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Details of Sighting

Date 6th June 1961 Time 2:45AM Place Renwick

Date 6th June 1961 Time 2:45AM Place Renwick

Date 6th June 1961 Time 2:45AM Place Renwick

ASSOCIATED PHENOMENA:
DISC SURROUNDED BY GREENISH MIST WHICH MOVED WITH IT

Enclosed Statement

From: RNZAF Station Woodbourne
To: Air Department Wellington (Attention D of I)
Date: 30 June 1961
Ref.: C 7/AIR

REPORT ON PHENOMENON OBSERVED IN WAIRAU VALLEY: OBSERVER FLT LT B. HILDRETH

1.Forwarded herewith is a report of an observation made by Flt Lt Hildreth on 6 June 1961. Following the incident, Flt Lt Hildreth claims to have suffered severe pain in the eyes, a fact which he reported to the Medical Officer. A culture was taken and forwarded to the Wairau Hospital for analysis.

2.The Commanding Officer has this day received the medical report and has advised that Flt Lt Hildreth’s eye condition was related to an infection as opposed to any other cause.

3.Flight Lieutenant Hildreth’s report is precise. It is unsubstantiated by other reports but the time of day may account for this.

4.The report is therefore forwarded for evaluation.

(C.M. JENNINGS) Flt Lt
for Group Captain Commanding
RNZAF Station Woodbourne

Encl:
I see little point in pursuing this one.

Report

REPORT ON A PHENOMENON OBSERVED IN THE WAIRAU VALLEY

REPORT BY:

Flight Lieutenant B. HILDRETH

DATE OF OBSERVATION:

6 June 1961

TIME:

0245M

PLACE:

RENWICKTOWN

POSITION:

41º30'50"S 173º50'E

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS:

TEMPERATURE LOW (below FP)

SKY:

CLOUDLESS

WIND:

NIL

MIST:

NIL
NO MOON OR STREETLAMPS
STARRY SKY

DIRECTION OF OBSERVATION:

DUE NORTH (GEOG) FIXED BY STARSIGHT FROM SOUTHERN CROSS AFTER OBS.

ANGLE TO ZENITH:

(FIRST OBS.) 45º APPROX

ANGLE TO ZENITH:

(LAST OBS.) 10º APPROX

DURATION:

3 MINUTES (APPROX)

ESTIMATED DISTANCE FROM OBSERVER:

2.5 to 3.0 MILES. (Estimated from distance to northern hills)

APPEARANCE:

A BRIGHT OPALESCENT GREEN DISC TENDING TOWARDS TURQOISE-BLUE [SIC] THOUGH DOMINENTLY [SIC] GREEN.

SIZE OF DISC:

DIFFICULT TO ESTIMATE BUT DIAMETER CALCULATED AS SLIGHTLY LESS THAN FULL MOON

LUMINOSITY:

SIMILAR TO ARC-WELDING SEEN AT CLOSE QUARTERS.

ASSOCIATED PHENOMENA:

DISC SURROUNDED BY GREENISH MIST WHICH MOVED WITH IT. VAPOUR TRAIL: NIL SOUND: NIL EMITTED LIGHT SUFFICIENT TO BRIEFLY ILLUMINATE A STATIONARY OBJECT (MOTOR VEHICLE)

DIRECTION OF MOTION OF PHENOMENON:

VERTICALLY DOWNWARDS. MOTION WHEN FIRST OBSERVED NIL BUT MOVEMENT COMMENCED APPROX. 10 SECONDS LATER.

SPEED OF DESCENT:

SLOW (Approximating speed of artificial satellite)

GENERAL:

PHENOMENON DESCENDED SLOWLY TO APPROX. ANGLE OF 20º to ZENITH WHEN MOTION STOPPED. HILLS BECAME APPARENT BEHIND PHENOMENON DUE TO GLOW. MOTION DOWNWARDS RECOMMENDED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AND PHENOMENON DISAPPEARED.

ESTIMATED POSITION OF DESCENT:

WAIRAU RIVERBED.

WOODBOURNE
6 JUNE 1961

(B. HILDRETH)
Flight Lieutenant

Report taken from file number
AIR 244/10/1 Volume 1

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