Carroll County, Arkansas 1977. UFO Flyover.
First, I checked the archives for this and didn't turn up any results. So I thought I would try and do a write-up on a case that hits home for me.
I grew up in Carroll County. Many of the witnesses to this extraordinary event are people who I either know directly or indirectly, as could be said
for about 60% of the entire County actually. What I found odd upon reading this case-file, however, is that growing up, I never heard of this. And
upon what little independant investigation I have done so far, I can only find a few people that remember it at all, even though at the time it made
front headlines and garnered a LOT of calls to the local radio station.
First off, lets see Carroll County.
There are really only three major towns in Carroll County. Eureka Springs, Berryville and Greenforest.
Throughout this case, we are only worried about two. Eureka Springs and Berryville. They are situated about 12 miles apart East to West. Please keep
this in mind while reading, as it gives a scope when looking at the different times the object was sighted.
The story takes place on December 15, 1977 (of note is the number of flaps across the Country and indeed the world in '77. And also that this event
occured very near McDonald County Missouri that had quite a wave itself the same year) and begins with the report from Peter and Kathryn Bezjian of
Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
(note, much of this thread is taken from material investigated by the late, great Bob Pratt and can be found here
...I will link it again at the end)
Now, asking around, I haven't been able to locate where the Bezjian's actually lived, but that they lived in the town of Eureka Springs. They both
saw the object from inside their home between the hours of 7:00 and 7:30pm. Their report isn't much to comment on. The wife witnessed the object
first and exclaimed to her husband that there was a large plane about to crash outside their house. When they went to look at it they were surprised
to see a large "diamond" shaped object moving slow and low that displayed a red light in the center of the underside. They argued about how big it
was. The husband said it was 150' from front to back, the wife thought even bigger. Nothing follows for two hours.
Frances and Ira Whitney
Between the hours of 9:00 and 9:30pm both Frances and Ira witnessed this object independantly while driving home at slightly different times. Both of
these folks were Scientists of sorts. Ira, a nuclear chemist and Frances a Biologist with a Masters degree in Science Education.
Frances was going home first returning from a school board meeting where she describes seeing what appear to look like headlights on a hill up ahead
shining VERY brightly. But, as she rounds a corner realizes there isn't a hill there at all and that the lights are hanging in air roughly 1,000 -
1,500 feet. Frances had also spent time in the AirForce and had flown during that time. Having kept up with the newer planes as best she could, she
could not identify this as any sort of craft she was familiar with. In her words: "It was huge in every way!" (Note, she doesn't comment on a red
light like the Bezjian's had seen. She describes two white lights that shine with the intensity of flood lights and two smaller green lights that
were above and to either side of the white lights.)
Frances decides to stop her car and while watching, for approximately five minutes, the object descends and moves towards her. By now she is thinking
that she may be seeing a UFO and reports being thrilled by the prospect of it. Then, the object "checks her out" with its light and disappears.
Meanwhile, Ira Whitney is on the same road behind her. He is witnessing the same thing, but from afar.
He describes witnessing this object as it hung stationary over a cove in the lake. After watching it for a little bit he decides to get out of his
truck and get his bearings straight. Then the object started to move, but very slowly. He goes on to talk about how it passes directly over his head
(!) about 1,000 feet up with lights that appear to be about 100' apart. Last seen moving towards Berryville. When both Frances and Ira got home, they
compared stories and were sure it was a UFO. Exceptionally large.
"I have lived so long and done so many things,” she added. “I am one of those people who was in on the beginning of this great age of ours. I've
done everything. I flew across the English Channel in 1922 and then I was in the new Air Force. At my age, I feel I have taken part in so many
exciting things that it is just fitting that I should have seen a UFO.
“It's like the great fireworks at the end. I was just delighted because I've done everything and seen everything."
So, at this point we have an object that started in Eureka Springs at 7:30, moved Southwest towards Beaver Lake where it was seen two hours later. It
has now turned East and is going to move across the county towards the county seat of Berryville.
The next series of sightings occured between 9:30 and 10:00pm.
Bob Weathers was the General Manager of the Carroll Electric Co-Op in '77. He was the next witness in line both time-wise and what can be shown to be
the object's flight path. He lived three miles West of Berryville on Highway 62. His account speaks of how he looked out a window and saw three
bright lights in the air west of him towards Eureka Springs. After watching the object for about five minutes he walks outside and watches them
gradually approach, moving at what he guessed was between five and ten miles per hour. When the object became somewhat close, he noticed a fourth
light appear on the object. His first thought was a weather balloon, but noted that the wind was moving in the opposite direction.
Eventually, he got his wife to come out and she said she might have heard a small humming sound.
Jim Dwyer is another witness. He was a police officer. On patrol that night he was heading west through town until he saw the lights in the sky. He
turns around and heads up to Saunder's Heights (Saunder's Heights is one of the tallest points in the county and it sits right in the middle of
town.) for a bird's eye view. From there he watched the lights moving slow and low right over town! He watched for half an hour until it passed
beyond town to the East.
He describes the object as kite-shaped and notes that the lights would dim out or grow larger or dissappear altogether only to reappear later.
Another watching from Saunder's Heights is Howard Hill, a volunteer fire-fighter. Like Dwyer, he saw the object approaching the town and went to
Saunder's Heights for a better view. Apparently there were quite a few who did the same because he describes people coming to him to look through his
binnoculars. He notes 25-30 people watching this thing from the hilltop.
Many other witnesses in this case. Ummm... a local radio personality who watched it from his home was frightened by the approaching lights and who's
radio program was inundated with calls the next day. A town clerk encountered the object on the road on the way home from a bowling match with her
children. They were terrified.
And finally a lady who witnessed it on the tail-end of its flight-path through the county encountered the object as it chased her down the road for a
few miles. She describes it as a blue light.
There really isn't much to say about this story other than it shows that these giant triangle/diamond shaped objects have been in the skies for quite
some time. Has the Government had these things THAT long?
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