By Bill Hamilton
Aircraft are usually recognized in daylight skies as having a tubular
fuselage and projecting wings. If the aircraft is flying at high
altitudes, it is sometimes difficult to determine the aircraft’s shape
as it subtends such a small viewing angle and may reflect light off
various surfaces. The recognition of aircraft, balloons, blimps,
and helicopters must be studied to distinguish them from unidentified
flying and aerial objects.
Reported UFO shapes vary across a much larger spectrum
of geometry than conventional aircraft shapes, and many do not have
Boomerangs: These started appearing in the 1980s.
Sometimes asymmetrical in shape. They seem to move low and slowly.
Some reported as the size of three football fields.
In the 1940-1960 era large cigar-shaped UFOs were sighted, sometimes
disgorging disk-shaped objects. I remember than one sighting in
1949 from two separate points estimated one cigar to be approximately
1 mile in length! The large cigars are not seen often in
this current era. (Note: Roy Neary in the film “Close Encounters”
described UFOs in terms of food. Here the UFO looked like a giant
Many varieties of cone-shaped UFOs have been spotted. Some appear
to be inverted cones. In 1959 I saw what appeared to be a double
cone joined at the base.
These are usually small compared to the cigars.
Disks and Domed Disks:
Commonly called a “flying saucer” and seen more frequently in the early
era, but still spotted from time to time in the current era. These may
be sighted with certain structural features: windows, landing
gear, rings, ports, etc.
Looks like two spheres with a connecting rod.
Combination of dome and stem.
A flying pyramid like you see in the StarGate TV series!
Believe it or not some UFO appear to be completely rectangular in shape.
Large spheres with engirdling ring.
These have shown up with greater frequency in the current era and outnumber
the number of disk sightings reported.
Orbs, octagons, and other miscellaneous shapes have been reported.
For the most part UFOs seem to pass through the air soundlessly.
Witnesses have strained to hear sounds from low-flying UFOs and report
they could not, and yet various sounds have been heard coming from UFOs.
In the early era witnesses having a close encounter of the second or
third kind would sometimes report hearing a “humming” noise emanating
from a disk or domed disk. This humming has been variously described
as sounding like a swarm of bees, a generator, or a vacuum cleaner.
Occasionally other sounds have been reported such as
a thunderous roar.
Structures are varied, but a few common features have appeared on some
of the close encounter reports. The reports of seamless outer
hull structures suggest an advanced materials technology. Windows
and doors have been seen in disks both open and closing, and when closed,
the closing appears seamless.
Domed disks with three or four spheres on the underside
have been seen and photographed. These spheres have been seen
to rotate. Ring-like structures have been seen. What seem
like antennas sprout from the domes on the disks.
Triangles with rectangular panels on the underbody have been observed.
Lights, ports, windows, panels, and various raised surfaces have been
seen on all shapes of UFOs. Sightings involving structures convince
witnesses that they are looking at a craft or vehicle from some other
UFOs have been seen both in daylight and nightlight with atmospheric
effects. These effects include glowing opaque body, glowing translucent
body, coronas, sparks, smoke, and trails of smoke or sparks. The
surrounding glow or UFO aura changes color as the UFO moves and some
have reported it goes through spectral changes with increasing velocity.
Since our known aircraft do not normal produce surrounds of this type,
this is a good indicator of an unknown. These surrounds have been
conjectured to be byproducts of UFO propulsion. This, of course,
implies the UFO seen is a vehicle.
If the UFO-vehicle is propelled by electrogravitic
or magnetogravitic technology as some think, then these byproducts of
the technology are explicable. Evidently, the UFO can charge or
ionize the surrounding atmosphere, producing a glow. These layers
of ionization become a plasma with certain distinct colors depending
on the field and the composition of the air.
This three-part exposition is brief and an entire book
going into much further detail could be written on this subject.
For further study I recommend:
Richard F. Haines, Ph.D
Published by: Nelson-Hall, Chicago
Library of Congress in Publication Data
Haines, Richard F 1937- Observing UFOs.
1. Unidentified Flying Objects. I. Title.
TL789.H34 001.9'42 79-13418
McCampbell, James M.
Published by: Celestial Arts, CA
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 73-93488
A Guide To Investigating, Evaluating And Reporting
Foreword By: Dr. J. Allen Hynek
Published By: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Garden City, NY
Library Of Congress Catalog Card Number: 78-8211
UFO Experience-A Scientific Inquiry
Dr. J. Allen Hynek
Published by: Henry Regnery, IL,
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 76-183827
Traces Associated With UFO Sightings.
Compiled By: Ted Phillips
Edited By: Mimi Hynek
Foreword By: Dr J. Allen Hynek
Published By: The Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS)
Reprinted: April, 1982 by Arcturus
Books Service with
permission of the Center For UFO Studies (CUFOS)
Reports Involving Vehicle Interference.
A Catalogue and Data Analysis
Edited By: Mimi Hynek and Sanna
Published By: Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS)
P.O. Box 1402 Evanston, IL 60204
Available: Center for UFO Studies
2457 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Identification: The First Scientific Field
Study of UFO Phenomena
Harley D. Rutledge, Ph.D
Published By: Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs,
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Rutledge, Harley D. Project Identification
Includes index. 1. Unidentified flying objects.
TL789.R83 001.9'42 81-5076
ISBN 0-13-730713-6 AACR2
ISBN 0-13-730705-5 (pbk.)