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Volume 5, Number 4
January 27, 2000
Editor: Joseph Trainor
UFO SPAWNS A TORNADO
AT A NAVAL BASE IN
"Strange phenomena was reported yesterday
(i.e. Tuesday, January 18, 2000) at the Puerto
Belgrano naval base" in Argentina.
"Corroborating accounts, such as the one
from retired sailor Marcos Herminio Faini
indicated the presence of a shiny object at an
estimated altitude of 2,000 meters (6,600 feet)
and simultaneously the presence of a powerful
whirlind on the (ground) surface below."
Puerto Belgrano is located on Argenitna's
South Atlantic shore about 600 kilometers
(360 miles) south of Buenos Aires, the national
The weather station at Commandante Espora
Air Base, operated by the Fuerzas Aereas de
Argentina (Argentinian Air Force--J.T.). stated
that atmospheric conditions at the time were
not conducive to the formation of tornados.
"Visibility was at 20 kilometers (12 miles) and
barely noticeable winds with speeds ranging
from 7 to 11 kilometers per hour."
"'No anomalies were detected,' stated Capt.
Ricardo Legron in a brief Navy communique,
who considered that the object may have been
a 'weather satellite' despite the fact that the
authorities at Espora told the newspapers that
such launches no longer take place."
A "self-proclaimed skeptic of flying saucer
tales, UFO sightings and such phenomena,"
retired Jefe de Flota (Chief of the Fleet, a rank
comparable to Chief Petty Officer in the U.S.
Navy--J.T.) Faini was quoted as saying, "Look, I
know people will call me a hoaxer. But I can tell
you that after spending half my life at sea, I have
seen something very special which I believe to be
of scientific value."
"Faini took a bus from the Micro Omnibus
Punta Alta line about 12:45 p.m. from Mitre,"
the newspaper La Nueva Provincia reported.
"Seated in the second row, next to the window,
he was startled by a whirlwind on the ground
above the future Fleet Junior Officers School
now being built."
"'The whirlwind was concentric and wasn't
moving. Completely out of the ordinary.' he
"'When I visually tried to locate the column of
dust, I noticed a glowing object stationary in the
southeast. I showed it to the sergeant in charge
of the (base) hospital's military command."
"'It's a flying saucer,' he replied laconically, and
the other passengers stared at it, as well. More
curiosity seekers joined the group. The object
showed some slight movement, always in the same
Faini, 63, was born in Argentina's Entre Rios
province and retired from the Navy in 1983. During
his career, he served aboard the torpedo boats
San Luis and Buenos Aires, the tugboat Ranquel,
the icebreaker General San Martin, the frigate
Libertad, the cruiser General Belgrano and the
aircraft carrier 25 de Mayo. (See the Argenitnian
newspaper La Nueva Provincia for January 19, 2000,
"Testimony of a former sailor: Strange flying object
startles observers at Puerto Belgrano; powerful
whirlwind and brilliant sphere seen yesterday."
Many thanks to Scott Corrales, author of
Chupacabras and Other Mysteries for forwarding
this newspaper article.)
CROWDS SIGHT OVAL UFO
On Tuesday evening, January 18, 2000, residents
of Acapulco, a popular resort and Pacific Ocean
port in Mexico's state of Guerrero, "are saying that
they saw an OVNI (Spanish acronym for UFO--J.T.),
according to the testimonoies of the eyewitnesses"
The witnesses described the OVNI as "kind of
bright and ovulated," adding that "it was seen for
seven minutes flying over the city with highly quick
and strange movements."
"The OVNI made circles in the night sky, leaving
a flash of green and yellow light behind as a kind
A spokesman for Aeropuerto Internacional de
Acapulco stated that their radar operators "have seen
nothing out of the ordinary" and "had no flights over
the area at that time."
Acapulco is located 427 kilometers (265 miles)
west of Mexico City, the national capital. (Muchas
gracias a Guillermo Alarcon para esta historia.)
MYSTERY METEOR EXPLODES
NORTH OF SKAGWAY, ALASKA
"A meteor exploded over the mountains of southern
Yukon Territory," Canada, on Tuesday, January 18,
2000 at 8:43 a.m., "shaking houses and providing
residents of the remote region with a dazzling light
show, the Geologic Survey of Canada said."
"The meteor is believed to have exploded in the
atmosphere midway between Carcross, Yukon
Territory, Canada (population 190) and Skagway,
Alaska, USA (population 692).
Eyewitnesses "'described it as sheet-lightning
like and they turned around and there was a large
green object going through the sky,' said Garry
Rogers of the Pacific Geosciences Center in
Sidney, B.C." (British Columbia, Canada--J.T.)
"Witnesses is Carcross said the explosion
rattled windows and shook snow from roofs in
the small village about 120 kilometers (90 miles)
north of Juneau (Alaska, USA), according to Rogers."
"No injuries or damage were reported...The
explosion was detected by at least three of the
agency's seismic monitoring stations in the
The explosion was also detected by several
USA Department of Defense (DOD) satellites.
They detected the impact of a meteoroid near
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. The
object detonated at an altitude of 25 kilometers
(15 miles) at 60.25 degrees North Latitude,
134.65 degrees West Longitude. Optical
(satellite) sensors detected the event at 8:43
Whitehorse is 240 kilometers (150 miles)
north of Skagway, which is about 125 miles
(200 kilometers) northwest of Juneau, the
state capital of Alaska. (Many thanks to
Errol Bruce-Knapp and Bob Young for this
ANOTHER UFO REPORTED
NEAR BANGOR, MAINE
On Saturday, January 8, 2000, Jean C.
was driving alone in her car, "heading north on
(Interstate Highway) I-95 around 9:30 p.m.
from work in Brewer, Me. (population 9,021),
a town four miles (7 kilometers) south of Bangor.
"I spotted a yellowish-orange light in a
stationary position about three miles beyond
the Stillwater exit off to my right. It was near or
around the vicinity of Stillwater Lumber. I
spotted the light through the trees just before I
got to the clearing. I was having trouble with my
car, so I did not dare stop as I had a ways to go
and was traveling alone." (Email Form Report)
TWO RED UFOs SEEN IN
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
On Friday, January 21, 2000, at 11:15 p.m.,
Lisa B. "left my friend's house and walked across
the street to my house. I looked up at the sky to
see the lunar eclipse. As I was looking away, I
saw two moving lights (red or dusty rose in color--
L.B.) I thought maybe it was two falling stars, but
the size was too large and the color wasn't right.
They were moving parallel to each other with the
top one moving faster.. Then they looped and
came close to each other, looped back out, and
when they came closer together the second time,
"My husband and friends decided that it had
to be military-related," Lisa added, "Which I am
believing for the sake of my sanity and peace of
Virginia Beach (population 303,069) is located
105 miles (168 kilometers) southeast of Richmond,
the state capital. (Email Interview)
(Editor's Note: Virginia Beach is also the world
headquarters of the Association for Research and
Enlightenment (A.R.E.), the non-profit foundation
created by psychic Edgar Cayce.)
SILENT DELTA-SHAPED UFO
SEEN IN ALLIANCE, TEXAS
On Friday, January 21, 2000, Alice C. was
standing outdoors in Alliance, Texas, near Dallas
and Fort Worth. "I was standing outside facing
east just as the lunar eclipse was to begin when
a Stealth-shaped object skimmed south to north,
just above the treetops, following a creekbed to
the east of my house."
"The object stood out because it was moving,
and it was darker than the dark itself. It appeared
to be about the size of a flattened mid-sized car
and had lights in the back."
"I am hoping that someone else to the south or
north saw it, before or after I did. We live just
south of the Alliance airport, west of Dallas-Fort
Worth so airplanes are a constant. So is the noise
they make. But this (object) was totally silent."
UFOs SIGHTED NEAR ROME
AND IN THE ALPS
On Wednesday, January 12, 2000, at 5:30 p.m.,
hundreds of motorists on the Autostrada (Highway)
A-1 on the outskirts of Rome, Italy's capital, were
stunned to see a UFO in the sky overhead.
"Hundreds of eyewitnesses traveling on the
Autostrada A-1 from Nazzano Romano and Fiona
Romano sighted 'a circular luminous object' and
immediately afterward 'a cylinder of light positioned
in the sky.' The motorists observed the phenomenon
for several minutes."
On Thursday, December 30, 1999, a family of
tourists from Venezia (Venice) was vacationing in
Italy's Aosta province when they spotted a UFO.
The family was in Champoluc, a village in the Alps
near the border with France. "A luminous sphere
was seen in the sky over Champoluc by the family.
The object was also seen and reported by the
Carabineri (Italian national police--J.T.)." (See
the Italian newspapers Il Messaggero for January 13
and 14, 2000; Corriete di Rieti and Corriete di
Viterbo for January 14, 2000. Grazie a Edoardo
Russo, Sveva Stallone e Massimo Valloscuro di
Centro Italiano di Studi Ufologici per questi
SOUTH PACIFIC UFO APPEARS
OVER NEW GEORGIA
On Tuesday, December 28, 1999, a UFO, which
was described as "a rotating unidentified object,"
appeared over the port of Noro on New Georgia
Island in the South Pacific.
"The object appeared quite light at first, though
it looked like shiny glass in the sky. After some
minutes, it passed through some clouds and then
appeared to be 'a solid ship.' Weather conditions
in Noro were "fine with some cloud."
New Georgia is in the Solomon Islands and
lies about 300 kilometers (180 miles) northwest
of Honiara, the national capital, which is located
on Guadalcanal Island. (See the Solomon Star
for Thursday, January 6, 2000, page 1. Many
thanks to Ross Dowe, director of Australia's
National Space Centre for this news story.)
(Editor's Note: New Georgia Island was the
scene of heavy fighting in January 1943, at
the height of World War II.)
At the end of last month, UFO Roundup
invited readers to share any premonitions they
might have had about the New Millenium.
Well, we got no takers. But your editor did
have a couple of strange dreams during the
month of January 2000. Both dreams featured
Tackanash, an elderly Anishinabe man who
has popped up in my dreams at odd intervals
throughout my life.
Unlike December's dream, this time there
was no Cahokia, no Wyoming sun dance
and, thankfully, no bombs in New York City.
But one chilling sequence repeated itself--
The first dream occurred on Monday,
January 10, 2000. I dreamed it was a cold
day with a light and bright overcast here in
Duluth. It was cold, but there was no snow
on the ground, a condition that suggests a
day in November rather than March.
Tackanash, dressed for powwow, and I
walked into the red brick Walgreen's pharmacy
at the corner of Superior Street and 13th
Avenue East. I looked for the Chicago Tribune
but that shelf was empty. It was a typical
morning at the pharmacy--clerks ringing up purchases
and shoppers wandering up and down the aisles.
Stopping at the candy display, I turned to Tackanash
and said, "Want some M & M's, Nimishoo?"
(Anishinabe for Grandfather--J.T.)
He crooked his index finger impatiently. "Come
over here, Masinaigan. Hurry!"
Curious, I joined him and peered out the glass-
enclosed doorway. Lake Superior was clearly visible
about a quarter-mile south of us. I saw a few whitecap
waves out on the Big Lake.
All of a sudden, a giant wave appeared in the
southeast. Swiftly it blotted out my view of the
Wisconsin shore and grew larger and larger.
Impossibly large! Fifty or sixty feet, at least.
To my horror, I realized that it was coming
straight towards shore--straight towards us!
Tackanash and I backpedaled away from the
doorway. Seconds later, the wave struck. The
brick building rocked on its foundations. People
began screaming. Horrified, I glanced at the
door. Roiling waters rose up the glass until it
was completely submerged..
The walls held! I thought, But the door is
only reinforced glass--.
Before I could finish the thought, the glass
exploded under the incredible water pressure.
A jet of lakewater six feet high cascaded into
the pharmacy, knocking over displays, pushing
tables aside, sweeping goods from the shelves.
Grabbing Tackanash's shoulder, I shouted,
"This way, Nimishoo!"
I led him out the store's back entrance, into a
small parking area. We plunged into eddying
thigh-deep floodwaters. I let out a yell. That
water was cold!
Somehow I managed to clamber up over the
stone retaining wall and, soaking wet, gave
Tackanash a helping hand. Together we dashed
across First Street into the woods beside the
Dental Associates building, with the icy water
lapping at our ankles.
Tackanash grabbed my right arm and pulled
me after him, making his way up and out of the
creekbed. "No, boy, this way!"
I frowned. "I have a name, Nimishoo."
"Hush, Masinaigan. Save your breath for
We weren't the only ones climbing. Two
dozen panicky pedestrians were also running
uphill. I glanced over my shoulder. Lakewater
poured over First Street, drowning the front
steps of the old brownstone houses. The
Miller-Dwan Medical Center looked like an
island sitting out in the middle of the lake.
At last we reached Fourth Street. We began
to shiver in our wet clothes. I stopped at the
driveway of an 1890s home. A very anxious man
was carrying a box full of canned goods to his
waiting sport utility vehicle.
"Excuse me," I said, briskly rubbing my
damp arms. "Can we use your fireplace to dry
"Do whatever you like," he replied, eyes
wide with fear. "I'm getting the hell out of here!"
And I woke up.
The second dream occurred one week later,
on January 17, 2000, and it was much shorter.
I dreamed that Tackanash and I were standing
on a stony outcrop with a panoramic view of Lake
Superior. I looked around in puzzlement. I didn't
recognize the spot, but it sure looked like North
Shore boreal forest to me.
Down below was an inlet surrounded on both
sides by balsam and tamarack forest. Four boats
were at anchor there, and everyone in the boats
had a fishing pole. Again, the scene had a November
feel with its overcast sky, a bit darker than the one in
my previous dream.
Blinking in confusion, I asked, "Where are we,
"Rainbow Creek," he said.
And then I heard a booming surf sound. Turning
lakeward, I spied a big wave coming ashore. It was
nowhere near as large as the ones in my previous
dreams. This one was about 25 feet high. It
smashed against the rocky shore and flooded
the inlet, capsizing all four of the boats. All of the
fishermen had life preservers, so they popped back
to the surface. But they were carried upriver by the
surge of lakewater, which flooded the woods on
And I woke up.
Tackanash's phrase stuck in my mind.
Rainbow Creek. It didn't sound familiar. Just
to make sure, I checked a map of northern
Minnesota. Nope, no Rainbow Creek emptying
into Lake Superior.
However, I was sure that I'd been looking
at Lake Superior's North Shore. After twenty
years of vacationing up here and a year in
residence, I know the shore. So I dug up a
map of Canada's Ontario province at the Duluth
Public Library. And whattaya know--there's
Rainbow Creek, just east of Schreiber, Ontario,
a Superior shore town I've never been to.
It seems like an "impossible" event--a tsunami
or tidal wave on Lake Superior. But now I'm
wondering if it might actually happen. Perhaps
a poweful earthquake, centered in either the eastern
end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula or Ontario's
"Algoma Country" between Wawa, Ont. and Sault
Sainte Marie, Ont., might trigger such an event.
That makes three times now I've dreamed of
a Lake Superior tidal wave. If dreams really are
prophetic, and it does happen someday, I have
(1) It will happen on an overcast morning
(2) About 300 miles of the lake's North
Shore will be hit hard.
from the UFO Files...
1949: LET'S DO IT AGAIN--
THE STAR ARIEL
On Monday, January 17, 1949, the British
South American Airways (BSSA) airliner
Star Ariel revved up her four propellor engines
on the runway in Hamilton, Bermuda, ready
to take off for the rest of her flight to Santiago
Anyone who'd been in Hamilton a year earlier,
on January 30, 1948, might be experiencing some
deja vu. For it was on that night that Star Ariel's
sister airliner, the Star Tiger, vanished while
approaching Bermuda from the northeast. (For
more on the Star Tiger, see UFO Roundup,
volume 5, number 3.)
Like the Star Tiger, the Star Ariel was an
"Avro, Tudor IV, Post War pressurized cabin
Luxury Airliner." The aircraft had the same
four propellor engines and wings used by the
RAF's Lancaster bomber in World War II. Her
builder, A.V. Roe & Company, had redesigned
the wartime Lancaster's fuselage, making it
larger and more spacious.
Unlike her sister airliner, the Star Ariel did
not have a full complement of 33 passengers
on board. The Star Ariel "was carrying only
12 passengers and a crew of six," including
Captain J.C. McPhee, First Officer F. Dauncey,
Second Officer V. Shapley, Radio Operator
G. Rettie, Steward K. Coleman and Stewardess
Promptly at 7:42 a.m. on January 17, 1949,
the Star Ariel rolled down the Hamilton runway.
Captain McPhee eased back on the yoke, and
the Tudor began its climbout, starting her
six-hour, 1,000-mile flight to Kingston, Jamaica.
One hour into the flight, Captain McPhee
picked up his microphone and said, "Hamilton
Control, this is Star Ariel. I am switching radio
frequencies to Kingston Control, over."
"Roger, Star Ariel. We are handing off to
Kingston. Have a nice flight. Over and out."
The Star Ariel's estimated time of arrival
in Jamaica was 1:42 p.m. The Tudor's fuel
tanks had enough aviation gasoline to fly
for ten hours. No more.
Captain McPhee's routine call was the last
anyioe ever heard from the Star Ariel. The
propellor-engine airliner was never seen again.
At 5:42 p.m., with Star Ariel's fuel tanks
apparently dry, the U.S. Coast Guard declared
the airliner to be "missing" and organized a
comprehensive air-sea search to begin at
dawn on January 18, 1949.
"Meanwhile, just before dusk, a U.S. Army
plane from Kindley Field, Bermuda made a sweep
of the area of the Tudor's last reported position,
without sighting anything."
At 3 a.m., a U.S. Air Force B-29 bomber
took off from MacDill Field in Florida, kicking off
the search. Next, at 5 a.m., a USAF B-17 bomber
lifted off the runway, heading for Bermuda.
The U.S. Coast Guard sent rescue planes
into the area from its bases in Massachusetts,
New York, North Carolina and Florida. "By high
noon, the Coast Guard announced that 72 search
planes, many ships and approximately 13,000 men
were actively engaged in the hunt for life."
The U.S. Navy sent an entire task force to
join the search. Included were the battleship
USS Missouri, the aircraft carriers USS Leyte
and USS Kearsarge and six destroyers.
In Havana, President Carlos Prio Socarras
announced that the Cuban Air Force would also
join the hunt for the missing Star Ariel.
Even if Captain McPhee had been forced to
ditch the airliner in the ocean, the searchers were
confident of finding survivors. "The Tudor IV had
five emergency exits, carried three large dinghies,
one fitted with a radio transmitter, and life belts
were stowed under the passenger seats and in
the crew's compartment."
"As the days passed without finding a trace
of the Star Ariel, the U.S. Air Force added 16 more
planes," including "12 B-29s, two (PBY-2) Catalina
flying boats, and two B-17s from the United States."
A valiant effort, but it was all in vain. There
was no sign of a downed airliner. Or the yellow
inflatable dinghies. Or even a debris field..
And then, during the early morning hours of
January 20, 1949, nearly three days after the
Star Ariel's engines had run dry, the pilot of a
BSSA four-propellor-engine Constellation airliner
"reported that he twice saw lights on the water,"
at low altitude. "the (Connie) crew said the
light was seen 300 miles (480 kilometers)
southwest of Bermuda."
The U.S. Air Force discounted their claim
of seeing "mysterious lights" over that stretch
of ocean and "added that search craft had been
out flying wingtip to wingtip in the reported area,"
both above and below the clouds, "but had not
As with her sister, the Star Tiger, no trace of
the Star Ariel was ever found. Intriguingly, she
had gone missing exactly 13 days before the
first anniversary of the Star Tiger's disappearance.
On December 20, 1949, nearly a year later,
the UK Ministry of Civil Aviation issued its final
report on the strange case of the Star Ariel.
Air Commodore Vernon Brown, Chief Inspector
of Air Accidents, wrote, "Through lack of evidence
due to no wreckage having been found, the cause
of the accident to the Star Ariel is unknown."
"The Star Ariel was lost almost exactly a year
after a sister aircraft, the Star Tiger, had disappeared
in much the same area and in equally mysterious
Today, a half-century later, the disappearances
of the Star Tiger and the Star Ariel almost exactly
a year apart remain among the strangest events
in the lore of UFOs. (See the book Limbo of the
Lost by John Wallace Spencer, Bantam Books,
New York, N.Y., 1973, pages 34 to 41.)
We'll be back next week with more UFO and
paranormal news from around the planet, brought
to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup.
See you then.
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