Go Back Report # 154
04-00-1958

04-??-1958   

A Brazilian Sighting

By Gordon W. Creighton

According to a report received by General Chassin's saucer-research organization in Paris (G.E.P.A.), the following very interesting sighting occurred at 6 a.m. one day in April 1958 on the Atlantic seaboard of northeastern Brazil. A Brazilian jeweller named Senhor Wilson Lustosa was travelling along the beach from the port of Maceió to a place called Parapueira. (As I know from personal knowledge of this beautiful coast, there are virtually no roads, and one simply drives for miles along the broad beaches of dazzling white sand). At a spot called Saude, the witness stopped to ask some fishermen what they were looking at. They said that it was a flying saucer. He could see nothing at first, but soon he heard a humming noise, which grew rapidly louder, and perceived something which seemed to be falling out of the sky towards him from the direction of the sea.

       When the machine was at a distance of some 40 metres from him and the group of fishermen and about 15 metres above the water, it began to rock sideways and then stopped and hung there. It was from 15 to 20 metres in height, "and its width was approximately that of a travelling circus." It seemed to have three distinguishable parts: the upper half was the colour of aluminium, like an inverted bowl, and on the top of it was a small protuberance or dome, with a light as bright as that of an electric welding arc. The lower part was also a bowl, of the same size as the top, but dark in colour, and around the widest part, where the two bowls met, was a band with a number of square portholes from which came a reddish light. The portholes nearest to the party of onlookers were darkened as though there were people looking out through them.

       Beneath the machine, the water seemed to be boiling, or being sucked up, but without actually touching the under part of it, and a faint humming could be heard at brief intervals. From the under part of the machine, a number of things like leather thongs were hanging, motionless.

       During the hour that they stood there and watched it, it rose again several times into the sky and then descended as if crashing, "with a noise to shatter the eardrums."

       This report comes from Senhor Walter Sa Cardoso, of rua Santa Cruz 291, Farol, Maceió, who had it from the eyewitness. I reproduce the sketch which accompanied the report and suggest that this craft may be identical with the type photographed off the coast of California by Radio Officer T. Fogl one day in 1957. (This photo was reproduced on pages 6 and 7 of the Flying Saucer Review for January-February 1959, and there was another--slightly different--picture, also by Radio Officer Fogl, which accompanied Dr. Bernard Finch's article, "The Under-Carriage," on page 23 of the Flying Saucer Review for March-April 1961, but was inadvertently reproduced upside down). Radio Officer Fogl's saucer, like the Brazilian one here reported, has things projecting below it, but these seem to be metallic and certainly nothing like "leather thongs."

       This seems to be a type of UFO which has been reported many times. Numerous reports of night sightings have referred to "turtle-shaped" objects, or "jellyfish-shaped objects," with long, golden streamers hanging down (the leather thongs?).

       I am not quite sure what would be the average Brazilian's idea of "the width of a travelling circus," but evidently this means that it must have seemed to the witness a very big craft, at least 100 feet or so in diameter.                                                                                                        

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 10, No. 6, Nov.-Dec, 1964, p. 18    

ALSO  

       Here is yet another case in which the field of a flying saucer was seen to have an effect on the surface beneath it, in this case, water. It occurred at 6 a.m. one day in April 1958 on the Atlantic seaboard of northeastern Brazil. Senhor Wilson Lustosa, a Brazilian jeweller, was travelling along the beach from the port of Maceió to a place called Parapueira. At a spot called Saude, the witness stopped to ask some fishermen what they were looking at. They said that it was a flying saucer. He could see nothing at first, but soon he heard a humming noise which grew rapidly louder and perceived something which seemed to be falling out of the sky towards him from the direction of the sea.

       When the machine was at a distance of some 40 metres from him and the group of fishermen and about 15 metres above the water, it began to rock sideways and then stopped and hung there. It was from 15 to 20 metres in height, and “its width was approximately that of a travelling circus.” It seemed to have three distinguishable parts: the upper half was the colour of aluminium, like an inverted bowl, and on top of it was a small protuberance or dome, with a light as bright as that of an electric welding arc. The lower part was also a bowl, of the same size as the top, but dark in colour, and around the widest part where the two bowls met, was a band with a number of square portholes from which came a reddish light. The portholes nearest to the onlookers were darkened “as though there were people looking out through them.” 



(Apparent course of gravitational lines in relation to the course of the water's surface)

Note: This diagram was from an earlier edition.          -CF-

       Beneath the machine, the water seemed to be boiling, or being sucked up, but without actually touching the under part of it; note this might well have been in part an aerodynamic effect. A faint humming could be heard at brief intervals and from the under part of the machine, a number of things like leather thongs were hanging motionless. No, this latter observation does not constitute an inconsistency; in fact, as we shall see later, it is entirely corroborative.             

This reference: UFOs and Anti-Gravity: Piece for a Jig-Saw by Leonard G. Cramp, p. 133, London, 1966   

ALSO

Apr. 1958 (Time 0600), Maceió (Brazil). Near Paripueira, jeweler Wilson Lustosa and numerous fishermen saw an object hovering 15 m above the sea, 40 m away. It was lens-shaped, about 12 m thick, and showed portholes with a glowing red light. Below the object the water seemed to be "boiling" or attracted upward, while a soft, whirring sound was heard. For one hour the object kept going up and down.                                                                                                         

This reference: Passport to Magonia by Jacques Vallee, p. 271, published 1969

Original reference: (SBEDV) Sociadade Brasileira de Estudos Sobre Discos Voadores, Walter Buhler, Rua Sen. Pedro  Velho 50, A.P.201, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.           

UFOCAT PRN – 87693

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 10, No. 6, Nov.-Dec, 1964, p. 18

UFOCAT URN – 030975 The Reference for Outstanding UFOP Sighting Reports by Thomas

                                        Olson, p. 97, © 1966

UFOCAT URN – 087693 UFOs and Anti-Gravity: Piece for a Jig-Saw by Leonard G. Cramp,

                                        p. 133, London, 1966

UFOCAT URN – 030973 A Century of Landings (In Passport to Magonia), p. 271, #0464, © 1969

UFOCAT URN – 030974 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1175 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

UFOCAT URN – 030976 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1175 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

UFOCAT URN – 170554 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 05442, © 2002      

South America - Brazil

Note:  The text refers to the port of Maceió, a major city along the northeast coast of Brazil, although there are 4 cities/towns by this name. The witness’s destination was Parapueira in this text (unable to locate), but there are 2 Paripueira in Jacques Vallee's text. In-between he stops at Saude (none found); Saúde 6 found. Since he was traveling in a manner where he could stop to talk to fishermen, I assume that his travel was either by foot or other surface means; therefore, the cities had to be relatively close to each other. The following coordinates satisfy this idea. ALL are coastal cities/towns. -CF-    

Maceió             Latitude 9-40-00 S, Longitude 35-43-00 W (D-M-S)

Saúde              Latitude 9-31-00 S, Longitude 35-37-00 W

Paripueira        Latitude 9-28-00 S, Longitude 35-33-00 W

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 9.60 S, Longitude 36.68 W (D.%) [Maceió]

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 10.90 S, Longitude 40.42 W (D.%) [Saúde]            


 



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