UFO Leaves a Mark

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January 8, 1981:

Physical Evidence

Left by UFO!


A hit & run

On January 8, 1981, a close encounter with a UFO left actual physical evidence!

Digging for the truth

Digging deeper, we find what Popular Mechanic’s magazine (May 2001) called “…the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time.”

A French farmer working outside on his farm near Trans-en-Provence, France, was alerted by a loud whistling noise and looked in amazement at a UFO landing on his field about 150 feet away.  He later described the UFO as looking like two saucers on top of each other and being a bit over 2 meters in diameter.

The farmer reported the UFO landed only briefly, and then took off.   He said he could see some sort of devices under the UFO extending several inches from the bottom.

The farmer called the police who examined the scene and took samples, and also notifiedgovernment space authorities.

The remarkable thing about this incident was the rare physical evidence left behind. Burn marks on the ground and compacting of the soil were verified by GEIPAN, an investigative unit of the French space agency, as was trace elements not expected to be found there.

Also determined at the scene was the burn marks were caused by a temperature of 300 to 600 degrees Celsius, and the ground compacted by at least 4 tons of force.

As with virtually all UFO reports, this one has its champions and its skeptics.  A major problem critics have with this incident is that the farmer was the only witness to the event.  The farmer himself thinks the object was some sort of military secret device, as a military installation was located near the scene.

Of course, there is the physical evidence!

UFO Leaves a Mark

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 January 7, 1948: U.S. Pilot

Shot Down by UFO!


A blink of an eye

On January 7, 1948, a Kentucky Air National Guard pilot met his death trying to intercept a UFO!

Dang, who did that?

Digging deeper, we find another well documented close encounter, this time of the deadly kind.

Captain Tom Mantell flying his P-51 Mustang was a World War II veteran, not a civilian or some rookie.  Mantell and 3 other Mustang pilots were directed to intercept a huge round white object, perhaps a football field across! Multiple witnesses had reported the sighting to military air control from spots in Ohio and Kentucky, including a sergeant at the Fort Knox control tower and members of the Kentucky Highway Patrol.

When the others fighter planes turned away from the pursuit due to low fuel or low oxygen (needed for altitudes over 20,000 feet), Mantell continued to climb after the object, and possibly describing it as of tremendous size.  (Air traffic controllers present are in disagreement about Mantell’s actual wording.)

Mantell’s fighter began an uncontrolled spin all the way back to the ground where it crashed, killing the pilot.  The most likely reason for the crash is Mantell passing out from lack of oxygen, but nobody knows for sure.

With an incident witnessed by so many credible witnesses, including military pilots, military personnel on the ground, and Highway Patrol personnel, and ultimately resulting in the loss of a fighter plane and its pilot, this encounter changed the public’s perception of UFO reports.  Far from an isolated report by a shady source, the shocked public had to take this incident seriously, and has been spurred to closely monitor every report of a UFO or seemingly alien encounter since.

Numerous associations, clubs, and individuals catalog and report about every incident they come across, from what allegedly occurred at Rendlesham Forest in 1980 to the alleged UFOs sighted inNew York City in 2010.  Collectively, these incidents continue to provide a rich source for enthusiasts to research, largely because of this early incident, which also happened to occur around the same time as the inception of the forerunners to Project Blue Book, but that was of course the subject of another day in Cracked History!

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