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Filer's Files #10 -- 2001, MUFON Skywatch Investigations
George A. Filer, Director, Mutual UFO Network Eastern
March 5, 2001, Sponsored by Electronic Arts;
Webmaster Chuck Warren --

UFOs CAUSE CONCERNS FOR AIR SAFETY: Another unexplained crash
occurs in Georgia. UFO reports come in from New York, Maryland,
North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, Oregon, United Kingdom, and


Arthur Clarke is known for spinning elaborate, visionary tales
of futures that might be, none more famous than "2001: A Space
Odyssey." But according to Clarke, the real 2001 has some pretty
unbelievable things to offer. "I'm fairly convinced that we have
discovered life on Mars," Clarke told Sunday as Buzz
Aldrin listened. "There are some incredible photographs from
[the Jet Propulsion Laboratory], which to me are pretty
convincing proof of the existence of large forms of life on
Mars! Have a look at them. I don't see any other
interpretation." Thanks to

Editor's Note: Since 1997, I have expressed my belief that Mars
images show evidence of life on our neighboring planet. I
suggest if a panel of experts were shown the evidence they would
also conclude that life once existed on Mars.


MACON-- John Thompson an excellent UFO investigator sent me
information from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Writers Ron
Martz and Alan Judd report that 21 National Guard personnel died
in a farm field near this small Georgia town when a twin-engine
turboprop transport plane crashed and burst into flames March 3,
2001. The worst military aviation disaster in Georgia's history
involved the very reliable C-23 Sherpa troop and cargo carrying
aircraft. There were heavy rains and thunderstorms reported in
the general area. The Sherpa crashed about an hour after it took
off at 8:57 a.m. from Hurlburt Field, an Air Force installation
near Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The plane was en route to Oceana,
Virginia., after a training mission at Hurlburt. President Bush
issued a statement saying he was deeply saddened by news of the
crash. "This tragic loss on a routine training mission reminds
us of the sacrifices made each and every day by all of our men
and women in uniform," Bush said in the statement. "The price of
freedom is never free. Today's events remind us that it is
sometimes unspeakably high.

Witnesses said the plane appeared to come down slowly and almost
glide before crashing in a muddy field. Dennis Posey a farmer
described the sound of the plane coming down as "a scream." He
heard a crash and Posey jumped in his pickup truck and drove a
mile from his house, discovering a plane that was beyond hope.
"It was engulfed. By that time, there was nothing anybody could
do, I assure you," Posey said. "The impact was so great," he
said. "I knew nobody could be alive when the plane hit the
ground." He described the fuselage of the Army transport plane
as compacted. "There was no way there was anybody left," he
said. Posey said the plane apparently began to break apart
before it crashed. A 4- or 5-foot piece of the tail section
landed in a small pecan grove near the home of his father, D.E.
Posey, about three-fourths of a mile from the crash site. A
20-foot section of the plane's left wing hit the ground about a
quarter-mile from the pecan grove, closer to the crash site.
Posey said there were no burn marks on either of those pieces or
a half-dozen other pieces of the plane scattered in the area.

Editor's Note: I have concerns that a UFO may have been involved
in this crash. First, UFOs are frequently seen flying at low
level in the general area. Second, the Sherpa is a slow flying
aircraft and it is unlikely that both a wing and tail would have
structural failure even if the craft had flown into bad weather.
Third, Similar crashes have occurred with unknown metals found
on the tail structures and wings indicating a mid-air collision
with an unidentified craft. Forth, The crew had no time to issue
any warning or May Day indicating a collision of some type.
Fifth, witnesses indicated there was no airborne explosion. I
freely admit this is a remote possibility, however it is time
that all possibilities be considered in the tragic loss of life.
UFOs are frequently sighted in the area of crashes. The
extraordinary power and high speeds of UFOs may accidentally
cause damage to our aircraft.


FISHKILL -- The witness reports three bright white lights
crossed I-84 and headed west paralleling the highway towards
Hudson River on February 22, 2001. Where the highway crests a
ridge and drops into a valley there is a panoramic view so I
scanned the sky for lights, and saw the usual assortment of
recognizable aircraft lights at 8:15 PM. However, I saw a group
of three very white bright lights in a straight line, close
enough to each other that my initial reaction was that they
couldn't be separate aircraft. They were also much lower than
aircraft in the area typically fly. As I continued west, I tried
to gauge the object's motion relative to mine. It made a banking
maneuver which carried it across the highway directly in front
of me, a 1/4 mile away, and only a couple of hundred feet up at
most. Though it was night, there was more than enough ambient
lighting so I could see it's bottom, which was a black diamond
shape, with three bright white lights across it.

There were no discernable wings - it was as though I was looking
at a large, black kite. Two of the lights were at opposite
points of the diamond, with the third in the middle. Since the
object was banked over, the three lights were in a vertical
line. The object continued it's turn, then leveled out at
treetop height and continued westbound towards the Hudson River,
paralleling the highway but on the other side from me. I called
my girlfriend who lives two miles from my position intending to
ask her to go outside and look for the object. When she
answered, she started telling me that she was watching an object
from the house. We agreed that it was the same craft, and she
was able to view it for a couple minutes. She had initially
noticed it through the living room window, due to it's bright,
unusually configured lights and low altitude. Having spent five
years in the Air Force with a keen interest and familiarity with
most types of aircraft, I know that what I saw was not a
conventional aircraft nor were its flight characteristics. Even
if it was a military aircraft from Stewart AFB nearby, I can't
understand why it would fly so low over an interstate highway,
then descend to treetop level and parallel the road. Thanks to
Peter Davenport Director NUFORC


MOUNT AIRY -- Saturday, March 2, 2001, Erik was walking his dog
at around 12:50 AM when he thought he saw the moon, but then
realized it was a flaming light in the sky. It was about 1 to 2
miles away, not to high in the sky. The flaming got more intense
lighting up the sky in the area. The light then formed into a
horizontal light form and then slowly (over the course of about
2 minutes) faded out. Several cars turning down the road at this
time were probably trying to get a closer look. Eric's sister
saw something similar in the past year. It was too still to be a
plane, too big and fiery to be a helicopter. It was like
fireworks hovering in the sky for 5 to 10 minutes. Thanks to
Eric D. and


LAKE JUNALUSKA --On February 26, 2001, at 5:35 PM, Jade Moon
writes, "I was headed south on Highway 209, from Crabtree when I
saw a white dot in the southwestern sky that was not moving. By
the time I reached the bridge that crossed over I-40, I noticed
that the dot in the sky at 10 o'clock was fading fast, but
almost instantly another had appeared at 4 o'clock. Several
sightings of cigar shaped objects have occurred over Lake
Junaluska in the past.

I traveled another 50 yards south, and by the time I had reached
the Citgo truck stop, both objects had disappeared. There was no
sound and nor jet stream, as any aircraft would have left in the
sky. My 8 year old daughter did not look quick enough to see the
first object, but she also verified the sighting of the second
object. You may feel free to post this report. Thanks to: Jade


The UFO photographs on your website taken several miles from
Nashville are astounding! I had an encounter some thirty years
ago in La Vergne with a faceless, robed entity. Not until
recently, would I have connected my encounter with
extra-terrestrials. The E.T. encounter I had was very peaceful
and loving. Thanks to Murfreesboro, TN resident


ROCKFORD -- On Saturday February 10, 2001, my wife and I were
driving eastbound in Rockford when at 10:25 PM a formation of
lights in the sky caught my wife's attention. She asked me what
it was? I had no clue either, but we noticed that we were not
the only ones seeing it because most people were pulling over on
the side of the street to take a good look of the lights, which
were traveling in a southwest direction. We pulled over in a
Restaurant's parking lot, and we noticed all the patrons at that
restaurant were outside watching those lights, despite the cold
temperature which must have been on the teens. The lady standing
next to me theorized that they were some kind of memorial
lanterns lit up and launched from a nearby hospital and that
were being carried by the wind. However it was interesting to
see that the lights were shifting positions very slowly and it
was interesting to see that at the end of the sighting one of
the lights started traveling in the opposite direction as the
other lights. This event was also on Fire scanner channels and
observed by fire personnel. The sighting was also reported on
local TV, station. All units moved at various speeds and


MOFFAT -- Christopher O'Brien reports, "Tony," his wife and
their young child were traveling east on County Rd T, on March
2, 2001, when they observed "a small cigar-shaped UFO flying
south toward Blanca Peak. The craft was the size of a Cessna
plane. At first we thought it was a small plane but it didn't
have a [vertical stabilizer] tail," and they noted it was
"traveling too slowly to be a conventional plane." The witnesses
estimated the object was less than 1/4- mile away and was flying
at an altitude of "100 feet." The craft flew by the front of
their car for about ten seconds when, to their surprise, "it
blinked out" and disappeared. "We couldn't believe our eyes--it
just vanished." The craft was "dull silver" in color and noted
it may have had "stubby little wings" extending out from the
fuselage. At the time of their sighting there was no wind and
the sky was clear over the valley floor with some broken clouds
over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains which are located 15-miles
to the east of the sighting location. They did not discern a
cupola or cockpit or see any identifying markings nor was there
any sound. Seconds after the fly-by "Tony" who is normally quiet
and low -- key excitedly called Chris on his cell-phone to file
their sighting report. Thanks to Christopher O'Brien author of
The Mysterious Valley (St Martins Press)


ROGUE RIVER -- Dr. Bruce Macabbee writes, "Last week in Filer's
Files #9 you wrote: > In one of the best reports I've received
recently a former SR-71 Air Force Crew Chief phoned to tell me
he and his family of four had a witnessed a disc shaped UFO
outside their home around 8:30 PM on both February 21st, and
22nd, 2001. It started when he noticed a bright light at the top
of the mountain behind his home> The mention of Rogue River
caught my attention because one of the most credible sightings
of all time occurred there in May, 1949. The story is told in
Chapter 10 of THE UFO/FBI CONNECTION." Very briefly, a pancake-
shaped object with a single small vertical fin was observed by
three men and two women while they were in a fishing boat on the
Rogue River near Gold Beach, Oregon. It was late afternoon on a
clear day, May 24, while they were scanning the river looking
for fish jumping that they noticed the object approaching from
the northeast. It stopped moving and hovered about east of their
location for several minutes. During this time two of the men,
who were employees of the Ames Research Laboratory near San
Francisco, were able to look through 8X binoculars each man
having about a minute of viewing time. To the naked eye it
looked like a coin seen obliquely, but in the binoculars it
resolved to a thick pancake shape and the surface looked
"wrinkled and dirty." It should be obvious that under such
excellent viewing conditions any ordinary aircraft shape or
balloon shape would have been clearly obvious (if you can see an
object well to see surface details you can certainly see the
overall shape). While one of the men was watching this object
rotated on its vertical axis and then accelerated away to the
southeast. They estimated that it achieved the speed of a jet in
a few seconds, all with no noise.

What sets this sighting apart from other "run of the mill,"
multiple witness, daylight sightings under optimum viewing
conditions is what happened.... or didn't happen afterward. The
witnesses did not tell the local paper, the radio or TV. In fact
there is no evidence they told anyone EXCEPT the _security
office _ at Ames Research Laboratory. Their report began an
investigation into the sighting by officers of the Air Force
Office of Special Investigation. The investigation involved
interviews with all the witnesses and interviews with
acquaintances of the Ames employees. The investigation showed
that the witnesses were credible and probably very accurate in
their report. The specific description of the shape and dynamics
of the object make it clear that this is either the "real
thing".... a flying saucer/craft not made by humans or a hoax.
But I reject the hoax explanation because anyone who has a job
that requires a security clearance, as at Ames Research
Laboratory, will not (unless he is totally crazy) try to hoax
the security office where he works. (Loss of clearance = loss of
job) This case is listed as one of the 12 best unknown sightings
between 1947 and 1952 by the Battelle Memorial Institute in the
so-called Special Report #14 of Project Blue Book. There are
further details and the results of my own investigation
presented in the UFO/FBI book. The book can be purchased on-line
at Amazon or Barnes and Noble and is in ookstores, published by
Llewellyn in May, 2000. Thanks to Bruce Macabbee.


ANTOFAGASTA -- Two airborne jetliners spotted a giant silver UFO
hovering at an altitude of 60,000 feet near the city of
Antofagasta in Northern Chile around 11:00 AM on February 16,
2001. News reports indicate that a high altitude silver colored
balloon had been released earlier and may have been responsible
for the sightings. The object had been tracked by radar and was
identified as a small silver object west of El Loa's provincial
capital. Thanks to Scott Corrales


The Border Watch Newspaper, February 27, 2001, reports of an
unidentified flying objects along the southeast Coast line last
week have increased. Four people sitting in a car near Port
MacDonnell lighthouse last Tuesday night described what they
believe was a UFO. Their sighting has been verified by two more
people. The object was flying in the vicinity of Victoria and
towards the ocean. Their descriptions of the "Alien Machine are
virtually identical to two sightings near Port MacDonnell light
house, the other near Mumbannar. They described, "A large white
hazy object in the sky, which moved at incredible speed when not
moving slowly or stationary." People traveling in a car at 12:40
AM last Tuesday night saw the object near Mumbannar. Their
description matches that of the separate sightings at Port
McDonnell and seems to describe an object which-moved in a huge
arc across the sea then inland. It was moving at varying speeds,
then just disappeared in a flash. The Victorian people who
phoned us said they had contacted the weather bureau but there
was no balloon activity. The motorists said the object was
round, large white and surrounded by a haze. The five people who
saw the object at Port MacDonnell are convinced they saw a UFO
and were "quite freaked out" Thanks to Trevor Raynor and Diane
Harrison National Director of The Australian UFO Research
Network Australian Skywatch Director


Roger Kennedy writes, "I was just reading your article about
orange lights over Australia." I was visiting the site because
at about 6:50 (GMT) five orange lights flew above our home in
Fleetwood, England. The lights began as an orange color and
progressed to yellow before disappearing. They were arranged in
a V formation and one light always maintained the "wingman"
position. They changed this position into what looked like a
half swastika, they then returned to form a V shape, the lights
gradually changed shape and color and finally disappeared,
wingman last. At first I thought they must be plains, but 3
interesting things changed my mind. 1/ they made no sound, we
get loads of planes overhead and they are always loud, 2/They
were flying too slow. we get lots of helicopters too, and they
are faster than these lights, 3/When I tried to take a photo of
the lights, nothing showed up on the viewfinder. I was just
wondering if you have heard of anything like this. Thanks to: R.


Jennifer writes, "Just thought you'd like to know, A few years
ago, my neighbor, a Delta Airlines captain, said he had seen
several "things" he couldn't explain over the years but he never
reported them because it is well-known among the commercial
pilots that one would be branded a nut and "looney." He would be
taken off active duty for a period of time while he (not the
incident) were investigated. "not worth it," he stated. Thanks
to Jennifer Brown-Jacobs


SANDIA BASE -- Robert Collins writes, "The National Security
Agency Facility located at the entrance to the Coyote Canyon
area of Sandia Base, in Albuquerque played a significant role in
the Paul Bennewitz UFO affair." The Kirtland AFB, AFOSI office
began investigating in October 1981, and ending in August 1983.
Both NSA and the FBI were said to have carried on the
investigation till 1985. What reportedly got NSA involved in the
first place was Paul Bennewitz beaming radio transmissions at
the Manzano Weapons Storage area: Right away this was a security
issue since at the time Manzano was the home of 17,000 +
tactical nuclear weapons. Added comments, nuclear weapons
facilities were often reportedly used to hide UFO related
artifacts and then President Reagan and Vice President Bush made
frequent trips to Manzano during Reagan's presidency to view UFO
exhibits. Please see


BORDENTOWN -- March 31 and April 1 at the Days Inn on Route 206
at the NJ Turnpike Exit #7. Jan Aldrich will talk about his
Project 1947 investigations, Don Ecker will discuss the Dark
Side of the Moon, Viki Ecker's talk concerns "In Search of the
Secret Keepers," Dolores Cannon discusses The Soul, Between
Death and Life, Richard Cassaro will speak on the truth
concerning Ancient Egypt, , Bob Durant's talk is about The Ramey
Memo, and Nancy Talbot talk is on the Physical Evidence
regarding plants, soils at crop formation sites. Call Pat
Marcatillio for reservations at 609 631-8955


Jeff Challender has prepared a new tape of various UFOs that
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expert on NASA missions and even those onboard the shuttle are
unlikely to see what Jeff does. Using Jeff's directions you will
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and real UFOs. I feel confident we could go into a court of law
and convince any jury that there are UFOs moving at high speed
around the Earth. Send $25 to: Jeff Challender 2768 Mendel Way -
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