UFO Shape - Disc

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Ancient Times (BCE)

Pharaoh Thutmose III observed fiery disks. (1)
This report is believed to be a modern hoax derived from the story of the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel (7)

Greek philosopher, logician and scientist Aristotle (a student of Plato and tutor to Alexander the Great) whose references to heavenly disks have been interpreted by some UFOlogist as an indication that he witnessed objects similar to modern UFOs.

Two shining silver shields dived repeatedly on Alexander's army, causing the elephants and horses to panic while they were attempting to cross the Jaxartes River into India. Alexander The Great.

During Alexander's siege of Tyre, a large flying shield, leadng a triangular formation of four smaller shields, circled over Tyre while thousands of soldiers on both sides watched in amazement. Suddenly, the largest UFO shot a beam of light at the city's walls...then took off at great speed disappearing into the distance. Alexander The Great.


Premodern Times (CE)

Hans Glaser's woodcut showing UFOs seen at Nuremberg, Germany.
Cylindrical UFOs, spheres and disks.


Aerial objects resembling large hats.

Over 400 cigar-shaped, disk-shaped and spindle-shaped objects moving in groups acrosss the face of the sun by Mexican astronomer Jose Bonilla Director of the Zacatecas Astronomical Observatory and his assistant. His photographed the UFOs, which appeared to be solid.


John Martin spotted a fast-moving dark object high in the southern sky. He could see it was the size of a "large saucer." Martin apparently saw a classic flying saucer (he may have been the first to use the word "saucer" in a UFO report).


A brilliant pearly disk rotating on its own axis and emitted rays of colored lights in all directions. The disk stopped spinning plunged toward the ground with falling leaf motion. Finally, the disk retreated and disappeared into the sun.

|Sphere|Angels' Hair|Buzz|Explosion|Flash|Glowing|Maneuver|Rotation|

A silvery object. Two hemispheres divided by a rotating ring.
The object shoots a beam of light.


A pilot reported six "flying manhole covers" between Wichita, Kansas and Colorado Springs, Colorado.


A disc-shaped object with dome was seem to light up valley as it landed one evening.
The witness returned the next day and discovered a circle of scorched grass about 10m in diameter.

|Dome|Landing Mark|Heat|

This photo was shot in Oregon in 1927, and is one of the earliest known UFO photos in existence. The sighting took place in Cave Junction by a volunteer firefighter.

A shining flying disc, stainless steel-smooth surface appearance.
A section underneath of the object opened and projected a beam of light.



This picture of George Sutton of St. Paris, Ohio, taken near mid-day (as may be seen from the shadows on the ground) shows a vintage automobile with a 1932 license plate on the front bumper. Nobody has been able to account for the dark object seen over Sutton's left shoulder in this photograph.



Coral E. Lorenzen, the founder of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization . Born in 1925, she was still a child of only nine when she saw what she would later understand was a UFO. The hemisphere-shaped object crossed the sky in an undulating movement. Three years later, she mentioned the sighting to her family doctor, who providede her with one of the books written by Charles Fort, an author who had collected tales such as that told by Lorenzen.


Report by 'Andrea' an Italian secet service agent:

It was a metallic disc, polished and reflecting light, with a diameter of ten to twelve metres. Two fighter from a nearby base took off, but were unable to reach it....It didn't emit sound, which would lead one to consider an aerostat. But nobody knows balloons that can fly faster than wind. I know for sure that is was seen by the aviators... Then, after approximately at least an hour and after passing over, Mestre, it was seen as a sort of metallic tube, grey or slate.

A sketch by a confidential informant was redrawn by Andrea, who explained that:

[The main object] was described like a kind of aerial torpedom with very clear windows...and alternating white and red lights. [The two other objects] were two 'hats', hats like those used by priests: wide, round, with a dome in the centre, metallic and following the torpedo without changing their relative positions...


Daniel Leger saw a craft with a greyish aluminium hue, like two plates joined together, seperated by a middle section consisting of two rings with a black line between them. The craft was estimated to be about six meters in diameter and two meters in height. Several square portholes with rounded edges were spaced on the upper section. No insignia, seams, weldings or connections were apparent on the upper part, which seemed to be made in one piece. Female piltot, slightly slanted, Asian like eyes. Guttural speech.

Note: Peenemunde was 130 miles west of Gdynia, where the Germans developed the V-1 flying bomb, the V-2 rocket and other weapons under the direction of Wernher von Braun. Daniel Leger assumed it was a German experimental craft.


British author Nick Redfern states, British Military records reveal that a fleet of flying discs -- called 'Foo Fighters' -- were launched from huge cigar-shaped Mothercraft during B-17 daylight raids over Germany in 1943. The huge aircraft-carrier sized Mothership cut through a flight of B-17 bombers launching its discs in front of the B-17 amazed aircrews.


Small discs (General Arnold's files).

Small discs.

E.L. (initials), serving as Carpenter Mate, 1st Class, Hqt. Co. 112th Construction Battalion, came across a landed saucer near a wooded ridge, near the beach of Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. Description: 50 ft. diam.; metallic; looked like an igloo; topped with a clear glass dome about a foot high with a gold colored weather vane-like device spinning inside.


Bill Steele, frequently observed V-1s (Vergeltungswaffen - retaliation weapons) being attacked by Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters, Observer Corps firing rocket signals to alert pilots, was operating an excavator at Fairlight Quarry near Hastings, Sussex. On two occasions he saw curious discs. The impression was of hub-caps, though a little larger, circling the V-1 and running alongside with ease. No effect on the V-1s, curious melodious whistle-like noise heard.

|War|Wernher von Braun|

A Lancaster bomber crew of eight saw what they described as a huge disc-shaped object with a row of lights that dwarfed their aircraft many times over. Upon landing, the crew officially reported what they had seen and were told not to talk to anyone about it and not to record the information in their log books. In a time before the era of flying saucers and UFOs and at a time of war, this case stands as a landmark sighting.


Small discs.

After the Liberation, [Daniel] Leger got a job at an American Army Air Forces unit, where some USAAF gunners told him that during several missions they were accompanied by luminous disc-shaped objects - nicknamed 'foo-fighters' - which they assumed were German or Russian in origin.


Black plate, diameter 1/8 the moon. Flying against wind below clouds. Von Ludwiger, Illo Brand.

Gosta Carlsson, Disc-shaped object with a cupola. 17 feet in height, 53 feet in diameter. Two metal legs.


UFOs [even disc-shaped craft] observed in Scandinavia, Western Europe [Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland], Turkey, West Africa between 1946 and 1948.


Photo of a metallic, two layered object.


Disc photo. The picture was taken at an angle looking up over a mountain, and the larger picture makes a much more believable image, giving the object dimension, and scale.

Daytime sighting of a bright, metallic disk, about one foot in diameter, oscillating at treetop level above and along some nearby railroad tracks. Granchi, Irene.


U.S. Weather Bureau observer sighted three strange metallic disks on three occasions and another observer has sighted a similar object on one occasion. 'Silver disc' through his theodolite telescope.

Eight discoid objects , each estimated to be the size of a house, allegedly were seen flying over Spokane in eastern Washington State. One witness said the objects dropped from the sky in the soon familiar "falling leaf" motion and fell to Earth along the Saint Joe River in Idaho. This sighting was reported threee days before pilot Kenneth Arnold's famous sighting of UFOs near nearby Mount Rainier, and three days before the widely publicized "Maury Island incident," which reportedly occured near Tacoma, Washington, and now is seen as a hoax.


Modern Era

"They seemed longer than wide. Their thickness was about 1/20 of their width."

"Mirror Bright"

Kenneth Arnold's famous sighting over Mount Rainer Washington, in 1947 started the Modern Era in UFOlogy. The publicity generated by the sighting encouraged hundreds of people to report their own UFO sightings and set the stage for widespread public interest, controversy and government involvement. Arnold's decription of ...like saucers skipping over the water led newspaper headline writers to coin the term "flying saucer." (7)

Kenneth Arnold. the Boise, Idaho, businessman who made the report, said the objects moved like saucers skipping across a pond, not that the were saucer-shaped. (11)

Bill Bequette, a Washington State newspaper reporter, invented the term flying saucers. He wrote, they reported flat, circular objects that look like flying saucers sound like they should look like. (11)

Arnold described what he saw as being "flat like a pie pan", "shaped like saucers and were so thin I could barely see them… ", "half-moon shaped, oval in front and convex in the rear. … they looked like a big flat disk" (see Arnold's drawing at right), and flew "like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water". (One of the objects, however, he would describe later as crescent-shaped, as shown in illustration at left.) (Wikipedia)

|Disc|Crescent, Heel|

Kenneth Arnold's report set off a veritable celestial chain reaction. And within a few days, the fabulous "flying saucers" had spun into the national spotlight. Observers reported sighting flying "chromium hub caps," flying "dimes," flying "tear drops," flying "gas lights," "ice cream cones," and flying "pie plates."

A witness observed a 'shiny disc' about 40 feet across over Mt Franklin, Texas.

Disc shape of a platter.

A disc-shaped object was sighted over Roswell on the evening of July 2, 1947, moving northwest.


U.S. Coast Guardsman, Frank Ryman, of Seattle, Washington photo of a flying disc taken on July 4, 1947, three days before the infamous Rhodes photographs. The Rhodes’ photos were actually printed in the local paper upside down! Allegedly, one of, if not the first, photograph of a "flying disc."

By 5 July, flying discs had been reported over thirty-one states - particularly in the El Paso, Las Cruces and Carrizozo region of southern New Mexico and west Texas.

William Rhodes of Phoenix, Arizona allegedly saw a disk circling his locality during sunset and took two photographs. The resulting pictures show a disk-like object with a round front and a square tail in plan form. Often called the "Roswell UFO."

Reports came from Wisconsin, the first of which involved a 'saucer' that travelled at a speed of 6,000 miles per hour, according to a flying instructor and student pilot who had just taken off from Eikhorn.


A series of disc sightings, beginning at 9:30 A.M. and ending at 4 P.M., erupted over the base. The sightings made a particular impression on the Air Force, according to Edward. J. Ruppelt, who would head one of its subsequent UFO projects.


R.L. Johannis allegedly saw a discoid UFO on the ground with two small humanoids, about three feet tall or less, beside it. The humanoids reportedly wore blue coveralls with red belts and collars and had large heads with big dark eyes...


Raymond Palmer. The first issue of Fate contained a cover story about the "flying discs," as certain UFOs were called at the time.

Donald R. Berger took ten "still" photographs of a large disc-shaped object.

One of the observers, a scientist from the University of California Personnel Division watched one of the three objects thru a telescope and said that it looked flat, metallic and was roughly circular and about nine feet in diameter.



Fast moving disk-shaped objects.


David and Charles Lightfoot, age 12 and 9, River Road, near Amarillo Texas, afternoon Reddened face and limbs after contact with small landed disk.


The object was very bright, almost silvery. A disk-shaped object with a lower and upper structure and a small turretlike protrusion on top.

Saucer sighting at lake.

Two silvery flying disks. Spinning motion was apparent on film.



A UFO photographed by a US Marine Air Group pilot over the North-East China Sea during the Korean War. The object came close to the aircraft before shooting off at over 1,000 mph. It had a very bright top, which 'burned' into the film emulsion, and a bronze coloured base. (W. Gordon Allen)


Astronaut Gordon L. Cooper one of several witnesses to a series of high-altitude flying saucer flights over a two day period.

2. "... several days in a row we sighted groups of metallic,
saucer-shaped vehicles at great altitudes over the base [Germany,
1951] and we tried to get close to them; but they were able to change direction faster than our fighters.
" -- Gordon Cooper, former USAF pilot and NASA astronaut, United Nations UFO Debate, November 27, 1978.


R5D four-engine transport Navy aircraft pilot and crew observe a translucent or metallic, saucer shaped craft, purple-red fiery ring around the perimeter and a frosted white glow around the entire object. The purple-red glow around the perimeter was the same type of glow you get around the commutator of an auto-generator when you observe it at night. Interigated and investigated by US Air Force intelligence officers.


Discoid UFO estimated to be approximately 30 feet in diameter and 10 feet thick. The object was well-defined and had a blue-green color with a similarly colored glow surrounding it.



The southwestern portion of the United States is noted as a focal point for such alleged close encounters with UFOs. Reports of such encounters were especially numerous and well-publicized during the 1950s. (7)

CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90

In November 1954, CIA had entered into the world of high technology with its U-2 overhead reconnaissance project. Working with Lockheed's Advanced Development facility in Burbank, California, known as the Skunk Works, and Kelly Johnson, an eminent aeronautical engineer, the Agency by August 1955 was testing a high-altitude experimental aircraft--the U-2. It could fly at 60,000 feet; in the mid-1950s, most commercial airliners flew between 10,000 feet and 20,000 feet. Consequently, once the U-2 started test flights, commercial pilots and air traffic controllers began reporting a large increase in UFO sightings.

An eminent British scientist, R. V. Jones, headed a standing committee created in June 1951 on flying saucers. Jones' and his committee's conclusions on UFOs were similar to those of Agency officials: the sightings were not enemy aircraft but misrepresentations of natural phenomena. The British noted, however, that during a recent air show RAF pilots and senior military officials had observed a "perfect flying saucer." Given the press response, according to the officer, Jones was having a most difficult time trying to correct public opinion regarding UFOs. The public was convinced they were real.



The five pictures were taken by press photographer Ed Keffel, while in the company of reporter Joao Martins (according to their statements).

Four employees of the DuPont Company, employed at the Savannah River Plant saw eight "disc-shaped" objects approach the Ellenton, South Carolina plant. The AEC in Washington was advised.


Wilbert Smith confirmed that a number of fragments from UFOs had been recovered and analysed by his research group, including one that had been shot from a disc near Washington in July 1952. Smith, who held a top-secret clearance and liaised with his American counterparts at the time, was informed that the disc, which was about 2 feet in diameter, as glowing.

|Debris|Glow|Project Second Storey|

Fleet of disks. Delbert C. Newhouse and family.

Four Florida pilots reported a flying saucer hovering above the Hanford atomic works, a sensitive scientific installation at Richlands, Washington. Captain John Baldwin, Captain George Robertson and pilots D. Shanbel and Steven Summers stated that the UFO was round and flat.


Diameter of each disk about 100 feet. Glowing top surfaces. UFOs shapped rather like coins. (1)

While maneuvering the objects turned on edge and appeared to be disk-shaped, about 100 feet in diameter, with a thickness estimated at approximateli 15 feet. Nash-Fortenberry incident. (7)



Disc photo. The photograph was taken by André Fregnale.

Discoid UFO some 60 feet in diameter hovering for 10 minutes over river. The UFO directed a greenish "ray" at the fisherman, who felt an electric shock as the ray hit him. A mysterious stranger with foreign accent tried to intimidate witness several days later.



George Stock was working in his yard on July 28, 1952 when this dome-shaped saucer appeared. Because it hovered over transmission lines before heading for him, he was able to get five photos. Only one is included here, but all are similar.



Photographed at the Bernina Glacier, Italy, on 31 July 1952 by Gampiere Monguzzi. Wendelle Stevens archives, with arrangement with Charles Walker.

William Squyres reportedly encountered this disc-shaped structure as it hovered nearby, Inside one of the windows he spotted the head and shoulders of a human figure. Project Blue Book listed the sighting as an "unknown"-in other words, not conventionally explained. 20' to 25' height. Approximately 75' long. 33 circular lights/portholes/windows around perimeter.

Flying disks reports.

One hunderd witnesses observed a long cigar-shaped UFO tilted at a forty-five-degree angle. A Plume of smoke emerged from the upper end. About ten pairs of disks accompanied the cylinder, flying in zigzag motions. Hovered over town. Large quantities of angels' hair fell earthward.

|Cigar|Cylinder|Sphere|Angels' Hair|Hover|Maneuver|Smoke|Tilt|

Unidentified radar target tracket over New York State. Scrambled F-94 Starfire jet, Spotted a gleaming, disk-shaped apparatus. Unbearable, suffocating heat pilot bailed out.


A scientist in a government agency met with the pilot, showed his credentials, unlocked a display case and took out some [UFO] photographs. 'Was it like any of these?' he asked. At the third photo, the pilot recognized the same type of craft he and the othe crew members had seen. (3)

Originally in Major Donald Keyhoe's Flying Saucers: Top Secret. Followed up by NICAP conducting an interview with the pilot to glean further details. (3)


Adding to the concern was a flying saucer sighting by US Senator Richard Russell and his party while traveling on a train in the USSR in October 1955. After extensive interviews of Russell and his group, however, CIA officials concluded that Russell's sighting did not support the theory that the Soviets had developed saucerlike or unconventional aircraft. Herbert Scoville, Jr., the Assistant Director of OSI, wrote that the objects observed probably were normal jet aircraft in a steep climb.

See Reuben Efron, memorandum, "Observation of Flying Object Near Baku," 13 October 1955; Scoville, memorandum for the record, "Interview with Senator Richard B. Russell," 27 October 1955; and Wilton E. Lexow, memorandum for information, "Reported Sighting of Unconventional Aircraft," 19 October 1955.

A domed disc-shaped craft is reported to have landed within the White Sands Proving Ground, 12 miles west of Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, New Mexico, and 50 yards from highway 70.



This clearly defined round disc was photographed by one A. Stizak. The photo was taken on a clear day. If you look closely, you can see three white dots underneath. Its authenticity was confirmed by ICUFON director Colonel Colman Von Keviczky.


(Upper) the Rouen flying disk and (lower) two views of the McMinnville flying disk.

Paul Trent photo.

Flying to intercept a mysterious radar reflection, an unknown French Air Force pilot photographed this craft in March 1954 (1957?) over Rouen with his gun-sight camera. The UFO paced the plane for several minutes before speeding off past the maximum velocity of the French airplane. This UFO appears to be of the same type that appeared in McMinnville, Oregon over the farm of Mr. Paul Trent.

  The Air Force had a plan to outfit a squadron of planes with gun cameras and the station them around the country with orders to scramble when there was a UFO sighting in the vicinity. A pilot assigned to participate in these intercepts claimed they were successful on a number of occasions, providing close-up views of UFOs (contrary to Edward J. Ruppelt of Project Blue Book claims that a plan to outfit a squadron of planes with gun cameras was never implemented because it was too expensive). The pilot had seen three domed discs in a tight formation outrunning the latest fighters, Gun camera film from a number of intercepts were made, but the pilots had no opportunity to see them and none of them knew what happened to the films after they were removed from the aircraft. (2)


Exploded disk and debre.


First Lt. Joseph F. Long of the 97th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, who encountered four landed, disc-shaped craft, 30 miles west of Tonopah Nevada, on 23 November 1957.

Disk. Almiro Barauna and others.


A motorist saw a luminous disc hanging stationary in the air over the Pont-la-Dame bridge across the Grand Buech river. Described as having a classic "saucer" shape of two plates joined together. 300-600 feet in diameter, consisted of two concentric circles, from the smaller of which emanated red sparks.


Three shiny discs reported in connection to a C-118 cargo plane crash.


Fr. William Gill. Four "men" illuminated by blue light on top of hovering disc-shaped craft with four legs; responded to waves by witnesses.


Mrs. Frederick. Two shiny beings, close-fitting garb, "opaque helmets," visible in dome of hovering disc-shaped craft.



A gigantic discoidal UFO reportedly appeared at about 12 miles' altitude, along with several smaller discoidal UFOs.


Private pilot 6,000+ feet. Saw disk shaped object. Fifty-to-fifty-five feet in diameter and eight-to-ten feet thick at center. Its surface was like sandblasted aluminum. Hovering, with slight rocking motion. Eight witnesses at airport on the ground viewing through binoculars confirmed that the object had wobbled while hovering.


This UFO was photographed in 1963 by the co-pilot of an AVENSA Airlines DC-4 between Barcelona and Maiquetia in Venezuela. A propeller spinner can be seen in the right foreground, and a highway divides the trees. Fernando de Calvet, a professional topographer and geometrican, demonstrated mathematically that all of the objects in the photograph bear exact relation with each other. (Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation) (13/p.308)

UFO over Venezuela, 1963, photographed by Avena Airlines pilot flying between Barcelona and Maiquetia Airport. Admitted hoax: the UFO is a button. For more details, see Ronald Story, Encyclopedia Of UFOs, p. 34-5 .

A disc-shaped, domed object was revealed hanging in mid-air in front of them. It had six brightly lit windows and was some 30 feet (9 meters) wide; metallic in appearance, it had a number of sections that were joined together with rivets and seams. The dome was also metallic, but it was darker and had no rivets. The object was rocking gently to and fro. Suddenly a multicoloured band began to rotate inside the windows and a witish mist thickened around the object, wich emitted a faint hum. The witnesses became aware of a sulphurous smell.

As the band inside the craft rotated faster and faster, they watched while the disc gradually became enveloped in a white mist until all could be seen was an orange-coloured cloud.


Twelve humanoids observed at distance after two discs landed on hill; appeared to be engaged in repair operation for hours.


Two discoid UFOs.

Two Air Force radar technicians encounter with small saucer-shaped object, struck by beam. Possible abduction.



Rex Heflin. "Top Hat" disc photo.


On August 3, 1965, Rex Heflin took three photographs of a UFO, using a Polaroid camera, through the windscreen of his truck (he was a highway traffic inspector) near Santa Ana, California, USA. A fourth photograph shows a smoke ring which the UFO allegedly left when it departed.

Disk. James Lucci and one other.

Large disk with silvery-gray dome, about fifty feet in diameter and five feet high. Near the top of the dome were four small windows which emitted a yellow light. The area below the windows glowed with a bluish light. The outer ring between the blue light and the rim was rotating counterclockwise, casting off a halo of light that changed from orange to white with an overall tinge of blue and green. The rim itself was bright orange and did not rotate. An indentation was visible on one side of the UFO.


Sao Joao. Two small, brown-skinned humanoids, one-piece garb; two discs landed, beings emerged, objects rose a few meters, unintelligible vocalizations.


A well known case with witness George Pedley observing an object at close range at 0900. He saw a light gray, non-reflecting object, estimated to be 25 feet long and 8 feet thick, rising vertically from marshland. It then climbed at a 45 degree angle from a height of about 30 feet above the marsh surface. The object ascended at a point 75 feet from the witness. He could hear a hissing sound as the UFO climbed. He described it as two saucers, edge to edge.

|Landing Mark|

Robert Howard. Saucer-shaped object 12 feet in diameter with flashing red lights set in its edge. It settled into a nearby swamp. Howard headed across the fields toward the object while more people gathered.



A Polaroid photograph of a UFO tipped vertically on a side taken by businessman from his garden.

The photo, copyrighted in 1979 by David C. Knight has been published on page 138 of the book "UFOS: A Pictorial History from Antiquity to the Present."



The pilot of a twin engine C-47 "Skytrain" transport aircraft of the USAF captured this reddish object on photograph in July 1966 at 11:00am. The aircraft was flying over the Rocky Mountains, at about 40 kilometers South-West of Provo, Utah.



|Disc|Landing Mark|

Anthony Russell. Zenith 3N single lens reflex camera. Top: the second photograph shows the UFO edge-on, which emphasises its disc shape. The expert who examined the photographs could not explain the strange shadow effects on this shot.

Disk. Dan and Grant Jaroslaw.


Ralph Ditter, a Zanesville, Ohio barber took two photographs of this unknown object.


Sketch of UFO by Claude at close point

Claude Edwards. The surface was seamless, “like gray-green silk.” Around the lower rim there were evenly spaced oval openings. The object “it just looked like a big shell, grayish-green looking outfit. And underneath there were oblong holes where the lights were coming out. They were so bright you couldn’t see when you got up there.

|Disc|ET|Landing Mark|Mushroom|


A salesman (Warren Smith) and two companions, one a 16 y/o boy. Someone spotted a disc-shaped object moving through the air above the tall evergreens. The salesman readied his camera and snapped photographs of the UFO.
The object was described as being “shiny, and approximately 25-feet in diameter.” It had a “silvery hone to it.” One particularly interesting assertion that was made by the RAF was that the UFO object in the photograph “had a toroidal shape. Only the blurred image (plate 62) is pitched up towards the observers, and a light shone not quite centered in the dark disk can be interpreted as a highlight, as opposed to a central hole.”



UFO photographed by Gabriel Kozora at New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA, on 28th June 1967 while he was photographing his young son. He said the object was about 60 feet long and it hovered overhead for about 15 seconds before heading northwest. Another source says it flew over from south to north. The witness was quoted as saying he was all shook up, wanted no publicity, and believed that the government was responsible for objects.


Photograph by Augusto Arrando.



Warren Smith. Daylight disc photograph.

Elizabeth Douglas. One humanoid visible inside disc with dome, square windows, as craft flew low past house.


One 3-ft tall being, emerged from hovering luminous disc, took gravel samples.


Stanley Moxon. Three 3- to 4-ft tall beings, white garb, translucent helmets from disc with three legs, gathered specimens.

|Disc|ET|Landing Legs|

Ron Hyde. Two humanoids about five ft. tall, silvery suits, round helmets, emerged from disc with dome; one moved toward witness and gestured, he fled in fear.


Two small beings, black garb, entered disc-shaped craft and took off.


Two humanoid figures seen in window of saucer-shaped craft (see Dyad case).


Flying cross made up of a central disk, about 20 feet in diameter 12 feet thick, from which potruded four fuselages estimated 75 feet long 7 feet high 8 feet wide. Potruded fuselages lined up and pointed in direction accouding to UFO's deceleration, hovering, taking off again.


Guy Tossie, Willie Begay. Two small humanoids from disc with dome, aggressive encounter.


Three small white-clad figures around disc with dome, red lights; physical traces found at site.


Marilyn Wilding. Two humanoid figures visible in disc with dome.


Dr Irena Scott. CUFOS. DAI - America's photo reconnaissance spy satellite programes - Kehole and Talent.

The object on the photograph was shaped like a saucer with a raised dome in the center. It appeared to be saucer-shaped with a dome [which] appeared to be quite tall in comparison to the brim - almost like a high top hat, or like the Kecksburb, Pennsylvania, object standing on end.


Disk. Emil Barnea and three others.

A large disc shaped object descended and came to rest on the ground near three boys that were playing in a nearby field.
The child was supposedly taken to a local hospital where he died suffering from third degree burns. On the site an area of scorched brush was found.

|Heat|Injury|Landing Mark|

D. Donaldson, Two silhouetted human-like figures visible in windows of hovering disc (see section VI).


Hearing a high pitched hissing noise.

Bright light from center of the bottom.
The object was round and the bright light was coming from the center of the bottom of the UFO. Around the perimeter of the craft was hundreds of penlight size light beams that alternated in all colors of the spectrum.

|Beam|High Pitched Hissing|

Robert P. Sartin. The UFO, appeared to be about the size of a basketball court and had a thickness, one-half its width. The object looked like "one saucer inverted on top of another and had a row of flashing windows through its middle." It had red, white and yellow lighted windows and hovered in the area overhead for about 10 minutes, before it flew sideways, then moved up and away at an unbelievable speed as it disappeared in the sky.

|Disc|Dam|Power Plant|Turn On Side|

Car engine, radio began to malfunction. Blue circle of light, about eight inches in diameter, inside the car. Moved about slowly, passed in front of the dashboard. Could see the engine through the. Beam of blue light shining on him from the top of the hill he was ascending. As UFO came closer, pulled off road and overcome by heat and stuffiness. Heard a buzzing sound. Looking up at UFO, could distinguish a gray structure about twenty-five feet thick and thirty-six feet wide, resembling two soup plates attached rim to rim. A transparent curtain moving around object completely encircled it. Sensation of heat and airlessness ceased. A tube streched out of the UFO's base toward ground. Rod of blue light from UFO moving over his car. The light seemed to make the car transparent.


Two or three 6-ft tall human-like beings moved around a domed disc resting on tripod legs, entered via ladder, took off with humming sound.

|Disc|Dome|ET|Humming|Landing Feet|

First saw the blue-green, metallic object. It was shaped like two disks "pressed inward toward each other." The rotating rim had what appeared to be windows illuminated by blue, green and fluorescent gray lights. The object was about 500 feet in diameter and made no sound, The UFO cavored about the sky. Sometimes it hovered, wobbling as it did so. The object shot up into the sky, then sped off at an abrupt ninety-degree angle,


A disk-shaped craft over the Kemmon Bridge photographed by a high school sophomore.

Discoid red-orange in color UFO, approximately 30 feet in diameter. Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Toshio Nakaruma killed in encounter after arming the plane's cannon and approaching the UFO.



Photo of a hat-shaped UFO, similar to the Rex Heflin photos taken in Santa Monica, California.

It had the shape of a giant Oreo cookie, a metal top, middle section partitioned off into what looked like darkened windows and the bottom was just like the top.


Witness reports observing an 80' domed disc over pine trees.
Object hovers and emits a whistling sound.

|Dome|Hover|Whistling Sound|

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Richardson. They noticed the UFO looked "like two pie pans" put together and had a dome on top. It flew about 40 to 50 feet above their car and it had red and blue lights on its ends and its dome was "brillant white." The bottom of the UFO was octagonal in shape or like a stop sign.

|Disc|Dome|Beam|Power Plant|


Silver disk shaped object with a soft white dome on top of it.
Several red lights moving about its perimeter counterclockwise.


Described as two plates joined together with a small cupola on top.


A glowing, metallic, disk-shaped object falling towards the ground about 300 feet away. As it descended to an altitude of fifteen-to-twenty feet, it wobbled on its own axis.


Bright golden disk, with white lights, shinning from its interior, as it hovered at about five thousand feet Masarus Saito, a Toa Domestic Airlines pilot described the appearance of the object of that of two plates placed together, the top one inverted. The UFO flew off in the direction of the sea.


Domed disc with light, door and two windows, circle over two girls.



At 2:00pm, Hirohito Tanaka saw a small dark circular-shaped UFO with a raised dome in the center. The object made a low pass over his neighbor's house. He grabbed his Instamatic 126, and took seven photographs.


Disc-shaped craft reflecting sunlight, splits in two and disappears.


Metallic disc-like object appears to lift off of ground and comes within a few feet of colliding with a car.

A domed disk plunging toward them. The massive object stopped short and paced the car, which soon became filled with blue light and suffocating heat. Reported abduction. Strange red marks on skin burned with water. Small areas of bubbled up paint on car.


Report of two discs with domes on top and bottom, flashing red, green and gold lights while playing tag, are observed for over 4 hours.


Metallic disc with stationary lights, descends rapidly to tree top level and maneuvers around, before departing at a high rate of speed.


Disc with dome and 3 lights (red, green and white) revolving around it is observed shooting off sparks.



At 2:00pm on a witness who declines identification snapped a color photograph of a shiny circular disc-shaped metallic flying object that had a high raised cupola on its top side. It was flying high above the trees, and above the lower scattered puffy white cloud level, but well below a higher cirrus layer of thin clouds. The brushed-silver disc had a smooth unbroken lower surface and a three-tiered dome. The lower part of the dome had a red-orange color, with a light yellow colored part above that which was topped by a reddish-gold knob at the uppermost level. No seams, joints, ports or projections of any kind marred the unbroken finish of the shiny craft.




Witnesses observe a USAF jet fighter enter a cloud bank. Seconds later a metallic disc came out of the cloud bank, followed by two USAF jet fighters.





Police officer Mark Coltrane took polaroid photographs of a metallic looking disc. His radio was emitting crackles at the time of sighting.


Rivo Faralli. Witness car stalled on road by red glowing domed disk; two occupants emerged from dome, floated around car, reentered object. Witness suffered eye irritation for two days.


Single witness, small disc lands briefly, 8 ft ring at site.

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Hannah Roberts photograph of a discoidal object in the sky.


Strange loud swirling sound changed into a beeping sound as object passed overhead.
Witness saw a circular object wobbling above trees, huge silver metallic double decker cake shape, dome structure on top with windows, flashing lights along exterior.


On Interstate 80 three people driving in a van outside Cozad saw a 100-foot diameter disc hover 80 feet over the highway. It was blazingly brilliant and had more than 15 colored circular lights around the rim. They heard an intermittent beeping on the van's CB radio. (Source: International UFO Reporter, March 1984, p. 10).


Time not given. A 13-year-old boy working at a kennel in Williston, Florida heard a humming noise, and noticed that the dogs were attempting to hide in their pens and whining. As he went out to investigate the area turned red with illumination, and a bright red disc-shaped object hovered only 20 feet over his head. He felt heat coming from the object. When he returned to the dog pens, the dogs barked at him and would not let him inside. (Sources: Robert Gribble, International UFO Reporter, May 1984, p. 16; MUFON UFO Journal, May 1984, p. 11).


Guards at the Indian Point nuclear power plant on the Hudson River, New York sighted a dark disc-shaped object with lights, 30 feet in diameter, that stayed over the nuclear reactor for 15 minutes. It finally flew away toward the northeast. (Source: J. Allen Hynek & Philip Imbrogno, Night Siege, p. 143).

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A disc with an orange halo hovered over a park in Cape Girardeau, Missouri at an estimated altitude of 1,000 feet. It winked out after fifteen seconds. (Source: APRO Bulletin, February 1985, p. 8).


A large disc-shaped UFO followed a Piper airplane from Cordoba to Resistensia, Argentina. It reportedly maneuvered at great speed, and changed color from silver to orange. The plane's compass oscillated between 0.5 and 270 degrees, and there were several other variations noted in other onboard instruments. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 51).


It was a huge silver or light gray disc! Not a shiny silver, but more like a flat silver-gray color. Just a plain underside! It was hovering below the lowest level clouds! The huge disc, which was sort-of oblate spheroid shape. I could see the entire disc bottom, and the angle was tilted to a degree, with the far side in the down position.


On many occasions, huge flying triangles, as well as flying saucers, have also been seen over the base.


One the night of 28-29 July 1989, disc-shaped objects were reported by Soviet Army personnel at a weapons depot, and at another military base in the district of Kapustin Yar, Astrakhan.

Couple while driving saw a huge, circular plate over the top of a group of trees. Around the edge were bright white lights. There was also four spoke-like lines that were a glowing brass color.


Illustration by witness Tim Todd.

Tim Todd. A football field-size UFO moved to the tree top level over the small town of Almont, MI, north of Detroit, in the fall of 1990, and changed one man's life forever. "I made out a row of windows around the craft," Tim said. "The windows looked very large."

|Disc|Dome|Hover|Humming|Power Lines|Missing Time|Speed|

Two seperate groups of witnesses saw a low-flying circular plate. The first group reported they saw a cupola on the top. There were many lights on the object.



Guillermo Arreguin. Daylight disc filmed during Mexico solar eclipse.





This picture was originally taken in 1993 outside Meridian, Idaho. Moving at incredible speed, around as fast as military fighter jet; it slowed once to a hover (during which moment I snapped the photo) then jumped back into high speed and flew upward and into the distance.



Raul Dominguez. It was a machine that I believe was about 25 meters in diameter. The lower half revolved. I didn't notice any noise until it was very close to me. I heard it when it was 10 to 12 meteres above my head and I heard a sound like bees buzzing. I felt my hair brisling and my close moved as well as my hair.


Jean-Charles DUBOC, Captain, Air France, Ret.
While piloting an Airbus A 320 over France in 1994, he observed a large lens-shaped UFO at about 25 NM to the left of the plane, also seen by the copilot and one steward. It didn’t move and then disappeared after one minute almost instantaneously.



Alejandro Backle.


Carlos Diaz photo of a glowing, yellowish, disc shaped object with a red hue toward the top and windows or portholes.


There was a series of sightings over St. Petersburg in Russia. While some of the sightings were of disk-shaped craft, at least one of them was of a triangular-shaped object with a number of lights on it.



Semyon Teglyov. Photograph of a flying disc.


Lajos Kosina. Disc photograph.


Cem Arat and Mehmet Safak. UFO photograph.


A team of forestry workers allegedly had been witness to an incident on Thursday, February 25, 1999, during which time an elk was lifted off the ground and carried away by a very peculiar, disc-shaped object.

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At an uncertain time at night, eastbound on I-64, just past US41 North, witnesses saw a large orange and red-domed disc with and eight-sided base. Duration was "a very short time" within 200 feet, seen through the windshield. After it passed the witness stopped and jumped out of the car but the object had disappeared. Investigation by James E. Delehanty, ASD (South)


One witness sighted "several discs" (no other description given). No direction of travel given. Sighted over the Ohio River towards Kentucky. 8:25 PM, No Duration given.


Severo Zavala.



UFO photograph by Illija using a Mustek GSmart Mini 3 camera.


Disc photo by an employee of Pentax cameras using a Pentax istDS camera.



I made the picture full size and what it looks like is something with a dark bottom, a silver dome on top with the sunlight reflecting off of it the same angle that the sun was hitting us. Photo taken using a 3.5 mega pixel digital camera.



On close examination there appears to be a silver or metallic disc shaped object in the middle of the photo. Now the reason I believe that this object is either silver or metallic as there appears to be an area on the object off which the sun appears to be reflecting. Photo taken from a Sony Cybershot digital camera.


Pilots, mechanics and managers from United Airlines witnessed a metallic disc-shaped object hovering over the United Airlines Terminal at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The clearly observed object shot straight up leaving a hole through the clouds.



Diego Santiago Molina.



UFO spotted outside birthday party in Tatui, Brazil.



Photograph was taken on May 14, 2008. Photographer was taking snaps of storm clouds over Eastland County, Texas. She noticed nothing out of the ordinary in the skies as she took her photograph. However, when uploading the images to her computer, she noticed a photograph with some blurry objects, and as she continued, saw another photograph with a very clear capture of a disc-shaped object, which appeared just above a line of trees.

From witness illustration.

Witness was awaken early at 1:30 AM by pet dog barking at something out side the a bed room window. Witness looked out window and saw a disk about 80 feet away hovering over a close-by artificial pond. The object was approximately 30 feet above the pond approximately 80 feet from the witness home. The pond is approximately 230 by 45 feet. There are several fruit and small maple trees between the witness home and the pond. The disk was observed through and just above the trees as shown in the graphic. The disk was approximately 30 feet in diameter and 15 feet thick. The sighting lasted approximately 5 minutes until the object just disappeared. This sighting occurred between thunder storms on this evening with a storm previously passing through about two hours previously. The sky was broken clouds with between cloud lighting occurring. There was no wind during the sighting event. The lighting flashes in the sky lit up the disk when they occurred. Red rectangular lights on the bottom portion of the craft rotated from right to left and reflected off the pond surface. The bottom of craft appeared to be a metallic blue with a shimmer to it. Water in the pond below the craft appeared to ripple. The dome on the craft was unlit.


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