UFO Hovers Over Runway, Adak Island Alaska
Location Information: Adak is an island midway along the Aleutian
Island chain southwest of mainland Alaska at 177 degrees west. At
52 degrees north it is not exactly arctic, nor is it temperate; but
it is nearly always buffeted by cold, wet winds. Most of the wind
is generated by an endless series of cyclonic storms. The weather
report for aviators almost never varies: Winds 25-40 gusting to 60,
mostly cloudy with layers at 800 feet, 1200 feet, 2000 feet. Visibility
7 miles, rain. Temp 40 degrees F (plus or minus 5 degrees for most
of the year). It is bounded on the east and the west by volcanoes.
To the west is Kanaga Volcano, a beautiful perfect cone, and to the
east by Great Sitkin, which nearly always is at least smoking and
erupted in the early 1970's.
Brian Vike had a nice telephone conversation with an ex-serviceman
by the name of Art. Art was stationed on Adak Island Aleutian Islands
and was part of the crash crew for the fire department. One late night
in January 1976 at the airport, the control tower personnel rang the
crash crew and told the members that an aircraft was going to be landing.
The crash crew members jumped up and peered out the window and did
not see an airplane of any kind, but rather a glowing object approximately
50 feet across. (Art told me it was the brightest light that he has
ever seen in his life)
Art said it was really eerie to watch, and the humming that came from
the UFO, seemed to resonate throughout all of the crash teams bodies.
One has to remember that the crash team was still inside their building
when they could feel the humming, but they eventually did move outside
and stood approximately 100 feet away from this huge and extremely
bright UFO which was hovering just over the tarmac pretty much in
front of the control tower and of course all the men watching.
As everyone stood looking at this unidentified object, more bright
lights about the size of a Volkswagen came from out of the hovering
UFO and flew at an incredible fast rate of speed up to a communication
station which was located on a nearby hill and sat stationary on it.
Another light went down and hovered over the bunkers. After a period
of time the lights that were zipping around did come back to the main
object and merged into it. All of a sudden the large UFO took off
at such a high rate of speed it left all of the personnel watching
it dumfounded. As Art mentioned, we have nothing here on earth that
could move as quickly as this thing did and I would certainly be in
agreement with Art on this.
The control tower called the crash crew and asked, "what the
hell was that"! The crew replied back, it was a UFO! Art remembers
one of the personnel in the control tower cursing, as this was something
one does not see every day, and he also mentioned that the object
was as bright as the sun and lit up the entire area as if it was daylight.
Art said, they were really frightened, they were young men at the
time, Art being 19 years old. The thirteen men stood looking at one
another saying, "what the heck was that"?
Soon afterwards, or after the event was over which left a lot of men
scratching their heads, the officer of the day showed up and confronted
the men and told them what they all saw was "Ball Lightning".
Art's response to the officer of the day was, if that was ball lightning,
then it had to be the largest display of lightning on record. Art
also said he would be more than willing to sit down and take a lie
detector test to provide what he is relating is the truth.
He also mentioned that there were people taking pictures of the object.
He could not remember who these people were, but when the pictures
came back, Art remembers everyone looking at them and seeing nothing
but a bright, camera flash type light in each of the photos. One just
wasn't able to see anything other than this brilliant white light.
Art also figures the object sat stationary just feet about the tarmac
for 10 to 15 minutes. This object wasn't flying by, it was sitting
still for a long period of time in front of all these men. Also he
said that the UFO incident was placed into the crash crews logbook
and also in the control tower's logbook as well.
Art sat down on another day following the sighting and wrote a letter
to his family back home. This was a personal letter, asking how things
were, etc, then Art added that he saw a UFO. He described just a little
about what he saw.
You can view the letter by clicking on the following link. I also
should add that Brian Vike has not removed any of the names or information.
I asked Art if I should remove names and he told me to leave the letter
as is. The family members who are mentioned in this letter have passed
away. I have also added a link to the envelope the letter came in.
After the family members passed on a lot of their possessions were
given back to family and this is how Art came into possession again
of his letter. The letter and the envelope are copyrighted 2008 to
On a side note, separate from the sighting Art and the other men had.
Art told me about another time when a Coast Guard ship docked at Adak
Island where he was stationed, and he and others were handling the
tying up of the Coast Guard ship. After the ship was docked and the
Coast Guard crew were coming off the ship, one of the sailors stopped
and talked to Art and the other men, saying you would not believe
what just happened as the Coast Guard ship was coming into port. A
UFO came straight up and out of the water in front of the ship and
kept traveling straight up. The sailor said the craft was anywhere
from 50 to 100 feet in width. The ship immediately scrambled and went
into general quarters. The sailor said he was as white as a sheet,
from the sounds of things, the entire crew was pretty freaked out
over the incident. Also I should add, this UFO incident happened prior
to what Art and the others folks witnessed.
Thank you to Art for a fascinating report, the letter, envelope and
If you have seen anything like this in the same area please be kind
enough to contact Brian Vike at: firstname.lastname@example.org
with the details of your sighting. All personal information is kept
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