June 15, 1978
Location: Mancelona, Michigan, United States
the witness: "I looked up and saw the object, hovering,
over the field behind our house. I estimate it was no
farther than 250 yards away from me, hovering about 200
to 300 feet in the air. It was metallic and disk-shaped...and
all along the rim it exhibited colors changing from red-orange-white-blue...
it was [making] a loud-vibrating-humming low pitched tone..."
NUFORC (National UFO Reportin Center), Peter Davenport,
: 6/15/1978 21:00
thought our foster daughter was kidding us, until we saw
the metallic saucer-shaped object humming loudly over
the Michigan farmland."
lived in a farmhouse on the edge of a rural town of about
1,000 people. Our backyard was actually 80 acres of grass
field, former farmland left unfarmed for many years. There
was an old two-track road which extended from our driveway
out into the "back 80"... past the barn and
out into the grass field. It was a warm early-summer evening,
the skies were clear, and we were inside watching TV."
foster-daughter burst into the back door. "Come Look!
Quick! There is SOMETHING in the SKY out in the back field!"
We kind of laughed at her, thinking she was being melodramatic,
or attempting an attention-getting move or perhaps even
hoaxing us... but when she repeated what she had said,
the second time more insistant than the first... well,
we saw something in her eyes that said there might be
something wrong... if you are a parent, you know the feeling!
(It seems that she and her boyfriend were, unknown to
us at the time, "parking" on the two-track dirt
road which ran through the grass field behind our house.
The radio went out on their car as soon as they saw the
object... then, they both made it back to the house to
let us know about the UFO...that's when she ran in the
we went out the backdoor and into the yard, listening
to our foster-daughter babble about, "it went down
this way and then up twice as far this way, like a pattern..."
when I looked up and saw the object, hovering, over the
field behind our house. I estimate it was no farther than
250 yards away from me, hovering about 200 to 300 feet
in the air. It was metallic and disk-shaped...and all
along the rim, it exhibited colors changing from red-orange-white-blue
(there were four of us there in all, 2 people also saw
a greenish tint). But what made me stand there slack-jawed
was the SOUND the darn thing was making... it was a loud-vibrating
humming, low-pitched tone... and it vibrated into and
through everything! I was standing adjacent to an old
out-building in the backyard, and the siding on the building
was actually rattling/humming from the noise! I reached
out my hand and touched the building and it literally
was vibrating! (I have since estimated the "humming/vibrating"
to have been very near 39 to 40 Hertz)."
as unbelievable as this sounds, and it makes me realize
why there aren't more good-quality pictures/videos taken
of UFOs... I had a brand new Nikon F camera in my house
and didn't even THINK of going in and getting it. The
four of us stood there, slack-jawed... me, my wife, my
foster-daughter, and her boyfriend... and none of us said
a word for 10 minutes. We just stared, transfixed at this
"thing" in the backyard that just sat there,
humming. It finally, about 10 minutes later, very slowly
(maybe 20 MPH?) drifted off to the southeast, toward a
very sparsely-populated rural area of our county. I lost
sight of it in the street lights when it went across the
sky. We all went inside and recounted to each other what
we saw, felt, and heard. And I really think that is when
we all just shut up about it and none of us has said a
word to anyone (except very good friends) until now."
time has come for an explanation from someone... from
our government, or whoever the powers-that-be are in this
country. What the hell did we see in the sky behind my
house? I have had several college-level astronomy courses.
I know the difference between an anomaly and an ordinary
occurence. I did not see "Venus, Swamp Gas, or a
Weather Balloon". I used to be a UFO skeptic... and
I have purposefully left the term "extraterrestrial"
out of the account as I saw no evidence of "life"
or "intelligent maneuvering of the object".
BUT I can say with 100% assuredness that there was something
"unexplained" in the skies over Mancelona, Michigan
in the summer of 1978."