The 1968 UFO Chronology

Map of sightings for 1968, courtesy of Larry Hatch's "U" Database (Pending)
Map of Sightings for 1965-1969, courtesy of Larry Hatch's "U" database

Created: Nov 15, 2006, Updated 28 March 2023
This is a  twelve-page chronology of UFO incidents and events for 1968
. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to our documentation team: Richard Hall (the original 1968 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.

Earlier last year, on September 18, 1967, Condon, Low and Saunders had met for the first time in many weeks. As a result of his reading of the memo, Saunders was deeply concerned about the negative approach to the UFO problem. Saunders was led to believe that if by chance the Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (ETI) hypothesis was substantiated, the announcement would be sent by Condon directly to the Air Force and the President, and never be allowed to go to the public. This troubled him, because Saunders had been given a clear understanding that the report would go first to the National Academy of Sciences, then to the public and Air Force simultaneously. Saunders felt he could not let the problem drop. Another meeting was agreed to. At this point, Keyhoe suddenly sent word that NICAP was going to take a strong stand against the Condon committee and no longer would supply material and reports. The reason, Keyhoe said, was a new speech made by Condon at the Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium at Gaithersburg, Md., on September 13, 1967. A report of the new Condon speech had already reached Dr. McDonald in a letter from a colleague at the University of Arizona, William S. Bickel, assistant professor of physics on the campus. The rest was all down hill, but the Condon Report later tried to say they couldn't get cooperation, as excerpts inserted in the chronology will demonstrate.

The USAF-Sponsored Colorado Project for the Study of UFOs - Michael Swords

As the Colorado UFO Project prepares to announce the failure to find anything of substance to UFOs and the need to close the Air Force Project Blue Book, other studies, such as the secret NSA document below, and later the RAND document (Nov. 27), give a more accurate report..

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

The 1968 UFO Chronology

Document released by the National Security Agency, prepared in 1968, entitled UFO HYPOTHESIS AND SURVIVAL QUESTIONS. "It is the purpose of this monograph to consider briefly some of the human survival implications suggested by the various principal hypothesis concerning the nature of the phenomena loosely categorized as U F O."

Early 1968; Canon AFB, NM
1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. On one particular night glowing objects were spotted beyond the fence line of the base and in the distant perimeter. The staff at the Air Force Base pretty much ignored these lights on the first night, wondering if it was just someone playing around, or not thinking a whole lot about it. On the second night a couple of Military Security Police were up on the flight line when they observed an object above them and as they watched they saw a white beam of light came down from the object. The beam of light stayed and moved around the flight line. The Security Police were in a position to challenge the beam of light, and when they came near to it ... it skirted them. The light almost matched the Police Officers moves. The Police challenged the light on three different occasions only to have it move around them. (Brian Vike, HBCC UFO Research)

Jan. 2, 1968; White Horse, Yukon, Canada
Bright pulsating yellow-orange object nearby, heat felt. E-M effects on snow mobile. (UFOI, May-Jun 1968, p.3; Star, Jan 4).

Jan. 13, 1968; Carlisle, PA
Large round white object, at times reddish, emitted smaller objects that maneuvered independeptly. (UFOE II, Hall, 414)

Condon wrote to (Prof. Feliks) Zigel (Moscow Aviation Institute) to explore the possibility of cooperation between the reported Soviet and Colorado projects. Condon's letter was transmitted to Prof. Zigel as an enclosure with a letter from Dr. Frederick Seitz, President of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, to Academician M. V. Keldysh, President of the Soviet Academy of Sciences for subsequent transmittal to Zigel. The letter was mailed on 16 January 1968; as of 31 October 1968, no answer had been received. (Condon Report)

January 19, 1968; Russian DOD IIR Mentions UFOs
Department of Defense Intelligence Information Report (206 pages) includes information on Russian Commission set to study Unidentified Flying Objects. (See pages 89, 90, 206) (John Greenewald, Black Vault) See complete

"Fantasy or Reality? (Unidentified Flying Objects)" 

Jan. 20, 1968; Vermillion, SD
Round orange-red object hovered near ground, moved abruptly to position behind car, road illuminated; made repeated passes at car (Section XII, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

Jan. 24, 1968; Fayette County, IN
10:15 p.m. Two orange, glowing saturn-shaped UFO. Motor sound. Twenty minutes. Approaching from distance, objects hovered over woods across road, then one seemed to land while other moved over house. Three women terrified and got bibles and prayed. No landing indications in frozen ground. (Browning) (Worley files)

January 31, 1968
At the December 12 Colorado Project meeting, Saunders, Levine and Low's Administrator, Asst Mary Lou Armstrong were surprised to hear that McDonald knew about the Low Memo, apparently from Keyhoe, so they decided to give him a copy so he would at least know for certain exactly what it said and not have to rely on hearsay. McDonald briefly mentioned the memo in his own lengthy 7-page critique of the Project sent to Low himself on Jan 31, 1968, and this is what got Saunders and Levine fired a week later, on Feb. 8, 1968.

                                                                     Hypothesis About Unidentified Flying Objects found in newspaper account, Russian document.

Feb. 1, 1968; Criacao do Cabrito, Azores
Serafim Vieira Sebastiao, a watchman at the Azores Air Station, saw "an oval object with a metallic gleam, topped by a glass tower with a small balustrade on which two beings were standing." There were two other figures inside the tower. When he shone a light toward it, a cloud of dust surrounded the witness, the craft vanished, and he fainted. Investigation by American military authorities. (Magonia #904; FSR 68, 5)

Feb. 4, 1968; Redlands, CA (BBU)
7:20-7:25 p.m. (PST). Numerous witnesses Tetzlaff and others saw a 50-60 ft circular object with 7 lights on the bottom, 8-10 lights on top alternating in color, head NE [or ENE] for about 1 mile at about 300 ft altitude, hover, jerk forward, hover, shot up vertically, hover, wavered to the NW, climbed in altitude slightly, then shot off to the NW at high speed, disappearing. (Hynek UFO Exp app. 4; FUFOR Index)

Feb. 9, 1968. Groveton, MO (BBU 12235)
3:20 [4:20?] a.m. Mr. R. W. Bland noted animal disturbance drawing his attention to a 100 ft circular object about 300­ 350 ft away hovering about 20-25 ft above ground, lighting up ground, trees, cows, etc. Object had 7 yellowish-green lighted portholes about 2-2.5 ft wide in the center of each concave side (?), and made a whirring [or pulsating?] noise. Disappeared to SW at 45° (?) elevation without tilting. Witness alluded to disappearance of cows in the past. (Berliner; cf. Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 193-5)

February 9, 1968
Dr. David Saunders and Dr. Norman Levine, members of Air Force-sponsored Colorado UFO project, fired by Dr. E. U. Condon for alleged "incompetence" in controversy over project management (Section XV, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

Second Week of  February, 1968 - Analysis Ran on Ubatuba Fragments
Dr. David Saunders: "During 'the second week of February, 1968, Roy Craig [a physical chemist on Dr. Condon's UFO Investigation staff] flew to Washington to run the Neutron Activation Analysis [of the magnesium fragment] at the FBI Laboratory. We learned that he had some interesting results. The sample actually was not pure magnesium, but the pattern of impurities was very odd. "

Feb.13, 1968; Missoula, MT
Luminous elliptical object followed car for 30 minutes, moved back and forth across road, made sharp turns and unusual maneuvers, suddenly disappeared (Section IV, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

Feb.19, 1968; Bengough, Saskatchewan, Canada
Witness felt "tingling sensations"; domed disc with ports maneuvered around farm, emitting high-pitched whine. Dog cowered in snow, cattle bolted (Section I, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

Feb. 21, 1968; Winsted, CT
12:12 a.m. Ms. Cecilia Brewer and five companions were driving home from work between Barkhamsted and Winsted and heading west when their car's engine started to miss and they encountered a silvery domed disc-shaped UFO on the left side of the highway in a forest clearing. The object was at a distance of about 150 feet, and had a cone of white light coming from the bottom of the object. It also had a green lit, rectangular window in the dome. They stopped to watch the UFO before it flew away, the total duration of their close encounter being around 15 minutes. (Source: Donald A. Johnson, Flying Saucer Observer, citing Lawrence Fawcett, APRO field investigator).

Early March, 1968 - Klass' Book Released
"UFOs -- Identified!", written by Phillip Klass was published.

March, 1968; Nr. Berezovsky, Russia
Alleged crash/retrieval on the web, and earlier shown on the History Channel. Shows footage of the alleged crashed UFO near Berezovsky (Sverdlovsk region) in 1968 and related alleged KGB documents.

March 3, 1968; Syracuse, NY
6:15 a.m. Nick Sgouris, while driving to work, observed a luminous, cigar-shaped object, about 20 m long, showing numerous multi-colored lights. The car almost stopped as the object flew low overhead, and the witness was briefly paralyzed. (Magonia #905; APRO Bulletin 67)

March 3, 1968; Northeastern and Central United States
About 9:50 P.M. (CST). Hundreds of people reported fiery objects streaking across the sky, some showering sparks, leaving bright trails. Zond IV Soviet satellite reentry and decay (Sagan and Page, 1972, 155-161).

March 4 (3rd ?), 1968; near Medina, New York
Nick Sgouris, while driving to work observed a luminous cigar-shaped object about 20 meters long, flying low over his car. Witness was briefly paralyzed. (Reference: Passport to Magonia, by Jaques Vallee, page 356, gives date as March 3, 1968, and TheUFO Evidence, Volume II, by Richard Hall, page 274, gives date as March 4, 1968.)

March 6, 1968l Amarillo, TX (BBU)
5:30 to 5:45 a.m. CST approx. A manager of a truck stop at Highway 287 and Pullman Switch Road saw a stationary object in the sky that looked like the edge of a plate. The object then tilted and took on the appearance of a top view of a plate and sped rapidly away to the east at around a 30 degree angle upward and disappeared into the clouds. The observer estimated the diameter of the object between 30 and 70 feet.  At around 6:20 to 6:30 a.m. a 39 year-old woman, a USAF nurse, a Major Hottinger, driving to work at the Amarillo AFB, on Eastern Street near Highway 287, heard a noise like a wind tunnel or tornado. She stopped her car and got out and looked around. She then saw a circular object in the sky to the east at an altitude of approximately 1000 feet. The object was estimated to be 50 to 60 feet in diameter. The Major drove east on Highway 287 with the object preceding her. After driving about 3 miles she stopped at the Shelly Truck Stop at Pullman Switch Road. She went inside and ask the manager to come outside and look at the object. The manager got into his car to follow the object with Major Hottinger following in her car. She continued to watch the object until she turned off Highway 287 north onto Spur Road and went to the South Gate of the Amarillo AFB where she works at the hospital. At around 7:00 a.m. A/1C Joseph F. Winfield was on duty at the South Gate of Amarillo AFB when he saw to the NE a yellow light or object with a red flashing light on top drop from a dark cloud, make a right angle turn, travel horizontally and then go straight back up into the cloud. Winfield estimated that the object was about 700 to 800 feet in altitude and the size of a semi-trailer. This last one was in sight for approximately 5-6 seconds. (McDonald list; FUFOR Index, Dan Wilson)

March 7, 1968; Madison, OH
Time not given. CE, one witness (Robbin) No details. (SL-12)

March 19, 1968; Beallsville, OH
Time not given. CE-2, one witness (Wells). No details. (APROB-16)

Spring of 1968; Aurora, IL
Evening. An oval shaped light, red at the front (the direction of travel at the time), yellow in the middle and blue at the back was observed for a few passes, then moved off, silently and quickly to the north without gaining altitude, getting smaller until it was out of sight. But it wasn't over. Two interceptor jets came out of the west and roared over the witness heading north toward where the object disappeared. Jets were below 500 feet and on afterburner. (Brian Vike, Director, HBCC UFO Research)

April 4, 1968; Cochrane, WI
Object glowing orange while standing still, bright red while moving, hovered over car, heat, "weightlessness felt". (CUFOS  report, see Rodeghier, 1981, p.40 [E,L] two cars.

According to the Condon Report, the cooperation of the Department of State was enlisted to seek information about UFO programs of the governments of other nations. On 11 April 1968 the cited air gram (see link above) was sent to various American embassies over the signature of Secretary of State Dean Rusk: (Condon Report)
May, 1968; Centralia, IL
Evening. Several minutes. Several strange occurrences. Strange glow moved (1:00 a.m.) E-M effects (stopped clock), burned trees, brood son vanished 9animal effects). Later in the month a hat-shaped UFO was observed by two men. Object had portholes illuminated by white light. Running lights (red and white) on each end; high-pitch whine. (SL, Sept 72)
                                            "Flying Saucer Fiasco" by John Fuller, reporting internal controversy in the Colorado UFO
 Project and the Low "trick" memo.

May 17, 1968; El Infiernillo Observatory, Chilian Andes
The scientific research facility involved with this photographic case has been set up in the high Andes primarily as a Cosmic Ray measuring installation. It is described as part of the University of Chile and is run by the department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics. The operators of the observatory apparently began observing a "series of luminous phenomena" starting in October of 1967. The "phenomena" are described as "star-like" and of magnitude zero to +1. They were "mobile" but also stopped or hovered. When hovering [the ultra-careful scientists said "static"] , they were photographable. The photographs showed a bright "focus" [looking to me suspiciously like a disk] surrounded by Fresnel Rings [caused usually by light diffraction]. The significance of these Fresnel patterns is beyond the author of this thumbnail, but perhaps a physicist can tell the rest of us. The observatory staff logged around a dozen instances of these "phenomena" which they were nervous about calling UFOs , but seem to fit that description. A not-terribly-great copy of one of the photos is attached. {Mike Swords: Sources:  Prof. Gabriel Alvial. "Unusual Photograph from 14,000 Feet Andean Observatory", Flying Saucer Review March/April 1969; and "From a Laboratory in the Cordilleras Comes Documented Cases", INFO Journal 1 (4), Spring 1969; and J. Antonio Huneeus. " A Historical Survey of UFO cases in Chile", MUFON 1978 Symposium.}

May 20, 1968 - Air Force Manual 55-11
AF Operational Reporting System Document

May 27, 1968; Punta Gorda, FL
Domed-disc, green-blue glow, below tree-top height, landed. (CUFOS report, see Rodeghier, 1981, p. 41[E,L] car.

Summer of 1968; Viet Nam
In 1968, when I was an Intelligence Officer, I briefed General George S. Brown, at 7th Air Force Headquarters in Saigon, Vietnam about UFOs near the DMZ. General Brown states in a Department of Defense transcript of press conference in Illinois, October 16, 1973. "I don't know whether this story has ever been told or not. They weren't called UFOs." They were called enemy helicopters. And they were only seen at night and they were only seen in certain places. They were seen up around the DMZ in the summer of '68. And this resulted in quite a little battle. And in the course of this, an Australian destroyer took a hit and we never found any enemy, we only found ourselves when this had all been sorted out. And this caused some shooting there, and there was no enemy at all involved, but we always reacted. Always after dark. The same thing happened up at Pleiku at the Highlands in '69." Thanks to General George S. Brown, USAF Chief of Staff and later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. (George Filer)

Darrell L. Stanley, FR 66348,1931 - Captain, USAF. A Thesis Submitted to the Air Command and Staff College of Air University in Partial Fulfillment of The Requirements for Graduation June 1968. Thesis directed by Lieutenant Colonel Dale E. Downing, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. (CUFON)

Strength Through Knowledge, Air Command and Staff College, by John R. King, Major, USAF. A Thesis Submitted to the Air and Staff College of Air University in Partial Fulfillment of The Requirements for Graduation, June 1968 (CUFON)

June 4, 1968; Punta Arenas, Chile
Cylinder above airliner.

Dr. Craig visited Dr. Peter M. Millman in Ottawa on 13 June l968. Dr. Millman's major responsibility is as Head of Upper Atmosphere Research of the National Research Council of Canada, but he also manages the study of UFOs in Canada. Until the spring of 1968, the study of UFO reports had been handled by the Department of National Defence in Canada; it was transferred then to the National Research Council. Very few field investigations are carried out; emphasis is mostly on the maintenance of a central file of the reports that reach the government from the public. (Condon Report)

Jun. 14, 1968; Mendiozaca (Argentina)
3:00 a.m. Jorge Yaru, 35, saw a strange light outside and a bright object, the size of a bus, 30 m away. It had yellow, green and red lights at the bottom. As he approached, the object rose suddenly, hovered for 40 min, and left at high speed. (Magonia #908; LDLN 95)

June 14, 1968; Nr. Cabañas, Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
After midnight. Several bursts of machine gun fire were heard coming from a location in the vicinity where militia member Isidro Puentes Ventura was on guard duty. At dawn, Puentes was found unconscious by an Army patrol and taken to a hospital in Pinar Del Rio, where he remained in shock and unable to speak for six days. Removed to the neurological ward at the Naval Hospital in Havana, Puentes was diagnosed to be suffering from emotional trauma, remaining in shock for another week. At the site where Puentes had been posted, Cuban and Soviet intelligence investigators found forty-eight spent cartridges and fourteen bullets apparently flattened by impact, as well as equally spaced indentations in the ground, indicating that a heavy device had landed. When Puentes recovered consciousness he reported that he had come to within 150 feet of a brilliant round object on the ground, with a dome and several antennas on top. (Timothy Good, "Beyond Top Secret" quoting Jacques Vallee)

June 16, 1968; El Choro, Argentina
Night. Chief of Provincial Police German Rocha and Police Major Niceforo Leon observed a round object with a vivid blue light. It landed, left a strange, powerful odor, and burned grass and shrubs. (Magonia #909, FSR 68, 5)

June 18, 1968; Argentina
16:25 GMT.  Jorge Raul Scassa was flying a Cessna 182 from Villa Dolores, Argentina to the Province of Catamarca in Venezuela. He sighted an object looking like an over-turned soup plate with a cupola on top. The object was greyish-blue with no windows, its diameter was about 30 meters. The object was at the same altitude than the aircraft, 7,500 ft, and at a distance of 100 meters (330 ft). It disappeared by flying to the North at a fantastic speed. There was a possible VHF interference when the object approached the aircraft in front. (Source : Dr Richard F. Haines Files, Case 63)

June19, 1968; Cabreria, Argentina
Night. A settler, Romulo Velasco, 25, saw a bright object land. From it emerged a strange "tall, slim being" who came toward the witness, who fainted. (Magonia #910, FSR 68, 5)

June 21, 1968; Miramar, Argentina
A man riding his bicycle encountered a large object, 50 cm above the ground. The top part was spinning, and it cast a vertical beam of red light toward the ground. Calcinations traces were found by police. (Magonia #911, LDLN 95)

June 25, 1968; Bouchard, Argentina
1:05 a.m. Jorge Ribles, electrician at the Carmal Chemical Plant, noticed that the engines were at a standstill, while the countryside was lit up with intensive reddish light. Another man, 52-year-old Jose J. Rociski, fell unconscious as a vivid light enveloped him. He was unable to move his left arm for three days, and suffered from pain and extreme nervousness. (Magonia #912, FSR 68, 5)

July, 1968; Southlands, TN
Crash/retrieval report by one witness. (Source: RUEGG, unknown)

July  (18?), 1968; Strongsville, OH
7:00 p.m. Walter Rogers was ten years old at the time, waiting for a group of other youngsters for the wagon which was to take them on a hayride. A very bright metallic silver disc, reflecting sunlight, descended as if going down a flight of steps, then went strait over the nearby farm field very fast. Viewed about 10 seconds. (Page 31, Regional Encounters: The FC Files, Ridge)

July 1, 1968; Ricardone, Argentina
4:00 a.m. Raul Calcedo met two giants, almost 3 m tall, in Ricardone. He fled in terror, in spite of a strange power that tended to make him stay. (Magonia #913, FSR 68, 5)

July 1, 1968;  Botucatu, Brazil
12:30 a.m. Three boys saw an object, about 8 m wide, 350 m away. It had a large tripod under carriage and a ladder reaching down to the ground. These devices were retracted, and the object rose a  few meters, then flew off at high speed. (Magonia #914, FSR 68, 6)

July 2, 1968; Cofico, Argentina
8:15 a.m. A boy, Sola, saw, a few meters away, a strange being, about 2.10 m tall, hovering in the air, his body emitting a peculiar glow, near a bright, unknown object. (Magonia #915, FSR 68, 5)

July 2, 1968; Sierra Chica, Argentina
11:25 a.m. Oscar H. Iriart, 15, saw two men of normal height, with short, white hair and red clothes, semi-transparent legs, motioning to him. Near them was an elliptical, silvery machine, 2 m long, 60 cm high, with three 50 cm legs. The men gave him an envelope with a childish message and flew off. The witness's horse and dog were paralyzed for several minutes. The boy arrived home "like a madman." (Magonia #916, FSR 68, 5)

July 6, 1968; La Habra, CA
Cigar-shaped object hovered, two circular objects beneath it rose and entered parent object which then took off. (UFOE-II,415)

July 7, 1968; Seattle, WA
Eight ovals near Cherokee-6

July 8, 1968; Warren, OH
Object darted back and forth near Cessna 172.

July 11, 1968; Eielson AFB, Alaska (BBU)
At 3:00 a.m. local time, Eielson AFB tower personnel observed an orange round object at a low altitude about 18 miles south of the base. The Fairbanks Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) was contacted by the tower personnel and they reported radar returns south of of Eielson AFB. The object was observed visually for 25 minutes before it faded from view. (Dan Wilson)   
(McDonald list; FUFOR Index, Sparks csatalog)

July 15, 1968; Columbus, IN
3:00 a.m. UFO emitted beam-like searchlight to ground. Also narrower red beam or ray in center. (See drawing. UFOs: A New Look, pg. 44)

July 16, 1968; Andacollo, Argentina
National police officers saw disc with blue light nearby, moving slowly. (Flying Saucer Review Case Histories, Supplement 18; see Rodeghier, 1981, pp. 41[E] jeep.

July 16, 1968; Nr. Indianapolis, IN
11:00 p.m. 15 minutes. Two men in a car stopped to rest in a field after long drive. While driving into the field, with headlights on only long enough to avoid obstructions, they encountered a light. Shortly after, a large crimson red object hovered over trees. (MUJ, issue and page unknown)

July 22, 1968; Mendoza, Argentina
1:20 a.m. Entities observed. Ms. Adela Casalvieri, night nurse at the Neuropsychiatry Hospital, heard a loud penetrating humming noise outside in the hospital courtyard. Going out to see what it was, she observed a saucer-shaped landed object only 20 meters away. It was brightly luminous and sitting in the middle of the courtyard. A luminous red beam came from the object and struck her, and she found that her legs were paralyzed. Putting her hands up to her face for protection she now found she was completely unable to move. She remained immobilized for a number of minutes until the red beam was extinguished. At this time the object ascended vertically, then flew off rapidly to the south barely clearing the wall that surrounded the courtyard. Before it disappeared she was able to observe several human-looking figures through square portholes that encircled the craft. These beings moved back and forth, passing each other, and were visible from the waist up only. Landing gear imprints were found at the landing site and several small potted trees had been burned. Mrs Casalvieri had first-degree burns on her face and hands, and parts of her nurse's cap and clothing were singed. In addition, her watch, which had stopped at 1:30 a.m., was found to be radioactive, as was her ring. (David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1968-89, citing G. J. Gianza Paz & A. M. Baragiola).

July 25, 1968; LaPastora, Argentina
Silvery, spinning top hovered near road, rose quickly and sped away; engine restarted by itself. (Flying Saucer Review Case Histories, Supplement 18; see Rodeghier, 1981, p. 41 [E] car.

July 26, 1968: "UFO Project: Trouble on the Ground"
                                                     By Philip M. Boffey in Science magazine, reporting on the internal problems of the Colorado UFO Project.

Chaired by Rep. Edward Roush (D-Ind.). Witnesses included Robert M. Baker, Robert L. Hall, James A. Harder, J. Alien Hynek, James E. McDonald, and Carl Sagan.

Statement submitted to House Committee on Science and Astronautics (see above) at July 29, 1968, Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects, Rayburn Bldg., Washington, D.C., by James E. McDonald, Senior Physicist, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, and Professor, Department of Meteorology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.  (CUFON)

July 29, 1968; La Atalaya, Spain
Object like upside-down bowl, glowing underside, flew low over road, landed. (Flying Saucer Review Case Histories, Supplement 13, Feb.1973, p. 14. [E,L] car.

July 30, 1968; Claremont, NH
Dome-shaped object hovered low over ground, grayish light beam cast sharp shadows; humming sound, dogs reacted strongly (Section I, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

July 31, 1968; Plaine-des-Cafres, La Reunion Island
9:00 a.m. Luce Fontaine, 31, a farmer, was in a clearing when he suddenly saw an oval object, 25 m away, less than 5 m above ground. It had a clear center, dark-blue ends, two protrusions on top and bottom, and measured 5 m in diameter, 2.5 m in height. In the object stood two beings, 90 cm tall, wearing coveralls. A violent flash and a blast of hot air were noted as the object vanished. (Magonia #917, LDLN 96)

Late Summer, 1968; Lake Norman, NC
Domed UFO near nuclear plant.

Department of Defense IIR,1 August 1968
Argentina, Alleged activities of USAF and CIA Regarding UFOs (Source: La Razon, local newspaper of Buenos Aires) See pages 44-47 of 206 of                 

Aug. ??, 1968; Fayette County, IN
11:00 p.m. Object, humming sound, 5 mins. Dark football shaped object hovered 200 ft. over barn and projected bright bluish beam into cornfield. Moved off south still projecting fan shaped beam over countryside Witnesses 1? (Selby) (Don Worley files)

Aug. 7, 1968; Buff Ledge, VT
Dual abduction of male and female summer camp staff members. Independent recall of event years later (Section XIII, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).
Aug. 12, 1968; Mercedes, Argentina
8:00 p.m. A woman staying by herself at a house on the outskirts of Mercedes heard a buzzing sound and her dogs began barking. Looking out she saw a brightly lit object that gave off bright flashes of light, sitting on the ground. Smaller lighted objects emerged from the object and hovered above the treetops. At one point one of the lighted objects silently approached the house. The witness then saw a second object on the ground from which the figure of a man wearing a brilliant silvery outfit was seen to emerge. Suddenly there was a brilliant reddish blue flash and the whole scene disappeared. The next day several ground traces were found in the same area where the objects were seen. (Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1968, case #6, citing Richard Heiden, quoting R. Banchs).

Aug. 12, 1968; Gloucester, MA
8:15 p.m. EDT. A golden-white globe surrounded by a dark ring that looked like the planet Saturn flew over Gloucester. (Raymond E. Fowler, case investigation report dated August 15, 1968; Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 354).

Aug. 16, 1968; Hamilton, OH
11:00 p.m. Large group of people saw a UFO approach, beam lights down which reflected off Greenbriar Lake.  (See drawing. UFO's: A New Look, g. 43)

Aug. 16, 1968; Fayette County, IN
10:30 p.m. Slowly moving round white ball projecting white beam of light onto fields and woods as it moved south. One witness (W. Stanton) No sound. 9.5 mins (Don Worley files)

Aug. 18, 1968; Cluj, Romania
Round silver object flew overhead, reversed direction, three photos taken. Object finally shot upward out of sight (Section VII, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

Aug, 22, 1968: Zanthus, Western Australia, Australia
Aircraft VH-RTO was flying a charter run between Adelaide and Perth. Was at 8000 feet, 190-195 knots, tracking 270 degrees magnetic. Gardin saw a UFO and woke Smith. Ahead of the aircraft at the same level and 50 degrees to the right of Smith’s seat, Smith said “I saw, a formation of aircraft. In the middle was a large aircraft, and formatted to the right and left and above, were 4 or 5 smaller aircraft. ”Kalgoolie DCA advised them there was no traffic in the area. Then radio communications were lost. “Main ship split into two sections still maintaining the same level, and the smaller aircraft then flew out left and right…At this time there appeared to be about 6 smaller aircraft taking turns of going out and coming back and formatting in the two halves…Sometimes the two halves joined and split, and the whole cycle continued for 10 minutes…smaller craft had a constant cigar shape…At 0950 GMT the whole formation joined together as if at a single command. Then departed at a tremendous speed…departed in about 3 or 4 seconds, diminishing in size till out of sight.”  Weather was fine, no haze above 5000 feet, 2/8 alto stratus to the south. Immediately after the departure of the objects radio communications resumed. (1. The West Australian 24 Aug 1968 p.13. 2. NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 10 pp 145, 160, 218-223.  3. Flying Saucer Review 24(5):9-10 4. 5. The Daily News, Perth, 23 Aug 1968. 6. Interview with Gardin 2011, by Keith Basterfield.) [Not in RAAF summary]

Aug. 22, 1968: Kalgoorlie, Australia
5:40 PM local. Aircraft VH-RTO was flying a charter run between Adelaide, South Australia and Perth, Western Australia, piloted by Smith and Gardin. At the time of the incident it was at 8000 feet, flying at 190-195 knots; tracking 270 degrees magnetic. Gardin saw an object and woke up Smith. Ahead of the aircraft, at the same level as the plane, and 50 degrees to the right of Smith's seat, Smith said,  "I saw a formation of aircraft. In the middle was a large aircraft, and formatted to the right and left and above, were 4 or 5 smaller aircraft." Kalgoorlie Department of Civil Aviation advised them there was no  known traffic in the area. Then radio communications with DCA Kalgoorlie was lost. "Main ship split into two sections still maintaining the same level, and the smaller aircraft then flew out left and right...At this time there appeared to be about 6 smaller aircraft taking turns of going out and coming back and formatting in the two halves...Sometimes the two halves joined and split, and the whole cycle continued for 10  minutes...smaller craft had a constant cigar shape...At 0950 GMT the whole formation joined together as if at a single command, then departed at tremendous speed...departed in about 4 or 4 seconds, diminishing in size till out of sight." The weather was fine, no haze above 5000 feet, 2/8 alto stratus to the south. Immediately after the departure of the objects, radio communications resumed. (Sources: (1) The West Australian (Perth) newspaper, dated August 24, 1968. p.13. (2) RAAF file series A703, control symbol 580/1/1 part 10. pp. 145, 160, 218-223. (3) The Daily News (Perth) August 23, 1968).

Aug. 27, 1968; Lins, Brazil
Early. Maria Josa Cintra, who worked at the Clemente Ferreira Sanatorium, was awakened by a noise. At the front door was a "foreign-looking" woman of normal height, wearing light-colored clothes, and a headdress exposing only her face. She spoke in an unknown language, and handed Marie a mug and a glass bottle covered with beautiful engravings. Maria filled them. The woman said something such as "Rempaua," and went out to a pearl-shaped, bright object that took off with the sound of wings. (Magonia #918, FSR 69, 1)

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August 28 1968. Castille & Leon, Spain
7:30 pm. Retired policeman Pedro Aylsgad Galvez was coming from the fields at dusk when he saw a light as bright as the sun giving off many colors. The object, apparently somewhat larger than a truck tire, came lower and emitted a beam of light upwards, made a strange maneuver 500 m away at a height of 300 m, swooping over the countryside with the beam, which hit Pedro, blinding him and causing his hair to stand on end. As this happened Pedro felt a strange “attractive force”. The object then stabilised and descended , spinning and showing what looked like widows lit from the inside. The thing then stopped spinning and landed 400 m away. Pedro could now it was shaped like two deep plates, rim to rim, with four long windows and four smaller ones on top. Three small objects were thrown to the ground from the thing’s center, re-entering it a minute later. The object then rose, projected a powerful beam of light upwards and flew away in seconds. No traces were found. Another person saw the start of the descent from the other side of a hill. There were other sightings of strange objects in the area; the witnesses included a priest. (Ballester 1976 p15 case 66 citing LDLN 110 p12 + Stendek 7 p5 both citing investigation by Felix Ares de Blas, Bernard Labro Begule and David G Lopez and Danyans 1968. p230)

Aug. 31, 1968; Mendoza, Argentina
Early. Three witnesses, among them two Casino employees, stated that they observed five dwarfs, with oversized heads, who emerged from a landed craft and traced undecipherable signs on the ground. (Magonia #919, Le Figaro Sep. 2, 1968)

Fall, 1968: Point Isabel, OH
No time given. One witness (Abbott), humanoid report. (SRUFOS)

Sept. 1, 1968; Mendoza, Argentina
Huge circular object hovering nearby, three small humanoids. (Flying Saucer Review, Nov. 1968; see Rodeghier, 1981, p. 43 [E,L] car.

Sept. 8, 1968; Evansville, IN
3:00 p.m.  Single witness (confidential). Lady and her son were driving and talking. Her son didn't see the object and because she thought it was an advertising gimmick she never brought his attention to it. In fact, there was a loaded camera within reach. The object is best described as looking very detailed like a long burner in a gas furnace, horizontal to the observer. It didn't look to be very far away (1/4 mile or more) and the witness said it didn't look big enough to hold an upright man. (See drawing, Regional Encounters: The FC Files, pg. 27)

Sept. 15, 1968; W. of Cross City to 12 miles W. of Ocala, Florida (BBU 12498)
9:30 p.m. [12:31 a.m.?] Missionary pilot Ray [Jay?] Cole, flying a Twin Beech C45H twin­ engine utility plane at 9,500 ft heading 120° at 200 mph true airspeed, with a pilot passenger Ray Rushing, saw a white [?] light with pale green light flashing less than once per sec at their flight level, moving up and down vertically by about 500-1,000 ft  for 15 mins maintaining distance then turned right about 10° climbed at a 15° angle until vanishing when 12 miles out from Ocala. 2nd light, very bright white also flashing pale green and at about 5,000 ft height, then suddenly appeared on a collision course, made a 90° turn at about 2 miles away and 500 ft below, then descended and receded to about 15 miles away and disappeared with distance to the W of Ocala. Later, ground radar said a target was following them [?]. (NARCAP; Berliner)

Sept. 17, 1968; Nellis AFB, NV (BBU)
1 a.m. 2 air traffic controllers including supervisor saw nocturnal light. (Hynek UFO Exp ch. 5, case NL-3)

Sept. 20, 1968; Wichita Falls, TX
Police officer saw a huge ball of fire falling directly downward. Other officers said the ball appeared to be 20' in diameter. NARA document mentions UFO "crash" and references "Moon Dust".

Sept. 30, 1968; Louisville, KY
1:00 a.m. Commercial pilot, Dogie Stockmar, and four passengers observed a light source with 2-3 beams toward ground. One beam was longer than the others. Lights pulsated. At first it seemed like a bright star, then began moving west. It then dropped down to plane's level, then descended to a restricted area near the Louisville airport and went out. (Phone call to NICAP)

Oct., 1968; Bt. Boston Bar and Yale, B.C.
3:00 a.m. The first sighting took place in the Fraser Canyon between Boston Bar and Yale in an area where the Canyon is quite deep. <snip> There was no other traffic on the road at the time and as the witnesses were driving along, one said "what is that strange light in the canyon below". They pulled over and both got out and looked down into the canyon. What they saw was very strange as there seemed to be a fog or mist in the canyon and inside the fog they could make out a luminous, sort of translucent oval light source that was probably several hundred feet long and hovering above the Fraser River. (Brian Vike, Director HBCC UFO Research)

Oct. 9, 1968; Lins, Brazil
6:20 a.m. Doribio Pereira, 41, municipal employee, suddenly observed a golden, cigar-shaped object, and a figure armed with a flashing weapon that immobilized him. Three beings were standing on a platform under the craft, and another figure appeared to be using a keyboard inside the transparent top part. The object took off rapidly, leaving the witness in a state of shock. (Magonia #920, FSR 69, 1)

October 15, 1968 - Condon Report Completed

Oct. 24, 1968; About 30 miles NW of Minot AFB, ND (BBU)
3:30 a.m. (CDT). USAF Minot AFB ground radar tracked unidentified object correlated with orange glow and radioed it to the attention of the USAF crew of B-52H bomber (call sign JAG 31) on a 290° heading at 2,000 ft as a UFO target at 1 o'clock position to the NW at 24 miles, then 15 miles at 3:35 a.m. At 3:52 a.m., Minot radioed the B-52H that base weather radar was also tracking target now at 1 o'clock position and 3 miles from the B-52H. At 3:58 Minot requested IFF transponder identification from the B-52H and the B-52H radio transmitter failed for 4 mins. B-52H crew saw and radar tracked bright red-orange object [?] at 9 o'clock position at 35 miles then 1.25-1.5 miles, traveling at 3,000 mph [?]. UFO landing for 45 mins at location "AA-43." UFO sightings at Minuteman ICBM nuclear missile sites N, O, J [?], and M Flights, 91st Strategic Missile Wing, including strange EM effects such as security alarms activated at outer and inner rings around silo, outer [silo?] door opened and combination lock of inner door moved. Witnesses included Maj. Bradford Runyon, Capt. Robert Salas,  S/Sgt Bond, S/Sgt Smith, et al. (Project 1947; Kevin Randle; Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 137-9 [misdated as 1966]; etc.)

Oct. 26, 1968; Greenfield, IN
10:00 p.m. Witnesses: Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Foster. While driving near Greenfield, they saw UFO come to rest on road about two miles ahead of them. It rose up and landed two or three times, and when the car reached the landing site on the road, car lights went out for half a minute or more in each place. (Letter to NICAP)

Oct. 30, 1968; Rossville, GA
Circular object hovered, four star-like objects darted away in straight lines , then returned, one disappeared over horizon. (UFOE-II, 415)

Oct. 31, 1968: Colorado UFO Project final report

Submitted to secretary of the Air Force for review by the National Academy of Sciences.

Nov., 1968; Kent, IN
Abduction report. First investigated by Bay Area (CA) Subcommittee, then turned over to Indiana NICAP Subcommittee. (Ridge files)

Nov. 1, 1968; Los Monegros, Spain
Orange disc approached car, landed, after UFO took off, car and watches operated normally. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 15, UFO No. 1; see Rodeghier, 1981, p. 43 [E,L] car effects, watches stopped.

Nov. 2, 1968; France
3:55 a.m. During a thunderstorm, a medical doctor was awakened by his crying 14-month-old son. He saw two luminous objects outside his house, and observed them coming close together and merging about 180 m away. A vertical beam of light was aimed at him for a second as the object tilted, and then the display vanished with a flash, leaving a slowly dissolving cloud. Persistent nightmares and various physiological phenomena were later recorded. (Magonia #921, 1)

Nov. 17, 1968; Grey, South Australia, Australia
About 9:10 PM local time. Three people, travelling in a vehicle, saw a light in the western sky, which was lost to view behind trees. As they approached Rendelsham Cutting, the light reappeared until they reached the location of Grey. One of the witnesses, once home; plus another person, watched the light for an additional thirty minutes. The light appeared to be reddish/white, and attached to 'something.' [Note by Keith Basterfield. At 1968-11-17 at 1140hrs UTC, the planet Venus was visible, low down, in the west-south-west. It is possible this was the cause of the sighting] (Source: South Eastern Times, newspaper, dated 18 November 1968.)

Nov. 20, 1968: Hanbury, UK
5:30 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Milakovic were driving to Hednesford when they suddenly saw a brilliant object rising from a held to the left and hovering above a house. It appeared to "quiver like a jelly." Several figures were seen on the deck of the craft for about five min, then it left with a jerky motion. (Magonia #922, FSR 69, 1)

Nov. 22-27, 1968; SE and NW U.S.
Flurry of sightings primarily in the southeastern and northwestern United States.

Nov. 22, 1968: Biloxi, MS
Domed disc descended, flew over shrimp boat, hovered briefly, shone light down on boat, then took off straight up out of sight (Section IX, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

Nov. 22, 1968: Albany, GA
Oval object beamed light down on car, electrical system failed. After it departed rapidly straight up, electrical system resumed functioning (Section VII, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

Nov. 22, 1968; Fleury-d'Aude, France
9:00 p.m. A dozen witnesses saw a lens-shaped object surrounded with a blue glow, making a noise similar to that of a jet and emitting flashes, which landed in a field briefly. It suddenly took off and was lost to sight at the horizon. (Magonia #923, France-Soir Nov. 24, 1968)

Nov. 23, 1968; Newton, GA (BBU 12567)
8:05 p.m. Witness Mr. Jones, an accountant, saw collimated beam 5-6 ft wide come down from a point about 200 ft ahead and 75 ft off the ground illuminating trees after car radio faded to static. Beam retracted slowly like a ladder to a fuzzy scintillating main light, oval-shaped yellowish-white about 100 [or 120-150?] ft wide, which then changed to brighter reddish-orange, rose vertically disappearing in less than 15 secs. Car restarted spontaneously. (Berliner; cf. Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 189-191)

Nov. 25, 1968; Marcellus, NY
Object with red blinking light on top within 100' of car; made second car pass; E-M effects again. (Keyhoe and Lore, 1969b, pages 40-41. [E,R] car. Dog in car stressed as domed object was seen.

Nov. 26, 1968: Bismarck, ND
Pilots saw two luminous objects join up, hover about 10 seconds, then speed out of sight in seconds. Confirmed by Air Force radar (Section III, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

Nov. 26, 1968: Lake Cyprus, FL
Four bright, oval objects paced aircraft. Pilot turned plane toward them, objects formed vertical stack, shot up and out of sight (Sections III, X, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence). Radar confirmed UFOs.

Fran Ridge: At first, RAND denied this document even existed. Later it stated that this 41-page paper was originally produced as an internal document and was not prepared for or delivered to any of RAND's clients.

Nov. 27, 1968: Belcourt, ND
Round object with body lights hovered, shone red light beam to ground. When officer shone flashlight at object, it immediately blacked out (Section V, Vol. II, The UFO Evidence).

At 9:56 a.m. local time, Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB) Ground Control Approach (GCA) reported two low and slow moving objects approximately 13 NM south of NKP. Contact was lost when objects were 9 NM west of base. Sightings were confirmed by Invert radar. NKP Command Post was informed that the sightings "definitely were not ghosts." (Dan Wilson)

1. Volume II, The UFO Evidence, A Thirty-Year Report - Richard Hall, 2000

2. CUFOS report, see Rodeghier,

3. Magonia, Passport to Magonia, Jacques Vallee; Magonia Database


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