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Unidentified Flying Spheres: The UFS Issue

UFOs are very often described as saucer-shaped, as cigar-shaped, and as triangular-shaped. Then, there are those UFOs that can only be described as spheres. In his 1991 book, Alien Liaison, UFO authority Timothy Good described an intriguing affair which took place in the latter part of the 1950s. The location was South Australia. As for the source, he had a very credible background: he was a radio technician employed at the Weapons Research Establishment, Salisbury, South Australia. While the man wasn’t entirely sure of the year of the incident, he was able to narrow it down to 1958 or 1959. It involved the recovery of a curious sphere on the range itself. Good was told: “It was a sphere about 2 feet 9 inches in diameter. Its color was a mid-gray metallic, somewhat darkened by extreme heat…We tried to cut it, and could not even mark it with hand tools – saws, drills, hammers, chisels – nothing.”

According to Good’s informant, the American military claimed the sphere, stating that it originated with their space program. The result: it was sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio for inspection. Good’s source was not entirely sure that the sphere was terrestrial in origin. He told Good: “Perhaps this is foolish, but for many years now I have believed that what we held in those several days was not merely space debris, was perhaps not even some material left by a UFO, but that it was perhaps some form of UFO itself.”

Moving on, and thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, New Zealand’s Joint Intelligence Bureau – a part of the Ministry of Defense – has declassified a number of files showing that more than a few such spheres were found on New Zealand soil between 1963 and 1972. Each and every one was handed over to the American military, after they stated they originated – again – with the U.S. space program. They were all around two-feet in diameter and, as well as in New Zealand, others were found in various parts of Australia.

As Ryan Wood noted in his 2005 book, Majic Eyes Only: “By far the most interesting piece of data related to this affair can be found in a solitary newspaper clipping contained within the archives of New Zealand’s JIB. Dating from 1972, it refers to a ‘sphere crash’ on Australian territory in 1963. According to the report, two spheres had been recovered approximately one hundred and fifty miles north of Broken Hill, and the Broken Hill police had arranged for the objects to be flown to the National Weapons Research Establishment (NWRE) at Adelaide for examination. Unfortunately for the police, the pilot of the aircraft refused to allow the mysterious spheres on board his aircraft lest they explode. Ultimately, the police were forced to transfer the spheres by road. However, after examination by specialist staff at the NWRE, it was determined that the spheres were neither Soviet nor American in origin. From where did they originate? The newspaper did not know, and the authorities were not, and are still not to this day, saying anything.”

Documents released into the public domain by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency – which date from 1979 – reveal that in early August of that year, “the Embassy here received information that a strange object had been found on a farm near Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Source stated that the object was about 70 centimeters in diameter and two meters in circumference with a hole in one side and a metal skin covering of approx one-half inch thickness. Later the object was described as ‘about three times the size of a basketball.'”

DIA files add the following: “A second fireball fell from the sky early in the morning of the same day that the first one was found near Cotoca. This second one was found 200 kilometers north of the city of Santa Cruz on the farm of Juan Saavedra by the Campesino Gonzalo Menacho Viveras. The place is in the area of Buen Retiro near the Yapacane River. According to the information given by the Campesino, around 12:30 a.m. on Friday last week he heard a loud whistling sound and saw a fireball followed by an explosion. He said that the next evening a silent aircraft that had three lights was flying over the explosion area.”


And there is also this from the DIA: “After dawn on Friday morning the Campesino started looking around the area of the impact and found a sphere. As it was not heavy, he took it home where he kept it until his friend, Nataniel Mendez Hurtado, learned of the other sphere in Cotoca and passed on information concerning this second sphere. The mystery of finding these two spheres, exactly alike, is that according to the witnesses they were fireballs. That is to say that these spheres became real balls of fire when they entered the atmosphere because of the friction and after a high speed fall they hit the ground. However, in the area where they’ve been found, there were no signs of the impact and looks as though the spheres landed smoothly.”

Of course, logic dictates that all of these spheres were very likely terrestrial in origin – and linked to early space-based tests and operations – just as the U.S. military said they were. On the other hand, we do have a few curious things to ponder upon, such as (A) the words of the radio technician from the Weapons Research Establishment at Salisbury, Australia, who suspected the sphere he saw was “some form of UFO itself;” (B) the DIA’s reference to the Bolivian spheres having “landed smoothly;” and (C) the weird presence in the Bolivian case of a “silent aircraft.”

Perhaps the UFS issue should be studied more…

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  • BW

    Perhaps the UFS issue should be studied more…

    I would think so. Nick, NARCAP has interesting material on similar objects spotted from aircraft.

  • sgg

    I live in East Texas. In August of 2013 or 2014 (lots going on that causes me not to remember the year right now) a ball of light about the size of a basketball or a little larger with a tear-shaped light trail behind started at the end of my driveway and came down it towards the garage, a distance of 50-60 feet – there’s a covered breezeway between the house and garage and I was afraid it was going to hit as it was only about 12-15 feet off the ground. What I’m saying is it appeared out of nowhere at the end of the drive and came towards the house/garage at a rate of speed that was incomprehensible. I ran to look (about 15 feet) and it was gone, no trace. It was clear to me it was intelligently controlled or it would have decimated my home. Since it looked like nothing I’d ever seen or heard of (there appears to be a lot of UFO activity out here), it terrified me and the hair was still standing up on my arms five minutes later. It, whatever it was, was definitely aware of me and my fear and in the weeks following sent funny, entertaining stuff that looked like earth things. I live in a very secluded area so I knew there was no earthly reason for these things.

  • jakespoon

    Ball lightning maybe?

  • Tom Buyea — Fla.News service

    I just Happened to walk in the room and catch the end of this pizza-Gate news story on CBS 6 PM TV Network News, It was focused on how fake the whole Pizza-Gate internet story is (And I think without actually mentioning the pedophilia or child kidnapping, Knowing those who already knew, Knew and Not wanting to inform any who don’t already know)and how this one pizza restaurant is being harassed by walk ins and 20 phone calls a day as if that is as deep as this true story goes ! So now the power of internet real news is so Strong that the so called Main Stream News has to run News Stories, Saying the true internet news stories are not real and even if they were, That they are many layers less serious than reported on line. (This one was that the harassment of this pizza restaurant was the most serious thing about this story !) When I walked into the room and first just saw a camera zooming in on a flouresent pizza sign on the front of this pizza restaurant, I knew before hearing anything else, That Pizza-Gate had hit the big time News one way or another !!
    Tom, Miami.

  • Fred Belkin

    If they ever figure out what the thing is and tell us then I’ll know what the one I found is.

  • William Burke

    Perhaps you are right, but there is an awful lot of smoke for there to be no fire somewhere.

    Maybe you or someone you know can explain how Mr. Alefantis, the proprietor of a single pizza joint, is listed as the 49th most powerful person in our nation’s capital.