By Jim Miles
Coastal Georgia’s First UFOs
According to the Brunswick News of March 26, 1950, at about 11:20 the previous evening UFOs were sighted by four reliable witnesses, two of them pilots in separate planes. The objects were termed “flying saucers,” five in number, three in one group, two in another. The UFOs “were definitely shaped like a plate, round in circumference, but flat on the bottom,” a witness stated. One of the pilots said the craft were cruising at an altitude of 30,000-40,000 feet, with a speed of 1800-2000 mph. When first spotted, they were flying to the south. They disappeared, and when reacquired were flying to the north.
This report was submitted to the UFO investigation organization NICAP. At 8:45 p.m. on February 18, 1973, a UFO described as a bright light illuminated from within was viewed above Brunswick by four witnesses.
“The object passed over a house,” one witness said, “and looked as if it was going to land in the street, but kept going across the street.” It flew over another residence and passed from view. The light, 25 feet in diameter, had “no wings or tail…It was disc shaped with protruding ends,” and had no exhaust. It flew about 10 mph from the northeast to the south, then turned west.
The remainder of these sightings were posted on the National UFO Reporting center (NUFORC) website.
At ten p.m. on June 15, 1996, a married couple were visiting old friends on Jekyll Island. After dinner the four took a walk along the beach. When they passed an older couple, they saw the man pointing into the sky and saying to his wife, “There! Did you see it that time?” The four glanced into the sky, but saw nothing and continued on their way.
As the two couples returned 20 minutes later, they found the older couple still peering into the sky. This piqued the curiosity of the man who posted the report and he asked what they were looking at. The older man pointed out “a particular grouping of stars.” Three of the four were able to see what was happening.
“About every 5 – 10 minutes, way up in the sky, it appeared as though one of the stars would shoot across to another star and stop. After another couple of minutes, it would shoot to another star and stop. It kept doing this in the same triangular pattern between the same 3 stars.”
A couple were leaving a Brunswick grocery store on November 5, 2005, at 5:25 p.m. when they spotted “a brown cylinder shaped craft.” It was 500 feet in the sky and “seemed to be composed of hundreds of brown balls on all sides.” The object “could not hold its shape. It was changing shape” as it flew from east to west.
Coastal Georgia’s Final UFOs
At 8:25 p.m. on January 13, 2009, a café owner stepped out for a break and observed an enormous UFO with multicolored lights that constantly traveled across the object. His son also observed the UFO. Eight years previously the man saw his first UFO, described as “beautiful and breath taking.”
Around eight p.m. on January 16, 2009, a man was driving north on I-95 near Brunswick when he saw a massive triangular UFO 300 yards to a side at an altitude of 50 feet. He drove directly under it and provided a detailed description. It “was straight and flat,” without any curves, and appeared to be metallic. There were four lights on each side and three in the back, all regularly shaped, rectangular and colored red. Lights on the edges “wrapped around both sides.” Lights on top turned on and off, while the bottom lights pulsed dim to bright.
For three weeks during September 2011 a resident of St. Simons observed, between 12:30 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., “a small, extremely bright round” UFO at 20,000 feet over or near the island. It remained still for 10 seconds, “then darted erratically in any direction” in an instant.
On the following night he added that a second, identical, UFO was seen to the north. He feared it was a threat to Kings Bay submarine base at nearby St. Marys.
Other St. Simons residents reported similar objects. On June 9, 2010, at 9:20 p.m., a young man and his mother were standing on their dock when they saw to the south, just above the trees, “a series of bright lights hovering. What we saw was a series of lights flashing one by one in a line which would disappear after one or two series of flashes only to reappear at a different location.” The lights were “especially bright.”
He believed the lights were all attacked to one large UFO. The object disappeared behind trees after the lights went through half a dozen cycles.
At the same time an aircraft was crossing a different part of the sky, its lights considerably smaller and dimmer than those on the UFO.
On September 27, 2011, a man on St. Simons Island was on his back porch when he saw a silent “oval sphere” lighted like a 75 watt bulb. It floated 250 feet above pine trees, traveling south at the “speed of a single engine craft.” Just before it passed out of sight it appeared to be two separate spheres.
Reports of Georgia coastal UFOs continue.
Jim Miles is the author of two Weird Georgia books, seven books about Georgia ghosts and eight books about the Civil War. To see all of his books go to the Jim Miles Author Page on Amazon. Order autographed books or contact Jim directly at firstname.lastname@example.org