by Richard H. Hall
A striking pattern of reports has emerged describing what appears to be a standard model UFO, of intermediate size between the small possibly remote-controlled---discs and the often-reported 35-40 foot (10-12 meter) in diameter or large models. Dating back to the 1950s, many witnesses have described discs (often Saturn-shaped) with transparent domes through which two small humanoid beings are visible.
Although size estimates vary, most appear to be somewhere between 15 and 30 feet (4.5 and 9 meters) in diameter. The proportional size of beings to craft suggests a small two-seater "scout" vehicle with barely enough space to accommodate the two-entity crew. The reports imply a mission-oriented purpose.
The beings in these cases often exhibit awareness of the witness, looking
right at him or her. The craft performs characteristic maneuvers that include
a downward tilt, during which instrument panels on board become visible, and
rotation. Certain colors and light arrays recur. The following case summaries
illustrate the Dyad "scout craft."
July 13, 1959: Blenheim, New Zealand. 5:50 a.m. Mrs. Frederick Moreland, a part-time nurse's aide, was helping her husband tend their nine-acre farm. It was dark with low cloud cover when she went to the barn to do the morning milking. She noticed a green glow in the overcast and was halfway across the paddock when two large green lights emerged from the clouds and descended rapidly toward the ground in her direction.
"I noticed that I was bathed in a green light [emphasis added] and that all the paddock was green, too." she later reported. In a statement to local police, she said that the green glare was so bright that she could not see her own "torch light" (flashlight beam). "It was a horrid sort of color. My first thought was, 'I shouldn't be here,' and I made a dive for the trees on the other side of the paddock."
From the protection of the trees, Mrs. Moreland saw a distinct saucer-shaped object with two extremely bright sources of green light on its underside that illuminated an area of 50 yards (45 meters). Two rows of what seemed to be jets around the center of the object were emitting orange-colored flame. The rows appeared to revolve in opposite directions. The object, about 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) in diameter. hovered at rooftop level, about 15 feet (4.5 meters) above the ground. It was no more than 50 yards (45 meters) away from her.
'The jets stopped," she said, "and a light was switched on in what appeared to be a Perspex (plastic) or glass roof or dome [emphasis added], which glowed." The underside was a gray, metallic color. She could hear a faint hum, and "the air became very warm." Inside the transparent dome were two men "dressed in fairly close-fitting suits of shiny material." She compared the color to aluminum foil. They wore "opaque helmets" that rose straight from their shoulders. They seemed to be of normal size. One, she noticed, never moved.
"I could not see their faces," she said. "One of the men stood up and put two hands out in front of him, as if leaning over to look downward. He then sat down and, after a minute or two, the jets started off again and, tilting [emphasis added] slightly at first, the thing shot up vertically at great speed and disappeared into the clouds. When it did this, it made a soft but high-pitched sound [emphasis added]." A peculiar, peppery smell lingered in the air. (1)
October 24,1967: Newfield. New York. 9:30 p.m. An object with "knob" and
"antenna" on top approached, tilted down. Two humanoid figures and control
panels were seen through windows. The UFO then tilt back up and shot out
of sight in seconds. Static was heard on hand-held radios during the sighting.
November 2, 1967: Ririe, Idaho. 9:30 pm. Two men driving along the highway
saw a light flash, then a small disc with two beings visible inside the
transparent dome hovered directly in front of their car. The area was
bathed in green light. A ring of flashing green and orange lights
rotated around the edge of the object. The men had a frightening encounter
with two small beings who "floated" down from the craft
December 8, 1967: Idaho Falls, Idaho. 7:40 p.m. Marilyn Wilding, 15, went out on her front step to look for a friend who was coming to pick her up. The evening was dark and overcast, and there was snow on the ground. A light reflecting on on the snow caused her to look up, and she saw a brightly lighted circular object "about as big as a car" hovering above the house.
As she stood looking at it, the object tipped and rotated so she
could see that it had a transparent dome on top. Within the dome
were two figures whose features were indistinct because of the bright
glare. The object rotated clockwise (as seen from below), but maintained its
tilted attitude while rotating, therefore giving the appearance of wobbling.
The object then began moving away and, as it receded into the distance, its
light dimmed and turned orange in color. The departure was observed by Wilding's
siblings inside the house. (3)
January 1, 1970; Duncan, B.C., Canada
January 1, 1970: Duncan, B.C., Canada. About 5:00 a.m. Mrs. Doreen Kendall, a registered nurse, looked out a window at the hospital and saw a spacecraft-like object hovering one story above her, about 60 feet (18 meters) off the ground and 40 feet (12 meters) away. The object was Saturn-shaped, about 50 feet (15 meters) in diameter, silvery metallic, with a row of lights around the middle. Two humanoid figures in dark tight-fitting clothing were visible in the upper portion. They wore headgear that obscured their facial features.
One stood at an instrument panel and the other behind the first. The second being turned and looked directly at the nurse and touched the first being, who then operated a lever, and the craft tilted down, providing a view of its interior. Mrs. Kendall called other witnesses who arrived in time to see the object as it departed. (4)
June 27, 1970; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 11:40 am. Aristeu Machado, his wife
and children, and Joao Aguiar, of the Brazilian Federal police, saw a domed
disc resting on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, an estimated 700-1,000
meters (770-1,100 yards) offshore. It was a gray, metallic color. Two humanoid
figures were standing on the rim of the disc. After a while the object
skimmed the surface of the water and took off, lights flashing from its underside.
Once airborne, the wife could see clearly the two occupants sitting inside
April 16, 1974: Casale Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy. 12:50 a.m. Mauro Bellingeri, 26, and his wife. Carla, were driving home to Santa Maria del Tempio when they noticed a bright object in the sky. The object dove abruptly toward the ear, stopping at a height of about 12 meters (40 feet). The Bellingeris both got out of the car to look at the now motionless and silent object. It was disc like with a bright, transparent dome and a central ring of revolving red. green, and yellow lights. Inside the round dome there were three human-like beings with large round, opaque grayish helmets. At the base of the headgear was a hose like apparatus reminiscent of oxygen equipment used by frogmen.
The being closest to them turned in their direction, then returned
to his original position. All three beings then rotated in unison.
At this point, three top four jets of flame appeared beneath the craft, the
central portion with lights on it began to revolve rapidly, and a whistling
sound was heard. The Bellingeris felt a blast of air, and the UFO sped away,
continuing to emit a whistling sound. (5)
May 3, 1975: San Antonio, Texas. 9:15 pm. Alois Olenick, 48, was driving his 1959 Chevrolet pickup truck westward on Mogford Road, south of the city, when an unidentified aerial craft approached and beamed a spotlight down on him. At the same time, his truck was nearly buffeted off the road as if by a strong wind. As the UFO approached, the main light on its front changed from amber to a "bright, cherry red," becoming most intense during the close encounter.
"When the craft got directly over the top of my pickup." Olenick said, "my lights went completely out and my engine was dead." The object was basically globular in shape with protrusions on either side that could have been a central ring (making an overall Saturn-shape). The bottom looked like "highly polished metal" with a reddish glow, possibly a reflection of the primary red light. Visible inside the transparent dome on top were two humanoid beings.
During the close-range sighting, the craft was tilted at about a 40-degree angle and oriented so that one of the occupants was directly in Olenick's line of sight He said, "They appeared to be just as interested in me as I was in them. One of the occupants, the one farthest away from me, appeared to be the pilot and had his hands on what looked like controls [emphasis added]. He was looking up and away from me. The other occupant looked directly at me [emphasis added]... and appeared to be observing me. I got a good look at both of them. They weren't human beings like we see here."
The beings appeared to be five feet tall or under, bald, with prominent ears and a prominent nose. Their eyes were like slits, and their skin was smooth and gray. As the UFO departed almost instantaneously, Olenick heard a very loud wind sound that he compared to a cyclone, and his truck was buffeted.
While the craft hovered over his truck, Olenick detected a strong odor "like burning copper or electrical wiring" (he was a sheet metal worker). "I feel like they got a look at me, and maybe got my picture or something, and then turned their lights off and vanished." (6)
Late September 1977 (See illustration at top of page): Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England. 11:00 pm. Mrs. Ethel May Field, 62, was in her backyard taking clothes off the clothesline. She heard a humming noise and looked up. The sky was clear. Approaching from the south-southwest she saw a circular object with a dome on top emitting brilliant light. Its surfaces were gray, and brilliant blue-yellow (green?) light was being emitted from the underside.
The object appeared to be about 20 feet (6 meters) in diameter. Through windows in the dome she saw two humanoid figures visible almost to the waist. The object stopped and hovered above her garden, its light so brilliant that she put her hands up to shield her eyes. When she did, she felt heat on her hands and a trembling or vibration of the ground for a second or two.
The occupants had silver suits and headgear. Their faces appeared slender, their arms normal, their hands covered by silvery material. The figure on the right appeared to be operating controls, his hands extended downward and out of sight. The being on the left was looking directly at her, and made a gesture as if pointing downward, which she interpreted as being an intention to land. This alarmed her and she ran back to the house to alert her husband and child. She paused at the door to glance back and saw the object speeding away to the northwest.
In the following week she developed skin irritation on the palms of her hands, which had been facing outward when she shielded her eyes from the bright light. She had never before had a skin condition of this kind. (7)
August 4, 1979: Canoga Park, California. 10:35 p.m. A woman and her grandson saw a disc-shaped craft with clear dome on top approach from the west. Two humanoids beings with oversized heads were visible inside. The object stopped and hovered above an apartment building across the street, within a few hundred feet. It tilted to one side, then returned to horizontal, and flew behind a tree, stopped, tilted the other way. Finally it flew away back toward the west. The weather was clear and warm. Both witnesses were frightened by the craft. (8)
Small craft with two beings have been observed on or near the ground in
many other humanoid encounter and confrontation cases.
1. Donald E. Keyhoe and Gordon I. R. Lore Jr.. UFOs: A New Look (Washington, D.C.: National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, 1969), p. 19; Richard H. Hall, ed., The UFO Evidence (Washington, D.C.: NICAP, 1964), p. 182.
2. A.P.R.O. Bulletin, September-October 1967, p.10; Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects (New York: Bantam, 1969), pp.376-78.
3. Donald E. Keyhoe and Gordon I. R. Lore Jr., UFOs: A New Look (Washington, D.C.: NICAP, 1969). pp.29-30.
4. Victoria (B.C.) Times, January 5.1970; Ronald D. Story, Encyclopedia of UFOs (New York: Doubleday, 1980), pp.92-93.
5. Transcript of tape-recorded interview by Renzo Cabassi, Comitato Nazionale Indipendente per lo Studio dei Fenomeni Aerei Anomali, Bologna, Italy; Inforespace, no.21 (June 1975): 20-22. Casale Monferrato is a rich, agricultural area and a prosperous industrial zone. Cabassi reports that it is also an important seat of military garrisons, and 30 km [18 miles] away at Mortara is a military air command center which in 1973 was involved in a radar- visual UFO sighting. The UFO seen by the Bellingeris departed in the direction of Mortara.
6. Skylook, February 1976, pp.3-4; San Antonio (Tex.) Evening News, February 20,1978 (sketch and good detail in a retrospective interview by Mike Ullmann).
7. Flying Saucer Review 24, no.2 (1978): 6-8, investigated by Leslie Harris.
8. MUFON UFO Journal, December 1981, p. 15; Canoga Park (Calif.)
Chronicle, August 16, 1979.