Thursday, 19 July 2012

Mac's Ufo News, April - June 2012

UFO Sighting Near Russian Nuke Plant (Video)

A UFO video on YouTube shows what look like two glowing orange orbs hovering in the twilight sky over a Russian nuclear power plant. As the video plays, each of the objects wink on and off. They don't look like conventional aircraft, so, what are they?

In the video it sounds like a Russian mother is talking to her child and looking out the window as she films the mysterious, unidentified flying object hovering over what is described as a nuclear facility. The poster of the video says the film was shot in February. It certainly looks bleak enough.

As the mother videotapes, the glowing UFO orbs flash steadily, but suddenly blink out for a few seconds before illuminating again in a different part of the sky. Why would aircrafts do that?

The objects are too far away to make out with any certainty, but they don't behave the way aircrafts would if they were authorized to be flying over such a sensitive and most likely restricted airspace.
So, what are they? Here's the video:

Unknown Object Videotaped over Tijuana, Mexico

By Ufo Casebook
UFO Image
Originally published on Jul 16, 2012 by UltraUfoChannel
According to the videographers statement, he had just returned from work, when he saw this unknown object in the sky.
He ran and grabbed his video camera, and captured what you see here.
It is hard to assign a definitive shape to the UFO, at times it seems to have a triangular shape, and also a disc-shaped.
Some have suggested this is nothing more than a balloon, but see what you think.
The original video is over 5 minutes in length, see it at:

Ufo Newspaper Clipping - The Sun 27.10.1967

Kecksburg to host UFO festival, creature-encounters conference

The 2012 Kecksburg Old Fashioned Days & UFO Festival will be held July 28-29 at the fire department's festival grounds in Kecksburg, Mt. Pleasant Township.
The seventh-annual festival was founded by the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department. The two-day event will feature a parade, a classic-cars show and the famous Burn Out Contest.
Prizes will be awarded for the best UFO entry in the parade, as well as for the best alien costume. New this year will be contests for the Best UFO Alien Pet Costume and Best UFO Motorcycle.
On July 29, the popular "Out of This World UFO" hot dog-eating contest will take place at 1 p.m. Also on July 29, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., the Kecksburg UFO Committee will host its second-annual Kecksburg UFO Conference "Mysterious Pennsylvania UFO and Creature Encounters." The conference is free, but a donation at the door is appreciated to support the Kecksburg VFD.
The 2012 Kecksburg speakers lineup:
• Stan Gordon, author and UFO-Bigfoot researcher. Gordon is the principal investigator of the 1965 Kecksburg UFO incident. He will speak about "Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania." The illustrated discussion will focus on the history of UFOs, Bigfoot and other strange creatures reported across the state, including recent incidents.
• John Ventre, author and Pennsylvania state director for the Mutual UFO Network. Ventre will talk about his recent appearance on the "Anderson Cooper" television talk show. Ventre will discuss UFOs and how the Cooper program was edited.
• Eric Altman, director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. He will talk about past and present Bigfoot encounters reported in Pennsylvania.
• Dave Dragosin, assistant director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society for Western Pennsylvania. Dragosin will discuss the implication of forensic sketches in relation to Bigfoot investigations.
During the two-day festival, various Pennsylvania UFO, Bigfoot and paranormal researchers and groups will set up displays in the social hall. Those who are expected to attend -- in addition to Gordon, Altman, Ventre and Dragosin -- include Dan Hageman, director of the Butler Organization of the Unexplained; Brian and Terrie Seech of the Center for Unexplained Events; Keith Bastianini, UFO researcher and graphics artist; Jim Brown, of Brown Electronics Lab-Independent Research Associates; and Joe Kosczuk of Westmoreland Paranormal Investigations.
Kecksburg is about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The rural community has become a location of international interest after a mysterious object reportedly fell from the sky into a nearby wooded area on Dec. 9, 1965. What the metallic, acorn-shaped object with strange hieroglyphics-like symbols might have been still being debated. The military that arrived on the scene that night apparently recovered the device and hauled it away.
The Kecksburg festival will be held on the VFD festival grounds at 5128 Water St., Kecksburg. For more information and details of events, visit at or or call 724-423-9540.

Veteran Russian Cosmonaut Georgi Grechko wants to meet aliens

In an interview published in the Russian tabloid My Secret Stars, veteran Russian cosmonaut Georgi Grechko made an astounding statement that he wants to meet humanoid aliens in December of 2012, right during the dreaded date of the end of the long cycle of the Mayan calendar. Grechko was quoted saying, “humanoids could visit our planet in 2012, during the shorter winter days, from 21 to 23 December, and I would like to meet them! To talk, to look at their famous flying saucer!”

Georgi Grechko as a Salyut-6 cosmonaut in the 1970s. (Credit: Russian space program)

Georgi Grechko is one Russia’s most famous cosmonauts. Born in 1931 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), he graduated with a doctorate in mathematics at the Leningrad Institute of Mechanics. He later became an assistant of Sergei Korolyov (also spelled Korolev), the legendary chief space designer who orchestrated all the early triumphs of the Soviet space program, including the first Sputnik satellite in 1957 and the first man in space in 1961. During the sixties Grechko trained to go the moon before that secret Soviet project was cancelled after the American Apollo landings. Nevertheless, he flew in several missions, including the very first Salyut-6 in December 1977, where he made the first spacewalk in an Orlan space suit. He received twice the medal of Hero of the Soviet Union and has a minor planet 3148 named after him.
Russian-American ufologist Paul Stonehill, author of three books (two with British researcher Philip Mantle) about UFOs in Russia, speculates that Grechko’s interest in UFOs might have come from Korolyov himself. Stonehill wrote in his article “Sergei Korolyov And Russian UFO Secrets”:
He [Grechko] did mention (albeit briefly) in his memoirs a mysterious “laboratory for the study of flying saucers.” Korolyov’s interest was primarily in the engine design of alien crafts. Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko confirmed it. In the late 1950′s Grechko worked with Korolyov. They were developing ballistic trajectory for the MAR-I spaceship. Grechko was an ardent proponent of the E.T. explanation of the Tunguska Phenomenon. At the Korolyov designer bureau he found six more scientists who believed likewise. They found a report put together by A. Zolotov (who was murdered in 1995). The report stated that there was a nuclear explosion of alien spaceship in 1908 over the Siberian taiga. An expedition to the site was long overdue, in the opinion of seven scientists. Korolyov heard them out, and to their surprise, fully agreed. But he would not fund it, although his bureau had plenty of funds. Valentin Krapiva, a UFO researcher who has collected information about Korolyov, thinks that the latter wanted to conceal the fact of such an expedition. But he did find a way to help them pay for it. Grechko’s memoirs were published in Stroitelnaya Gazeta newspaper (November 25, 1989).
Previous Grechko statements on UFOs
In his well documented book about the history of ufology in Russia, published originally in French, OVNIS en Russie – Les deux faces de l’ufologie russe (UFOs in Russia – The two faces of Russian ufology), Saint Petersburg researcher Boris Chourinov (also spelled Shurinov) mentions some previous equivocal statements by Grechko about UFOs. Shurinov cites a March 1978 interview with Vetchernaia Moskva (Moscow Evening) in which cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko described a UFO sighting he and Grechko had onboard the first Salyut 6 EO-1 space station in December 1977: “During the course of the last two [orbital] revolutions, we were followed by an unidentified flying object which was a little larger than no matter what known objects launched from Earth. We can say that it was metallic since it shone with the sun.”

Retired cosmonaut Georgi Grechko next to a painting of Yuri Gagarin, the fist man in to fly space. (Credit:

A few days later, however, Grechko dismissed the whole incident to the Soviet media, declaring it was just a waste container ejected by the Salyut. Grechko, who had a reputation as a humorist, then came up with a second explanation. Shurinov paraphrased it as Grechko saying that, “as he stuck his fist against the glass of the porthole, small particles of ice broke away from the ship creating the illusion they were being pursued by a UFO.” Ice particles near a spacecraft linked to a UFO case?…shade of the famous NASA STS-48 mission UFO footage of 1991, which was also explained as ice particles flying away from the Discovery space shuttle.
Grechko talked again about UFOs in a 1980 article published by Sputnik magazine (the Soviet equivalent to Reader’s Digest), “UFOs Through the Eyes of Cosmonauts,” which had appeared originally in the Tekhnika-Molodyozhi (Tevhnology & Youth) magazine. Ten Russian cosmonauts and two American astronauts (both participants of the joint 1975 Apollo-Soyuz space link-up mission) were interviewed for this article and one of them of course was the outspoken Grechko. “Before blasting off for outer space, the cosmonaut always expects to encounter something unknown,” began Grechko, but the expectation was soon quashed by this statement: “Naturally, no unusual thing observed in outer space has anything in common with nonsense like little green men or their flying saucers. Such things are above all scientific phenomena.”
Yet at the end of his statement, Grechko seemed to hedge his bet when he declared: “The hypothesis of non-earthly civilizations is in the believe-it-or-not series. I for one assume that other civilizations exist and believe in the possibility of coming upon intelligent beings from other worlds. I am inclined to think that it will lead to a revolution in natural science.”

Grechko’s latest UFO position
The Russian tabloid My Secret Stars published two short pieces on Georgi Grechko in their website. They appear to be part of the same interview, although it’s not clear whether this interview was done by that paper or they picked it from another source in the Russian media. But regardless, here are the exact quotes from Grechko (bear in mind possible inaccuracies due to the fact I am using Google Translate):
“No, I did not see little green men, they did not look me in the window of the rocket, but I think that they exist! And I believe in higher intelligence, which presents us with the goals and guides from above to achieve them. It was on the orders of the higher mind that I became an astronaut!”
The article goes on the describe a long list of harrowing escapes from death or serious injury suffered by Grechko over his long life, including being shot by Germans during World War II, a motorcycle accident, the time he missed a plane that later crashed, etc. “There is always some unknown force that saved me,” said Grechko, adding that “I suddenly realized that I should become a cosmonaut and perhaps meet with aliens.” The article also mentions “a prophetic dream” that Grechko had in which he saw his wife dead…two hours before she actually perished in a car accident!

Painting by cosmonaut Alexey Leonov showing the docking of the Salyut 6 space station with a Soyuz probe, made into a Russian postcard in 1978. (Credit:

My Secret Stars went on: “Today is Grechko’s day at the ancient astronauts society ‘Paleokosmonautika.’ He actively seeks out and examines the evidence of ancient civilizations having contact with extraterrestrials and I am sure that very soon he will be meeting with representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations!”
“According to one version,” said Grechko, “the aliens will visit our planet back in 2012, during the shorter winter days, from 21 to 23 December. I think however it happens, I’d like to meet them, and not only see them but also touch their flying saucer.”
“I’m friends with people who are studying UFOs in Russia,” continued Grechko, “so as soon as the aliens appear on earth, I must be told about it! Of course, I’ll come to a place where there will be a flying saucer. I am sure the aliens will invite me inside. I go up to them on board and so simply say as a human, ‘me, astronaut, you, astronauts,’ so let’s sit down and talk…”
Always a humorist, Grechko added that even if the aliens wanted to eat him, he was willing to take to risk. “I’m ready for it! For the sake of science, I’m going to make any sacrifices!” Finally, Grechko said that before his death (he is now 82 years old) he wants to see a humanoid: “After all, they exist! I’m sure! There is a higher intelligence that guides us from above.”
Coincidentally, I just published a feature story in the current issue of Open Minds magazine (Issue 15, Aug.-Sept. 2012) titled, “Russian Cosmonauts – UFO Sightings & Statements.” The article doesn’t cover the Grechko story but deals primarily with the famous May 5, 1981 Salyut-6 UFO incident, now disclosed to the world by its main witness, cosmonaut Major General Vladimir Kovalyonok. We published both his statements and his original drawings of a pulsating unidentified object that at one point resembled a barbell. In fact, Grechko’s line that he didn’t see any aliens from the windows of his spacecraft may be a reference to a distorted account of the Kovalyonok case, published by Henry Gris in the National Enquirer and subsequently in many European magazines, in which the aliens purportedly flew out of their vehicle and approached the Salyut’s portholes. Needless to say, Gen. Kovalyonok confirmed that a true UFO sighting did take place, but not the Hollywood-like alien flyby.
My Secret Stars original Russian stories about Georgi Grechko can be seen here and here. A long interview in which Grechko reminisces over his long career as a cosmonaut, published in Spacewatch magazine in 1993, can be read here. Finally, Paul Stonehill’s article on “Sergei Korolyov and Russian UFO Secrets” can be seen here.

Retired air force colonel talks about investigating and debunking UFO sightings (Video)

It seems that more and more retired military officials or ex government workers are coming forward to share their testimonies on secret government projects in which they were involved. A story made national headlines recently, when a 35 year CIA Veteran named Chase Brandon came forward and stated to Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post that he viewed CIA held documents confirming the Roswell Incident was of extraterrestrial origin.

Retired Air Force Colonel Dick French. (Credit: Open Minds)

Recently at the International UFO Congress, an ex-fighter pilot approached Open Minds Antonio Huneeus and asked to share his story. Retired Air Force Colonel Dick French’s 27 years of military experience has taken him around the world. He’s flown fighter jets in Vietnam and Korea, operated in military intelligence, and been exposed to some of our nations biggest secrets. His career started in the AFOSI (Air Force Office of Special Investigations) where he would conduct stakeouts to remove personnel who were breaking the military’s code of conduct. French then moved on to pilot training school and later was put in the 6004’s Air Intelligence Security Squadron where it was his duty to investigate any reported UFO sighting. He would collect any photographic evidence, question witnesses on the size and shape of the object, its estimated capability, and any other occurrences that surround the sighting. In the end though, French claims that his superiors told him to debunk these sightings however he could. This position also allowed him to travel to many interesting UFO hot spots while meeting high-ranking officials; he even claims to have met Colonel Philip Corso.
While we’re still investigating French’s background, we do know that he was in the AFOSI, and part of his duties were to debunk UFO sightings and occurrences. Just how much of French’s story can be confirmed is still being decided on, but Open Minds will continue to investigate his story and this fascinating person.