DATE: December 13,
LOCATION: Bradenton, Florida
Trush/John Dowdy/George Montgomery
Patrick Thrush was driving north on
27th Street E when he saw what he thought was an airplane in trouble descending
toward the Braden River. As he reached the intersection of 27th Street and Manatee Avenue the object had
disappeared below the horizon.
Thrush turned west on Manatee Avenue
and drove the short distance to the river. At the river he pulled his car off
the road onto an embankment, as he started to turn the car around, the high
beams from his car picked up a silvery reflecting object hovering 20 feet above the river. A tube
extended from the object to the surface of the water.
"I just sat there a second,"
Thrush stated, then he took his camera from the car and took two photographs,
using a strobe. The camera was a Canon FT-QL with a 55mm lens.
As soon as the flash went off, the tube, which had been
at an angle, straightened up and began retracting into the object.
When the tube disappeared, the object
headed toward the embankment where Trush was standing. He said he heard several loud
clanks and a splash, indicating that something had dropped in the water.
The object moved toward the car and
descended slightly, passing over the hood of the automobile, missing the car
by about seven feet. Thrush heard something hit the car hood; the object
changed direction and moved rapidly to the west, in a curved path.
When the object first began to move it
was a pale bluish-green. As it picked up speed it changed to a reddish-orange
and rapidly disappeared in the distance.
Thrush found three rocks in front of
the car, which were warm and dry. They were about one-half inch in diameter.
He gave two of the rocks to Bradenton Police Patrolman Christ Scmidt. The
rocks were analyzed as iron pyrite, a substance native to South
America. The stones were not radioactive.
Thrush estimated that the object was
about 30 feet in diameter and about 11 feet thick. It was about 35 feet from
shore while stationary.
At about 2050, John Dowdy
was driving on the Morgan-Johnson
Road about 2 miles west of Thrush when he saw a
bright orange object moving at high speed. The object turned southward,
slowed to a stop and disappeared.
In the same time period, George Montgomery
glanced out of a west window in his home in Palma Sola to see an unusual
light in the sky. The light consisted of a bright light with smaller lights
above and below it. The two merged into the bright light and
disappeared, after about 5 seconds.
The remaining rock is being analyzed
at the University
of Florida by Dr. Larry
stated that a preliminary examination showed the rock to be a cinder produced from an extreme
heat source. Further analysis is being done.
reference: MUFON UFO SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS, 1974, pp. 52-52. © MUFON 1974.
With thanks to MUFON and John Schuessler for permission to post to this
PRN - 91874
PRN – NONE St. Petersburg (FL) Times, December 23,
PRN – 073102 Ted Phillips Investigation Files [St. Petersburg Times news
PRN – 082648 Physical Traces Associated With UFO Sightings by Ted Phillips,
PRN – 103338 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer),
April 1974, p. 36
PRN – 091874 MUFON UFO SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS, 1974, pp. 52-52. © MUFON
1974. [ On site investigation]
PRN – 085163 UFO Register, Vol. 5, by Delair J Bernard,
p. 169, #1135. .© Contact
International (UK). Dec. 1974
PRN – 085164 UFO Register, Vol. 5, by Delair J Bernard,
p. 169, #1136. .© Contact
International (UK). Dec. 1974
PRN – 113561 Skylook (Old MUFON Journal), November 1975, p. 26 [Small note on
PRN – 157617 Vehicle Interference Project, #070-01, by Geoffrey Falla
PRN – 158712 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart,
#0408, © 1980
PRN – 166901 *U* UFO Computer
Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX © 2002
America – United States,
27-29-55 N, Longitude 82-34-30 W (D-M-S)
Sola Latitude 27-30-43 N.
Longitude 82-37-56 W
Braden River Latitude 27-29-59 N, Longitude 82-31-28 W
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 27.49 N, Longitude 82.57
27.50 N, Longitude 82.57 W [URN 166901]