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UFO. Argentina

ID #1637666405
Added Tue, 23/11/2021
Author July N.
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Incident date: 
23.07.1948
Location: 
аэропорт Эсейса
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Letter by Roberto A. Consentino from Crónica del Fenómeno OVNI (1990s)

 "Today I decided to tell you about what I saw almost 52 years ago. 

But first, a little background so you know where I was when it happened. I did my military service at Tandil Air Force Base in Buenos Aires province in 1948. The base was still under construction, and the runway had not yet been paved. The government purchased 100 Gloster Meteor fighters from England, which were used at the end of World War II to intercept V-1 and V-2 missiles that the Germans were flying across England. It is unlikely that these planes will ever be used here, but our government wanted to demonstrate them at the annual July parade in Buenos Aires. Thus, about 20 aircraft were sent to the Esseisa airport, which was also under construction, but had a 3,000-meter runway, in order to perform group flight exercises, since the pilots' only experience was in England, where they were. trained in their use, and it should be noted that they were congratulated on their skill and courage. Among others, I remember Captain Soto, Lieutenant Martinez Zuviria and Ensign Jimenez.

But back to me. After completing the three-month training program, I was sent to the recruitment and dismissal department, but in May the recruitment tasks came to an end. At that time, preparations were underway for the transfer of troops and equipment to Eseisa, and they managed to get them to send me. At that time I was living in Temperley, just a few minutes away. At the beginning of June, we were transferred to the airport where training took place, and I worked as a mechanic's assistant with six or seven more recruits. After the July 9 parade ended, the assistants got a few days off and when we returned around July 20, we began to stand guard.

 It was one of those nights at the post, standing next to these planes with my back to them, about one o'clock in the morning and looking to the north, I saw a very bright white light that grew longer as I approached. It was a "flying cigar"-although they got that name later. She passed quite close to me. I believe that at a distance of about 500 meters and 30 degrees above the horizon. It was a clear night, and I could clearly see its outline. It was really a flying cigar. 

The illuminated part was about 1/4 of its height and 3/4 of its length. It looked like a single luminous strip, the intensity of which did not allow to consider several possible segments of it. It was about 50 meters long and about 10 meters high, which I calculated by comparing ea with an airplane at a similar estimated distance. 

The observation lasted about 30 seconds, during which time 15 to 20 kilometers were covered. Thus, its speed was about 2000 km/h, which was twice the speed of the aircraft that I was guarding at that time with a 1914 Mauser rifle.

 The ship made no noise and left no traces. I was in the right place to compare the planes of our planet with those who visit us. The fastest passenger aircraft at the time was the COMET 4, which had a speed similar to the Gloster Meteor, and both made a hell of a noise with their turbines. I spoke about this experience only with relatives and friends. I didn't alert the guards because at that time I would have been punished for lying even if they knew it wasn't true.

About 15 years ago, I went to the theater in the city of Junin, where Fabio Zerpa lectured about UFOs. I sat in the front row and then stood next to him when I decided it was time. I wanted to tell him about it from my own experience, but he motioned me to sit down and continued his performance.

In another case, when Antonio Las Heras was giving a lecture in the office of the Department of Internal Affairs, I wanted to tell my story to the woman who works with him. She asked me if I had any corroborating witnesses. When I said no, that I was alone, she replied: "Then it's not good."

 Luis Burgos listened to me when he had an office on Carlos Calvo Street in Buenos Aires. Those who listened to me could make sure that the witnesses were in the United States, and it was Captain C. S. Chiles and his co-pilot J.B. Witted, who flew a DC-3 over Alabama on July 23, 1948 - a date that coincides exactly with my observation. They had an experience related to the ship, which must have been the same that I had the honor to see. 

For more information, see Asdrubal Acosta's report.

 Before this experience, I firmly believed that there must be intelligent life on other planets... or were millions of stars just there to decorate our night sky? After what I experienced that night, I had no doubt that the ship was not from our world, and its crews were beings who had developed technology much more advanced than our own. 

Behind me were these little planes, and in front of me was this fast and wonderful alien vessel."

Original news

Argentina: A Cigar-Shaped UFO in 1948 – a Corroboration of the Chiles-Whitted Case?

Letter from Roberto A. Consentino appearing in Crónica del Fenómeno OVNI (1990s)

 “Today I have decided to tell about what I saw nearly 52 years ago. But first a little background so that you may know where I was when it occurred. I did my military service at the Tandil air force base in the Province of Buenos Aires in 1948. The base was still under construction and the runway was yet to be paved. The government had purchased 100 Gloster Meteor fighters from England, used at the end of World War Two to intercept V-1 and V-2 rockets the Germans were firing against England. It was unlikely that these planes would ever be used here, but our government wanted to show them off in the annual 9th of July parade in Buenos Aires. Thus, some 20 airplanes were sent to Ezeiza Airport, which was also under construction, but had a 3000-meter long runway, with the purpose of performing formation flight exercises, as the only experience the pilots had had was in England, where they were trained in their use, and it should be noted that they were congratulated for their skill and daring. Among others, I remember Captain Soto, Lt. Martínez Zuviría and Ensign Giménez.

“But back to me. Once the 3 month training program was completed, I was sent to the recruitment and discharge office, but in the month of May, tasks pursuant to the recruitment of conscripts had drawn to a close. Preparations were being made at the time for transferring troops and equipment to Ezeiza and I managed to get them to send me. I was living in Temperley at the time, only a few minutes distant. In early June, we were transferred to the airport where the training took place, and I served as an assistant mechanic with another six or seven recruits.

 “Once the 9th of July parade was over, the assistants were given a few days leave and when we returned around July 20, we were made to stand guard, as the conscripts detailed to that assignment were going off on their leave.

 “It was during one of those nights on sentry duty, standing next to those airplanes with my back to them, at around one o’clock in the morning and looking north, I saw a very bright white light that became longer as it grew closer, as it was a “flying cigar” – the name given to them later on. I passed quite close to me; I figure some 500 meters distant and 30 degrees over the horizon. It was a clear night and I was able to see its outline clearly. It was truly a flying cigar. The illuminated part was approximately 1/4th of its height and 3/4th of its length. It appeared as a single luminous band, whose intensity did not allow for a view of its several possible segments. It was some 50 meters long and some 10 meters tall, which I calculated by comparing it to aircraft at a similar estimated distance. The sighting lasted some 30 seconds, during which it covered about 15 to 20 kilometers. Its speed, therefore, would have been some 2000 kmh, twice the speed achieved by the aircraft I was guarding at the time with a 1914 Mauser rifle.

 “The craft made no noise whatsoever, nor did it leave a wake. I was at the right place for making comparisons between our planet’s aircraft and those visiting us. The fastest passenger plane at the time was the COMET 4, which attained a speed similar to the Gloster Meteor, and both made a hellish racket with their turbines. I spoke of this experience only with relatives and friends. I did not alert the guard because at that time I would have been punished for lying, even if they knew I wasn’t.

“Some 15 years ago I attended a theater in the city of Junín where Fabio Zerpa was lecturing about UFOs. I sat in the front row and then stood beside him when I considered the time to be right. I wanted to tell him about by experience, but he gestured me to sit down and went on with his show.

“In another instance, when Antonio Las Heras was giving a lecture at an ATC office, I wanted to tell my story to a lady who works with him. She asked me if I had any corroborating witnesses. When I said that I didn’t, that I was alone, she replied: “Then it’s no good.”

 “Luis Burgos did hear me out when he had his office on Carlos Calvo street in Buenos Aires. Those who didn’t listen to me could ascertain that the witnesses were in the United States, and were Captain C.S. Chiles and his co-pilot J.B. Whitted, who were flying a DC-3 over Alabama on July 23 1948 – a date that coincides exactly with my sighting. They had an experience involving a craft that must have been the same I had the privilege to see. For further details, please see the report by Asdrubal Acosta on page 10 of No. 25 of this supplement.

 “Before this experience I firmly believed there must be intelligent life on other planets…or were the millions of stars just there to adorn our night skies? After my experience that night, I had no doubt that the craft was not of our world and was crewed by beings that had developed a technology much more advanced than our own. Behind me sat those little airplanes, and before me was that swift and marvelous extraterrestrial craft.”

 [Translation © 2021 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, FAO / ICOU]

 

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