UFOs over Arizona
case involves one of the most unusual objects which we have encountered in 27
years of examining UFO reports. At 2 a.m. on February 26, 1975, Mr. G, 45, a
cement mason from Phoenix Arizona, was asleep on top of a camper which was parked on the bank of the San
Carlos Reservoir, which is located on the Indian reservation of the
same name in Southeastern Arizona. Mr. G’s two companions were asleep inside
of the camper and he was bedded down with sleeping bag and electric blanket
on top of the camper because there was an alcohol-burning heater in the
camper which aggravated his respiratory trouble. The temperature was
approximately 26 degrees, the sky was clear and there was a full moon.
apparent reason, at 2 a.m., Mr. G. woke up. He immediately saw a strange
structured object (above) hovering about 10 feet away from the camper, four feet off the ground.
It consisted of a number of uprights and cross members from 4 to 6 inches in
width and the whole thing covered an area of about 50 feet wide and possibly
35 feet high. The further
edge of the thing was at about the edge of the reservoir and the whole
thing was moving away toward the north at about one mile per hour. Mr. G.
reached for and put on his glasses for a better look. The object was still
moving but had begun moving in an easterly direction.
made no noise but Mr. G. has a 35% loss of hearing in both high and low
frequencies so there may have been sound which he was unable to detect. Mr.
G. banged on the top of the camper to alert his companions, who took some
time in getting out. The object continued moving, but headed north again
instead of east and was out over the reservoir and headed toward a marshy
area where another camper was parked about ľ mile away. It was almost at the
location of the camper when the other men came out but they didn’t see it,
probably because their eyes had not adjusted, whereas Mr. G. had had it in
sight continually. Also, the object, which was black, did not reflect the
moon’s light and was not very visible by [to] them.
During the presence of the
object, Mr. G noted that some fiberglass fishing poles were tapping against
their fishing boat which was beached a short distance from the camper. Also,
fish were jumping out of the water in an area 100 feet north and 100 feet
south of their location, and within 50 feet of the shore. The men checked the
lines on the poles but there were no fish on them and they could not account
for the vibration which caused the tapping. Mr. G. later theorized
that it may have been a combination of the sound made by the jumping fish and
the vibrating poles which woke him initially.
went back to sleep. The episode had lasted approximately 15 minutes. He woke
up again at 3:05 with a
bright light full on his face, shining through the blanket which he
had pulled up over his face to block out the moonlight and keep him warm. He
grabbed his watch, put on his glasses, and checked the time. He felt a prickly, tingly
feeling and was shocked at first. Uncovering his head, he located the
source of the light-- off to his right “at about 2 o’clock” was an object
approximately 40-50 feet in diameter and tilted at a 20-30 degree angle. It
had a curved upper structure and the light was coming from a top portion. The
light source was a sort of slit which closed, then opened, became dim, and
then went out. The object itself was dark and plainly seen against the night
sky. At this time, G. was rapping on the camper again to wake his companions.
The object began moving, and when directly overhead he could see a number of
holes with lighted circumferences arranged around the outer edge. He didn’t
count them, and kept beating on the camper to awake the others. Before the
others gained access to the outside, the object had disappeared in the
distance. However, the
fish had been jumping and the poles vibrating all during this sighting, also.
when interviewed by APRO Director Mr. Lorenzen, was
determined to go back with photographic equipment hoping to get confirmation
of what he had seen. At this writing, we have heard no further news from him
and assume that his vigil was unrewarded.
the second case [this case] is only a single witness report, we feel that Mr.
G. is a sincere and honest man and he certainly was determined to tell
someone about his strange experience. He drove all the way from Phoenix to
Tucson (a round trip of 240 miles) just to report what he had seen.
Reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, “UFOs over Arizona”,
v. 23, no. 4, p. 3-4 January-February 1975.
With thanks to Joan Woodward: http://www.nicap.org/ar-750226dir.htm
Animal Reaction Specialist for providing this text.
Additional note provided by Ms Woodward:
The night was described as cold (26 degrees), clear, and with a
full moon. [verified that moon was waning gibbous, 99% of the disc
illuminated; moon rose at 7:28 PM and set the next morning at 7:37 AM (U.S.
UFOCAT PRN - 92263
UFOCAT PRN – 092263 APRO Bulletin February 1975, p. 3 –
1st object at 0200
UFOCAT PRN – 092264 APRO Bulletin February 1975, p. 3 –
2nd object at 0305
UFOCAT PRN – 167033 *U*
UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 11690 © 2002
North America – United States, Arizona, Gila
Carlos Reservoir Latitude 33-10-30 N, Longitude 110-31-32 W (D-M-S)
Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 33.37 N, Longitude 110.48 W (D.%)
Latitude 33.30 N, Longitude 110.45 W [URN 167033]