The 1967 New Year’s Eve weekend Extraordinary Event.
In the fall of 1967 I was hired in as a clerk in the Bendix machine shop parts department. The Bendix shop was and is a stone’s throw from the Vehicle Assembly Building, (VAB) one of the largest vertical structures in the world.
The mammoth structure was originally built for assembly of Apollo/Saturn vehicles and was later modified to support Space Shuttle operations.
Jon, my brother-in-law invited me too spend New Year’s Eve weekend with his family.
I accepted his invitation.
December 30th, 1967, I arrived at my relatives mobile home on Sixth Street in Bithlo, Florida as the sun dropped below the west horizon.
Note: Bithlo is 35.5 miles from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, depending on the travel route taken.
Jon and I were in the kitchen drinking coffee engaged in lighthearted conversation, while the family huddled together in the living room watching a Christmas classic movie on TV.
Suddenly, a flash of amber light reflected through the kitchen window that faced east.
I reached around, flung wide the front door, expecting to see a meteor pound the earth.
Instead, my attention was drawn to an amber basketball sized orb, suspended in midair less then a hundred feet above and east of the mobile home.
The brilliant ball of swirling light seemed electro-magnetic yet confined within certain parameters as it swirled and spun.
Then, the orb winked out, but its amber color reflected (momentarily) off the underside and outer rim of an object, circular in shape, pewter metallic and measured perhaps 50 to 60 feet in diameter.
The unknown disk, (soundless and silently) banked and headed east, then vanished into the dark cold night.
Several days later, I realized had I not reacted by swinging open the door as quickly as I had done, the brilliant ball of swirling energy would have gone unnoticed as it slipped silently into the darkness.
By then, Jon and Sandy, my sister, had moved up behind me and were peering over my shoulders.
I didn’t glance back to acknowledge their presence because my attention was riveted to a random spot out there in the dark where something quiet extraordinary, and I would soon realize, not of this earth had vanished into thin air right before my eyes.
And then, a beam of light, cone-shaped and deep red pierced the darkness as it moved swiftly, heading due east.
The red beam winked out, then on, then off again.
I concluded from that observation the occupants inside the disk (if it had been occupied--and I believed that it was occupied) therefore the intermittent flashing on and off of the red beam while searching for a specific (predetermined landing spot) the extraterrestrials had in all likelihood visited or mapped out before the forthcoming clandestine event.
It was nighttime and the ship’s pilot/pilots needed an artificial light source to spot-check the terrain below simply as a course adjustment.
Pilots operating man-made aircraft searching for a specific landing site at night or under adverse weather conditions would apply the same night visual light sources while looking and/or preparing for a specific landing site, (unless the night-time operation was top-secret,) even then special viewing lenses would be enabled to see in the dark, so the pilot could land the aircraft.
But on this night and in this situation, the UFO pilots enabled infrared due to the sensitive nature of their covert operation.
Then a pattern of circular flashing red lights appeared out of the darkness in the distance and just above the shadowy tree line. I then realized the flashing red lights lined up between the two poles in the front yard where moments before the ship had glided over the mobile home, before enabling the cone-shaped red beam of light as the ship headed due east.
Moments later a second disk with an identical row of flashing red lights around its middle, floated in from the left and moved alongside its companion. Both ships just hung there in the air momentarily above the dark topography.
Then, the disk on the left rose and on cue, the second one descended, and then both ships reversed the process.
And in one harmonious rhythmic motion, the twosome floated and swayed back and forth, (like leaves caught on the wind) as they dropped effortlessly below the tree line.
Yet as both ships descended, the frequency of the red lights increased until both disks disappeared from view.
Although I wasn’t close enough to see the two aerial ships touch the ground, I watched the red flashing lights around both ships through the open space between the trees until they dropped completely out of sight. At that point I could only speculate that the two ships had touched down on earthly soil.
But an event was about to happen that would remove all doubt whether the two ships were solid constructs.
I find the term unidentified flying objects most interesting. The two ships were unidentified but flying doesn’t accurate describe the two incredible machines from another world.
The erratic movements and the 90-degree angle turns, the sudden stops. The z patterns the luminous disk made reminded me of a continuous lightning charge.
Thump! Thump! Thump! Blades sliced through the cold air.
Helicopters! Six of the metal birds moved in from the east in single file formation.
A strike-force had been dispatched from Patrick Air Force Base, I thought.
As the Choppers drew near the UFO landing hotspot, the formation fanned out in an ever-widening circle. Bright beams illuminated the night as they performed night surgery on the dark terrain below. The chopper pilots combed the general area for several minutes, before resuming single-file formation and returning from the southeasterly direction of which they had approached at first.
Thunderous sounds vibrated the windows of the mobile home and shook the wooden porch as two jets flew low over the general area where the two visitors had apparently landed. The jets banked, returned for another pass and then headed southeast on their way back to the Base.
The scrambled jets had been vectored to the area directed by radar contact.
I wondered why the helicopters and the jets had called off the search prematurely? Two spaceships from another world had landed on the ground and were probably still there?
The next day after I had returned from a trek into the area where I believed the two disks had touched earthly soil, I plopped down on the front porch while gusts of bone-chilling winds whipped across the grassy fields across the road.
Why did the jets abandon or call off the search right in the middle of their special task force nocturnal operation?
Perhaps the pilots on board the ships had increased the vibratory rate or frequency of the electronic shield or field that enveloped their marvelous ships to the point of rendering the ships invisible, that is in the physical spectrum, until the chopper pilots had completed combing the terrain below with their bright beams, and coming up empty had returned to Patrick?
Or perhaps the UFO pilots had activated cloaking technology, (speculation). That event involving the choppers has remained a mystery too me too this day.
As the thunderous roar of the jets faded, I forced my attention away from the area where the two ships had just landed.
And per my urgent request, Jon and I hopped into his pickup and took to the back roads and the general area of where the incredible incident had just happened.
But, driving blindly through an unfamiliar area at night proved futile at best. Dead ends and unexpected u-turns on private properties forced us to abandon the search, much to my regret.
New Year’s Eve, the following day, while exploring the area, I had stumbled upon an open gate on the south side of State Road 420 that led too the circular field, the area where I believed the two visitors had landed.
In our haste, Saturday night, we had driven right past the gate as we searched frantically for that entranceway into the area.
We returned home and I manned my observation post on the porch, resolved to stay up all night if necessary.
I had no doubt what I had seen that night. And when the two ships decided to leave, I was going to be there when they departed.
Watching the duo leave would be added proof that spaceships from another world had landed,
But, I wasn’t looking for proof. I could have dashed inside, grabbed my 8mm movie, (yes, 8mm) camera and as the two ships departed, aim and run the film.
I had just seen a spectacular event, and nothing could have dislodged me from my position on the porch at that time.
I estimated the time I stood there. From roughly 8 p.m. Saturday evening, December 30th until 1:50 a.m. New Year’s Eve, five and one half hours later, I maintained a steady unwavering attention out there waiting …
1:50 a.m. One of the disks began rising from the place that had harbored it for the better part of 6 hours.
The flashing red lights that circumvented the ships mid-section raced faster and faster in the 6-5-4-3-2-1, 1-2-3-4-5-6 sequence as it climbed steadily above the dark terrain below.
The ship paused and then a most incredible transformation took place. What had appeared as a solid object with red lights flashing around its outer perimeter began too change from a solid construct into a bright luminous glowing disk.
The bright transformed magnificent vessel shot straight up, paused, hung there in the dark starry sky before it moved upward again, covering a vast distance in its final ascending burst.
Then the radiant craft seemed star-like in appearance as it just hung there from its lofty position, until moments later the eastern horizon exploded with a display of multi brilliant flashes of colors.
Moments later, a fiery object climbed swiftly above the cold Atlantic Ocean.
The Air Force had launched a Minuteman 2 missile from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s missile row.
Then, the hovering bright UFO zipped to the right, zipped to the left, performed a z pattern and all in one continuous flowing light, then floated down like a glowing snowflake before shooting left again.
It then drew near the fast-rising missile before it darted to the right, paused then shot off to the south and vanished from view.
I don’t know how long I stood there, not moving, frozen in time, as I gazed out into the dark, starry, infinite universe while images of the awesome spectacle lingered in my mind and heart.
Indeed! The mind-boggling and awe-inspiring anti-gravity feats of the luminous disk as it zipped back and forth across the sky so effortlessly had left me spell-bound but the brilliant white glow (often mentioned as corona discharge) that emanated off the celestial chariot touched me deeply.
In retrospect, I could understand the effect that a corona discharge emanating off a UFO might have on someone that happened to find him or herself in close proximity of the ship’s field that sometimes expands to considerable distances from the ship, but the transformed craft I had just observed, actually wasn’t an observation at all, quite the contrary, the spectacular event seemed more like an encounter therefore, I believe that the white glow emanating from or from some UFOs could contain spiritual properties or be spiritual in nature.
All scenes, including any/all structures, people, vehicles, terrains, settings, astronomical objects, military aircraft and/or extraterrestrial spaceships were created using Bryce 3-D software and Photoshop.
Some vehicles and aircraft utilized in various scenes were imported from other sources.
Original Illustration Copyright 2000 by JE Oglesby
Please link to www.skyscan.org/oglesby.htm to view the complete six-sequence Cape Canaveral Event that happened between 7:10pm, 12/30/67 and 1:50am New Year's Eve morning.
www.Earthfiles.com members check out The Apollo Program, Cape Canaveral and UFOs, Part One and Part Two (Archives) aired on Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country 7/21/2004 and 8/20/2004 respectively. Linda Moulton Howe, Emmy award winning television producer, reporter and author hosted the interview.