The 2002 UFO Chronology

Magazine cover, courtesy of Jim Klotz & Les Treece-Sinclair

September 15, 2009 release, updated 7 Jan 2015
This is page is under construction and cases will be added as they are located.
Our thanks for these chronologies must go to the A-Team, in particular, Don Johnson (UFOCAT), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), Jean Waskiewicz (online NICAP DBase [NSID], and Peter Davenport (NUFORC). You will note the many foreign reports that we are now being able to access. Also, Don Johnson's entries are constructed slightly different (bold date) than the usual NICAP chrono format to save time and help separate the sources.

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

The  UFO Chronology

2:47 AM. Cat 3. While working a coal train enroute from Russell Kentucky to Shelbiana Kentucky, a locomotive trailing unit and first two cars were severely damaged as they struck an unknown floating or hovering object. The entire electrical systems on both locomotives "went haywire."

Cat 4. Dogs bark at fireball that lights terrain and is heard (IFO)

Cat 4.  Large flying disc, smaller discs & triangle startles police dog.

Jan. 31, 2002; near Jacumba, San Diego County, California
5:30 a.m. A senior INS Border Patrol officer and his dog witnessed a disc-shaped object very quickly pass over their patrol vehicle in the desert near Jacumba. A warbling sound emanated from the object, which the dog reacted to.  Seconds later, a dozen more discs are witnessed flying to the east with a delta-shaped object in their midst, then fly off to the west. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 18183, citing Filer's Files, Volume 2, Number 7).

March 15, 2002; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
2:15 AM.On a clear night, Helen, accompanied by her arthritic Labrador Retriever, was on her patio watching for Perseid meteors.  She became aware of a slow moving, black line which she soon realized was a huge black triangle that passed directly over the clearing that surrounded her house as it moved from the SE to the NW at about 10 mph.  As the huge object blanked out the sky, Helen reported that the area around her became very still and “tingly.” Uncharacteristically, her lab left her and went into the house through an open door.  Caged pheasants next door were silent instead of making their usual bird sounds.  In 5 minutes the triangle had moved out of sight, and the “tingly” feeling was gone.  (Joan Woodward)

March 19, 2002; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2:00 p.m. A metallic "saucer" was seen flying to the north over the skyscrapers of downtown Ottawa. (Source: 2002 Canadian UFO Survey, case 109).

March 27, 2002; Allen, Texas
8:00 a.m. A 3 meter wide silver, hubcap-shaped disc flew low and stopped over a field at only five meters altitude. It had lights around its rim. It shot off to the west at an extremely fast speed. (Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 17854).

April 7, 2002; Hellifield, nr. Skipton, Emngland
3:16 a.m. A triangular formation of white lights was seen by a police woman. The lights travelled slowly through the sky in perfect unison, and then made a banking maneuver before disappearing from view. (Source: UFO Magazine (UK), July 2003, p. 11).

April 23, 2002; St. Charles, Michigan
10:00 p.m. A man reported to the National UFO Reporting Center that he watched UFOs in the sky from his home for three hours. When he flashed a flashlight at the main object, another object from the southwest portion of the sky approached and chased him. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, April 2002 webpage).

April 30, 2002; Kelowna, British Columbia
9:45 p.m. A silent boomerang-shaped object without lights was sighted. It looked like a hang glider in the night sky, considerably after sunset. (Source: Geoff Dittman, UFO Research Manitoba, 2002 Canadian UFO Survey, case 154, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

May 4, 2002; Farmingdale, New York
3:45 p.m. Two separate witnesses in towns nearby to Farmingdale, observed an egg-shaped UFO move at low speed and altitude in a clear blue sky. The object seemed "transparent rather than solid, more like a ring" and it left a white contrail-like wake much like a boat in the water would do. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), August 2002, p. 19).

May 5, 2002; Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England
3:00 a.m. A disc-shaped object hovered at a low altitude. It had erratic flashing multi-colored lights. It spun, and rocked slowly back-and-forth. Two small white lights moved outward from it, and remained separate for almost an hour. The UFO departed toward the south. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), August 2002, p. 19, citing Filer's Files).

May 5, 2002; Smithstown, Suffolk County, New York
3:15 p.m. Two independent witnesses in nearby towns observed an ovoid UFO moving at a slow speed and low altitude in the clear blue sky. It flew from west to east. It seemed more "transparent rather than solid, more like a ring." and it left behind a white contrail or wake like "a boat in water." (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), August 2002, p. 19, citing Filer's Files).

May 12, 2002; Orlando, Florida
A security guard atop a parking garage saw three dark triangular craft approach in formation from the north. The UFOs began to move in lazy turns, banking and doubling back. Each craft had six white lights on the front and a blunt rear section. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), August 2002, p. 18).

June 4, 2002; Montreal, Quebec
1:03 a.m. On this night lights were seen moving toward the east in a zigzagging flight path. (Source: UFO Research Manitoba website, 2002 Canadian UFO Survey, case #201).

June 4, 2002; Santral district of Antalya, Turkey
On this afternoon at least 45 students said they saw a UFO land in the field behind Fatma Primary School. Several students, including Murat Esici, age 11, saw an "alien being" emerge from the landed craft, emitting red rays from its eyes. It had a very big head, was about 1.80 meters tall, and had hands and feet that looked metallic. Miss Esici temporarily lost her voice immediately after the sighting. Students Zeynep Cpnar and Nalan Donmez also claimed they saw an unusual craft with the alien beside it. "His eyes and hands were red and a red light was emitting from his eyes." The children were overcome with shock after the incident. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2002, citing Sirius UFO Space Sciences Research Center International).

June 7, 2002; Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California
11:45 a.m. It was a large, round domed disc that was seen briefly, also described as very shiny with little black jets, and had a small dome on top. The object  was rotating at the time, and made no sound at all. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, June 2002 webpage).

June 9, 2002; nr. Polanuruwa, Sri Lanka
Evening. Two reports listed of a UFO landing with short humanoids. Two witnesses went to bathe in the nearby river when a UFO appeared overhead making a thundering sound. When it landed two two-foot tall humanoids came out of the craft. Reportedly, "very soon it disappeared." (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2002 webpage).

June 24, 2002; Deerfield Beach, Florida
11:10 p.m. A luminous white saucer-shaped object zigzagged around the Moon for several minutes. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, June 2002 webpage).

Jul. 6, 2002 - A dark domed craft a with ramp hovered silently over a Canadian army base near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at 1:30 a.m. (Source: 2002 Canadian UFO Survey, case 252).

Jul. 6, 2002 - At 11:45 pm. several lights "put on a show" over a mountain in Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Animal reaction: scared dog. (Source: 2002 Canadian UFO Survey, case 251).

Jul. 7, 2002 - A disc-shaped UFO appeared on a digital photo of some scenery taken at 11:45 a.m. on Cabin Lake Road, northeast of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. The photo is evaluated as not a hoax. (Source: Jasek Martin, UFOBC; Geoff Dittman, Canadian UFO Survey 2002, case # 352, citing UFOBC).

Jul. 9, 2002 - At 12:15 a.m. a strange noise coming from a hovering, triangular light bothered the dogs in the neighborhood in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, July 2002 webpage).

Jul. 12, 2002 - A scout troop with their scoutmaster saw 26 orange objects fly from south to north slowly, in single file, over Browns Plains, Queensland, Australia shortly after 10 p.m. The objects were described as balloon shaped, and glowed orange. There was no sound, and there were no navigation lights on the objects. (Source: Sheryl Gottschall Sheryl, UFO Research Queensland website).

Jul. 13, 2002 - Three lights maneuvered, pulsed, and then faded out on a clear night in Paramus, New Jersey at 11:10 p.m. Two of the objects moved slowly toward the northeast at a high altitude. The third object appeared in the northeast sky and flew between the first two, then changed direction and flew toward the north. All objects pulsed brightly and then faded. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), October 2002, p. 15).

Jul. 17, 2002 - A bright pulsating ovoid object flew over the river in Perm, Russia at 12:30 a.m. and became obscured by low clouds. Two searchlight beams descended from the sky and scanned the river and nearby homes. After two minutes the beams vanished and the object zoomed away. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), October 2002, p. 15).

Cat 4. Famous jet scramble case, but two dogs did not react..

Cat 11. UFO Sighting Over Waldorf, MD, radar, scramble mission.

Jul. 28, 2002 - Three girls in Tahmoor, Queensland, Australia had decided to visit their rooftop as they had done the prior evening to watch for satellites. It was around 5:30 p.m. and dusk and the girls had a good vantage point looking towards the east. They had a pair of binoculars and a pair of walkie-talkies with them. The girls first noticed that a large orange light appeared approximately 15 degrees above the eastern horizon. The light had fluctuating colors of orange, yellow, white and pale blue. At fist they thought it was an arriving airplane, but then a second light appeared approximately 50 degrees south of the first anomaly, and about 10 degrees above the horizon. This much smaller anomaly began to perform some unusual maneuvers. From a stationary position it accelerated within a second to 5 degrees closer to the ground. The first light then began to move slowly north. They lost sight of it as it moved behind a tree. Then a third anomaly appeared in a valley. This third object appeared to have landed on the ground. The object was viewed through the binoculars and was described as a gray saucer with interchanging colors of green, red/orange, blue/purple and white rotating around the rim. They were suddenly distracted by someone on their walkie-talkie saying, "Identify yourself." This was followed by some unusual voices communicating in an unknown language. Around 6:30 p.m. the girls were called down to have dinner, but at 8:30 p.m. they had gone back up on the roof after dinner. To their surprise, the third ground-based object was still there. Unexpectedly, a yellow beam of light ascended a few meters above the object and suddenly deviated its course towards the three girls. "It was like an orange, yellowy bright light shining on us from far away." The light shone on them for a period of about half a minute. At this point, it was not clear how it happened, but one of the girls ended up on the ground. She became extremely hysterical and ran inside. The other two girls quickly followed her. That evening all three girls had stomach pains. One of them could not sleep and did not go to school the next day. Another one of the girls woke up the next morning with a nose bleed, and she mentioned that she had seen a strange small human like figure in her bedroom. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2002, citing The Australian UFO Research Network).

Jul. 28, 2002 - At 3:10 a.m. in a wooded area of Sedona, Arizona the witness saw what appeared to be a figure glowing all white, with black "straight" eyes, and with a black diagonal/diamond strip of "clothing" on top of its head. The man stood staring at the figure for 20 seconds and then left the area. Prior to seeing the figure, he had seen lights in a large oval shaped pattern in the sky. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, July 2002 webpage).

Jul. 30, 2002 - At 12:04 a.m. a cylindrical craft with faint lights on both ends zigzagged through the sky over York, Pennsylvania, speeding off and disappearing in about one minute. Beginning at 12:20 a.m. an unexplained triangular object was seen darting around and pinwheeling about in the night sky for two hours over Marstons Mills, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, July 2002 webpage).

Aug. 11, 2002 - At 10:55 p.m. a zig-zagging object with red, green and blue lights was seen moving around a farm near a power plant for two minutes in Two Creeks, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, August 2002 webpage).

Cat 4. Dog frightened during sighting of nocturnal lights (IFO)

1:00 AM. Cat 4. Dog retreated into house when black triangle appeared. On this date, during the Persiad meteor shower, a woman-an amateur astronomer-was shocked when a huge black triangular shaped object passed directly over her house blocking out the star field she was observing. It was later discovered that there was radar tracing of this object discovered by a cooperative air traffic controller. This was one of several triangular objects spotted by witnesses near the capital city of Halifax in Nova Scotia the spring and summer of 2006. (Don Ledger/Joan Woodward)

Sept. 11, 2002; Eastern United States
Daytime. The witness worked in a relatively urban area, and he allegedly walked outside to shoot some stills of clouds around the parking lot, for a website. He used a digital 8 camcorder, with smartcard for still pictures. He shot on the first shot, "something pretty damned odd," but he said he didn't see it in the camera first. He saw it after the first shot, then followed what appeared to be a *very* silver chromed object for about 30-40 seconds.

Oct. 23, 2002 - At 10:25 p.m. in Granisle, British Columbia a large glowing orange disc hovered over an old copper mine on an island in the lake. Rose up, stopped, moved sideways, the dropped down. The intensity changed when it moved. It cast a reflection on lake, and flew off toward the north at a low altitude. (Source: UFO Magazine).

Nov. 6, 2002 - A bright light moved erratically through the sky at great speeds at Sharm Ash Shaykh on the southern tip of the Sinai Pennisula in Egypt. The acceleration and deceleration of the light was incredible. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

Nov. 20, 2002 - At 5:45 p.m. a silent, triangular shaped object was sighted over Merritt, British Columbia. As the witness watched over a two minute period there was an accumulation of shimmering red lights in the three apexes of the object. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, November 2002 webpage archive).

Cat 4. Dogs began howling and at about the same time, an odd cyclic humming sound was heard



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

2. CUFOS report, Mark Rodeghier,

3. Ted Phillips, Center for Physical Trace Research.

4. Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist.