After all but ignoring UFOs since 1969 the nation's press and news media in 1973 gave prominent space to sightings - both in this country .and overseas. The massive wave of UFO sightings worldwide in 1973 opened up a "new era" in public and official acceptance, veteran civilian UFO investigator and researcher George D. Fawcett of Mount Airy, N.C. stated. The current flurry of UFO sightings actually started with the opening of 1972 (contrary to what is generally thought) and brought with it a flood of UFO landing reports on a global basis that is expected to spill over into 1974. Over 80 landings of UFOs were recorded and documented from 24 states in the U.S.A. and from over 11 foreign lands. Overseas these excellent encounters came from such far away places as England, Canada, Africa, Argentina and Australia, etc. with Australia heading the list. Mexico, France, New Zealand, Central America also.
Stateside, such on the ground experiences were reported from North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Oklahoma, California, Iowa, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Virginia, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Florida, Maryland, Wisconsin, Kansas, Colorado, New Jersey and Arizona, etc. California, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia ranked in that order for UFO landings.
Most controversial of all were the sightings of UFO occupants on the ground or through `windows' in low level flights. Such encounters were reported in conjunction with landings and/or near landings in twelve states and two countries overseas. These experiences were recorded in Dobson and Copeland, North Carolina; at Gaffney, South Carolina; at Robesonia, Pennsylvania; at Balls Ferry and Chatsworth, California; at Athens and Danielsville, Georgia; at Giles County and Watauga, Tennessee; at Pascagoula, Mississippi; at Falkville, Alabama; at Danville, Virginia; at Hampton, New Hampshire; at Pensacola, Florida; at Baltimore, Maryland; at Kimbra, Australia and at Bahia Blanca, Argentina. For the most part the UFO occupants (UFOnauts) were around 4 feet tall, dressed in divers suits and/or white coveralls (with and without helmets) and they seemed to be busy with surveillance and specimen gathering. These types of reported UFO happenings almost led to panic situations at varied localities across our nation and overseas.
Trigger happy and badly frightened witnesses shot at UFOs and sometimes their pilots at Ft. Beaufort, South Africa; at Griffin and Danielsville, Georgia; at Gadsden and in Mobile County, Alabama and in Georges County, Tennessee. In some of the incidents the bullets bounced back, while the emotional excitement made for bad marksmanship at other locations.
The U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Agency were involved with UFO-jet interceptions and were greatly concerned by the growing number of radar tracking of UFOs reported from the Eglin AFB, Florida; from the Baer Air Force Base, Fort Wayne, Indiana; from FAA radar at San Antonio, Texas; from Civil Defense radar in Columbia, Mississippi, from Ft. Sill, Oklahoma; from Bahia Blanca, Argentina and from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Pilot reports of UFOs were often reported by both commercial and military pilots from Braniff, Eastern, Pan American, Delta Airlines, Colorado NORAD Air Force pilots, BOAC, TWA, Bell Huey Jet Helicopters, Scandinavian Airlines, private Australian and Missouri pilots. General George S. Brown, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff admitted for the first time that UFOs had triggered many air, sea, land battles earlier in Vietnam. The DOD and FAA issued new UFO regulations, and the USAF started two new UFO studies, code-named Old New Moon and Blue Paper.
Other radar tracking came from military bases in Maryland, Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts and Washington State. Reports of UFOs came from the governors of Ohio and Georgia, from President Abi Amin of Uganda; from the Skylab-2 astronauts, from police and law enforcement officials in all 50 states and from both highly qualified scientific observers. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Gordon Cooper stated they believed UFOs represented `other civilizations' and visitations from 'afar' over a long period of time, a thought shared and spoken by Senator Barry Goldwater also in 1973. The 1973 Gallup Poll indicated that 15 million Americans had seen UFOs to date and that over 51% of the population had accepted UFOs as being real, both astonishing increases over the last Gallup Poll on UFOs which was taken in 1966. Dr. J. Allen Hynek, astronomer at Northwestern University opened a "Center for UFO Studies" in early December, just after a secret Rand Corporation study, as well as a two year study by the American Institute for Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) recommended new UFO studies after the previous ill-fated Air Force Project Blue Book and University of Colorado Condon Committee UFO probes had failed to either explain or duplicate the UFO phenomenon. Both national and international security and advanced science and technology are involved with the growing number of UFO sightings worldwide over the past 28 years and more.
While others investigate, a large number of scientific, aerospace companies and technical laboratories have set up anti-gravity and artificial gravity projects, many under secret contracts; in an all-out crash project to try to duplicate the technology inherent in UFO observations. Some of them are military, AEC, NASA, NSF, RCA, MIT, Bell, Boeing, Convair, Martin, Lockheed, Douglas, Hughes, Air Force Flight Dynamics and Air Force General Physics Research.
In the meantime a large number of UFO photographs and movie film were taken in 1973 in North Carolina, Alabama, California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio, S.C., Italy, Peru, Missouri, Tennessee, Washington State and Australia - which are still being evaluated and analysed. Electro-magnetic interferences with car motors, headlights, houselights, CB radios, TV, radio, magnometers and other communication devices were widely reported in conjunction with UFO encounters, as were numerous cases of severe animal reactions and human physiological effects.
UFO-related power failures (documented over the past almost 3 decades) again cropped up time and time again in 1973 on March 14 in Piedmont, Missouri; on May 26 in Morwell, Australia; on June 28 in Columbia, Missouri; on September 10 in Atlanta, Georgia; on October 16 in Yazoo, Mississippi and on November 11 in Farmville, Louisiana ... just to mention a few of the growing incidents on a global basis.
At UFO landing sites impressions and ground markings such as burned 20 to 30 foot circles, tripod landing-gear marks, background radiation increases above normal, chemical soil changes, denuded vegetation and dehydrated and depressed areas have been found, along with many deposits of both metallic and non-metallic fragments. Many reported ammonia, sulfur-like and ozone odors near UFOs.
On October 3 a motorist suffered impaired vision when burned by a UFO at Jackson, Missouri while on October 19 at Rutledge, Georgia another witness was burned on her face by the heat given off by an approaching UFO. Over 170 cases of eyewitnesses being burned, blinded, paralyzed and injured by UFOs in close encounters have been documented since 1945, so that witnesses of UFOs are urged not to touch or approach UFOs on the ground, until more can be determined about their origin and nature. Consistent features of UFOs are being reported independently by witnesses thousands of miles apart. In 1973 two important books were published, both of which tell-it as it really is. Dr. J. Allen Hynek's book THE UFO EXPERIENCE (A Scientific Inquiry) and Major Donald E. Keyhoe's book "ALIENS FROM SPACE". For many in 1973 UFO's became part of their experiences and alien appeared to be the correct adjective used to describe the growing number of worldwide UFO sightings that were being reported.
1973 UFO ROUNDUP (LANDINGS & OCCUPANTS)
George D. Fawcett 607 North Main Street Mount Airy, N.C. 27030 (919) 786-5410
Oct. 21-Morgantown, West Virginia Municipal Airport
Oct. 23-FAA Radar, San Antonio, Texas
Oct. 24 Police Radar, Burlington, North Carolina
Oct. 27-Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Oct. 31-Cleveland, Ohio
Oct. (ND)-Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Ship Radar)
Nov. 3-Control Tower, Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Nov. 30-Turin, Italy (Pilots Also)
PHOTOS AND MOVIES
Jan. 8-Ellenboro, North Carolina
Jan. 17-Concord, North Carolina
Feb. (ND)-Lexington, Alabama
March 20-Conejo, California
March 24-Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
April-May-Greeneville, South Carolina
July 18-Jeannette, Pennsylvania
July 27-LaFollette, Tennessee
August 31 and Sept. 1-Camilla, Georgia
Oct. (ND)-Lewisville, North Carolina
Oct. 10-Rigoless, Louisiana
Oct. 14-Montgomery County, Ohio
Oct. 13-Franklin, Indiana
Oct. 17 & 19-Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 19-Lima, Peru
Oct. 19-Darbydale, Ohio
Oct. 20-Vermilion, Ohio
Oct. 20-Shelbyville, Kentucky
Oct. 26-Vancouver, Washington State
Oct. 30-Washington, D.C.
Nov. 8-St. Louis, Missouri MOVIES
Nov. 12-Los Angeles, California
Nov. 21-Calvert, Texas
Nov. 24-Turin, Italy
Dec. 6-Portland, Oregon
INJURIES TO WITNESSES
Oct. 3-Jackson, Missouri (Eye Impaired Vision)
Oct. 18-Louisiana (Eye Damage)
Oct. 19-Rutledge, Georgia (Burns Woman's face)
March 14-Piedmont, Missouri
May 26-Morwell, Australia
June 28-Columbia, Missouri
Sept. 10-Atlanta, Georgia
Oct. 16-Yazoo, Mississippi
Oct. 16-Farmville, Louisiana
Dec. 5-Nimes, France
Sept. 10-Griffin, Georgia
Oct. 16-Mobile County, Alabama
Oct. 16--Georges County, Tennessee
Oct. 16-Gadsden, Alabama
Oct. 17-Danielsville, Georgia
Braniff, Eastern, Pan American, Delta Airlines, Australian Pilot, Missouri Pilot, Colorado NORAD AF Pilots, BOAC, Scandinavian Airlines, TWA, Bell, Huey Helicopter (Jet), Lloyd Aereo Bolivian, Piedmont Airlines, Italy Pilots.
Announcement: UFOs admittedly triggered air, sea, land battles in Viet Nam (Gen. George Brown)
Aug. 14-Albany, NY (VHF Monitor)
Oct. 16-Louisiana (House Radios)
Oct. 16-Tennessee (Car Motor and Tape Player)
Oct. 16-Tenn. (Telephones)
Aug. 29-Missouri (Clocks 1 hr, 20 minutes)
Oct. 17-Ohio (House Vibrations)
Oct. 19-Ft. Smith, Ark. (Car Motor)
Oct. 20-Terrell County, Ga. (Car Motor & Lights)
Dec. 5-Santa Cruz, Cal. (Temperature Alarm on Freezer)
(In conjunction with UFO detectors)
ND-Gastonia, North Carolina
ND-Yakima Indian Reservation, Washington State
ND Murray Bridge, Australia
LANDINGS IN 1972
Waukesha, Wisconsin;, Amy, Kansas; Ft. Beautfort, South Africa; Georges AFB, Calif.; Bani. Santo Domingo; Burlington, Colorado; St. Michael, North Sound, Alaska; Springfield, New Hampshire; Asseri, Costa Rica; Port Elizabeth, New Jersey; Coldwood, Canada; Story City, Goldfield and Laurens, Kansas; Tokorea, New Zealand; Tucuma, Argentina; Pacy-sur-Sure, France; Acuesoma, Mexico; Andover Township, New Jersey; Pleasant View, Arizona; Port Lincoln and Queensland, Australia.