UFOniks will be happy to note the appearance of a "UFO of High Merit," witnessed by a dozen trained military observers on a bombing range in central Florida in May. After civilians in the area called the base about what they assumed to be a parachute flare, naval radar experts locked on to a target three miles from the base, at an altitude of between 50 and 100 feet. For about 40 minutes, the object appeared and disappeared from the screen, making hairpin turns and varying in speed from 2 to 500 knots. Visually the object appeared to be a tight cluster of lights.
Reports of this sort are the raison d'etre of the International UFO Reporter, ($12 annually, Ill. 60201), a monthly journal edited by "Close Encounters . . ." scientific adviser J. Allen Hyneck, the civilian in charge of Operation Bluebook, the Air Force UFO project.
While Hyneck tends to be regorous in his analysis of reported sightings - as in Case 3-6-40 cited above, which gets almost five pages of evaluation - he also publishes incidents with few witnesses but rich detail:
"NEW ZEALAND: WAIMATA VALLEY, Dec. 2, 1977. A farmer lying in bed, was disturbed by the barking of his dogs from their kennels. Grabbing his gun he went to the back door where he saw a landed saucer-shaped craft in a paddock about 100 feet away. It appeared to be about 50 feet in diameter and was bright red, with two doors in the side, which were open. Looking over toward his kennels, the farmer saw two humanoid beings about 4-feet-8 in height with slim builds. They were carrying one of his dogs, which appeared comatose . . ."
The report has a happy ending. The farmer grabbed his gun, scared off the humanoids, and the dog recovered.*