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Details of Sighting

Date 3rd January 1965 Time 10:35PM Place Napier

Date 3rd January 1965 Time 10:35PM Place Napier

Date 3rd January 1965 Time 10:35PM Place Napier

It moved and stopped 3 times and then accelerated… straight up at a fantastic rate of climb

Report

File Ref.: 39/3/3

NAPIER.
8 February, 1965

Wing Commander A.F. Tucker,
Air Department,
WELLINGTON.

Dear Sir,

I would like to make a report of an unusual sighting I made with 4 members of my family on 3 January 1965, at approx. 10:35PM. It was unusual because there really is no logical explanation for it. I have had some flying experience (only approx. 25 hours, 16 solo) and have always followed with great interest the advances in aircraft design and lately the interplanetary probes by the United States and Russia. I have observed the satellites that from time to time travel over our particular area, and have seen many falling stars (meteorites) but have not seen before and cannot tie in with the aircraft in operation today, or perhaps being experimented with, the explanation of a light descending down from the vicinity of the pointers of the Southern Cross straight towards us, and then doing what appeared to be a controlled turn to the northeast (all at quite a leisurely pace), leveling [SIC] out, and stopping for approx. 8 seconds. It moved and stopped 3 times and then accelerated from the straight and level position straight up at a fantastic rate of climb, losing its intensity of light as it climbed. It was visible in its trip across the sky for 6 or 8 minutes and had the light intensity (when in the straight and level position) of a first magnitude star. The sky was clear of cloud and visibility excellent. There was no noise, and its height and distance from us I could not calculate.

I do not belong to any of the ‘Flying Saucer’ organisations, nor do I intend to join one. But the moment that light stopped and hovered for 8 seconds I was bought and sold. If a logical scientific explanation for this sighting (other than ‘ice crystals’) could be made to me, I could be ‘withdrawn from sale’.

Hope this information will be of interest.

Yours faithfully,
Redacted Name

Report taken from file number
AIR 39/3/3 Volume 2Parts 1 and 2

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