posted on Jan, 11 2009 @ 09:28 AM
Cilamaya coastal area, West Jawa, 1975
Three years after the photo in Mount Agung was made, another unknown aerial object was caught on camera in Indonesia. This time it happened around the
coastal area of Cilamaya
, in the Karawang
regency, West Jawa province. The photo itself was taken by an Indonesian engineer – the late
Mr. Tony Hartono Rusman
, on September 22nd 1975.
At the time, Mr. Rusman was taking photographs with an Olympus camera on board an offshore oil platform owned by ARCO Indonesia, the company that he
was working for. Located about 83 kilometers from the Cilamaya coastline, the platform was still under construction by then & the photos were made as
part of a report on the construction progress.
The event itself took place at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, as Mr. Rusman was wondering what else he should photograph to finish up the last
shot in his film roll. Suddenly, his attention was drawn to a tiny speck in the sky which was growing bigger as it rapidly approached the platform.
According to the man’s testimony to Salatun, the object appeared to be oval shaped with a dark-reddish color & emanated a faint spinning sound. Mr.
Rusman himself managed to take a shot at the object, with ARCO’s Arjuna
tanker visible in the background, just before it made a sharp turn
away & disappeared within a minute on a vertical climb.
About a year later, the photo found its way to Salatun’s possession who in turn passed it over to noted Ufologist – Prof. J.A. Hynek
visit to Indonesia, in late 1976. Although it is still unclear how Rusman got in touch with Salatun, the passing of the photo was clearly documented
in Salatun’s 1982 book & 1977 letter to Prof. Hynek. It was also through Prof. Hynek that the photo was then analyzed with the result later
documented in Salatun’s book, as quoted below (with translation).
Dr. J.A. Hynek telah membawa foto dari UFO Ir. Tony Hartono Rusman yang kemudian dianalisa oleh Dr. Fred Beckmann, ahli analisa foto UFO yang
terkemuka dari Universitas Chicago. Pendapatnya ialah : foto UFO tersebut dapat juga disebabkan oleh kerusakan film. Untuk dapat dianalisa dengan
baik, rupa-rupanya mutlak perlu tersedia negatif-negatif aslinya disamping dibuatnya beberapa foto UFO yang sama dengan sudut pandang yang
Dr. J.A. Hynek has taken engineer Tony Hartono’s UFO photo which was then analyzed by Dr. Fred Beckmann, a noted UFO photo analyst from the
University of Chicago. His opinion is that : the UFO photo could have also been caused by a defect in the film roll. Apparently, to have a better
analysis of the photo, it is absolutely necessary to have the original negatives as well as to have several shots of the same UFO made from different