The U.F.O. Investigator (NICAP), Vol. III, No. 4, August-September 1965, page 7:
Landing Probed by NICAP, AF
A curious landing report, in New York
state on Aug. 19, has been thoroughly checked by NICAP, state police
and a five-man AF team. This sighting, which occurred on the
William Butcher dairy farm near Cherry Creek, N.Y., involved three
members of the Butcher family and a fourth witness. Here is their
At 8:20 p.m., Harold Butcher, 16, was
operating a milking machine in a dairy barn housing 17 cows. A
portable radio on the wall was turned to a newscast, when a sudden
static-like interference drowned it out. Then the tractor which
ran the milking machine abruptly stopped. A moment later, a
Holstein bull secured outside began to bellow and pull at a steel bar
to which it was chained.
Young Butcher ran to a window and saw
a large elliptical object near the ground, a fourth of a mile
away. A reddish vapor could be seen underneath, and he heard a
steady beep-beep sound. The UFO was on the ground only a few
seconds, then it shot straight up, disappearing in low clouds.
When the other witnesses came out, after
Harold Butcher phoned the house, they noticed a strange odor, also a
greenish glow in the clouds where the UFO had vanished. Meantime,
it was found that the bull had bent the steel bar in his efforts to get
Half an hour later, when the strange
craft reappeared, circling the area, Mrs. Butcher called the State
police. Two troopers investigated, notified the AF. Next
day, Capt. James Dorsey, Operations Officer, 4621st AF Group, arrived
with four AF technicians. When they examined the ground, an odd
purplish liquid substance was discovered at several places. Small
unexplained marks, two inches wide and two inches apart, also were
found, along with patches of singed grass and foliage.
After the AF team left, NICAP member
Jeffrey Gow obtained samples of the purplish substance and singed
foliage, and samples were studied by the Kawecki Chemical Co., whose
president is a NICAP adviser. Spectrographic analysis showed the
main elements of the liquid to be aluminum, iron and silicon.
Some phosphorous was found in the weed samples, which the analyst said
might cause a phosphine smell, explaining the odor.
On the night following the Cherry
Creek incident, State Trooper Richard Ward, a few miles from this area,
watched an object with eight circular lights in line flying twice as
fast as a jet. It emitted a faint, unfamiliar purring sound.
Dr. Fred C. Fair and John Maxwell, of
NICAP New York Subcommittee No. 2, carefully checked the Cherry Creek
site and questioned the witnesses. On the basis of present
evidence, they believe the report is genuine. Dr. Fair has
confirmed that two state troopers who investigated also seem to be
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