The 1985 UFO Chronology
38 years after Roswell
Created: April 15, 2008
This is currently a 5-page chronology of UFO incidents and events for 1985. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to Richard Hall (the original 1985 chronology from UFOE II), Dan Wilson (archive researcher), and Jean Waskiewicz (online NICAP DBase [NSID]. You will note the many foreign reports that we are now being able to access. Our special thanks to Dan Wilson for getting those to us. As more come in, this page will be updated. Previous chronologies (1947 to 1969) involved the expertise of two other team members: William Wise (Project Blue Book Archive) and Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns). Bob Gribble's entries are those filed with the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Washington, now operated by Peter Davenport.
NICAP Site Coordinator
The 1985 UFO Chronology
Jan. 18, 1985; Waldeslust, France
8:00 PM. On this evening a green glowing disc crossed a road in Waldeslust, France at a low altitude. There was a plasma glow surrounding the object. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 306).
March 1, 1985; Randburg, South Africa
Three silent, teardrop-shaped objects flew quickly over the city of Randburg, South Africa in a V formation, heading toward the northeast. (Source: Cynthia Hind, UFO Afri News, July 1990).
7:13 PM. Two witnesses. Lady driving car saw three bright lights, two of which "went out". The other light turned into red and white blinking lights on a boomerang-shaped craft which passed directly over her and then pretty much stayed in one place from 7:13 to 8:15, while the other two lights/craft flew over the area from W-E. "Mother ship" changed from white to red, started blinking while it receded into the west. Other objects followed and disappeared by 8:20. Main object had come as close as 700' to witness, qualifying as a CE1. However, ARTC was faintly painting two stationary targets, making this a possible RV. The MTI (Moving Target Indicator) Mode was off and stationary targets should not have been painted. Objects had faint engine sounds and were observed for over an hour. (Becker)
April 26, 1985; Gomoab, Namibia, Africa
8:00 PM. A shiny sphere was sighted over a farm near Gomoab, Namibia, Africa. The next morning a 15-meter deep well was found dry. (Source: Cynthia Hind, UFO Afri News, July 1991).
May 26,1985; Around Interstate 84, Newtown and Southbury, CT
9:30 PM. For some reason unknown the giant boomerang UFO had shifted it's activities from New York to Nearby Connecticut. The most recent sightings took place around interstate 84 one of the most heavily traveled highways in the northeast. Between 9:30 and 10:15 PM more than 200 people phoned local and state police to report a huge object with bright lights flying low over the highway near the towns of Newtown and Southbury in Connecticut. Those witnesses that called state police in Southbury were told that it was nothing more than a group of Ultra light aircraft from Candlewood airport flying in close formation and hanging colored lanterns from the bottom of the plane. The police also told witnesses that the aircraft were painted black so that all that can be seen is the lights. Many of the witnesses to the phenomenon found it very hard to believe the official explanation. (See report link above, Imbrogno)
June 11, 1985; Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China
10:40 PM. A Chinese Civil Aviation Administration Boeing 747 encountered a UFO on the Peking to Paris flight that almost forced the captain to make an emergency landing. Flight CA 933 was over Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province, at 2240 hours when Captain Wang Shuting and his crew first observed the object.. The UFO flew across the path of the airliner at its altitude of 33,000 feet at a very high speed. The object illuminated an area of twenty-five to thirty square miles and was huge, with an apparent diameter of six miles. It was elliptical in shape and had an extremely bright spot in the center, with three horizontal rows of bluish-white lights on the perimeter. The sighting lasted for two minutes. (Source: Timothy Good, Above Top Secret, pg. 212).July, 1985; Columbus, OH
Top Secret UFO reports are being withheld. This is an example Intelligence withdrawal notice, referencing an October 15, 1955 document. (Source: Above Top Secret, Good, 529)
Evening. Close encounter, one witness, object with rays. (MUJ-220)
Aug. 3, 1985; Lafayette, IN
8:00 PM. Two observers were driving East of bypass 52 coming from the West side of Lafayette, saw object in the East low on the horizon. Mr. XXX saw it first. The object never moved. As they came up on it and directly under it, it got brighter. When under it, near the Purdue Campus, it appeared to be the size of a paper dollar at arm's length, shaped like a triangle with three corners "squared off". The color of the object was blackish to slate gray and it had three lights on it (each side and bottom), wasn't an equilateral triangle - it had one small end. The bright light, upon closer scrutiny, was actually smaller lights. The object appeared to be lower than 200'. The distance from the ground and observer makes this a close encounter. (Sievers)
August 31, 1985; Laughlin, NV
10:00 PM. A UFO, shape unknown, rose from the ground near US Highway 95 in Laughlin, Nevada. It directed beams of light on cars and a house, and radio interference was reported. (Source: Robert Gribble, UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, case 1028).
Sept. 15, 1985; Bagshot Heath, Surrey, UK
Disc-shaped object hovered ahead of car; second object paced alongside car, bright illumination of area (Ref.1, Section IX).
Oct. 2, 1985; Vincennes, IN
12:45 AM. Female (48-50 years-old) sighted object during walk from home to work. Duration of sighting: 5-minutes. Witness said she saw a. dark gray rectangular shape "like a cracker box" with very bright white lights on each end. The lights blinked on and off alternately ("not a strobe"). Object was first seen at 60-degrees above the horizon to the north. It moved erratically back and forth making banking turns. Object last seen at 45-degrees above horizon to the west, lost behind building and trees. No sound was heard. Witness could not give estimate of object's size. (UPRO)
Oct. 16, 1985; West Haven, CT
11:30 PM. A delta-shaped UFO flew over the beach at West Haven, Connecticut. The witness received burns on his body that resembled a sunburn while standing under the object. (Source: George C. Andrews, Extra-Terrestrials Among Us, p. 314).
Nov. 19, 1985; Madison, WI
Silent, triangular object with body lights (Ref.1, Section IX).
Nov. 22, 1985: DeForest; WI
Silent triangular object (Ref.1, Section IX).
Dec. 20, 1985; Meliden, WalesOn this night a red ovoid object rose from a quarry in Meliden, Wales into the clouds. (Source: Paul Devereax, Earth Lights Revelation, p. 73).
Dec. 26, 1985; Ulster County, NY
Whitley Strieber alien encounter (Ref.1, Section XIII).
1. Volume II, The UFO Evidence, A Thirty-Year Report - Richard Hall, 2000
2. CUFOS report, Rodeghier,