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1973-00-00; Canada, Ontario


Category: UFO Photo




In 1973 an unknown witness took several photographs of a strange circular flying object in Ontario Canada.





1973-00-00; USA, Mississippi, Pascagoula


Category: Abduction


The Pascagoula Incident involved two men, nineteen-year-old Calvin Parker and forty-two-year old Charles Hickson, both of Gautier, Mississippi, who were fishing in the Pascagoula River when they heard a buzzing noise behind them. Both turned and were terrified to see a ten-foot-wide, eight-foot-high, glowing egg-shaped object with blue lights at its front hovering just above the ground about forty feet from the river bank. As the men, frozen with fright, watched, a door appeared in the object, and three strange Beings floated just above the river towards them.


The Beings had legs but did not use them. They were about five feet tall, had bullet-shaped heads without necks, slits for mouths, and where their noses or ears would be, they had thin, conical objects sticking out, like carrots from a snowman's head. They had no eyes, grey, wrinkled skin, round feet, and claw-like hands.


Two of the beings seized Hickson; when the third grabbed Parker, the teenager fainted with fright. Hickson claimed that when the Beings placed their hands under his arms, his body became numb, and that then they floated him into a brightly lit room in the UFO's interior, where he was subjected to a medical examination with an eyelike device which, like Hickson himself, was floating in mid-air.


At the end of the examination, the Beings simply left Hickson floating, paralyzed but for his eyes, and went to examine Parker, who, Hickson believed was in another room. Twenty minutes after Hickson had first observed the UFO, he was floated back outside and released. He found Parker weeping and praying on the ground near him. Moments later, the object rose straight up and shot out of site.


Expecting only ridicule if they were to tell anyone what had happened, Hickson and Parker initially decided to keep quiet; but then, because the government might want, or ought, to know about it, they telephoned Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi. A sergeant there told them to contact the sheriff. But uncertain about the reception their bizarre story might get from the local law, they drove to the local newspaper office to speak to a reporter. When they found the office closed, Hickson and Parker felt they had no alternative but to talk to the sheriff.


The sheriff, after listening to their story, put Hickson and Parker in a room wired for sound in the belief that if the two men were left alone they would reveal their hoax; of course they did not. The local press reported their tale; the wire services picked it up; and within several days the Pascagoula Encounter was major news all over the country. The Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO), founded in 1952, sent University of California engineering professor James Harder to Mississippi to investigate; J. Allen Hynek, representing the Air Force, also arrived. Together they interviewed the witnesses. Harder hypnotized Hickson but had to terminate the session when Hickson became too frightened to continue.


Hickson and Parker both subsequently passed lie detector tests. Hynek and Harder believed the two men's story. And Hynek was later quoted as saying "There was definitely something here that was not terrestrial".





1973-01-04; Germany, Hamburg


Category: UFO Photo




At 12:52pm on January 4, 1973, Mr. Yusuke J. Matsumura, a Japanese businessman, was riding a domestic airliner from Hamburg to Frankfurt to catch a flight to Tokyo. As the aircraft was climbing out from Hamburg, he spotted a small, dark lens-shaped object several miles away and also up above the cloud level. He raised his camera and snapped two color photographs of the object.







1973-03-07; Thailand, Bangkok


Category: UFO Photo




At 10:00am on March 7, 1973, Mr. Akita Takao, vacationing in Bangkok and Saigon, was taking in the sights of Bangkok, Thailand. He was on an excursion boat on the Mi-Nam River; and was passing one of the beautiful temples that sit on its banks. The light was good with the temples shining elegantly in the morning sunshine so he decided to take a picture of one of them. When Takao returned to Japan, he sent the exposed roll of film to his regular developer. A few days later when his prints came back from the processor, he was astonished to find the image of a solid-looking flattened, spheroid shaped object, with a hazy ring surrounding it in the center, suspended in the sky to the left of the temple he had photographed.





1973-03-07; USA, South Carolina


Category: UFO Photo




On their family farm, several witnesses sighted this strange object as it floated in the sky towards them. As it got closer, the craft emitted a high-pitched whine before disappearing into the clear blue sky.







1973-04-17; Indonesia, Bali Island


Category: UFO Photo




Japanese tourist Ryo Terumoto, photographing the sacred Mount Gnung-Agun, captured a silvery metallic lens shaped flying object in the distance just below the left peak. Later analysis showed the image to be of a real object far away.







1973-05-00; USA, Texas, Houston


Category: Abduction


Another famous mutilation/UFO encounter occurred in May 1973 when Judy Doraty, Cindy Dorary (Judy's daughter), Judy's mother and Judy's sister-in-law were driving back from Houston, Texas.


The women suddenly saw a strange light hovering in the sky, the women all got out to take a closer look until the object disappeared. They then returned to the car and went on their way.


Later Judy began to have very bad headaches and anxiety attacks. After several doctors had examined her she was referred to ufologist Dr. Leo Sprinkle. He hypnotized her she reported the following.


"It's like a spotlight shining down on the back of my car. And it's like it has substance to it. I can see an animal being taken up in this. I can see it squirming and trying to get free. And it's like it's being sucked up."


She then went on to mention seeing her daughter Cindy on an 'operating' table. She went on:


"They don't listen, they just ignore me....go about their work as if it's nothing. They don't seem to have any emotions. They don't seem to care. They just take some samples from her...".


Many years later Cindy was also hypnotized, and recalled events which clearly backed up those of her mothers. More information.





1973-06-00; Canada, Ontario


Category: UFO Photo




The photographer and a friend, standing in the back yard of a country home in Ontario Province, saw what they at first thought was an airplane approaching. Its silence and the very low level of the object caused one man to run for a camera. He snapped seven good color pictures of the object before it flew away. It was seen to disappear in the haze in the distance. The amount of haze in the photos increases in the last pictures as it moves away.







1973-07-10; USA, Arizona, NW


Category: UFO Crash


Northwest Arizona


Crash. No other information at this time.


5 Bodies







1973-08-00; Japan, Kaue City


Category: UFO Photo




In August of 1973, fifteen year-old F.S. was taking a picture of the night sky, when by chance he observed and photographed a brilliantly luminous capsule-shaped flying object. He had his camera set for a star picture when the unexpected object flashed into view in the night sky. It was quite bright and left a luminous trail in its wake. In the developed print the object shows up clearly against the dark skies. The photographer was using a Nikomat FTN camera with a Nikkor 50mm f1.2 lens mounted.







1973-09-02; Japan, Sayama


Category: UFO Photo




At 5:30pm on September 2, 1973, a silver cylindrical object with rounded ends was observed flying over Sayama. It looked like a vehicle reflecting the sunlight in the sky at first, and Mr. Hitoshi Mizutani prepared his camera to take a picture of what he saw. As he watched, it began to change color to red and then to orange in about five seconds. He took one color photograph of the mysterious craft with an Asahi Pentax SP camera with a Takumar 50mm f1.4 lens set at f4 and 1/500 second exposure on Fuji N100 film.







1973-10-03; USA, Kentucky, Louisville


Category: UFO Photo




"It was about 2:00pm I'd guess. I didn't hear anything. I had just seen two chipmunks scampering around the base of a Sycamore tree. Then I looked up and, by God, there it was...this round flying saucer. That's all I know to call it," reported this an electronics technician from Louisville. The man took six pictures in all, two of which were blurred because of the object's rapid departure. The pictures and negatives were examined by the COURIER-JOURNAL photo staff, and if the photos were faked, they were fakes of the highest quality. There were no other sightings in this area at this time.







1973-11-03; Mexico, Morelos, Cocoyoc


Category: UFO Photo



November 3, 1973, 6:45 PM, Cocoyoc, Morelos, Mexico. With its arms splayed out evenly around it, an object descended and landed in a grass scrub area beside the road. It landed on the arms now projected downward. The best image has been enlarged for better examination.



A well known Mexican banker, his wife, children and their maid saw a strange balloon approaching rapidly from the east in a clear afternoon sky. It was trailing what looked like tentacles as it slowed in front of them and began to descend with the tentacles now splayed out around it. See UFO event Mexico,Morelos,Coyococ.



A Mexican bank official and his family watched a balloon-like flying object stop in front of them, splay out a number of what looked like tentacles and begin to descend. The women panicked as the husband tried to photograph the object, and as it neared the ground, the photographer, responding to his wife's hysteria, got into the car and raced away. See UFO event Mexico,Morelos,Coyococ.






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