Was looking thru some old docs I had laying around and came accross this info about a peculiar looking UFO spotted in Pescara Italy in 1961, the story
goes something like this:
Around mid-day on April 27 at around 14:00, 1961, Bruno Ghibaudi, a scientific journalist was driving on the national highway.
(paralleling the beach at Montesilvano Pescara, Italy - 42-28-60 N, 14-07-60 E)
Due to some car troubles he pulls over and stops, as he begins to work on the car he notices an unusual metallic-looking disc-shaped flying object
coming in at a low level over the ocean.
It passed overhead, slowed, made a sharp turn towards the north and flew away.
Above is the only known photo of the strange, almost organic multi-winged craft Bruno photographed, as depicted in the artwork below from La Domenica
del Corriere, April 15 1962. (artist unknown)
So what caught my attention is that the shape of this particular craft is not the usual shape were use to hearing about when it comes to sightings.
Speculation on what it could be (if indeed real) vary from story to story, seems Ghibaudi was ridiculed and scoffed at after the reporting to the
point where he was excluded from the scientific community group he was part of.
Text from the original newspaper article:
Excerpt from “La Domenica del Corriere” – April 22nd, 1962
The event took place April 27th, 1961.
I was traveling on the Adriatic National Highway on my way back from a television interview. From Ancona I was making my way to Pescara.
At approximately 7km from Pescara, near my residence in Montesilvano the cars engine died out, it wasn’t the first time my car gave me trouble.
It was around 2:00PM, some cars passed me by as I was working on the vehicle, but nobody stopped.
Once done what I had to do I found myself looking at the sea while cleaning my hands with a rag. All of a sudden a blurring dot I noticed under the
clouds caught my attention as it got bigger and bigger.
The object was coming from South-West towards me, as it approached and was in visual range I noticed it’s strange shape, an elliptical shape from
where small and large triangular winglets extruded from.
The strange craft was an opaque grey color and non-reflective. It’s flight was silent and not fast at all.
Finding the “delta” shape somewhat familiar I thought maybe some American Aircraft carrier Plane nearby was having technical trouble and was
trying to do an emergency landing.
I quickly opened the glove compartment to grab my camera, that is almost always with me.
Meanwhile the strange craft was getting closer and I was seeing it very clearly.
It was about 8 meters, I quickly ran across the highway and took a quick picture with my camera, without having the time to focus the object in the
cameras viewfinder, since the craft was now only a few meters above the waters.
While I was getting closer to take another picture, the strange craft, without touching the ground, sped off at high speed toward the coast.
I stayed near the beach for awhile, looking around angry at the fact I had only taken 1 photo.
Suddenly, my attention was directed towards something else, high up in the sky, in the south-west direction, it seemed to be some light flares of
sorts that immediately transformed into black dense spheres.
In that same instant what appeared to me to be a flying disc, perfectly round arrived in the same direction and was getting closer real fast. A few
seconds later it was in range for my camera, the disc was perfectly silent, thicker in the middle while the edges were very thin.
A semi-sphere type of canopy was visible on the top of the craft, color was grey and with little light reflection.
Then the disc traveled away in the North-East direction for a few kilometers. I scanned the horizon again and noticed 2 small dots that were quickly
approaching from South-West.
They were another 2 discs, once they were in visual range I snapped some more photographs and observed them for awhile.
The dimensions (about 50ft in Diameter) were about the same as the previous crafts I had observed, but the shaped were slightly different.
One of the discs in particular had 3 clear flouresent semi-sphere objects, 120 degrees from one another on the lower surface of the craft.
After awhile there were 3 discs, the 1st disc had approached and positioned itself next to the other 2 in formation.
A Second Surprise
Around me the air seemed to be on fire, I felt as if I was engulfed in an intense electrical field and was feeling very agitated.
I looked around, no one was there.
At about 200 meters some children were running on the beach, the discs meanwhile were absolutely silent, but around the craft you could see strange
flares that eventual transformed into dark spheres, as observed by the 1st disc.
A few times I was under the impression that the beams were focused on me, it’s impossible to explain how I felt at that moment, a few times I was
tempted to just run from there but curiosity and the fact my legs felt paralyzed kept me there.
At this moment I realized I had slipped and had fallen to the ground, on the beach, at this point I hear the 2 children on the beach had realized
what was happening started to run away screaming, after a few moments the disc formation broke apart and disappeared into the distance.
I was sweating and trembling with emotion (fear).
I got back into my car and quickly made my way back to Pescara, where I immediately brought my film roll to be developed, hoping that within half an
hour I would have my 1st surprise.
The negatives appeared to be deformed in some ways as if it was subjected to some sort of intense heat, but the crafts had left their
A few minutes later I had the photos in hand, the enlargements revealed many details which were not noticeable while looking at the negatives, I was
Only after having inspected the photographs I realized what an incredible event I had taken part in.
The whole event took about 2 or 3 minutes if I recall correctly.
The article goes on from here briefly explaining that eventually a student from Rome called Bruno 10 days or so later explaining he too had seen the
disc objects and corroborating the story, several newspapers took interest in the story but it evidently stopped there.
original article in Italian
personal note: not sure how this student from Rome found out about the story, since it was only days later he contacted Bruno, the article listed
here was written about a year so after the fact so that leaves this hole in the story.
Now you might be wondering where are the photos of the disc shaped Bruno took? Well good question, I haven’t been able to find any yet and will post
them if I find any..
Still the question remains, what was this thing? could it of been a real UFO? an experimental military craft? or as even speculated by some to be some
form of creature?
As for the other disc shaped crafts mentioned in the article, well thats a good one.....
While checking out further details about this story (which seems to get deeper and more intricate..and possibly more shady) it seems Bruno Ghibaudi
(remember this guy is/was a Scientific journalist, I also discovered he also had some doctorates and other highly respectable degrees.) later went on
to write weekly UFO articles and investigations in various scientific newspapers of the time he also later claims to meet or encounter the
occupents/beings that piloted the alleged crafts.....
thats how he apparently gets kicked out of the scientific guild/community.
Well, I'm not sure what to believe but it still freaks me out....what do you think?
comments and/or corrections are always welcome!!
Source 3 (Italian)
Italian UFO sightings
- Case #16 of project Blue Book (cannot confirm this..)
- Case CISU #190
- Illustration taken from "La Domenica del Corriere - 15 April 1962"
- Paris Flammonde, "UFOs Exist", G.P. Putnam´s, 1976, p. 232
- Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno du 14 novembre 1978
Umberto Telarico, L’Ufologia in Italia (DNA magazine)
- M. Machlin and T. Beckley, "UFO", Quick Fox, 1981, p9.
- Edoardo Russo & Maurizio Verga, UFO & Alieni, November 1997, p 91.
[edit on 10-5-2005 by quadricle]