posted on Feb, 27 2011 @ 07:03 AM
I am reading Leslie Kean's marvelous book "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record", and in this book is a describing of the
sighting of the Portuguese Air Force pilot Julio Guerra which he had in 1982.
It is in my opinion a very interesting case because the object he saw was also seen by two fellow Air Force officers from out another plane, Carlos
Garces and Antonio Gomes.
What he and the other pilots saw seems to be a metallic looking disc composed of two halves, one on the top and another on the bottom, with some kind
of band around the center, brilliant, with the top reflecting the sun. The bottom half was a darker tone.
It was capable of moving with very high speed in all directions and had an estimate size by comparing it with pilot Julio Guerra’s plane fuselage
from 7.75 meters from about 2.50 to 3.00 meters.
The pilots estimated that the unidentified object was flying at over 300 MPH vertically and its velocity when it circled Guerra’s aircraft was about
It seems that when he called the tower and said to the controller that he was confronted with a strange object flying around him some other pilots who
were flying in other zones and did hear that conversation made fun of it in the first place, but when pilot Julio Guerra responded to them by asking
them to come over and see it with their own eyes and said that if it was a balloon, how could it ascend from the ground to 5,000 feet in a few
seconds, there was no response other then silence.
Portugal, Airline Captain Spots UFO
In the chapter he wrote for "UFOs," Airline Captain Júlio Miguel Guerra relives his lengthy encounter with a highly active UFO while serving as a
flight instructor for the Portuguese Air Force in 1982.
He writes: "At various times the object had been very close to me and I was able to verify that it was round with two halves shaped like two
tight-fitting skullcaps. I carefully looked at the lower one, which seemed to be somewhere between red and brown with a hole or dark spot in the
"The center band looked like it had some kind of a grid, and possibly a few lights, but it was hard to tell since the sun was so bright and was
reflected." The object circled his airplane for 15 minutes while he was alone in the sky, in his DHC-1 ChiPM,unk. He made this drawing the day after
the encounter and submitted it with his report to the Portuguese Air Force.
(Júlio Guerra, CNIFO Case Report)
Guerra states that the object "flew at a fantastic speed in a large elliptical orbit to the left, between 5,000 feet to the South and approximately
10,000 feet to the North, always from left to right, repeating this route over and over. I tried to keep it in sight."
Two fellow Air Force officers, Carlos Garcês and António Gomes, flew to the location, and they too watched the object repeat its elliptical course,
passing between the two planes on each return, for about 10 minutes. They were able to estimate the size, given its proximity to the two aircraft:
about eight to 10 feet.
After landing, all three pilots filed detailed, independent written reports with the Air Force. General José Lemos Ferreira, the Portuguese Air Force
Chief of Staff at the time, authorized the release of all the records to a team of scientists and experts, which conducted a lengthy scientific
investigation. The group estimated that the unidentified object was flying at over 300 MPH vertically and its velocity when it circled Guerra’s
aircraft was about 1550 MPH.
Since leaving the Air Force in 1990 after 18 years of service, Júlio Guerra has been a Captain with Portugália Airlines (TAP), Portugal’s largest
He has 17,000 hours of flight experience, and in 2009 he received an aeronautic science degree from the Lusofona University of Oporto.
Special thanks to UFO Casebook and the Huffington Post. Ken Pfeifer MUFON New Jersey, www.worldufophotos.org
edit on 27/2/11 by spacevisitor because: made some corrections