|National UFO Reporting Center
|Occurred : 7/30/1976 08:00 (Entered as : 07-30-1976 8:00)
Reported: 2/27/2008 11:48:58 PM 23:48
Location: South Africa, AR
|July 30, 1976 at 8:00 PM. Three pilot crews from 3
different airlines observed and confirmed seeing an unidentified flying
object as big as a battle ship after being alerted by Lisbon Air
Traffic Control Center.
British Airways Captain Dennis Wood tells his story: Rare BBC interview
with Captain Wood!
On May 14, 1977, the Natal Daily News from South Africa, published an
article about this UFO incident titled "UFOs as big as battleships,
Here’s that article:
"UFOs As Big As Battleships," Pilots Claim (May 14 1977)
For fear of being ridiculed, pilots of three airliners kept secret the
sighting of three UFOs over Portugal, later described by one of them
"as big and solid as battleships."
British Airways Trident jet pilot, captain Dennis Wood, who has been
flying with the airline for 20 years, said he and his crew first
spotted the UFOs while flying from London to Faro.
The sighting, described by experts as the most important in the past
decade, was also made by the crew of a British Tristar below the
Trident and the pilot of a Portuguese airliner. All the stories tallied.
Captain Wood, 42, said he and the Tri-star crew made sighting reports
when they arrived at London’s Heathrow airport but kept it all a secret
for fear of being ridiculed. Captain Wood has come forward in the hope
that Britain’s ufo experts will turn a serious eye to this particular
"“Suggestions that the three objects were balloons, stars or
satellites, strange clouds or reflections are quite unacceptable to
us," he said. "As I looked to the west we saw this very bright headlamp
in the sky. All the cabin staff saw it too and I told the passengers.
Then it was joined by two cigar-shaped objects as big and solid as
On the return trip, captain Wood tilted his radar scanner. "There, in
exactly the same spot, were these two cigar-shaped things. We got to
within seven miles of them when they disappeared from our screen."