Now that I've introduced myself elsewhere and told you a little about myself, I'll now let you know about the two UFO experiences I had while
stationed in Osan, Korea in the late 70s (I was there from the summer of 78 to the late summer of 79). These events happened a long time ago, so
obviously my memory might be sketchy here and there.....
First incident (summer, 1978): I was on the roof of my Songtan apartment (the town immediately outside the base) and was star gazing while strumming
my guitar. On this particular night--a quite ordinary night up until this moment--I saw what I first thought was a meteor streaking across the clear,
star-filled sky. The "meteor" was very distinct and appearred similar to a medium brightness star. It travelled across about two-thirds of the sky
fairly rapidly--more slowly than other meteors I have witnessed but much more rapidly than an airliner jet--on a fairly straight path. Although my
initial feeling was that the object was very high and might have been a meteor, my second instinct told me it was maybe a SR-71 on a high altitude
speed run. But then the UFO suddenly did a zig-zig (across three or four constellations--from my perspective) and then even more suddenly shot off at
tremendously increased speed on an angle that was probably about 45-65 degress to left of its original track and disappearred over the horizon in a
blink of an eye. The entire event took about 3-4 seconds, though the zig-zag maneuver and warp-like exit took less than a second.
Second incident (summer, 1979): I was walking with a friend back to base. We had already entered the main gate and we were now about a 1/4 to 1/2
mile inside the base and just crossing over a slight rise/hill on the main road into the base. This URl has a map of Osan AB, and I suppose we were
about at the location where the service station (#16 on the map) is. I don't recall the service station being there at the time, but again, that may
be my memory or the station may have been added after I left Osan. In any case, my memories tell me we were right about at the location where there
was a weather squadron on the right side of the road as we walked into the base.
This area of the road at that time (late 70s) was largely unlit by street lamps (there were probably a few, but not many) and was protected from light
pollution from other areas of the base by the tree covered hills all around us. There were perhaps 20-30 other people in the vicinity walking onto
and off the base (we were all on the sidewalk on the main road).
At this point, we all heard a rocket or jet engine sound on the right of the road off in the distance. Since we were near the weather squadron, we
wondered if it might be a weather rocket of some kind (not knowing if they even had such things). We then saw some blurry lights rising into the sky
in the same direction from where the rocket sounds were heard. The object rose slowly like a--well--weather balloon, and at about this same time the
rocket sound died to nothing. We continued watching the rising object for a few minutes, though we were barely able to make out any details. I think
we all assumed it was a weather ballon and had some small lights on it that barely illuminated the underside of the ballon. I would estimate this
object was about a 0.5-1.0 mile away from us (when we first saw it low over the trees).
After several minutes, the object appearred to separate into two objects--almost like it was replicating itself. The two objects then continued
rising high into the sky. My next impression was that I was looking at one or two helicopters because the two objects started drifting apart and
maneuvering at faster rates that would have seemed to rule out a balloon or pair of balloons.
I will continue this story in next post.....