/ UFO Encounter
Rio de Janeiro
May 19, 1986
Time 20:45 Location Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo
Duration 3 hours
and midnight, the Brazilian integrated military air defense and
air traffic control system was flooded with radar UFO sightings and
reports by pilots. One of the early pilot witnesses was
Silva (former president of the Embraer Company), president of Petrobras
(State oil conglomerate), in his private plane, along with his
Alcir Pereira da Silva, an airline pilot. As they were about to land at
Sao Jose dos Campos Airport about 21:10, the control tower alerted them
to radar-UFO targets. They looked and saw bright red or red-orange
... not at all like stars or planes". Aborting the landing, they
to pursue one of the objects, which blinked on and off, appearing in a
new location each time as if changing position rapidly. After about 30
minutes, they gave up the chase and landed. By this time the Air
/ Air Traffic Control Center was on full alert, the radar screens
numerous unidentified targets. Three F-5E fighter jets were scrambled
Santa Cruz AFB, near Sao Paulo, starting about 22:23. One of the
Capt. Marcio Jordao was aable to approach within 12 miles of an
target, visible to him as a strong, constant light changing colors
from white to green. He broke off contact when the object moved away
to sea. Another, Lt Kleber Caldas Marinho, chased a very intense red
which changed to white, then green, then red again. Running low on
he had to return to base. Both ground and airborne radar were tracking
the objects. After the F-5E pilots made visual contact, more jets were
scrambled from Anapolis AFB, Goias State, about 22:50. This second
consisted of three Mirage III fighters equiped with Sidewinders and
missiles. One of the pilots, Capt. Armindo Souza Viriato de Freitas,
vectored toward 10-13 unidentified targets at a distance of 20 miles.
controllers saw the objects surrounded his plane, six stationed on one
side and seven on the other, and later following his plane at a
of two miles, but only saw them visually once as they climbed
The Air Force Minister, Brig. Gen. Octavio Moreira Lima, made the
public at a press conference and allowed the pilots and radar officers
to submit to news media questioning in Brasilia.
Chronology of the events for the night of May 19, 1986 :
18:30 : Two intense lights visually seen by control tower operators
at the San Jose dos Campos Airport.
19:00 : Control towers in Sao Paulo and Brasilia confirmed that they
had three primary targets on their screens.
20:00 : Brazilia had detected up to eight targets on its screen.
20:30 : One red-orange object with defined edges was observed with
binoculars at the Sao Jose control tower.
21:00 : The Colonel Silva and commander Alcir Pereira flying the
Xingu jet, on landing aprroach at Sao Jose confirmed visually the
objects. The pilot attempted to follow the UFOs for 10 minutes.
21:10 : The Xingu jet was on a landing approach when a large luminous
object heads toward the aircraft. The Sao Paulo tower confirmed two
(the aircraft and an unknown), on the screens for 15 minutes.
21:20 : Air Control Center in Brasilia informed the Air Defense
21:25 : The Xingu jet pilot made a second landing attempt when the
Sao Paulo tower reported another object, sighted and followed by the
21:30 : Brasilia reported the appearance of new objects. The Xingu
pilot made visual contact with three luminous flying low over Petrobras
refineries. The pilot finally landed in San Jose dos Campos.
21:40 : Visual sightings of a round object at 320° azimuth.
21:50 : One luminous yellow object surrounded by smaller lights is
observed at 110°.
22:23 : A first F-5E Phantom fighter is scrambled from Santa Cruz AFB,
State of Rio. (pilot Lt Kleber Caldas Marinho).
22:45 : A second F-5E fighter is scrambled from Santa Cruz AFB
Jordao). A first Mirage III (pilot Capt. Armindo Viriato de Freitas),
with Sidewinder and Matra missiles, is scrambled from Annapolis AFB,
22:55 : Objects detected by Anapolis AFB radar. the Mirage's pilot
detected the target on its onboard radar (no visual contact). The pilot
chased the object at 850 mph (Mach 1.1), and approached it up to a
of 6 miles. The object was zigzagging on its radar scope, and suddenly
the blip disappeared.
23:00 : A second Mirage III is scrambled from Annapolis AFB.
23:15 : One Phantom F-5E (Lt Marinho) made visual contact with a ball
of light and chased it at Mach 1.1, located 12 miles in front of his
The object moved from left to right and began to climb flying over 600
mph. The pilot followed the object up to 200 miles over the Atlantic
23:17 : A third Mirage III is scrambled from Annapolis AFB.
23:20 : The pilot of one of the F-5E detected 10 to 13 targets at 20
miles. Ground radar informed him that the objects were closing in.
he saw 13 objects behind his fighter 6 on one side and 7 on the other,
for several minutes. He maneuvered his aircraft and the objects
(from a chonology made by Capt. Basilio Baranoff (member of the
Type of Aircraft: Three F-5E fighters / three Mirage III / one
Embraer Xingu Airline or Air Force Brazilian Air Force / Petrobas
(State Oil conglomerate)
Flight origin: Santa Cruz AFB (for the F-5E) and Annapolis AFB
(for the Mirages)
Altitude 10,000 ft (Xingu jet)
Speed 850 mph (Mirage)
Number 13 to 21
Color green, red and white
Speed (estimation) Mach 1.1 (850 mph / 1320 km/h)
Radar type: Ground radar (military air defense and civilian air traffic
control radar) / airborne radar
Radar set(s): number several Radar Location several (Sao Jose dos
Number of target(s): several
Distance UFO - A/C 12 miles / 2 miles / 6 miles
Col. Ozires Silva (private pilot / fromer president of Embraer), Capt
Marcio Jordao (F-5E pilot), Lt Kleber Caldas Marinho (F-5E pilot),
Armindo Souza Viriato de Freitas (Mirage III), Commander Alcir Pereira
da Silva (airliner pilot), several other pilots, many ground witnesses
including military and civilian air traffic controllers)
(From The Uninvited Guests by Richard Hall, 1988)
(01) List of cases from Richard Hall (07) Cases from V-J Ballester
Olmos and Joan Plana (Spanish aircat) (317) Uninvited guests, Richard
1988, pp. 317-319 (339) Project Delta : a study of multiple UFO, Dr R.
Haines, 1994 (388) UFO briefing document : the best available evidence,
D. Berliner and A. Huneeus (413) Beyond Top secret, T. Good, 1997
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