In November 1989 a series of sightings of "unknown triangular
craft" took place in the skies over Belgium - See "Black
Triangles" on this site.
On 5th November 1990,
Captain Mike D’Alton was the pilot
of a Boeing 737 flying from Rome to London.
At 6-o3p.m. Captain D’Alton and his
crew observed “a set of bright lights,
ahead and to the right and higher than
D’Alton Later remarked:
up and ready for patrol over the
“What we saw was one large, fairly
bright light. Ahead of it was a formation of three fainter
lights in a triangle. Another faint light was behind the
large light and was slightly slower. We watched the lights
for two minutes, then it took a lightning-fast right angle
turn and zoomed out of sight. This thing was not of this
world, In all my 23 years of flying I have never seen a craft
anything like that!”
A number of other civilian aircrews also saw the formation
of lights including an Air France pilot flying at over 30,000
ft. above the Pyrenees. At no time did the formation of lights
appear on RADAR. Meanwhile dozens of people in Belgium reported
seeing a triangular craft with three lights, flying slowly
and silently to the southwest.
At the same time the crews of three RAF
Tornados flying over the North Sea also saw the formation
of lights, one of the aircrew later remarked:
“All the pilots are adamant that
what we saw was definitely not satellite debris”.
One of the Tornados’ pilots described
“Five to six white, steady lights,
one blue steady light… the UFO appeared in our right
hand side, same level. It went into our 12 o’clock
and accelerated away”.
The French and Belgian Air Forces collected dozens of civilian
eye-witness reports, concluding that the formation of lights
was tens of miles high. They also noted that two sonic booms
had been recorded.
It has been suggested that times/date etc.. of the sightings
correlated with the re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere
of a satellite booster(the Gorizon-Proton rocket).
21st April 1991, whilst approaching the English
coast as captain of a Alitalia McDonnell Douglas
MD-80 Achille Zaghetti and his co-pilot sighted
a 10 foot long, brown coloured missile-shaped
object which crossed directly in from of them
at 22,000 ft. altitude. The event took place
at 8-00 p.m. and Zaghetti contacted Air Traffic
Control who confirmed that they had an unknown
target on radar.
Captain Werner Utter
Utter [ left ] was
a chief pilot with Lufthansa for many years.
During this time he had several UFO sightings
one of which involved encountering a number
of bright lights in the distance. One of these
"lights" flew at speed towards
his aircraft and proved to be a pulsating about 2 metres
in diameter. The orb hovered between the inside left engine
and the cockpit of Werner Utter's aircraft, for about 2 minutes.
It then shot upwards at great speed and disappeared.
On another occasion Captain Utter sighted a "cigar-shaped" UFO
which he reported to air traffic control.
America West Airlines Sighting of May 25th, 1995
routine America West flight beginning in Tampa, Florida, “Cactus
564”, a Boeing 757, was on the final leg of the
flight was from Dallas/Forth Worth into Las Vegas and
on the night of May 25th, 1995 was piloted by Captain
Eugene Tollefson and First Officer John J. Waller.
The aircraft was passing over Bovina, Texas, just across
the state line from Clovis, New Mexico at about 9:21
MST. There were thunderstorms to the northeast, and
the lead flight attendant, whilst watching the lightning
flashes in the night sky, was the first to notice a
line of regularly flashing lights in the sky to the
north and below the airliner. The First Officer then
saw them as well, and they observed a horizontal row
of eight strobe-like lights, flashing on and off in
sequence from left to right.
The lights, which were extremely bright (apparently similar
to aircraft landing lights) were at an altitude of between
30,000 and 35,000 feet. They were described as being e
bright white with a tinge of blue. Captain Tollefson also
saw the left to right sequencing lights and as the lightning
flashed behind the lights, it silhouetted something that
to the observers appeared to be a large, dark, cigar shaped
object between 300 and 500 feet in length, depending on
how far away it was.
Boeing 757 in the night sky.
from the cockpit of a Boeing 757.
observing the object for five minutes Flight 564 called
Albuquerque Air Traffic Control to report the object.
Albuquerque ATC noted that the position of the object
was over a restricted military area called "Tieband." and
it was also noted by the controller that the description
sounded similar to that of a tethered aerostat except
for the large number of strobes. However, when the controller
contacted sites that would know if an aerostat or any
other military aircraft were in the air that night, he
was given negative responses all around. The controller
also contacted other aircraft in the area, but none reported
seeing the object.
When the controller then contacted NORAD, initially they
reported nothing on their radar at that location but they
called back reporting that they had an unidentified return
in that area. Later they called back again and said that
the radar return had been a common small airplane with a
malfunctioning transponder. However, an air traffic controller
later said that there was yet another call from NORAD reporting
that they later did have an unknown at that precise location,
but this has never been corroborated. No satisfactory explanation
has ever been found for the Flight 564 sighting.
of the conversation between Flight 564 and Air Traffic
AW-564: "Cactus 564 going direct crow, crow 6 arrival
ABQ: "Cactus 564...Albuquerque Center...good evening"
AW-564: "564 at 39,000'"
AW-564: "Cactus 564...off to our 3:00, got some strobes
Could you tell us what it is?"
ABQ: "Uh, Uh..I'll tell you what, that's some, uh..right
...I don't know what it is right now. That is a
restricted area that is used by the military out there
during the day time."
AW-564: "Yeah...it's pretty odd."
ABQ: "Hold on ...let me see if anybody else knows around
AW-564: "Cactus 564..can you paint that object at
all on your radar
ABQ: "Cactus 564...No I don't, and in talkin' to
3 or 4 guys
around here no one knows what that is, never heard about
AW-564: "Cactus 564...nobody's painting it at all?"
ABQ: "Cactus 564 say again?"
AW-564: "I said there's nothing on their radars
on the other centers
at all on that (garbled) clear area, ...that object that's
up in the air?
ABQ: "Uh?..it's up in the air?"
ABQ: "No...no one knows anything about it."
What's the altitude about?"
AW-564: "I don't know, probably right around 30,000
or so. And it's
uh...there's a strobe that starts..um, going on counter-
clockwise, and uh...the length is unbelievable."
(???): "Where's this?"
(NOTE: The last question
above cannot be readily identified as having come from
the Albuquerque FAA controller. Perhaps it was, however
since a conversation with Cannon AFB began just at
this point it could well indicate that the conversation
was being monitored. The very next statement heard
is the Albuquerque FAA controller calling to Cannon
ABQ: "Cannon 121?"
CANNON: "Cannon..go ahead"
ABQ: "Do you guys know if there was anything
like a tethered
balloon released that should be above 'tieband'?"
CANNON: "Uh, no, we haven't heard nothin' about
(BOTH)" "Uh, ok..(some chuckling), uh,
ABQ: "A guy at 39,000 says he sees something
at 30,000 that's as,
..the length is unbelievable and it has a strobe
CANNON: "Uh huh...?"
ABQ: "This is NOT good..(laughing)..okay..."
CANNON: "Uh, wha..what does that mean?:
ABQ: "(laughing)..I don't know, it's a ufo or
something, it's that
Roswell crap again!"
CANNON: "Where's it at now?"
ABQ: "He says it's right in 'tieband'."
CANNON: "It's right in 'tieband'?"
CANNON: "No, we haven't seen nothin' like that."
ABQ: "Okay, keep your eyes open."
CANNON: "I'll talk to you (mumbled)."
ABQ: "Cactus 564...we checked with Cannon and
they don't have
any, uh, weather balloons or anything up tonight.
up front knows any idea about that. Do you still
AW-564: "Negative..back where we initially spotted
it it was between
the weather and us and when there's lightning you
see a dark object...and, uh, it was pretty eerie
This 'air coptr..(mumbled)' right here going eastbound...
maybe he'll see it."
AW-564: "First time in 15 years I've ever seen
anything like this.
It's probably military in that restricted area."
ABQ: "Cactus 564..you contact Albuquerque Center
AW-564: "132.8 contact 564."
Just then it sounds
like another person in another aircraft breaks
in on the conversation. It is never clear just
what type of aircraft this is but the individual
has clearly overheard the recent discussion.
ABQ: "Aircraft calling..try again!"
(?): "Center...uh..got time for a quick
ABQ: "Okay..would the question stand-by
(?): "(mumbled) 781, what was that cactus
guy talking about he
ABQ: "I, I don't know, off your right wing
about 15-20 miles.
He's saying he saw a large object with a strobe
like it was at 30,000 feet."
(?): "Ah...it's that secret stuff!"
AW-564: "Albuquerque...Cactus 564."
ABQ: "Cactus 564..go ahead."
AW-564: "(garbled)..that passed us earlier
on the right. He'll be in
the area in a few minutes, is that correct?"
ABQ: "Yeah, he'll be in there in about
3-4 minutes, at 27,000.
I'll ask him what he sees."
AW-564: "..be at his left-hand side
between him and the thunder
storm. Thanks alot, we'll just monitor and
AW-564: "Three of us up here saw it!!"
After a minute or so Albuquerque Center starts
up a conversation with another aircraft. Again it
is unclear at first what aircraft this is as there
was no identification given and this aircraft does
not preface it's transmissions with any identifier.
A bit later a statement is directed to "Hawk
85" which appears to be the aircraft in question.
ABQ: "I can't find...in
the next 2-3 minutes. Be looking off your
right side, if you see anything about 30000 feet, we
one aircraft reporting simething that wasn't a weather
balloon or anything. It was a long white looking thing
a strobe on. Let me know if you see anything out there.
(?): "I'll be careful..(garbled)"
ABQ: "He said it was about 30,000'."
(?): "(mumbled) I'm searching for ET."
ABQ: "Cactus 564...you still up?"
AW-564: "Affirmative! 564"
ABQ: "That was south of your position?"
AW-564: "It was north.."
ABQ: "Hawk 85, let's make it out the left window
AW-564: "Albuquerque, can we get a chance..Cactus
ABQ: "You know we're all up here huddled up talking
about it. When
it lightning'd you could see the dark object. It was
cigar shape from the altitude that we could see it..and
length is what go us, a...sort of confused, because it
looked like it was about 300-400 feet long. So I don't
if it's a wire with a strobe on it, but the strobe would
start from the left and go right, counter-clockwise...and
it was a pretty eerie looking site, but a, had the strobe..
At this point in the tape
copy I received there appeared to have been some problem
as there was a brief approximately 1/3 second solid
tone like a dialtone. Then there was a strong transmission
like another broadcast trying to cut in. The previous
conversation continued briefly and the tone appears
again followed by another request to "Albuquerque
(brief but solid strong tone heard)
(?): "ALBQUERQUE RADIO?...ALBUQUERQUE RADIO?"
AW-564?: "..and it was just in the lightning..."
(?): (solid strong tone heard again)
(?) "ALBUQUERQUE RADIO?"
ABQ: "Yeah...is this one any better?"
ABQ: "Oh good! Ha..hey you guys don't know anything
kind of weather balloon or a ufo that's out in the
of Fort Sumner tonight do you?"
(?) "I don't think so...standby."
(?): "At this point the answer to that question
ABQ: "Okay..yeah, this guy sees it up at Tucumcari,
says it looks
like it's 300-400 foot long, cylindrical, some kind
strobe on it, and everything else."
(?) "Well...I would call it...I don't know what
ABQ: "Yeah, okay...I
didn't know if you were a science fiction
buff or anything."
(?) "Yea..no, we don't have, we don't have
any published "high
ABQ: "Okay..appreciate it."
(?): "Mmm hmm...bye."
AW-564: "Albuquerque, 564...last time...just
for our notes we're
going to take a message. was that in a restricted
that was just basically south of Tucumcari when
ABQ: "Okay...the way you went through, the
only restricted area
was on your south side, nothing to the north
those restricted areas are inactive. There shouldn't
anything going on."
AW-564: "Albuquerque Center..Cactus 564.
Thanks for your help and,
uh, could we get your call sign?"
ABQ: "Cactus 564...say again?"
AW-564: "Albuquerque Center..Cactus564..We'll
talk to you later.
Before we go could we get your call-sign?"
ABQ: "Cactus 564...mine is 'PP'."
AW-564: "Was that 'tango golf'?"
AW-564: "Pappa Pappa...thanks alot."
(End of Side 1, Tape 1..)
ABQ: "Bigfoot...Albuquerque Sector 87."
BIGFOOT: "Bigfoot's on!"
ABQ: "Yea..I've got a, uh, something
unusual and I was wanting
to know if you'all happen to know of anything
out here around Tucumcari, New Mexico,...north
I had a couple of aircraft reported something
long..cylindrical in shape, with a strobe
flashing off to
the end of it."
ABQ: "At 30,000 feet."
BIGFOOT: "Okay...hang on a second."
ABQ: "Yeah, I didn't know if you happen
to know of anything
going on out there...no balloons in the area,
BIGFOOT: "Okay, where's this at again?"
ABQ: "It's at, uh, well ya'know where...it's
in Tucumcar, New
Mexico, it's about 150 miles to the east
BIGFOOT: "Okay, eh...how far from Holloman?"
ABQ: "Eh, Holloman, it looks like it's
off the zero-three-zero
of Holloman about 220 miles."
think, okay...it's kind'a hard for us to
Okay, they'll be zero for about 200.
Um...we don't have
anything going on over there that I know
ABQ: "Yeah...I didn't know, we've
tried everybody else and
nobody else is...this guy definitely
saw it run all the way
down the side of the airplane. Said it
was a pretty
interesting thing out there."
BIGFOOT: "Okay, it was at 30,000
ABQ: "...30,000 feet."
BIGFOOT: "It was like..long...um.."
ABQ: "Yeah, it's right out of, right
out of the X-files. I mean
definite UFO or something like that,
are serious about this (laughing)."
ABQ: "Yeah, he's real serious about
that to, and..uh..he looked
at, saw it, no balloons are reported
tonight, nothing in
BIGFOOT: "It was strobing off the
front he said?"
ABQ: "Uh...I think the strobe was
off the tail end of it."
BIGFOOT: "Okay...strobe tail end."
ABQ: "He said it was kinda, well
it was dark but..(aside to
someone else)..did he say there was lights
BIGFOOT: "How long did he say it
ABQ: "He said it was 300-400 foot
BIGFOOT: "Holy smoke!!"
ABQ: "..and we don't have any air
carriers out here so...that
BIGFOOT: "um..the only thing that
I can do is , I wonder if any of
our aerostats cut loose or something
'cause we don't
have any aerostats there."
ABQ: "Yeah...not that far to the
BIGFOOT: "I mean...to me it would
sound like an aerostat, but..I
don't think ours are that big though."
Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque
Photos courtesy Don Ledger
Don was in a
Bombardier Challenger RJ-and managed to take
some pictures out of the right window of Kirkland
AFB which is attached to Alb. Sunport.
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