About June 29, Jacksonville, Oregon: In a sighting report received
following the preparation of the Chronology, NICAP obtained information
about a V-formation of UFOs seen by a group of people on a Sunday
either at the end of June or early in July. The date, believed to be
June 29, had not been definitely established at the time of writing.
The report was sent to NICAP by Paul Cerny, of NICAP's Bay Area
Early on that Sunday afternoon, a group of people had gathered at
Jacksonville, Oregon, a few miles west of Medford, just above the
California border. The group included Peter Vogel, M.D., and his wife
(now Mrs. Kay G. Kuehnel, of Santa Clara, California, who recently
reported the sighting to Mr. Cerny), eight other members of the Vogel
family, and about ten others. About 1:00 p.m. PST, a V-formation of
oval objects was noticed in the sky above Ashland, 15 to 20 miles
southeast of Jacksonville. The formation was traveling northwest toward
Medford, east of the observers. There were nine objects.
According to Mrs. Kuehnel, when first seen the objects were "as
white as snow geese"; as they came closer they became blue-white,
"like a fluorescent-bulb light." They were sharply outlined and seemed
to be solid; "also translucent, like a light, pebbled, frosted bulb."
The size of the individual objects was estimated as more than twice the
diameter of the full moon -- presumably when the objects were nearest
to the witnesses, although this is not stated definitely. There was no
sound, and no vapor trails were emitted as the formation approached
Medford. But when the objects seemed to be over the tower of Medford
airport, they each made a spiral ascent, one after the other, and each
went behind a cloud that had not been there before and which the
objects themselves "seemed to produce."
After the objects had first been noticed in the direction of
Ashland, Dr. Vogel went indoors and telephoned the Medford airport
tower; Mr. Milligan, Airport Manager, said that he could not see
anything. Vogel then ran to his car for his binoculars and camera, but
by the time he returned the objects were already out of sight in the
cloud, which seemed to be directly over the airport tower.
Both Ashland and Medford were visible from the hillside where the
witnesses stood. As the towns are 20 miles apart and the formation had
taken about 10 minutes to travel that distance, Mrs. Kuehnel calculated
their speed at about 120 miles an hour. Asked to compare one of the
objects to a common object that would have appeared similar in the sky,
Mrs. Kuehnel answered, "No known object that large and featureless."
The objects did not reappear, but the cloud "stayed an oval and
stationary shape for over an hour."
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