Oct 31, 2018 I Paul Seaburn

Triangular UFO Spotted Near Site of Famous Military-UFO Chase in Ohio

A triangular UFO that photographs show resembled a flying stingray was seen recently in Ohio near the site of a famous encounter 45 years ago between a UFO and a military helicopter – an encounter the military acknowledged but has never resolved. Have the aliens returned? Why was there no encounter this time? Or is it one of ours?

“It looked just like a sting ray and was all black. I have the original 2 photos of the craft as well as zoomed screen shots which show the craft in very plain view.”

This report comes from the site UFOStalker.com (includes five photos) which covers sightings on MUFON. The witness saw the UFO on September 3rd, 2018, and admitted that he was taking photos of a drill site with his father and neither heard nor saw anything unusual. However, they spotted the UFO in two photos taken no more than two seconds apart. Even under magnification, they admitted being unable to tell if the UFO was ascending or descending, but figured, because of the location of the pointy end, it was heading towards the Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base in the nearby city of Mansfield where the 179th Airlift Wing (179 AW) unit is stationed.

That’s where the story gets interesting. He claims the father showed the photo to “10-15 airmen from the wing” and none would admit to knowing what it is nor were any aware of unusual base activity on September 3rd. However, Perrysville is also the location of another report of a triangular UFO in 2016. Also, the witness claims that the photo becomes “distorted” when it is forwarded via email.

Then there’s the famous incident over Mansfield on October 6, 1973, when an Army Reserve helicopter with four crew members returning to Cleveland “encountered a near midair collision with an unidentified flying object” and filed an official signed report to their superiors. It has become known as the “Coyne/Helicopter” incident because the commander of the chopper was Major Larry Coyne, who retold the story numerous times.

“We were flying along at about 2,500 feet when the crew chief on the helicopter observed a red light on the east horizon. He then informed me that the light was closing on the helicopter — that it was coming at us on a collision course. I looked to the right and observed that the object became bigger and the light became brighter, and I began to descend the helicopter toward the ground, to get out of the collision course path. We were descending and this object was like a missile locked onto the helicopter, only it came at us on a perpendicular angle, to hit us almost broadside. It looked like we were going to collide with it and we braced for impact, and then I heard the crewmen in the back say, ‘Look up!’ and I observed this craft stopped directly in front of us — stopped — it was hovering, right over the helicopter! It was a bright green light. And all of the red night lights that we utilize for night navigation were dissolved in this green light — the whole cabin turned green. It hit all of us directly in the face. We assumed it was a high-performance fighter, but when it stopped directly in front of us, then all four of us realized that was no high-performance aircraft. This craft, from the angle that we saw it, was cigar-shaped. It had no wings, no vertical or horizontal stabilizer, was approximately 60 feet long, 15-20 feet in height.”

Coyne stated that the craft took off at an estimated speed of 1000 knots (1150 mph). There were eyewitnesses on the ground who also saw the helicopter and the UFO and made detailed drawings of the craft. Coyne described the incident to a United Nations conference set up by Grenada in 1978 and to numerous UFO investigators and has been described as a credible witness, making this a credible event.

So, the Mansfield, Ohio, area has another unexplained UFO incident. While the shapes are dissimilar, the proximity to an air base is not, lending credence to them being secret military aircraft sightings that the military is not interested in revealing, even to its own personnel. Also, the “cigar shape” was a common UFO descriptor in the UFO-crazy 70's while the “triangle” is popular today, matching the description of the rumored TR-3B. Forty-five years later, the question still remains … is the military becoming more open about UFOs or is it (or some other foreign military) responsible for the sightings?

If you live in the Mansfield area, have your phone ready and keep looking!

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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