The Westall School UFO – Hundreds of students and teachers witness disc-shaped UFO above school in Australia (1966)
// August 14th, 2018 // Sightings
In 1966, Australia saw its largest mass UFO sighting in historical past. For over 20 minutes, more than 300 students, teachers, and others watched as a silver disc-shaped object flew above the school, landed behind it, then took off and sped away. Fifty years later, witnesses to the event nonetheless haven’t any rationalization for what they noticed.
On April 6, 1966 at 11:00 AM in a Melbourne, Victoria, Australia suburb generally known as Clayton South, a category of students and a instructor at Westall Excessive School (now Westall Secondary School) had simply accomplished an outside bodily schooling class. It was a sunny, breezy autumn day. As the students filed towards the constructing, a scholar observed an object in the sky. It was grey, saucer-shaped with a slight purple hue. It was concerning the measurement of a school bus.
On the similar time, science instructor Andrew Greenwood additionally spotted the thing. He observe that it was about 400 yards away, disc-shaped, with no apparent markings. The object hovered over a set of energy strains and shifting in a south-easterly path, crossed the southwest corner of the school’s property the place it dipped behind a grove of pine timber and disappeared into a clearing often known as The Grange.
As phrase of the UFO unfold, more students went outdoors to observe. Minutes after disappearing into the clearing, the item reappeared in entrance of the school where it remained seen for about 20 minutes. During this time, about 200 students and teachers stood outdoors and noticed the craft. Quickly other members of the public joined the group and the gang of witnesses swelled to an estimated 350 individuals.
Those present that day say the thing was soundlessly hovering in the sky when an airplane arrived and started circling the item. Soon, four more airplanes arrived and surrounded the item. Every aircraft took turns cautiously approaching the item. Once they drew near, the item would dart away. The “chase” continued for almost a half hour when the thing all of the sudden climbed and departed in a north-west path. Witnesses recall it vanished in mere seconds.
After the thing disappeared, students ran to the fence close to the clearing (where the thing had disappeared from view). In the clearing, they noticed a transparent circular melancholy of swirled, discolored grass.
Hours after the sighting, but earlier than school let loose for the day, army personnel and emergency providers arrived at the school. They questioned the students and teachers, making an attempt to make sense of what the group had seen.
On April 8, the Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society arrived on the school and spoke to the students. Investigators recorded a “ground mark” in the clearing behind the school. Studies say the ground mark was a big, spherical patch of yellow flattened grass with a swirly sample. The edges of the melancholy have been discolored and nicely defined.
Three days later, the Phenomena Analysis Australia group sent Brian Boyle to research. 4 Military investigators accompanied him. Boyle recorded interviews with witnesses over a quantity of days and took soil samples from the ground mark. The soil sample nevertheless, was lost before it might be examined. Researchers have been unable to take further soil samples. The floor mark space was burned days after the event, reportedly by the farmer that owned the land.
Despite the enormity of the event, detailed stories did not appear in native newspapers till greater than every week later. The first mention of the occasion was in the Dandenong Journal. The article appeared on the front page. That same night time, 9 News ran a detailed investigative story concerning the sighting on local TV. Archival footage of the printed has since been misplaced.
On April 21, 1966, the event was once more mentioned on the entrance page of the local newspaper. This time, officers provided an evidence, one that sounded eerily just like the account offered a decade earlier for a sighting in Roswell, New Mexico. The object was stated to be a weather balloon. Nevertheless, the 5 airplanes seen chasing the item remained unexplained. Data showed no plane have been in the world and no space pilots reported collaborating in the pursuit.
Dr. James E. McDonald, an American physicist, joined the investigation and created an interesting collection of interview recordings and notes gathered from witnesses. He interviewed science instructor Andrew Greenwood.
“Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him there’s a flying saucer outside. He thought this child had become deranged or something, so he didn’t take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself. When he went outside he noticed a group of children looking towards the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline. Mr. Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.”
McDonald says Greenwood additionally talked about seeing the five airplanes pursuing the UFO. “He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life.”
“The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know. Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again and the same thing would happen.”
Greenwood confirmed that after about 30 minutes, the school’s headmaster, Frank Samblebe, came outdoors and ordered everyone again into class. The headmaster then referred to as an meeting and ordered everyone to stop speaking concerning the sighting. Greenwood remembered the headmaster’s calls for fairly properly.
“He gave the school a lecture and told the children they would be severely punished if they talked about this matter and told the staff they could lose their jobs if they mentioned it at all.”
McDonald says a number of witnesses on the school recalled seeing “sharply dressed men wearing black suits” arrive at the school instantly after the sighting. Word circulated throughout the school that the lads have been telling teachers and students to maintain their mouths shut concerning the sighting.
McDonald believes the “men in black” threatened witnesses. One scholar gave him an in depth description of the sighting but half an hour later, refused to speak to him about it. He didn’t attribute the scholar’s refusal to speak to the headmaster’s directions. He knew for sure that the scholar didn’t attend the school meeting where the headmaster informed students not speak concerning the sighting. He felt somebody had threatened the scholar.
The threats towards school and students impacted media protection too. Briefly, it suppressed all protection of the story.
“The media kept meeting an official wall of silence, so it just stopped being a story and only remained as a memory for those involved.”
Many years after the occasion, witnesses began to talk about what that they had seen.
Joy Clarke was simply 12-years-old the day the UFO buzzed Westall High School. She remembers the day vividly.
“I was in class when students rushed in and told us the story. We rushed down to the oval and I saw the flying saucers. My personal belief is they weren’t of this world. They were definitely from somewhere else because I have never seen anything like it all.”
Pleasure confirms that army personnel and “men in black” arrived and demanded students hold quiet.
“The army had arrived, and the police were there. We were told we were hysterical and it didn’t happen, while men in black interviewed some of the other kids.”
Stephen Cairns and his mother additionally witnessed the UAP. In contrast to the opposite students, Cairns had the chance to witness the event from a special vantage level. Stephen was walking back to school after a dentist appointment when he noticed one thing uncommon in the sky.
“In the distance I saw a silvery disc-like object. However, at first, it was so far away I was not quite sure what it was. The silvery disc-like object moved with amazing speed until it was directly above us … it hovered for a few moments then, as quickly as it came, it flew away.”
Terry Peck was enjoying cricket when she noticed the saucer hovering in the sky.
“I was only about seven yards away from it. It was bigger than a car and circular. I think I saw some lights underneath it. Two girls were there before me. One was terribly upset, and they were pale, really white, ghostly white. They just said they had passed out, fainted. One was taken to hospital in an ambulance.”
Terry additionally agrees that the incident was coated up.
“We all got called to an assembly … and they told us all to keep quiet. I’d absolutely just like someone to come forward from the services just to say ‘yes, it did happen, and it landed and there was a cover-up.’”
Jacqueline Argent was one of the primary students to see the touchdown website. After the saucer-shaped object flew away, she peeked over a fence and saw the depressed round impressions in the grass.
“Originally I thought it must have been an experimental-type aircraft, but nothing has emerged like that after all these years.”
Jacqueline admits she was interrogated after the event and says the lads interrogating her tried to embarrass her for her testimony.
“They had good-quality suits and were well-spoken. They said, ‘I suppose you saw little green men’”
In 2014, researcher Keith Basterfield claimed to seek out evidence in the National Archives that hinted the thing was nothing greater than a balloon. More accurately, a top-secret balloon that was conducting radiation testing. He says such balloons have been flown in the world through the 1960’s. Nevertheless, he admits he cannot be certain.
“What is strikingly missing is a memo reporting on the four launches for April 1966, one of which was scheduled for April 5, 1966, the day before Westall.”
Witnesses as we speak low cost Basterfield’s principle reminding him that the thing they noticed was close enough they might clearly see it was a strong disc. They usually observe that it sped away at a frightening fee of velocity.
At the moment, the Westall High School sighting remains forefront in the minds of citizens. The youngsters, who’re in their late fifties on the time of this writing, nonetheless wish an evidence might be discovered. In the meantime, the landing website has been became a memorial park to mirror the influence Australia’s largest mass UFO sighting had on the native residents.