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UFO Over Collaroy NSW Australia

From: Diane Harrison Director AUFORN <tkbnetw@powerup.com.au>

Report 02-28-01
 

Incident Report Collary NSW Australia

Date: 28th. 2 .2001.
Via Bryan Dickenson UFOR NSW

On Friday evening of 23 February 2001, at 10.45 pm at Collaroy
NSW - a large, reddish object with a glowing red hemispherical
base and a "dark, unlit, castle-like upper section" passed from
west to east, then out to sea before disappearing several
kilometers offshore

The object made an extremely loud noise ("like a hundred
motorbikes") and was seen for about a quarter of an hour by
several streets ("at least") of Collaroy residents, drawn
outside by the loud noise. Several bouncers on the door at the
local hotel had a very clear view of the object.

Witnesses reported that the object created a definite draft of
air in the direction of travel.

An Australian Air Force source reported that four identical
objects had been seen over Darwin (NT) earlier that Friday
evening. Up to five Australian Air Force jets from Darwin had
been scrambled in pursuit. The rotating objects seen at Darwin
were reported as having a hemispherical base with a smaller
cylindrical turret above.

At least one of the objects had flown alongside an Air Force
jet, pacing it (the pilots had found this disconcerting). The
object had 'jumped' instantaneously to a position behind the
jet.

One object had been fired upon but bullets had been deflected
without causing any apparent harm.

The objects had been followed southwards, but jets had to be
diverted near Sydney to Richmond AFB to refuel.

(Estimates of the actual sizes of the objects, speeds, etc. are
not available at this time)

The following Saturday morning, several AF retrieval and
Hercules planes had overflown the Collaroy area, "as if looking
for something."

Collaroy residents tried to contact the 1800 National UFO
hotline during Saturday afternoon, but received a recorded
message saying the service was temporarily unavailable.

On Sunday, Air Force and Navy planes had continued overflying
the Collaroy area. One extremely large plane had overflown the
area at very low altitude and low speed, with its cargo doors
open.

PRA and Monash University (Melbourne) personnel are believed to
have been discretely providing technical advice and support for
the Defense investigation.

The position where the object vanished on Friday night (several
miles east of Collaroy) appears to be a favoured location for
unusual phenomena. On several occasions during the mid-1990s,
residents of Elanora Heights reported seeing a series of bright
star-like objects appear at that location before they sped off
either westwards, or northwards along the coast. On two
different occasions, in the very early morning: an "explosion of
light" had been seen and a thin, single ring of cloud had
radiated outwards from that location, horizontal to the ground
and several hundred metres up.

Elanora Heights residents had experienced an unusual and
disorienting "wave", where the ground seemed to ripple to the
northwest (but it was not the usual sort of earthquake and
ground vibration). Two residents near a cliff reported that they
had been temporarily 'projected' about 10 metres southeast so
they could look down into their neighbour's back yard, which was
not normally from the kitchen. An explosion was heard following
the wave, from the southeast (seaward).

The incident is being investigated by INUFOR, UFOR(NSW) and UFOESA.
 

From: "Bill Chalker" <bill_c@bigpond.com>
To: "Diane Harrison Director AUFORN" <tkbnetw@powerup.com.au>
Cc: <Aussiepost@listbot.com>
Subject: Re: Initial incident report - Collaroy incident
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 15:52:35 +1100
X-Priority: 3
___________________________________________

Comment from Bill Chalker via OZ Network:
 

From: "Bill Chalker" <bill_c@bigpond.com>
To: "Diane Harrison Director AUFORN" <tkbnetw@powerup.com.au>
Cc: <Aussiepost@listbot.com>
Subject: Re: Initial incident report - Collaroy incident
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 15:52:35 +1100

Hi,

I can confirm that Peter Khoury and I went out to Collaroy on
Sunday and interviewed a number of locals. Details received in
videoed interviews confirm the essential nature of the Collaroy
incident, as described below in Bryan Dickeson's report:

One of the witnesses we spoke to confirmed an antecdote he had
been told by a woman the following day, that approximates the
Darwin antecdote Bryan describes. Darwin , an RAAF pursuit and
firing were all mentioned. The antecdote was mentioned as being
apparently linked to the Collaroy incident.

We briefly interviewed the local hotel manager and head of
security there, but they did not confirm the incident, other
than to volunteer than a large contingent of bikers did come
into the area around 10 pm. This appears to be earlier than the
incident involved. The witnesses who saw the alleged UFO were
certain that the noise they heard was clearly related to be
object they saw go overhead.

I visited Dee Why police on Sunday, but they could not confirm
anything out of the ordinary.

I have sent an enquiry to the Department of Defence for comment.

I spoke with the editor of the Manly Daily. He was unaware of
anyone contacting them about the incident and would not run a
story to "flush" others out on principle. He would only run a
story if locals contacted the paper.

Will advise any further relevant info.

Regards, Bill Chalker

_____________________________________________

Bill Chalkers request for information from the
Royal Australian Air Force Canberra.

Hi everybody,

I sent the following enquiry off to the Department of Defence
and got the following response, fairly promptly:

Wednesday, 28 February 2001 3:32 PM:

I am seeking any information about alleged "UFO" or "UAS"
incidents that occurred on Friday night, February 23rd, 2001.

I have interviewed people in the Collaroy (northern Sydney
beaches) area who observed and heard an unusual object at about
10.45 pm, ostensibly travelling west to east.

This object was claimed to have come down very low over the area
and disappeared out to sea. Some locals have linked this to
seemingly unusual aircraft and helicopter activity over the
area, particularly on Saturday, February 24th.

Others have linked this activity to an alleged UFO event claimed
to have involved RAAF aircraft from Darwin NT earlier in the
evening of Friday, February 23rd, 2001. This activity allegedly
involved 4 similar objects and up to 5 RAAF aircraft in
"pursuit".

1. Could you please confirm whether the RAAF or Department of
Defence has any knowledge of either the alleged Darwin NT and/or
Collaroy NSW area events of Friday evening, February 23rd, 2001?
Were any RAAF aircraft involved in any events of the nature
described above?

2. Were Department of Defence aircraft, helicopters etc involved
in activity off the Collaroy beach area on Friday February 23rd,
Saturday February 24th and since then, and was this related to
the events described above? If they were not related to such
events could you please advise me if you are aware of any
explanation for these alleged events and the activity since
Saturday, February 24th, 2001 in the Collaroy area.

I will contact you further on this matter over the next day or
so. Thank you,

Bill Chalker
UFO Investigation Centre (UFOIC)
02 9484 4680
__________________________________

The Royal Australian Air Force Canberra
official comment to Bill Chalker from:

Geoff Patchett
Wing Commander
Public Affairs Coordinator - Air Force

SEC Unclassified RAAF Activities 23-25 March 2001

Wednesday, 28 February 2001 6:50 PM

Dear Bill,

In answer to your enquires regarding reports of unusual RAAF
activity over the weekend of 23 -25 March 2001. I have confirmed
that there was very limited and routine aircraft activity over
that weekend. The only aircraft operating out of Darwin at that
time were two F/A-18s conducting normal training flights. There
was some transport aircraft activity out of Richmond Airbase but
that was also routine tasking and did not involve any searching
activity. A Caribou also transited to the Naval Station at Nowra
on a routine flight. At mid day on 24th a F111 also transited
from Brisbane to Nowra on a routine flight.

Geoff Patchett
Wing Commander
Public Affairs Coordinator - Air Force

Will keep you posted on any further developments,
Regards,

Bill Chalker
________________________________________

Comment Diane:

I had a conversation with Bill regarding the incident and
informed him I might be able to find out a little more from the
RAAF in QLD and asked him if he would like me to do so.

Hence the report from me.
________________________________________

A formal request for information relating to the incident
In on the 23rd -25th February near Collaroy

 From Diane Harrison, National Director of AUFORN
Time: 14:35p.m
Date: 28th 2 2001
To The Royal Australian Air Force Amberley QLD
Via Racheal King Public Affairs Coordinator - Air Force Qld
 

Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 14:35:44 +1100
To: ambpublicrelations@defence.gov.au
From: Diane Harrison Director AUFORN <tkbnetw@powerup.com.au>
Subject: Fwd: Initial incident report

Hi Racheal

Thank you for looking at this. Like I said I'm just a little
surprised that this kind of information is said to have come
from the Air force. I would be interested in what you can find
out regarding this incident. Thank you again for talking the
time to look at it.
 
 

Telephone call 28th 2 2001 to Diane Harrison from Racheal King
Public Affairs Coordinator - Air Force Qld

The message left: Hi Diane just calling you back as we are
having technical problem with our network. As for the
information you seek, I've found there was nothing unusual
happening in Darwin or Collaroy, I've been told that no F1-11
were scrambled as stated in the report. However I have been
in-touch with Wing Commander Geoff Patchett Public Affairs
Coordinator in Canberra. I informed him that I had your e-mail
address, he informed me he would be sending another UFO network
an Official Response and would do the same for you. If you
require anything else please don't hesitate to call me. (End of
call)

________________________________
 

From: "Patchett, Geoff" <Geoff.Patchett@cbr.defence.gov.au
To: "'tkbnetw@powerup.com.au'" <tkbnetw@powerup.com.au
Subject: SEC: Unclassified RAAF Activities 23-25 March 2001
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 18:53:03 +1100

Dear Diane,

In response to your comments regarding reports of unusual RAAF
activity over the weekend of 23 -25 March 2001. I have confirmed
that there was very limited and routine aircraft activity over
that weekend. The only aircraft operating out of Darwin at that
time were two F/A-18s conducting normal training flights. There
was some transport aircraft activity out of Richmond Airbase but
that was also routine tasking and did not involve any searching
activity. A Caribou also transited to the Naval Station at Nowra
on a routine flight. At mid day on 24th a F111 also transited
from Brisbane to Nowra on a routine flight.

Geoff Patchett
Wing Commander
Public Affairs Coordinator - Air Force
(02) 6265 5453
 

Comment Diane:
As you can see from the Commander response we are not much
closer to finding out what happened in Collaroy. However I've
heard that Bryan Dickenson, Bill Chalker and Peter Khoury are
working on the case and I've been informed that they will keep
us all up to date. Thank for the follow up Bill, Bryan, Peter

More to come
 

Regards Diane Harrison

National Director of The Australian UFO Research Network
Australian Skywatch Director

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