It was UFO Days last weekend in Barcelona where the highlight of the UFOlogy World Congress was an appearance by the world-famous physicist and string-theory theorist Michio Kaku. His mere presence in the list of speakers gave the conference an edge of mainstream credibility often absent from such gatherings. According to quotations in a Yahoo! News article, Kaku was especially impressed by recent reports from Navy pilots and especially the recently declassified and much-debated gun-camera footage that has been circulating. He is quoted as saying, “We now know they fly between Mach 5 and Mach 20 — five to 20 times the speed of sound. We know they zigzag so fast that any pilot would be crushed by centrifugal force. That they have no exhaust that we can see.” Kaku takes this as strong evidence that UFOs represent an advanced technology, possibly an extraterrestrial one. Read More
Mark Walker thinks the Navy’s holding out on him. Navy Undersecretary Thomas Modly replied to Rep. Mark Walker’s request for more information about the UFOs the Navy has recently admitted to encountering. Walker, a ranking member of the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, addressed his concerns in a July 16 letter to Navy secretary Richard Spencer. That inquiry asked for for a threat assessment and for further details about the unidentified aerial phenomenon. Walker asked for information about whether or not Navy investigations of the reports are being conducted, and he specifically asked about what foreign powers might possess such advanced technology.
Read the UFOdays story Mark Walker’s original letter to the Navy, download the letter, and watch an interview with Walker here.
POLITICO reports that Walker received what he considers an unsatisfactory reply from the Navy. Navy Undersecretary Thomas Modly said, “The Department of the Navy takes these reports very seriously and continues to log sightings and fully investigate the accounts.” The reply ignores most of Rep. Walker’s specific questions, and the brevity of the response conveys a tone of “mind your own business.” Rep. Walker, a top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, protests that legitimate threats to the United States are his business. Walker told POLITICO, “While I am encouraged the Under Secretary of the Navy confirmed that UAP encounters are fully investigated, there is frustration with the lack of answers to specific questions about the threat that superior aircraft flying in United States airspace may pose.” Read More
Forty years after the incident occurred, one of the original witnesses of the New Richmond UFO sighting has come forward and corroborated the story. Troy Schmidt read our write-up on the UFO sighting on UFOdays.net. He spoke up on social media when another reader expressed skepticism about the events described in the story. Schmidt remembers the incident vividly, and he provided the map (below) to indicate the exact location of the event and the movement of the object.
The original sighting took place on September 4, 1979 around 7:45 PM when three young men from Hudson, WI spotted “a small, silvery dome-like or disc-shaped” object hovering 10-20 feet in the air over a field near a turkey farm off County Road A. They described it as “shining brightly … polished stainless steel,” 2-3 feet in diameter. It seemed to wobble as it moved. Read More
CLOSE ENCOUNTER AT DRESSER, WI, SEPT. 5, 1979
Forty years ago, several witnesses had a close encounter with a UFO just two miles east of Dresser, WI. It happened on September 5, 1979. The morning after the New Richmond sightings and two days after the Balsam Lake encounter , a 25-year-old army veteran working as an employee at Trollhaugen Ski Area was driving his Chevrolet Blazer on Highway MM, two miles east of Dresser in Polk County. About 10:45 a.m. he saw a small, dark object above the tree line on the horizon about a half mile ahead. Within a few seconds, the object was directly ahead of him some fifty feet above the ground.
The driver pulled over and exited the vehicle for a better look. He described the object as 6-8 feet in diameter and 2-4 feet in height. As he was watching this thing, it moved across the road and descended in a bean field to his right, where it finally came to a stop and hovered about 10 feet above the vegetation. A passing trucker pulled over and joined the observation. Together, they watched the object ascend to about 200 feet and move over nearby East Lake.
The same trucker saw the disk again, later in the day, above a nearby gravel pit where he worked. He and three others watched it come over the gravel pit and ascend into clear sky at about an 85-degree angle. The men at the gravel pit estimated the silver disk to be 10 feet across and 3-4 feet deep.
It may be completely unrelated, but the army veteran who originally saw the object began to experience another strange phenomenon at their home. Shortly after the sighting, the man, his wife, and his two daughters were troubled by what they called “a strange beeping sound” emanating from the wooded area near their home. At times the beeping became so intense it woke the man from sleep at night. Even the family dog was troubled by the “Morse-code-like” sound that faded from strong to soft. The family searched the wooded area around their home and found nothing which might account for it. The Close Encounter at Dresser was just one in a series of September 1975 UFO sightings. Read the whole story here.
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NEW RICHMOND, WI, SEPT 4, 1979
Forty years ago, A UFO visited New Richmond on Tuesday, September 4, 1979. Three young men from Hudson were driving home in a pickup after an evening of scuba diving. Around 7:45 PM, just as the sun was setting in the west, they were on County A near New Richmond when “a small, silvery dome-like or disc-shaped” object in the sky caught their attention. The driver of the truck pulled over to the side of the road near the Doboy turkey farm. The object appeared to be “shining brightly” as if made of “polished stainless steel,” and it appeared to be solid in form, 2-3 feet in diameter. They watched the object hover 10-20 feet over a field. It seemed to display a “wobbling motion.”
One of the passengers, still wearing a scuba diving suit, leapt out of the truck and crossed the ditch. He tried to clear a small fence in order to get closer to the object. As the man approached the field on foot, the object suddenly rose higher into the air. With a wobbling motion, it started moving east toward Highway 65. By then, two other vehicles had arrived and stopped as well to watch.
As the object moved off to the east, the men hurriedly jumped back into the truck and set off in pursuit down a gravel road near the turkey farm, but they quickly lost sight of the object. All three men, who chose to remain anonymous, were employees at Andersen Windows in Bayport, described as “responsible, ordinary people, not kooks.” The three young men did not report the sighting until they read a Polk County newspaper account about the September 5 sighting in Dresser. Their own story appeared in the September 27, 1979 edition of the New Richmond News under the headline, “Other witnesses sought in UFO sighting near NR.”
After reading the article, an elderly New Richmond couple immediately came forward to report their own encounter with an unknown flying object around 7:30 PM, near the same time as the three men from Hudson had seen the UFO on September 4. The man and woman, who asked not to be identified, reported that, while driving southeast of Boardman in St. Croix County on a town road near a former Dittman farm, they saw a “brilliant, globe-shaped metallic-appearing object” which seemed to be moving toward their car. After briefly losing sight of the object, it pass over their vehicle with “a tremendous roaring noise … like a dozen freight trains” that shook the car violently. This description is unusual for UFO reports. Most witnesses report no sound at all from the phenomena. The man and woman were extremely shaken by the encounter and returned home at once. They told no one about the experience until reading the request for additional witnesses in their local paper.
The New Richmond sightings were part of a series of a 1979 UFO Flap in Minnesota and Western Wiscsonsin. Read the whole story and learn about the former CIA operative who investigated the sightings.
UPDATE 9/8/2019: A witnesses has come forward to corroborate the sighting and provide more details. Read the story “Additional Witness to New Richmond UFO.”
 The New Richmond News, Sep. 27, 1979.
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Elon Musk says that, although life probably does exist somewhere in space, it hasn’t been to earth yet. Musk’s remarks were made at the Shanghai Expo Center in China where the eccentric tech mogul, head of SpaceX and Telsa CEO attended the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference. The event began with an onstage debate between Musk and Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, a type of Amazon.com firm for China. The two billionaires exchanged their views on space travel, artificial intelligence, colonization of Mars, the impending apocalypse, and the likelihood that we are being visited by extraterrestrials.
BALSAM LAKE, WI, SEPT 3, 1979
Forty years ago in UFO History, on September 3, 1979, a UFO descended on a rural highway in Polk County, somewhere near Balsam Lake. This encounter occurred a few days after Officer Val Johnson’s patrol car had been struck in Northwest Minnesota by a similar encounter with a nocturnal light that left the car damaged and the officer unconscious. Moreover, a remarkably similar incident occurred near Vermillion, SD only a few days earlier.
In this case, two middle-age couples from Minneapolis were on their way to a cabin in the Balsam Lake area. They were riding together in a car when they encountered “a large intensely red, glowing disc” over the road ahead of them. It was 9:30 PM, well past dark at that time of year. As soon as they saw the object, the car’s electrical systems abruptly failed. The headlights and dash lights went out, leaving no illumination except the mysterious glowing object in the road ahead.
The driver of the car hit the brakes and skidded the vehicle to a stop in the middle of the highway. The red glowing light seemed to react by shooting off to the southwest. As it did, the cars electrical systems returned to normal. The entire encounter took only a few moments.
This encounter was just one of a series of similar incidents investigated by CUFOS investigator Badley Ayers in the fall of 1979. Read the whole story here.
Forty years ago, a Minnesota police officer’s vehicle was struck by a UFO. Officer Val Johnson wasn’t the only one to encounter a strange light in the middle of the night in late August 1979. Just two days after the Minnesota deputy sheriff’s car was hit by a UFO, an almost identical encounter occurred near Vermillion, South Dakota.
The Val Johnson story is well-known. Around 1:40 AM, Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson of Warren, MN was patrolling near Stephen, MN when he saw a bright light approaching from the distance. Assuming it to be a plane making an emergency landing, he sped toward the light. “The light sat there a moment,” Johnson told the CUFOS investigators, “And then—boom!—it was right on my car. I heard glass breaking, an extremely bright light lit up the inside of the car, and that’s all I remember.” Read More
Bradley Ayers and the MN/WI UFO Flap of 1979
Imagine an ex-CIA operative at work as a UFO investigator in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin during the height of the 1970s UFO flaps. Sound like a good premise for a movie or a History Channel series? Forty years ago this fall, Dr. J. Allan Hynek’s Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), dispatched Bradley Ayers, a local field investigator, to follow up on a rash of UFO reports in Western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Before there was an Agent Cooper of Twin Peaks or Scully and Mulder of X-Files, CUFOS investigator Ayers was on the local scene doing quality investigations of some high-profile local cases.
The Stillwater native, passed away at his cabin home on Somers Lake in February 2017 at the age of 81. His obituary hints at a lifetime of adventure. At the age of 79, two years before his death, Bradley Earl Ayers (1935-2017), made his 301st parachute jump. Ayers served as a captain in the Airborne Rangers and became an insurgency trainer, hired by the CIA to create anti-Castro Cuban commandos and assassins. He took work as an undercover operative with the DEA’s South Florida Task Force. He flew as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. He found acclaim as a published author, and he worked as a real estate broker, a journalist, and a private investigator licensed with the State of Minnesota to investigate aircraft accidents. But his obituary doesn’t mention that Ayer’s also had a stint as a UFO investigator, nor does it mention his significant contributions to the field of ufology. Read More
Imagine a UFO Days celebration In Elmwood if two million people showed up. Even if only a fraction of the number attends the “Storm Area 51” Facebook event scheduled for September 20, 2019, the little community of Rachel, Nevada will be totally overrun.
The “Storm Area 51” event started as an online joke, but the Air Force isn’t laughing. Matty Roberts, the original author of the Facebook post that created all the trouble, has had a visit from the FBI and has publicly disavowed any real intention to storm the secret military test site. But he, and others, are taking advantage of the viral success behind the post. The anticipated crowds of eager alien-seekers have inspired the creation of two separate UFO-Days style festivals in the Rachel, Nevada area. Read More