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Originally posted by Skyfloating
I thought I had found all relevant USO Reports at waterufo.com and there you come with a whole lot more.
Looks like Ufologists should start looking more into USOlogy. Thats for sure.
THE 1966 TULLY SAUCER "NEST"
1966 was again a major year for UFO activity in Australia. The classic UFO landing at Horseshoe Lagoon near Tully, far north Queensland, and witnessed by farmer George Pedley, entered the term UFO "nest" into popular UFO parlance. The locality was the centre of an extended UFO milieu that continued for many years, particularly in 1969, 1972 and 1975. The area was also the site of controversial and fascinating experiments in UFO detection through remote sensing and filming.
Farmer, George Pedley's sighting at Horseshoe Lagoon and the physical evidence found there caused a media sensation. The Tully "UFO nest" affair of 1966 is one of the best known accounts of an apparent UFO landing report. It has been mentioned extensively in the UFO literature over the years,and yet surprisingly many inaccuracies and misconceptions have developed. These problems became more critical when the famous Tully incident of January 19, 1966, once again became the focus of attention, this time due to the English "crop circle" controversy. The prominent schools of thought on the crop circle formations adopted the 1966 Tully incident as a classic example of their percieved explanations for the circle complexes. Their claims about the relevance of the Tully incident as an example of the currently percieved crop circle phenomenon were flawed and generally unfounded.
The RAAF files describe the famous Tully incident in the following manner:
At about 9.00 a.m. on 19th January, 1966, Mr. G.A. Pedley, a banana grower of Tully, Qld, observed a light grey non reflecting dull object, reported to be about 25 feet long and 8 feet deep, rise vertically then climb on an angle of 450 from a height of about 30 feet above marshland which was situated about 25 yards away from his position. There was an associated hissing noise which descreased as the 'object' rose. The apparent shape was described as 'two saucers, face to face', but no structural detail was observed. The duration of the observation was approximately 15 seconds and it disappeared in mid-air whilst receding into the distance (not assessed).
A clearly defined near circular depression remained in evidence in swamp grass at the point from which the object was seen rising, and measured about 32 feet long by 25 feet wide. The grass was flattened in clockwise curves to water level within the circle and the reeds had been uprooted from the mud. There was no scorching of grass or surrounding trees and the observer stated that there was no smell of combustion..."
My research of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) files uncovered the original police report on the incident. As these are the earliest documented sources extracts of it are included here of details not included in the above statement made in 1973 in response to an enquiry from the "Australian" newspaper.
George Pedley reported his experience to Tully Police at 7.30 pm, on January 19th. At 7 am, January 20th George Pedley and Sgt. A.V. Moylan went to the site of the incident. Sgt. Moylan, then contacted Townsville RAAF Base by telephone, on the morning of January 20th. Flt. Lt. Wallace advised Sgt. Moylan that he would forward a proforma questionaire for completion by George Pedley. On Friday, January 21st, Flt. Lt. Wallace confirmed despatch of two copies of the sighting proforma by mail that same day and also requested Sgt. Moylan obtain "a sample of the grass from the scorched area." At 3.30 pm, on the same day, Moylan returned to the site and took a sample "of the grass from the depression in the swamp grass at the site. The proforma was filled out by Moylan based on his interviews with George Pedley and was dated 26/1/66. Sgt. Moylan despatched the report and the sample on 26/1/66.
The following details are extracted from the RAAF "REPORT ON AERIAL OBJECT OBSERVED" Moylan filled out with George Pedley. Because so many conflicting claims have been made about what George Pedley said at the time, it is worthwhile to go back to the documentation filled out then:
Name of Observer: George Alfred PEDLEY aged 28 years.
Manner of observation:
travelling on a tractor about 1/2 mile from farm house of Albert PENNISI, Rockingham Road, Euramo. Attention attracted by hissing noise, clearly heard over noise of tractor-similar to air escaping from tyre; checked tyres and was looking about for source of noise when he saw object about 25 yards ahead. No optical instruments used in sighting.
Height or angle of elevation:
First seen at treetop height 30'. Rose vertically to about twice that height, then departed, climbing at about 45 degrees.
Speed, or angular velocity:
Extremely fast; No estimate of speed, but much faster than an aeroplane.
It was near treetops and these gave observer a good basis for estimating height.
Direction of flight with reference to landmarks or points of the compass:
Rose vertically to about 60 feet and departed south west climbing at about 45 degrees; appeared to be rotating for full time observed. (object appeared to remain on) straight climbing path.
Existence of any physical evidence:
Clearly defined near circular depression in swamp grass at point from which object seen rising, about 32' long and 25' wide. Grass flattened to surface of 4' of water lying in xxxx-clockwise curves.
[Sgt. Moylan, in his report, had typed in anti-clockwise initially and then corrected it to clockwise, by overtyping 'anti' with 'xxxx'. The direction of the swirl at the site of the 19 January 1966 incident was to become a matter of ongoing confusion. The clockwise direction was the correction direction - B.C.]
Weather conditions experienced at time of observation:
Clear sky; Hot sunshine.
Location of any air traffic in the vicinity at the time of sighting: Unknown but checked by RAAF Garbut.
[Flt. Lt. Wallace of Townsville RAAF base in a covering minute paper confirmed that "there were no service or Civil aircraft operating in the area.. at the time of the sighting.." - B.C.]
Any additional information: (Sgt. Moylan wrote)
Observer reported this matter to Tully Police at 7.30pm on 19/1/66 and at 7am, 20/1/66 went with me to the site of the depression in the swamp. His version then included the information that the object rose vertically, appeared to dip slightly and then went off in straight climbing path. He then said...further that there was no smell of combustion and no scorching of grass or trees visible; that the the flattened grass or rushes was quite green when he first saw the depression; on his return that afternoon the grass had turned brown.
(Sgt. Moylan further added
In this matter I formed the opinion that the depressed area in the swamp grass had been caused by a small helicopter and that the observer, in the early morning bright sunlight shining on the rotor may have mistaken the shape. His description of the takeofflent some strength to my opinion. However there was cleared land to the east for about 200 yards where such an aircraft could have more safely landed instead of the position indicated by the observer, close to trees. Later I was informed by Wallace Evans of ...Tully, an electrician that he has seen similar markings in a swamp at Kurrumine Beach and is quite certain that it was caused by a whirlwind, sucking up water into a waterspout, uprooting the grass and laying it out in a similar pattern. At 3.30pm, 21/1/66 I took a sample of the grass at the site and have forwarded it under seperate cover on even date.
Flt. Lt. T.D. Wright, for Air Officer Commanding, Headquarters Operational Command, RAAF, Penrith, New South Wales (NSW), on-forwarded police Sgt. Moylan's report on George Pedley's UFO sighting and Flt. Lt. Wallace's covering minute paper, to the Department of Air, Russell Offices, Canberra. His communication classified RESTRICTED, which was channelled to the Directorate of Air Force Intelligence (DAFI), also indicated, "This headquarters believes that the depressions of the swamp grass were caused by small isolated waterspouts."
In response to an enquiry, dated 2nd February, 1966, from the Commonwealth Aerial Phenomena Investigation Organisation (CAPIO), the Secretary, Department of Air, Mr. A.B. McFarlane, wrote on 11th February, 1966:
"Investigations of the area surrounding the reported "Nests", testing of samples taken from around them and interrogation of persons involved in the report failed to reveal anything of significance.
"However, during enquiries a number of local residents stated that the reported "nests" are fairly common during the onset of the "wet". Furthermore, the University of Queensland stated that there was nothing unnatural in the samples submitted and assessed that the "nests" could have been the result of severe turbulance, which normally accompany line squalls and thunderstorms prevalent in NORTH QUEENSLAND at the time of the year.
"There is no explanation for the visible phenomena reported but it could have been associated with or the result of "down draughts", "willy willies" or "water spouts" that are known to occur in the area.
".. for information ....in January of this year from an airfield in the tropics (a number of photographs taken give) a fine example of the type and growth of a cloud formation occuring with a severe "down draught"
This whirling mass of tropical air associated with thunderstorm activity, on reaching the earth's surface may dissipate and subside or persist giving rise to dust eddies, water spouts, etc, and leaving a telltale circular pattern on the ground.
Should it occur over a swampy reed bed the effect would be to flatten the reeds with a circular pattern. resultant photographs and investigations of the "nests" seem to fit in with this theory and is accepted as a possible cause of the phenomena."
It is fascinating to note how Secretary McFarlane's cursory explanatory exposition, no doubt inspired by "the tornado-like metereological phenomena" infested skies over Willow Grove, Victoria and Vaucluse Beach, NSW, anticipated by almost 2 decades Dr. Terence Meaden's early theoretical attempts to explain the English "crop circles" of the 1980s. Dr. Meaden would mistakingly assume that George Pedley saw his "vortex" at 9 pm, not 9 am, which is a fatal flaw in the mechanism he put forth to explain the report.
The only other significant official statement on the Tully sighting I found in the RAAF files was included in a letter by Mr. G.J. Odgers, Director of Public Relations, Department of Defence (Air Office), dated 17th December, 1973, directed to Charles Wright, a journalist working on a article for the national newspaper, The Australian.
George Odgers' Air Office public relations department had clearly gleaned from the 1966 DAFI files details of an explanation of what George Pedley seen that the original RAAF officers and Department officers back in 1966 had not determined:
"Although a conclusive determination could not be made, the most probable explanation was that the sighting was of a 'willy willy' or circular wind phenomenon which flattened the reeds and sucked up debris to a height of about 30 feet, thus forming what appeared to be a 'flying saucer', before moving off and dissipating. Hissing noises are known to be associated with 'willy willies' and the theory is also substantiated by the clockwise configuration of the depression.
Mr. Odgers further added, more generally,
"All to often unusual occurrences are reported in sensational terms with little or no attempt made at rational assessment. The general subject is 'newsworthy' and lends itself to sensationalism and guesswork, but in most cases logical explanations follow from careful investigation. You will appreciate that there is nothing to be gained from reopening old cases." [a sentiment I would not agree with - B.C.]
THE X-FILES From the files of UFOria
A woman driving home at midnight from Maleny notices a disc-shaped craft about 7-10m wide fly nearly 15m above her car for the entire journey. When she turns into her street, it flies ahead and hovers across from her house. She watches as the craft moves slowly away.
UFOs are often reported coming out of the ocean off Coolum.
One couple is visited by a large craft with a strong downward draft above their home. The power from the craft causes the house to shake violently and several household items break. They don’t recall anything afterwards.
A UFO is seen travelling slowly through the hinterland at Witta. It comes from the Lake Baroon direction and lights up the ground as it flies. It hovers quietly in front of the witnesses’ house.
Some people came out of their house late one night to watch the moon land in a nearby field. They remember nothing else for several hours.
Various blinking lights and unexplained glowing in the sky have been reported over Tewantin, Flaxton, Tinbeerwah, Cooroy and elsewhere on the Coast.
Rochedale South, Tuesday October 14 2002, 11.30pm
A woman walked to the local shop to buy a packet of cigarettes. She saw a big light coming in towards the city area and then it stopped. She then noticed 2 other orange glowing lights travel overhead taking approx. 2 minutes to do so. The objects were a bit brighter than a star and travelling in a straight line. One of the objects seemed to occasionally wobble. She stated she had seen satellites and these were not satellites. By this time her son had joined her and they also spotted 3 other objects in the sky that were moving in very small circles. She telephoned her mother, a neighbour and others to look at the objects who all reported seeing them. The woman has seen unusual objects before.
About twenty years ago she was with her father in Newcastle when they saw a plane surrounded by 7 cigar-shaped objects. This incident was later reported on the news.
On another occasion 13 years ago in Coffs Harbour, she was coming home from work at 2.30am when she saw a massive big light burst out of the ocean and fly straight up into the sky with a burst of noise.
MY UFO EXPERIENCE: UFOs & USOs Spotted While Serving on Coast Guard Ship in The Bermuda Triangle, The UFO Chronicles, 1 April 2009
Reader Submitted Report, [Unedited], 2-4-08
During the late 70's, I was stationed on a Coast Guard ship which spent 3 weeks at a time patrolling in the Bermuda triangle. On one trip I had a low quality telescope which I had brought along to try to do some sky watching. If you have ever been out in the Ocean on a bright summer night with clear skies you would understand.
One night, about 2 a.m., I was on the fantail looking up and noticed something moving in the outer atmosphere. It was just a bright light but it's erratic movement caught my eye. It traveled about 1/4 of the horizon in about 10 seconds. Then it stopped for a moment and proceeded to move in a straight line upward. It stopped again for a few seconds, then went in a straight line to the starting point. What bothered me was that something covering that much of the horizon in such a short period of time would have to be going thousands of miles per hour. That ruled out a jet or other man made vehicle.
At first I thought maybe it was a mistake on my part, so I took the telescope up to the bridge where a friend with a better education in star gazing was on duty. I pointed out the light to him, (it had continued to move around) and asked him what he thought. He was in agreement with my speed evaluation, and told me this would qualify as a 'UFO'.
There were other times at night when we would see brightly lit objects speeding under water past our ship. The water was too shallow for it to have been subs. But we never got a good enough look to know what it was.
One night something clipped our rudder which caused our steering cable to snap. The cable was four inch thick braided steel. Just as we were finishing the repair, something hit the other rudder and snapped the cable on the other side of the ship.
Another time about 200 gallons of oil "disappeared" from a gear bath. We searched for an oil slick thinking we had a leak, but what happened to the fluid was never solved.
A lot of weird stuff out there!
An Interview with José Martinez of PRRG
José A. Martínez graciously accepted our request to answer a few questions on his organization's UFO research endeavors on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a notorious UFO hotspot for many generations.
What is the Puerto Rican Research Group?
It’s a non-profit entity that emerged in the 1960’s, but by 1988 was established as an organization registered with the Puerto Rican State Department. It is made up of several individual specialized in given technical fields and having knowledge of specific areas. For example, the group’s director or leader is Mr. Willie Durand Urbina, who has a background in cinematography. He was a cameraman for a San Juan-based TV station and he has pursued this profession as a photo and video analyst. He’s currently specializing in optics and how it affects our environment. Willie covers the San Juan Area. Another of our members is Juan A. Lopez, another technician in photo analysis and the group’s logistician. His work is of great importance, as he has considerable knowledge of photo imagery. Juan covers the Hato Rey and Fajardo areas. Whalberto Cardona is an airline pilot with a vast knowledge of aircraft; his opinions are very important within the group when it comes to analyzing objects in our skies. He covers the entire southeastern region of Puerto Rico. Carmen Martinez is a special member of our group, as she delves in the paranormal. She’s our adviser in paranormal affairs and specializes in this field. José A. Martinez has a background in computer science and worked for the Department of Justice’s internal security department. He’s in charge of field research, collecting all data in a forensic manner, guarding the scene to keep it from being tainted until specialized equipment can be brought in. He’s also in charge of several of the group’s websites and of informing the pertinent media.
To what can we ascribe the constant presence of anomalous phenomena in Puerto Rico?
The presence of these phenomena can be attributed to several sources, from natural and artificial phenomena to others having no logical explanation whatsoever. We are in a part of the planet that constitutes one of the vertexes of the so-called Bermuda Triangle. It could be the considerable quantity of geomagnetic energy that surrounds the entire Caribbean area, and it has been shown that phenomena of this type is attracted to these natural magnetic fields, and this could be an explanation. But above all, we’re on a geological fault that is in constant motion, creating pressure and friction, releasing lights that are sometimes mistaken for UFOs, apparitions, “hachos”, witches and other names given by people who are not aware of natural forces. These strange phenomena include the Chupacabras, an entity that appears every 20-30 years and is very furtive. Others dismiss this phenomenon, but have not conducted field research to emit a sound judgment on the matter. There are hundreds of witnesses who have seen it, and describe the same thing. It’s a case that remains open for discussion and analysis.
And specifically, why in the island’s southwestern corner?
Not only in the southwestern corner of Puerto Rico. We have identified other places with constant sightings, among them the Ponce coastal region, Guayanilla, Guanica, Lajas, Aguadilla, Cabo Rojo, the mountainous area of Yauco, Orocovis, El Yunque, Morovis, Luquillo, Cerro Las Mesas, Mayaguez, Marcao, Adjuntas, Eastern Vieques, Fajardo, Vega Alta and Vega Baja, Arecibo – all of these areas have been identified as geomagnetically aberrant. This means that these areas contain some kind of magnetic mineral that affects AM radio communications and the frequencies employed by the State and Municipal police forces.
Has Laguna Cartagena ever been discussed again? This body of water attracted considerable attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Laguna Cartagena is linked to many local legends, ranging from witches, wandering spirits on the roads, and even aliens have reportedly been seen walking along the highways. An incident occurred here in the ‘80s when hundreds of witnesses from Lajas, Betances and nearby communities saw an object plummet into the lagoon. Witnesses say that a huge sphere fell into the waters. What makes this incident strange is that Federal authorities immediately intervened to remove whatever it was that fell. They explored the lagoon for several weeks with Navy divers, twin-rotor helicopters over the lagoon, drawing water, and managed to remove some spheres. While Puerto Rico has several natural and artificial lagoons, including the Vega Lagoon in Yauco, which has had its own UFO accounts for years. It’s located in the mountainous region of Yauco, and many locals have reportedly seen huge objects coming out of these waters in total silence.
What do you think INEXPLICATA’s readers overseas should know about UFO’s in Puerto Rico?
For those who are reading this article in English, we would like to tell them that the Hispanic peoples have very good and compelling cases. The language barrier has been considerable in making some of these cases known, and the important work being carried out by our friend Scott Corrales has been to provide assistance to non-Spanish speakers and make them aware of what is going on in Puerto Rico and it’s kindred countries. Puerto Rico has serious researchers who work unselfishly as well as alleged professionals who mock witnesses and denigrate their integrity. Such individuals do not last for long, and are in league with the CIA, the NSA and the FBI. It’s regrettable that this should happen in Puerto Rico, but I imagine that it happens in other countries as well, following the pattern of disinformation and mockery on radio, in the press and television. UFOs in Puerto Rico are real. We have been witnesses to this phenomenon and collected evidence about it. Let there be no question about this, although many [cases] have not come to light because some want to avoid being the target of mockery or criticism. Others prefer to remain anonymous, and still others face situations that may befall them [as a result of research]. We have changed the way we work to avoid these situations. We are very grateful to INEXPLICATA for this opportunity, and for giving the English-speaking UFO community a chance to know more about us and share their knowledge with serious researchers in Puerto Rico. You can contact us at: Puerto Rican Research Group, 410 Altos, Floral Park, Hato Rey, PR, 00907, 787.294.1328 and 787.821.1671.