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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.

JULY 26, 1978, BARNEHURST, KENT, U-K., MRS CLARK:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Authors David Clarke and Nigel Watson reportedly wrote that in Barnehurst, Kent, England, on July 26, 1978, in the afternoon, one "Mrs Clark" was stunned to discover that while she had been busily working in her garden, a "helicopter" had descended from the skies to hover just a few feet over her head.

Startled, she glanced up and saw two men in the cockpit; one of them was looking directly at her.

Coming to her senses, Mrs Clark run to her house. When she looked again the helicopter had vanished.

Later she realized that the incident had been even stranger than she had first thought. The helicopter had made no noise, in contrast to its usual deafening activity. Also, it had no markings and no landing gear. Furthermore, the cockpit glass seemed to be a simple globe rather than the standard design.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001065
Date of event: July 26, 1978
Earliest report of event: 2007?
Delay of report: Day, 3 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology writing David Clarke and Nigel Watson.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufology writing.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: December 17, 2011
This file last updated on: December 17, 2011
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Kent
Type of location: House garden.
Lighting conditions: Day
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult of aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Man.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Two, large, black.
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: Are in UFO, look at witness.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible psychological, or hoax.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Barnehurst, Kent, England, on July 26, 1978, in the afternoon, Mrs Clark was stunned to discover that while she had been busily working in her garden, a "helicopter" had descended from the skies to hover just a few feet over her head. Startled, she glanced up and saw two men in the cockpit; one of them was looking directly at her. Coming to her senses, Mrs Clark made a beeline for her house. When she looked again the helicopter had vanished. Later she realized that the incident had been even stranger than she had first thought. The helicopter had made no noise, in contrast to its usual deafening activity. On top of that it had carried no markings or landing gear. Furthermore, the cockpit glass seemed to be a simple globe rather than the standard design.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "David Clarke, Nigel Watson Phantom Helicopters over Britain."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website says that on 26 July 1978 at 15:00 in Barnehurst, Kent England, UK, "Mrs Clark was stunned to discover that while she had been busily working in her garden, a "helicopter" had descended from the skies to hover just a few feet over her head. Startled, she glanced up and saw two men in the cockpit; one of them was looking directly at her. Coming to her senses, Mrs Clark made a beeline for her house. When she looked again the helicopter had vanished. Later she realized that the incident had been even stranger than she had first thought. The helicopter had made no noise, in contrast to its usual deafening activity. On top of that it had carried no markings or landing gear. Furthermore, the cockpit glass seemed to be a simple globe rather than the standard design."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

Not only is it impossible for an helicopter at a few feet abovehead to be silent, but also, the rotor wind would have practically knocked the woman down.

It could be suggested that this proves it was not an helicopter but an alien spaceship; but the witness said the occupants were men. I do not believe that beings from another planet would be men.

So, a psychological explanation comes to mind, and nothing in the report suggest that at any time someone assessed the witness about this.

The List of issues below does not increase the credibility of the case.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 17, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 17, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation, brief story only. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 17, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single and quasi anonymous witness. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe December 17, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of story unknown: rumour, newspaper, anonymous letter, investigated case...? Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible psychological, or hoax.

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 December 17, 2011 Creation, [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 17, 2011 First published.

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