A pillar and legacy of ufology, Stanton Friedman, has passed. You will be missed...

posted May 14, 2019, 10:01 PM by Scott Cantrell   [ updated May 14, 2019, 10:11 PM ]

Stanton Terry Friedman (July 29, 1934 – May 13, 2019) nuclear physicist and professional ufologist
I remember that Stanton Friedman was part of my first introduction arguing the legitimacy of ufology. What I remember was witnessing a very level-headed nuclear physicist calmly presenting the evidence and facts clearly supporting the existence of UFOs. He continued to defend the legitimacy of the UFO phenomena with facts and legitimate evidence and was always ready to stand toe-to-toe with any who would try to argue against the validity of UFOs.

Stan left us a pair of shoes that may never be filled but his broad shoulders will be ever present providing a solid foundation upon which we can proudly stand. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Friedman family as they learn to adjust with life without this honorable and respected gentleman.

Stan's Bio is available at http://www.stantonfriedman.com/

Video recreation of the USS Nimitz UFO encounter 2004

posted Nov 15, 2018, 9:32 PM by Scott Cantrell   [ updated Nov 19, 2018, 8:13 AM ]

Many may remember December 16, 2017 and the government's release of video showing Military aircraft encounters with UFOs including the USS Nimitz encounter in 2004. During that same time frame retired officer Lou Elizondo's was interviewed on CNN as well as interviews with the New York Times. The entire news arena was abuzz about the government publicly acknowledging the existence of UFOs. Soon after hearing the story about the Nimitz encounter, David Beaty started to conceptualize a video recreation of the event. After a little less than a year including investigating details of the event and bringing together the require video and CGI, David has given us a visual recreation of the USS Nimitz UFO encounter. 

If you have witnessed a UFO or need to know what to do if it happens to you, please review the UFO menu items above for information on what to do when seeing a UFO and after the sighting is over.


2018-08-11 Public meeting: Linda Zimmerman presented on The Hudson Valley UFOs

posted Sep 16, 2018, 9:00 PM by Scott Cantrell   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 8:41 PM ]

Linda Zimmerman
presented her research information on
The Hudson Valley UFOs
The history of the Hudson Valley area is filled with a high percentage of triangular and chevron shaped UFOs. Saturday August 11th 2018 at the Pelham Public Library Linda shared some of her research which is evidence that something truly is happening and has been for some time.

Her presentation revealed that not only has the UFO phenomena been present since before the Wright brother's first took flight, she also shows the false information that has been distributed. What is surprising were the sources of the misinformation and the possible agendas.

We will have Linda back again for a future meeting to discuss her more recent research and detailed information on the Hudson Valley area. As of April 2018 all meetings will be recorded for archived and available to ALMUFON members. If you were unable to attend this meeting, the archives are available in the members only area. If you are not a member of ALMUFON, mouse-over Membership at the top of the page and click Alabama MUFON membership for information how you can join.

Beginning with the April 2018 meeting all meetings will be recorded and archived. Archived videos will only be available to members of Alabama MUFON (ALMUFON) for viewing. ALMUFON members can access videos and all other ALMUFON resources by clicking the Members Area from the page top menu bar. If you are a member of MUFON International but but not ALMUFON, click Membership and click Alabama MUFON Membership for information and join ALMUFON.

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posted Sep 8, 2018, 6:44 AM by Alabama MUFON

The following is an excerpt from the 2018 UFO Cases of Interest
by Roger Marsh

Alabama UFO reports totaled 63 cases received by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 2017 with three important reports included in the recently released annual UFO Cases of Interest book.

Of those 63 reports, 38 cases occurred during 2017 and six of those cases were closed by Alabama Field Investigators as either an Unknown Aerial Vehicle or an Unknown Other. From that list, three reports were included in the book detailing a cylinder being chased by the military, a circular object over an army base and a triangle-shaped object flying under 500 feet.

An Alabama witness at Remlap reported watching a dark, cylinder-shaped object, being followed by a jet plane, according to testimony in Case 81858.

Witness illustration for Case 81858. Credit: MUFON.
The witness and a daughter were driving along Route 79 north at 6:25 p.m. on February 1, 2017.

“All of a sudden, we saw two lights that were strobing across the sky, from east to west, right above the trees with a jet plane directly behind it in pursuit. It was so low that we were able to see the doors of the landing gear on the jet.”

These first few seconds of the sighting scared the daughter.

“She looked at me and said, ‘Please tell me we just didn't just see what I thought we just did!’ All I could do was confirm with her what we had both seen. I was at my mother's house within two minutes and called my husband immediately because my daughter and I have always been sceptics, but my husband had always been a believer.”

The woman’s husband told her and their daughter to draw what they saw immediately.

“So, we sat in the car and we drew it out. We went into my mother's house and told her what we saw, and my mother said she heard a roaring, rumble noise that vibrated the house. Like an engine was accelerated to the max. We are still in shock, not really believing what we saw. My husband told me about this website and wanted me to report this.”

Alabama MUFON Field Investigator Roger Moore investigated this case and closed it as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.

“From the interview, witness stated the object appeared to be cylinder-shaped with strobe lights and two rows of windows or lights one above the other,” Moore wrote in his report. “The daughter submitted a drawing or sketch of their encounter, which is attached.
Moore contacted the witness by telephone and then made a site visit.

“The description she gave was very similar to her description of the event, with no ambiguity noted. She did indicate that some of her daughter's friends had seen strange objects in the area previous to this sighting and had been a source of conversation on Facebook. The object described does not correlate with the design of any man-made aircraft known to this investigator, and the fact that a military fighter aircraft was entailed suggests that this would rule out celestial, satellite, comets, meteor showers or any terrestrial aircraft.”
The weather at the sighting time was partly cloudy, wind from the southwest at 5 mph. The temperature was 64 degrees F, with clear visibility.

“Based on witness testimony, the object would be classified as an Unknown.” Remlap is an unincorporated community in Blount County, Alabama.

A Fort Rucker pilot reported watching an “oddly-shaped, circular object” hovering over the Alabama army base, according to testimony from Case 84970.

The witness had just finished morning physical training and was standing around talking to two other friends before heading home at 6:45 a.m. on June 15, 2017.

“It was a warm morning with partly cloudy skies,” the witness stated. “The sun was just starting to peak over the buildings around us and was quickly starting to warm the day. At approximately 6:45 a.m., I observed a UH-60 (Blackhawk) helicopter flying above the tree line approximately a mile from my current location. This is a pretty typical sight as Fort Rucker is home to initial Army flight training.”
As the witness looked up to watch the Blackhawk helicopter, another object was noticed hovering approximately a thousand feet or so above the tree line.

“From my line of sight, the Blackhawk was passing under the object but was much closer to me than the object appeared to be. From where I was standing the object was rather small but taking into consideration the altitude and distance from my location, it had to have been no smaller than the size of an average car. The object emitted a light similar to a star but was not as bright. You could also tell that the object’s color was most likely white or a dull-like color. We knew this was no star because it was below the clouds and appeared to be much closer. The longer we watched it, the less it seemed to have a definitive shape. It appeared to be shifting shapes kind of like a ball of liquid would behave. Almost like a pulsating type behavior.”

None of the three observers could identify the object.

“All three of us have quite a lot of experience with aviation and different things associated with weather/sky activity. None of us could positively identify this object. It hovered in one place in the air as I watched it for approximately 10 minutes. After about 10 minutes had lapsed I looked away to step toward my car. When I looked back less than a minute later, the object was nowhere to be seen. Unfortunately, I am not the only one to witness objects or have experiences on base. Another friend of mine had experienced what he describes as a close encounter in the air but refuses to talk about it. I, like him, feel it could be quite repercussive to specify any other information.”

Alabama MUFON Field Investigator Rachel Cordes and State Director Scott Cantrell closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.

“The witness being a military pilot, I have no reason to doubt his credibility,” Cordes and Cantrell wrote in their report. “Attempted to obtain ATC radar data from Fort Rucker; however, 45-day radar data retention exceeded. Considered the possibility of object being a group of balloons at altitude; however, witness had a water tower available to use as reference and noted the object did not move as balloons would have been forced to move by wind current. Interviewed the witness, who appears to be of good standing. And, lack of evidence, must rely on witness testimony. I find no reason to question or doubt testimony and conclude the object observed and report disposition as Unknown Aerial Vehicle.”

Fort Rucker is a U.S. Army post located mostly in Dale County, Alabama. The post is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the United States Army Aviation Museum. Small sections of the post also lie in Coffee, Geneva, and Houston counties. Part of the Dale County section of the base is a census-designated place; population 4,636.

An Alabama witness at Gadsden reported seeing a triangle-shaped object with bright, white lights at each tip and a single, red light underneath, according to testimony in Case 85065.

Witness illustration for Case 85065. Credit: MUFON.
The witness had just moved out onto a front porch and lit up a cigarette at 9:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017.

“I was just looking at the sky and saw a plane and then this big triangle with bright white lights on each point with one red blinking light flew over me going east,” the witness stated. “I'm sure it's just some kind of plane, but when I tried to find out what kind of plane, it could be just a UFO.”

Alabama MUFON CAG investigator Pr. Frederick Kohler closed this case as an Unknown – Other.

“The witness stated the object made noise, had an outline, actual size was between 11 and 30 feet, had exterior lights, brightened, sound was a swish, also in area was an airplane before the sighting, lowest altitude was 500 feet or less, distance from the witness was between 101 to 500 feet, flew in a straight line path, came in from the east and left by the east, with no landing observed.”

Gadsden is a city in and the county seat of Etowah County, Alabama, population 35,837.
Read more of MUFON’s best 241 cases in UFO Cases of Interest: 2018 Edition – which is available now at Amazon.com. 

Our neighbor Georgia MUFON is hosting a meeting Aug 4th

posted Jul 22, 2018, 11:01 AM by Scott Cantrell   [ updated Aug 17, 2018, 8:18 PM ]

Ufology today, tomorrow and bridging the gap
is the proposed topic of discussion for the meeting attendees. If the group chooses this topic they will delve into the current study of ufology and information obtained from investigations of UFO reports, information and knowledge we want to gain and what data is required and how to bridge the gap between the two.

The meeting check-in will be 1:30 PM ET Saturday August 4th at Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 Lavista Road in Tucker. If you are able to attend it is likely to prove to be an interesting meeting and topic of discussion. Additional information on the meeting and the chapter are available on their meetup page meetup.com/MUFON-Georgia-Meetup/, on their facebook page Facebook.com/mufon.Georgia and will be posted on their website www.gamufon.org soon.

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MUFON International Symposium in New Jersey or virtual live stream

posted Jul 22, 2018, 8:41 AM by Scott Cantrell   [ updated Aug 17, 2018, 12:26 PM ]

2018 MUFON Symposium Live Stream
UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the Future of Humanity
 is the slogan and theme for the 2018 MUFON International symposium. This year the Symposium is being hosted in Cherry Hill, NJ September Friday July 27th thru Sun 29th and will cover a range of topics. The keynote speaker for the symposium this year will be Luis Eilizonda, former member of the DoD's "Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program" responsible for investigating UFOs and now member of Tom DeLonge's "To the Stars Academy". For those who do not know, Mr. Elizondo is a 22 year veteran with top security clearance as a covert operative and senior intelligence officer who has worked for the Army, The National Counterintelligence Executive, and the Director of National Intelligence. He was most recently introduced to public during interviews with CNN as well as mentions in the NY Times, the Washington Post and Politico when story behind the existence of the Advance Aerospace Threat Identification Program was released.

Mr. Elizondo will be just one of many interesting speakers discussing a broad range of topics related to the UFO and experiencer phenomena. For those who are unable to make the trip to New Jersey to attend the symposium, a video live stream is being offered so everyone can be involved and keep informed. For information on the Symposium and how to get the live stream visit the symposium website https://www.mufonsymposium.com/copy-of-about. If you attend or watch the symposium if we have time we can discuss your thoughts and opinions after the Aug 11th meeting. We look forward to seeing you August 11th at the Pelham Public Library!

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Public meeting: Join us as we discuss the topic of UFOs Saturday August 11th at the Pelham Public Library

posted Jul 17, 2018, 8:32 PM by Scott Cantrell   [ updated Aug 17, 2018, 7:08 AM ]

Join us as we delve into discussion and presentation on the most interesting topic of our time. We will be meeting Saturday August 11 at the Pelham Public Library. Details on the agenda for this the third quarterly meeting are still in development and will be posted here when finalized.

The second quarterly meeting August 11th will be at the Pelham Public Library. Check-in opens at 1:30 with the meeting starting at 2:00. Pelham Public Library is approximately 25 minutes south of Birmingham and 15 minutes south of Hoover. For questions, email meetings@almufon.org.

Please RSVP to help us ensure sufficient seating.

Beginning with the April 2018 meeting all meetings will be recorded and archived. Archived videos will only be available to members of Alabama MUFON (ALMUFON) for viewing. ALMUFON members can access videos and all other ALMUFON resources by clicking the Members Area from the page top menu bar. If you are a member of MUFON International but but not ALMUFON, click Membership and click Alabama MUFON Membership for information and join ALMUFON.

Saturday August 11th, 2018
: 1:30-2:00
Meeting: 2:00-4:30

Cost of admission:
$0.00 (Free)
Donations accepted

Library address:
2000 Pelham Park Boulevard
Pelham, AL 35124

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Rev Michael Carter presents to Alabama MUFON Saturday April 28th at North Shelby Library

posted Apr 11, 2018, 5:23 AM by Scott Cantrell   [ updated Aug 17, 2018, 6:55 AM ]

Due to a last minute change in schedule, Michael Schratt will be unable to join us Saturday April 28th. Fortunately we are lucky and proud to present Rev Michael Carter Saturday April 28th at the 2nd quarterly meeting for 2018. Rev Carter will be joining us remotely by video conference to make presentation on "Science, Religion and UFOs"

Rev Michael Carter will be presenting his perspective on Science, Religion and UFOs.

Rev. Michael J. Carter is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He moved to New York City in 1980 and lived there for 25 years, working as a professional actor before moving to Asheville with his family. Michael is an ordained Inter-faith minister and received his BA Degree in Letters from the College of New Rochelle where he graduated cum laude. He received his Masters Of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City (class of 2000).While serving various Unitarian Universalist Congregations in New York, Michael was trained as an anti-racism trainer and has been recognized by President Clinton for his efforts. Michael was also a weekly columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times. Rev. Carter now serves as the minister for Unitarian Universalist Congregation of The Swannanoa Valley, in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Rev. Carter has written articles on UFOs and Religion for such publications as UFO Magazine, Alien Encounters ( A British Publication),The MUFON UFO Journal, Contact Forum, The S.P.A.C.E. Newsletter (Support Program for Abductees Contact Encounters) a UFO support group in New York City. He has spoken at UFO Conferences such as the ARE Ancient Mysteries Conference, The 2nd Philadelphia, Need To Know Conference, The Annual Long Island UFO Conference with Budd Hopkins, Contact In The Desert, and The International UFO Conference In Scottsdale Arizona. Rev. Carter has appeared on radio and TV appearances across the nation. Rev. Carter has also appeared on Japanese television discussing the Bible and UFOs.
Rev. Carter's books are entitled, Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials In the Holy Bible. A New World aid You Can Take It: God, Extraterrestrials and The Evolution of Human Consciousness. God Consciousness: A 30 Day Meditation Manual To God Centered Thinking, and his latest work is, The Metaphysics Of Spiritual Healing and The Power of Affirmative Prayer. All 4 books are published by Grave Distractions Publishing Company, and can be found on Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles.com 
A long-time UFO experiencer, he lectures extensively on the topic of religion and UFOs. He has appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel’s Steven Spielberg's production of Abduction Diaries, The Real 4400, and is a frequent guest on The History Channel’s production of Ancient Aliens, and UFO’s The Hidden Evidence which airs on The American Heroes Channel ( formally known as The Military Channel). He has also been interviewed by Academy Award winning actress Shirley MacLaine , George Noory's Coast to Coast AM, Beyond Belief on Gaia TV with George Noory, Contact In The Desert with Heather Wade, and Coast to Coast AM with Jimmy Church.
The second quarterly meeting April 28th will be at the North Shelby Library. Check-in opens at 1:30 with the meeting starting at 2:00. North Shelby Library is approximately 22 minutes southeast of Birmingham and 15 minutes southeast of Hoover. The meeting room entrance is in the courtyard at back of the library and is access by the path right of the library. For questions, email meetings@almufon.org.

Please RSVP to help us ensure sufficient seating.

Saturday April 28th, 2018
: 1:30-2:00
Meeting: 2:00-4:45

Cost of admission:
$0.00 (Free)
Donations accepted

Library address:
5521 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242
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One of "Their's", one of "Our's" or something from beyond?

posted Dec 4, 2017, 10:03 PM by Alabama MUFON   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 6:31 PM ]

Scott Cantrell  |   Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:57 PM

Many were talking about the event of October 25 over Northern California and Oregon involving an unidentified white craft flying through FAA controlled airspace. Knowledge of this event was initially limited to those directly involved then percolated through the aviation career field. Diminutive details were eventually shared with a few including Tyler Rogoway who researched and wrote an article he posted on thedrive.com about the occurrence. The article provides known details at time written including confirmation the event occurred.

A craft flying between 35,000-37,000 feet approximately 750kts northbound was observed at FAA Oakland Center on radar and was found to not be broadcasting a transponder identification and information code. The craft was visually confirmed and observed from a distance and reported by commercial pilots with the last known position being around the Eugene, Portland area. Based on information gather and reported in Mr. Rogoway's article it seems while the craft was able to be tracked by other pilots the FAA was able to maintain an approximate location and track through FAA controlled airspace. 

According to the Air Force North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) F-15s from the 142
NT-34A over Death Valley
Photo courtesy Joe Decker

Fighter wing were dispatched out of PDX Portland to intercept and investigate however based on the information gathered the fighters were instructed to go in the opposite direction of the craft's approximate location. Having worked with air traffic controllers I can say that they take their responsibility for safety of flight seriously. The idea seems a bit odd that Air Force air traffic controllers during such an unusual event, that being of an unidentified craft traversing controlled airspace populated with commercial aircraft, would forget their left from right and send the fighters in the wrong direction by mistake.

The article references an individual reporting a call from the 142FW at PDX to cease inquires regarding the incident and speculation is made the aircraft may have been an Air Force relatively secret and modified 737-200 identified as NT-43A or the "Rat 55". According to another of Mr. Rogoway's articles posted on Foxtrot Alpha the NT-43A employees unique and advance radar to test stealth technologies and assess multiple characteristics to understand the strengths and weaknesses of test aircraft's stealth technologies.

Many have speculated the craft to possibly have been a UFO and that it made an abrupt turn that known aircraft today could not withstand. The advances in airframe technology being developed today undoubtedly enable beta test aircraft to handle maneuvers that would cause a commercial craft to fall from the sky. Although the craft was most certainly unidentified, and based on the information available it does not appear to have been an Unconventional Flying Object.

In Mr. Rogoway's research the FAA refused to comment or even acknowledge the event and though NORAD did acknowledge F-15s were dispatched the 142FW refused to comment. This may have been an instance of a relatively secret aircraft "quietly" traveling through FAA controlled civilian air space and getting caught doing so. The alternative could be an aircraft from a foreign power trying to "take a peak" at our defenses but then if that were the case, chances are strong the F-15s would have definitely not been dispatched in the wrong direction. 

Let me know what you think, Unconventional Flying Object, a Foreign aircraft testing the waters or one of our own taking a shortcut but not asking forgiveness? I'm interested to know your thoughts.

Posted with permission
Scott Cantrell

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Thunder of the Gods over Alabama

posted Nov 18, 2017, 5:07 PM by Scott Cantrell   [ updated Nov 22, 2017, 10:21 AM by Alabama MUFON ]

Tuesday November 14 a little after 1:40PM CT, people in a large area of Central Alabama reported a loud boom so loud houses were shaken and even a few windows were broken. As many news agencies have already reported, NASA has been unable to state affirmatively the source or cause for the concussive sound. Some have asked if this was a result of a UFO or perhaps a secret test military aircraft breaking sound barrier traveling at supersonic speed. Another solution was the possibility of the sound being caused from a meteor or bolide entering the atmosphere. 

No one has reported seeing anything at the time the sound was heard which is not surprising. This event occurred just after the
lunch hour when most everyone would have returned to work or into their homes.
 It is possible that NASA or NORAD / USNORTHCOM might be able to review data RADAR data showing something entering the atmosphere. Without witnesses outdoors observing the sky or NASA / USNORTHCOM being able to review RADAR data we are left to speculate on the possible origin of the sound.

WBRC FOX 6 News presented a map detailing the scope or area affected by the sonic boom. This graphic provides some details which may help us in our speculation of the sounds origin. The graphic depicts a probable direction of travel based on the shape of the area referenced. The area is narrow at the northwest or top left and appears to follow a path which widens slightly toward the southeast. The average width of the area enables us to make a presumption that the source of the sound was probably at high altitude. Lastly the length of the of the affected area tells us that the source cause for the sonic wave was most likely traveling at a very high speed. 

With this information we can make some educated speculation on the probable sources of the shock wave. First we will consider a possible military aircraft breaking the sound barrier. Anyone who lives near a military Air Force Base or Military Operations Area (MOA) has at one time or another experienced the shock of an aircraft flying at low altitude breaking the sound barrier of approximately 770 mph. These events can cause houses to shake and windows to rattle in their frames however the scope of area experiencing this effect will be limited to a narrow band equivalent to the width of a small neighborhood. In order for the shock wave to cause physical affects the aircraft must be traveling at relatively low altitude which will inherently limit the area affected. 

As an organization responsible for investigating reports of Unconventional Flying Objects or UFOs I would be remiss if I did not at least touch on the possibility. While we are unable to rule out a UFO as a possible solution historical investigations report these phenomena as being abnormally silent. While we are presently unable to state that this sound was not caused by a UFO we are able to say the more likely solution is likely more mundane in nature.

bolide image
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day
The last solution to examine and a source of many erroneous reports of UFO is that of a meteor or bolide entering, or more accurately, colliding with the atmosphere. The term bolide which is possibly unfamiliar to many is a meteor that explodes in the atmosphere. Bolides can have many compositions ranging from rock (iron, copper, magnesium, etc.) to ice and even a combination of many materials in between. These fiery objects are sometimes observed traveling through the air in their fiery demise. Some display plumes of smoke and gasses or appear as brilliant bright balls of light moving across the sky. Others are such short lived and their composition so simple such as chunks of ice, they explode with concussive audible force but leave no visible signs that they ever existed. Knowing the scope of the area affected by the loud boom Tuesday and with the data we have available at the moment, we are comfortable stating that the most likely solution for this event is a bolide of possibly simple composition exploding in the a upper atmosphere.

If more information and data are provided by NASA we may have a confirmation on the source of the explosive sound or even possibly an alternate solution. This analysis of the data currently available to determine a probable or likely source for the disruptive noise is similar to the process we utilize for investigating UFO reports. You are invited to participate with us in the discussion of the UFO phenomena at our quarterly meetings which are open to the public. For schedule and information on attending these meetings, visit our website www.almufon.org and click the link Get Involved. Here you can also find information on how you can join us boots on the ground investigating the phenomena in real-time. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

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