Go Back Report # 1531



Airline Crewman Photographs “Saucer”


     Barty Andersson, 41, a purser for the Scandinavian Airways System, claims to have photographed a saucer-shaped object as it took off from the shore of the Russian River on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, on the 5th of July, 1965. He didn't tell anyone at the time about his sighting as he was not sure that he had gotten anything on film. However, on the 2nd of August, he presented the developed 35mm Kodachrome color slide at the offices of the Anchorage Daily News. The picture, in vivid color, shows an orange spiral, which is reflected in the water below. Andersson's story:

     On the 5th of July he and friends went to the Kenai Peninsula to fish. Shortly before 6 a.m., they arrived at the Sportsman’s Lodge. His friends went inside for breakfast, but he sayed [sic-stayed] out, intending to take a time exposure of himself in the boat first. He set up his camera, tripped the time switch and headed toward the boat. About halfway to the boat, he saw the object rise from across the river. He said he stopped and at that point the camera took the picture.

     Andersson said the object was round, flat on the bottom and raised like an upside-down plate on top. He said he heard no sound, and that when he first saw it, it seemed to be floating about 12 feet above the ground. It was orange with "a shadow of dark blue near the top." He also detected an odor which reminded him of ammonia. The object reached an altitude about level with the treetops, then seemed to disappear.

     Attempts to locate Andersson have so far failed. However, the Anchorage Daily News gave the information that the photo was taken on Kodachrome II film with his Cannon [sic-Canon] 35 mm camera, equipped with a 58 mm lens. The picture was taken at 1/125th second at a lens opening of f5.6. The black and white reproduction in the newspaper showed an upside-down plate-like object with a spiral of mist below it.


Reference for the above text is:APRO Bulletin, November-December 1965, p. 1.




Encounters with Aliens on This Day

July 5

1965 - On this day at six o'clock in the morning, a 41-year-old man named Andersson took a photograph of a flying disc-shaped object coming out of the Russian River near Kenai, Alaska. (Sources: Anchorage Daily News, August 3, 1965; APRO Bulletin, November-December 1965).


Reference for the above text is: Website: On This Day:



UFOCAT PRN – 152242

UFOCAT URN – 152242 APRO Bulletin, November-December 1965, p. 1

UFOCAT URN – 106930 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), January 1966, p. 13

UFOCAT URN – 093022 APRO Bulletin, January 1973, p. 2

UFOCAT URN – 165447 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002


North America – United States, Alaska, Kenai Peninsula

Russian River      Latitude 60-29-12 N, Longitude 150-00-02 W (D-M-S) [stream]

Kenai                   Latitude 60-33-16 N, Longitude 151-15-30 W [populated place]

Kenai Peninsula   Latitude 60-10-00 N, Longitude 150-15-00 W [cape]

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399



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