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1978/79 - Abridge, Essex - Flying Triangle Sighting

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Originally forwarded by Richard Hall

Release Date: 28/02/2011

Flying Triangles are one of the more commonly reported UFO types. This case is one of many that show that black triangular shaped UFOs have been seen over the UK for many years.

For reasons of anonymity pseudonyms have been used

Sighting Details

It was early evening on a day in 1978 or 1979. James and his cousin Martin were on their way home to Abridge in Essex in Martin’s car. It was a dry evening with a clear sky. Suddenly to the West of them about 400 yards away they spotted an unusual object in the sky. It looked like a large black triangular shaped craft. It appeared to be at least 100 feet across. There was no visible lighting anywhere on it. It was about 500 feet in altitude. The object was moving very slowly on a straight course. James estimates it was moving about 10-20 mph.

Martin pulled over to the side of the road and stopped the car. They both watched the object in amazement for several minutes. As he watched James thought to himself “Where’s the noise and why doesn’t it fall out of the sky going that slow?” He was extremely puzzled by the experience.

James told his cousin that if they told anyone about the incident they would be laughed out of every pub they went to. Martin agreed and they decided that they would keep what they saw to themselves. It is a shame that the public can be so un-accepting of this subject – I have no doubt there are many impressive sightings that are never known about because of the ridicule factor. In 2009 James asked Martin if he remembered what had happened and Martin informed him that he still remembered the sighting clearly.

Unfortunately so far James has not got back to me with further information so I have no further details, or have any idea of how the sighting ended.

Sighting Analysis

From the information provided by James, I feel that this was probably a genuine sighting of a Flying Triangle craft. It seems too large to have been an inflatable, kite or radio controlled model of some kind. It was moving too slowly to have been misidentification of a military aircraft such as the stealth bomber, and we must take into account that the object was completely silent. Its appearance, movement and lack of sound all fit with it being a Flying Triangle. In many FT sightings the craft are seen to have corner lights and a large central red or white light underneath. However I have looked into a number of cases where no lighting was seen. Perhaps the craft had lights but they were switched off for whatever reason.

Considering the fact it was not dark, there may well have been other witnesses. James has not informed me how busy the road they were on was at the time. I hope to receive further information on this sighting soon.

Copyright Dave Hodrien 2011



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