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Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon: Australian Family Encounters Glowing Object On The Road

Posted by Nomad on April 25, 2013

One of the most fascinating aspects regarding this phenomenon is the automobile and aircraft encounters that have occurred over the decades. I came across this incident which is very similar to the Levelland, Texas Landings, where 15 independent motorists encountered a glowing object landed or just hovering over the road interfering with the automobiles electronics affectively shutting them down. These encounters are commonly known as “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” where physical trace evidence can be studied.


In 1988, one of Australia’s most bizarre cases occurred. The event began as the Knowles family was driving along the Nullabor Plain on a January day.

The Knowles family mother, Faye, was traveling with three of her sons; 24-year-old Patrick, 21-year-old Sean, and 18-year-old Wayne. Two of their dogs accompanied them. Sean was at the wheel, with Patrick also in the front seat. As they headed down the highway, ahead of them on the road was a bright light.

Source of the Light

With great curiosity, Sean sped up to find out the source of the light. Later, he would realize this was the wrong move. As their vehicle neared the light, they could make out a shape; an angular egg sitting in a cup with a yellow center. They estimated its size at about one meter.

The object appeared to be either sitting on the road, or hovering just above it. It also slightly moved back and forth. Now upon the object, Sean quickly swerved to miss it, barely missing another vehicle pulling a trailer and approaching.

As they moved on down the highway, they could sense that the object was following their vehicle. Suddenly they heard a sound, and felt the car being pushed down with a large weight. Then they felt their vehicle being lifted into the air.

Mother Faye was terribly frightened, but managed to roll down her window and reach to feel the roof. She could feel some object that was “soft, rubbery, and hot.” Pulling her arm back inside, she could see a strange, black dust covering it.

Family in Terror

The rest of the family was also in terror, becoming disoriented. They later would recount that their voices sounded strange: they were lower in pitch, and seemed to be in a slower speed. Patrick would add that he felt his “brain was being sucked out.” Also, their vehicle was showing speeds far beyond its capability.

It was as if reality was being distorted, all the while the vehicle was still above the road. As the car finally dropped back down to the highway, one of the tires burst.

As they were able to pull off of the road, the Knowles quickly exited, and ran to some bushes to hide from whatever this strange phenomena was. In time, they regained their composure and went back to the vehicle. They popped on the spare quickly and sped away to a nearby town.

As far as being a tall tale, this was not the case as there was corroboration from a truck driver. Also, there were physical trace marks on the vehicle.

Case Goes Public

The case caused quite a stir when it became public knowledge. The Knowles even gave their account on a national television program. Their testimony seemed sincere and was well presented. There was little doubt that something quite out of the ordinary occurred that day in January.

Was this a true UFO encounter? It seems so, since some type of vehicle was seen on the road ahead. It certainly was no known man-made object, unless it was some type of advanced military vehicle. But, if that was the case, why use the craft on a highway?

Is this something totally unheard of? No, not really. If you have read Larry Warren’s “Left at East Gate,” a personal, eyewitness account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO, you will be fascinated by some similar, strange events, such as time, place and senses being distorted. These anomalies have never been addressed officially, but remain in the mind of the eyewitness.

Thanks to MUFON‘s Ken Pfeifer, and

And Billy Booth –

I’ve seen through the looking glass, outside the fishbowl



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Weird, I would of hid too. You know they have to be coming here. There have been too many sightings.

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This is quite scary...

Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon And Nuclear Weapons

Posted by Nomad on February 3, 2013

Over the years of my research I’ve downloaded numerous conferences held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C regarding Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon hosted, in this event, by Robert Hastings. They just keep getting better and better. This conference was held on September 27, 2010, and streamed live by, believe it or not, mainstream news giant CNN, has generated extensive and ongoing media interest worldwide. The original press release was distributed by PR Newswire. The lead was “U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by Unidentified Aerial Objects” followed by “Ex-military men say unknown intruders have monitored and even tampered with American nuclear missiles” and “Group to call on U.S. Government to reveal the facts.” Now this is fascinating and quite disturbing. What are these mysterious glowing objects, apparently under intelligent control, snooping and interfering with our nuclear missile bases? As I’ve stated before, in my first post found here. I’m not going to jump on the “UFO Believer” bandwagon insinuating that aliens from space are giving us some kind of message regarding nuclear weapons. I have no idea what all these intrusions in our airspace and nuclear facilities by UAPs represent. I wish I had access to all the data world governments MUST HAVE acquired over the decades. I found this article at Hastings website,

It is a fascinating must read. I know the video is over an hour long but it’s worth the time.



Although most people are completely unaware of its existence, the UFO-Nukes Connection is now remarkably well-documented. U.S. Air Force, FBI, and CIA files declassified via the Freedom of Information Act establish a convincing, ongoing pattern of UFO activity at American nuclear weapons sites extending back to December 1948.

Moreover, these mysterious incursions are not ancient history, so to speak, occurring only during the Cold War era. Indeed, evidence suggests that multiple, ongoing incidents have taken place near ICBM sites operated by Malmstrom AFB, Montana, as recently as October 2012.

For nearly 40 years, noted researcher Robert Hastings has sought out and interviewed former and retired U.S. Air Force personnel regarding their direct or indirect involvement in nuclear weapons-related UFO incidents. These individuals—ranging from retired colonels to former airmen—report extraordinary encounters which have obvious national security implications. In fact, taken to their logical conclusion, these cases have planetary implications, given the horrific consequences that would result from a full-scale, global nuclear war.

Significantly, the UFO activity occasionally transcends mere surveillance and involves direct and unambiguous interference with our strategic weapons systems. Numerous cases include reports of mysterious malfunctions of large numbers of nuclear missiles just as one or more UFOs hovered nearby. (Declassified Soviet Ministry of Defense documents confirm that such incidents also occurred in the former USSR.)

To date, Hastings has interviewed more than 130 military veterans who were involved in various UFO-related incidents at U.S. missile sites, weapons storage facilities, and nuclear bomb test ranges. The events described by these individuals leave little doubt that the U.S. nuclear weapons program is an ongoing source of interest to someone possessing vastly superior technology.

On September 27, 2010 Hastings hosted the UFO-Nukes Connection press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., during which seven U.S. Air Force veterans discussed UFO incursions at nuclear weapons sites during the Cold War era. CNN streamed that event live; the full-length video is below:

The witnesses said that they felt compelled to speak out about the reality of UFO activity at nuclear weapons sites and urged the U.S. government to finally reveal the facts to the American people and the rest of the world.

Since 1981, Hastings has presented his research findings at more than 500 colleges and universities nationwide, and possesses hundreds of highly favorable letters of recommendation from sponsors. “I am not condemning any government agency for its policy of secrecy regarding UFOs”, says Hastings, “but I believe that the public should be given the facts.”

Hastings believes that UFOs are piloted by visitors from elsewhere in the universe who, for whatever reason, have taken an interest in our long-term survival. He contends that these beings are occasionally disrupting our nukes to send a message to the American and Soviet/Russian governments that their possession and potential large-scale use of nuclear weapons threatens the future of humanity and the environmental integrity of the planet. In short, Washington and Moscow are being warned that they are “playing with fire.”

To suggest that this scenario is the only explanation for widespread UFO sightings during the modern era would be presumptuous, simplistic, and undoubtedly inaccurate. Nevertheless, Hastings believes that the now well-documented nuclear weapons-related incidents are integral to an understanding of the mystery that confronts us.

Sometimes reality is indeed stranger than fiction.

I’ve seen through the looking glass, outside the fishbowl



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The strange encounter experienced by the Knowles family on the Nullarbor Plain must be one of the most significant sightings of a UFO of all time. The sheer volume of physical evidence and witnesses involved in this story and our inability to discover the truth is absolutely amazing. The investigation into this incident has so far centred around trying to explain it in terms of an unknown phenomenon or a possible alien encounter. This is not the case.

The attack on the Knowles family was orchestrated and carried out by a well resourced paramilitary organisation operating in Australia, using a sophisticated helicopter with specialised lifting equipment. The Knowles’ involvement was purely accidental. They were not the intended target and were attacked only because they resembled the real target group who were also travelling on the same road that night. The nature of this covert action by this paramilitary group and the importance of the assassination attempt on the real target group are now shrouded in secrecy and cover-up and nobody wants the truth to be revealed. I have investigated this event from day one and have now reached a plausible explanation that I would like to share with you.


On the evening of the 20 January 1988 Faye Knowles and her three sons, Patrick, Sean and Wayne, were on their way from Perth to Melbourne. Sean was driving when they were between Madura and Mundrabilla. An observer from the paramilitary group must have wrongly identified the Knowles family as the target group and details of their vehicle and location were passed on to the attack helicopter waiting out on the Nullarbor Plain.

At 1.45 am the Knowles family had reached the attack zone, a lonely flat piece of landscape where low level flying could be carried out safely. When the helicopter crew spotted their car they turned on their powerful spotlight and began to fly directly towards them. The plan was to night blind the driver and force the car to stop or crash. If the helicopter had succeeded in stopping the car the family would have been murdered on the spot. The helicopter was equipped with sophisticated lifting equipment in the form of a high-powered electro magnet attached to a long steel cable. For the crew of the chopper it would have been a simple matter of attaching the magnet onto the car roof, lifting the car off the ground, flying over the Southern Ocean, which is 50 km away, and dumping them into a watery grave.

The Knowles’s initially thought that the spotlight on the helicopter was a truck with one head light which was driving erratically, but according to Patrick, as they approached it, it looked more like an object hovering above an old station wagon. Other reports by the Knowles’s have described the helicopter as a huge glowing thing, a weird looking thing, a car and a caravan or even an egg in an egg cup. These discrepancies are not surprising when you consider the split second glance they had as they swerved around the light beam. The truth is that Sean swerved to avoid the light beam, which was projected 20 metres in front of the helicopter and nearly collided with the craft.

Sean Knowles had evaded the first attack and was now accelerating eastwards. The helicopter turned around and began to chase their car from behind. It flew past them and probably intended to get in front of them again to have another go at running them off the road. Sean had other ideas. He turned the car around and then sped off in a westerly direction. The chopper crew must have realised that this cat and mouse game could continue all night and made a desperate attempt to attach the electro magnet onto the moving car and hoist it off the road. Now hovering above the speeding car they lowered the electromagnet onto the roof of the car and switched it on. The Knowles’s heard a clunking noise as the electromagnet was attached and felt the weight of the magnet pushing the car down. The car was bathed in the intense light of the spotlight and the static electricity from the electromagnet made their hair stand on end. The high voltage of the magnet running through the car’s electrical system begun to heat the wiring causing the insulation to smoke and emit the foul smell the occupants experienced. They wound down the windows and were engulfed by dust, soot and exhaust fumes, which were whirling around beneath the chopper. Mrs Knowles felt the car being lifted, so she reached onto the car roof and touched a spongy shock insulator, which surrounded the electromagnet that she later described, felt like a suction pad. The hot exhaust fumes that were being emitted from the jet engines also burnt her hand. The placement of the electro magnet directly above Mrs Knowles in the back seat indicated that the magnet was not placed in a central position, which made it impossible to pick the car cleanly off the road. As soon as the car was lifted it began to swing violently from side to side. Sean reported that at this point the speedometer indicated 200 km/h. This was because his foot was still on the accelerator and the front wheels were freewheeling with no road resistance.

Inside the car the rotor blades of the helicopter created a pounding and compressing effect around the Knowles family. Their voices began to quiver and they seemed to be talking in slow motion as the pressure affected their hearing and speech. The swinging car beneath the helicopter now created difficulties for the chopper crew as they tried to trim and stabilise the craft. Unable to control this movement they began loosing height. The full weight of the car was now transferred onto one of the rear tyres, which completely blew out the sidewall as it bounced back down onto the road. The springs inside the vehicle’s front wheel wells were also damaged from the violent up and down movement as the car bounced along the road.

Sean Knowles slammed on the brakes and the car acted like an anchor as the helicopter dragged the skidding car along the road. The car eventually came to a halt and the Knowles family, except Sean who had blacked out, jumped out of the car and made a run for the bush. The family watched as the helicopter dragged the car, with Sean still in it, sideways off the road. Sean eventually regained consciousness and climbed out of the car. He later described the helicopter as a huge thing with tanks on both sides and making a humming electrical sound.

From the choppers high vantage point the crew must have noticed a truck that was approaching the scene, so they broke off the attack to avoid any more witnesses to their operation. With the helicopter out of sight the family returned to their car and started changing the blown tyre. At this point in time the truck passed them. The chance appearance of the truck gave them the time they needed to change the tyre, restart the car, turn around and start to follow the truck in an easterly direction.

With the family back in the car and on the road the helicopter returned to continue the attack. The driver swerved all over the road trying to outmanoeuvre the helicopter as it tried to re-attach the electromagnet. It wasn’t until the Knowles passed a truck that the helicopter broke off the attack. Shortly after the family stopped at the Mundrabilla roadhouse.

At the roadhouse the terrified Knowles began telling their story to the staff and two truck drivers, Graham Henley and John De Jong, who now examined the car. Mr Henley later reported to the press that he noticed four dents on the car roof that looked as if the car had been picked up by a magnet. He also reported that there was soot all over the car and it smelled like a blown fuse.  Mr Henley had also observed a very high-powered spotlight in his rear vision mirror following him for five minutes. Both truck drivers returned to the scene where the change of tyre took place and verified the skid marks and evidence from the car, which was dragged sideways off the road.

In the meantime the Knowles’s wanting to leave the area continued their journey to the east just as the sun came up. They were stopped and questioned by the South Australian Police in Ceduna. The investigators confirmed that the family were in a state of great anxiety and visibly shaken by the ordeal. They also confirmed that there were four dents on the corners of the hood and there was a fine black/grey dust covering the inside and outside of the car. Even with the Knowles family’s eyewitness account and the large amount of forensic evidence on the car the police failed to conduct a proper investigation into this incident. They instead made arrangements for the Knowles to proceed to Adelaide for further investigation by UFO Research South Australia. The story was also passed on to the TV Station Channel 7, who tied the family to an exclusive interview for a modest $5,000. From that point on truth and evidence relating to this incident was difficult to obtain and the facts became misrepresented and confused.


There are many theories from Ufologists and the media about what happened to the Knowles family that night. Here are some of them:

  • ·      The family were going to be abducted by aliens from outer space who were going to conduct experiments on them.
  • ·      They were caught in an electromagnetic storm.
  • ·      It was the sun coming up.
  • ·      It was a rocket fired from Woomera.
  • ·      It was a hoax.
  • ·      It was an attempt by the family to defraud the insurance company after they had an accident in their car.

I sometimes wonder how many intelligent life forms live on this planet. This is obviously a case of attempted murder of four people who were all extremely traumatised by this hour-long attack. There was plenty of forensic evidence and witnesses to prove that the family was attacked and a major police investigation should have been triggered to uncover the truth.

Analysis of dust samples collected from the car turned out to be mainly Potassium Chlorate, an explosive compound that is used by terrorists to build improvised explosive devices. A radioactive chemical, Astatine, has also been found. Astatine should only be found in a nuclear facility because it is associated with nuclear fission or depleted Uranium.

The attack on the family happened six days before the Bicentennial of Australia. Dignitaries from all over the world were at the Opera House in Sydney on 26 January 1988 and a million people packed the streets and parks around it. We now know that terrorists who are plotting to harm us would more likely choose a major celebration in an iconic location for maximum impact. Now more than ever this case needs to be investigated at the highest level to uncover the truth.

The last word must surely go to the Knowles family. Mrs Knowles gave an interview to a Western Australian Newspaper in which she stated: “We are all angry. Everybody knows that this happened to us but the people who should be concerned have just ignored it. There has been a cover-up. The government owes us and the public an explanation.”

Edited by Bill Buckley
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That's a belter of a story, Bill. It seems this mystery paramilitary group had a penchant for novel methods of assassination, but not too bright in the target acquisition department, nor in the execution of their plan.

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Yes it was a great plan taken from James Bond's 007 movie " You Only Live Twice " and worked well enough when the cast were co-operating , but the Knowles Family were in a fight for their lives. Sean Knowles is a national hero. He saved his family and outmanoeuvred this helicopter crew at every turn. He ran them up and down that desert road making them use most of their fuel. This chopper was launched from a helipad on a vessel out in the Southern Ocean and would have only enough fuel to carry out the mission and return. The helicopter was last seen hovering above a tuna boat the Empress Star. Six crewmen reported that a aircraft with a powerful searchlight approached their ship around 3.30 am and hovered above them before moving off. It is my view that it ran out of fuel and crashed into a watery grave, no loss there. The Knowles Family saved Australia from a deadly terrorist attack but were treated badly by everyone . They did receive a few dollars for their alien UFO story but then the media turned on then calling them liars , frauds and loonies . My hope is that justice will be done one day .

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... They reached South Australia, where police interviewed the family who by now were making global headlines after claiming that their car had been picked up by a ‘UFO.’  South Australian police inspected the car and found only typical road grime. An investigation of the car was conducted by the Australian Mineral Development Laboratory which analyzed the ash and found particles of clay and salt, consistent with what one should expect to find in a vehicle that had recently crossed the sand-laden Nullarbor Plains near the Great Southern Ocean. 

As for the strange aerial light that appeared to follow the car, weather records reveal that at the time of the incident, there had been a temperature inversion in the area.  Former South Australian meteorologist Allan Brunt later observed that such events in the region are notorious for refracting light and distorting sizes, shapes and colors of objects.  Brunt believes that the Knowles family saw the distorted image of the headlights of a truck in the distance, which appeared to them as a UFO.

Given the lack of corroborating physical evidence, and the frightened state of the occupants, it appears that family members, fatigued from a long trip, under the cover of darkness while traveling on an unfamiliar road, mistook an anomalous light for an extraterrestrial space craft that they believed was pursuing them.  It is also notable that based on interviews with the family, they were all in an extremely emotional state, “shouting and crying.” Mrs Knowles even said she thought they were going to die.

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Well thats a relief , there's me thinking that a paramilitary group was running loose in Australia trying to kill people when it was the weather. While everyone's view is important Allan Brunt's view completely ignores all the evidence and eye witness accounts. As for the analysis by AMDL that the dust was consistent with what you would expect to find on the Nullarbor. A sample sent to a NASA related laboratory found potassium and traces of astatine, a radioactive chemical. Other tests have found unexplained high concentrations of chlorine and another found equal parts of potassium and chlorine in the same sample, potassium chlorate. I don't know what the AMDL were testing, maybe some bull dust. As for the paramilitary group, i did find some interesting facts about a group that were operating in Australia, and I'm not saying they were behind the attack, just interesting facts. John Friedrich was an illegal immigrant, a person who over stayed his visa, who was appointed a director of the National Safety Council of Australia. He turned the non-profit making charity into an organisation with assets and equipment worth millions of dollars most of it borrowed from the banks. Its resources included 22 helicopters, 10 fixed-wing planes and a 42-metre flagship fitted with a helipad. How amazing. In 1988, Friedrich was awarded the Order of Australia on the recommendation of the Victorian Police Commissioner ,oops. In March 1989 it was found the council had debts of almost $300 million and Friedrich made a run for it. He was later found and was facing 102 fraud charges. So this illegal immigrant who had all these charges against him and proved he was a flight risk and still he made bail. Amazing. He was found shot dead in a paddock in July 1991. The inquest heard allegations that Friedrich was a CIA agent who used the NSC for gun running and military espionage. He told a friend that pressure was applied to him to kill himself or members of his family would be killed. All I want is a proper investigation nothing more nothing less.

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It will be a big job to reconcile Bill's story with the anomalous-weather-affecting-the-light scenario. I vaguely recall that Freidrich fellow.

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