Report Indexes : by Event Date  by Location  by Shape  by Posting Date

National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/25/1966 15:00 (Entered as : 06/25/66 15:00)
Reported: 11/18/2014 8:35:18 PM 20:35
Posted: 11/21/2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Shape: Cigar
Duration: 5 minutes
Characteristics: The object changed color, The object made a sound
Brilliantly Lit Cigar Shaped Vessel 40 feet long - Hovered over roofs - looked like surface of The Sun

The UFO report I am making took place in Philadelphia on June 25, 1965.

At the time I was eleven years old. I am a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer (Major), and Veteran of The Gulf War.

I was sitting looking out a window when I saw a large bright object descending at a fast rate of speed. It was coming down at a 45% angle at perhaps fifty miles per hour. I thought it was a rocket, because of its shape, a cylinder with rounded ends. I ran and hid behind the couch away from the window. I expected an explosion but heard nothing, so I looked out. I saw the UFO hovering a block down the street over roof tops.

The UFO had descended at 22nd Street, descending at the intersection of 22nd and Mount Vernon Street, moving North then stopping at 22nd and Wallace Street. I was viewing the object from my Grandmother and Grandfather's 3rd floor apartment window at 643 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia Pa on June 25th 1968.

The UFO followed the outline of all the homes and buildings-opposite my side of the street, including a church. It flew just feet above the roof tops.

It would pause, descend, and rise, hovering about ten feet above all the roof tops. It was as if it was viewing inside the homes. It moved slowly traveling at walking pace.

The UFO was the length of a city bus, with rounded ends, but wider in circumference. It was a large cylinder, it had no markings of any kind, no wings, no visible engines, no windows. The entire surface was made up of a plasma field, like a close up image of the Sun. These gases or ions spun and disappeared under the surface, diving and rising like a gas. The brightness was intense. It was composed of several colors, white, yellow and orange. It reminded me of someone mixing giant cans of paint. It was very beautiful but hard on the eyes because of its brilliance.

At this point in my life I think what I saw then was a fusion powered ship. I'm also glad it did not damage my eyesight. They sky was clear, it was a hot summer's day.

At one point I turned around looking behind me into the apartment and noticed the patterns of light also produced shadows on my Grandmothers walls. The patterns it produced on the walls were dark with light edges. The patterns matched the moving patterns of the vessel's surface. The only thing I've ever seen similar are close up films of The Sun. In addition to the swirling patterns of light I noticed it was layered in a raised dimple pattern that covered it's entire surface. The dimples appeared to vibrate but stayed in place like those on a basketball while plumes of gas rose and fell like filaments of a magnet. This was truly amazing to see! At times I used my hands to shield my eyes. It was the brightest light I've ever seen and today I'm sixty years old, as of November 2014. I was alone viewing the object. My Grandfather was at work and my Grandmother went downstairs to another apartment for a short time.

It approached my location stopping directly in front of me. I was in the third floor apartment. I did not feel any heat. At this point it was about 80 feet away, close enough to throw a ball to it! I was able to observe this object for perhaps five minutes in total, which seemed then to be a long time. As I said it paused several times over apartments, then would move and stop again several times. It flew over the bell tower of The Olivet Covenant Presbyterian church (current name) at 22nd and Wallace Streets, just across from my location.

Just before the UFO changed direction (descending, or rising, stopping or starting to move forward) it emitted a loud sound. The sound always preceded its change in movement by about two seconds each time. So I knew when it was going to move again. The sound reminded me of a loud hiss from an old steam train. I'm not saying there was steam just that the sound was similar to that or when a large truck makes releasing air brakes. It was strange hearing an anachronistic sound and seeing an advanced flying vehicle! Once the UFO got to the last building at the intersection of 22nd and Fairmont Streets it angled at 45 degrees, with its front end pointing up, it rose about fifty feet.

I ran to another window on the side facing Wallace Street, so was able to watch it again. It leveled off, then flew over the walls of the Eastern State Penitentiary, (This spooky relic is now open to the public for tours) it picked up speed at about 35 miles per hour flying North. It continued flying North at a level constant speed until I lost view of it. This craft was definitely controlled by some form of intelligence. It was not a blimp, I had seen these vessels before for the Philadelphia Army Navy games traditionally held in Philadelphia in those years.

When my Grandmother came in I told her what I had witnessed. We were both very religious, she had difficulty believing my story and asked me to swear by placing my hand on The Bible, which I did. She was convinced and saddened that she had missed this wonderful sight by just minutes.

That evening or perhaps the next night we watched a TV program that highlighted the vessel I had seen and their close encounter with it. The program was "The Arthur Godfrey Show", or one of his "Specials". Arthur Godfrey was a respected pilot, and was a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. Arthur Godfrey and Frank Munciello another experienced pilot were flying in a small aircraft from New York to the Washington DC area. Their flight path took them over or near Philadelphia on the same day of my encounter. Live on national TV Author Godfrey described that a brilliantly lit vessel followed and maneuvered around his aircraft. He said it matched his course and speed. He admitted he was scared of the vessel's close maneuvers until it finally veered off. Arthur Godfrey was a well know TV producer and TV host. His TV program was viewed by millions of Americans. My grandparents and I knew he was describing the same vessel I had seen. An account of Arthur Godfrey's! story can be read on In 1993 I happened across a book, "The UFO Encyclopedia" by John Spencer. On page 129 I read the account by Arthur Godfrey validating my sighting.

Later accounts of Arthur Godfrey's story have been muddied. Some report the incident online as 1964, 1965 and 1966, some report it was during the evening, or say he was reporting an event he witnessed years earlier. The actual date he saw the vessel was June 25 1965, then he reported it in the evening. He was not in both places at the same time. As I viewed his broadcast myself, I was stunned at his anger and asking for an explanation as to what had happened. He was mad because this event had just happened, and was not years prior as some recent reports are now saying. I hope someone can track down a recording of that broadcast.

I can recall to this day my Grandparents discussing me and what to do about the sighting. My Grandmother wanted to call Mr Arthur Godfrey who had just reported the sighting on national TV. My Grandfather opposed it saying I would be tagged as the Flying Saucer Boy or some other bad thing that would only cause me harm. I remember my Grandmother wanting to talk to someone at The Franklin Institute Planetarium in Philadelphia. She wanted to know if others had reported seeing the vessel. I stayed several weeks with my Grandparents, finally they told me not to mention it to anyone. Years later, as an Intelligence Officer, I often gave my Air Force squadron current intelligence briefings. I was an Intelligence Officer in the 732nd Military Airlift Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, I served in this position for approximately ten years, including during The Gulf War. During one briefing an Aircrew explained to me they encountered a Ball Lightening Encounter, also called Saint Elmo's Fire. A sphere of charged particles entered the airframe of their aircraft while cruising at 40,000 feet. The aircraft was a C-141 Starlifter. The sphere about three feet in diameter entered the cockpit then floated inside the aircraft to the cargo bay where it hovered for a time then vanished.

The entire crew witnesses the sphere and actually enjoyed the event. They asked if I knew of any UFO sightings. I then told them my story. This upset my Squadron Training Officer who verbally reprimanded me, I was ordered to never speak about UFO's again. I eventually retired from the military as a Major in 1997