Filer's Files #36 -- 2000, MUFON Skywatch Investigations
George A. Filer, Director, Mutual UFO Network Eastern
September 11, 2000, Sponsored by Electronic Arts, C. Warren
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Air Force Colonel Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper who was one of the
original Mercury astronauts claims that the government has withheld
information that alien spacecraft have visited Earth. Cooper claims the
government has "swept under the rug" the truth about unidentified flying
objects. "Each administration has probably tried to figure out how, with
the least embarrassment, they could confess to this whole thing," he said.
His new book "Leap of Faith: An Astronaut's Journey in the
Unknown" (HarperCollins Publishers, $25) reveals new information
about his own encounters with UFOs. Cooper says "They need to clean
the slate about what has been going on or has not been going on,"
Sitting on top of an Atlas missile he flew into space in 1963.


BERLIN -- My name is Carol, and last night September 10, 2000, my
family was sitting out side and we all saw strange lights in the sky. They
were flying in a circle coming together flying around again. If I could
draw it on the computer it would look like a wheel. We watched for
about twenty minutes. I wanted to call someone about it, but didn't
know who to contact. When my husband got home from work he
told me other people had also seen it in the sky and reported it. It was
called in to some radio stations as unidentified. I have seen things
over the years. I am 52 and it all started back in the 50s when I was
around 12 years old. Thanks to Carol Alian10094


PITTSTON TOWNSHIP -- Chuck and a female witness noticed
several strange flying objects in the sky on August 20, 2000, at 7:45
PM. He happened to have his Sharp Video camera with him and
started to video tape shooting towards the sunset. A strange white
disc shaped object was hovering in the sky. The object had
a white and black exhaust or contrail beneath it. At first Chuck
thought the object might be a rocket, but rockets do not hover in
the sky for an extended period. The UFO started to climb higher
in the sky and the exhaust or contrail disappeared. The disc was
about the width of his thumb at arm's length with the exhaust about
the length of his hand. The UFO did not appear to move laterally
but climbed quickly out of sight almost straight up. Several other
balls of light or UFOs are apparent on the film in the distance. The
film shows a road scene, a restaurant, telephone pole and the
objects in the distance. Chuck then zooms 64 times to a
close up of the object that appears as a white spinning disc.
The video is several minutes long and allows the viewer to see the
UFO for an extended time. Further analysis of the film continues.
Thanks to Chuck in Scranton.


"I had a sighting of some sort in early September last year shortly after
Hurricane Floyd came through this area and brought catastrophic floods.
Many deaths occurred in this vicinity and rescue helicopters blanketed
our area. My back door sits just 280 feet from the river's edge but luckily,
my home sits high enough that we avoided major damage. Three days
after the worst flooding, I took my boat out to explore the damage and
as I returned to my home I waded towards shore when I stepped in
a hole. I stumbled, dunking myself in the brackish flood fouled water.
I rose up sputtering, gasping, and cursing, and tried not to lose my temper.
I looked up and 500 yards across the reservoir was a craft of some sort.

It was about 25 feet across, and somewhat boxy in shape, although all edges
were smoothed out and rounded. It appeared to be completely white in color,
and had no visible windows, doors or, antennae. There were no apparent
lights or seams. The sun had just set and was near the craft, but below the
tree line. It made no detectable noise, and was at a distance no more
than 100 yards past where I can easily hear a small motorboat engine.
It just hovered there about 300 yards above the trees. It slowly moved
away from me towards the north, rising slowly to 1000 feet. In a smooth
motion, it accelerated rapidly and was lost to sight behind the tree
line within a second or two. From the time I first noticed the craft or
whatever sitting stationary till it began to move back and to my right took about
12-15 seconds. It took perhaps another 12-15 seconds to move out of sight. This
thing didn't exhibit any flight characteristics unknown to conventional
craft, only it's appearance and lack of sound was odd. Thanks to Martin Richer


COLUMBUS -- Researcher John C. Thompson writes, "A major break has
developed in the February 5, 2000, central Georgia 'mystery boom' that was
widely reported by Columbus news-media" Jim Steen of MUFON in Columbus
alerted me to new witnesses in Mauk, Georgia. The Marion County couple were
at home when at 5:20 PM they heard, like tens of thousands of others, a loud
explosion that knocked items off their living room shelves. They ran outside
and saw a high flying "tiny white speck" with contrail behind it almost
directly overhead. Simultaneously, another object emerged at a 75 degrees
from the contrail of what they thought was a fighter jet flying to the
southeast. The 41 year old husband described the UFO as a "shiny metallic
spear" that contracted and elongated as it moved at a dazzling speed away
from the fighter.

The UFO looked exactly like a metal cigar canister that moved many times
faster than the jet. At its greatest length, the UFO was "eight times" longer than
the jet which could be compared near it. At its shortest, it was half that size. It
"oscillated" in size as it flew away silently to the southwest. The wife
said the UFO was many times bigger than the jet and was a metallic disc that
was rapidly spinning as it sped away in excess of 2000 mph. A soft whoosh from the
engines of the overhead jet could be heard. The large blimp size UFO--the
husband said "was much bigger than any Fuji film blimp. It made no sound and
covered a third of the horizon in only "4 seconds." It disappeared behind a
stand of short pines. The visibility was excellent, ceiling unlimited, 65
degrees F, with little wind. The jet, whose swept back wings and fuselage
could clearly be seen, meanwhile, was still in sight nearly two minutes later
at a 140 degrees azimuth. Both craft appeared to be at the same altitude. It
can be estimated, based on the fighter's small apparent size, that they were
flying above 20,000 feet.
Within 18 hours 10 to 15 military jets were seen to be flying a "tic-tac-toe
pattern" over Marion and adjacent Taylor County. This abnormal military air
activity went on for ten days. Tree-hugging Blackhawk helicopters were seen
within four days following the blast doing search patterns. The dark Blackhawks had
absolutely no markings. Some were seen with side refueling probes and with
forward "bulbs." Such helicopters, "Pave-Hawks," with refueling probes and
forward infrared internal sensors, are stationed at Hurlburt Field near Eglin
AFB in northwest Florida. Many thanks to Jim Steen and John C. Thompson,
copyright 2000. All rights reserved.
Editors Note: The 347th Wing at MoodyAFB, GA. has F-16s fighters whose length
is 49 feet 5 inches long. Estimated size is 8 x 50 = 400 feet in length for
the UFO. Eglin AFB has F-15s that are 64 feet in length.


ANN ARBOR -- Daniel C. Hoppin writes that on Saturday, September 9, 2000, my
brother and girlfriend were walking down a crowded main street around 9:30 at
night. I saw a family pointing up at the sky and overheard the little girl
ask her dad "What is that?" to which the father responded, "I don't know,
we've never seen anything like it." I looked up and saw an object moving
north, high overhead. At first I thought it was some kind of odd shaped
balloon, but as I watched, it turned. The object was a red/ochre color, and
shaped like a horseshoe, with the open end facing the back. At this point I
drew my comrades attention to the object, and they watched it as well. The
night was hazy, and the object wasn't lit, so it was not obvious unless you
were looking right at it. My brother thought that the reddish color was
actually a reflection of the downtown lights. We watched the object slowly
move north straight above the street, until it faded away in the haze. A
plane traveling a similar flight path flew over at what seemed the same
altitude. We estimate the UFO was half a football field or 150 feet in
length. We heard no noise. There are several blimps that fly out of Ann
Arbor, but what we saw wasn't a blimp, airplane, helicopter, or flock of
geese, it was solid, and like the little girls daddy said, "I've never seen
anything like it." Thanks to Daniel Hoppin
[email protected] (Daniel
c Hoppin)


CLEVELAND -- On Saturday, August 19, 2000, at 2:00 PM, Floyd Juillard was a
passenger aboard an America West jetliner making its final approach into
Cleveland International Airport. Just then, he heard the pilot's voice on
the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, Cleveland Center has just cleared us to
descend to 12,000 feet. Please return your seats and trays to the upright
position." As the jetliner entered the inbound air traffic over Olmstead
Falls, Ohio, Floyd peered out his window, looking north towards downtown
Cleveland, and spotted a rectangular UFO. It was "silent and fast, heading
west at (bearing) 260 degrees true. I was looking north at first, but I
followed it west with my gaze." He described the UFO as "four lights spread
in a rectangular shape and first moving slightly up and down and slightly
east and west, close to the terrain. At times it moved to the west and
traveling at great acceleration until it was almost immediately out of
sight." He added, that the four lights, "Resembled Fourth of July handheld
fireworks. Thanks to UFO Roundup Volume
5, # 36 9/7/00 Editor: Joseph Trainor

DAYTON -- Ginny Burgess writes, "Thanks for accepting my call concerning the
article "Ridicule of UFO Reports Started with the Robertson Panel." I wanted
to let you know prior to sending the reports we documented of numerous kinds
of aerial activity happening here in Ohio. We made this known to various UFO
groups and government agencies in an effort to try to figure out what was
going on here. We not only got treated with disbelief but with ridicule.
Many of the reports I have of what has been happening locally here, for about
six years now, are ones that I have had to document much of myself because
sightings were happening so frequently starting in the fall of 1996. There
was so much activity happening here that you may find the numerous reports by
local people hard to comprehend as having occurred. Thanks to: Ginny
[email protected]


LOVELAND -- On the night of August 25, 2000, my 14 year old son and I were
returning home from football practice. As we were headed in a northerly
direction at approximately 21:30 MT, my son exclaimed, "Hey Dad, what the
heck kind of
aircraft is that?" As I looked out the driver side window, I saw exactly what
he was puzzled over. About 1000 feet up, directly over the city was what
appeared to be a saucer or disk-shaped craft. This craft had, what I can best
describe as a white, strobe-like light on top. Around it's entire
circumference was a rotating orange band which seemed to revolve in a
clockwise motion around the object. What was even more interesting was that
this object then turned off the strobe effect and it's rotating orange light.
At this point in time the craft was roughly 300 yards away from our car and
we had been viewing it for about 1 minute. It then appeared to assume the
conventional aviation lights of a small plane! As we turned west to continue
the drive home, my son said "Look, that thing is following us!" It seemed to
be keeping a parallel course with the route we were taking. As we pulled into
our driveway, it remained on it's current course and we quickly lost site of
view. The total viewing time of this incident was between 2 and 3 minutes. I
am a computer specialist by trade and my son is a bright, mature, and fairly
average teenage kid who dislikes being the center of attention. The only
reason I'm reporting this incident is because we felt it so bizarre and it
needed to be archived somewhere.


SEATTLE -- I awoke at 4:00 AM to use the bathroom on September 2, 2000. I
heard a sound coming from outside that caught my attention because it was
coming from the sky, but didn't have the focused, directional sound of a jet
engine. When I looked out my bathroom window facing north, I saw a cigar
shaped object with several bluish white lights on the side (roughly 1/3 to
1/2 way between the front and back). The object was flying fairly low in the
sky in a singular, easterly direction and from it's size, it appeared to be
fairly near. I viewed the object for 3 seconds before it flew out of the view
of my window. The sound was still audible for a few seconds after I lost
visibility. Slightly stunned, I returned to bed but was unable to sleep. I
got up again 1 or 2 minutes later but did not sight the object again. (NUFORC
Note: We spoke with this witness, and we found her to be exceptionally
convincing in her description of her alleged sighting.) Thanks to Peter


LOS ANGELES (AP) - An F-117 stealth fighter flew close enough to a United
Airlines jet to set off the passenger plane's onboard radar September 7, the
airline and the military said. The incident occurred shortly after United
flight 174 left Los Angeles International Airport for Boston about 8:30 a.m.,
said Chris Nardella, a spokeswoman for United, which is based in the Chicago
suburb of Elk Grove Village. The Boeing 757 was flying at about 10,800 feet
when its onboard radar equipment detected an approaching aircraft. Nardella
said the crew kept the plane at that altitude until the Air Force jet passed
overhead. Preliminary reports showed the United plane and an F-117 Nighthawk
stealth fighter came within 500 feet vertically and six-tenths of a mile
horizontally of each other, FAA spokesman Jerry Snyder said Thursday night.
According to Visual Flight Rules, which the Nighthawk flies by, ''this 500
feet separation was within safe perimeters for all passing aircraft's,''
Snyder said. The stealth jet, which is able to evade radar, was broadcasting
its position publicly when the near-miss occurred. ''The F-117, on a
training flight, was not in stealth configuration and was flying according to
FAA rules,'' the Air Force said in a statement. Under such conditions the
plane uses a standard transponder to alert other aircraft to its position,
the Air Force said. The F-117 flies out of an Air Force facility in
Palmdale, about 60 miles from Los Angeles, and the squadron is based at
Edwards Air Force Base. The United flight carried 166 passengers and seven
crew. Thanks to Kenny Young- UFO Research
Editor's Note: The article notes that the Stealth appeared on the jetliner's
transponder and onboard radar. Some airliners carry a biostatic radar that
can pick up Stealth aircraft. These radar's do not send out a signal in the
normal sense but pickup aircraft in the general area. The Chinese Embassy in
Kosovo used these Biostatic radar's to track Stealth Fighters during the
recent war in Yugoslavia. After this information was passed to enemy forces
the Biostatic
radar's on the Chinese Embassy were destroyed.


Since the first of the year the sun has been near the peak of its eleven
year activity cycle. There are more sunspots, solar flares and UV rays
from the Sun than at any time since 1989. The sun is in the maximum
phase of the solar cycle now, and it will probably persist for another year.
This years activity is it's definitely bigger than average. Fortunately, our
atmosphere shields you from most harmful radiation. There has been an
apparent correlation between a lower number of UFO sightings and high
sunspot activity. Last fall reports were averaging 400 reports per month
but with the sunspot activity reports dropped sharply to around 200 a
month. Larry Hatch has been conducting a massive study of the best
UFO reports over many years had decided to compare high sunspot
activity with his database of more than 10,000 highly reliable UFO
reports. At first his raw data seemed to show there was no apparent
difference between low and high sunspot activity.

He writes, "It took over 15 years to dig through all of this and
catalogue some 17,660 sightings." I compared 239 months of Low sunspot
(SS) activity with 193 months of high activity, so naturally one would
expect more UFO sightings during the low months if you just take a raw
count. Much more telling is the number of sightings per month, i.e.,
For LOW SS months I divided 6214 events by 239 months to get 26.0
events per month. For HIGH SS months I divide 4708 events by 193
months to get 24.4 events per month. Granted this is still higher for
low SS months, but not much higher. I don't call myself a
statistician, but would wager that they would not consider the small
difference highly significant."

The U* Database Attributes deals with apparent or presumes activities
of UFOs or their occupants. The majority of listings here fall into
one or another category below. Here's the breakdown for Row #5, split
between low and high sunspots months as described earlier:

ROW #5 Low SS (6179) High SS (4743)
Count Percent Count Percent
Observation 1669 27.01% 1230 25.93%
Beams & Rays 458 7.412% 356 7.505%
Samples taken? 162 2.622% 75 1.581%
Missing Time? 88 1.424% 57 1.202%
Abduction? 111 1.796% 65 1.370%
Medical Ops? 39 0.583% 14 0.295%
Signaling? 145 2.347% 120 2.530%
Communication? 101 1.635% 61 1.286%
All records ---- 6179 100.0% 4743 100.0%

In all categories except one (Beams and Rays) the activities reported
during low sunspot months exceed rates for those in high sunspot
months. The biggest discrepancy is in "signaling", a loose grab of
apparent behaviors indicating some sort of information transmitted to
or from a UFO via lights, beams, radio, etc., etc. A classic example
might be a pair of disks firing thin laser-like beams back and forth.
This is nearly twice as likely during low-SS months. "Communication"
means any transmission of information between a UFO "entity" and a
human observer, often in the context of an abduction. Again this is
much more likely in low SS months. "Medical Ops" are entirely or almost
entirely within the abduction framework. Your classical nasal implant,
if listed at all, goes here. With every caution against statistics of
small samples, note the nearly two to one ratio favoring low-SS months.
The 6th row specifies what is acted upon, or often merely "observed" or
apparently studied by the UFO. Missing Time and Abduction reports
alike are roughly 19% more common in the same low SS months. I find
"sampling behavior" very interesting. Plants, animals, rocks, dirt,
(humans?) Here the odds nearly double during low SS months. Whether
simply observing or taking samples, something or somebody is acted
upon. Row 6 of the indicates the apparent "objects of attention":

Row 6 Low SS (6179) High SS (4743)
Count Percent Count Percent
Nuclear Fclty 104 1.683% 70 1.476%
Dirt, Soil.. 371 6.004% 228 4.807%
Plants and Veg. 302 4.888% 198 4.175%
Animals 220 3.560% 134 2.825%
Humans 453 7.331% 303 6.388%
Vehicles 907 14.68% 695 14.65%
Structures 464 7.509% 331 6.974%
UFO Landings 1281 20.73% 756 15.94%
All records ----6179 100.0% 4743 100.0%

In every category, low SS months show a higher incidence. Only Vehicle
cases, (usually cases of vehicle interference) are in nearly equal
ratios. Soil and animal samples, traces and effects show the greatest
discrepancies. Nuclear Facilities are military and civilian and do
not necessarily show "clear intent," often it was mere proximity. UFO
Landings include cases where the craft stopped within say 2 meters of
the ground, close enough to drop a ladder. Again, the non-SS months
predominate by a nearly 4:3 ratio. Dirt and soil include trace cases
(presumed landings) and soil sampling. The data accumulated so far,
seems to indicate a smallish but consistent bias toward periods of low
sunspot activity. The categories above, which generally indicate
relatively close encounters, seem to bear this out more clearly than
the raw numbers for sightings of all types posted earlier. As for
quality of the data, please by all means check my list of *U* Database
A Special Thanks to Larry Hatch for his work.
[email protected]


LAKE COWICHAN --On August 3, 2000, between 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM
three persons witnessed reoccurring UFO sightings. The witness reports,
"At first there was only one that we all saw and it moved in a triangular
pattern for about half of an hour moving fast then slow, but always in the
same triangle shape." The object was dim and then bright all of the sudden
and repeated this the entire time. We saw along the horizon just above the
tops of the trees about a dozen UFOs. It was hard to count because they
moved so fast, almost dancing with each other. During this time there were
numerous shooting stars with a huge bright flashes that flew in the exact
direction to the spot where we observed the UFOs. The UFO's were red,
green, blue and orange. Most had like a blue/green tracer that followed it.
These must have been UFOs since I have never seen anything move in such
sporadic directions as these did. They could move across our entire field of
vision in a split second and then be right back were we first spotted them."

PITT LAKE -- The witness and two companions were occupying a cabin on
August 4, 2000, when they spotted a bright white light that suddenly
without warning at 10:55 PM. Larger than any star or satellite they had ever
seen previously. The light appeared in the Southwest and traveled slowly and
erratically to the Northwest before fading from sight.

VANCOUVER ISLAND -- A woman was on her sundeck on August 7, 2000,
looking westward when she observed a shiny ball-like object that seemed to be
reflecting sunlight at 4:30 PM. It was flying towards Powell River at normal
speed for a commercial aircraft. She watched it for several minutes as it
flew above Harwood Island. She could see it fairly clearly and was sure it
was not a normal aircraft. She called for her son to come out and have a
look. That was when it stopped, appeared to reverse its course, climbed at
an incredible speed and disappeared in a matter of 3 to 5 seconds.

PROCTOR FERRY-- On August 17, 2000, the witnesses two dogs woke up and wanted
to go out at 11:30 PM, when she saw an object with red, blue and green
flickering lights around the top. Calling her partner out they watched the
object move up, down, left and right without any noise. The dogs normally
stay asleep all night. After twenty minutes it headed off and landed on the
nearby mountain top. Its lights went out, came back on and then went out
again. The witness stated there have been lots of sightings in Proctor and
over Kootenay Lake.

SURREY -- The witness was driving her truck along 96th Avenue on August-21,
2000 in, heading west towards Scott Road at 10:50 PM, when she suddenly saw a
bright light "appear" on her left, traveling quickly at 500 to 1000 feet. She
thought at first it was a plane about to crash. It was heading north and
had red
and green lights on it. She had it in view for no longer than 20 seconds
before it
disappeared from view behind some trees.

SHAWNIGAN LAKE -- On August-21, 2000, we saw a spectacular fireball come down
over the south island. The fireball was some distance to the west, over the
hills, fairly close to the horizon at 10:52 PM. The center of the fireball
was green, and it left a bright, glowing yellow tail. At one point it flared
brightly as if it had partly exploded, and then several pieces glowed yellow
as they fell.

WHITE ROCK -- The witness looked out of her window around midnight and saw a
bright white diamond-shaped light traveling south to north on August-21,
2000. She was looking west. As soon as she saw it a car alarm went off across
the street! She turned away from the window and next she knew it was 1:00,
it seems that she had somehow lost an hour. Thanks to: UFO*BC and Gavin McLeod

THE 11TH GREAT UFO CONGRESS will be held at the Days Inn in
Bordentown, NJ on October 7 and *, 2000. Scheduled speakers are Tom
Carey -Roswell Crash, Hans Holzer, Life After Death, Antonio Huneeus
UFO Briefing Document, Don Ecker The Dark side of the Moon, Vicki
Ecker - In search f the Secret Keepers, Mike Mannion Project Mind Shift,
Pat Marcattilio -The Origeins of Civilizations, James Mosely - A Skeptical
Ufologist Sam Sherman - Edwards AFB Encounter


I am contacting all of you to ask for your assistance in urging MUFON
members to vote on the new MUFON By Laws; either for or against acceptance.
This is the first time in many years that the membership
has had an opportunity to vote on a revision to the Bylaws. The
divided Bylaw committee worked very hard to arrive at a modern set of
Bylaws for your consideration. It is up to the membership to determine
whether or not we proceed to work under the new or old Bylaws.
Thanks to John Schuessler MUFON International Director


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