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  The 1966 UFO Chronology

The Portage County, Ohio / Spauer & Neff Encounter of April 17, 1966
 
Map of sightings for 1965, courtesy of Larry Hatch's "U" Database (Pending)
Map of Sightings for 1965-1969, courtesy of Larry Hatch's "U" database


Created: September 7, 2006, Updated 16 March 2014
This is a 34-page chronology (increased from 11-pages) of UFO incidents and events for 1966, the beginning of the "Mother of All UFO Waves", which lasted throughout 1966 and 1967.
Our thanks for these chronologies must go to our documentation team: Richard Hall (the original chronology from UFOE II), William Wise (Project Blue Book Archive), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), and Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns). Last, but not least, our thanks to Jean Waskiewicz who created the online NICAP DBase (NSID) that helped make it possible to link from the cases to the reports themselves. 

Three notable events stand out among the others are two sightings; the Dexter and Hillsdale (MI) sightings of March 20-21 (Frank Manor, etc.) and the Portage County (OH) incident of April 17 (Deputies Spauer and Neff), and the event being the writing of the "Trick would be" memo by Robert Low on Aug. 9th. It is extremely interesting that both 1966 and 1967 include many sightings near missile sites, and in 1966 the US reached a peak of 31,700 of stockpiled nuclear warheads. For more on the 1966-1967 sighting wave, serious researchers should get their copy of this report: "Alien Invasion or Human Fantasy? The 1966-67 UFO Wave" (Richard Hall). For information on missile deployment, see To Defend & Deter. (1)

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator


The 1966 UFO Chronology
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Jan. 1966; Popular Science Article
"Why I Believe in Flying Saucers", by MacKinlay Kantor,  Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Andersonville". The noted writer, co-author with Gen. Curtis E. Lemay of "Mission with LeMay. My Story", tells of the strange personal sighting that convinced him that UFOs are real. (Copy provided by Ole Jonny Brænne)

1966, Date unknown; 1966; E. of Elista, Kalmuk, Russia
9:50 p.m. Russian coal and gas scientists watched a high-flying silent disc-shaped object spiral through the sky east of Elista, Kalmuk. (Source: Larry Hatch, *U* Database, case #7772, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue #204)

Jan. 3, 1966; Los Altos, CA
Night. Army colonel expert on rockets and missiles sighted a group of bright light sources speeding overhead at an estimated 1,000-1,200 m.p.h., maneuvering back and forth. Soon afterwards he observed several searchlights sweeping the area as if trying to spot the flying objects. (NICAP report; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 6, Jan.-Feb. 1966, p. 2.)

Jan. 7, 1966; Winslow, England
4:10 a.m. LT. Hearing a high-pitched whine, a police constable turned to investigate and saw a domed disc (rounded on top, flat on bottom) hovering low above a field. A greenish glow was visible around the top. After 5 seconds the UFO flew away rapidly. An independent witness later corroborated the sighting. (Flying Saucer Review, 12(2), March-April 1966, p. 3.)

Jan. 7, 1966; 3 miles SW of Georgetown (5 miles NE of Wilmer), AL. (BBU)
3:17 p.m. Civilian had to stop his car when he found object landed on the road blocking his way. Round silver color object 10-12 [25?] ft diameter with 8-10-inch ring or hoop at equator, 5 ft hatch on bottom, [and a cone with a flashing green light?] hovered about 5 ft above ground at 20 ft away, gradually climbed to NE,  engine [whirring?] noise increasing, then rapid acceleration to disappearance in a few seconds. Watch stopped [engine had died and now could be restarted?]. [Sulfur or rotten-egg smell noted?] (Hynek UFO Rpt p. 42; Vallée Magonia 721)

Jan. 9, 1966; Chascomus, Argentina
Cat. 3. Object with blue light beam observed flying away. Flying Saucer Review Histories, Supplement 17.

Jan. 11, 1966; Pacific Ocean
Large cigar-shaped object passes within one mile of ship.

Jan.11, 1966; Wanaque, NJ
6:20 p.m. EST. Police and citizens reported first a brilliant light source, then later a bright egg-shaped object that hovered at low altitude, flew in circular patterns over a reservoir, occasionally making abrupt changes in altitude (vertical maneuvers). Sightings continued for more than an hour. (NICAP notes; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 6, Jan.-Feb. 1966, p. 3; New York Journal-American, Jan. 12, 1966).

Jan.11, 1966; Myerstown, PA
7:40 p.m. EST. About 140 miles west-southwest of Wanaque, N.J., in the vicinity of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a nurse and others together in a car saw a luminous disc, like one saucer inverted on top of another, at relatively close range as it hovered above the car. After about 5 minutes, the object suddenly accelerated and sped away. (Hynek, 1972, pp. 89-90, 238.)

Dr. Carl Sagan requests information from Blue Book on sightings. The Tridade Island case is referred to and the Kelley/Hopkinsville case was requested also. 

Jan. 16, 1966; El Paso, TX
10:00 p.m. CST. An American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Houston, Texas, was paced by a bright object just after take-off from El Paso en route to Houston via San Antonio. Two psychologists on board, in a report to NICAP, expressed themselves as dumbfounded by what they saw. A bright light was observed trailing the airliner, moving up and down erratically, speeding ahead, and then reversing course. At one point the pilot, without explanation, turned on the landing lights for a few seconds, banked sharply, and then returned to course. After the plane landed in San Antonio, the witnesses saw the object "shoot up and execute a wide hyperbolic swing into the sky..." (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 11, Jan.-Feb. 1967, pp. 1, 3.)

Jan.18, 1966; New Britain, CT
6:00 p.m. A round object rotating slowly in a clockwise direction was observed by a senior metallurgist for about 7 to 10 minutes as it passed overhead at his workplace. It had a string of red lights that blinked on and off. (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 6, Jan.-Feb 1966, p. 3.)

Jan. 19, 1966; Tully, Australia
9:00 a.m. LT. A grower driving a tractor near a swampy area heard a loud hissing sound, and saw a flat, round (disc-shaped, like "two saucers, face to face") blue-gray spinning object about 25 feet in diameter rise to about 60 feet, drop sharply, rise again, then speed out of sight in seconds. A near-circular area of flattened swamp grass or reeds was found at the site (physical traces), measuring about 32 feet by 25 feet. The grass was flattened in clockwise swirls. (Chalker, 1996, pp. 111-114; Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, Mar.-Apr. 1966, pp. 26-28; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 6, Jan.-Feb. 1966, p. 4.)

Jan. 20, 1966; Katanning, Australia
112:30 a.m. An object with a row of bright body lights was observed to hover, and to move up and down, while emitting a blinding light and making a sound like bees humming. After a long period of time, the lights brightened and the object suddenly sped away (luminosity/speed correlation). (Flying Saucer Review, May-June 1966, p. 32; Newcastle Morning Herald, Jan. 24, 1966.)

 Jan. 29, 1966; Rexburg, ID (BBU)
12:10 a.m. Two civilians returning from a sporting event saw what they first thought was the moon. After driving for about 1/2 mile, they saw it was a flat, well-defined object blocking the road, the size of a truck, casting an intense yellow-orange light on the ground. They turned around and drove back to Rexburg. (Vallee, 1969, p. 322.)

February 1966
Dr Brian O'Brien heads a panel of the AF Scientific Advisory Board that completes a review of Project Blue Book and recommends that the AF contract with several universities to conduct UFO studies. (Sparks)

Feb. 2, 1966; Salisbury, NC (BBU 10193)
11:15 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Wise saw a silver, diamond-shaped object with several balls constantly in very fast motion around it, and much light. Object hovered over the trees for 3-4 minutes, while a dog barked, and then zipped out of sight. (Berliner)

Feb. 6, 1966; Nederland, TX (BBU 10196)
5:45 [6:05?] a.m. Mr. and Mrs. K. R. Gulley saw tadpole-shaped object about 14 ft long 2 ft wide with 8 yellow and red neon-like lights at 250-500 ft altitude, casting a pulsating red glow on the lawn. House and street lights went out, high frequency sound bothered the witnesses' ears. Object blinked out when aircraft passed overhead then came on again afterward. Object departed to W [or from W to SW] about 1-1/2 miles to vicinity of airport, where an aircraft's landing lights lit up UFO, then disappeared about 20°-25° elevation in a slow climb. (Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 186-8; Hynek UFO Exp ch. 8, case CEI-3)

Feb. 6, 1966; Madrid, Spain
8:00 p.m. LT. Several civilians and soldiers saw a glowing orange disc with three legs landing and taking off again. Rectangular imprints of the legs (15 cm x 30 cm) and scorch marks were found at the site. Electromagnetic (EM) effects occurred in the area at the time of the sighting. (Ballester-Olmos, 1976, p. 9; Flying Saucer Review, 12:3, 1966:28-31, Flying Saucer Review, 15:5, 1969:3-4.)

Feb. 11, 1966; Showhegan, ME (BBU)
11:55 p.m. EST. A glowing orange object with domed top, hovered, maneuvered over the area, seen by police and citizens. The object was tracked on Air Force and FAA radar "making tight turns at a low altitude." (NICAP report; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 6, Jan. -Feb. 1966, pp. 1-2.) [This case is not listed in the PBB Master Index - Dan Wilson].

Feb.14, 1966; Witbank, South Africa
7:40 p.m. LT. A farm woman heard a very loud sound and saw a cigar-shaped object descend and hover, the sound level increasing. The UFO had a very bright light at the front, small portholes along the side, and a bluish glow at the trailing end. The object suddenly shot upwards and disappeared. (Flying Saucer Review, 12(4), July-August 1966, pp. 32-33.)

Feb. 16, 1966; Brunswick NAS, ME (BBU)
8:30 p.m. A luminous object flashing red, blue, and green lights, landed in the woods. A second object was later seen to join the first one. (Vallée Magonia 726)

Feb. 25, 1966; Quipapa, Brazil
10:15 p.m. LT. Two young female factory workers while walking home saw lights in the road, then saw that it was a large disc with two bright lights (body lights) and three small beings about the size of 9-year-old children standing alongside, along with one being over 6 feet tall. The object rose, then landed in a new location. The girls ran home with the object following. It circled the area near their house, then flew away. No sound was heard. One of the girls suffered unspecified "effects" for a period of time. Grass was found depressed (imprints) at the landing spot. (Phillips, 1975. p. 40; from Flying Saucer Review, March 1971 .)   

Feb. 26, 1966; 5 miles E of Farmington, 5 miles W of Hanna City, IL (BBU)
Civilian witness was driving when a flying oval object, the size of a car, came within 10 ft of him, then circled twice and left toward the N. It emitted a bright red glow, supported a sort of dome with a green light on top, caused radio interference, and made a strange "signal like noise." (Vallée Magonia 727)

March 3, 1966; Oswego, NY (BBU)
7:20 p.m. Several civilians saw an object fly slowly to the S, hover, come within 50 ft, then fly off to the SW. (Vallée Magonia 728)

March 8, 1966; Chesterton, IN
2:30 p.m. EST. An ex-Marine airplane mechanic and another witness saw an inverted silvery disc with four projections on top, surrounded by bright haze, that hovered above a cloud bank for 4-5 minutes. The object then tilted and sped away. (NICAP report.)

March 11, 1966; Indio, CA
2:30 a.m. PST. Three glowing yellowish objects with legs were seen resting on the ground in the California Desert. The brilliant luminosity concealed the exact shape of the objects. "Antennas" (projections) extended and retracted rapidly from the objects, their tips glowed green. One of the objects paced a car for 3 hours between Indio, California, and Salome, Arizona. (NICAP notes; NICAP report.)

March 11, 1966; Ringwood, NJ
Time not reported. A Catholic Mother Superior reported seeing a very bright UFO hovering over the Ringwood iron mines. A distant smaller light flashed as if signaling, and the larger object flew away to the west leaving a red glow in its wake. (NICAP notes.)

March 13, 1966; Portsmouth, NH
Time not available. A reporter and his family saw an egg-shaped object about 150 feet over power lines. TV and house lights dimmed (EM effects), and a vibration was felt. (New Hampshire NICAP Subcommittee report.)

March 13, 1966; LaCross, WI
9:30 p.m. CST. Police and citizens saw two bluish-green lighted objects and heard a beeping noise as if signals were being exchanged between the two. Dogs reacted to the objects (animal reactions.) (NICAP notes.)

March 14, 1966; Dexter and Hillsdale, MI
3:30-5:30 a.m. CST.  For about 2 hours, police officers, including Washtenaw County sheriffs deputies, reported highly maneuverable disc-shaped UFOs with flashing red and green lights. Selfridge AFB reported tracking UFOs on radar over Lake Erie. (Hall, 2001 , pp. 184-86; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 7, Mar.-Apr. 1966, p. 5).

March 14, 1966; Southport, CT
9:00-9:30 p.m. EST. A motorist saw an unidentified aerial object with a dome on top, and a row of red and white flashing lights, that paced his car. The object then changed color to white and sped away (color change-motion correlation). Later (11:30 p.m.), an unidentified aerial object with domed top, flat bottom, and red and white flashing lights, descended abruptly in front of the witness's car, and hovered inches off the road. The driver slammed on the brakes, and the object took off. The object was so large that it overlapped the road. (NICAP report, investigation by John Fuller).

March 15, 1966; Youngstown, OH
Time not reported. A police officer and other witnesses saw a metallic-appearing circular object with blue lights in apparent portholes along its side. The UFO stopped overhead, trailing two exhaust flames, then shot away to the northwest. (NICAP notes.)

March 16, 1966; Eliot, ME
6:30-6:45 p.m. EST. A family saw a bright red ball of light with halo effect at close range for 10-15 minutes. The UFO emitted a high-pitched "beep" every 1 -2 seconds synchronized with a blinking red light. Dogs barked and howled (animal reactions), and ran toward the object, which gradually | disappeared behind trees to the southeast. (New Hampshire NICAP Subcommittee s report.)

March 16, 1966; Burnham, ME
7:45 p.m. Two large, moon-sized orange discs flying slowly, then accelerating, body lights blinking on and off. (NICAP notes.)
 
March 17, 1966; Ann Arbor and Milan, MI (BBU)
4:00-7:30 a.m. CST. Police officers saw top-shaped UFOs with green and white body lights. The objects alternately hovered and maneuvered at variable speeds, their luminosity dimming and brightening (pulsating). Two objects operated in unison, circling, looping, and flying in formation. (McDonald memo to U.S. Air Force, July 22, 1966; U.F.O. 3 Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 7, Mar.-Apr. 1966, p. 6; Hall, 2001, pp. 184-86.)

March 17, 1966; Grand Rapids, MI
Sunset, EST. Three young girls saw a large oval with glowing red light, evenly spaced portholes around the rim from which lights flashed alternately. The UFO moved slowly, then accelerated and sped away. (NICAP notes.)

March 19, 1966; Big Rapids, MI
5:20 a.m. CST. Several witnesses saw an elliptical object with a row of rectangular windows, and with a surrounding blue-white haze. Lights on the bottom (body lights) flicked on and off one at a time. A light beam shone into the house. (Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 46)
 
March 19, 1966; LaPorte, IN
Dawn, EST. Police and others saw a round luminous yellow-white object with projections on top. The UFO paced a car, swerving from side to side, its light reflected from the hood of the car. (NICAP notes.)

March 19, 1966; Bethesda, MD
9:05 p.m. EST. Col. Howard Wright, retired Air Force pilot, and family saw a bright white light approach from the south, stop and hover, accelerate, zigzag, then continue north, joined by a second light. (NICAP notes.)

March 19/20, 1966; Freeport, TX
1:25 a.m. CST. Witnesses saw a bright flash of blue light, then a hovering oval UFO was sighted by crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter "Legare." EM effects were experienced on local electric power systems, house lights blinked off and on rapidly. The UFO was orange and had windows or ports with a hazy appearance in the interior. After a while the object slowly rose about 1,000 feet, emitted a blue glow, then disappeared. Shortly afterwards, two bright lights shot up from the ground and disappeared within seconds. An extensive power failure occurred in Freeport about 2 hours earlier (11:10 p.m.) (NICAP report)

March 20, 1966; Miami, FL (BBU 10247)
12:15 a.m. USAFR Maj. K. C. Smith, with NASA Kennedy Space Center, saw a pulsating light, varying from white to intense blue, make a jerky ascent then rapidly accelerate away to the N. (Berliner)

March 20, 1966; Mims, FL
Time not reported. An Air Force reserve member and NASA employee saw a bright light pulsating from white to blue that made an erratic ascent, accelerated and sped away. (Air Force unexplained case, Project Blue Book files, National Archives.)

March 20, 1966; Dexter, MI (BBU)
8-8:30 p.m. Frank Mannor and his son, Ronald [plus 40-60 others including 12 policemen ?] saw hovering over a swamp about 1,500 ft away a brown luminous car­ sized object, with a "scaly" or "waffled" surface, cone-shaped on top, flat on bottom, or football­ shaped, and 2 bluish-green lights on right and left edges that turned bright red and helped illuminate object in between. Lights blinked out and object reappeared instantly across the swamp 1,500 ft away. The whole object lit up with a yellowish glow at one point and also rose up 500 ft then descended again. After 2-3 minutes of viewing, when 2 flashlights appeared in the distance the object seemed to respond by flying away at high speed directly over the witnesses with a whistling sound like a rifle bullet ricocheting. Object  remained in the swamp area for 1/2 hr. [Various other sightings in the area by police shortly afterward.] ( (Hall, 2001, pp. 185-86; Detroit News, Mar. 21, 1966, front page; New York Times, Mar. 22, 1966, Vallée Magonia 731; Todd Lemire; etc.)

March 20/21, 1966; Exeter, NH
10:00 p.m.- 2:40 a.m. EST. Police and citizens saw an egg-shaped object with flashing body lights across the center (red-white-blue-green-red) that hovered over power lines, bobbed around and rocked in a pendulum motion. Through binoculars, a dome-like area was visible on top. The object finally ascended to the east, moved out over the ocean and disappeared. (Fuller, 1966; Massachusetts NICAP Subcommittee report.)

March 21, 1966; Hillsdale, MI (BBU)
10:32, 11 p.m.- 4:30 a.m. 17 Hillsdale College students including Barbara Kohn [Cole?] and Cynthia Poffenberger saw a football-shaped object with red-green-white pulsating lights descend from the NE pass close to their dorm then disappear to the S as if crashing to the ground, then return at 11 p.m. William Van Horn, Civil Defense Director and rated commercial pilot, and police arrived and conducted a ground search 1/2 to 2 miles away to the E but found nothing until Van Horn reached the college dorm where he, using binoculars, and [87?] students saw a maneuvering lighted 20-25 ft object on or near the ground about 1,500-1,700 ft away to the E, with a dirty-white light on the left and dim orange on the right, which brightened after 10 minutes to white and red and began to rise at a rate of 25-30 ft/min to a height of 100-150 ft (about 3-6 minutes), stopped momentarily then descended and repeated the motion several times. At one point on a descent a "convex" surface (between?) the lights could be seen. Radiation was later detected at the landing area about 600 micro roentgens/hr, roughly 30-60x background level, and possible boron contamination. (Vallée Magonia 732; Todd Lemire; etc.)

March 22, 1966; Houston, TX (BBU 10262)
1:30 a.m. S. J. Musachia saw white flashing lights light up witness' apartment; the air was full of smoke. Sound of "yen" [hen??] heard up close. (Berliner)

March 22, 1967; Normal, IL
7:15 p.m. CST. At least 10 witnesses watched a large oval object with four blinking body lights fly overhead, hover over some trees, then move away. (NICAP notes.)

March 22/23, 1966; Key West, FL
Night, EST. FL. Several discs with flashing lights around their edges (body lights) were reported from an outdoor theater. The objects hovered for 4-5 seconds, then shot away northward out of sight in about 1 second. (NICAP notes.)

March 23, 1966; Fort Pierce, FL (BBU)
Two young men walking through woods saw a bright object like a balloon covered with fluorescent paint that became so intensely bright they could not look directly at it. As they walked closer, it exploded, leaving no trace. (Vallée Magonia 733)

March 23, 1966; Temple, OK (BBU 10270)
5:05 a.m. Sheppard AFB instructor Eddie Laxson was driving W on US Hwy 70 he found the road blocked by a wingless aircraft, perch fish-shaped, landed in the road, about 75 ft long, nearly 8 ft high, 12 ft wide, with a Plexiglas bubble on top, bright lights forward and aft. Laxson stopped his car about 300 ft away and walked toward the object to 50 ft away, noticing a labeling on its side like "TLA138" or "TLA738" [or "TL 4768"]. He saw a "man" wearing a baseball cap or mechanic's hat climbing steps or ladder on the object and soon after it lifted off with a hissing or drilling sound and headed off SE at about 700 mph. No landing traces. Laxson found another witness C. W. Anderson a mile down the road. (Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 208-210; Vallée Magonia 734)

March 23, 1966; Bangor, ME
11:50 p.m. EST. A  yellowish elliptical object with a textured surface (compare to March 20, Dexter, Michigan) and blue and white  body lights was encountered  hovering just off the ground near the road. The object had rotating lights resembling windows, and emitted a soft electrical humming sound. When the object moved toward him, the motorist's car lights dimmed and his radio stopped playing   (EM effects). The frightened witness took a pistol  from  his car, and  when he fired it, the  object glowed brightly and took off at high speed, making a "zinging" sound like the recoil of a spring. (BB doc MISC-PBB2-575; NICAP report; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 7, Mar-Apr. 1966, p. 3; New York News, Mar. 25, 1966).

March 23, 1966; Trinidad, CO
5:00 p.m. MST. At least a dozen witnesses saw two light-reflective disc-shaped objects with domes flying in-line, traveling with a bobbing motion over the terrain. (McDonald, 1968a, Case 14, pp. 51-52; NICAP notes).

March 23, 1966; Joppa, IL
Night, CST. An oblong object surrounded by smaller bright lights was observed by a dozen people. (NICAP notes.)

March 23, 1966; Crown Point, NY
8:40 p.m. EST. An elongated object with rays of light (light beams) from its underside was observed hovering above a neighbor's house. The witness called out another neighbor to see the object, which finally shot upwards out of sight. (NICAP report.)

March 23/24, 1966; Bangor, ME
11:50 PM EST. A  yellowish  elliptical object with a textured surface (compare to March 20, Dexter, Michigan) and blue and white  body lights was encountered  hovering just off the ground near the road. The object had rotating lights resembling windows, and emitted a soft electrical humming sound. When the object moved toward him, the motorist's car lights dimmed and his radio stopped playing (EM effects). The frightened witness took a pistol  from  his car, and  when he fired it, the  object glowed brightly and took off at high speed, making a "zinging" sound like the recoil of a spring. (NICAP report; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 7, Mar.-Apr. 1966, p. 3; New York News, Mar. 25, 1966).

March 24, 1966; Ypsilanti-Hillsdale, MI
Time not reported. A train crew watched a UFO pace their train, pull ahead, hover, and climb (maneuver). The Civil Defense director was notified, and also saw the object. Together with other witnesses he watched a "docking" operation as a second UFO linked with the first. (NICAP notes.)

March 24, 1966; Holland, MI
Time not reported. A car was buzzed by a glowing circular object with red and white body lights at an estimated 150-200 feet altitude. (NICAP notes.)

March 24, 1966; Sheboygan, WI (BBU)
10:15 p.m. CST. Two women motorists encountered a bowl-shaped object with two intense white lights plus a green and a red light (body lights) landed on or hovering just above the road. (Vallee, 1969, p. 324.)

March 24, 1966; Cook, MN
6:50 p.m. CST. A trapper and guide saw an oval object with glass dome on the front approach angling downward, flashing lights visible around its center, and emitting a loud generator-like humming sound. The object was rotating clockwise around a horizontal axis. It appeared to land in the distance. Next day a large melted oval area about 35 feet by 100 feet and apparent landing gear or skid marks (physical traces) were found in the snow at the landing site. (NICAP report.) 

March 24, 1966; New Orleans, LA
7:10 p.m. CST. A retired Air Force colonel and a General Electric computer programmer watched a glowing oval object speed across the sky. Two smaller lights also hovered, and maneuvered around. (NICAP notes.)

March 24, 1966; China Grove, NC
8:30 p.m. EST. A round silver object with multi-colored body lights was seen about 200 feet above a house. Witnesses were attracted to it by a "weird" humming sound. Several other North Carolina sightings were reported on the same date. (NICAP notes.)

March 25, 1966; Upper Sandusky, OK
1:00 a.m. EST. A top-shaped object with bright body lights visible on its outer edge was seen hovering about 25 feet over woods, point downward, by a farm couple for about an hour. (Associated Press story, few details.)

March 25, 1966; Porter, Indiana & Truax Field, Wisconsin
At 4:15 a.m., CST, a silver to yellow colored spherical object was observed near Porter Indiana, by telescope and by radar. The object was extremely maneuverable. The length of observation was 40 to 45 minutes. (Dan Wilson)

March 26, 1966; Ann Arbor, MI
Time not reported. Engineers and technicians watched a glowing red disc maneuver, descend to about 10 feet, and fly parallel with the road for several moments. (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 7, Mar.-Apr. 1966, p. 4.)

March 26, 1966; Texahoma, OK (BBU 10291)
12:00 midnight. Mrs. P. N. Beer and Mrs. E. Smith driving back from Amarillo saw a flashing light [or object with waffle­ like surface glowing intense red light] coming from the N buzz their car from the front, engine and headlights died, then the object hovered 1/4 mile away. After 10 minutes they could restart their car and left. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 738)

March 27, 1966; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Time not reported. About 100 people watched a revolving disc-shaped object that hovered for an hour, flashing red, blue, green, and white lights (body lights). The object then slowly ascended and disappeared. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 6, 1966, p. 32; from Vancouver Sun).

March 27, 1966; Muscogee County, GA
5:30 a.m. Both Federal Aviation Administration and military control tower operators reported a radar-visual sighting of a maneuvering, oblong, green-white object. (NICAP notes; Columbus Ledger, Ohio, Mar. 28, 1966.) A Georgia investigator reports that on this date at 5:30 am in Muscogee County, a radar-visual sighting was made of an object that appeared to change shape from cigar to wedge to triangle; apparently the same sighting. (Hitt, 1999)

March 27, 1966; Lorain, OH
7:10 p.m. EST. A family saw what appeared to , be a double-decked craft with brightly lit windows on the upper surface. The object hovered, dimmed, shot eastward, returned, got brighter again, then sped away to the west. (NICAP notes.)

March 28, Niles, MI
Early a.m. EST. A truck driver reported that an unidentified aerial object with red, green, and white body lights had paced his truck. When he blinked his headlights, the UFO blinked in apparent response (light reaction), veered away and disappeared. (NICAP notes.)  

March 28, 1966; Fayetteville, TN (BBU)
8 p.m. Man driving 60 mph suddenly saw a large lighted object 3 ft above the road on a hilltop, which flew off, as the car engine and headlights died. Headlight bulbs later had to be replaced. Object was oval, 25 ft long, dark gray, with about 30 lights along its periphery. (Vallée Magonia 739)

March.28, 1966; Wilmington, DE
11:30 p.m. EST. Two witnesses in separate locations independently reported watching a hovering object that was flashing brilliant lights. The object, which made a humming sound, gyrated around erratically. (NICAP notes.)

March 29, 1966; Columbus, GA
2:30 a.m. EST. A red oval object was observed moving with an oscillating motion, swinging like a pendulum. The obiect suddenly brightened and made a rapid departure (luminosity/speed correlation). (Hitt, 1999.)

March 29, 1966; Hampton area, NH
Boxlike object landed in woods. Dog does not react.

March 29, 1966; Eliot, ME
7:50 p.m. EST. While driving, a nurse's aide saw a large, bright red elliptical object with dome, five or six portholes emitting bright white light. The object was surrounded by a halo, and hovering near electric power transmission lines. Its body was dull silver and "like crumpled aluminum foil." Dogs were barking (animal reactions) and a pinging sound attracted other witnesses to the UFO. The object descended before finally moving out of sight. (Fowler, 1974, pp. 116, 335, 337; NICAP notes.)

March 29, 1966; Hampton, NH
8:00 p.m. EST. About 15 miles south of Eliot, Maine, a motorist saw two oval objects with revolving red body lights. One descended to treetop level and paced the witness's car, then accelerated up and out of sight. (Fowler, 1974, pp. 117, 336.)

March 29, 1966; Haverhill-Merrimac, MA
9:15 p.m. EST. About 15-20 miles southwest of Hampton, New Hampshire, several professional people including a deputy sheriff and a teacher saw a pulsating luminous white object moving back and forth. Its color changing from white to red to green to blue, and back to white. The object, circled, hovered, and then sped away leaving a short bluish tail, disappearing in an estimated 3 seconds. (Fowler, 1974, p. 336.)

March 29, 1966; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
9:15 p.m. EST. A teenage boy saw two luminous oval objects about 8 feet in diameter descend and land, making a buzzing sound. The objects had a row of multicolored lights around the rims (body lights) "flickering like a computer." He approached for a closer look, and touched the nearest object, which felt hard and smooth like metal. No heat or cold was felt. The boy then touched an antenna-like projection at the end of one of the objects and received a shock. Frightened, he ran home. His parents confirmed a 3-inch burn mark on his hand and questioned him thoroughly before reporting the incident to authorities. His first-degree burn was treated at a hospital and healed normally. (Keyhoe & Lore, 1969b, pp. 4-5; Bondarchuk, pp. 45-46, from the Hamilton Spectator, Apr. 2, 1966.)

March 29, 1966; London, Ontario, Canada
11:15 p.m. EST. A bright saucer-shaped (disc) object with central dome and two protuberances (projections) on one side was seen hovering above Westminster Hospital for about 5 minutes. The object then flipped on edge, blue flame was emitted from the protuberances, and it rose into the clouds leaving a comet-like trail. An independent witness confirmed the sighting. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, July-August 1966, P. 31.)

March 30, 1966; Ottawa, OH (BBU 10329)
(NARA)

March 30, 1966; Rehoboth, MA
8:00 p.m. EST. Three separate groups of witnesses had a series of sightings over a period of nearly two hours, including an object with amber body lights that passed over a car and hovered just off the road; an oval object with bright red and orange body lights that hovered over the road ahead of a car, taking off at high speed just as another car approached: and an object with flashing red body lights emitting a whistling or humming sound. (BB files, Fowler, 1974, pp. 125-27.) 

March 30, 1966; 10 miles N of Lexisburg, IN (BBU)
8:35 p.m. Civilian woman and her 4 children saw an oval object crossing the road as they were driving S, with a pulsating sound increasing in frequency as the object came nearer, but it seemed to come through the car radio rather than the object. They drove away in fear, but were followed for 8 miles by the object, with color suddenly changing from reddish­orange to bluish-white before accelerating out of sight. (Vallée Magonia 741)

March 30, 1966; East Hampton, Montauk, Long Island, NY
9:00 p.m. EST. A tree surgeon and his family saw a bright white object maneuvering around power lines and a radio tower, making a "swooshing" sound. Static was heard on the radio (EM effect) at the time. A "light beam was emitted downward from the object onto a utility pole. Domestic animals in the area were excited and agitated (animal reactions) while the UFO hovered, circled, and moved quickly from point to point. At 11:30 p.m. a Ford truck experienced total electrical failure as a cigar-shaped or elliptical object was seen low over sand dunes. The object circled the area and flew overhead. (Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 8; New York NICAP Subcommittee report; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 7, Mar.-Apr. 1966). 

March 30, 1966; Pecos, TX
Time not reported. An oblong object estimated to be 85-100 feet long, with lights at top and bottom (body lights), landed near a highway, then took off about 5 minutes later. (NICAP notes; United Press International story.)

March 31, 1966; JANAP 146(E)
Joint Army Navy Air Publication 146(E), changed from 146(D) of Feb. 1, 1959. Added that photographs should be sent to the Director of Naval Intelligence. Also added special reporting instruction for unidentifiable objects. (See JANAP 146 History and Evolution).

March 31, 1966; Vicksburg, MI
2:00 a.m. CST. A motorist encountered a brightly lighted disc-like object, grayish with various body lights, hovering just off the road surface, blocking the roadway. The car was violently buffeted as the object darted around from point to point, emitting a hum like a swarm of bees. The object finally rose and sped away at a steep angle. (NICAP investigation report; Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 23; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 7, Mar.-Apr. 1966, p. 3)

In 1966 the Minuteman II ICBM was deployed to SAC bases: Malmstrom Air Force Base, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Minot Air Force Base, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, and Whiteman Air Force Base. Malmstrom Air Force Base was also selected as the location for an additional Minuteman squadron, and LFs and LCFs were consequently constructed at this base. The first Minuteman II was deployed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, in August 1965. In early 1966 UFOs were being reported at these same SAC bases.

April ?, 1966; Malmstrom AFB, MT
UFOs, alarms, 10 missiles inoperative. (Robert Hastings asked Ray Fowler about this case a few years ago. Fowler had published a reference to it in one of his books, but currently has no records on it and doesn't recall any details)

April 1, 1966; 5 miles S of Tangier, OK (BBU)
10:40 p.m. Civilian man, 34, while driving reached a hilltop and saw a green object wider than the road flying N at very high speed, emitting a shrieking noise and a "heat wave." Car engine died. (Vallée Magonia 746)

April 1, 1966; Dearborn, MI
12:30 a.m. EST. An elliptical object with domes on top and bottom, and blinking red and green body lights, maneuvered near a car. Static (EM effect) was experienced on the car radio. (NICAP report.)

April 1, 1966; Conception Del Uruguay, Argentina
Night. A luminous green object surrounded by haze approached a truck, which experienced EM effects as the object neared. The truck slowed and overturned. (Rodeghier, 1981, p. 29)

April 2, 1966; Melbourne (near), Australia
Cat. 8.  Brown photo.

April 3, 1966; Franklin, NJ
Time not reported. A disc-shaped object with three portholes hovered near a radio transmitter tower, seen by the station owner and his wife after hearing a deep rumbling noise. The object appeared to be "twice the size of a jet fighter plane." (Brief United Press International story.)

April 3, 1966; Playa Del Ray, CA
6:50 p.m. PST. Along the coast of the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles International Airport, a Coast Guard helicopter pilot and another witness reported seeing four pairs of flashing red lights in changing geometric formations, estimated to be one mile offshore. The pilot reported seeing an oblong object with body lights. (NICAP report forms.)

April  3, 1966; Burlington, Ontario, Canada
10:15 p.m. EST. A domed UFO emitting a yellow glow hovered about 75 feet above Bronte Gorge, followed a car, then sped up and disappeared to the northeast. (NICAP report form.)

April 4, 1966; <1 mile SE of Hague, FL (BBU)
6:05 a.m. Civilian man, 40, saw an elongated object on the ground as he was going to work, 6 ft long, 2 ft high, with 6 4-inch openings, making a "turbine" noise so loud the witness had to put his hands over his ears. When he tried to touch it, the object left at great speed to the W vanishing suddenly after several feet of travel. Rain fell throughout. (Vallée Magonia 748)

April 4, 1966; Burkes Flat, Victoria, Australia
8:00 p.m. LT. As a strange light phenomenon (including an oval with a cone containing multi-colored shafts or tubes of light moving up and down) hovered near ground level off the road, an approaching motorist reported his headlights were bent (gravitational effect) toward the object. The object seemed to close in on itself and then disappeared. (Chalker, 1996, pp. 114-15.)

April  4, 1966; Liberal, KS
Time not reported. A blue-green sphere hovered at low altitude, ascended and departed to the southwest. (NICAP notes.)

April 5, 1966; Lycoming, NY (BBU 10385)
3 a.m. Lillian Louis, 42, went to get a glass of water in her kitchen and saw a spinning vapor-like sphere, 10 ft in diameter, shooting its exhaust onto the ground from 20 ft height near her house, which departed very suddenly, leaving a trail. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 751)


April 5, 1966
House Armed Services Committee conducts the first and only public hearing by U.S. Congress ever held on UFO's.  Was a result of the nationwide controversy generated by AF consultant J. Allen Hynek's "swamp gas" explanation for the Hillsdale sightings.  AF is severely criticized by the Congressmen, including future President Gerald Ford.

The AF is slated to soon test a long-delayed highly classified sensor system which will obviate the need for collection of anecdotal UFO reports by an ever more embarrassing Project Blue Book.  The plan for the sensor system and eventual closure of Blue Book was approved years before, on July 28, 1952, but numerous technical and budgetary delays kept giving Blue Book reprieves from termination.  Now, the AF command decides that for PR purposes after the tremendous beating it received in the press, from the public and now from Congress over its inept UFO explanations that it needs a scientific fig-leaf to cover its closure of Blue Book.  This results in the contract to University of Colorado in October 1966. (Sparks)

April 5, 1966; Heflin, AL
4:00 p.m. CST. An object emitting a humming sound was observed, and reportedly caused "anti-gravitational effects," finally disappearing in clouds. (Letter, NICAP report form, clipping.)

April 5, 1966; Kittery, ME (BBU)
7 p.m. 4 people saw a landed object through binoculars which took off, hovered for a while, and left. (Vallée Magonia 752)

April 6, 1966; Selkirk, NY
Time not reported. A huge grayish-white egg-shaped object with body lights and portholes hovered above trees, rocking back and forth. Finally it accelerated and sped away leaving a trail. (NICAP notes.)

April 5, 1966; Alto, TN (BBU 10384)
11:55 p.m. W. Smith and another stopped to watch an object hovering about 15 ft above a swamp, tried to follow it but it flew away. Object 100 ft long oval with a dark top, appearing cone-shaped when moving, making a high-frequency noise, and flying between a high­tension power line and a row of trees. Animal reactions wherever the object flew over. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 753)

April 7, 1966; Beulah, MI
Time not reported. A cigar-shaped object with red and green body lights flew ahead of a car, circled back emitting sound (unspecified), and settled down behind a ridge. (NICAP notes.)

April 7, 1966; Springfield, KY
Time not reported. A large object described as an "overgrown washtub" moved southeast over the airport, dog barked (animal reactions). (NICAP notes.)

April 7, 1966; Grove City, PA
Night. Motorists saw lights rise from the ground, then an unidentified object passed over their car causing E-M effects, noise (unspecified), physical and psychological effects.
Independent observation: Same day at Ligonier, 105 miles to the southeast in Pennsylvania, silver cigar-shaped objects were observed flying into a storm. (NICAP notes)

April 7, 1966; Littleton, CO
Time not reported. A group of people on a picnic saw white, blue, and red lights in a wooded area, and heard a weird buzzing sound. EM effects occurred on their car when a white object followed them as they left the area. (NICAP notes.)

April 7, 1966; Lincoln, NE
7:00-8:00 p.m. CST. A group of doctors, lawyers, and pilots saw a constellation of lights, including a large white "beacon" with 4-5 bright red lights, hovering at low altitude (estimated to be about 400 feet) for about 7 minutes during heavy rain. The object(s) suddenly sped away at "fantastic speed." (NICAP report.)

April 7, 1966; Mansfield, OH
Time not reported. Two sheriffs deputies while on patrol chased a bright round object at high speed, seeing it or a similar object five times. The UFO alternately hovered and sped up, the last time departing vertically upward. (NICAP notes.) [Compare to April 17, 1966, Ravenna, Ohio, sheriffs deputies case.]

April 9, 1966; Westport, MA
Time not reported. An unidentified object approached a car from behind, hovered over it, moved ahead, and ascended vertically out of sight. (NICAP  notes.)

April 10, 1966; Lebanon, IN
Night. An engineering draftsman and his wife saw a cone of nine white lights, with a line of 10-12 small blue lights below it. The lights abruptly blinked off. (NICAP notes.)

April 11 [10-11?], 1966; Greensburg, PA. (BBU)
12 midnight. Civilian man, 43, saw a well-defined cigar­shaped object 50 ft long with no wings, tail or wheels, with flashing red light, 15 ft above ground, 300 ft away. Object rose, was lost in the fog, then came back at treetop level with a strong whistling sound. (Vallée Magonia 756)

April 12, 1966; Dorchester, MA
7:45 p.m. EST. Witnesses reported a low-flying oval object with dome on top and colored lights around its perimeter, circling over a schoolhouse and bobbing up and down. Coincident power failure (EM effects) in nearby Roxbury. (Fowler 1974, p. 337; Boston Record American, Apr. 13, 1966, quoted in Flying Saucer Review, 12(4), pp. iii-iv.)

April 12, 1966; Brockton, MA
10:00 p.m. EST. An elongated elliptical (or cigar-like) object with a bright red-orange light at each end was seen hovering off Route 24. (Fowler, 1974, p. 337.)

April 13, 1966; Kalamazoo, MI
Time not reported. A police officer and other witnesses saw an elliptical object with flashing white lights, alternating red and green lights. (NICAP report; police department form.)'

April 15, 1966; Catalina Island, CA
Cat. 8. Motion picture images of UFO near mountain peak.

April 15 (appox. date), 1966; F. E. Warren AFB, WY
UFO over missile silo (NUFORC)

April 15 (approx. date), 1966 , Interior, SD
UFO tracked on USAF radar over Minuteman ICBM complex. Two tracking radar systems that were looking for a Low level B-52 at the time got a lock on to a UFO that was later confirmed to be hovering over a missile silo. Object then reportedly accelerated to 5000 mph when they lost track. It came to within one mile of the site and was observed visually as well on radar track X-Y plotter tape and on video tape. (Magnetic anomaly was experience but not described in report.)

April 16, 1966; Sherborn, MA
7:55 p.m. EST. An elongated elliptical object with bright red light on each end and blue lights along its perimeter was seen hovering off Route 16. [Compare to April 12, Brockton, Mass., sighting.] (Fowler, 1974, p. 337.)

April 17, 1966; Millersville, TX (BBU)
Daytime. Man in a car saw an sun-reflecting oval, car-sized object follow him, then cross the road behind at 15 ft height. (Vallée Magonia 758)

April 17, 1966; Portage County, Ohio, bt. Atwater and Randolph, Ohio, to Pittsburgh, PN (BBU)
5-6:10 a.m. (EST). E of Akron Deputy Sheriff Dale F. Spaur and associate Wilbur Neff saw a 30-45 ft metallic object approach over the treetops from the woods, bathing the witnesses and the whole area in light while making a transformer-like hum, then headed E and they gave chase in the patrol car at speeds up to 105 mph for 85 miles. Officer Wayne Huston about 35 miles to the ESE saw the object he described as ice cream cone-shaped, point downwards, approach from the W and pass overhead at about 800-900 ft height with Spaur and Neff in pursuit to the SE and he joined them near Unity, Ohio, with the object about 1/2 to 3/4 mile ahead of them, reaching the Penna. state line at 5:35. They lost sight of object at Brady Run Park regained it in Bridgeport, Penna. At about this time officers Lonnie Johnson and Ray Esterly in Salem, Ohio, saw 3 jet fighters attempting to intercept a bright object at about 10,000-20,000 ft about 25° elevation to the E for about 2 mins. In Conway, Penna., at 6 a.m. they met with officer Frank Panzarella who had been watching the object for 10 mins to the E or SE which he described as 25­35 ft half-football-shaped object at about 1,000 ft height (or 1,500-2,000 ft according to the others), when it stopped in the NE towards Harmony, Pennsylvania, then rose. They watched as the object climbed to about 3,500 ft to the left of and level with the quarter moon in the ESE (which was at about azimuth 116° elevation 14° and 11 % illuminated at 6:00 a.m.) and Venus (at 122° azimuth 22° elevation) and it passed near a 707 airliner taking off from Pittsburgh Airport and disappeared shooting up vertically at about 6:10. (Hynek UFO Exp ch. 8; NICAP)

April 17, 1966; Danvers, MA
7:15 p.m. EST. Several groups of witnesses reported an elliptical object with rotating white lights around its perimeter. The object circled slowly, then disappeared into clouds. (Fowler 1974, p. 337.)

April 17, 1966; Peabody, MA
7:30-7:45 p.m. EST. Fifteen minutes later 5 miles south of Danvers, a series of sightings was reported by independent witnesses. An oval object with dome on top, and red, green, blue, and white flashing body lights, was seen flying in circular and zigzag patterns. The object suddenly darted away at high speed and disappeared. One UFO hovered over a school, then moved away rapidly with up and down oscillatory motion. (Fowler 1974, p. 338.)

April 17, 1966; Wakefield, MA
8:30 p.m. EST. About 9 miles southwest of Peabody, witnesses reported an oval object making a humming sound. It bobbed up and down rapidly and emitted white, red, and blue light beams as it descended to low level above Lake Quannapowitt. (Fowler 1974, p. 338.)

April 18, 1966; Peabody, MA
7:15 p.m. EST. Several witnesses reported an oval object with blue glow, reddish-green flashing lights on each end. The object hovered, and sped back and forth several times. (Fowler 1974, p. 338.)

April 18, 1966; Cohasset, MA
9:45 p.m. EST. About 25 miles southeast of I Peabody, witnesses reported an oval object with flashing red lights around its circumference, and two smaller white body lights. The object reacted to searchlights (light reaction) shone on it by zigzagging, accelerating straight up and disappearing. (Fowler 1974, p. 339.)

April 18, 1966; Battle Creek, MI (BBU)
10:10 p.m. 42­year-old witness driving a car saw an egg-shaped object, 75 ft long, 15 ft high, gray-colored, following from a distance of 75 ft. Object had a cockpit with windows and 3 rows of lights, emitted red flames, and made the same noise as a heavy truck on wet pavement. (Vallée Magonia 759)

April 18, 1966; Lancaster, OH
11:55 p.m. A motorist almost struck a blindingly bright object which had landed on the highway. It had brilliant white lights and intense red body lights. When he turned back to investigate, the UFO flew off through a corn field, at one point illuminating the terrain. Then the lights blinked off and the object disappeared. Next day his eyes were sore and bloodshot (physiological effects). (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 8, May-June 1966, p. 7.)

April 19, 1966; Sharon, MA
12:15 a.m. EST. Citizens and police called to the scene to investigate saw an oval or egg-shaped object with a glowing rim that looked like lighted windows, and a steady red light on each end. The object hovered, then disappeared when an aircraft approached (aircraft avoidance), reappearing after it left. (Fowler 1974, pp. 128-130, 340; NICAP report.)

April 19, 1966; Peabody, MA
12:00 p.m. EST. On the north-northeast side of the Boston metroplex, witnesses reported an oval object with red, green, and white body lights, oscillating up and down when  in  motion. The object appeared to land in a field. Later two witnesses approached the field and saw unidentified lights rise and fly away. (Fowler, 1974, p. 339.)

April 19, 1966; Hartford, CT
8:00 p.m. EST. Two oval objects with red and green body lights hovered directly over the Rock Hill Veterans Home and Hospital. (Fowler 1974, p. 339.)

April 19, 1966; Bellingham, MA
10:00 p.m. EST. Two hours later about 80 miles east-northeast of Hartford, an elongated elliptical object with bright red lights on each end flew low, hovered, and made a hissing sound when moving. A separate report was received of a "piercing, humming object" two hours earlier at Stoughton. (Massachusetts NICAP Subcommittee report; Fowler 1974, p. 339)

April 19, 1966; Quincy, MA
11:45 p.m. EST. Several persons saw a large disc-shaped object accompanied by two smaller discs that flashed red and white lights, hovered and swung back and forth like a pendulum. (Fowler 1974, p. 339.) [Note: Bellingham, Cohasset, Quincy, Sharon, and Stoughton, Mass., all are within about a 30-mile radius of Boston, in an arc from the southeast to the southwest.] 

April 20, 1966; Over PA
Early morning. An airline pilot observed an unidentified bright orange object. (Project 1947 reports, Aldrich fit Greenwood; cited in Weinstein, 1999, p. 34)

April 20, 1966; Charlevoix, MI
Time not reported. A couple  reported watching six gray objects make a sharp turn in unison, separate slightly, climb and take off at high speed. (NICAP notes.)

April 22, 1966; Halifax, MA
Time not reported. About 60 miles south of Beverly, three women saw a round object with colored blinking body lights pace above and ahead of heir car. A low humming sound was heard. (NICAP report form.)

April 22, 1966; Springfield, MA
Time not reported. About 110 miles west-southwest of Beverly, a teacher and a boy saw a dome-shaped object with three lights on its underside hover, then accelerate away. (NICAP report form.)

April 22, 1966; Alliance, OH
12:15 a.m. A disc emitting bright white light from a dome on top and with rotating red lights around the rim approached a car within about 40 feet, and hovered. The frightened witnesses fled at high speed, and the UFO apparently followed. The object was finally seen speeding away to the northeast. (Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 8; report by Walter N. Webb.)

April 22, 1966; Long Island, Douglastown, NY
Time not reported. A Department of Defense engineering technician saw a disc with a row of windows like mercury vapor lamps. (NICAP report form.)

April 22, 1966; Bagley, MN
3:30 p.m. CST. Several witnesses reported seeing an object flying at low altitude and apparently landing. Four small occupants (described as "dwarfs") apparently made repairs and the craft flew away. (Vallee, 1969, pp. 329-30).

April 22, 1966; Beverly, MA
9:00 p.m. EST. Police and citizens saw three oval or elliptical objects flashing blue, green, red, and white lights circling low over the local high school. A humming sound was heard. When one of the witnesses raised her hands as if beckoning, one of the objects left the group and approached three witnesses, hovering above them at tree-top height. (Fowler 1974, pp. 130-36, 340; Massachusetts NICAP Subcommittee report; McDonald, 1967, Case 5, reprinted in Vaughan, 1995, pp. 204-205.)

April 22, 1966; Beverly, MA (BBU)
9-9:45 p.m. Witnesses including 2 policemen spread over a distance of saw a platter shaped object the size of a large automobile, with 3 red-green-white lights, no sound, hover over Beverly High School then depart to the SW. At one point witnesses saw the object only 20-30 ft over the head of another witness. (Hynek UFO Exp ch. 8, case CEI-5; cf. Condon Rpt Case 6)

April 22, 1966; Wenham, MA
9:30 p.m. EST.  Several witnesses at a college saw an orange circular object approach to within 600 feet at about 100 feet altitude. The object made a right angle turn and moved out of sight behind trees. (Fowler 1974, p. 340.) [Note: There are two towns named Wenham, one north and one south of Boston.]

April 23, 1966; Yorktown, IA
2:10 a.m. CDT. A farm family saw a cigar-shaped object with lights at each end illuminating the ground with red light. The object had two blue lights extending above the left end, a red light at the right end, and an amber glow emanating from its underside. A loud roaring sound was heard as it settled onto the ground. Then they heard loud crackling sounds like gunshots, and their cattle bolted. An odor of ozone was in the air. Later they found imprints in the field where the object had landed, apparently caused by the undercarriage. (Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 22.)

April 23, 1966; Warren, OH
Time not reported.  A  round white object approached and followed a car. (NICAP notes.)

April 23, 1966; Randolph, MA
8:40 p.m. EDT.  Police and others in a rural lake area sighted an "elongated egg-shaped" (elliptical) object with white lights around its perimeter, colored flashing lights on its underside. (Fowler 1974, p. 340.)

April 23/24,1966; Dorchester, MA
10:30 p.m. EST. Members of a family about 13 miles north of Randolph, Mass., saw a disc with dome on top and blinking red lights around the edge, and a brilliant yellow light on top of the dome, bobbing up and down as it moved. The yellow light blinked or flashed alternately with the red lights. The object stopped, hovering over a building. After a while it approached the family's apartment building and maneuvered between it and the adjacent building, emitting a humming sound. It hovered again briefly at the end of the alley, then moved away erratically to the east and disappeared. The same or an identical object was seen again several hours

April 24, 1966; Dorchester, MA
5:00 a.m. EDT. The same family as in the previous entry saw an identical oval or discoid object with dome and yellow light on top and red lights around the edge. flashing in the same pattern as the night before. The object emitted a humming sound and "weird, whirring, mechanical noises" as it bobbed around apparently close to the building. An explosive sound was heard, the windows rattled and furniture shook, and the lights went out. The family German shepherd dog whined and scratched at the door (animal reaction). The start of a power failure, which affected about 2,500 homes in the area, was officially timed at 4:57 a.m. It was later attributed to a breakdown in the insulation of the wiring at a point very near the apartment building. Later that evening investigators detected some abnormal radiation on the window sill where the object had been seen. (Keyhoe & Lore, 1969b, pp. 45-47; Walter N. Webb investigation report; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 8, May-June 1966, pp. 7-8; Fowler 1974, p. 340.)

April 24, 1966; Johnson City, TX
3:30 a.m. CDT. An architect and Naval reserve officer camping out with his daughter heard a fluttering sound, then they saw a disc-like object (estimated 20 feet diameter) with a double row of lights or ports around the rim hovering 150-200 feet away at treetop height. It appeared to be rotating, and a blue light pulsated around its rim. The UFO gradually accelerated and moved away to the southwest. (NICAP report form; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 8, May-June 1966, p. 8 ).

April 24, 1966; Ashby, MA (BBU)
6:10 p.m. 2 men saw a silent object with a bright blue light on top dive within 100 ft of their car, then suddenly accelerate, and was lost to sight toward Mt. Watatic. (Vallée Magonia 765)

April 25, 1966; Towanda, PA
Night. As their car engine and headlights failed and they felt heat, motorists saw a UFO with four portholes hovering about 350 feet away, flames shooting off of it. (Rodeghier, 1981, p. 29)

April 25, 1966; Ocala, FL
8:52 p.m. EDT. Governor's plane paced by two objects. The crew and passengers of a Convair aircraft carrying Florida Governor Haydon Burns sighted two apparently connected bright yellow or yellow-orange globe-shaped objects that paced the plane for about 40 miles. Witnesses included newsmen and state officials. When Burns ordered his pilot to turn toward the UFO(s), they climbed steeply and disappeared (aircraft avoidance). (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 8, May-June 1966. p. 3.)

April 26, 1966; Follansbee, WV (BBU)
11:30 p.m. Young man saw a silent 30 ft object shaped like two bowls glued together, at 100 ft altitude, ahead of his car. He drove away without looking behind. (Vallée Magonia 766)

April 27, 1966; Anderson AFB, Guam
At 10:27 p.m. local time, the seventh of 24 radar sightings over a 9 month period of unidentified targets was observed. Radar beacons with no known or identifiable source have been noted by Guam FAA Controllers, using FPS-20 Surveillance radar since October 1965. FPS-6 Height Finder radar and an APS-59 airborne radar were also involved. Phenomena occurrence times were Oct. 65 (one), Nov. 65 (two), Dec.65 (one), Mar. 66 (one), Apr. 66 (three), and June 66 (nineteen). At least one time a cloud seemed to be associated with the the radar targets. Interception attempts were made on June 23, 1966 by KC-135 and C-97 aircraft. (Dan Wilson)

April 28, 1966; Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, England
5:00 a.m. LT. Two men suddenly awoke in their van, with an acidic taste in their mouths and difficulty breathing (physiological effects), birds were shrieking. They looked out and saw two large spherical objects moving away. (Flying Saucer Review, May/June 1967. cited in Schuessler, 1996, p. 42).

April 29, 1966; Paraguay, Ascuncion
3:55 p.m. LT. The pilot of a Beechcraft Bonanza en route to Posadas, Argentina, saw a gray object like one plate inverted on top of the other (disc) with portholes, and emitting an apparent exhaust. (Weinstein, 1999, p. 34, from Lumieres Dan La Nuit, No. 125)

April 30, 1966; Sacramento, CA (BBU)
3:15 a.m. Anita Miller saw a light move around the sky. No further detail in files. (Berliner)

April 30, 1966; Pasadena, CA
Cat. 11. Three objects near airplane.

Beginning on May 7, 1966, and throughout the rest of 1966 and into 1967, the Air Force replaced the Minuteman I Bs with Minuteman IIs at Whiteman AFB ICBM Complex.

May ?, 1966; Whiteman AFB, MO
Multi-witness daylight landing (#234) occupants. Whiteman AFB was a Minuteman ICBM Complex with 15 launch control centers and 150 ICBMs.

May 1, 1966; Watertown, MA
10:00 p.m. EDT. Four witnesses saw an oval object with bright rotating red, green, and white lights pass over the Watertown Arsenal. (Fowler 1974, p. 341)

May 4, 1966; Charleston, WV (BBU)
4:30 [3:40?] a.m. FAA air traffic controller tracked an unidentified non transponding target about 5 miles to the 11 o'clock position from Braniff Airline Flight 42 headed E at 33,000 ft, which crew saw high above as a white-blue object giving off brilliant flaming light of alternating white-green-red colors. Radar showed object veering away to 8-10 miles away at 10 o'clock position, then come at the Braniff airliner to 3 miles distance then made a 180° left turn to the NW again within a diameter of 5 miles at 1,000 mph [5 g's] which the Braniff crew confirmed with object descending from 20° elevation above horizon. (Hynek UFO Exp ch. 7, Case RV-2)

May 4, 1966; Cardington, OH
Time not reported. About 10 people watched a saucer-shaped glowing object hover above the trees for 30 minutes. Smaller lights, occasionally flashing, darted to and from it. The object departed when an aircraft approached the area (aircraft avoidance). (NICAP notes.)

Found in the Project Blue Book Archives, this 50-page document was written by Robert L. Chartrand, Specialist in Science and Technology, Science Policy Research Division for the Library of Congress Legislative Reference Service. He was assisted by William F. Brown, Analyst in Science and Technology. This report was written in response to a request from a Member of Congress asking for a summation of what is generally known about UFO's as of April 1966.  The LoC Legislative Reference Service (now the Congressional Research Service) produces these kinds of reports on any subject of interest to Congress, on request. Other than summarizing the AF's anti-UFO propaganda line as of April 1966 it has little significance.

May 6, 1966; Carnestown, FL
2:05 a.m. EDT. In Collier County, southwest Florida, vicinity of Naples, a shaken motorist made a statement to Naples police about his car being approached from behind by a "large white light" that came within about 100-150 feet of his car, changing color to blue-green. He tried to flee, but the UFO zoomed past him making a "whooshing" noise, and circled around to the left and disappeared. (NICAP notes, police statement in Donald E. Keyhoe Archives.)   

May 7, 1966; Goodfellow AFB, TX (BBU 10535)
9:55 p.m. A/3c W. L. Whitehead saw a short, cylindrical object with pointed ends, a yellow light at one end, blue light at the other, fly straight and level. (Berliner)

May 16, 1966; Temple City, CA
12:30 p.m. PDT. A newspaper editor and office manager were called outdoors to see a grayish-green object high in the northern sky changing shape from rectangular, or roughly diamond-shaped, to domed disc. The object, apparently metallic, was reflecting sunlight. Haze-like heat waves surrounded it. For 15 minutes the object moved around lazily, then suddenly sped off to the northeast and disappeared. The editor compared the departure speed to that of a jet aircraft.

May 16, 1966; Temple City, CA
About 1:10 p.m. at a school in the area, the principal noticed the children on the playground staring at something in the sky. He looked and saw a dark disc-shaped object with dome on top moving from high overhead toward the east. Several other witnesses made similar reports between 1:00 and 1:30 pm. (Los Angeles NICAP Subcommittee report.)

May 17, 1966; New Orleans, LA
Day. A Boeing engineer was among the witnesses who saw two discs flying off each wingtip of an airliner. The outer discs lagged briefly during a turn by the airliner. (NICAP report form.)

May 17, 1966; Mentor, OH
Time not reported. An aircraft design engineer saw a bluish-white object pickup 10 smaller objects in groups, brightening each time a pick-up was made, then dimming (luminosity/motion correlation). The parent object then turned to the west and accelerated away. (NICAP notes.)

May 21, 1966; Willow Grove, PA
3:15 p.m. EDT. This one was personally checked by Dr. James E. McDonald, a close-range airborne sighting of a domed-disc, seen under midday conditions by two observers. One of them, William C. Powell, of Radnor, Pa., was a pilot with 18,000 logged flight hours. In a light plane encountered a disc with dome on top at 4,500 feet. The disc was bright red. The object made a sharp, non-banking turn and approached his plane nearly head-on, passing below his starboard wing about 100 yards away, and disappeared behind the plane. (McDonald, 1969, reprinted in Vaughan, 1995, pp. 104-5; Hall 2001, pp. 44-45; Keyhoe and Lore,1969b, p. 6)

May 23, 1966; Gainesville, FL.
University campus police saw a round glowing object with outer ring of red lights, and a white flashing light in the center, hover above the athletic field, then fly away. (NICAP notes from newspaper story.)

May 24, 1966; Temple City, CA
4:15 p.m. PDT. A woman driving in Temple City saw a strange object approach from the southwest, hover and bob around. She stopped and observed the object at relatively close range, at treetop level across a wide highway. "It was the shape of two geranium pots put together with the bands in the center," she said. Although the object was clearly outlined, there was a slight haze surrounding it. The color was bright green. Flashes of sunlight reflected off the surface, giving it a metallic sheen. On the body were what appeared to be a row of louvers and an antenna-like projection. After several minutes the object climbed to the northeast, observed as it moved away by employees of a nearby restaurant who were alerted by the witness. (Los Angeles NICAP Subcommittee report.)

June 1, 1966; Lake Ontario, Canada
10:30 p.m. LT. A former RCAF pilot and a friend were cruising on the lake when they saw lights on the water ahead. As they approached within a mile, the lights rose with an audible "swish" and a pulsating humming sound. The two men now could see that it was a disc with dome on top, and it cast an oval reflection on the lake surface. Around the dome was a row of bright yellow lights, and blue-green lights were visible around the lower perimeter (body lights). After hovering briefly, the UFO took off at high speed and quickly disappeared. (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 9, Aug.-Sept. 1966, p. 5)

June 2, 1966; Massillon, OH
Day. A moving luminous cigar-shaped object stopped, then discharged three smaller objects which rose, separated, and flew off in different directions. The parent object then went straight up at terrific speed. (NICAP notes.)

June 6, 1966
AF Foreign Technology Division (FTD) officials decide to leak the AF-manipulated CIA Robertson Panel Report with Minutes and Comments report (Durant Memo) to visiting Navy scientist Dr James McDonald, who was working under an ONR (Office of Naval Research) contract. The AF evidently wanted to make the CIA look bad when the report was inevitably hushed up by the CIA which complained that AF did not clear this declassification with the CIA. Fearing that McDonald was part of an ulterior Navy plot to make the AF look bad, this big show of AF openness and pretense of trying to overcome excessive CIA secretiveness would serve to make the AF look good instead. As an added bonus this sugar-coating of feigned AF openness in trying to release the Robertson Panel report actually covered a poison pill inside, since the Robertson Panel report was itself an AF-manipulated, virulently debunking anti-UFO document which set forth all of the AF's desired anti-UFO PR positions which had been systematically planted on the CIA and the Panel back in 1952 and 1953. (Sparks)

June 6, 1966; Spooner, Wisc. (BBU 10626)
9:30 p.m. Dorothy Gray saw 2 domed discs with sparkling upper surfaces and square windows in their tops, revolve above a lake, apparently causing strange behavior of the lake water. (Berliner)

June 8, 1966; Between Kansas and Toledo, Ohio (BBU 10629)
6:45 a.m. Max Baker, 43, driving W on Sandusky Road, suddenly saw a bright silver, cigar-shaped object, as long as an airliner, silently buzz the witness' car to 100 ft distance then flew low to the NE. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 771)

June 8, 1966
McDonald blows up at Hynek.  After two days (June 6-7) of examining hundreds of Blue Book files and discussions with top AF generals, officers and scientists at FTD, McDonald concluded that the Blue Book effort was incompetent and scientifically next-to-worthless.  McDonald visited Hynek, Dr. Jacques Vallee and William Powers at Northwestern University, expecting to join forces to confront the AF over its UFO policies, after McDonald had been falsely told by Prof. Charles B. Moore on April 28, 1966, that Hynek supposedly wanted to confront the AF over UFO's. Instead, Hynek was flabbergasted at McDonald and had no intention or idea of confronting the AF, which increasingly frustrated McDonald until he blew up at Hynek and pounded on the table. Vallee commented in his diary that "an entire era has come to a crashing end.  This man [McDonald] has many contacts, many ideas, and is afraid of nothing."  Afterward McDonald phones Moore and demands to know what was going on and Moore admitted he "had not been entirely honest" (=lied) about Hynek wanting to confront the AF, as McDonald later recorded. It was all a setup by Moore, evidently designed to get the two leading scientist investigators of UFO's at each other's throats so they would not join forces.  Had McDonald and Hynek formed an alliance it would have threatened to turn official UFO policy into dust. (Sparks)

June 8, 1966; Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada
11:00 p.m. LT. Three persons reported that their car was followed by an oval object about 6 feet in diameter moving about 10 feet above the power lines on a parallel path. The object was emitting a bluish glow, and two light beams extended from it, one pointing upward and the other downward. No sound was heard. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 1966, p. iii; from the Castlegar News.)

June11, 1966; Westport, MA
3:45 a.m. EDT. A disc shaped like two plates one on top of the other, with a dome on top, white, yellow, blue, and green flashing lights around the circumference (body lights), buzzed over a car and hovered ahead over the road.  (Fowler, 1974, p. 341; Boston Traveler, June 13, 1966, quoted in Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 5, Sept.-Oct. 1966, p. 30.) 

June 13, 1966; Milan, MI (BBU)
Policeman who saw the object over Milan on March 17 saw another object on the ground at a street intersection. He drove toward it with his headlights illuminating the object, which took off like an airplane, flying away to the SE. (Vallée Magonia 773)

1966, Mid-July; Pacific Ocean bt. Hawaii & Seattle, WA
Late afternoon. During submarine USS Tiru SS-416 cruise, five of the crew reported a strange contact at a range of 2 miles bearing 315 degrees relative. The three men looked through their binoculars toward the area reported and were astounded to see a metal craft larger than a football field tumble from the clouds into the ocean. At about the same time a crew member below queried the bridge about a radar contact at the same range and bearing, which gave them a range of 3 nautical miles. Sonar also reported strange echos. See detailed report. (Carl Feindt)

June 15, 1966; Whiteman AFB, MO
Power to missiles lost and regained as UFO passes over Minuteman ICBM complex. (Call to NUFORC)

Ted Phillips:
The base commander was flying a B-52 with full crew and all observed a metallic disc in daylight flying very close to them. Two of the crewmen took 35mm photos using up all of their film. He told me of a landing near one of the sites and he dispatched two strike teams and they watched the object with orders to fire on it if anyone got out, there were EM effects - communication between the team and the control tower. I talked (in 1966) to several of the people who guarded the landing site with traces. Several base kids saw the thing come down through the trees behind a housing section on base. After several minutes it ascended leaving behind landing imprints and a lot of tree damage from its descent & ascent. I found and talked with the base photographer who documented the site and traces with a 120 format camera. He told me he turned the negatives and prints over to officers and didn't keep any prints. I located 11 witnesses (including the photographer) who confirmed the event.

June 16, 1966; Mt. Sunapee, NH
Time not reported. A woman saw a large glowing object hovering near telephone lines. An articulated glowing pink to red-colored rod extended to the wires, withdrew, and then the object sped away over the mountains. (New Hampshire NICAP Subcommittee report.) The time probably is included in the NICAP file report.)

June 16, 1966; Elista, Kalmuk; USSR
Scientists report UFO maneuvering near missile test. (Joel Carpenter: No record of a missile launch for that date. However, see "1966", no exact date entry at top of this chrono from Larry Hatch *U* Database.)

June 17, 1966; Abington, Berkshire, England
8:50 p.m. LT. Two nuclear scientists reported seeing a very bright yellow object above a cloud bank on the western horizon, moving slowly. The object then accelerated northward and disappeared behind a tall bank of clouds. About 10 minutes later the same or a similar object appeared traveling from north to south, stopped and hovered in the northwest sky for about 30 minutes. The object then diminished in apparent size and was hidden by clouds near the horizon. When viewed through 10 x 60 binoculars, the object had a conical shape and was reflecting sunlight. Its length was computed to be about 60 feet. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 5, Sept.-Oct. 1966, pp. 27-28.)

June 18, 1966; Burnsville-Mt. Mitchell, NC (BBU 10663)
12:30 a.m. 4 Boy Scout campers, including Sterrett, using binoculars saw a red bell­shaped object with 3 flashing red lights hover then land 700 ft away, remaining all night, joined by 6 other objects, then rose at dawn. Broken trees and other traces found. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 776)

June 19, 1966; Nha Trang, Vietnam
9:45 p.m. LT. UFO descends on hundreds of witnesses and shuts down vehicles, illuminated terrain. A brilliantly lighted object approached from the north, alternately speeding up and slowing down. The object descended and hovered about 300-500 feet overhead, illuminating the terrain at the Army base. Widespread EM effects occurred on vehicles and machinery for about 4 minutes. Finally, the object shot straight up out of sight, disappearing in seconds. (Fowler, 1981, p. 187; Hall 2001, p. 80.)

June 19, Mt. Mitchell, NC
12:05 a.m. EDT. A group of Boy Scouts while camping out, saw three red pulsating lights in a triangular pattern approaching (body lights), then hovering from about midnight to 5:00 am. At sunrise the object lifted up, appearing red and bell-shaped through binoculars, Six smaller objects were hovering nearby on either side of the larger object, changing formations, and then the group disappeared behind a mountain. When the Scouts started to explore in the direction of the objects, about 60 feet from their camp they discovered trees with broken branches and some crushed undergrowth, plus three holes in the ground forming an equilateral triangle (physical traces). (Report to Center for UFO Studies.) 

June 23, Placitas, NM
3:42 a.m. MDT. Julian Sandoval, a NASA contract flight engineer, also an experienced pilot and navigator, and two independent witnesses saw a glowing elongated object with a blunt end. It had a series of four body lights varying from brilliant green to a bluish tinge, and was hovering at an estimated 12,000 feet. When the object moved, its glow brightened and it appeared to be a powered craft (luminosity/motion correlation). The witness watched the object for an hour and a half, after which it climbed vertically, accelerated to a high velocity and disappeared to the northeast in about 12 seconds. In a report to NICAP, Sandoval estimated the departure speed at "Mach 6 or better." (Christian Science Monitor, July 11, 1966; I/. P.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 9, Aug.-Sept. 1966, p. 3.)

June 23, 1966; Hamburg, NY (BBU)
9:30 p.m. Civilian woman, 63, was reading when an intense red light lit the ground near her house. She went outside and saw a 3 ft lighted object 60 ft away, which backed up and flew away "like a bullet." 3 other witnesses in the next house. (Vallée Magonia 777)

June 24, 1966; Richmond, VA
3:30 a.m. EDT. A police officer on patrol saw a hovering elliptical object with body lights, surrounded by mist or vapor. The lights were alternately yellow and green. As he approached to investigate, the UFO began moving away, leading him on a cat-and-mouse chase. Finally the object accelerated and sped away. Separate police witnesses observed a UFO in the same general area about 40 minutes later. (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. III, No. 9, Aug.-Sept. 1966, p. 3; Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 9.)

June 24, 1866; Charlotte, NC
Night. A school teacher, ex-member of Army intelligence saw a flattened ellipse with fuzzy edges, two or three port-like black spots along the body, flying overhead. The object was visible for about 2 minutes in hazy conditions. (NICAP report form.) 

June 27, 1966; Pacific, 400 miles E of Wake Island (BBU 10693)
4 a.m. Radio Officer Steffen Sorensen, of the S/ [SS?] Mt. Vernon Victory, saw a "cloud" expand with a light inside, then accelerate away. (Berliner)

June 27, 1966; Cistella, Spain
4:00 a.m. LT. A farm woman and farm hands saw a large disc-shaped object with bright green, red, yellow and blue body lights descend behind some woods about 500 meters away. A few minutes later two cylindrical objects also with body lights appeared, and the disc reappeared, taking up position between the two cylinders, which closed in on the disc, turned, and all three as a unit shot up at terrific speed and disappeared in less than a second. A column of smoke was then seen rising from behind the woods that spread and enveloped one of the men as the woman and the other man took shelter in their car. The three then went to the clearing beyond the woods to investigate and found a freshly broken tree branch and scorched potato plants (physical traces). The man who had been enveloped by the smoke cloud later experienced extraordinary sleepiness. (Investigated by Antonio Ribera. Flying Saucer Review Vol. 12, No. 6, Nov-Dec. 1966, pp. 3-4.) 

June 28, 1966; Anderson AFB, Guam
A significant air intercept was made at 12:45 a.m. local time of unidentified radar targets by an Anderson AFB Air Rescue Squadron C-130 aircraft equipped with a APS-59 radar. Radar contact was made and maintained for 20 minutes and numerous intercepts were attempted. Vectors called by the ground radar controller checked perfectly with the return identified on the airborne radar. A third radar an FPS-6 Height Finder was also in operation and showed a return. The C-130 crew reported that there seemed to be a cloud associated with the target at all times. Whenever the crew tried to spot it visually it was always in a cloud. The target was lost to both the FAA radar and airborne radar at the same time 1:15 a.m. The Project Blue Book documents give exact dates and times of  24 radar sightings over a 9 month period of unidentified targets observed at Anderson AFB.  These were radar beacons with no known or identifiable source and were noted by Guam FAA Controllers, using FPS-20 Surveillance radar since October 1965. FPS-6 Height Finder radar and an APS-59 airborne radar were also involved. Phenomena occurrence times were Oct. 65 (one), Nov. 65 (two), Dec.65 (one), Mar. 66 (one), Apr. 66 (three), and June 66 (nineteen).  Interception attempts were made on June 23, 1966 by KC-135 and C-97 aircraft. (Dan Wilson)

July 6, 1966; Fairpoint, South Dakota (BB)
8:45 p.m. MST. Observers including Airman William D. Offord saw a red object just above the horizon to the west. This object disappeared below the horizon. The observers moved to another position where they saw the red object again. Over the next hour and a half five distinct objects the apparent size of a quarter, a nickel and three objects the size of a dime held at arm's length were observed. The first sighting was called into the Golf One Launch Control Facility of the Minuteman missile complex, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.  Here Airmen Calenberg, Langerud and Delapp, spotted the objects to the west of Golf One. The quarter size object led by nickel size while dime sizes skittered erratically around the horizon and mountain tops in distance and returned to the quarter size and nickel size objects which stayed on a fairly stable slow moving course ENE. The objects were viewed from two separate locations one to the west of the objects and one to the east. The quarter size object resembled an oblong saucer emitting pulsating flashes and rays of white and green light. The nickel size resembled a steady red light. The dime sizes darted erratically away from the quarter size and returned. Air Force Helicopter 481 was dispatched from Ellsworth AFB with the Base Commander and a photographer onboard. (Dan Wilson, BB files)

July 11, 1966; Union-Kirkwood, PA (BBU 10739)
7:45 p.m. Carl Wood and Charles Hawthorne [and 2 women?] saw a large (100 ft wide, 20 ft high) bright red luminous object with small windows and yellow lights 100 ft away in a field. Object had small openings, emitted a humming or whirring noise, seemingly from the outside, and a grinding noise from inside. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 779)

July 18, 1966; Baytown, TX
9:00 a.m. CDT. Service station personnel saw a white object shaped like two saucers face to face (disc) with a row of square windows in between. The object was hovering above a store about 100 yards distant, then it began moving, rapidly accelerated and sped away. (McDonald, 1968a, pp. 57-58; Houston Post, Oct. 8, 1966.)

July 20, 1966; Jaffrey, NH
10:30 p.m. EDT. An elliptical object with two rows of body lights passed over a religious center. As it progressed, the lights changed color from white to red to orange to yellow to green and back to white. (Fowler 1974, p. 341.)

July 22, 1966; Fremont, IN
11:25 p.m.. While driving his son home from the railway station, a realtor (retired WWII Navy officer) and his son saw an illuminated, 25-foot diameter disc with portholes on its lower convex surface. The object descended low over the car and hovered above it. When two other cars approached, the object extinguished its lights, then shot straight up into the sky leaving a trail of bluish light. (Hynek, 1972, pp. 95-96, 238; Ridge, 1994, pp. 12-13; NICAP notes.)

July 25, 1966; Between Greenville and Vanceboro, NC (BBU 10781)
1-2 a.m. College student James Clark saw a pulsating object change color from orange to red to blue to green and back to orange, which followed his car through the woods at high speed up to 100 mph, then stopped and hovered over the car from 300 ft away about 50 ft high, wobbling on its axis, approached to 100 ft, then shot out of sight vertically in <5 secs. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 782)

July 25, 1966; Fulton County Airport, GA
3:50 a.m. Federal Aviation Administration officials observed multi-colored oval objects that alternately hovered and moved around, confirmed on radar. One sped away. At 4:25 am another oblong object was observed hovering. Similar sightings occurred early the following morning, but this time not seen on radar. (Hitt, 1999.)

July 26, 1966; Atlanta, GA
Time not reported. FAA radar/visual of oval UFOs. Six Federal Aviation Administration personnel observed several vertical oval UFOs, visually and on radar. One object accelerated rapidly. (Atlanta Constitution, July 27, 1966; Orlando Sentinel, July 27, 1966.)

July 31, 1966; Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA (BBU 10798)
7:25-7:30 [8:25?] p.m. Douglas Tibbetts, 16, Betty Klem, 16, Anita Haifley [?], 22, and Gerald Labelle, 29, saw a square or hexagonal [or mushroom­ shaped?] object with edges lit or reflecting light, [sweeping the area with a light beam?], come  tumbling down erratically from right to left, stopped 5 ft-10 ft above the beach 1,000 ft away and settled heavily down. A circle of spotlights at top were visible when it was on the ground [and a strange 6 ft tall being]. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 784)

July 31, 1966; Lake Canandaigua, NY
9:30 p.m. EDT. An engineer with the Federal Communications Commission saw a maneuvering light that descended with a falling leaf motion (oscillating from side to side). Then he discerned it as three lights in V formation. (New York NICAP Subcommittee report.)

Aug. 1, 1966; Prince George's County, MD
12:30 a.m. EDT. Citizens and police in College Park, Lanham, Bowie, Seat Pleasant, and elsewhere around the region saw maneuvering, fast-moving lighted objects. When a police officer approached a hovering object that had pulsating red, green, and white lights, it began a series of maneuvers, descended almost to the ground, then sped away "like a shot." Before it sped away, the object emitted a strange multi-colored light beam that moved rapidly to the ground, also observed by another officer. Andrews AFB denied to a County police dispatcher that they had any unknown objects on radar, but the dispatcher said a control tower operator had acknowledged seeing a fast-moving lighted object, and he later learned that Andrews did have a UFO on its radar but would not admit it officially. (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 9, Aug. -Sept. 1966, p. 4.)

Aug. 2, 1966; Vancouver, B.C., Canada
10:30 p.m. LT. A man saw a disc-shaped object behind his house hovering about 400-500 feet off the ground. The object made no sound . It was a darker gray than the overcast sky. After about 45 seconds it accelerated, displaying twinkling lights, and disappeared. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 6, Nov. -Dec. 1966, p. iii.)

Aug. 5, 1966; Erie, PA
9:30 p.m. EDT. A woman and four children saw an aluminum-colored oblong object with five evenly spaced yellow windows for about 30 seconds. (Pennsylvania NICAP Subcommittee report.)

Aug. 6, 1966; Harlingen, TX (BBU)
2 p.m. Civilian man and his family saw a dark object hover near their isolated house. 3 children saw a dwarf in shiny black coveralls through a square door" emitting yellow light in the object, which left slowly with a soft humming sound. See later incident on Sept. 3. (Vallée Magonia 786; FUFOR Index)

Aug. 9, 1966; Low "Trick Would Be" Memo
The half-million-dollar "trick" to make Americans believe the Condon committee was conducting an objective investigation. Memo written by Robert Low to James Archer and Thurston Manning, University of Colorado, to take on the evaluation of the Air Force Project Blue Book investigation, with the negative conclusions already planned.

Aug. 13, 1966; McDonald, OH
Time not reported. A policeman and others saw a large object accompanied by about 10 smaller objects. When an airplane approached, the smaller objects rushed to the large object, (aircraft avoidance). The sighting lasted 4 hours. (NICAP notes.)

Aug. 15, 1966; Wood Green, London, England
2:00 a.m. LT. A couple saw an intensely bright glowing disc approach and hover about 1 50 yards from their house above an old tree. After a short time two smaller brightly luminous discs emerged from the larger object and took up positions alongside. They them emitted two bright white conical light beams that illuminated the ground and surrounding terrain so brilliantly that the man was able to read the time on his watch (2:10 am). Next the two smaller discs extinguished their lights and re-entered the parent-object, which tilted slightly and moved slowly towards the house. A humming and/or jet-like sound could be heard as the object passed over the house, now appearing pear-shaped. Revolving colored lights were visible on the underside. Next morning the man had a rash resembling sunburn on his face, and he and his wife both had headaches and sore necks. Some apparent damage to foliage, circular holes in the ground, and a large depression with flattened grass were found beneath the area where the object had hovered. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 1966, pp. 4-5.)

Aug. 15, 1966; Boston, MA
2:30 p.m. EST. An art instructor saw a thin disc with flat dome, and vertical ribbing visible on the dome, for 1-2 minutes. The object was beneath a cloud or fog layer. (Walter N. Webb report.)

Aug. 15, 1966; Forest Park, IL
5:40 p.m. CST. A Navy technician watched a flat, round object (disc) with red and yellow segments on the underside. The object had a dark center section, and colors around the rim. It flew slowly overhead for 5 minutes as a storm gathered. (NICAP report form.)

Aug. 15, 1966: Regina VOR, Saskatchewan, Canada
8:12 p.m. CST. Seven crew members of a RCAF C-130E Hercules observed an elongated sphere or dirigible-shaped object while flying over Regina VOR at 20,000 feet altitude. The object had 5 or 6 rectangular shaped dark patches on side, no gondola or tail. The object looked like aluminum. The pilot, Capt. Burchnall, observed the object through 12 power field glasses. The object was traced from approximately 230 degrees to 245 degrees at 8 degrees above the horizon. After about 1 1/2 minutes the object appeared to shrink in size and disappear to the SW very rapidly. The length of observation was approximately 2 to 5 minutes. [Source: Canadian National Archives, UFO Sightings, Record Group 77, Vol. 306] (Dan Wilson)

Aug. 16, 1966; Various states - Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin
Sightings and radarscope photo? Newspaper clippings are the apparent source, but no details this date for events in Wisconsin. (See below for Minnesota and North Dakota incidents possibly related to news release.)

Aug.16, 1966; Duluth, MN
10:45 p.m. CST.  Three persons in a car saw a very large, spinning greenish-blue object that had  revolving red body lights. The object at one point emitted an extremely bright light beam that blinded the driver. (NICAP report form, newspaper clippings.)

Aug. 16, 1966; 15 miles south of Minot, ND
At approximately 0343Z, Jeannette M. Heline, Reg. Nurse, and Allen N. Heline, A1C, 455th Missile Maintenance Squadron, Minot AFB, Ballistic Missile Analysis Specialist, while driving north, they observed a football-shaped object that was white with an orange tint appear in front of their car about 2000 to 3000 feet. The object appeared to come straight in and straight out. The observation lasted approximately 12 minutes.

Aug. 17, 1966; Ashtabula, OH. family saw a silvery disc-shaped object hovering and emitting a humming sound. The object then dove down and disappeared from view. (NICAP notes.)

Aug.18, 1966; Oil City, PA
Time not reported. A train crew saw a thin elongated (cigar-shaped) object whose glow cast a green light over the area (environmental illumination). The glow lasted for about 7 seconds, and then the object shot away and disappeared. (NICAP notes.)

Aug. 19, 1966; Donnybrook, ND (BBU 10872)
4:50 p.m. U.S. Border Patrolman Don Flickinger saw a bright, shiny, round disc, 30 ft in diameter and 15 ft high, colored white, silvery or aluminum, floating down the side of a hill wobbling from side to side about 10 ft off the ground. It moved across a valley from the SE climbing to 100 ft height, hovered for 1 min over a reservoir in a horizontal position when a dome on top became visible, appeared about to land in a small field about 250 ft away, then tilted on edge and rose up into clouds at high speed. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 788; Jan Aldrich, Phillips, 1975, p. 43; witness report to CUFOS; Hynek, 1977, p. 152; Gilmor, Condon report case 8, p. 273.) [Note: This occurred within the Minuteman Missile Launch Facilities area at Minot AFB, North Dakota. Donnybrook is in the Kilo Flight Launch Facilities area.]

Aug. 19, 1966; Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Time not reported. A disc like an inverted dinner plate, with red and green body lights on top and bottom and flashing lights on the circumference, hovered over the Algoma steel plant. The object abruptly took off to the north at high speed, seen over a wide area. (NICAP notes; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 9, Aug. -Sept. 1966, p. 4.)

Aug. 20, 1966; Unitah Basin, UT
Dusk, MDT. About a dozen witnesses saw a glowing orange disc that hovered, emitting a red light beam from the underside. When children ran toward it, the object took off and disappeared. (Salisbury 1974, Appendix B, Table 1.)

Aug. 22, 1966; Easton, PA
10:15 p.m. EDT. An orange-red mass of light undergoing apparent shape changes was reported. The object fluttered down, moved away, changed to cone shape, then to a thin line, and finally sped away disappearing in seconds. (NICAP report form.)

Aug. 23, 1966; Da Nang, Vietnam (BBU)
(McDonald list)

Aug. 23, 1966; Columbus, OH (BBU 10888)
7 p.m. Broomall and Gilpin saw a circular, luminous white object split into 5 objects, all streaking away to the W. (Berliner)

Aug. 24, 1966; Battle Creek, MI
8:20 a.m. EDT. A disc inclined at an angle was observed by a railroad conductor and his family for 5 minutes, using 7x50 binoculars. Super 8mm movie film reportedly was taken of the object, but the film was not made available for study. (NICAP report form.) 

Aug. 24, 1966; Minuteman Missile Site, Minot AFB [Grano? Carpio?], ND (BBU)
10 p.m. Airman saw and reported by radio a multi-colored light high in the sky. Strike team sent to his location confirmed the object. Second object, white, was seen to pass in front of clouds. Radar detected and tracked an object. Sightings made by 3 different Minuteman ICBM missile sites. Radio interference was noted by teams sent to locations where object was hovering at ground level. (Vallée Magonia 791; FUFOR Index)

Aug. 25, 1966; Malibu, CA
Sunrise, PDT. A diesel mechanic and former Navy aircraft crewman saw a lens-shaped disc with dome on top, apparent windows or portholes rotating slowly around it. The object performed complex, high-speed maneuvers. (NICAP report form.)

Aug. 25, 1966; Omaha, NE
11:30 p.m. CDT. A radio station staff and dozens of others saw a dark disc-shaped object with flashing red light, surrounded by white or pale green haze, hover, swoop down, and reverse direction. The object was visible for 15 minutes. (NICAP report form.)

Aug. 26, 1966; Gaylesville, AL [Rome, GA?] (BBU 10899)
8:50 p.m. Mr. Funk, wife and their 3 children saw a cluster of 4 small, glowing, orange­ yellow lights in a triangular formation, moving from E to W. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Aug. 27, 1966; Cicero, IL
9:30 p.m. CDT. A production engineer saw a lens-shaped disc with domes on top and bottom, surrounded by a soft bluish glow. The object was visible for 3 minutes. (NICAP report form.)

Aug. 31, 1966; Makklya, Finland
8:20 p.m. LT. A woman was called by her two daughters to observe from a balcony an object shaped like two plates, one inverted on top of the other (disc), flying at an altitude of about 200 meters. The edge was brightly illuminated and the top emitted a pulsating glow. The object appeared to be descending to land in a nearby field, then rose suddenly, accelerated and flew away, its light becoming brighter as its speed increased (luminosity/speed correlation). No sound was heard. (Flying Saucer Review, 12(6), November-December 1966; from the Hesinga Sanomet, Sept. 1, 1966.)

Fall, 1966: Rockford, IL
Evening. Close Encounter of the Third Kind and two witnesses. "So I turned the car around and stepped on the gas...I saw two grey figures with large slanted eyes and with square insignia, near the heart area." (IUR-9,2)

Sept. 1, 1966; Willsboro, NY (BBU 10917)
2:45 p.m. T. H. Ridman [Kidman?] saw an oval object with lights flashing red and white, occasionally blue, fly W, then disappear downward, returning several minutes later with a loud noise. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Sept. 3, 1966; Harlingen, TX (BBU)
2 p.m. 2 children went outside when the TV set became blurred and they saw a fantastic spinning light illuminating the house coming from an object hovering at the same location as the earlier sighting on Aug. 6. (Vallée Magonia 793 cf. 786; FUFOR Index)

Sept. 5, 1956; Finland AFS, Minnesota (BBU)
10:00 p.m. local time. A visual sighting of an object was called in to Finley AFS. The object was described as 20 feet long, egg-shaped, red yellow and green in color. Airmen at the station observed an object to the NW. A radar return was picked up by the 756th Radar Squadron (SAGE) at 270 degrees at around five miles from the station. Two F-89 fighters were scrambled from Duluth to investigate. When the F-89's got close to the object it moved up and away to the west. This was confirmed by visual and radar contact. The object had moved west to about 15 miles range. The total length of the observation was 3 hours.

Sept. 5, 1966; Finland AFS, MN (BBU)
Johnson. (McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

Sept. 5, 1966; Unknown location, TX (BBU)
Evening. Civilian man saw a peculiar light phenomenon and a small figure that appeared to enter a bedroom. The figure was not seen again. (Vallée Magonia 794)

Sept. 6, 1966; Suffolk County AFB, NY (BBU 10933)
6:50 p.m. Stahl and Ladesic saw a white cylinder of light come from the E at high speed, stop and hover for 3 mins, then turn and slowly disappear. (Berliner)

Sept. 8, 1966; Marquette, MI
11:50 p.m. EDT. A legal secretary saw a yellow-white disc shaped like a soup plate that made a soft swishing sound as it flew across the highway, climbed, leveled off, and flew away. (NICAP report form.) 

Sept. 9, 1966; Franklin Springs, NY (BBU 10942)
9 p.m. Jacobson saw a solid object, larger than an army tank, with 3 horizontal bands of light-blue, red and green lights [or lighting] all around it, descend from a cloud bank with a low humming [or soft whirring] sound, slow down and land, and disappear into woods. (Vallée Magonia 796)

Sept. 13, 1966; Stirum, ND (BBU 10944)
7:30 a.m. Rotenberger, 11, saw a silvery-grey elliptical [or disk­ shaped] object with a clear bubble dome on top, tripod landing gear, 2 red lights, 2 white lights, 1 green light, hover about 1 mile away, then land within 900 ft making a low-pitched whine and taking off so fast it just "vanished." USAF Lt. Col. and a Gwinner, ND, businessman investigated, found compact landing indentations 7 inches deep and radiation level 100 micro roentgens/hr (5-10x background level). (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 797)

Sept.17, 1966; Cranes Beach, Ipswich Bay, MA
4:45 a.m. EDT. A glowing cigar-shaped object oriented vertically, tilted at times, was observed for about an hour near the edge of the water. Two smaller glowing objects were seen to approach the larger object, moving around erratically, with up and down skipping motions. The two rendezvoused with the larger object, when a third smaller object was seen. The smaller objects periodically left the larger object and flew around the area. One flew low over the water toward the witnesses' home. At closer range it showed an elliptical shape illuminated by a faint glow. (Massachusetts NICAP Subcommittee report; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 10, Oct.-Nov. 1966, p. 4; Fowler 1974, p. 341.)

Sept. 20, 1966; Sebring, FL
10:00 a.m. EDT. A private pilot flying at about 9,500 feet observed a huge cone-shaped object that descended above his plane making a "screeching" or singing noise that he compared to the sound tires make on a wet pavement. The gigantic object blocked out the sunlight and cast a shadow over the plane. Frightened, the pilot put the aircraft into a dive and banked sharply in an effort to elude the object, but it kept pace with him. Just as he was considering firing a .38 caliber pistol at it, the object appeared to change shape to a wedge, then a thin line, and accelerated up and away as if it were "falling up." (U.F.O. Cone paces plane Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 10, Oct.-Nov. 1966, p. 4 ; Hall  2001, pp. 128-29; Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 7; NICAP report form.)

Sept. 21, 1966; Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
6:30 a.m. LT. Eight RCAF pilots and crew members observed a bright circular object flying at high speed and maneuvering. The object stopped abruptly, descended and hovered near the ground for about 20 minutes. It then shot straight up and disappeared.

Sept. 21, 1966; Burton, Canada
Early on that same morning two fisherman at Burton, 45 miles northwest of Summerside, saw a rapidly-moving light like a "particularly bright star" traveling from west to east in the general direction of Summerside. Both coastal towns face the Northumberland Strait. (Weinstein, 1999, p. 34; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. III, No. 10, Oct.-Nov. 1966, p. 4.)

Sept. 22, 1966; Deadwood, SD
3:00 a.m. CDT. Police from several vantage points saw a large white hovering object, changing color to green, red, and back to white. When a spotlight was shone on it, the object would black out (light reaction). Two smaller white objects operating independently approached and hovered nearby. The large object bobbed around and emitted light beams toward the ground, and finally sped away. (Sagan & Page, 1972, pp. xxii-xxiii.)

Sept. 23, 1966; Decatur, AL
7:30 p.m. CDT. A former army aerial photo specialist and others saw two large objects (shape not specified in notes), one making a high-frequency whistling noise. The two objects performed complex flight patterns for about an hour. (NICAP report form.)

Sept. 23, New York City, NY
8:45 p.m. EDT. A businessman saw an oblong object with a row of lights or windows around the middle, antennas (projections) on top, and lights at each end (body lights). The object moved silently at variable speed. (NICAP report form.)

Sept. 26, 1966; Bridgeport, NJ
3:30 p.m. EDT. A group of people saw a metallic-appearing oblong object (shaped like a cold capsule), emitting a brilliant glow even when in clouds. The object tilted upward, spun, and turned on its side. (NICAP notes from newspaper story.)

Sept. 28, 1966; Wilmington, OH (BBU 10973)
3:38 p.m. Clarke saw 3 round, oval-shaped, aluminum-colored objects with rotating rings around them, 2 remained stationary, while the 3rd varied its altitude. (Berliner)

Sept. 30, 1966; New Kingston, PA
Time not reported.. A private pilot reported that a disc with blinking red light hovered alongside Cessna 150 plane, shot straight up and out of sight. (Pittsburgh NICAP Subcommittee report, Vol. II, UFOE, Hall)

Sept. 30, 1966; Anderson, IN
2:00 a.m. EDT. Police sighted a white ball of light surrounded by a bluish-white pulsating glow (halo effect), sometimes flashing red. The object maneuvered, made a sharp turn and flew southwest beneath an overcast, hovered over trees, rose and descended. (Indiana NICAP Subcommittee report; NICAP report form; police department report).

Oct. 5, 1966; Osceola, WS (BBU 10996)
Several members of a family saw a small, bright orange, moon-shaped object stationary in the NE for about 20 mins, then suddenly take off very fast to the WNW. (Berliner)

October 7, 1966 - University of Colorado UFO Project Announcement
Formation sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


Oct. 10, 1966; Wanaque, NJ
9:15 p.m. EDT. Police officers observed a spherical object with a protrusion on one side emitting an extremely bright, blinding light that lit up the terrain (environmental illumination). The UFO hovered, and moved around erratically at high speeds, making sharp turns and leaving a misty trail in its wake when it moved. (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 10, Oct.-Nov. 1966, p. 6; NICAP report, investigation by John Pagano.)

Oct. 11, 1966; Davenport, IA
6:15 p.m. CDT. Several persons saw two brightly luminous objects in daylight, one sped below a jet aircraft's contrail moving like a sailed plate (oscillating motion), once stopping abruptly. (NICAP report form.)

Oct. 11, 1966; Jonesboro, TN
7:10 p.m. EDT. Several people sighted a cigar-shaped object which, after about 2 minutes, lit up brightly and moved quickly to the north. A short while later two round objects appeared. Each had a "bulge" (dome?) on top and bright light shining from the bottom. The light changed color from white to red to green, as the two objects cavorted around each other. A witness called the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Tri-Cities Airport, which sent an aircraft to investigate. The witnesses saw the plane approach, and as it neared, the objects "went out like a light." (Aircraft avoidance.) Meanwhile, the FAA had asked the witness to keep the phone line open, and said they would send another plane. As the second plane neared, it put on its landing lights, and again, the UFOs blinked out. A third plane re-routed by the FAA was directed to the location of the objects by telephone, and was seen to be closely approaching one of the UFOs, which now appeared egg-shaped. As the plane passed by it, the witnesses saw the object shoot out a light beam toward the plane. At that moment the pilot reported seeing what he thought was a meteor. The NICAP investigator was allowed to listen to the FAA tapes of air-to-ground communications, but none of the pilots reported seeing anything unusual. (Tennessee NICAP Subcommittee report, with investigation by David Kammer; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 10, Oct.-Nov. 1966, p. 5.)

Oct. 12, 1966; Jonesboro, TN
Noon.  Prolonged sighting (more than 5 hours) by many witnesses of numerous discs, fall of so-called "angel's hair," which was sticky and reportedly caused physiological effects on some who touched it (burning sensation, itching, nausea). According to reports, dogs and cows in the neighborhood "acted odd." (Tennessee NICAP Subcommittee report; U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. Ill, No. 10, Oct.-Nov. 1966, pp. 5-6.) [The main features of this sighting strongly resemble ballooning spiders, commonly seen during October in the United States. They and their webs sometimes reflect sunlight. To err on the side of caution, that explanation will be assumed. However, several witnesses experienced burning sensations when they handled the substance, and it evaporated overnight.]

The Inspector General Brief - Number 21, Volume XVIII, 14 Oct. 1966
Unidentified Flying Objects (CUFON)

Oct.14, 1966; Newton, IL
6:45 p.m. CDT. A yellow-orange disc-shaped object with a blue rim and a row of red lights just under the rim was observed at low level, its glow illuminating the ground. Static interfered with the telephone, and TV interference also was experienced (EM effects) during the sighting. (Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 45.)

Oct. 15, 1966; Split Pond, NJ
4:45 a.m. EDT. A forester starting out to drive home from a camping expedition noticed a reddish glow behind him, and stopped his car to investigate. What he saw, he said, "scared the living hell out of me." A flat-bottom, red-orange disc with a dome on top was hovering above and behind his car. Near panic, he fled the area with the object following him. When the light from the object illuminated the ground all around him. his car engine, dash lights, and headlights all failed (EM effects). When the object receded, his lights and engine functioned normally. This sequence was repeated three times, strongly demonstrating a direct correlation between the light from the UFO and the failure of his car's electrical system. Shortly after the sighting the witness began experiencing a  recurring illness (which was the reason for his story appearing in a medical journal); it was characterized by fatigue,  anorexia,  soreness,  muscle weakness,  chills,  and significant weight loss. After about 6 months he had fully recovered. (Medical Times, October 1968; Hall 2001, p. 37; Keyhoe & Lore, 1969a, p. 9.)

Oct. 21, 1966; Livermore, CA
4:25 p.m. PDT. Two Sandia Corporation ; engineers saw a sphere which at first appeared translucent, then reflecting light. The object hovered, then ascended very rapidly until out of sight. (NICAP * report form, newspaper clippings.)

Oct. 23 [30?], 1966; Southhampton, Long Island, NY (BBU)
6 p.m. Mr. Acquino [Aquino?] saw an object with arms in front of it which sparkled like an arc-light, fly S along some power lines, then turn SW, with a slight humming sound. [Same as Oct. 30 case?] (Berliner)

Oct. 23, 1966; Randolph Twp, NJ
8:45 p.m. EDT. A policeman watched as a bright yellow oval UFO approached slowly at low altitude, then sped away when he shone a spotlight on it (light reaction.). (NICAP notes, from newspaper story-)

Oct. 26, 1966; Cold Bay AFS, AK (BBU 11092)
No time given. Civilian control tower operator Ralston saw a white object approach runway at 50 ft altitude. When runway lights were turned on the object accelerated and climbed away so fast the witness was unable to use binoculars. (Berliner)

Oct. 26, 1966; La Plata, MD
11:45 p.m. EDT. A drug store owner reported that he was paralyzed with fear as he observed a large round "craft" with flashing red and green lights on the underside, and a central light beam that illuminated a field. During the sighting he heard a whirring sound and experienced heavy static (EM effects) on his car radio. (Washington, D.C, NICAP Subcommittee, report.)   

Oct. 28, 1966; Lawrence, MA
1:00 a.m. EDT. A newspaper editor responding to phone calls saw a glowing white, cigar-shaped object hovering at a 45-degree angle over water towers. A closer witness saw bright white lights along its side. (Fowler 1974, p. 342.)

Oct. 30, 1966; Southampton, New York. [Same as Oct. 23 case?] (BBU)
(FUFOR Index)

November 1, 1966 -  Colorado Project Begins
Official beginning of the University of Colorado UFO Project study sponsored by Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Nov. 4, 1966; Alton, VA
10:30 p.m. EST. While watching television, a woman saw her set experience severe interference, then black out completely (EM effects). She glanced out the window and saw a huge red light that appeared to be rotating behind a glassy surface of some kind. Above the light was a very large object surrounded by a halo of white light. The entire phenomenon was close to the ground when first sighted, then rose to a height of about 100 feet, then quickly descended to its original position. It bobbed up and down in this fashion three times, finally moving across the road, under some utility lines, and glided away across a field. (U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. HI, No. 11, Jan.-Feb. 1967, p. 3) 

Nov. 6 or 13, 1966; 3 miles W of White Plains, NY (BBU)
7:30 p.m. Chief Engineer of radio station WFAS and his Asst. saw rectangular object emitting steady bluish light moving slowly to the N while beaming light towards stations parking lot. No sound. Object had blue-black sky appearing through the middle [?]. [Plastic hot-air balloon?] (Tony Rullan)

Nov. 8, 1966; Saginaw, MI (BBU 11135)
Night. College graduate Annis saw a group of lights flash and change color while hovering, almost touching the road, then abruptly vanished. (Berliner)

Nov.10, 1966; Pinellas Park, FL
9:20 p.m. EST. A young boy saw a very bright red, self-luminous, cigar-shaped object emerging from clouds. Then 10 smaller objects like dishes approached and entered the larger object. The parent object had what looked like portholes near its upper edge. (NICAP report in Donald E. Keyhoe Archives.)

Nov. 12, 1966; Montevideo, Buenos Aires, South America
Local astronomer took twelve slides of the sun and a saucer like object was visible in the foreground. (See Dec. 19, Dept. of State AIRGRAM)

Nov.12, 1966; Fort Ontario, NY
9:35 p.m. EST. A number of witnesses including a former Navy radar man reported a dark domed disc with a row of orange portholes along the lower portion. The object, illuminated by a faint glow, first hovered and then shot upwards out of sight. (NICAP report form.)

Nov.13, 1966; Fords, NJ
5:35 p.m. EST. Several witnesses including a private pilot saw a very bright, round, pulsating orange light that hovered over a school emitting a humming sound. (NICAP notes.)

Nov.15, 1966; Gaffney, MA
7:15 a.m. EST. Two hunters in a boat off the coast saw two cigar-shaped objects hovering in a horizontal position over the Beverly Farms area. (Fowler 1974, p. 342.)

Nov.17, 1966; Gaffney, SC
4:00 a.m. EST. Two police officers saw a round, glowing object with a wide, flat rim around the center resting on the ground. They estimated the diameter to be about 20 feet. As they watched from less than 50 feet away, a door opened and a small humanoid being descended. The observation lasted several minutes. Footprints later were found at the site. (Phillips 1975, p. 44.)

Nov.18, 1966; McMinnville, OR
12:25 a.m. PST. Several witnesses in a car reported an elongated greenish-white oval that hovered or moved slowly at low altitude. The driver felt and heard a deep vibration. (NICAP report.)

Nov.18, 1966; Hawkinsville, GA
9:30 p.m. EST. Several witnesses including the chief of police saw a dark gray or black disc, with red, blue, green, and white body lights around its perimeter, hovering silently. It had a length to width ratio of 4:1. After a while the object started to move away, and receded into the distance where six more objects were visible (rendezvous). After 5-10 minutes, the objects suddenly disappeared. (Hitt, 1999.)

Nov. 22, 1966; Roaring River State Park, MO
8:00 p.m. CST. A deer hunter saw a disc-shaped object rise from a valley about 300 feet away emitting a humming sound. Burn damage to a tent and to a treetop was reported (physical traces). Photographic evidence was submitted. (Phillips, 1975, p. 44; from personal files.)

Nov. 30, 1966; New Kingston, PA
Time not reported. A private pilot watched a disc with a blinking red light hover alongside his Cessna 150, then shoot straight up and out of sight. (Pittsburgh NICAP Subcommittee report.)

Nov. 30, 1966; Taylorsville, IN
5:55 p.m. CST. An elliptical object approached a car, whose engine and headlights were affected. The driver heard a buzzing sound. (CUFOS report, Rodeghier 1981, p. 31.)

Dec.1, 1966; Middleboro, MA
6:35 p.m. EST. An object with a curved surface, apparently oval, with two large bright red pulsating lights, dived in front of a car and hovered over woods just off the road. (Fowler 1974, p. 342.)

Dec. 2, 1966; Lake Sarah, MN
2:00 a.m. CST. A farmer saw a disc-shaped object an estimated 40 feet in diameter hovering over a corn field, making a noise like whirling wind. The object moved away, returned and hovered again, then lifted straight up and moved away to the east emitting a red glow. (NICAP notes based on newspaper story.)

Dec.13, 1966; Rowley, MA
1:00 a.m. EST. A glowing red-orange oval object with a halo of light around it descended and approached the witnesses, it then disappeared behind an embankment. (Fowler 1974, p. 343.)

Dec.14, 1966; Cedarville, CA
Early a.m. An elliptical object with visible undercarriage (legs), and a red body light was observed. At one point the object emitted a red ball of light. (NICAP notes.)


Dec. 18, 1966; E Lake Tiorati, Bear Mtn. State Park, NY (BBU)
4:40 p.m. Witness looked up and saw a silver-brown domed-disc in the W at 45° elevation heading NE, wobbling, noiseless, disappear over and behind a fire tower on a 1,320-ft hill about 1/2 mile away, after taking a photo. (Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 239-245)

Dec. 24, 1966; Charleston, WV
7:40 p.m. EST. Two Air Force pilots in a T-33 at 27,000 feet above a solid under cast saw a bright object in clear sky above them, at an estimated 1,000 feet. The object hovered for about 2 minutes, then suddenly rushed away. (NICAP report form, confidential report.)

Dec. 25, 1966; Monroe, OR (BBU 11239)
3:30 [?] a.m. PST. A family saw three objects take off from a field and pass over their car with a loud noise and a rush of wind which threw one man against the side of the car and slammed the car door. The noise stopped when the objects were in the air in formation (unspecified). The objects hovered for some time, their color changing to orange-red. (NICAP report, Air Force unexplained case.)

Dec. 19, 1966 - Department of State AIRGRAM
Sent to Embassy, Buenos Aires, for Scientific Attaché, reporting the Nov. 12 sighting by local astronomer. (John Schuessler)

<>Dec. 30, 1966; Coast of Peru
3:00 a.m. LT. A Canadian Pacific DC-8 airliner traveling on a northwest course at 35,000 feet observed a pair of pulsating, luminous objects hovering to their left. The objects descended at a slight angle and took up position off their left wing, pacing the plane for 1-2 minutes. Some members of the crew thought there was a connecting structure between the two lights. The lights were separated by about 3-4 degrees. A V-shaped pair of thin light beams emanated from the objects, first pointing upward, then downward. Finally, the objects accelerated, pulled away, and climbed out over the Pacific Ocean to the west, disappearing in the distance. (Volunteer Flight Officers Network report via Herb Roth; Gilmor, Colorado Project Case 11, pp. 280-82; McDonald, 1968b, reprinted in Vaughan, 1995, pp. 7-8; Hall, 2001, pp. 129-130.)


Dec. 30, 1966; Haynesville, LA (BBU)
8:15 p.m. Physics professor Dr. Galloway driving through a wooded area saw a bright, pulsating glow, changing from orange to white, in the woods about 1 mile away, estimated visible light power output at about 1 megawatt. Coming back the next day, he located traces of burns, and called the USAF and University of Colorado UFO project. (Vallée Magonia 808; Condon Rpt pp. 277-280; Richard Hall NICAP letter Mar. 3, 1967)

Dec. 30, 1966; Peruvian Coast (near)
Cat. 11. Three UFOs pace Canadian airliner.

References:
1. To DEFEND AND DETER: THE LEGACY OF THE UNITED STATES COLD WAR MISSILE PROGRAM, John C. Lonnquest and David F. Winkler, USACERL Special Report 97/01, November 1996, A study sponsored by the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program Cold War Project.

2. THE USAF-SPONSORED COLORADO PROJECT FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF UFOS, The 1995 MUFON Symposium Proceedings Presentation by Michael D. Swords, Ph.D., Professor Natural Sciences Western Michigan University

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