The 1983 UFO Chronology

Abduction at Copely Woods
June 30, 1983; Indianapolis, IN

Created: February 15, 2008, updated 19 Aug 2020
This is currently a 5-page chronology of UFO incidents and events for 1983
. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to Richard Hall (the original 1983 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).

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

The 1983 UFO Chronology

Jan. 12, 1983; Tippecanoe County, IN
4:30 PM. CE-III, humanoid report by three witnesses, "L-shaped" object held. UFO not seen and no sound heard. Possible Tippecanoe County. 5-min. Listed in UNICAT. (IUR-8,4)

Jan. 18, 1983; Cardiff, Wales
Two hundred people, including school students, a boys soccer team, their coaches, and two detectives witnessed two triangles of light fly over Cardiff, Wales at dusk. (Source: Philip Imbrogno, Contact of the 5th Kind, p. 26).

February  1983; Barber County, Kentucky
8:00 p.m. A petroleum geologist was at an isolated area performing preliminary exploration and was sleeping in his tent when he suddenly woke up with a feeling that he was being watched. Crawling out of the tent he noticed a strange pulsating orange glow through the fog. He could also hear a low frequency hum. The witness grabbed a gun and a camera and walked towards the direction of the light. As he reached the edge of a gully he came upon a huge round object with pulsating orange lights. The humming sound increased as the witness prepared to take a picture of the object. Suddenly two short faintly glowing bluish figures appeared by the object. The witness apparently snapped a picture and suddenly fell into the ravine hitting his head and knocking him out. When he came to, the beings and the object were gone. Source:Aaron Milan, UFO Review # 27)

Feb. 3, 1983; near Mobile, AL
1:10 AM. A 28-year-old woman observed a very large metallic, cylindrical flying object with structural detail up close while driving on a highway near Mobile. She could see 20-30 occupants inside through the windows. They appear to pay no attention to her, although she feels a sense of euphoria during the event. She had earlier had dreams of a UFO abduction encounter including a physical exam. (Sources: Ed Brown, APRO Bulletin, May 1984, p. 1; Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery, case 103).

Feb. 19, 1983; Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales
Daytime. Up to 200 people observed a huge triangular shaped UFO pass overhead in various places along the South Wales coast. They included a class of schoolchildren and a football team. In Swansea two detectives, DS Mike Troake and DC Gethen Humphreys saw the object glide overhead in total silence. DS Troake said, “I’m used to seeing aircraft in the sky but this was massive-much bigger than a plane. There was a large main cluster of lights at the front shaped a bit like a Zeppelin followed by a triangular group of lights. They moved gracefully across the sky about 1000 feet up.” Fearful of ridicule neither officer reported the incident to their colleagues. UFO CLASSIFICATION ­ NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT) On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Sunday Mirror 20/02/83 (Source: THE 5TH ANNUAL PRUFOS POLICE REPORT 2006 by Detective Constable 1877 Heseltine British Transport Police.

Feb. 26, 1983; Kent Cliffs, Putnam County, NY
8:00 PM. A mother and daughter named O'Driscoll, driving near the frozen White Pond in Kent Cliffs saw a silent, multi-colored 200-300 foot wide boomerang-shaped object with many lights, at a minimum distance of 100 meters, which seemed to respond to their thoughts. It had a crisscross lattice structure and tubes on its underneath side. Their car radio experience RF interference. Another independent witness that night saw probably the same object, a V-shaped array of 50 lights with the colors amber, red, and blue. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek and Philip Imbrogno, Night Seige, p. 8; UNICAT database, case 209, citing J. Allen Hynek; Richard F. Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, p. 156).

March 10, 1983; Ventilla, Bolivia
A diesel train of 14 cars was stalled by a huge UFO. First seen as an enormous, blinding cloud of light over the city, it then flew toward the train changing color from bright white to glowing orange. Seventy passengers on board were awakened and screamed in terror. A yellow ray of light struck the locomotive and stalled the engine. Engineer Sixto Churaz said that "I tried to start up the engine, but it was dead. Fifteen minutes later the engine suddenly came to life again as the object began to move away from the-train." The locomotive had just been through an overhaul and was found to be in perfect condition. Experts from the University of Qruro, railroad officials, and local policeconfirmed that a UFO had paralyzed the train and that it was not a mechanical breakdown. On three previous nights, nearby villagers being harassed by UFOs tried to frighten them off with gunfire. This episode introduces the extreme challenging element of the engine starting by itself as the UFO departed, a circumstance that has been reported on 27 other occasions for spark-ignited engines." (McCampbell).

March 24, 1983; Ossining Reservoir, NY
Dog did not respond to boomerang (Joan Woodward files).

March 24, 1983; Bedford, NY & vicinity
Wing or V-shaped UFO hovered, emitted light beam downward. (NICAP UFO Evidence II, Section IX)

March 24, 1983; Yorktown, NY
Cat appears frightened when V-shaped lights appear. (Joan Woodward files)  

March 24, 1983; Happy Camp, CA
4:45 PM. California Highway Patrol officer Harold R. Chandler was on routine patrol near the Northern California border with Oregon when he spotted a dark, circular object, flat with no protuberances, flying overhead across his path. "I was looking up at the bottom of the object, It was about 800+ feet above me. It' speed was slow, maybe 80-100 m.p.h. ....The craft stood out clearly against the sky and appeared dark gray." (Investigation by Paul Cerny; MUFON report form.)

March 24, 1983; Mount Storm, NY
Night. After a dramatic UFO sighting that occurred on this night in Mount Storm, New York a man given the pseudonym "Wright", a 16-year-old youth, and his 13-year-old sister had recurrent dreams of being abducted aboard a UFO by Grey aliens, which included a physical exam in a chair with a scan by some type of scanning equipment. There were 30 other UFO reports on this night from Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek & Philip J. Imbrogno, Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings, p. 163; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A2267).

March 26, 1983; Careme, Tarn-Garonne, France
Evening. Two witnesses driving in Careme encountered sudden fog, and then a huge disc-shaped UFO. Their car turned unaccountably onto an unknown dirt road, and they had a possible missing time experience. The entire experience lasted 50 minutes. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 317).

March 27, 1983; 50 nautical miles north of Gorky, Russia
Evening. Russian Air Traffic Controllers had radar-visual reports of a steel-gray colored UFO, the shape of a cigar and the size of an airliner, in view and on their screens for 40 minutes. It was first picked up 50 nautical miles north of Gorky, Russia and vanished about 25 nautical miles from the city. (Source: International UFO Reporter, September-October 1984, p. 13, citing Popovich).

March 30, 1983; Shrub Oak, NY
8:00 PM. Delta-shaped flying objects were seen widely over suburban Shrub Oak, New York. (Source: J. Allen Hynek, Philip Imbrogno, and Bob Pratt, Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings, p. 202).

Dog barked at boomerang. (Joan Woodward files)

April 10, 1983; Ross, OH
Luminous object descended, power failure, animal reaction, traces. (NICAP UFO Evidence II, Section I).<>See Section I (E,L) two cars         

April 10, 1983; Ross, OH
Dog vocalized and bristled when objected landed and object lands in field near a house. UFO rose from field illuminating area, body lights visible, accelerated rapidly out of sight, physical traces. (Joan Woodward files)      

April 11, 1983; Mt. Vernon, IN
7:05 PM. Young man & two friends saw a light with light-beam. (Ridge files)

April 28, 1983; Huepul, Chile
A UFO came along and flew over a soccer match in progress in Huepul, Chile at only 5 meters above the field. It stopped the game as the 200 people present stared at the incredible sight before them. (Source: FSR, December 1983, p. 8).

May 4, 1983; Lawrence, KS
3:50 AM. A silent yellowish orange ball of light was seen by a Mr. J. Philips hovering 350 feet over a power line pole in Lawrence, Kansas. It flew away toward the northeast slowly at 35 mph. The sighting lasted three minutes. (Sources: Professor E. J. Zeller, International UFO Reporter, September 1983, p. 14; UNICAT, case # 006, citing IUR).

May 23, 1983; McHenry, IL
7:30 PM. A disc-shaped object with a black top, blue sides, square windows, and a reddish golden metallic bottom maneuvered over trees in McHenry, Illinois. It was witnessed by an art teacher as it then rocked violently, leveled out, and flew off following the contour of the land. (Source: J. Allen Hynek, IUR-10,1, January-February 1985, p. 7).

Summer of 1983; Liberty, KY
Abduction report (Ridge files)

June 21, 1983; Dubno, Ukraine
A wingless cigar-shaped object circled a strategic nuclear facility at Dubno, Ukraine for 18 minutes. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 13365, citing FSR, volume 37, no. 4).

June 22, 1983; New Ross, Indiana
08:30n AM. 5 mins. Spherical on one side, diamond on the other with axis of rotation along the flat diamond side. (NUFORC)

June 23, 1983; North Sea of Japan
12:10 p.m. They (the Navy ship) were travelling in formation with the aircraft carrier USS Midway and its battle group which consisted with approximately 30 ships. At this point in time the USS Midway radioed them and other ships in the battle group that they were tracking 5 unknown objects moving in a V formation from the coast of Russia and the USS Midway just picked them up on their air search radar. (See details below)

MADAR Event #16
On June 27th, 1983. at 2:22 AM, the alarm sounded. The audio alert had been changed from a heart-stopping siren to a gentler sonalert beeper. The radiation background was 16 cpm, normal. The intensity and duration was very brief.

June 30, 1983; Indianapolis, IN
Kathy Davis Abduction at Kitley Woods. (Budd Hopkins)

MADAR Event #17
July 5, 1983; Mt. Vernon, Indiana. 00:15 AM.  Fifteen minutes after midnight! No increase in background radiation. Intensity & duration was brief.

July 1, 1983; Swayzee, Indiana
1:30 AM. Hovering green, blue and yellow lights over a wooded area for 30-minutes. Landing then taking off into the night sky. (NUFORC)

July 6, 1983; Above the Polish coast
Daytime. Sighting of a Polish Air Force pilot and co-pilot of a near collision with 2 cylindrical objects that were 6 meters long and a diameter of 2 meters. (Reference: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Eighty Years Of Pilot Sightings, Catalog of Military, Airliner, Private Pilots sightings from 1916 to 2000 February 2001 edition 1300+ cases Dominique F. Weinstein)

July 15, 1983; Highland, Indiana
1:00 PM. Disc observed. Fishing in a pond, witness believed was Optimus Lake, rthat had long since been covered over, not far from Indianapolis. (NUFORC)

July 22, 1983; Houston, TX
9:30 PM. A huge silent, stationary, boomerang shaped UFO with two large orange lights and many smaller lights in the middle of the V was sighted hovering over the suburbs in Houston, Texas. It then moved away past many witnesses. There was a wind sound but no jet noise, and was lost from sight in the distance. (Source: Richard Hall, MUFON UFO Journal, November 1982, p. 14, citing John Schuessler).

Aug. 9, 1983; Winifreda, La Pampa province, Argentina
7:30 PM. A 34-year-old man named Platner saw a UFO and followed it in his van. When he stepped out of his van he was paralyzed by a beam of light. Four small humanoids wearing diver suits with large round eyes, one of them a female, emerged from the craft and communicated with him using telepathy. He was taken aboard the craft, undressed, a blood sample was taken, and he subsequently became unconscious. When he came to again he was on top of his van. (Sources: Jane Thomas, FSR, December 1983, p. 9, citing Diario Popular, August 12, 1983; Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery, case # 104, citing FSR).

Aug. 9, 1983; Selma, IN
8:50 PM. Close Encounter with two witnesses for 11 minutes. Light only, possibly explainable with some elements of strangeness. (NUFORC & MUFON Indiana/Ridge files)

Aug. 10, 1983; west of Flint, MI
1:10 AM. Two witnessed a domed disc-shaped object at low altitude around their mobile home and garage west of Flint, Michigan. The object had two "headlights." (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, September 1983).

Aug. 13/14, 1983; Shipley, West Yorkshire, England
A motorist stopped at a scenic overlook saw a bright pulsating light crossing his line of vision at eye level. As it neared he could see that its light was pulsating every two seconds. He could bow see that the light was on a disc-shaped object with shiny domed top that was revolving and dark underside. It passed out of sight in about 2-3 minutes. (West Yorkshire UFO Society, 1983.)

Aug. 26, 1983; Cedar Lake, IN

Sept. 15, 1983; Evansville, IN
6:00 AM. Complicated abduction report, with many reports of previous encounters. (Ridge files)

Oct. 3, 1983; Indianapolis, IN
2:00 AM. The second Kathy Davis abduction. (Sympap,84)

Oct. 3, 1983; Split, Croatia
8:00 PM. Nine amateur astronomers sighted at blue ovoid object orbited by smaller objects over Split, Croatia. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, December 1983).

Oct. 13, 1983; Gaffney, SC
UFO near Cherokee Nuclear Station
Oct. 15, 1983; Altoona, PA
Silvery disc passed over car, right wheels lifted off road, car lights blinked off and on; car dropped hard back onto road, engine stalled; severe physiological effects (NICAP UFO Evidence II, Section VI).

Oct. 25, 1983; Bend, OR
8:00 PM. An experienced sky observer named Kraus at the Pine Mountain Observatory in Bend, Oregon watched a red light, possibly with antennas shoot toward him. It lit up the area incredibly brightly as it hovered over the observatory, then drifted off toward the west. (Source: Doris Graziano, APRO Bulletin, July 1984, p. 8).

Oct. 31, 1983; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
5:10 PM. An F-5E interceptor was scrambled by the Brazilian Air Force as many witnesses in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil reported a silvery spot maneuvering over city. The official explanation was balloon, but UFO researchers in Brazil don't accept it as plausible. (Source: Irene Granchi, APRO Bulletin, July 1984, p. 1).

Nov. 1983; Spencer, IN
Dawn. Humanoid report. No details. (Sympap,84)

Nov. 7, 1983; near Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
7:55 PM. Between Bolton Abbey and Addingham near Skipton, North Yorkshire, whilst driving with his wife, PS Tony Dodd observed a large disc shaped UFO approaching the vehicle from their right. He estimated the size of the craft as being four times that of a car. It was at a low altitude and passed almost directly over the car roof before disappearing behind nearby trees. His wife described the craft as resembling a child’s spinning top. Moments later the same UFO reappeared and swept toward the car once again. PS Dodd pulled the car over to a stop and took a series of photographs of the object as it moved away into the distance. The photographs were later sent to a research facility called Ground Saucer Watch in Arizona that specialize in the analysis of reported UFO images. Their conclusion after analysis was that the photographs had recorded a genuine UFO on film, one of the few to meet their strict criteria. They estimated that the object was 30 feet in diameter and was near spherical in shape. This forms a series of sightings by the officer who later became one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of UFOs. UFO CLASSIFICATION ­ CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND) Off Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source - Alien Investigator by Tony Dodd. Headline Publishing Books. Pages 26-28 and PRUFOS. 22. February 1983. 2200 hours. Location: A51, Stonehill, Sta (Source: THE 5TH ANNUAL PRUFOS POLICE REPORT 2006 by Detective Constable 1877 HESELTINE British Transport Police

Nov. 26, 1983: Indianapolis, IN
Evening. Humanoid Report, one witness. (SYMP84)

Nov. 29, 1983 Letter From Sarbacher to Steinman
Sarbacher confirms recovery of flying saucers, but says he knows of no specifics. Confirms that Vannevar Bush was definitely involved and also mathematician John von Neuman; probably Robert Oppenheimer as well. Corroborates that an interview took place with Bremner and the answers cited by Smith were probably the ones he provided. The flying saucer materials were reported to be "very light and very tough." The aliens were described as being insect like, in that they were small with low mass, enabling them to withstand high accelerations. In later interviews, Sarbacher hinted at being more involved and knowing more than he does in this letter. (Letter from Dr. Sarbacher to Steinman, Nov. 29, 1983)

Dec. 12, 1983;  Byron, IL
A triangular flying object was sighted by three men. It moved erratically and made no sound. It had blinking red and white lights. Its erratic path was detected on FAA radar at the Greater Rockford, Illinois airport. (Source: APRO Bulletin, September 1984, p. 8).

Dec. 15, 1983; Glasgow, Scotland
6:25 AM. Mr. Coventry reported seeing a fog in which all sounds stopped. A gray flying object the shape of a railroad car, but with a convex curved roof, then appeared, making crackling and humming sounds. The UFO had three porthole-shaped windows in the side, and what appeared to be a yellow smoke swirled around in the interior of the object. It shot up into the sky and was gone. (Source: Ron Halliday, UFO Scotland: The secret history of Scotland's UFO phenomenon, p. 88).

Dec. 20, 1983; Riverside, CA
5:30 PM. Witness driving in Riverside had his car buzzed by a 7" wide sphere that had pegs protruding from it. It flew by the car at eye level. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, December 1983, p. 4).
Dec. 27, 1983, Indianapolis, IN
10:30 PM. A small disc-shaped object with eight bright green lights descended from the sky and landed in an open field across the street from the home of the witness. After about ten seconds, the bright lights suddenly went out and the disc was no longer visible. Hoping to see the disc take off, the woman continued to observe the area for an hour before retiring for the night. A second report was received from a woman driving in the same area during the same time period. She observed a fixed group of bright green lights descending from the sky and appear to land in a corn field. (MUJ-190)


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

2. CUFOS report, Rodeghier

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