Go Back Report # 837



"The Unexplained"—

Pulsating UFO Lands in Florida Swamp      

       On the night of March 14, 1965, James W. Flynn, who is a rancher and hunting dog trainer, was camped out for the night in the Everglades. Just as he was settling down for the night, his dogs became restive and upset. He looked around expecting visitors, but instead he sighted a bright light silently and slowly descending about a mile away.  
       Thinking that perhaps an airplane had gotten into trouble and gone down, he prepared his swamp buggy for the journey and set out to render aid if needed. He was guided directly to the spot by the glow which continued unabated. This worried Flynn as he expected to find a burning plane and probably injuries or fatalities. He found neither.

Pulsating Glow

       When about a quarter mile away, he grounded his swamp buggy and continued on foot. Soon he found himself in a large clearing and he wasn't alone. Some twenty yards away he saw a circular, cone-shaped object with a pulsating glow. It hovered just above the ground with a slightly perceptible wobbling motion. He detected, after a bit of study, a sound he could only describe as a hum. He estimated the size at well over seventy-five feet in diameter and twenty-five to thirty feet thick. There were four rows of ports or windows encircling the craft, each emitting a yellow light unlike the color of the craft's overall glow. A partition immediately behind the windows prevented him from seeing any internal details or occupants.  
       For many minutes Flynn just stood there, amazed. He had heard of such things, but, until now, had never really taken them seriously. Overactive imagination, he'd thought. But this was not imagination. It was real.        
       Curiosity overcame fear. He started to approach the craft to get a better look. He never made it. A pencil thin blue light shot out from "somewhere" on the craft hitting Flynn on the forehead "right between the eyes." He was unconscious before he hit the ground.           
       When he regained consciousness, he was partially blind, sluggish, had a terrific headache and a large, sore bruise on his forehead. The craft was gone. Somehow he got his swamp buggy going and got to his hometown of Ft. Meyers, Florida. He was rushed to a hospital for examination and treatment.

Trees Burned

       After he told his story, investigators went back to the spot. They found a large circular spot in the clearing where the ground and grass were charred. The tops of some nearby trees were severely burned. The trunks and limbs of some of the trees were scarred.        
       The Air Force, at that time, normally debunked and belittled UFO sightings and the people who reported them out of hand, but in this instance, they did not reckon with Flynn's standing in his community. On this occasion the Air Force had to partially back off. They only took one shot, that I can find, in that they labeled it by innuendo to be a hoax. Question is, how did Flynn fake the charred circle of ground, how did he burn and scar the trees and, most importantly, how did he self-inflict a bruise of such shape and intensity?      
       One final piece of evidence helped exonerate James Flynn. One of his physical injuries was atrophy of internal muscles. Medical science tells us that one can't be faked; period!

     It happened, probably exactly as Flynn described it. The trouble is he dosen't [sic- doesn't] know what it was nor where it came from. So, even today, it's still carried in the annals of the UFO as unexplained!          

Reference for the above text is:News clip, Republican Journal, Belfast, ME, July 02, 1987, by Glenn Sparks           

UFOCAT PRN – 38534 [DOS: 03-MM-1965]  
UFOCAT URN – 080027 Strangers from the Skies by Brad Steiger, p. 108, © 1966    

UFOCAT PRN – 38534 [DOS: 03-14-1965]   
UFOCAT URN – 108512 UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, April 1965, p. 6         
UFOCAT URN – 076551 GEPA – Phénomènes Spatiaux, June 1965     
UFOCAT URN – 106916 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), August 1965, p. 59
UFOCAT URN – 038532 Official Guide to UFOs by Lloyd Mallan, p. 24, © 1967 
UFOCAT URN – 099720 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), December 1967, p. 22       
UFOCAT URN – 100305 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), June 1971, p. 8      
UFOCAT URN – 038535 Project Grudge/Blue Book Special Reports 1-12         
UFOCAT URN – 055248 Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Témoignages, Claude Poher, #6059, undated 
UFOCAT URN – 057218 Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Témoignages, Claude Poher, #0029,
UFOCAT URN – 038531 Condon Committee investigation files
UFOCAT URN – 038533 Condon Committee investigation files – N     
UFOCAT URN – 038534 NICAP investigation files         
UFOCAT URN – 057496 Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Témoignages, Claude Poher, #2728,

UFOCAT PRN – 38542 [DOS: 03-15-1965]   
UFOCAT URN – NONE   Fate magazine, September 1965       
UFOCAT URN – 038541 Flying Saucers – Serious Business by Frank Edwards, p. 92, © 1966 
UFOCAT URN – 038542 Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence by C. Lorenzen, p. 229, © 1966         
UFOCAT URN – 079810 Mysteries of the Skies by Gordon I. R. Lore, p. 172, © 1968  
UFOCAT URN – 065610 UFOs: The Whole Story by Coral Lorenzen, p. 192, © 1969    
UFOCAT URN – 038540 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J. Vallee, # 641, © 1969  
UFOCAT URN – 090484 Strange Effects from UFOs by Gordon I. R. Lore, p. 12, © 1969         
UFOCAT URN – 100053 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), October 1969, p. 4 
UFOCAT URN – 038537 Data-Net Report, April 1970    
UFOCAT URN – 103182 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), September 1972, p. 32      
UFOCAT URN – 118549 Space-Time Transients and Unusual Events by Michael Persinger, p. 59, © 1977      
UFOCAT URN – 110204 Situation Red: The UFO Siege by Leonard Stringfield, p. 193, © 1977
UFOCAT URN – 082215 Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings by Ted Phillips, 195, CUFOS, © 1979  
UFOCAT URN – 158706 Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0407, © 1980
UFOCAT URN – 118679 Uninvited Guests by Richard Hall, p. 250, © 1988      
UFOCAT URN – 114205 Confrontations by Jacques Vallee, p. 113, © 1990     
UFOCAT URN – 122452 CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind by Richard Haines, p. 30, © 1998   
UFOCAT URN – 145041 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall, p. 3, © 2000          
UFOCAT URN – 145888 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall, p. 262, © 2000      
UFOCAT URN – 145930 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall, p. 267, © 2000      
UFOCAT URN – 146014 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall, p. 279, © 2000      
UFOCAT URN – 038539 James E. McDonald investigation files, #094  
UFOCAT URN – 038543 James E. McDonald investigation files, #D41  
UFOCAT URN – 065086 Computer Catalog of Type 9 Cases, (N=150), #085 by Brad Sparks, no © date         
UFOCAT URN – 061788 J. Allen Hynek investigation files, p. 11           
UFOCAT URN – 038538 Computerized Catalog, (N=3173), #1694 by L. Schoenherr, no © date         
UFOCAT URN – 064324 Ted Phillips investigation files, 195     
UFOCAT URN – 165418 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002      

UFOCAT PRN – 80027 [DOS: 03-15-1965]   
UFOCAT URN – 080078 Flying Saucers Are Hostile by Brad Steiger, p. 20, © 1967     

North America – United States, Florida, Hendry 1          
Fort Myers                    Latitude 26-38-26 N, Longitude 81-52-20 W (D-M-S)  
Big Cypress Swamp     Latitude 26-10-01 N, Longitude 81-24-59 W [Collier County] 
Everglades                   Latitude 26-29-19 N, Longitude 81-06-54 W [Camp Everglades]        
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=116:1:8819224456856858733   

Note #1 – All of the URNs above use Hendry County as a location point for both Fort Myers and Big Cypress Swamp, however, Fort Myers is in Lee County and Big Cypress Swamp is in many counties.  

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