Pacific Airlines pilots have described one of the best UFO
sightings of the winter. The report was not publicized until
January 1962 but the sighting took place about 1:00 a.m.
on December 30, 1961 during a flight from Lima, Peru, to
Robert Millbank and his DC-8 jet crew of four other officers
were at 35,000 feet off the coast of Peru over the Pacific
Ocean. Millbank was the first to see two strange lights
ahead and slightly to the left of the airplane. "They
were twinkling with the refraction of the atmosphere and
at first I thought they might be stars," he told
I could see they were getting farther apart and moving
copilot with Millbank was John Dennis Dahl, second officer.
"Millbank hit my arm and said 'there's something
out there,' " Dahl explained. "I looked,
and there were two lights, about 60 degrees to the left
of our nose and a little bit higher than we were."
"They were beams - different from anything I've ever
seen, and hard to explain. I thought they looked like
beams of energy but I can't say that either. They pulsed,
changed colors and changed intensity."
came down and into us and kept pace with us for a few
minutes, just as though they were having a look at us,"
Dahl continued. "Then we could see a line of other
smaller lights between the bigger ones, in a slight curve."
"There was a shape between the big lights and it
was unfortunate that it wasn't daylight so we could define
it. There would be sparks from one of the large lights
and it would get brighter and when this happened we thought
we could see a change of direction."
the height we were flying, the air is clear - there is
no water vapor or dust to reflect a beam of light. And
those beams weren't like a searchlight anyway - they were
different." "They changed angles. When they
were coming closer, they were parallel to the ground and
when they were keeping pace with us, they angled down.
They were a sort of bluish grey but they change colors
and I can't describe the colors. They were just different."
explained that if the object had been an airplane, the
lights would have been red and green. And if it had been
a satellite, the sighting wouldn't have lasted so long.
There was a quarter-moon at the time but it was not possible
to judge the distance of the lights or the size of the
objects. Dahl said: "If we assume a distance of
about 500 feet off our wing tip, it would have been just
a little smaller than our aircraft."
keeping pace for several minutes the lights dropped behind
to about 120 degrees and then climbed. During the entire
sighting the five members of the crew were on the flight
deck looking out at the strange lights from several windows.
The passengers were all asleep in the cabin and were not
awakened. "We moved around from one window to
another," said Dahl, "and the beams always
looked the same, so it wasn't refraction or reflections
we were seeing."
one time, Captain Millbank took the plane off automatic
pilot because it looked as if the object "might
come right in and intercept us." He filed a report
of the sighting on landing in Mexico City.
who was with the Royal Canadian Air Force for eight and
one-half years, attached to an interceptor squadron, said
the lights "were foreign to us." Asked,
"Do you think they were foreign to this planet?"
he replied, "Yes - I'm convinced."