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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1965, LUBBOCK, TEXAS, USA, LINDA AND BETTY:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Albert Rosales received an email report indicating that near Lubbock, Texas, in 1965, at 22:00, Linda and a friend, Betty, were driving a car just outside of Lubbock, when they both noticed a bright light in the sky.

Betty, who was driving, began to try to follow it as it moved slowly at first, then more rapidly.

At some point they pulled off the highway onto a county road closing until the thing stopped about 40 feet away and 10 to 20 feet above the ground. Linda said that it had an extremely bright rotating red light on top with a bank of light, about four, around the mid-section.

Betty began to blink her headlights on and off and the "spacecraft" responded by blinking the white lights.

At one point they noticed what appeared to be human-like figures inside some porthole windows, but no features could be seen.

Linda was amazed that than even though they were on a county road, it was fairly well traveled, at least 7 or 8 cars passed them, seeming not to notice what was going on.

After approximatively 5 to 10 minutes, the UFO rose and began to move away, seeming to suddenly disappear.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000687
Date of event: 1965
Earliest report of event: 2007?
Delay of report: 4 decades?
Witness reported via: eMail report to ufologist.
First alleged record by: eMail from one of the 2 witnesses.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: eMail from one of the 2 witnesses.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: June 13, 2008
This file last updated on: June 13, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Texas
Type of location: Country road.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adults or adults.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Female, two friends.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Not reported. Several.
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not visible.
Entities outfit color: Not visible.
Entities skin color: Not visible.
Entities body: Not reported. Human-like shape.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not visible.
Entities mouth: Not visible.
Entities nose: Not visible.
Entities feet: Not visible.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not visible.
Entities fingers number: Not visible.
Entities hair: Not visible.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Were in hovering UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: UFO answere by flashing lights when witnesses flashed lights.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, followed.
Witness(es) feelings: Interest.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible helicopter.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Lubbock, Texas, in 1965, at 22:00, Linda and a friend, Betty, were driving a car just outside of Lubbock when they both noticed a bright light in the sky, Betty, who was driving began to try to follow it as it moved slowly at first, then more rapidly as they pulled off the highway onto a county road closing with their car until it stopped about forty feet away and ten to twenty feet above the ground. Linda said that it had an extremely bright rotating red light on top with a bank of light, about four, around the mid-section. Betty began to blink her headlights on and off and the "spacecraft" responded by blinking the white lights. At one point the witnesses noticed what appeared to be human-like figures inside some porthole windows, but no features could be seen. One thing that seemed puzzling to Linda about the encounter was than even though they were on a county road, it was fairly well traveled and she said at least seven or eight cars passed them, seeming not to notice what was going on. After approximate five to ten minutes the UFO rose and began to move away, seeming to suddenly disappear.

Albert Rosales indicates that he received the report directly from witness, billburks333@yahoo.ca

Points to consider:

The report is based on an email. This means that there is no way to assure truthfulness. There was obviously no further staps or investigation. This means that any attempt at indentification can only be an attempt, whatever the porposed identification is. The attempt should be made with parsimony.

Some information are missing from the report. The most important that I miss is whether the hovering UFO was silent or noisy. Of course, much of other useful information is missing, such as the angular size of the craft: an unknown object's distance based on evaluation in the night is not necessarily reliable, whereas angular size is less prone to errors.

The most obvious possible commonplace explanation is that the two friends followed a helicopter. The helicopter was possibly from the police. It has a rotating red lights and other lights just as helicopters can have. It has some sorts of portholes of windows where the crew can be distinguished.

The two witnesses followed it, left a main road and engaged on a smaller road, and it is then possible that a police helicopter simply approched their pulled off car to check what was going on. There is of course no reason at all that police personal in the helicopter would not flash some lights when the witnesses flashed their headlights. To them, this might just have meant some greeting, ot this was just a game to play.

One witness is suprized that other cars did not seem to take notice of the going-ons. This can be an indication that the going ons were not that extraordinary, that other drivers just thought, or saw, that the UFO was a helicopter.

The strangeness of the report is null. There is absolutely no indication of strangeness: no impossible manoeuver, no shape description that would be incompatible with a helicopter, no beings of extraterrestrial appearance, nor unexplainable silence, nothing.

There is no way to me to prove it was a helicopter. It could have been an alien craft just as well in my opinion. However, as the report stands, it offers no evidence whatsoever that it was rather a spaceship than a helicopter.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe June 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Original witness text not published. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe June 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross eMail report only, no known follow-up. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe June 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nothing in report to discard an helicopter. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe June 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Report of 1965 likely written 4 decades later. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible helicopter.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 13, 2008 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 13, 2008 First published.

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