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  The 1964 UFO Chronology
Socorro, New Mexico landing, April 24, 1964


Created: June 9, 2006, updated 1 November 2013
Following the UFO wave of 1957, a drought of sightings ran from 1958 to about 1964. Larry Hatch catalogued about 100 events per year in that period with his "U" Database, the lowest count being 1963 with only 61 sightings. The 1954 European wave included some physical trace cases, and there was a scattering of reports after that. However, cases of this type increased markedly after 1963. 1964 was the year the landing reports became more prominent, beginning with the blockbuster event on April 24 at Socorro, New Mexico. (Note: Brad Sparks: My impression is that 1958-63 were not a "drought" at all, that it is only the civilian outsider's viewpoint not knowing what the AF was collecting.  The BB files indicate a continuing stream of high quality UFO cases some of astounding merit). As far as 1964 was concerned, we all note a surprising lack of sightings reported in the first three months..

Our thanks for these chronologies must go to our documentation team: Rebecca Wise (Project Blue Book Archive), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), Jean Waskiewicz (UFO dBase), and Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book). Unknowns).

Fran Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator


The 1964 UFO Chronology___________________________________________________

 

Jan. 26, 1964; Moultrie, GA
7:30 p.m. Dull red sphere rose up from behind trees, crossed highway at low altitude, turned, appeared to follow car, then fell back and seemed to head toward ground. Driver was  physics student at Georgia Institute of Technology. (NICAP report form.)

Feb. 25, 1964; Liberty, NY
8:30 p.m. Two pulsating white lights with reddish tinge paced an aircraft, twice turning and approaching it on apparent collision course. The pilot twice took evasive action. A third light joined the first two and they moved away after 5-10 minutes. (NICAP report form.)

March 8, 1964, Oberwesel, Germany
UFO allegedly photographed by Harry Hauxler, who was on a train passing through Oberwesel, Germany, when he said he saw a disc rise into the air. The photograph shows a dark swirling mass below the disc. A very rare shape on this unknown object. (Ridge, Olmos)

April 3, 1964; 1 mile W of Monticello, Wisc. (BBU 8729)
9 p.m. R. Wold, graduate student in anthropology, and wife, Rossing and another, saw 4 huge red lights in a rectangular formation, with a white light above, near the ground, tilt and fly away. (Vallée Magonia 594; FUFOR Index)

April 10, 1964; Merced, California (BB)
At 11:40 a.m. PST, NORAD advised that there were 6 to 12 unidentified flying objects at 30 miles east of Merced, California. Radar picked up 12 objects at altitudes 60,000 feet, 90,000 feet and higher elevations. A message sent to Air Staff said objects were following a 60 mile race-track pattern. F-106's were scrambled at Castle AFB. Pilots locked on to some of the objects but could not keep the lock. NORAD said they were sending two more aircraft with pilots in pressure suits.  

April 11, 1964; Homer, New York (BBU 8739)
6:30 p.m. physiotherapist W. B. Ochsner and wife saw 2 cloud- like objects darken, one shot away and returned. (Berliner; cf. Hynek UFO Exp, case DD-2)

April 17, 1964; Fallon AFS, Nevada (BBU)
At 7:22 a.m. local time, A2C Edward Lowe, radar operator , 858th RADRON, Fallon AFS, picked up on ground radar two blips in stacked formation with rapid changes in altitude at 122 degrees at 60,000 feet at 145 mile range. The motion was up and down. The length of the observation was 1 hour and 21 minutes when the blips disappeared to the SE. (Dan Wilson, McDonald list)

April 24, 1964; 1 mile SSW of Socorro, New Mexico (BBU 8766)
5:45­ 5:50? p.m. Socorro Police Dept. patrol officer Lonnie Zamora, while chasing a speeder heading S, heard a roaring sound and saw a bluish-orange funnel of flame in the sky to the SW slowly descending possibly 1/2 to 1 mile away, bottom of flame hidden behind a hill. He tried to pursue the flame, turning off to the right on a rough gravel road to the SW, lost sight of flame while trying to get car up steep rough hill. At the top after 10-15 secs of continuing along gravel road he suddenly noticed a shiny whitish-aluminum color landed object about 12-15 ft tall about 800 ft away to the SW down in a gully, at first looking like upturned car but actually appearing oval long-axis vertical on two legs, and for about these 2 secs also saw 2 small-adult-like figures in white coveralls near object, one turning toward him seemingly startled and jumping. He lost sight of object as he drove about 1,000 ft further WSW, radioed headquarters he was investigating possible car accident, then stopped at the top of the ridge about 103 ft from landing site down in the gully to the SE. He got out, heard 2-3 loud thumping noises like a door shut hard, walked 3 steps to the front of the car to possibly 90 ft distance when he heard a very load roar increasing in volume and saw a smokeless blue-orange flame coming from beneath the oval object, now seeming long-axis horizontal at this angle (about 120° from previous sighting), with a red insignia or lettering in the middle about 2 x 2­ 1/2 ft, and slowly rising. He thought it was going to explode and ran away, putting car between him and the object, about 25 ft and 6 secs of running from the car he glanced back and saw object had risen about 20-25 ft to level of his car, ran another 25 ft and "ducked down" below edge of ridge. Roaring noise stopped, he looked up and saw object heading to the SW (towards W end of Socorro Municipal Airport 1 mile away) at level height just clearing 8 ft dynamite shack by about 3 ft moving "very fast," no flame or smoke or noise. He ran back to patrol car, radioed headquarters, saw object climbing slowly and "get small" in the distance just clearing Box Canyon or Six mile Canyon Mtn. (about 6 miles to WSW). Immediate police and military investigation found physical traces, burning brush and indentations in the ground, and several other more distant witnesses. (UFOE, Section V; Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 223-9, etc.)

April 24, 1964; Newark Valley, NY.
Farmer found shiny elliptical object in field, confronted by two small humanoids who spoke with him (UFOE Section XII).

April 26, 1964; Las Vegas, Nevada (BBU)
(McDonald list)


April 26, 1964; La Madera, New Mexico (BBU)
(McDonald
list)

April 28, 1964; Albuquerque, New Mexico (BB)
Noon. 10 year-old Sharon Stull and Robin Stull (8) saw an egg-shaped object hovering near the Lowell Elementary School for about 10 minutes. Robin refused to look at the object and ran off. The object bounced up and down about three times in the sky and then left. Later Sharon was treated for "infra-red" burns on her face by a physician and according to Police Lt. C. K. Jolly the physician said he believes Sharon saw something and it burned her. (BB docs/Dan Wilson)

April 28, 1964; Minot AFB, N. Dakota (BBU)
8:50 p.m. One object observed visually by a civilian pilot about 50 miles south of Minot AFB. Ground radar picked up the object. The object appeared as a light 3000 feet below the aircraft flying at 7000  feet and seemed to be following the aircraft. Minot AFB GCA reported a scope indication of an  object at 160 degrees bearing 15 miles moving outbound at approx. 25 miles from the station, orbiting in a five mile circle.The object then proceeded inbound to the station to approx 15 miles and disappearing from the scope. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks, McDonald list).

April 30, 1964; Stallion Test Site, NM
B-57, white object landed, photo recon.

April 30, 1964; Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Montana (BBU)
9:30 [10:30?] p.m. Flittner, Harold Rust family children, and Linda Davis, saw egg-shaped object size of an automobile land about 150 [125?] ft away. Left 4 indentations in the ground, 8 x 10 inch rectangles, 4-8 inches deep, about 13 ft apart, and a burned area. (UFOE, Section VII; Tony Rullan; Lorenzen 1966, pp. 223-4; FUFOR Index)

May 5, 1964; Comstock, MN.
Object landed in field, physical traces (UFOE Section VII).

May 9, 1964; Asheville, North Carolina (BBU 8787)
Civilian witnesses. (NARA)


May 9, 1964; Chicago, Illinois (BBU 8788)
10:20 p.m. J. R. Betz, U.S. District Court reporter, saw 3 light green crescent-shaped objects, about half the apparent size of the moon, flew very fast in tight formation from E to W, oscillating in size and color for 3 secs. (Berliner)

May 10, 1964; La Rioja, Argentina
Domed disc rose from woods, electromagnetic (E-M) effects on van, 10-meter (30-foot) burnt circle found next day (UFOE Section XII).

May 15, 1964; Stallion Test Site, NM
11:30 p.m. local. Two scrambles, radar/visual, UFOs sent proper IFF signals.

May 17, 1964; Near Lawrence, Ohio
Close encounter II, no details. (UFOI-2,7)

May 17, 1964; Tipton, Indiana
10:15 p.m. Citizens and police officers called to the scene, witnessed a UFO. The reddish object appeared round while hovering, then darted across the sky and appeared flattened while in motion. (UFOI-II,7)

May 18, 1964; Mt. Vernon, Virginia (BBU 8811)
5:15 p.m. Civil engineer F. Meyers saw a small, glowing white oval split twice after moving from the right of the moon (to the E, half moon phase, 115° azimuth, 48° elevation) around to the left. (Berliner)

May 19, 1964; Hubbard, OR.
Animal reaction case. Rectangular object with legs left flattened wheat and three indentations on the edge of a circle (UFOE Section VII).

May 22, 1964
                                                          The Inspector General Brief, "Reporting Unidentified Flying Objects",
Operations and Training updated from previous edition.


May 24, 1964; White Sands/Holloman AFB, New Mexico
The Air Force confirmed that a radar unit at Holloman twice tracked UFOs in the area of White Sands, which lies west of Holloman. The spokesman, however, alluded to a natural phenomenon such as a dust storm, as the probable cause; however, it is considered unlikely that the fine particles present in a dust storm could have induced a radar return that resembled a solid object. (Jan Aldrich, BB files, The UFO Reporter, Summer, 1964)

May 24 [26?], 1964; Millinocket, Maine (BBU)
9 p.m. Man and a friend driving on Millinocket Lake Road saw a fiery, structure less 2 ft spherical object to the side, stopped, left the car to get a better look. They became afraid, walked back to the car, the sphere followed them. Car would not start while sphere was within 5-10 ft. (Vallée Magonia 607)

May 26, 1964; Cambridge, Mass. (BBU 8836)
7:43 p.m. P. Wankowicz, RAF pilot and ex-Smithsonian satellite tracker, saw a thin, white ellipsoid (3.5x length/width ratio) fly straight and level. (Berliner)

May 26, 1964; Pleasantview, Penna. (BBU 8839)
11 p.m. Rev. H. C. Shaw saw a yellow-orange light, shaped like the bottom of a ball, in a field and chased down the road for 2 miles. (Berliner)

Summer, 1964; Point Isabel, Ohio
Late evening. A couple saw a creature over 6' tall with gold, glowing eyes and wide shoulders. Body hair not obvious; had pointed chin and large ears. Just vanished from short distance. (Stringfield; Skylook-93,9)

June 6, 1964; 600 miles NW of Asuncion Island
S.S. Norma C. Penn. <>The 3rd Officer of the ship had a UFO sighting. This was reported to the Consul General in Pretoria and was followed up with the USAF UFO questionnaire (FTD Form 164). The object appeared as a light with the same brightness as the brightest star. It moved from a bearing of 112.5° to 90° at constant elevation. The object appeared to flash. The flight path of the object contained three distinct maneuvers, which included the object crossing its own path. Its motion was also described as erratic. The object disappeared in the east at 60° elevation. The sighting lasted 8 minutes. Blue Book conclusion: Star Vega (Rullan, 5.11, page 43)

June 13, 1964; Toledo, Ohio (BBU 8870)
9:15 p.m. B. L. English, announcer for radio station WTOD, saw 3 glowing white spheres, glowing red on their sides, moving slow, hover then moving in circles very fast, making a low, rumbling sound. (Berliner)

June 14, 1964; Dale, Indiana
9:00 p.m. Charles Englebrecht (18) reported that a small basketball-sized object had landed in his back yard with E-M effects. Investigated by William Powers and also Indiana Unit No. 1 NICAP. Possible ball lightning.

Late June, 1964; Rome, Indiana
Indianapolis Star, June 28 - "Mysterious Markings in Field Baffle Perry County Farm Family".  A five foot circular burned circle, with three intensely burned circles arranged in a triangular shape as though made by table legs were discovered in  the alfalfa field.

June 29, 1964; Lavonia, GA.
Brilliantly lit top-shaped object made head-on passes at car, paced ahead of it, hovering and darting motions (UFOE Section XII).

July 1964
NICAP report, The UFO Evidence, released to Congress and news media.

July 10, 1964; Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Jackson, Mississippi, Belleville, Illinois (BBU)
At 2:25 a.m. local time (0825Z), a pilot flying from Perryville, Missouri, to Cape Girardeau, Mo., reported a UFO to Cape Giraradeau ground observer in tower. The tower operator observed the object with binocluars and contacted Memphis who in turn contacted CHADS at Belleville, Illinois. Radar contact by the 798th Radar Squadron was made at bearing 152 degrees at 85 miles. The altitude varied from 33,200 feet to 8,900 feet. There were apparently no aircraft in that area. The visual observation from aircraft and ground of the objects described them as shaped like a cone or long rectangle and the color was intense white, orange or red. All visual observations at 270 degrees 20-40 degrees elevation. There were three objects seen but never more than two at one time.  (McDonald list, Dan Wilson)

July 16, 1964; Conklin, NY.
Humanoid with dark suit and helmet, climbed on top of craft. Physical traces found at site (UFOE Section XII).

July 16, 1964; 15 miles S of Houghton Lake, Mich. (BBU 8924)
11:15 p.m. Northern Air Service pilot K. Jannereth saw 4 white lights in a stepped-up echelon formation, joined by 2 more, closing in on the airplane, then rapidly slow and fly along with it. (UFOE, Section III, Berliner)

July 20, 1964; Clinton, Iowa-Littleton, Illinois [?] (BBU 8942)
4:45 a.m. J. J. Winkle saw a 60 ft diameter round­ topped, flat-bottomed object with a long acetylene­ colored flame shooting downward, flying straight and level, make a half loop, then rise up. [Military and civilian witness(es)?? Two different cases?] (Berliner)

July 24, 1964; Langley AFB, Virginia (BBU)
At 4:26 a.m. local time, multiple brilliant round objects were seen by tower operators using 7X50 binoculars and were observed on radar by the GCA operator. The sighting  was described as four objects one and one half minutes in trail followed by two objects one and one half minutes apart, and three to four minutes separating the two formations. The objects appeared as large as a silver dollar held at arm's length and resembled burning magnesium. No sound was heard. The objects were observed to the south of the field at 75 degree angular elevation. This elevation is also given as 15 degrees and to the southeast of the field. (McDonald list, Dan Wilson))

July 27, 1964; Norwich-Sherburne, New York (BBU 8969)
7:30 [9?] p.m. Duabert, engineering supervisor [engineer?] stopped his car when he saw an aluminum sphere with a fluorescent luminous ring, stationary 50 ft above ground, which emitted 3 beams of very bright light before flying off at high speed. (UFOE Section V, Vallée Magonia 618)

July 27, 1964; Denver, Colo. (BBU 8973)
8:20 p.m. A. Borsa saw a white ball of fire, the size of a car, climb slowly, then speed up. (Berliner)


July 28, 1964; Lake Chelan, Wash. (BBU)
10:30 p.m. Former Navy pilot and another man, at work in a field saw an intense light, cone-shaped, emitted from the ground and a similar light in the sky, alternating which was on and off. A round, aluminum-looking object, about 30 ft in diameter, with one red and one white light, then appeared and descended to ground with a strong whistling sound similar to a small jet, piercing and high-pitched voices similar to those of children playing were heard. Before this object took off a low-flying jet circled its position. The densely wooded area was explored by helicopter and on foot 3-4 days later by Sheriff Nickell and a USAF officer, but nothing was found. (Vallée Magonia 619)

Aug. 10, 1964; Wake Island (BBU 9031)
5:16 a.m. Aircraft commander Capt. B. C. Jones and navigator 1st Lt. H. J. Cavender, in parked USAF C-124 transport plane, saw a reddish, blinking light approach the runway, stop and make several reverses. (UFOE Section I, Berliner)

Aug. 15, 1964; New York City, New York (BBU 9048)
1:20 a.m. S. F. D'Alessandro saw a 10 ft x 5 ft bullet-shaped object with wavy lines on the rounded front part and 6 pipes along the straight rear portion, making a "whishhh" sound. Witness' dog growled. (Berliner)

Aug. 15, 1964; Yosemite National Park, Calif. (BBU 9049)
8:15 a.m. E. J. Haug, of the San Francisco Orchestra and Conservatory, and C. R. Bubb, high school math teacher, saw 3 bright silver, round objects, in a stack formation, fly very fast, changing positions within the formation, with a sound of rushing air. (Berliner)

Aug. 18, 1964; Atlantic, 200 miles E of Dover, Delaware. (BBU 9053)
12:35 [5:29? 12:29? EST] a.m. USAF Major D. W. Thompson and First Pilot 1st Lt. J. F. Jonke flying a C-124 transport (no. 31007) with the 31st Air Transport Sq, 1607th Air Transport Wing, out of Dover AFB at 9,000 ft and 200 mph true airspeed, saw a large round, blurred or diffuse­edged, reddish-white luminous object on a collision course with the C-124 from ahead and about 500 ft below, collision averted when pilot took evasive action by turning from a 260° heading to 340° and object made a right turn and disappeared. (Berliner; cf. Hynek UFO Exp ch. 5, case NL-10; NARCAP)

Sept. 4, 1964; Near Cisco Grove, Calif. (BBU)
10 p.m. Donald Schrum on a hunting trip became separated from his 2 friends, climbed a tree for the night, saw 3 flying silvery lighted objects [one dome-shaped?] about 1/4 mile away emitting "cooing" noises which dropped 2 objects to the ground with a loud crashing noise on impact. 2 human-like and one robotic being were drawn to his signal fires, Schrum tried to scare them away and shot the robot with arrows, the robot emitted noxious fumes that nauseated him and made him black out [a second robot appeared with similar effects]. Finally the vehicles departed with a noxious vapor emission that made him black out. One of his companions also saw one of the UFO's. (UFOE Section XII; Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 210-2; Vallée Magonia 624; NICAP website; etc.)

Sept. 10, 1964; Cedar Grove, New Jersey (BBU 9104)
7:09 p.m. Chemist P. H. DePaolo saw 4 white lights, 3-4 [degrees?] apart, to the N, going W. (Berliner)

Sept. 15, 1964; Big Sur, Cal.
UFO reportedly filmed disabling Atlas warhead.

October 11, 1964; Brockton, MA.
Engineer, others, observed dome-shaped object following jet fighters. UFO shot straight up and out of sight (UFOE Section IV).

Oct. 25? 1964; Caribbean (BBU)
US Navy radar tracking. (Tony Rullan)

Oct. 30, 1964; Somerset, UK
Midnight +. Four businessmen on a night fishing trip reported an object described as a brilliant red light that lit the fields and the banks of a stream.  A herd of about 50 cows made noise and ran when the object approached slowly at low altitude and hovered overhead. The men hid behind a car to keep from being trampled or swept into the river. After a few minutes, the object accelerated and disappeared, and the cows quieted down. The presence or absence of sound from the object is not addressed.  No EM effects or physiological effects were reported. Fifty cows reacted to low object.

Nov. 14, 1964; Menomonee Falls, Wisc. (BBU 9170)
9:40 p.m.  Dr. G. R. Wagner, MD, and two girls, saw 3 dim, reddish lights fly through 160° arc. (Berliner)

Nov. 16, 1964; Caribbean (BBU)
US Navy radar tracking of unidentified object emitting encrypted IFF Mode 1 transponder signals. (Tony Rullan)

Nov. 17, 1964; Caribbean (BBU)
US Navy radar tracking of unidentified object emitting encrypted IFF Mode 1 transponder signals. (Tony Rullan)

Nov. 18, 1964; Caribbean (BBU)
US Navy radar tracking of unidentified object emitting encrypted IFF Mode 1 transponder signals. (Tony Rullan)

Nov. 18-19, 1964; S Puerto Rico (BBU)
Near 18°10’ N, 66°12’W). USS Gyatt radar tracking of low altitude low speed object. F-8C fighter attempted but failed to intercept object. (Saunders index; Tony Rullan)

Nov. 19, 1964; Pacific, about 1,400 miles E of Tokyo (BBU 9183)
Military personnel saw a bright white flashing light traveling from horizon to horizon. (Berliner)

Nov. 19, 1964; Northwest of Puerto Rico
At sea. "Ground" radar case. USS Gyatt 220 miles NW of Puerto Rico.

Nov. 24, 1964; Caribbean (BBU)
US Navy radar tracking of unidentified object emitting encrypted IFF Mode 1 transponder signals. (Tony Rullan)

November 25, 1964; New Berlin, NY.
Two objects landed on hilltop, large group of humanoid beings engaged in apparent repair operation for four hours (UFOE Section XII).

Dec. 4, 1964; Baker, Oregon (BBU)
At 4:50 a.m. local time, a glowing round object that had the apparent size ranging from a baseball to a basketball at arm's length and was seen by at least 4 observers, Harold H. Eves TSGT Radar Operations Crew Chief , a city policeman, Donald H. Stinett 821st Radar Squadron, and Vernon W. Meador  821st Radar Squadron AC&W Operator. Observations were made with binoculars and a surveyors scope, and there were also radar returns observed on an AN/FPS-35 Search Radar. Length of observation was approximately 2 hours. Some observers saw from 3 to 4 objects. (Dan Wilson, McDonald list)  

Dec. 19, 1964; Patuxent River NAS, Maryland (BBU)
3:30 a.m. USN control tower operator Bernard Sujka and 2 other CTO's tracked 2 large target 10 miles apart heading directly toward the radar station at about 7,000 mph, swerving off at 15 miles range, then approaching again to 10 miles, then one target returned to 8 miles range and made a high speed 160° turn. (NICAP)

Nov. 19, 1964; U.S.S. Gyatt, 220 miles NW of Puerto Rico
9:00 p.m. local time. The USS Gyatt was stationed in the Atlantic when its radar detected a bogey approaching the island from the Northeast at speeds exceeding Mach 1. The USS Gyatt relayed a message to Roosevelt Roads Navy Base in Puerto Rico, which then contacted an F-8C aircraft of Utility Squadron Eight. This aircraft was already flying at an altitude of 30,000 ft over Puerto Rico. The aircraft reported a stranger closing in very fast. The pilot of the F-8C described the object as delta shaped and about the size of a fighter. Its color was black or gray and had no lights. It had no contrail but had a light source emitting from the tail during periods of acceleration. The pilot pursued the bogey but could not intercept. The target accelerated out of sight in a wide starboard turn climbing through 50,000 feet at about 18°-20° angle of climb in excess of Mach 1. (Rullan, Wilson)

Dec. 21, 1964; Harrisonburg, Viginia (BBU)
5 p.m. Mr. Burns and others in the area saw a huge cone-shaped object cross the road, hover at ground level in a field, car engine failed, object landed, then took off vertically. Radioactive area found at landing site (UFOE Section I; Vallée Magonia 628)


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