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1961: June UFO & Alien Sightings

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Date: Summer, 1961
Location: Rybinsk, Russia
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Summary: A gigantic discoid UFO reportedly appeared at about 12 miles’ altitude, along with several smaller discoid UFOs
Source: The Definitive Guide To Unidentified Flying Objects And Related Phenomena By David Ritchie.


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Date: June 1, 1961
Location: New York, New York
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Summary:  This was my first siting (5 more as the years went by). I was almost 7 at the time and we had spent the day in Ridgewood NJ house hunting. My father was going to start work in NY city as Sr. Engineer building 222 Broadway (the building is still there today). We were driving home to Utica, NY and going north on the NY turnpike. I had fallen asleep in the back of the station wagon and it was late in the afternoon. I remember the sun in my eyes as I was trying to sleep. I heard my parents talking and you know when your young that you know something is wrong when you hear the tone of their conversation. I picked my head up and asked what was wrong. My father told me to go back to sleep. Of course I did the opposite. I looked up front. My brother was asleep but my sister and mother were looking out the passenger side windows. I moved over to the window and when I looked out I saw a silver disc just above the trees following along the side of the car. It was silver/reflective and was about the size of a golf ball off to the east. I state the direction since the sun was on the other side of the car in the late afternoon and had not set yet. I remember saying something like it was neat at which my mother got mad at me an said there was nothing neat about it. She said she had told my father to get off the highway and go to a police station. My father stated that he had no plans to pull over and stop at a police station. If he did what would he say. They would think I was drunk of out of my mind. I asked how long has it been following us. My mother said too long but my sister said about 15 minutes. I said wow and was told to shut up by both my parents. As I looked out at the disc it seemed smaller. At that point it did not go higher, it just pulled away. About 10 seconds later it was gone. No one talked about the rest of the way home. The next morning at breakfast I said I could not wait for show and tell at school to tell everyone what happened. To my surprise my parents told me I should not talk about it and as far as they were concerned it was just some new type of airplane. Even at almost 7 years old I was already into planes ( I eventually became a pilot) and was putting together model planes. This object had no wings no propeller or jet engine. Well I told my story at school and was laughed at and my teacher told me I had a good imagination. As I said this was my first siting with more as the years went by.
Source: MUFON


Date: June 2, 1961 
Location: Tampa, Florida BBU 
Time: 8:06 p.m. local time
Summary: Two civilian witnesses, one a retired USN Commander, saw a star-like object, bluish red changing to white, high in the sky on a  SE course of approximately 140 degrees from Tampa. This object or a similar object had been seen nightly on about the same flight path. The 660th Radar Station was called to check on the UFO and they reported a target on their height finder radar bearing 055 at 34,000 feet. Target moved up and down and remained in the same relative position. This object was still on the radar scope 5 June 61 and an F-102 was scrambled on the target. The aircraft reported contact but experienced ECM trouble and could not complete intercept due to jamming. Additional witnesses to the object were two tower operators of the 1928th AACS Det., MacDill AFB. An airman of the 660th AC&W Squadron also sighted the object.  
Source: McDonald list, tDan Wilson


Date: June 2, 1961 
Location: Miyako Jima Air Station, Japan     BBU 7437
Time: 10:17 p.m. 
Summary: 1st Lt. R. N. Monahan and Hazeltine Electric Co. technical representative D. W. Mattison saw a blue-white light fly erratic course at varying speed, in an arc-like path.
Source: Berliner 


Date: June 3 1961
Location: Savona Italy
Time: 0635
Summary: Off this town, four people in a boat were suddenly shaken by growing waves and saw the sea swelling like an enormous bubble 1 km away. An object emerged, hovering at 10 m altitude for a brief time, its underside glowing, and it left obliquely at high speed toward the northeast. Its shape was similar to a cone resting on a disk.
Source: Magonia 519


Date: July 3 1961
Location: Ryde Great Britain
Time: 0015
Summary: An object resembling a hovercraft, having five windows through which an orange light was shining, hovered about 20 m above the trees. It left suddenly at high speed.
Source: Magonia 520


Date: June 4, 1961 
Location: Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.
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Summary: A cigar-shaped or long elliptical UFO with a cluster of smaller UFOs was observed by a librarian. First motionless, the smaller objects then streaked across the sky to the large UFO and all vanished behind trees.
Source: NICAP UFOE, VIII


Date: June 19, 1961
Location:  Exeter, England
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Summary: A “flying object” was reported to have hovered for more than an hour above an airport. Officials said: “We do not know what it is. It was seen on the radar screen and we have had it under observation for some time. We think it is pretty big. It appears to be shining brightly and is about 50,000 feet up.”
Source: NICAP UFOE, VIII


Date: June 25, 1961 
Location: Pacific Ocean BBU 
Time: 2200 hours local time
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At 39 degrees 45’N – 127 degrees 33′ W, approximately 250 miles NW of San Francisco, Calif., a Lockheed RC-121D aircraft of the 552nd AEW&C Squadron (Airborne Early Warning and Control) reported a radar sighting of two unidentified blips of unknown size on a heading generally N-S at an estimated speed of 4800 knots. These were tracked for approximately 3 minutes. 
Source: Dan Wilson, McDonald list


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