UFO Conjectures

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The 1966 Westall UFO....er, Balloon Incident?

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A sighting, by a bevy of students and teachers, of a strange "thing" in a grove of pine trees in Westall, a suburb of Clayton South, Victoria, Australia, in 1966 created interest then and ongoing, as those who saw the "thing" had a witness reunion at Westall Tennis Club Hall, on April 8th, 2006, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the incident according to Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westall_UFO

The Herald Sun provided an "explanation" for the sighting. Click HERE to read that.

Why do I post a note about this apparently mundane sighting?

It strikes me as odd that cognizant observers would mistake a balloon, no matter how extraordinary that balloon may have been, for something other than what it really was.

Lay persons would call the sighting a case of mass hysteria, and it may have been, or, better, an induced hallucination.

But such an explanation stretches psychological credulity, a little bit.

(I experienced something similar, which I've written about before here. Years ago, while outside a school, waiting for one of my kids, with other parents of children, we all saw a bona fide UFO coming towards us in the sky. We were all excited to the point of a subtle kind of hysteria, as the UFO meandered, closer and closer....until it turned and showed us it was the Goodyear blimp on its way to a nearby destination.)

Yes, prosaic things can be mistaken for extraordinary things, and called UFOs.

The Westall incident was one of those.....perhaps.

N.B. Image above from the internet, and found at so many venues that I don't know to whom I can attribute the original.

RR

3 Comments:

  • Thank you for your post re the 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident.

    The image you have used comes from the 2010 documentary about the incident called "Westall '66: A Suburban UFO Mystery". See here for more information: www.westall66ufo.com.au.

    There is also an active Facebook page dedicated to the Westall Flying Saucer Incident.

    After twelve years of searching, I am still looking for that mundane, prosaic explanation for what was seen by hundreds of witnesses in broad daylight at Westall - both in the air and on the ground. And no, I don't think the high altitude balloon array explanation mentioned in the "Herald" newspaper is an adequate one.

    Regards,

    Shane Ryan,
    in Canberra.

    shaneljryan@iinet.net.au

    By Blogger Shane, at Sunday, February 12, 2017  

  • Thank you Shane, very much.

    I like to think that people see what they think they've seen, as many visitors/readers here know.

    That the observation remains open and odd to many of those who witnessed it speaks well for the sighting, as something other than a balloon.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, February 12, 2017  

  • Bullshit disinformation , it's clearly not a ballon.

    By Blogger Flexiverse, at Thursday, February 16, 2017  

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