Date: winter 1951
Location: Near Safonovo, Arkhangelsk region, northern Russia (USSR)
Summary: A local resident, 50-year old Semyen Stepanovich Okulov had gone out, armed with a rifle, in a hunt for martens in the dense taiga. He had taken bread and other necessary supplies for at least a week. Walking along the River Pesha for many kilometers he had succeeded in catching only one marten. The days in winter are short and soon the northern environs became dark, so he stopped to spend the night under a large spruce tree. He cut firewood and constructed a fire and prepared a “bed” made of conifer branches. Suddenly Okulov heard a strange buzzing sound in the taiga, the sound was extremely strange. The witness was an experienced hunter and had a keen ear and besides the crackling of the burning firewood he could hear a sound like a giant “beetle”. He looked around and saw nothing—a pitch dark impenetrable night dominated his surroundings. But when he stood up he saw one cloud in the sky that looked lighter than the others and becoming more and shinier, it was soon enveloped in an amazing glow. Then something very weird floated out of this shiny cloud. The object was totally out of the ordinary, resembling an inverted and flattened “cast iron plate” with a flat bottom and curved “humpbacked” top like an inverted deep bowl. A bright light was flashing at the top of the object. This amazing object slowly floated over the glade and descended very near the ground. Okulov wasn’t a coward but at this moment he became “very timid” in front of this unknown object. He quickly extinguished the fire with some snow and hid behind the branches of conifer, peeping at the object to see what might happen next. Suddenly the lights on the strange object died out and a thick column of light was projected from the object to the ground. The light was unusual, misty, or foggy in appearance. At this moment Semyen noticed several round windows or portholes appearing on top of the object. Inside those portholes he could see a dim light. At first the witness saw some shadows moving here and there inside the object, the figure or shadows resembled “skulls” to the witness. But when he looked more intently he realized that these were skull-shaped hairless heads. He could see the heads and part of the shoulder area on several humanoids. The heads of the humanoids were without hair, no noses, and wide bumpy foreheads, in the lower section the heads narrowed to a pointy chin. The strange object hovered nearby for about 30 minutes and then the column of misty light vanished and the bright lights on top began flashing again. Something on the middle top of the object began to rotate but without emitting a sound. In the blink of an eye the object suddenly shot away emitting a trail of sparks on top of the spruces and disappeared from sight. The hunter could not sleep the rest of the night and in the morning he approached the area where the object had hovered and found a circular melted section of snow on the ground. He then rushed towards the cabin where other hunters had gathered and there encountered a fellow hunter of Nenets nationality and asked him if he had seen anything unusual that night. His answered was indeed, that he had seen lights flying into a cloud.
Source: Georgiy Markovich Naumenko personal investigation 1971 in: “Extraterrestrials and Earthlings. Testimonies of Contacts” Moscow 2007:
Date: December 1951
Location: Red Springs North Carolina
Summary: At dusk Sam Coley’s 12-year old son called his father and 17-year old sister out to see a strange object coming out of the sky. It was shaped like 2 saucers put together, with a cabin like bulge in the center. It was almost silent; a slight “purr” could be heard. It stopped about 6 ft above the ground, about 300 yards from the house. “It gave off no light except from windows in the cabin. Coley said he saw a man inside.” After hovering for 10 minutes, it took off, almost silently, “like a bolt of lighting.” The police chief apparently lost his skepticism after the interview.
Source: State Defense Director E. Z. Jones and the Red Springs Police Chief
Location: NW of Peru, Nebraska (BBU)
Time: 3 a.m.
Summary: Mr. Barry from Lincoln driving to Indiana saw a blue light in the NW, vanish to the SE. He missed a turn, went back toward Auburn, when NW of Peru he saw an orange glow in the sky from a cauldron-shaped object on the ground, about 40 ft from the road. He stopped to examine the 30 ft diameter cast-iron object, with a row of 10-inch round windows 1 ft from the top, glowing orange; on the other side a blue flame like glow. No noise, no sign of life or activity, no antenna or protrusion. Witness drove away.
Source: Vallée Magonia 86; FUFOR Index
Date: Dec. 7, 1951
Location: Oak Ridge, Tenn. (BBU 1021)
Time: 8:15 a.m.
Summary: AESS guard J. H. Collins saw a 20 ft square object, white-grey but not shiny fly above ridge to the clouds and back again twice, taking 30 – 40 seconds each time.
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index
Date: Dec. 7, 1951
Location: Sunbury, Ohio (BBU 1023)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Summary: Amateur astronomer Carl Loar saw a silvery sphere through telescope; 2 specks sighted at sides, object seemed to explode was then replaced by a dark cloud and many specks.
Date: Dec. 12, 1951
Location: Hastings, MN
Time: 1:50 [3:50?] p.m. (CST).
Summary: ; USAF 133rd FI Wing pilot Donald K. “Deke” Slayton [future NASA astronaut] flying P-51 fighter at 10,000 ft at 280-300 mph heading back to Holman Field saw a 3 ft white (or gray) object at 1 o’clock level position looking like a kite at first, then like a weather balloon then 2 revolving discs [?], he overflew it within about 1,000 ft, turned left 180° to pursue and found it flying away from him, then it made a sudden 45° climbing left turn, accelerated and disappeared. In 1980 Slayton estimated angular size as grapefruit at arm’s length or about 11° but size/distance data indicate about 0.2°.
Source: Project 1947; FUFOR Index; Richard Hall
Date: Dec. 22, 1951
Location: 5 miles east of Columbus, Ohio (BB)
Time: 10:30 a.m. EST.
Summary: Captain Walter J. Koby, piloting an F-84C aircraft flying west at approximately 15,000 feet observed a silver looking object that looked like an airplane without a tail section. The object was traveling in the opposite direction at an altitude of at least 20,000 feet and appeared to be tumbling or rolling until it was lost in the sun. The speed of the object was estimated to be more than 300 mph. The length of the observation was approximately 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
Source: BB files, Dan Wilson
Date: December 1951