. . . The object was viewed by the whole garrison, and workers and sailors reported that it was the same object they had sighted on previous occasions. January 2 was the date of the fifth sighting, but this sighting was only of a few seconds duration. On the same night, however, the Navy tow ship Triunfo, traveling off the Bahia coast four hundred miles from Trindade, was circled for almost ten minutes by an unknown aerial object. The crew witnessed the round object which was encircled by a weird orange glow and maneuvered at high speed with sudden changes of course and right-angle turns. At times it briefly hovered motionless, sometimes close to the ship.
Then on January 6 a released weather balloon was being tracked from the ground. The sky was blue and clear with no haze, and there was only a solitary cumulus cloud almost overhead. Commander Bacellar was inside the radio cabin tracking the balloon's slow ascent by the signals emitted from its radiosonde. Suddenly the signals gradually began to diminish in intensity, fading away as if the transmitter was moving outside the ground station antenna's range. There was no change of frequency; in fact, the signal's frequency didn't change even when the instruments were supposed to be automatically dropped by parachute—the balloon's transmitter became silent. Commander Bacellar went outside to investigate. Everything appeared normal—the balloon was high in the sky and still climbing, slowly approaching the cumulus cloud overhead at fourteen thousand feet, the height at which the balloon's instruments were to be jettisoned.
Then a strange thing happened—the balloon appeared to be sucked suddenly toward the cloud, entered it and was lost to sight. The balloon reappeared ten minutes later and resumed its ascent, more rapidly now, for it was without instruments. The balloon had gone into the cloud with its full instrument load and had reappeared without it. The instruments were never found; observers did not see them come down. But soon after the balloon reappeared, another object left the cloud. A silvery object, the color of polished aluminum, came slowly from behind the cloud, moving in a southwest-to-east direction. Bacellar watched the object through a theodolite; it appeared to have the shape of a half-moon, and it altered its course finally, moving from east to west.
This sighting was reported in the Rio de Janeiro press on April 17, 1958 (Correio da Manhã, O Jornal do Brasil), and on May 17 in the magazine O Cruzeiro. All details were included except the facts of the radiosonde signals and the missing instruments; these were first made public by Dr. Fontes in the APRO Bulletin in January 1960.
Reference for the above text is: Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space by Coral E. Lorenzen, pp. 173-173, © 1962.
UFOCAT PRN - 30595
UFOCAT URN - 030595 Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space by Coral E. Lorenzen, pp. 173-173, © 1962
South America – Brazil
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