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‘I’ve just seen the darnedest thing in a field I've ever seen. It'll cut your lights out and stop your motor.'
"'It was just sitting there, all lit up. I've never seen anything like it at all. You get close to it and it shuts your lights off and kills your motor.
It was lit up with neon lights. The light was so brilliant no one could pick out any detail, like doors or windows. I got out of my car and it rose abruptly. At a height of about 200 feet, its lights went off. My car lights came back on. It was so bright it lighted up the whole area”
" ... when his amp meter jumped to complete discharge, then back to normal . He said the car engine quit 'as if it were out of gas,' and rolled to a stop and the lights went out. ''Wright said he got out and examined under the hood of his car to check the motor, but could find nothing wrong. 'Then he turned around and saw the object in front of him, apparently in the road. • He said it looked 'like an egg, only it was flat on the bottom. ''Wright said he 'definitely saw a image, 'not just a light, but there were no port- holes, signs of propellers on the object, ... he described as not as 'bright as neon.' ''Wright said he was 'scared' and got back in the car as fast as he could, then tried to start his car. The starter made contact but wouldn't turn the motor.
"People elsewhere began seeing the ‘Whatnik’ in the sky. I was answering the phone as fast as I could pick it up, ' said Fowler.
"A sheriff unit, stationed at Anton, picked up the Thing in the sky east of Whitharral. Then Frank D. Williams of Kermit ran across ‘Whatnik’ four miles north of town. “He called from a pay booth, explaining it was sitting at the intersection of the highway and a dirt road.”Its light was going off and on, “he said. Every time it came on, his car lights and motor would go off. He got out of his car, then the Thing rose swiftly to about 200 feet. Its lights went out and it disappeared. “When it took off,” he said, like the others, “it sounded like thunder. " Several people who sighted it in the air said its lights would blink off and on like a sign."
"The object ' was shaped like a huge football and had bright white lights. The blinding lights flashed on, it went right over the car and was gone. No living human could believe how fast it travelled. The ‘Thing’ was as bright as day; it lit up the whole area."
. ‘There have been upwards of 100 cases,’ Condon reports, ‘in which witnesses say that UFOs have stalled their cars and interfered with radios.’ In one case a UFO reportedly stopped the gasoline-powered engine of a tractor while a diesel engine nearby, which does not rely on electrical spark to burn its fuel – continued to operate. Condon has discussed these cases with Donald Hooven, a vice president of Ford motor Co. and an expert on automotive electrical systems. A preliminary finding: nothing less than an electrical force 400,000 times greater than the earth’s magnetic field will stall a car.”
Such fields, it was felt, would alter the magnetic signature of the metal bodies of automobiles in ways determinably different from those unexposed to such high kilogauss fields. They checked but found no evidence of changes. A more detailed consideration of the E.M. effects cases in the study tended to suggest’ alternative interpretations.....
Source : Newsweek 1967
Long headed on foot toward the object 'blocking his way’. As he got closer the UFO ascended into the air, making a roaring sound. Long recalled that he lost consciousness briefly. The next thing he knew the UFO “...wasn't that far away, perhaps some 200 feet in the air”. Then the UFO's lights blinked out. Long jumped back into his truck and the engine started up as normal.
Atmospheric physicist Dr. James McDonald completed a study and determined that there had been no storm in the area, and thus no source of excessive moisture to interfere with the automobiles' electrical systems:
"In a two-hour period near midnight, November 2-3, 1957, nine different vehicles all exhibited ignition failures, and many suffered headlight failures as objects described as about 100-200 ft long, glowing with a general reddish or bluish glow, were encountered on roads in the vicinity of the small community of Levelland, Tex.
This series of incidents became national headline news until officially explained in terms of ball lightning and wet ignitions. However, on checking weather data, I found that there were no thunderstorms anywhere close to Levelland that night, and there was no rain capable of wetting ignitions. Although I have not located any of the drivers involved, I have interviewed Sheriff Weir Clem of Levelland and a Levelland newspaperman, both of whom investigated the incidents that night. They confirmed the complete absence of rain or lightning activity. The incidents cannot be regarded as explained."
With no "severe electrical storm" to "stimulate the populace into a high level of excitement," the official explanation falls apart.
......Interesting to note how most of the 'subjects' reported they got out of their car to check why the engine died. Really to bad we can't delve into their impressions further about 'missing time' for instance. (imo), Its like this thing was laying wait on the side of roads, spotting people in their cars, disabling them to 'tease' them out and then abduct them, leaving them with missing memory about the experience.
Vilas Boas reported that his lights and engine died after traveling only a short distance in a tractor before his abduction occurred. Was his story true? If so is it just a coincidence or is there a link to what occurred in Levelland.
I really don't know.
It certainly appears that there was something substantial causing an effect on the electrical components, which would suggest an electromagnetic field of sorts....
Electronic systems, yes.
It could well be military but do we know of anything today that can stop vehicles engines running and turn out their lights?
Condon has discussed these cases with Donald Hooven, a vice president of Ford motor Co. and an expert on automotive electrical systems. A preliminary finding: nothing less than an electrical force 400,000 times greater than the earth’s magnetic field will stall a car.”