|Occurred : 6/30/1966 16:00 (Entered as : 06/30/66 16:00)
Reported: 1/5/2007 6:06:29 PM 18:06
Location: Corning, CA
|2 small (2 ft) & 1 large saucers seen at close range by multiple witnesses, Northern CA about 1966
When I was about 12 years old I was approached at close range by 2 rather small UFOs. They were classic saucers, but only about 2 feet in diameter, and with what looked like "antennae" sprouting from the top center. They came within about 30-40 feet from my cousin and me, and were also observed by several other family members within about 100 feet. One was my aunt, about 30 years old at the time and standing about 30 feet behind me - perhaps 60 feet from the craft. She also saw them clearly as did two other, older cousins. This occurred on my uncle's farm in northern California roughly 1965-66. There were a number of animals nearby that reacted violently to the objects - especially one calf that was tethered and unable to run away.
There was also a 3rd UFO nearby - but that one was roughly 30 feet in diameter and was seen only as the smaller ones flew directly away from us and the large craft joined in front of the smaller two. It came from the side, from several hundred yards away when first noticed, and was seen only in silhouette against the afternoon sky. The small ones, however, were so close we could see them _very_ well.
They were gray and black, spinning about 30 RPM, exhibited the characteristic "falling leaf" motion when descending, and one discharged "angel hair" at it's lowest point (about 15-20 feet altitude). No residue was seen later, and the material seemed to "dissolve" in the air while falling. The objects made no sound.
The small objects hovered in and around some eucalyptus trees about 30 feet from us and perhaps 20 feet in altitude - so we saw them both behind and in front of the trees giving a good visual "fix" of their size and position. They never remained completely still, but made small movements in a jerky way constantly. After about 3-4 minutes of watching them, they rose vertically to about 100 ft altitude and flew slowly directly away from us slowly ascending. The larger craft flew in front of the smaller two, then all 3 flew rather slowly out of sight in a straight line, continuously ascending until they flew out of sight. The total sighting lasted about 5 minutes - which seemed like a _very_ long time under the circumstances. Unfortunately, no camera was available, for there was plenty of time to take photos.
Other family members remembered a report being made to the Air Force and, perhaps, a small article in the local newspaper, but I do not remember the latter. No one involved has had another sighting before or since, to the best of my knowledge.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))