UFO UpDates
A mailing list for the study of UFO-related phenomena
'Its All Here In Black & White'
Location: UFOUpDatesList.Com > 2012 > Aug > Aug 5

Secret OZ UFO Files Released

From: Sheryl Gottschall <the.gottschalls.nul>
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 09:21:19 +1000
Archived: Sun, 05 Aug 2012 19:32:06 -0400
Subject: Secret OZ UFO Files Released

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia


5 August, 2102

Secret UFO Files Released

It is probably the closest Australia has come to scrambling
fighter jets to intercept a UFO.

Documents that have just become available under the 30-year rule
at the National Archives of Australia reveal how two RAAF Mirage
jets were placed on the second highest level of alert to
determine the cause of unidentified radar contacts seen on
screens at Mascot.

The 'X Files' viewed in Canberra also give details of other
unexplained sightings, some of which are supported by witness
statements to police. One caller dismissed it as a rock band's
laser show.

In the Sydney alert, the papers stamped "restricted" tell how
operation "Close Encounter" was launched by No.3 Control and
Reporting Unit at RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle on June
30, 1983, after the phenomenon was first noticed earlier in the

Senior air controllers at Mascot said the contacts were mostly
located between 70 and 150 nautical miles north of Sydney at
"alleged speeds of 1100-6500 km/h that suggested high altitude".
The papers state that no scramble was to occur in the round-the-
clock operation unless confirmation of any reported tracks was
made on the radar screens at RAAF Williamtown or any radar other
than Sydney.

At the same time, three senior air defence controllers were
dispatched to Sydney to investigate and plot every contact and
"control interceptors against these contacts if a reasonable
chance of interception presented itself". But then one of the
defence controllers, a squadron leader, asked whether a
comparison had been made of the contacts on the screens of
Mascot's Area Approach Radar Centre and those in a "workshop
across the corridor". Soon after, tests showed that the
"unidentified objects reported by Sydney were generated entirely
by radar interference known colloquially as 'running rabbits' ".

Squadron leader K. Keenan, in his six-page report, said
operation Close Encounter cost 66=BD days of overtime, 1000
kilometres was travelled by a staff car and a C130 Hercules
transport aircraft "may have been diverted to Sydney airport" to
deliver one of the defence controllers.

He wrote: "The lines of communication, extending as they did
across the width of an entire corridor, seem to have been
insufficient for the purpose."

He added rather dryly: "Fortunately there was no temptation  to
launch aircraft and add to the fuel bill occasioned by use of
the RAAF Datsun." A cautiously worded statement was released as
a result "in a manner that would not embarrass departmental
personnel" which blamed "random atmospheric conditions".

Other reports in the X Files give details of an "unidentified
physical feature" of circles on Milo Station at Adavale,
Queensland, in 1982. The file refers to photographs that
apparently were taken, but they were not among the papers.
Constable Geoffrey Russell, from the local police station,
visited the site and wrote a report for RAAF Base Amberley near
Ipswich. The officer saw depressions in the ground and thought
they were caused by a motorcyclist doing donuts but then
dismissed the idea.

He wrote: "I strongly feel this [is] no hoax even though I do
not know the cause of this 'feature'."He described a large
circle of 2330mm in diameter with one inner circle of 2010mm
which were 160mm in width and about 15-20 mm deep. The soil
around the outer circle appeared to have been "blown away", he

Elsewhere in Queensland, dairy farmer Robin Priebe phoned Imbil
police at 5.30am in July 1983 to report seeing a strange object
in the sky to the north of the town. The papers state that a
Sergeant Waterson then went to his back verandah and saw "a
large white light with several flashing lights around it" which
did not appear to be a normal aircraft.

A similar sighting was made by Constable R. Keys from a separate
position. He was also of the opinion that it wasn't a normal

Mr Priebe said both he and his wife saw a bright red glow
gradually change to a white light which then started to move
slowly east. Through binoculars, "the light was disc shaped with
a very bright light around the perimeter of the disc with two
flashing lights in the front and one to the side", he said.

The only photographs in the X Files were of unusual lights over
Bendigo, witnessed by hundreds in May 1983. An interim report by
the RAAF stated that Mike Evans, a 17-year-old disc jockey with
the Bendigo radio station 3BO, received calls from listeners,
then saw the lights himself and took photos. One anonymous
caller to the RAAF said the lights were caused by a rock group
experimenting with laser lighting. The report said they were
probably caused by train headlights or lasers or from planets or
stars. There had been unusual weather atmospherics on the night.

Zoe=A8 D'Arcy, director of digital and online access at the
National Archives, said: "Where you and I might think UFO - a
spaceship - the RAAF and other agencies were probably wondering
if there was a security threat.

"Most of the files you read and you think that most probably was
a meteorite, but there are ones that you read and you think -
well, what could that have been? "I can't explain that from my

"So what was it that these people have experienced? It has that
open-ended question to it that I find really intriguing."

[ Next Message | Previous Message | This Day's Messages ]
This Month's Index |

UFO UpDates Main Index

UFO UpDates - Toronto - Operated by Errol Bruce-Knapp

Archive programming by Glenn Campbell at Glenn-Campbell.com