As part of a project I'm currently finalising relating to the most frequently discussed UFO cases of all time, I’ve been collating links to
discussions of the relevant cases on ATS. I could not find any threads relating to some of those cases so decided to quickly start a few of them,
including this one:
During the night of 2/3 November 1957, there were several reports of UFOs and of interference with car headlights and car engines in Levelland,
There is a Wikipedia entry in relation to this incident: Levelland UFO Case
, which has
featured in lists of the best UFO cases produced by several researchers (including Kevin Randle, Don Berliner and Ronald Story).
For links to various relevant documents and articles online see Francis Ridge’s “NICAP” website
This incident is discussed in numerous UFO books, many of which mention the fact that Sputnik 2 (containing Laika the dog) was launched by the USSR on
3 November 1957. Relevant discussion include:
(1) 16 page discussion by Kevin D Randle in his “Scientific Ufology” (1999) at pages 17-30, 31-32 (in Chapter 2), 209-210 (in Chapter 8) of the
Avon softcover edition.
(2) 11 page discussion by Donald E Keyhoe in his “Flying Saucers: Top Secret” (1960) at pages 114-115, 117-118 (in Chapter 8), 130-131, 132-133
(in Chapter 9), 140-141 (in Chapter 10), 244 (in Chapter 18) of the G P Putnam hardback edition.
(3) 9 page discussion by Donald Menzel and Lyle Boyd in their “The World of Flying Saucers” (1963) at pages 174-176, 179-180, 186, 188-190
(Chapter IX) of the Doubleday hardback edition.
NICAP’s book “The UFO Evidence” (1964), edited by ufologist Richard Hall, includes the following material in relation to this incident (at pages
163-168). The relevant section of that book is available online here
“Levelland is an oil and cotton town, population about 10,000, located in northwest Texas 32 miles west of Lubbock, in plains country. Early on
November 3 its sheriff, Weir Clem, suddenly found himself cast into national prominence following a rapid series of nightmarish reports.
At 10:50 p.m. Officer A. J. Fowler received a phone call from a "terrified" farm hand, Pedro Saucedo. He and a friend, Joe Salaz, were driving on
Route 116 about 4 miles west of Levelland when they saw a flash of light in a field. "We didn't think much about it," Saucedo said, "but then it
rose up out of the field and started toward us, picking up speed. When it got nearer, the lights of my truck went out and the motor died. I jumped out
and hit the deck as the thing passed directly over the truck with a great sound and a rush of wind. It sounded like thunder, and my truck rocked from
the blast. I felt a lot of heat."
When the object had passed, Saucedo got up and watched it go out of sight toward Levelland. It was "torpedo-shaped, like a rocket," and about 200
feet long. As the UFO moved into the distance, the truck lights came back on. Saucedo was able to start the truck and drive to a telephone. Ptn.
Fowler thought his caller was drunk and shrugged off the report.
About an hour later, the phone rang again. Jim Wheeler, driving on Route 116 about 4 miles east of town had come upon a 200- foot egg-shaped thing
sitting on the road. The brightly lit object cast a glare over the area. As he approached the object, his lights and motor died. When Wheeler started
to get out of his car, the UFO rose into the sky. As its light blinked out, the car lights came back on.
Another call came from Jose Alvarez at Whitharral, 11 miles north of town. Driving on Route 51, he had approached a similar glowing object on the road
and his motor and lights had failed.
At 12:05 a.m., Newell Wright (who did not report the experience until the next day, and then only at his parents' urging) had "motor trouble" while
driving toward Levelland on Route 116 from the east. His ammeter began jumping, the motor gradually died, then the lights went out. Puzzled, Wright
got out and lifted the hood to check his battery and wires. Finding nothing wrong, he closed the hood and turned around. For the first time, he
noticed an oval object sitting on the road ahead of the car. The object appeared to be over 100 feet long, and was glowing a bluish-green. Frightened,
Wright jumped in the car and frantically tried to get it started, without success. Then he sat helplessly watching the object, hoping someone would
drive up. After several minutes, the UFO rose "almost straight up," veered to the north, and disappeared almost instantly. The car then started
Meanwhile, another telephone report was made at 12:15 a.m. Frank Williams had encountered a similar object on the road close to the position where
Alvarez had seen it. He also experienced motor and headlight failure. The light from the UFO was pulsating steadily on and off; each time it came on,
Williams' lights went out. Finally it rose swiftly with a noise like thunder, and disappeared. Then the car functioned normally.
By this time, Sheriff Clem and other police officers had begun searching the roads around Levelland, as reports continued to come in. At 12:45 a.m.,
Ronald Martin saw a glowing reddish UFO descend and land on Route 116 ahead of his truck, then turn to bluish-green. The electrical system of the
truck failed. When the object took off, it turned reddish again.
About 1:15 a.m., James Long encountered a glowing egg-shaped object on a farm-to-market highway just north of town. His engines and lights failed.
Then the object rose quickly and sped away.
About 1:30 a.m., Sheriff Clem and his deputy were searching on the same road. Near where Long had seen the UFO, Clem saw an oval light "like a
brilliant red sunset" streak across the road about 300 yards ahead of his car, lighting up the pavement. Fire Marshal Ray Jones, farther to the
north, had a similar experience sometime after 1:00 a.m.; his lights dimmed and motor "almost died, then started up again."
The Pettit incident, same night, was uncovered during an investigation by NICAP member James Lee. Two grain combines, each with two engines, failed as
a UFO was observed passing.
An impressive feature of these reports is that the witnesses (in most eases) were going about their business when the UFOs intruded upon the scene.
There is no evidence that the witnesses were searching the sky or otherwise expecting to see anything unusual. Their independent reports told a