About 40 years ago, Phil Tyndale believes that he witnessed what can only be described as an aerial battle between two UFOs, which ended in one collision with the ground.
It was at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 1980, and he was at home in the southern Australian city of Oldgate when his twin brother, Rob, shouted from his bedroom: "Phil, go and check it."
From their window, looking down the valley towards Stirling, about 20 minutes southeast of Adelaide, 10-year-old children saw a bright yellow object, "swinging" just above the line of trees, about 1 km.
After a few minutes, Phil says that a second, slightly larger object has appeared that emits red light. In what he describes as an almost caricatured movement, it “approached” a yellow object, stopped and turned back, and then repeated it “as if to provoke a reaction”.
Then the yellow object “flew” with the red object in pursuit. They zigzagged across the sky like two “flies”, instantly changing direction without visible inertia and covering distances that, he later estimated, were up to half a kilometer in less than a second.
During the “chase,” which Phil says it lasted several minutes, the yellow object stopped periodically in flight and shook back and forth “as if caught by some invisible force” before freeing itself.
None of the objects made noise. In the end, the yellow object accelerated and disappeared behind the hill, and the red object also disappeared. In total, he believes that the entire observation lasted about 15 minutes.
Rob Tyndale confirmed his brother’s opinion.
“Of course, there were two lights, one appeared after the other, both of them fell over the horizon,” he said.
“It was a very memorable thing.”
That same night, a local farmer, 21-year-old Daryl Brown, said he saw a “yellow thing in the shape of a speedboat,” similar to a “crescent moon” crashing into the trees near the horse farm where he worked – in the place where the brothers the last time they saw the object.
According to newspaper reports, Mr. Brown told the police that he was watching television that night when his dogs began to howl. “And then I heard the trees breaking,” he said.
“I locked the children inside and went out into the street with a torch.”
Mr. Brown aimed the flashlight at the trees and saw an object that was “about 25-30 feet long” and did not emit either sound or light. He called the police, but by the time they arrived the object had disappeared.
At that time, the police only told the media that there were inexplicable broken branches and no other material evidence. The next day, Mr. Brown was interviewed by UFO Research South Australia investigators who published a report in the UFO Research Australia newsletter this month.
For Phil, 49, a strange observation was nothing more than a “campfire story” for the next 30 years or so. Only in 2009 did he decide to continue the investigation, visiting the crash site again and delving into the subject of UFOs.
He believes that their observation is unique, saying that he could not find almost any other reports of a “conflict” between UFOs. He says that he is “100 percent” convinced that what he saw was an alien, not a military plane.
“Over the years, I read a lot, and also engaged in personal investigation, talking with people one on one. There are many people who simply don’t report it, don’t talk about it, ”he said.
“Not everyone has fantastically convincing observations, often these are just lights in the sky, but there are a significant number of observations where there is an object that is so far beyond our capabilities that it must be an alien.”
Rob said that he was probably a little more “conservative” than his brother regarding certain aspects of the UFO theme, but if he had to guess what they saw that night, “I would lean toward the extraterrestrial side.”
“Of course, in the 80s and even today, the fact that the objects made these quick, sharp movements could not happen with the technology that we got,” he said, adding that this did not particularly affect him. "It was not like a close collision, it was just to see some lights in the sky – how to observe a meteorite."
Over the past two years, interest in the subject of UFOs has revived New York Times published a notable article on the existence of a UFO curriculum at the Pentagon. In the same article, a former high-ranking fighter pilot of the US Navy spoke about the pursuit of UFOs in the form of “tic-tac-toe”.
Phil said that the description of Commander David Favor of the movement of the object resembled what he saw. “Instant acceleration, nothing can do it if you cannot handle the force of gravity without using conventional propulsors,” he said.
He says that he “considered everything” from the point of view of other possible explanations for what he saw, but “ship movements” were simply impossible using “any ordinary movement”.
“There must be a million people like me,” who have seen things but are not reporting them, he adds. At least in South Australia, Phil is not alone. UFO sightings have been recorded in the state since the beginning of the 20th century, but flared up during the Cold War.
The most famous incident occurred in 1988 with the Knowles family, who said they were driving through the remote plain of Nullarbor when a large, luminous object “like a big ball” chased them and lifted their car from the ground.
Paul Kurnov of the Astronomical Society of South Australia said it was still common in South Australia to receive from a few tens to hundreds of UFO reports per year.
“Probably for every 10 cases you get, nine can be explained in mundane terms,” Mr. Kurnov said last year. “Quite often, people report that a small silver dot in the sky (and that) turned out to be an airplane. “Many of these things, such as airplanes, satellites, planets, sometimes even spotlights, can add to what people are reporting.”