cone, 3 meters in length, touched down on the ground in Chia-Li, Taiwan. It expelled a mist, then took off and shot away to the north. (Source: Paul Dong and Wendelle Stevens, UFOs over Modern China, p. 272).

July 4, 1981; Over Lake Michigan
Major airline L-1011 jumbo jet en route from San Francisco to New York City encountered silvery disc-shaped object (Volume II, The UFO Evidence,  Section III).

July 11, 1981; Dunedin, New Zealand
6:15 PM. An elderly woman reported seeing a metallic football shaped object on a nearby paddock. It glowed and had a bright light on its lower half. Two figures were clearly visible within. One appeared to be operating controls at a clear glass cabin on the front of the craft, while the other was standing in a central glass tube, which extended beyond the top of the object. Both were dressed in gray coveralls and were described as having white skin and no hair. A second witness later arrived and saw the object and the beings. (HC addition # 221, Source: Keith Basterfield, Mufon Journal # 177)

July 11, 1981;Port Byron, IL
10:30 PM. 5-1/2 mins duration. Girl Scout supervisor at camp headquarters suddenly hears his dog barking in a warning manner. Through the trees that screen the camp swimming pool, he sees the bright lights. Unusual. Someone slipping in for a late night swim would hardly turn on the pool floodlights. The witness moves to an unobstructed view of the pool and notices the pool lights are not on. Instead, directly above the pool, and higher than the regular lights, is a brilliant light. Suddenly the lights go out. He hears a whirring noise that rises in pitch as it apparently rises into the sky. When he turns on the lights he noticed the pump is not running and the water level is down three feet!!!! (IUR-3,6)

June 12, 1981; Alice, Texas
Early afternoon. Robert Gomez was driving a "vacuum" truck west of Alice, Texas when he encountered a hovering disc-shaped, and brightly-glowing object. As his truck slowed down, hedepressed the accelerator to maintain speed and reported that the exhaust stacks were blowing smoke. The truck seemed to be about 1 ft. above the road. His AM radio failed but he was able to report to his dispatcher on a CB. The AM came back on when the UFO disappeared into some clouds. Gomez was carrying 165 gallens of water under no pressure at the time of the sighting but the tank was later found to be pressurized to 55 psi. Upon attempting to drain the tank, no water came out. Only steam. From thermodynamic relations it can be established that the temperature of the water and vapor in the tank had been increased to about 303 degrees F. Upon opening the drain, he reduced the pressure at the exit to 14.7 psi, one atmosphere. As the vapor pressure of the hot water was 69.7 psi absolute, it would suddenly flash to steam and that process would continue until the tank was empty. (McCampbell)

July 12, 1981; South Canterbury, New Zealand
12:50 AM. Five observers driving in a vehicle, including a college professor and a social worker, in South Canterbury, New Zealand saw a brightly lit domed disc-shaped craft with gold, red and green lights. It paced their car along a back road, making no sound. The object had several brightly lit windows and slot like indentations on its surface. A heavyset squat figure was seen at one of the windows. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, May 1982, p. 3; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 26, citing the Timaru Herald, July 31, 1981; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1981, case # 2438, citing the MUFON)

July 16, 1981; Near Atcham, Shropshire, England
2:00 AM. Three women were on their way back home on the A5 expressway when they all suddenly experienced a strange mood change, they all sat very quiet going into some type off limbo state. Then across an open field besides the road four white and two red lights appear. They seemed to be attached to a dark object. The object was round and began pacing the vehicle. At this point the vehicle seem to lose power and would not accelerate. All the witnesses panicked and were somewhat confused when the object and lights suddenly vanished. There was an apparent time lapse noted when they reached their destination. Later under hypnosis one of the women recalled the car being floated up to the sky and entering the bottom of an object through two large double doors. She was held down on a reclining chair and medically examined by several 4-foot tall figures, without hair, deep set dark eyes, very thin arms, and strange noses. They wore green cloaks. The second woman only recalled being in a large room when several 4-foot tall robot like entities with round heads, no facial features and wheel-like feet rolled in, she was not examined. The third woman remembers being hit by a beam of light, she felt pain and floated into a room, there she encountered two six-foot tall humanoids, one male the other female, both wearing green cloaks. They both had dark shoulder length hair, vivid blue eyes and extremely white skin. They seemed very friendly and appeared intrigued with the witness clothing. (HC addition # 526, Source: Jenny Randles, Abduction).

July 18, 1981; Patras, Greece
Afternoon. Two students in Patras, Greece took a photograph of a silver, saucer-shaped object performing maneuvers over some nearby islands. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 13718).

July 24, 1981; Zigong, Henan Province, China
Evening. A huge silent disc-shaped UFO was seen for three to ten minutes by thousands over Ningsia, China. It flew at a very high altitude and left a spiral trail. It made no sound. About ten minutes later in Qinghai, China a huge lens-shaped disc with portholes was seen by thousands. It flew from the northeast to the southwest. Photographs of the object were taken, and several drawings were published. In Zigong, Henan Province, China at 11:00 p.m. thousands saw a domed disc-shaped UFO for up to two hours. (Sources: Wendell Stevens & Paul Dong, UFOs over Modern China, p. 226-227; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 235; John Wallace Spencer & Hilary Evans, Phenomenon: Forty Years of Flying Saucers, p. 62).

July 25, 1981; between Valencia and Barcelona, Spain
4:00 AM. A bright silver disc with six round portholes was seen by the crew of an Iberia B-727 airliner as it flew between Valencia and Barcelona, Spain. It appeared to be reflecting sunlight in the dawn sky.

July 31, 1981; Lieksa, Finland
Black sphere and satellite lights seen, two approached motorboat, one surrounded by "fog." Paralysis felt, missing time, physiological effects (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Section VII).

Aug. 1, 1981; Newport, DE (Possibly 1980)
6:00  PM. On a clear night in a suburban setting, a woman and her daughters, 12 and 18, noticed colored lights as they left a store and drove home, where they apparently observed the object pass over their home. They described a reflective silver domed disc with the center of the disc domed downward. Red and red-orange lights were flashing on or near the rim. Its size was estimated as larger than their house, its lowest altitude at 500 feet or less, and its nearest distance between 100-500 feet away [but I would assume at the point the object passed over the house, it was then overhead relative to the dogjw]. The object disappeared when they went inside to get their father, who would not wake up. (MUFON UFO DATABASE, Portion of Reports from the Files at MUFON Headquarters, July 1999, Sequin TX, CD-ROM, Case Log #930104E by Raymond Gurczenski).

Aug. 8, 1981; San Jose, CA
A teardrop shaped UFO with a spinning ring paced an airplane off its left wing over San Jose, California on this day. Instruments onboard the plane experienced failures, but the effects ended when the object departed upwards. The aircraft briefly disappeared from FAA radar during the encounter. (Source: Richard H. Hall, MUFON UFO Journal, February 1984, p. 14).

Aug.10, 1981;  Apple Valley, MN
3:30 AM. Russell Matson and another man were driving down a road in Apple Valley when they sighted a hexagonal object nearly overhead, at perhaps a distance of 500 feet. It had two green, two red, and white lights on its corners. It was estimated to be between 60 and 90 feet across. The object pivoted, making a 90 degree turn while stationary, then descended and approached the witnesses. It made a soft "whoosh" sound as the object passed, like gas escaping from a propane tank. (Sources: Northfield News, August 20, 1981; J. Allen Hynek, International UFO Reporter, January 1982, p. 13; John F. Schuessler, MUFON UFO Journal, November 1982, p. 3; UNICAT database, case 35, citing J. Allen Hynek).

August 16, 1981; Near Winnipeg, British Columbia, Canada
Midnight, the witness was driving alone outside of Winnipeg when he saw a huge UFO gliding over the roadway. It had a central core from which were emanating long and slender filament-like projections that gave off an extremely bright, neon-like glow of a luminous red-orange color. The filaments were at least 50 ft in length each and numbered about two dozen, giving the object the appearance of a jellyfish with spikes. The "tentacles" were arrayed equidistant from another and formed a conical shape beneath the central mass and an inverted conical shape above it. The object then hovered 150 ft above a farmer's field. The witness parked his vehicle then ran towards the object, which then glided majestically above the roadway. Dimly outlined from the glow inside the "windows" of the central mass were two or three figures, whose features were not discernible, but whose heads and shoulders indicated they were humanoid in shape. The witness waved at the object, which responded first with a flash of red light and then a green one from inside the hull. The object then flew away. (Right before this encounter the witness had heard an "enchanting melody of an unknown source over the radio). He has been involved in other encounters as well (HC addendum, Source: Chris Rutkowski, Abductions & Aliens What's really going on?).

August 19, 1981; Franklin, OH
Daylight. The witness was driving along a highway when a brilliant silvery object descended over her vehicle and forced her to pull off the side of the road. She was then taken onboard by several seven-foot tall humanoids and examined. She was able to describe their faces as having large slanted yellow eyes, no ears, long thin noses, pointed chins, and very thin lips. She was placed in a room and saw what appeared to be electronic equipment everywhere. She was given a glass of greenish liquid to drink and later she awakened back in her car unharmed. (HC addition # 1093, Source: Brad Steiger, The UFO Abductors)

Aug. 30, 1981; El Cajon, CA
UFO brightly illuminated car, witness badly frightened, memory loss. Fired pistol at object circling the car, fled at high speed. Red dots like puncture marks found on wrists (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Section IV).

Aug. 30 1981; near Alpine, CA
10:30 PM. A reserve police officer was driving near town when he encountered a huge dark disc shaped object hovering 15 feet above the roadway. The witness vehicle suddenly stopped on its own accord. There was a bright flash, then moments later two small beings approached and took him from his vehicle. He then found himself back in the vehicle 15 minutes later and saw the dark disc rising rapidly, shining a beam of white light towards the ground. The witness fired four shots at the object and then drove home at high speed. Magnetic cassette tapes in the witness vehicle were partially erased. (HC addition # 695, Source: Bob Gribble, Mufon UFO Journal # 280) Type: G

Sept. 1981: Todmorden, West Yorkshire, England
Over several nights over 20 members of the public saw a cigar shaped UFO over the town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire. On one of those nights two uniformed police officers also saw the object. (Source: Daily Star 30/03/82, The 5TH ANNUAL PRUFOS POLICE REPORT 2006 by Detective Constable 1877 HESELTINE, British Transport Police)

Sept. 1981; Dusheti, Georgia (Russia)
In the evening the main witness was coming back from school when she saw a man pointing up to the sky. She looked up to see a ball shaped object about 3 meters in diameter slowly descending over them. The object stopped at about 5 meters above the pair. It was described as white in color with some visible figures on its surface. One of the figures was of a short man like being, the other a rhombus and the third what appeared to be a horse. After 15 minutes of hovering the object left. Later they saw a wedge shaped object rising slowly over the area. Others saw bright lights in the sky. (HC addition # 3440, Source: GUFOA)

Sept. 1981; Meinau Island, Bodensee, Germany
Midnight the witness was vacationing in the area and had camped on the south side of the lake. While he slept that night a very loud noise awakened him, looking out of the tent he saw a bright sphere descending rapidly overhead. Through an open port he was briefly able to see a humanoid figure apparently wearing a green outfit. Then the craft rapidly zigzagged away from area and vanished. (HC addendum, Source: UFO Nachrichten # 279, In Project Becassine)

Sept. 12, 1981; Trino Vercellese, Piemonte, Italy
After having a late dinner with some friends, Mauricio Cavallo decided to drive around Monferrato hill in Trino Vercellese, Piemonte, Italy. He parked his vehicle and proceeded to explore on foot. He soon saw a bright football-shaped light that appeared to descend into the thick woods. After checking where he thought the light had landed, and failing to find anything, he decided to drive home. At home he felt uneasy and could not sleep. Inexplicably, around three a.m. he decided to drive back to the site where the light had come down. When he arrived he was overcome by a strange malaise, and soon saw a reddish orange yellow light floating about 100 meters away. Terrified, Cavallo felt himself being levitated up towards the light. His next recollection was of being inside a sphere where he was able to perceive numerous lights and movement around him. He then heard a metallic voice in his head tell him not to be afraid. Soon a tall woman, about 1.90 meters in height, appeared in front of Cavallo. She had black hair in a bun, Oriental shaped eyes, and she lacked any fingernails. She wore a long sleeveless habit with white boots. Among other things, the woman told Cavallo that she hailed from the planet Clarion and that her name was Ciama. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1981, citing Moreno Tambellini, Alieni in Italia).

Sept. 18, 1981; Conejo Valley, CA
Triangular objects with body lights, humming sound, observed three times over freeway and valley area (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Section VI).

Oct. 1981; Texas Gulf Coast
Local concentration of sightings (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Section VIII).

Oct. 8, 1981; Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada
Daylight disc photo (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Section VII).

Oct. 31, 1981; Marcos-Juarez, Argentina
Two airliners report object.

Nov. 1981; Hessdalen, Norway
Localized concentration began, continuing off and on for several years. Many structured object cases, photographs (January-February 1984).

Nov. 8, 1981; Praglia, Italy
3:00 PM. Six boys were racing dirt bikes near a lake when one of them fell and hit his head. Two of the other boys went to assist him, when suddenly a bright green light was seen descending over the surface of the lake. Inside the light appeared to be a gray metallic oval shaped craft that descended on telescopic like legs near the witnesses. A door became visible on the craft and a tall human like figure then appeared, his arms seemed to be extended up into the air. It wore a loose fitting silvery outfit, its arms were very long, and its feet resembled oval appendages. The being seemed to have no neck and a triangular shaped head with normal looking eyes. The being proceeded to walk towards the lake and then apparently was able to walk on the surface of the water. Moments later he returned back into the object, which took off at high speed disturbing the water on the lake. (HC addition # 1523, Source: Mauricio Verga, ITACAT)

Nov. 9, 1981; Esengul, Karasu Region, Kazakhstan
A large boat shaped, green colored UFO with an open cab or hatch fell into Lake Zaysan. Four humanoid wearing the same color green coveralls were apparently inside. Apparently the craft and its occupants were damaged upon impact. Local residents found fragments and called the local militia. Inspectors from the KGB arrived from Alma Alta. Fragments of the UFO and body parts of the humanoids were taken to Moscow and hidden on an underground bunker-laboratory. The remaining bodies were concealed and buried in the area. Local residents were told that a foreign spy aircraft had crashed and ordered to forget everything. (HC addendum, Source: Anton "Cade" Belousov, Soviet X Files list, High Strangeness Index: 8, Reliability of Source: 8)

Nov. 21, 1981; west of Naveksvarn, Sweden
Mid-afternoon. An eight-meter wide red disc, giving off a weak blue glow, flew at treetop level west of Naveksvarn, Sweden towards the east. Photographs were taken. (Source: AFU Sweden).

Nov.  24, 1981; Marshall, near Darco, TX
9:30 PM. Dale Spurlock saw a red pulsating domed disc at treetop level while driving near Darco. It was seen near a small lake and some power lines, and had four colored lights--a row of red, blue, green, and amber lights--at the base of the dome. It made no sound as it passed left to right just above the tress, and then hovered. The object tilted, and two headlights from the front of the UFO shown directly down on his pickup truck. The object was revolving counterclockwise, and left toward the east. The truck's electrical system (alternator and battery) was damaged. (Sources: John Combest, International UFO Reporter, May 1982, p. 5; Richard H. Hall, MUFON UFO Journal, February 1984, p. 14; UNICAT database case # 027, citing John Combest; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 205, 374 & 383).

Nov.  (end),1981; Fuenlabrada, Spain
1:30 AM. The witness, Magdalena Sobrino, was out in her yard hanging clothing when she noticed a bright light approaching over the nearby Coca-Cola factory. The light became bigger as it approached her position. It came closer without emitting any noise until the witness was able to notice what appeared to be a transparent cabin-like section. Inside the cabin she could see two figures, human in shape that wore gray colored tight-fitting coveralls. They appeared to be tall, about 2 meters in height and thin. They appeared to be standing up with their arms outstretched to the front apparently operating some type of equipment. Stunned she watched the craft fly silently behind a nearby building and out of sight. (HC addendum, Source: Ciudad, Type: A)

Dec. 1, 1981; Hessdalen Valley, Norway
On this night a bullet-shaped object, a sphere, and several nocturnal lights were sighted flying to the north over Hessdalen Valley, Norway toward Trondheim. According to John Spencer, this report was the first of a four-year wave of reports from the Hessdalen Valley. (Source: John Spencer, UFO Encyclopedia, p. 143).

Dec. 4, 1981; Hartford, CT
7:10 PM. Two groups of witnesses about twenty miles east of Hartford, CT, saw strange lights or objects travel at a rather slow speed from east to west along a path north of the witnesses. Known as The Case of the Flying Christmas Tree. (Complete report by Bruce Maccabee). (On Dec. 22, 1989 there was a similar event at Vernon, IN)

Dec. 8, 1981; south of Reserve, NM
7:30 PM. An enormous UFO shaped like an orange ball, and estimated to be 750 feet in length, made a number of turns in the sky south of Reserve, New Mexico and then executed a ninety-degree turn near Luna Mountain. The five witnesses said they saw a jet aircraft chase the UFO out of sight. (Source: International UFO Reporter, June 1982, p. 15).

Dec. 15, 1981; San Luis Del Palmar, Argentina
3:30 AM. A 42-year old Ruben Meneses was driving a dump truck on a dirt road. Suddenly he observes a bright object that approaches the truck, the truck begins to vibrate, and he is filled with a tingling sensation all over the body. He was not able to move as the truck rises up in the air and apparently becomes transparent. Meneses apparently then passes out. Later he wakes up at a location about 55 miles from where he was, originally. He does not remember how he got there. Later under hypnotic regression he remembered being taken inside a room with mirror like walls, he was made to lie down on a cot-like bed. He saw three short thin humanoids with dark gray skin, extremely long arms and thick wrinkles on his forehead. The little beings communicated with Meneses by using telepathy. His next recall was of sitting confused in his truck. (HC addition # 3461, Source: Eduardo Alfredo Lopez, Type: G)

Dec. 17, 1981; Bladenboro, NC
2:40 AM. Daniel Edwards was awakened by the furious barking of his dog towards a pine forest behind his house. He walked out of the house and was startled to see a huge fire like light, illuminating a mass clump of trees a few hundred yards away. Believing that it was a forest fire he ran towards the area and alerted the rest of the family. As he reached the area, he came upon an opening in the trees, there he saw a large black disc shaped object with hundreds of small red lights rotating in the center of the object, which was slightly larger that a bus. Several dark, shadowy figures were seen walking around the object. The terrified witness ran away from the area and was able to see the object slowly rising and leaving at high speed. (HC addition # 2197, Source: UFO Journal May 1982, Type: C)

Dec. 19, 1981; Areal, Brazil
Silo-shaped object swooped over vehicle, blocked road ahead of car. (Volume II, The UFO Evidence, Section XII).

Dec. 29, 1981; Brooklyn MI
Evening. Two boys playing in a snow fort behind their house heard a humming sound then saw a lighted disc shaped craft with red lights shining on its top and multicolored lights on the bottom fly overhead and disappear from sight. Moments later as the boys decided to go and slide down a nearby hill they saw a four-foot tall human like figure float over a nearby fence and come towards them. One of the boys yelled at the figure and ran away, while the other stood stunned looking at it completely unable to move. The figure continued its path towards the boys and at one point bumped into a clump of trees then retraced its route. The boy that had been unable to move finally was released from his paralysis and joined his friend as they ran towards home, with the floating figure close behind them. As the creature reached the edge of the yard it stopped an opened a diamond shaped red area of its "face" apparently emitting a moaning like sound, it then began spinning emitting flashes of light from its top and bottom. Its head was described as small and round with green colored wrinkled skin. Originally one of the boys had seen a green "smog" or "cloud" on top of the hill and several "shapes" within it, one that seemed to be wearing a gas mask. (HC addition # 1169; Source: Dr. Ron Westrum, Type: C)


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

2. CUFOS report, Rodeghier


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