The 1989 UFO Chronology
  Nashville, TN, September 27, 1989, movie prop?

Created; August 15, 2008, updated Dec. 19, 2013
This is currently a 14-page chronology of UFO incidents and events for 1989
. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to Richard Hall (the original 1989 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; Rebecca Wise (Project Blue Book Archive) and Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns). Bob Gribble's entries are those filed with the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Washington, now operated by Peter Davenport. Trace cases are now being entered with the help of Ted Phillips, Center for Physical Trace Research and retrofitted into previous chronologies as time permits. Since I was Indiana State Director (MUFON) at that time, many of our Indiana cases are listed here.

Of possible interest, the MADAR Project (which I headed for 20 years) had 5 anomalistic EM readings which are listed chronologically here.

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

The 1989 UFO Chronology

Jan. 1989; Moscow, OH
12:50 AM. While driving, witness observed giant triangular object at 500-1000', bottom lit brightly. Headlights on car got dimmer, radio static, engine stopped, humming sound heard. (Ref. 6)

Jan. 12, 1989; Belleville, IL
10:00 PM. Close encounter one with two witnesses, a diamond-shaped object for 5 minutes and no sound. (MUFON Illinois)

Jan. 17, 1989; Hicksville, IN
1:30 PM. Main witness enroute to Hicksville, Ohio from Fort Wayne, Indiana. The object (Exhibit 1L) was first noticed exiting Woodbridge Apartments, traveling East on St. Joe Center Rd. The object was then sighted South of Rt. 37, while traveling East. It maintained a parallel position with Rt. 37, approximately 1 mile South at tree-top height. Several miles before Hicksville, Ohio, the object arced across the road and positioned itself 50-75 yards in front of the witnesses vehicle (still at tree-top height). It followed in front of the vehicle with 3 lights shining down for approximately 1/2 mile. Driver pulled over to the right side of the road and stopped, and the UFO did the same. He got out of his truck and looked at the UFO, for approximately 15-20 seconds (as it shined it's 3 lights on him). The UFO moved to the far side of his truck and then back over the field from where it came. He went to Hicksville and got his roommate to go out and try to find the UFO. First sighting occurred at 1:30 a.m. he and his roommate left Hicksville at approximately 2:00 a.m. Traveling West on Rt. 37, they sighted the same 3-lighted UFO on their South side, while another UFO was to their North. They followed these to the outskirts of Fort Wayne, where one crossed the road (from North to South) and headed back toward Hicksville. They turned around on Rt. 37 and followed this back toward Hicksville. The UFO started to cross the road ahead of them, and they accelerated to intercept it. It came to Rt. 37, in a residential area of Fort Wayne, stopped and hovered, turned back to the West, and flew away arcing South. (MUFON Indiana, FI Haddox)

Jan. 21, 1989; Corydon, IN
10:58 PM. Five witnesses observed an amber light approaching their car from the northwest. They got out and watched as the object passed almost directly overhead and made a turn, appeared to go over on its side as it headed south and away from them. The description of the object was described as "long, sort of butterfly-shaped". It disappeared over a hill and some trees, but not before one witness took several 35 mm shots. The object was estimated to be about 200' in the air and seemed to be moving at a rather slow speed. The time in sight, approximately three minutes. They all agreed on the number of large bright lights on the object which numbered eight and the color was a very light amber or almost white. One of the witnesses saw a series of multi-colored lights on the underneath; one remembers a large red light on the back part of it. None of the lights blinked. No sound reported. Photos showed nothing conclusive. (MUFON Indiana, FI Drescher)

Jan. 18, 1989; Glen Allen, MS
Forest animals freeze as cylinder passes overhead. (Cat 4)

Jan. 18, 1989; Somerville, OH
Barking dogs alert witness to domed objects. (Cat 4)

Jan. 22, 1989; Greens Fork, IN
9:30 PM. The couple first observed a "low" object described as a bright light that "cast a heavy light (glow, no beam)". At the request of their daughter, they rated the brightness from 1-10, the full moon being 1 and the Sun being 10, Mr. Gilmer gave it a 7! This was the third time in six days that the object had been seen by Mrs. Gilmer. It was first observed by Mrs. Gilmer only, on January 17th, at 9:00 PM with accompanying smaller objects. It was next observed on the 19th, at or after 6:30 PM. But this latest event was the most remarkable and the closest the main object ever got. (Note: The Super Bowl had just ended). The initial range or distance of the main object was estimated at 1,000 yards, heading from south to northwest. They had contacted the neighbor by phone. At that point, Mrs. Gilmer reportedly yelled at her husband, "It's starting to move. It's coming this way!" The object immediately departed and headed right over the primary witness' home, low enough to be classed as a CE-1 (within 500') and disappeared. The satellite object reported was yellow in color. No sound was ever heard. Duration: 5 minutes.  (MUFON Indiana, FI Mike Palmiter). (See Exhibit 2L)

Jan. 24, 1989; Valliant, OK
Two large triangular shaped objects that were accompanied by 4-5 smaller bright objects were seen by dozens over Valliant, Oklahoma for more than an hour. The large objects had red, white, and blue lights. They hovered and moved slowly at tree-top level. The smaller lights maneuvered between them. (Source: Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 109; McCurtain (Oklahoma) Daily, February 1, 1989).

Feb. 24, 1989; Butler, PA
8:00 PM. A multi-colored triangular shaped object flew over the town of Butler, Pennsylvania making a roaring sound. (Source: Stan Gordon, MUFON field investigation file 900310). 

Feb. 2, 1989; Olympia Fields, IL
9:30 AM. Two witnesses observed an object described as a cigar, "larger than a 747", for one minute on a controlled descent. There was no sound. (MUFON Illinois)

Feb. 4, 1989; Lanesville, IN
3:00 AM. Object with lights observed by two-witnesses. Floated along at 300' from witnesses. Data missing on Form. (MUFON Indiana, FI Janet Reising)      

Feb. 6, 1989; Perm, Russia
On this night a woman in Perm, Russia saw a bright disc-shaped object hovering over the area. The craft brightened suddenly and the witness became disoriented. She could only remember that her own dog attacked her. Later, under hypnosis, she recalled confronting two very tall figures within a light. The beings touched her on the back with a very cold metallic triangular device, which had the effect of blocking her memory of the experience. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 578, citing Jacques Vallee).

Feb. 7, 1989; Sassovivo, Italy
10:30 PM. Several witnesses were driving together along an isolated section of Route 4 in Sassovivo, Italy when they started to see intermittent circular flashes of light ahead of them. As they got closer they saw five circular objects on the ground alongside the road. The vehicle's engine stalled as five humanoids, about 90 cm tall, emerged from the crafts and surrounded the vehicle. The humanoids wore white, astronaut like suits, and had black hair and large staring eyes. They moved rapidly around the vehicle, completely ignoring the witnesses. For some time their vehicle was prevented from moving. After awhile the humanoids went back into their circular objects and then these craft disappeared from sight. The source indicated that the driver died soon after the encounter, but provided no information as to the cause of death. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, citing CUN).

Feb. 8, 1989; Gulf Breeze, FL
Dogs barked constantly as 2 small discs landed. (Cat 4)

Feb. 9, 1989; DuQuoin, IL
6:30 PM. Three adults and two children observed 15 "big" stationary red lights in a horizontal straight line formation about 200 feet from their house. The lights were at treetop level. After about two minutes the lights broke formation and formed a cluster, moved about the area, then moved out of sight. At no time during the four minute encounter did any of the witnesses hear any sound. (NUFORC)

Feb.10, 1989;  Fyffe, AL
Part of a local concentration of sightings in February. A lighted triangular-shaped object with rounded corners flew around in the sky and was watched for more than an hour by four witnesses, including police. It flew over the police cruiser at an estimated distance of 1,500 meters at a steady speed, and made no sound. There were other sightings in surrounding communities, including De Kalb City, Dawson, Dog Town, and Lick Skillet. (Source: Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Commercial Appeal, March 15, 1989).

Feb. 11, 1989; San Antonio, TX
11:15 PM. A woman at home on a foggy evening in San Antonio, Texas was attracted by a humming sound she heard outside. She then saw a hovering orange, oval-shaped disc that emitted a strong blue beam of light. The beam of light extinguished the closest street light. The next odd thing that happened is that a firetruck appeared driving down her street. (Sources: Robert E. Morgan, MUFON field investigation case files, case #890402; MUFON UFO Journal, February 1990, p. 15).

Feb. 25, 1989; Benayeo, Victoria, Australia
7:30 AM. In Benayeo, Victoria, Australia near Edenhope, a large oblong UFO with a dome at the rear end hung in the sky, and then vanished in place. (Source: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1991, p. 218).

March 1, 1989; Union City, OH
8:03 PM. While driving home, a 37-year-old mother and her 19-year-old daughter spotted a triangular-shaped object stationary in the sky, about halfway between their car and their house. The car was about 1/4th of a mile from the house at the time. The driver stopped the car and the two women stared in disbelief. The mother described the vehicle as being "gigantic" in size, five to six times larger than their house, which is 95 feet long. Suddenly the craft started to move toward the two women. Moving at a "slow speed" the vehicle passed overhead at an altitude of about 40 feet. At this point the two ladies got a good look at the surface of the craft which looked "very metallic". During their 10-minute observation the two witnesses said they could hear a rumbling sound coming from the vehicle. Both women said they were terrified by the experience. (NUFORC)

March 2, 1989; Shrub Oak, NY
9:35 PM. A 60-year-old man in Shrub Oak, Westchester County, New York reported that a huge metallic boomerang-shaped UFO with many lights in front came overhead, just fifty feet above the ground. Later he could not account for about 20 minutes. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, case 246, citing Robert Gribble, UFO Reporting Center).

April, 1989; Kent, CT
10:00 PM. Huge "V" or Chevron shaped craft with no fuselage and 5 white lights underneath seen moving extremely slowly and without any sound. Witnesses: 4, duration: approx. 2 minutes. Lights underneath, the lights were arranged one at the front or apex of the chevron and then two equally spaced down each wing. Nothing more than this could be discerned. Relative size was at least 12 inches.Actual size estimated at 300 to 500 ft in wingspan. Height off the ground looked to be about 300 ft. and it was no more than 1/4 mile away. (, unverified)

April 5, 1989; Cantonment, FL
Excited barking as disc emitted light beam and stirred tree. (Cat 4)

April 5, 1989; Plainfield, IN
3:00 AM. Described as a brightly lighted craft (Exhibit 3L) by first witness. There was another person, this one an independent witness, a neighbor, who was contacted by the primary witness. Primary witness had awakened and looked out window but did not remember the sighting until Thursday evening when she was in bed. Second witness reported dog had been growling and woke him up that morning. He thought it was 2:00-2:30 AM. Interesting that we have triangulation in this case. He saw it in the northwest; she saw it in the west, exactly as they should have if the object was in the position or area as noted on the drawing they provided. Strangeness factors include the gentleman's finding himself in the living room and the soreness they (he and his wife) reported the next day. Also, the primary witness under-reacted somewhat by simply going back to sleep! The man stated that at first he thought it may have been the moon reflecting on clouds, but realized that there was a new moon that night. Weather Bureau said New Moon rose at 5:15 AM. (MUFON Indiana, FI Norma Croda)

April 8, 1989; Baton Rouge, LA
Dogs are unaffected by fly over of three amber lights in formation. (Cat 4)

April 11, 1989; Lebanon, MO
10:30 PM. After watching the news the farmer drove his pickup out to to check on an Angus heifer which was past due on delivery of her calf. When he got there he heard the cows bawling a lot more than usual. He found the entire herd gathered in the southeast corner and the Angus standing beside her newborn bull calf. He turned off the engine and lights because the battery wasn't very good and noticed a red glow through the trees to the north and thought it was a campfire somebody had left. When he got out of the truck he heard a crackling sound coming from that direction. Since the fire appeared to be most certainly on his property and much closer he went back to the pickup and grabbed a flashlight. When he turned around he got "about the biggest shock of my life." Above the trees was a huge red ball about 20-35 feet in diameter less than 50 yards away from him. When yellow speckles would show up on the surface the crackling sound could be heard. After hovering there, bobbing slightly up and down. After a few minutes the object started to move off and then rapidly, climbing at a steep angle to the northwest, slowly at first, then a distant dim red star in 10-12 seconds. A moment later it was gone.  See 6-page report pdf file. (AUN 03/94)

April 19, 1989; Fayette County, PA
Evening.  A 10-year-old girl saw two short white glowing figures, whom she called angels, near a large glowing UFO. An adult witness saw the UFO shot straight up into the sky when it departed. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case 925, citing Stan Gordon, PASU Data Exchange, August 1989).

April 21, 1989; Crestview, FL
Barking alerted witness to disc, which put light on witness. Witness aimed rifle at hovering disc, brilliant white light on underside, humming sound. Light beam engulfed him, rifle misfired, object sped away (UFOE Vol. II, Section IX).

April 22, 1989; St. Louis, MO
9:22 PM. Two witnesses on a balcony witnessed an OBOL (Orange Ball Of Light) in the east. Then, the object appeared in front of the witnesses, between buildings. It was described in the preliminary report as disc-shaped, without tapered edges, an orange dome on top, orange stripe around mid-section, and a black bottom with many blue lights underneath (Exhibit 4L). The witnesses ran into the street and watched the object fade westward. Total observation: 20-30 seconds. (Ref. 5)

April 24, 1989; Seville, OH
2:30 PM. While looking out a window, a 76-year-old lady observed a "real bright gold" object on the ground in a neighbor's field. The craft appeared to be octogon-shaped and 3-4' in diameter. After watching it for about two minutes, the vehicle ascended slightly and moved to within 300' of the woman's house, and landed. Shortly thereafter the craft moved back to its original landing site, then moved about in that area for several minutes. After watching the vehicle for a total of seven minutes, it ascended and moved out of sight. She heard no sound coming from the craft. (NUFORC)

April 24, 1989; Kharovsk, Russia
10:45 PM. Sveral witnesses, including 53-year-old A. D. Golovatskaya, watched a fiery green elongated craft fly low over the rooftops of Kharovsk, Russia. It had a blunt nose and a fish-shaped tail. The craft was silent and appeared to be made of crystal. Four figures wearing silvery, tight-fitting uniforms were seen inside the object, two in the rear and two at the front apparently operating some controls. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 668, citing V.D. Musinskiy, FSR, Volume 35, No. 3).

April 30, 1989; near Moscow, Russia
Evening. A family of nine was spending a night at an abandoned cemetery near Moscow, Russia by the river's shore, when a strong light suddenly woke them in the middle of the night. They watched as a large sphere landed on the riverbank. Two figures then appeared in front of the sphere. The lower part of their bodies were black and the upper parts were yellow in color. The sphere and the humanoids suddenly vanished in plain sight. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 717, citing Richard F Haines, Joint USA-CIS Aerial Anomaly Federation Report).

May 1, 1989; Metcalf, IL
2:30 AM.. The abductee from previous years reported another encounter with humanoids. His mother had gotten up to go to the bathroom that morning and noticed that the electricity was off. She saw something at the window and screamed, waking the witness who fired 4-5 times with shotgun at the creature at the window. Four other humanoids were observed near a power pole. Power came on as soon as this brief event was over. (MUFON Indiana)

May 2, 1989; Louisville, KY
5:15 AM. A 31-year-old male was working on his morning paper route when he spotted a "big, bright light" stationary in the sky under the cloud layer. He continued to watch the light as he delivered his papers but, when he finished his route he noticed that the light was now moving in a circular pattern. As he got back into his truck he noticed that the light was now heading toward him at a "pretty fast speed" and was about 125' from his truck. When he started the engine and turned on the headlights for a quick exit from the area, the light "stopped in an instant" about 100 feet from the witness. In about five seconds the light then moved from right to left in front of the truck and moved out of sight. (NUFORC)

May 10, 1989; Farmington, MI
Midnight +. A 38-year-old male and a 16 year-old female driving in Farmington, Michigan were pursued by a silvery disc with a greenish tinge. Electromagnetic interference effects were reported. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-1994, citing Robert Gribble, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

May 12, 1989; Hubei Province, China 
A huge disc-shaped UFO was seen in Hubei Province, China. It illuminated the surrounding landscape a red color, and hung silently low in the sky for 20 minutes. It then rose to an estimated 100 meters and shot off. (Source: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1991, p. 128).  

May 27, 1989; Charovsk, Russia
11:00 PM. A car experienced brief electrical system failure, then recovered when a very strange looking UFO was sighted. The object was mushroom shaped on one side, but looked crablike on the other side. (Source: Richard F. Haines, JUSA-CISAAF Translations, p. 213).

MADAR Anomaly No. 20
On May 30th, at 10:39 PM, the MADAR Project at Mt. Vernon, IN  logged another MADAR anomaly. This was a one pulse deviation of the magnet variometer. No other data and no visual sightings reported.

MADAR Anomaly No. 21
A half hour later, at 11:14 PM. No. 21 occurred. Three pulse magnitude, 3-second duration. No visual data.

June 4, 1989; Palmdale, CA
7:45 PM. A security guard and an air traffic controller at Air Force Facility 42 in Palmdale, California witnessed a silver flying object and three orb-shaped UFOs during testing of the B1-B bomber. There was also a rumor of an abduction occurring on this date at the same facility. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, November 1990).

June 6, 1989; Konantsevo, Vologda, Russia
Several school children near the river in Konantsevo, Vologda, Russia watched a bright sphere descend and land. It rolled a short distance and then split in half. A headless humanoid in a dark uniform, with long arms emerged. Three more objects repeated the descent and landing. The children experience an episode of missing time. (Sources: Richard Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 127; Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 11; Michael Hall, UFOs: A Century of Sightings, p. 330).

June 11, 1989; near St. John's, Newfoundland
7:00 AM. A Canadian Airlines International crew watched a dark grey or black ovoid object, estimated to be about 2 meters in length, make complex maneuvers in the sky not far from St. John's, Newfoundland for three minutes. (Source: Chris Rutkowski, International UFO Reporter, July 1990, p. 10).

June 13, 1989; Frankfort, KY
11:30 PM. While driving on the Express Connector roadway, a 36-year-old female observed two, large bright white lights moving in her direction. She stopped her car for a better look, and as the lights got closer she could tell that they were attached to a rectangular-shaped object, "massive in size." The woman got out of the car in time to see the craft stop directly overhead and remain in that spot for about two minutes. During that period she could see what appeared to be numerous pipes laying flat against the underside of the vehicle which was illuminated by several lights. (NUFORC) The  The witness experience an episode of missing time. (Source: Paul Ferrughilli, Computer Catalogue of UFO Reports, 1988-1994, case #265).

June 16, 1989; Queensland, Australia
Night. Two brothers were engaged in opal mining in an isolated area of Queensland, Australia on this night, with the nearest community being Yowah. They sighted a large disc-shaped craft accompanied by six smaller objects hovering over the area. A twenty-minute time lapse was reported. Hynoptic regression at a later date revealed an abduction scenario that involved small Grey type entities and tall human-looking beings with long blond hair. There seemed to the brothers that a struggle ensued between the two different groups of beings. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case #1821, citing Keith Basterfield).

July-Oct.; Soviet Union
Several abduction cases. (Vallee, 1992).

July 6, 1989; Hakui City, Kanazawa Prefecture, Japan
Video recorder film taken of a white, Saturn-shaped object with squarish ring that changed direction, rose at a steep angle at high speed (UFOE Vol. II, Section VII).

July 12, 1989;  Southend, Essex, England
Night. At least six witnesses in Southend, Essex, England reported that a cone-shaped UFO paced a car. Lights on object turned counter-clockwise. The object shot off when the car stopped. (Source: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1991, p. 228).

July 15, 1989; Sioux Falls, SD
8:20 PM. The man, his wife, and 15 year old daughter and her friend, were traveling north on Interstate 29 and were approximately 30 miles south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The wife was driving and he was scanning the horizons looking for buildings, etc. that would indicate that they were approaching the outskirts of the city. It was at this point that he noticed a dark, cylinder-shaped object (apparently flat on both ends) in a vertical position to the north and west of their location on the highway. It appeared to be elevated at about 20 to 25 degrees above the western horizon. Although he couldn't determine its actual size or real distance, it appeared to be about as large as a typical farm grain storage silo would be when viewed from about a quarter of a mile away on the ground. He pointed the object out to the group and joked that it was an "oddball UFO". At first they all laughed because of the odd shape and position of the object. The girls said it looked like a flying garbage can; the wife said it looked like a soup can and He said it looked like a flying silo. However, because it was in plain sight (and appeared not to move) they all became curious about it and tried to determine exactly what it was. He was able to view the object through small binoculars (8x21) and kept it in sight for several seconds at a time on several occasions. The girls also looked at it through the binoculars. During the entire episode, the object remained in a vertical position at the same angular elevation above the horizon and appeared to remain totally stationary in the sky as we moved north on 1-29. He was not able to discern any markings, protrusions or lights on the object. He also could not see (even with the binoculars) any signs of ropes, cables or other objects (including balloons, airplanes, helicopters, etc.) either above or below the object. It appeared to be located above a large, open field. The sky conditions were clear to partly cloudy with little or no wind and the sun was setting in the west. (MUFON Indiana, FI Roger Lamberson)

July 16, 1989; New Harmony, IN
10:15 PM. The huge, bright, round object had exhibited some detail during the 2-minute-plus observation, and had illuminated the witness' driveway, alley & pool area. The object reportedly hovered at tree-top level, overhead, and produced no sound, then floated toward the end of the street to the east before it disappeared. Another person present was unable to get out of her van during this period and never saw the object. The witness later said that it was so big that it looked like "one of those TV dishes", referring to a satellite dish. "It was (had been) right over the top of me. It was so huge! It was white as day (outside), no sound at all. It hovered, kind of hesitated. It didn't fly, it just floated. And it was huge." When asked if the lights on it were hard to see because the light was so bright, she replied in the negative. Where was the bright light cowing from? "Underneath! And it had a few little spokes like you'd hold your arm out from under a plate (depth perception). And they weren't bright." There was only one problem with this case. It may have been just a coincidence, but there had been a spectacular Russian satellite re-entry at the time of the sighting. The lady was sincere, however it was hard to nail down a description that could be drawn in detail. (MUFON Indiana, FI Fran Ridge)

July 22, 1989;  Trenton, ME
3:30 PM. Over Blue Hill Bay -- At 3:30 p.m. Randy Rhodes, a police dispatcher for the City of Ellsworth, and Bill Reiff, an attorney, took off in a Beechcraft Bonanza from the Bar Harbor-Trenton airport. At around 3:45 p.m. they spotted a huge metallic disc, shining like polished aluminum, at the 9 o'clock position. It was at the same altitude as their plane--approximately 5100-5200 feet. The object suddenly moved dead ahead to the 12 o'clock position and it took on a reddish or rose color. Not very enthusiastic about continuing on with this thing in front of them, they turned back for the Bar Harbor-Trenton airport. The Aerial Direction Finder was working at the time but the DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) was not receiving. It had never before given them a problem, and 3-4 minutes after the object disappeared the DME came back on. When they landed they discovered that there had been power surges and outages on the ground, and they recalled that when they last observed the object it was headed in the direction of the Maine Yankee Nuclear Power plant in Wiscasset. However, a spokesman for the Bangor HydroElectric Company later reported that three limbs falling over a transmission line when a resident cut down a tree caused the outage. (Source: UFOE Vol. II, Section III; Leland Bechtel, MUFON UFO Journal, November 1989, p. 19)

July 28, 1989;  Kapustin Yar, Astrakhan, Russia
11:20 PM. A domed disc-shaped object was seen over a high security rocket weapons depot in Kapustin Yar, Astrakhan, Russia, by four military witnesses, including the two main witnesses named Voloshin and Tishchayev. The UFO glowed a phosphorescent green. It circled the depot three times, accelerated and then stopped abruptly. It shot away when a Soviet fighter jet appeared. (Sources: Paul Stonehill, The Soviet UFO Files, p. 79; Don Berliner, Marie Galbraith, & Antonio Huneeus, (editors), Unidentified Flying Objects Briefing Document: The Best Available Evidence, p. 103; Dennis Stacy, Field Guide to UFOs, p. 58).

Aug. 10, 1989; Estepona, Spain
Videotape taken of hovering object that rotated, split in two, then faded or "dissolved." (UFOE Vol. II, Section VII). (Note: IFO: It was the flight of a Transmediterranean research balloon, in a joint operation by CNES (France), INTA (Spain) and the Italian counterpart. Launched in Italy and monitored up to its retrieval in South Spain. - Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos)

Aug. 10, 1989; Nr. Prohlandynt, Russia
1:00 AM. An unsubstantiated UFO case comes to us from Russia. According to the reports, not far from the city of Prohlandnyi,  Soviet military radar units picked up an unidentified flying object. An attempt was made to contact the craft, without success. The UFO was classified as "hostile." Russian defenses were put on alert, and Mig-25s were put in the air to find and identify the UFO. The Migs were given the authority to use weapons if necessary. When the UFO refused to answer hails, the Migs fired, hitting the UFO. It soon ditched over the Caucasian Mountains, and a search and retrieval team was dispatched. A crew aboard an M1-8 located the disc-shaped UFO outside of Nizhnizy Chegem. The area was completely cordoned off to everyone except military personnel. The case has a similar ring to America's Roswell crash of 1947. (, unsubstantiated)

Aug. 13, 1989; Mansura, LA
10:30 AM. An 84-year-old man went into his backyard and saw a small yellow oval or disc-shaped object close by at ground level. He called a second, female witness, who watched from the back door of the house. The 3-foot wide object hovered and moved about at ground level for approximately five minutes, 30 feet away, circled a tree, then flew off vertically and was quickly gone from sight. It made no sound as it flew, and left some ground traces on the lawn. (Sources: Hal Price, MUFON Field Investigations Database, case 890806; Dan Wright, MUFON UFO Journal, December 1992)

Aug. 13, 1989; Mansura, LA
Dog reacted as oval bobbed near ground. (Cat 4)

Aug. 19, 1989; Cantonment, FL
Normally noisy dogs silent as disc hovers across the street. (Cat. 4)

Aug. 31, 1989; Butler Township. PA
Luminous mushroom-shaped object hovered over field, two smaller objects with red lights emerged, operated independently, departed at high speed (UFOE Vol. II, Section X).

Aug. 31, 1989; Ipswich,
Dog in house curious/alert to disc outside. (Cat 4)

Sept. 11, 1989; Kalamazoo, MI
Dogs excited as cigarshaped with wings hovers over houses. (Cat 4)

Sept. 14, 1989; Cantonment, FL
Dogs hid while diamond shaped object passed over. (Cat 4)

Sept. 16, 1989; north of Zaostravka, Perm, Russia
Night. Witnesses north of Zaostravka, Perm, Russia watched several disc-shaped objects engaged in what looked like an aerial battle or "dogfight" with another gold-colored disc. After several explosions the electrical power in Zaostravka went off. The gold-colored disc was seen crashing into a swamp. Several military personnel tried to get near the crash site, but the isolated location seemed impossible to access. The zone was declared off limits by the local military, several families living nearby were displaced, and a barbwire fence was installed in the area. Aircraft flying over the area afterwards reported equipment malfunctions and were diverted to other flight paths. The downed object was described as mushroom shaped-shaped with a greenish-gold dome and a matt black rim with a narrow base. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, citing F. Bachurin, N. A. Subbotin and Anton Anfalov).

September 16, 1989; Nikolayev, Russia
Night. A female employee of a local meat packing plant in Nikolayev, Russia had stepped outside for a quick break when a beam of light struck her from above. Looking up, she saw a hovering disc-shaped craft which the beam had emanated from. The object was about 40-60 meters in diameter. She reported that she felt no fear and indeed had a euphoric feeling as she began rising up nto the air towards the object. She also heard a voice extolling her to "fly with them." Other workers came to the scene and began yelling and ran towards the woman. The beam disappeared the the UFO flew away. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, citing Mikhail Gershtein, Immense Invasion).

Sept. 28, 1989; Tillamook county, OR
10:00 PM. Ten calls were received by the Coast Guard and KTIL radio reporting small explosions and red and white flying lights in Tillamook county, Oregon. Sightings occurred in Oceanside, Oregon and for seventy miles north along the coastline. In Tillamook Bay a circle of nocturnal lights were seen moving toward the northwest. Each nocturnal object consisted of a ring of light. (Sources: field investigator Skip Schultz, MUFON investigation files database, case #891206W; UFO Newsclipping Service, October 1995).

Sept. 21, 1989; Mt. Vernon, IN
8:15 PM. Two young boys (ages 8) had seen them first. Once the Filter Center was alerted, Fran Ridge observed them with binoculars. By this time all three witnesses observed an object composed of red lights that looked like a Christmas tree lying on its side, westbound just like the original sighting, but this time lower on the horizon. By contacting the ARTC at Evansville and talking to controller, Gary O'Niel, it was discovered that nothing was being tracked on their radar. (UFOFC, Fran Ridge)

Sept. 21-Oct. 7, 1989; Voronezh, USSR
UFO sighting concentration in vicinity. Four landings and three different kinds of entities reported (UFOE Vol. II, Sections VIII, XII); geodesic engineer saw maneuvering airship-like object September 24 (UFOE Vol. II, Section IV).

September 23, 1989; Voronezh, Russia
9:00 PM. A boy named Torshin returning home late in the evening from school in Voronezh, Russia noticed a large round red object with a black, door-like hatch hovering close to the ground. It suddenly landed on four legs and the hatch opened. A ladder descended and a square, robot-like being emerged. The witness did not stay around. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 202; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 535, citing Gordon Creighton, in Timothy Good (ed.), The UFO Report 1991).

Sept. 26, 1989; Voronezh, Russia
7:00 PM. A young witness saw an object with portholes on the ground. A figure more than three meters tall emerged from it. The entity had two large eyes on its head and a red light on top. On its chest it had a silvery disk with three round spots of different colors. Below that it had a rectangular box that protruded out. The being also wore large silvery boots. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 536, citing Gordon Creighton, in Timothy Good (ed.), The UFO Report 1991).

Sept. 27, 1989; near Tillamook, OR
4:20 PM. A woman was called by her granddaughter to look at something unusual outside. She stepped out of her house near Tillamook, Oregon and was confronted by an object resembling an inverted toy top, hovering just above the ground. It was 20 to 30 feet in diameter and had a flat bottom and a bright yellow-white light shining at both ends. The woman approached to within 30 feet of the craft when a door opened revealing a blond human-like entity of average height with fair skin and blue eyes. He was wearing a silvery coverall uniform. The woman then noticed at a window next to the door a large hairy, Sasquatch type creature apparently seated and only visible from the chest up. The woman stared at the object and beings for a few minutes, and then the UFO suddenly vanished from plain sight. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case #116; MUFON UFO Journal, April 1990).

Sept. 27, 1989; Voronezh, Russia
6:30 PM. Several children playing at a local park, first observed a pinkish glow approaching in the sky. As it came overhead they could see that it was a deep red, ball-shaped object. The object flew around in circles for a few minutes and then left. When it returned it hovered briefly, and then descended very close to the ground. A hatch opened and a heavy set figure emerged. The being moved very slowly and looked around, he had a very small head resembling that of a doorknob, set in between its shoulders. It had three luminous eyes, the middle one moving around like"radar." On its chest there was a shield-like object. The being then closed the hatch and the object landed gently on four legs. The hatch opened again and three huge humanoids with small knob-like heads stepped out. These wore silvery coveralls and bronze colored boots. A strange robot-like creature accompanied the giants. All four of them walked around the object several times. A beam of light came out of the chest of one of the beings and struck the ground, creating several luminous triangles that later faded away. At one point the craft and beings became briefly invisible but then reappeared. One of the boys screamed in fear. Then one of the beings looked at the boy and pointed a tube at him. A luminous beam came from the tube and hit the boy, which made him disappear. The boy later reappeared after the beings and the objects had gone. Subsequent information revealed that on of the craft's hull and on the landing prop of another craft was the letter or symbol "Zhe," reported to have been similar to the "UMMO" insignia reported in Western Europe in the 1970s. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 534, citing Gordon Creighton, in Timothy Good (ed.), The UFO Report 1991).

<>Sept. 27, 1989; Nashville, TN
Night. These photographs were allegedly taken near Nashville and used to build a model for theatrical events. The photographs show strong circular columns of light shining down from the craft that suddenly stop in mid-air. Our spotlights do not function in this manner. (Photo at top of page. Unverified information,

Sept. 28, 1989; Tillamook county, OR
10:00 PM. Ten calls were received by the Coast Guard and KTIL radio reporting small explosions and red and white flying lights in Tillamook county, Oregon. Sightings occurred in Oceanside, Oregon and for seventy miles north along the coastline. In Tillamook Bay a circle of nocturnal lights were seen moving toward the northwest. Each nocturnal object consisted of a ring of light. (Sources: field investigator Skip Schultz, MUFON investigation files database, case #891206W; UFO Newsclipping Service, October 1995).

Oct. 1989-May 1990; Belgium
Concentration of triangular UFO sightings, jet interceptor chases, radar-visual sightings (see November 29, 1989; March 30, 1990).
Oct. 9, 1989; Gulf Breeze, FL
Dogs barking at hum of boomerang. (Cat 4)

Oct. 20, 1989; Huntsville, AR
Early morning. A red-orange oval object encountered alongside the road, Paced alongside a truck. Physiological aftereffects on witnesses, and odd mental imagery. (MUFON report forms.)

Oct. 24, 1989; From northwestern Indiana To Lake Erie
6:20 AM. An aircraft was heading from Chicago to Indianapolis at Flight Level 350 and reported a UFO to Chicago Center. Connair 440, "November 455GA", had first sighted the object 50 nautical miles south of Ord in northwest Indiana. The object was observed by the pilot and co-pilot. They reported to Chicago Center that the object was passing over them, heading southwest to northeast, with a beam of light shining down as if out of a wheel well. (Exhibit 5L) The outline of the object looked like a B-2, which is boomerang-shaped. It was traveling at a high rate of speed. Chicago Center did not have it on their radar. The controller said they had several previous reports on this but had been unsuccessful in tracking it on radar. One pilot heard the term "Kitty Hawk Freighter" and thought that that was the call sign of the reporting aircraft. The FI contacted the Kitty Hawk Airlines dispatcher in Dallas, Texas, and she remembered the incident immediately! The pilot/witness later called the FI and stated that he had been flying most of his life and did not believe in UFOs, but he could not explain what he saw the morning of October 24th. He was traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis at 9,000' in Convair 440. He reported the object passing overhead at 0620 EOT which was about 5-minutes earlier than the original report. (Obviously this was not the aircraft XXX had overheard. No other report could be found). The object was traveling southwest to northeast at a very high rate of speed (much faster than any aircraft he had ever seen). Sighting time from horizon to horizon (this particular witness) was 40-seconds. Co-pilot would not file a report. Other aircraft witnesses never were located. FI note: "The B-2 is a subsonic a/c which is not capable of the high speed reported. There is only one prototype of this a/c at this time and the AF says it is undergoing flight tests only in California." (Ohio Group, FI Franklin Reams)

Oct. 30, 1989; Fort Walton Beach, FL
Insects silent as lights are seen. (Cat 4)

Nov. 1989; Newburgh, IN
Sometime in the evening, possibly the 1st of November, an object near a power plant at Newburgh reportedly "scared the hell of the witnesses." The witnesses refused to file a report. (UFOFC, Ridge).

Nov. 1989; Creve Cover, MO
9:00 AM. A witness just glanced up and saw three rectangular objects at the same time, no lights or sound, about 25-degrees up. She pulled off the road to watch. Observed about 30-seconds in the east before objects went into the clouds. (Ref. 5)

Nov. 1, 1989; Gulf Breeze, FL
Dogs barking excitedly at hum of 3 bell-shaped objects. (Cat 4)

Nov. 7, 1989; Western KS
Double abduction case investigated by John Carpenter (UFOE Vol. II, Section XIII).

Nov. 12, 1989; Fort Wayne, IN
9:15 PM. Preliminary report provided by CUFOS' Mark Rodeghier. We were never able to get a signed report. A couple from Zionsville (near Indy) were on 1-69, 20 miles south of Fort Wayne, and saw a very unusual domed-shaped object for 7-8 minutes. (UFOFC, Ridge)

Nov. 19, 1989; Northwestern, AR
1:35 AM. Shocking and extremely interesting close encounter witnessed by five people, one a deputy sheriff. See full report. (AUN-3,1)

Nov. 29, 1989; Eupen, Belgium
Police patrol car illuminated by brilliant light beam, hovering dark triangular object, humming noise, alternately moved and hovered (UFOE Vol. II, Section I; source link info not verifed).

Nov. 30, 1989; New York City, NY
Linda Cortile's (pseudonym) abduction from 12th floor apartment, allegedly witnessed by international figure and security guards (Hopkins, 1996).

Dec. 1, 1989; Indianapolis, IN
9:00 PM.. Several persons reported a white boomerang-shaped object, which appeared to be about 3" at arm's length, being pursued by black helicopters (Exhibit 6L). Four Hughey-type copters were flying from the northwest turning south with a brightly-lit object in front being followed or escorted. The object had also been seen on October 11th. Primary witness: "I was called by my son because of (the) helicopters. When we went out to see (them), there was the UFO, followed by four helicopters. I at first thought it was a huge (air)plane, then realized it wasn't (no fuselage). I was excited and upset because I couldn't get neighbors to see it. Object floated more than flew. It went south behind the woods." Object was never closer than 2-3 blocks but appeared to be about 600' from the ground. (MUFON Indiana, FI Norma Croda)

MADAR Anomaly No.  22
December 15th, 6:03 PM. This event occurred with a momentary power outage, so brief that there was no loss of stored information. It was merely a flicker of lights and power, but the magnet variometer deviated from north, cycled back in 18-seconds, then deviated again in the opposite direction (2-pulse, 18-second on first pulse, no return on second), resting away from north indefinitely! The sensor housing had to be physically rotated to get it back to north! Channel 14 TV at Evansville, just 20 miles east of the MADAR HQ at Mt. Vernon, IN, lost all their computer graphics. It was thought that this was related to earthquake phenomenon, but there was no reported quake.

MADAR Anomaly No. 23
December 17, 9:14 AM. This time there was no additional pulse (besides the "phantom" or unrecorded initial pulse) to show a swing back to and past north. This was a "no return" situation, again. This had never happened before, at least at this station in the 20-years we have been in operation.

Dec. 21, 1989; Martinsdale/Indianapolis, IN
Bt. 1:00 & 2:00 AM. Lady and her husband observed two objects while returning to Indianapolis from Bloomington early that Thursday morning. They were driving on Hwy 37 and talking when they noticed something with lights on it over a field. "It was hard to tell the actual shape of the craft but the lights were circular around it. There were orangish-yellow lights around the bottom of the craft, but I could not see all the way around it." When they were close enough to see it better (200 yards) they noticed lights here and there around it and could see quite clearly that the object was "hovering above the ground about as high as a helicopter". They had to turn around after passing a pulled-over semi, and when they returned, "the craft was on my (lady's) side of the car and it took off to the west up over a ridge of hills", and then the lights went out. (Field extends approximately 1/4 mile from the road to the trees). "It did not go down, but it disappeared. I very much got the feeling that it knew we were watching." They got back to the main road and headed north to Indy. (FI found upon checking the area that an Indianapolis Power & Light generating plant was located just over the ridge right near where the object disappeared). About seven miles down the road they were discussing the sighting and the lady was searching the sky. On her side of the road (east) "there was this craft that was huge and it was right there! It hung in the air. It was a large craft like an aircraft carrier or barge. It was angled or tilted toward me. It had a dome on the back and a long flat area on the front with two huge searchlights (Exhibit 7L). They made me nervous. It just hung there! We stopped the car and I rolled down the window. I could not hear any noise except my heart beating very fast. Daniel was trying to lean around me to see it, but he could not see the whole thing but could see the lights and felt the presence of it (a strange feeling in the joints, energy rushing through his body). That physical feeling stayed with us for quite a while afterward. So we sat and watched it, then it began to move toward me. I did not want the lights to shine on my car and I told Daniel to go. It stopped turning and, as we drove away I continued to watch it until I could not see it anymore." The main witness described the second craft as "very industrial looking, too heavy to be hanging in the sky. Industrial metallic with intricate squares on the outer sides, metal working that might have been indentations. If this had been a boat, the indentations would be for stairs, wasn't smooth. Dome was smooth looking, iridescent, illuminated from inside. It was not a high dome. The two lights on front of craft were like search lights." (MUFON Indiana, FI Norma Croda)

MADAR Anomaly No 24
December 22nd, 10:49 PM. One pulse. Again, no return to North!

Dec. 28, 1989; Mt. Vernon, IN
8:10 PM. The family was watching television. The nine-year-old son's Christmas gift, a remote controlled car, was acting as if it had a mind of its own, and he was having trouble controlling it. Then, within a minute or two, the "touch-light" in the family room went out, then came on. At that point the front door burst open and the 13-year-old daughter and her two friends came screaming in. "Dad, come out here quick!"  There in the east, just two-three blocks away, was the most brilliant reddish-orange navigation light he'd ever seen, and he had seen DC-10's on the runway. This was brighter! In the binoculars the bright red-orange light was alone except for a white strobe which was in the lead as the object (shape of which he couldn't see) made a turn toward the southeast. There was no green wing light observed (could have been obstructed), and no white navigation light at all on this craft. Most noticeable was the fact that if this was an airplane of helicopter, there WAS NO SOUND! It was very low, approximately 10-degrees, and close enough that there should have been a jet or prop engine, or helicopter blade noise. Also, this was NOT an ultralight. The object, based on its departure path, must have passed almost directly over the house at low level, going west to east, then turning southeast. The object must have been in close proximity about the time of the interference, unless this was all a coincidence. The object faded low in the distance heading southeast. The very next day the neighbor, frustrated with his new garage door opener which appeared to be faulty when the door kept going up and down the night before, tore it out and installed another one! (MUFON Indiana, FI Fran Ridge)


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

2. CUFOS report, Mark Rodeghier,

Ted Phillips, Center for Physical Trace Research.

4. Regional Encounters: The FC Files, Francis Ridge

5. UFORN, UFO Research Network, St. Louis, Barbara Becker

6. MORA, Mid-Ohio Research Associates