UFO Sightings - Part 1

On the night of December 29th, 1980, Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum and Vickie's grandson Colby, were driving home from dinner in Dayton, Texas. A bright light appeared above the tree line ahead, and as they drove the trio realized it was getting closer. Coming around a curve in the road, the object was revealed to be a huge, diamond-shaped object hovering over the trees near the road.

The UFO gave off gouts of flame beneath it as the witnesses stopped their car and stepped outside, shocked and transfixed on the bizarre sight. The flames created enough heat to make the car door handles painful to touch and softened the vinyl on the car’s dashboard to the point that their hands left impressions in the material. The object suddenly began to move off, and as it did a huge flight of military helicopters appeared and chased it out of sight.

This case is most famous for the physical evidence left behind in the form of severe illness that all three witnesses began to suffer shortly after they got home that night, which included nausea, vomiting, hair loss, lesions on their skin, and sunburn. One doctor who examined them diagnosed the witnesses as having been exposed to powerful ionizing radiation. In addition, investigators could still see the hand-prints on the car’s softened vinyl dashboard weeks after the incident.

From November 1989 and well into 1990, a major UFO 'flap' occurred across Belgium, as hundreds of witnesses across the country reported sightings of a triangle of lights cruising low and silent across the night sky. In March of 1990 one of these sightings even led to radar contact by the Belgian military, and subsequent scrambling of F-16 fighters to attempt an intercept.

After reviewing the tapes of one of the F-16’s flight, it was calculated that at one point the triangular craft was traveling at over 1000 knots. Also, it showed the capability to go from 150 knots to 500 knots in a matter of seconds.

Members of the Belgian police sent to observe the object reported the lights shifting into a square formation, making odd jerky movements in the sky, and eventually disappearing in four separate directions. Thirteen reports of sightings would come from police officers alone that evening. Over sixty more would come from citizens.

Though a famous photograph of the object has been circulated for years, it was eventually admitted as a hoax. Nevertheless, dozens of sightings of the object by hundreds of witnesses across several months certainly still raises questions about exactly what was flying over Belgium in the winter of 1989-90.

The USS Nimitz Encounter report made waves in the national media in December of 2017 when infrared footage taken of an unknown object was released to the public. The incident took place in 2004; for two weeks in November of that year, the cruiser USS Princeton had been tracking mysterious objects in the sky with its advanced radar. The objects appeared at upwards of 80,000 feet before plunging to sea level and making other dramatic maneuvers. On November 14th, two F/A-18 aircraft on patrol in the area from the USS Nimitz were sent to intercept this object as it appeared again on radar.

When they reached the location of the reported object, the pilots saw a strange area of churning water which appeared to barely cover a large, light-colored object just beneath the surface. As they descended, the object rose out of the water and increased its altitude, while maneuvering in a circle opposite of the aircraft. When the lead pilot decided to dive towards the UFO, it shot off at high speed and disappeared in seconds.

A second flight of aircraft sent to find the object recorded extremely strange footage with their infrared cameras, which clearly shows a large "tic-tac" shaped object sharing the sky with the fighter jets. The shape had a discernible mid-line horizontal axis, was solid white, smooth, with no nacelles, pylons, or wings. The report listed the object's size as approximately 46 feet in length.

According to several sources, these documents have been verified as authentic, despite lacking a date or any official seal marking it as a military document. The full document is available online, although the names of the pilots and officers involved have been redacted.