Additional Gulf Breeze Case
By Charles D. Flannigan, S.S. Director
SUBJECT: Pensacola, Florida
MUFON Case #8
TYPE OF REPORT: CE-1
DATE OF REPORT: 8-20-88
DATE OF INCIDENT: 7-8-88
LOCAL EVALUATION: Great Significance
At 4:54 a.m. on July 8, 1988, Dr. McConnell was sitting up in bed looking out over Pensacola Bay. (He typically gets up this time each morning to begin his exercise routine.) As he looked out over the bay, he observed a lighted craft hovering above the water. (The distance was later determined to be approximately 330 feet.) He awakened his wife saying, “Quick, look out the window.” Shirley McConnell immediately observed a round craft with lighted windows and a large white beam shining on the water. (Beam width later determined to be approximately eight feet in diameter.) Shirley said it was the exact craft that had been printed in the Gulf Breeze Sentinel [This was the period of the Gulf Breeze sightings made famous by Ed Walters’ photos. –CF-]. The craft outline was clearly discernible because of internal lights reflecting through windows and the large diameter white beam shining on the water.
The McConnells observed the soundless craft for approximately two to three minutes before running to the opposite end of the house in an attempt to view the object from the backyard. Upon entering the yard they could clearly observe the same craft from a different angle. They were now facing south/southeast.
Shirley was slightly behind her husband when he said, “It's leaving.” At this time the craft started moving slowly in a westerly direction and at the same altitude of 25-30 feet. The craft was now moving toward the rotating beacon on top of the lighthouse at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The craft continued shining the white beam into the water as it crossed Pensacola Bay. As the craft approached the light house, it changed direction and disappeared while moving north. There were no conventional air or water craft observed during or after this sighting.
Dr. McConnell is a well known and highly reputable pathologist who is extremely skilled in detailed observations. However, he was not wearing glasses during this sighting and his distant vision requires him to do so. Mrs. McConnell has excellent distant vision.
Mrs. McConnell has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition. She currently owns a party consulting business.
Note of Interest — Several weeks prior to this sighting, they decided to have their annual house party on Sunday, July 10, 1988. This year's party theme was "UFO Watch." Five hundred thirty-five guests were invited of which two hundred ninety-eight attended.
The guests arrived not knowing the McConnells had closely observed an unconventional craft just two days before. The McConnells said they purposely avoided much discussion about their sighting.
Reference for the above text is: MUFON UFO Journal, #246, October 1988, p. 7.
UFOCAT PRN – 127910
UFOCAT URN – 118157 MUFON UFO Journal, #245, September 1988, p. 3 [Note: I could not locate this particular case in this issue-CF-]