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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.

NOVEMBER 11, 1974, MOUNT CROSS, TENNESSEE, USA, BILLY JOE LODNAR:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The case was reported by a journalist in a special UFO issue of a men's magazine in 1975.

The alleged witness, Billy Joe Lodnar, 35, employed as a shift foreman for a packaging plant in Knoxville, Tennessee, already knew something about UFOs as he had read books arguing that aliens from space are spying on Mankind from flying saucers. He was however a trained observer as he had been an enlisted bomber crewman in the Air Force, where he had known airmen who had seen UFOs. A pilot friend of his had once reported seeing humanoid creatures peering from the portholes of an alien craft.

On November 11, 1974, he had left his wife Sue for a lone weekend of camping and hunting. It was late in the afternoon with the low sun casting weird shadows on the gravel road snaking up Mount Cross, 3,534 foot, Tennessee. He was tense behind the wheel of his old pickup truck, as the road was dangerous and he was anxious to arrive at the campsite before the night.

His chin almost touching the steering wheel, he first saw the UFO as a cigar-shaped, luminous, orange, rapidly-blinking object, coming rushing straight at him, a giant flying craft filling the sky, like nothing he had ever seen before.

The UFO flew overhead and then flew back toward his pickup. Lodnar resented this as an unwelcome interrupt of his plan to spent a lone hunting weekend in the nature.

Lodnar pulled off, took his Browning rifle, jumped onto the roadway and dropped behind the front wheel of the pick-up, and waited.

The UFO descended vertically, filling the darkening sky above him, and he realized that it was going to land.

He thought about teenagers he had passed in a minibus down near the base of the mountain an hour ago. They might not be reliable, but they were the only people he had seen the entire afternonon and he wanted witnesses if he was going to confront a UFO. He also knew of a State Forestry station a few miles back, but remembered, angrily, that it was closed this late in the year.

Across from his truck, the road hung over a sunken depression in the mountain slope, where a V-shaped gully angled down toward a flat, bush-covered clearing. As Lodnar watched, the UFO landed silently in this open space, a brilliant circle of light standing out sharply among the shadows.

He now realized that his impression of a cigar shape had been based upon the profile of the craft, but that it really was saucer-shaped, with a tear-like dome rising from its center.

Lodnar crossed the road, dropped to his knees, rifle in hands, careful to avoid exposing the silhouette on the skyline, and from the side of the road, saw that a door was opening on the side of the saucer, and that somebody or something was stapping out.

As his crouching position was painful, he put himself in a better position to cope with the visitor, and edged downhill until he reached an outcrop on the slope, thinking that the aliens had not noticed him. He speculated that they had not landed for him, but maybe for something like recharging batteries.

Although 300 feet away and 40 feet uphill, Lodnar saw that the being was not human as it descended a ramp from the open doorway, It was a small and stocky creature, with a bloated head, disproportionately large in comparison to its body with skeletal arms and legs, thin as pipes. It had thin slit-like eyes, a gray skin that impressed him as covered with scales. The creature walked downhill from the craft in stiff, jerky movements.

For the next 20 minutes, Lodnar slipped down through underbrush to get close, under a compulsion to follow the creature. He aid aimed his rifle twice at the creature but thought there was no justification for shooting at it.

The terrain was very tricky and after a while he realized that he was moving in a circle. He however was now at about 20 feet above and 100 feet away from the creature, and realized that the alien was returning to its craft. During all this time, the UFO had not moved and not made a sound.

As the humanoid returned to the ramp extending from the UFO, Lodnar's emotions were fear, resentment, anger, as he realized the aliens were going to leave and nobody will ever believe what he saw.

As it was now almost completely dark now, the humanoid stood out sharply, Lodnar lined him up again in the telescopic sight, but again could not decide to fire at it.

As the alien entered the open doorway of the UFO, a second creature appeared and seemed to grab the first, to pull him inside. The door then closed the UFO took off in complete, shot across the peak of Mount Cross, and climbed into the night sky.

Apparently, Lodnar told his story to a Knoxville reporter two days later, explaining what they were: extraterrestrial visitors. With his wife, a reporter, two police officers, and an amateur UFO researcher from Knoxville, he returned to the mountain on November 15. In the gully where the UFO had landed, broken trees branches and scorch marks. Apparently, a policeman used a cadometer to try to determine whether the gully had sustained unusually high levels of gamma radiation.

The magazine article adds that the UFO along the tree-covered ridge lines near Knoxville, that a pilot of a Marine A-4C Skyhawk on a cross-country flight from Beaufort, SC had radioed that the UFO was "acting dangerous" and "flying along just off my wingtip", that military and civilian radar installations tracked the craft for short periods of time, while the Knoxville police department was flooded with phone reports. also, the UFO had hovered for more than a half hour near the top-secret Atomic Energy Commission installation at nearby Oak Ridge.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000376
Date of event: November 11, 1974
Earliest report of event: Fall 1975
Delay of report: 1 year
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: November 27, 2007
This file last updated on: November 27, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Tennessee
Type of location: Mountain, in gully from road, then from gully.
Lighting conditions: Fall of night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 35
Witnesses types: Man, shift foreman for a packaging plant in Knoxville.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported or scaly none.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or grey.
Entities skin color: Grey.
Entities body: Stocky with thin members.
Entities head: Larger than normal.
Entities eyes: Slits.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, approached, went, came by later.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened and frustrated.
Witness(es) interpretation: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or journalistic invention.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. rd1:] RONALD DRUCKER:

The late afternoon sun cast weird shadows on the gravel road which snaked up Tennessee's 3,534-foot Mount Cross. Billy Joe Lodnar was tense behind the wheel of the old pickup truck, alert for trouble on the dangerous road, anxious to make campsite by dark.

A 35-year-old hunter and outdoorsman with a healthy respect for every treacherous curve on the twisting mountain roadway, Lodnar was haunched low, his chin almost touching the steering wheel, when he first saw the UFO.

The luminous, rapidly-blinking object came rushing straight at him - a giant flying craft filling the sky like nothing he'd ever seen before.

Lodnar, employed as a shift foreman for a packaging plant in Knoxville, Tenn., had left his wife Sue for a lone weekend of camping and hunting. He bitterly resented any interruption of his plan to relax in the Tennessee mountains alone. His reaction was unusual - not fear, but angry indignation toward the blinking, cigar-shaped flying object.

"And it's real! That damned thing is real, all right."

Unlike most people who see UFOs, Billy Lodnar already knew something about the mysterious craft now being seen by more people, in more places, than ever before. He'd read books arguing that aliens from space are spying on Mankind from strange airborne platforms often called "flying saucers." Lodnar, however, was a trained observer; he'd been an enlisted bomber crewman in the Air Force and had known airmen who'd seen UFOs. A pilot friend of his had once reported seeing humanoid creatures peering from the portholes of an alien craft.

So Lodnar knew what he was seeing. And when the blinking orange UFO flew overhead and then whipped around to fly back toward his pickup Billy Lodnar bristled with resentment. "I was going to spend this weekend hunting!" he cursed aloud -- not yet aware that instead of deer, he would soon hunt the most dangerous game ever stalked by Man.

Known for his stubborn streak, Lodnar was acting in character. Securely strapped inside his pickup and armed with a Browning shotgun and a 30-06 scope-mounted rifle, he didn't feel he had to worry.

"No damned spaceship is going to spoil my weekend!"

He slammed on the brakes and his pickup veered sharply on the gravel. Yanking out the 30-06, he leaped out onto the roadway and dropped behind the front wheel.

The UFO descended vertically, filling the darkening sky above him. A glimmer of doubt gnawed at him. Suddenly he wasn't so sure of himself. "That thing is actually going to land!"

His first thought was for the teenagers he'd passed in a minibus down near the base of the mountain an hour ago. They might not be reliable, but they were the only people he'd seen the entire afternonon and Billy Lodnar wanted witnesses if he was going to confront a UFO. He also knew of a State Forestry station a few miles back, but remembered, angrily, that it was closed this late in the year. The date was Nov. 11, 1974.

But he was worrying about the wrong thing.

There were witnesses -- plenty of them.

The zigzagging UFO had already been spotted by dozens of people along the sheer, tree-covered ridge lines near Knoxville. The pilot of a Marine A-4C Skyhawk on a cross-country flight from Beaufort, SC had radioed that the UFO was "acting dangerous" and "flying along just off my wingtip." Military and civilian radar installations tracked the craft for short periods of time, while the Knoxville police department was flooded with phone reports. Significantly, the UFO had hovered for more than a half hour near the top-secret Atomic Energy Commission installation at nearby Oak Ridge.

It's all documented. And it's frightening.

What's most disturbing of all, it seems the entire southern US has recently become the focal point for hundreds of similar UFO sightings. Judy Blum, co-author of Beyond Earth, Man's Contact with UFOs, claims that a startling number of UFO incidents have occurred south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Dr. Karl Dickins, astronomer at Tennessee Teacher's College says; "There's some special meaning to all these UFO sightings throughout the South."

Lodnar sucked in his breath and waited.

Across from his truck the road hung precariously over a sunken depression in the mountain slope where a V-shaped gully angled down toward a flat, bush-covered clearing. As Lodnar watched, the UFO settled silently in the open space, a brilliant circle of light standing out sharply among the lengthening shadows. Lodnar could now see that his impression of a cigar shape had been based upon the profile of the craft. It was a saucer, with a tear-like dome rising from its center.

Lodnar hefted his rifle and darted across the road. He dropped to his knees, careful to avoid exposing the silhouette on the skyline. Though the temperature was in the mid-30s, he felt sweat on his face. His grip on the rifle was vise-like. The UFO had settled on the ground and a door was opening on its side!

Something - somebody - was stepping out!

His crouching position was painful. Lodnar wished he'd brought binoculars. To put himself in a better position to cope with the alien visitor, he edged downhill until he reached an outcrop on the slope.

He now believed that the aliens hadn't noticed him. The craft seemed to have landed for some other reason. Maybe it's something like recharging batteries, he thought aware that this didn't make sense but he was unable to think of any other explanation.

The man - Lodnar knew it wasn't a man, not a human being - ambled down a ramp from the open doorway. The creature was small and stocky, with a bloated head that was disproportionately large in comparison to its skeletal body. Although 300 feet away and 40 feet uphill, Billy Lodnar could see arms and legs as thin as pipe stems, a gray skin that impressed him as covered with scales, and the powerful protruding head with thin, slit-like eyes.

In stiff, jerky movements the creature walked downhill from the craft. Lodnar cradled his rifle and followed.

Even now, Lodnar has trouble recalling his emotions during the ensuing, tension-racked 20 minutes when he slipped through underbrush, staggered downhill, and drew closer to the alien creature. To skeptics who wonder if any of this ever happened, he insists that he felt a compulsion to follow. Two different times he centered the alien in the crosshairs of the scope mounted on his rifle.

The terrain was very tricky. It took Lodnar a while to realize that he was moving in a circle. When he was about 20 feet above and 100 feet away from the creature, he realized that the alien was returning to its craft.

The UFO hadn't moved, hadn't made a sound.

As the humanoid returned to the ramp extending from the UFO, all of Lodnar's pent-up frustrations churned inside him. The fear had been slow in coming but was now hitting him in waves. And there was resentment, anger. He's going to get away and nobody will ever believe I saw him! I'll be a laughing stock!

It was almost completely dark now, but the humanoid stood out sharply when Lodnar lined him up in the telescopic sight but the hunter couldn't make himself fire.

There was really no reason to shoot and, considering the unknown nature of the situation, plenty of cause not to.

Lodnar relaxed his trigger finger and watched as the alien entered the open doorway of the UFO.

A second creature appeared and seemed to grab the first, to pull him inside. It was as if the creature was being reprimanded by his partner for putting too much trust in the reactions of the curious human who he knew, through telepathy, was stalking him. The door closed and the UFO rose from the ground - in complete silence! Lodnar watched the craft shoot across the peak of Mount Cross, climbing into the night sky.

"It was an alien spaceship and it was real!" Lodnar insisted when a Knoxville reporter reached him two days later. "There were people on it - creatures. I mean -from somewhere. I could have shot one of them."

Lodnar, his wife, a reporter, two police officers, and an amateur UFO researcher in Knoxville returned to the mountain on November 15. In the gully where Lodnar had seen the UFO land, there were broken trees and scorch marks. A policeman, using a device called a cadometer, tried to determine whether the gully had sustained unusually high levels of gamma radiation.

Billy Lodnar insists he saw men from another world.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Mount Cross, Tennessee, on November 11, 1974, at 05:30 p.m., Billy Joe Lodnar, driving up Mt. Cross for a weekend of hunting, saw a blinking orange cigar shaped object pass over his truck and then turn back toward him. (The UFO, or another, had previously been seen by the pilot of a Marine A-4C Skyhawk flying from Beaufort, South Carolina, who radioed that it was flying "just off his wingtip.") Lodnar got out of his truck with his rifle in hand, and saw the object land in a clearing; he now saw that it was lens shaped with a central dome. He inched his way toward the gully where the object had settled until he was 300 feet away and somewhat above. He saw a door open on the side and a small, stocky humanoid with a large head on a "skeletal" body emerged, walking down a ramp. Its skin was gray and appeared scaly; the eyes were slit-like. As it walked around near the object, Lodnar trained his gun on it, but did not fire. The being re-entered the UFO, where another one appeared in the doorway to pull it inside. Then the object took off silently. In a later investigation on site, broken branches and scorch marks were found.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Ronald Drucker, Saga UFO Report, fall 1975.

Points to consider:

Ronald Drucker was a writer for men's magazines such as "Male" and "Saga". I was unable to find any other source for the story; in particular, I found no corresponding report in any classical ufology source.

The story mentions a journalist's meeting with the alleged witness. If such a newspaper story is found, it would lend at least a bit more credibility to the case.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 27, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing a possible Knoxville newspaper article. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe November 27, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No mention found in other sources than "Saga" magazine. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or journalistic invention.

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 November 27, 2007 Creation, [rd1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 27, 2007 First published.

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