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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

May 1930, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, Mr. and Mrs J. T. Rankin and their daughters Katherine and Mary Rankin:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The HUMCAT catalog by Ted Bloecher and David Webb, in the 1970's, recorded a case apparently coming from ufologist George D. Fawcett, that allegedly occurred in May 1930 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA,

In broad daylight, a top-shaped object, dark and 40 feet wide, landed in a garden area on Pearson Street. The object appeared to be hollow, and inside it, through a "window," Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Rankin and their daughters, Katherine and Mary, were startled to see the head and shoulders of a figure who was wearing a dark tight-fitting outfit and helmet.

The object had the power to move perpendicularly and horizontally. Five or ten minutes later the object ascended straight up quietly and flew away.

The two Rankin daughters revealed their sighting to radio and television personnel in 1975.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001701
Date of event: May 1930
Earliest report of event: 1975?
Delay of report: 4 decades?
Witness reported via: Told on radio and television.
First alleged record by: Ufologist George D. Fawcett.
First certain record by: Ufology book Jerome Clark.
First alleged record type: Ufologst.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: September 15, 2018
This file last updated on: September 15, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: North Carolina
Type of location: On a garden on Pearson street in Greensboro.
Lighting conditions: Daylight.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 4
Witnesses ages: Not reported. 2 adults, 2 young or children.
Witnesses types: A man, his wife, their 2 daughters.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Tight fitting outfit, helmet.
Entities outfit color: Dark.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Only head and shoulders seen.
Entities head: Not reported. In helmet.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not visible.
Entities arms: Not reported. shoulders only seen
Entities fingers: Not visible.
Entities fingers number: Not visible.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was inside UFO, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. jc1:] JEROME CLARK:

Jerome Clark indicates that in Greensboro, North Carolina, May 1930, in broad daylight a top-shaped object, dark and 40 feet wide, landed in a garden. Inside it, through a "window," Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Rankin and their daughters, Katherine and Mary, saw the head and shoulders of a figure who was wearing a tight-fitting outfit and helmet. Five or ten minutes later the object ascended quietly and flew away.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Greensboro, North Carolina, in May 1930, in daytime, "Mr. And Mrs J T Rankin and their daughters Katherine and Miss Mary Rankin watched in broad daylight a top shaped object, dark in color and 40 ft wide, land in their garden area on Pearson Street. The object appeared to be hollow inside, and they were startled to see the head and shoulders of an occupant inside, through a "window," he wore a dark tight fitting garment and a tight-fitting head cover or helmet. They watched for 5-10 minutes, when the object lifted straight up and moved off soundlessly. The object had the power to move perpendicularly and horizontally. The two daughters revealed their "hidden" sighting to radio and television personnel in 1975."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "George D Fawcett".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in May 1930 in daytime in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, "An object was observed. Occupants of the craft were seen. One object was observed by three witnesses at a house (Rankin)."

The sources are indicated as "Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports"; "Eberhart, George M., A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 , ISBN:0-313-21337-2".

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that in May 1930, during the day, in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, there was a close encounter of the third kind.

He indicates that Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Rankin, with their daughters Katherine and Mary, observed in broad daylight an object in the form of a top, black in color, about forty feet wide ie twelve meters; which landed in their garden on Pearson Street. The object seemed hollow inside because the witnesses were in a position to see through a window the head and shoulders of an occupant.

This occupant wore a clingy garment and a kind of helmet. The witnesses could observe this for five to ten minutes, then the object took off vertically and then moved horizontally.

The two sisters had hidden their sighting for many years, only revealing it in 1975.

Jean Sider indicates as source "Rosales, who quotes George D. Fawcett, sap."

He commented that G. D. Fawcett is considered a serious researcher, author of many writings, but that he would have liked to know in which writing this report is. He adds that a UFO landing in a garden is certainly not for "making repairs."

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: May 1930

Location: Greensboro North Carolina

Time: daytime

Summary: Mr. And Mrs J T Rankin and their daughters Katherine and Miss Mary Rankin watched in broad daylight a top shaped object, dark in color and 40 ft wide, land in their garden area on Pearson Street. The object appeared to be hollow inside, and they were startled to see the head and shoulders of an occupant inside, through a “window,” he wore a dark tight fitting garment and a tight-fitting head cover or helmet. They watched for 5-10 minutes, when the object lifted straight up and moved off soundlessly. The object had the power to move perpendicularly and horizontally. The two daughters revealed their “hidden” sighting to radio and television personnel in 1975.

Source: George D Fawcett

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

May 1930. Day.

GREENBORO [sic] (NORTH CAROLINA : USA)

Mr and Mrs J. T Rankin and their daughters Katherine and Margaret (or Mary) saw a dark, top shaped object 12m wide, land in their garden on Pearson Street. The inside of the thing seemed hollow and through a window the family could see the head and shoulders of a figure wearing a dark, tight fitting suit and helmet. 5 to 10 minutes later the object ascended rapidly and disappeared.

Clark 1998 p 211 + Rosales 1930-49 p23 citant HUMCAT citant George Fawcett

Evaluation: Histoire non révélée jusqu'en 1975

Points to consider:

Unfortunately I could not find more information so far, although more information probably exist (See he List of Issues below.)

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 15, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Could not locate the mentionned radio and TV witnesses reports. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 15, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing information such as sizes, speeds, distance, details on UFO and occupants... Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 15, 2018 Creation, [jc1], [ar1], [ud1], [js1], [ta1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 15, 2018 First published.

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