August 23rd, 1974 John Lennon walked out on to the balcony
of his New York apartment, and witnessed what he later described
as a "Flying Saucer" hovering closely, just above
his window. This article includes an interview with Lennon's
assistant/girlfriend May Pang, who also witnessed the event,
which completely describes the encounter.
looked like a flattened cone with a brilliant light on top."
- May Pang, assistant to John Lennon, describing the object
they allegedly saw from Lennon's balcony in NY City.
became so completely fascinated by the event, that he talked
incessantly about the incident, and even included the encounter
within two different songs on different albums.
a UFO you came to me, and blew away life's misery..."
- Out of the Blue, from the album Mind Games. Also, "There's
UFO's over New York, and I aint too surprised..."
- Nobody Told Me, from the album Milk and Honey
Pang was more than willing to give the scoop on John's Big
Apple UFO encounter because - as it turned out - she was
right there at his side during the incident. "We
had just ordered up some pizza and since it was such a warm
evening, we decided to step out on the terrace. There were
no windows directly facing us from across the street, so
John just stepped outside with nothing on in order to catch
a cool breeze that was coming in right off the East River.
I remember I was just inside the bedroom getting dressed
when John started shouting for me to come out onto the terrace."
yelled back that I would be right there, but he kept screaming
for me to join him that instant. As I walked out onto the
terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming
towards us. It was shaped like a flattened cone, and on
top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on
any of the aircraft we'd see heading for a landing at Newark
Airport." May says she and John stood there mesmerized,
unable to believe what they were in the process of observing.
"When it came a little closer, we could make out
a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire
rim of the craft - these were also flashing on and off.
There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling
to the mind." Spellbound, the couple watched the
UFO move directly over the building next to where they resided.
"It was, I would estimate, about the size of a Lear
jet and it was so close that if we had something to throw
at it, we probably would have hit it quite easily."
the time that it was almost directly overhead, May says
that she didn't hear any noise. "We often had helicopters
flying above us, but this was as silent as the night, seventeen
stories up above street level." Finally, the object
passed from view, leaving John and May feeling that the
excitement was over for the evening. But as it turned out,
the UFO returned and they managed to set up a telescope
and view it that way. "The light was so brilliant
coming from the craft," May recalls, "that
no additional details could be seen. We did take a couple
of pictures but they turned up overexposed." Immediately,
John and May telephoned the Daily News, and were told that
at least 7 other reports had been received.
even called the police - that's how excited we were -and
they told us to keep calm, that others had seen it too."
According to May, all night long, John kept saying "I
couldn't believe it! I can't believe it...I've seen a flying
saucer!" As confirmation of his sighting, John
wrote down what he saw and used it as part of the cover
art on his Walls and Bridges album. "John had always
had an interest in UFOs," May Pang points out.
"He even used to subscribe to a British UFO Magazine,
the Flying Saucer Review. But after seeing what we saw that
night, he became even more fanatical, bringing up the subject
all the time."