Updated: Oct 13, 2022
Birmingham UFO Group Case Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 12/10/2022
Last Updated: 13/10/2022
On 25th September 2022 I was contacted by a man named Steve Wheeldon who wanted to report a recent UFO he had observed from Marston Green and captured on camera earlier in the month. When we chatted via Facebook Messenger he also discussed two other previous sightings.
As these incidents are independent and un-related to one another they have been written up as separate reports. The first of these is documented in this report. There are links at the bottom which will lead to Steve’s other sightings.
At secondary school Steve stayed on an extra couple of years than normal due to an art course he was taking. In late July 1975, at the age of 18, he attended a school trip to Majorca. He and the other students stayed at a hotel on the seafront of Santa Ponsa on the South West of the island. Unfortunately Steve is unable to recall the name of the specific hotel.
Steve shared his room on the third floor with two other school friends. The room had a balcony which overlooked the sea to the South. It was late evening, at least 9.30pm, and the sunlight was fading in the sky, although there were no stars yet visible. It was a pleasant and clear evening after an extremely hot day.
Steve noticed an orange orb of light in the distance off to the right at an elevation of about 30 degrees. The light was completely stationary and he didn’t think much of it at first. However he did point it out to his friends, thinking it might be a bright planet, despite the fact that no stars were visible yet.
Suddenly the object instantly accelerated and shot down and to the left, before instantly halting again! It only remained still for a split-second before moving again, this time continuing to the East but also ascending, but not as high as its initial position had been. Once more it very briefly halted and then moved a third time, left and downwards. After several seconds it then vanished without trace!
Steve was stunned by what he had just witnessed. He was immediately certain that it was something highly unusual, due to the speed that it had moved at combined with the obviously controlled manoeuvres. It was clearly far away from their location, so had moved a number of miles in mere seconds!
He turned to his friends and exclaimed “We’ve just seen a UFO!” Simultaneously they both dismissed the incident, both claiming to have not seen it. This angered Steve a little as he knew that they too had been looking at the light after he had initially pointed it out to them. He felt that they were in denial because of how hard it was to explain. However he decided not to contest their statements as he did not want to cause an argument.
This was clearly a distant yet very impressive sighting. There is nothing mundane which could adequately explain what Steve and his friends witnessed that evening. As it was observed by all three witnesses for a period of time before moving it was clearly present in the sky and not just a light reflection. If it had just been a sighting of an amber coloured orb which did not move, or moved on a relatively straight course, then there would of course have been multiple possible explanations including a distant aircraft, sky lantern or meteorite.
However the extreme manoeuvres observed mean these explanations can be dismissed. No normal aircraft could have moved in such a manner at such a speed, and this sighting took place decades before drones were commercially available. The fact that the object also suddenly vanished from sight in a clear sky is another fascinating aspect.
I have investigated many incidents where manoeuvres such as these have been witnessed, and I feel that this certainly points towards the sighting being of an advanced craft under intelligent control. It is possible that there were other witnesses from other positions along the sea front who are yet to come forward.
Steve has had two other more recent sightings, both of which occurred in 2022. Click here to go to the report covering the earlier of these two sightings, and here to go to the most recent sighting which includes photograph and video evidence.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2022