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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.

OCTOBER 1959, EL COBRE, CADIZ, SPAIN, ANTONIO MANZANO VIDA:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Disputed Spanish ufologist Benitez reported that whereas he went to a restaurant some day, he felt mysteriously pushed to talk UFOs with a guest called Antonio Manzano Vida, introduced as a highly skilled retired pilot, medal-holder of the Second World War, who had a close encounter of the third kind "in October."

The man reportedly told that as he went to place close to Algeciras, "El Cobre", at 3 o'clock in the morning, under a clear and starry night, climbing the hill "of Rejanosa", in direction of "Alamillos", to find a place to settle to shoot rabbits, he observed when he arrived at the top of this hill, in a gully a few meters away, a light that oscillated gently very close to the ground.

He was paralyzed, not knowing very well what happened to him, but completely immobilized and unable to take a step, though still able to see and listen.

The light was a round object of a diameter of some 8 meters, of a very intense light that looked like heated copper to him, and changed from the red to a purplished blue.

Very close to the object was a very tall being, of some two meters, in an outfit like glass or plastic, its back turned at him. The being appeared to observe something of his craft, and did not seem to turn towards Antonio Manzano Vida.

In a few seconds, the being moved towards the object and appeared to get in by its lower side, whereas the witness was still paralyzed, with a lantern in the hand. Then in three or four minutes, the craft slowly started to go up while oscillating, illuminating the sector of a reddish light, without making any noise, "only, perhaps, a very light buzz." After having remained motionless during a few seconds at 8 or 10 meters above the ground, the craft then fled at a 45 degrees angle, and was lost from sight in the North in five second, while it changed its color of red to a bluish white.

The witness could move again during these five seconds, and told that his watch had stopped on the 3 and that he never could make it function again.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000574
Date of event: October 1959?
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: Years, decades?
Witness reported via: Told UFO book author J.J. Benitez in restaurant.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: UFO book author J.J. Benitez.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: UFO book author J.J. Benitez.
This file created on: March 24, 2008
This file last updated on: March 24, 2008
Country of event: Spain
State/Department: Cadiz
Type of location: Gully from hill.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man, former skilled pilot.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: 2.0 meters
Entities outfit type: Glass or plastic outfit.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not seen.
Entities mouth: Not seen.
Entities nose: Not seen.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was near UFO, went in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, was paralyzed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors. Lack of credibility.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. jb1:] J.J. BENITEZ:

A pilot paralyzed by a UFO

I will never get tired of repeating this. People who do not have the minimum of information on the UFO subject consider that all the witnesses of landing or not of this ships are always of a low professional or cultural qualification. When one manages to get a minimum of documentation on this transcendental affair, things change.

By J.J. BenÝtez

A few months ago - and in this concern of bringing data and documentation - our magazine offered to you in his authenticity, the first official evidence of the Spanish Air Forces. These 12 UFO cases - undersigned by the Government - fully show what we say here. Because in these official documents on the presence of these craft on our country, the witnesses were, nothing mor and nothing less than civilian and military pilots, military radar operators, seamen of the Navy and Army personal. And in this objective to also bring to the reader witnesses of thorough technical and cultural education, I thus report the case of a Spanish pilot. A case that cane to my knowledge doing my research and "hunt" of the UFOs by the grounds of Sevilla.

The truth is that I really net Don Antonio Manzano Vida under "weird" conditions. In the suffocating heat of the Andalusian summer, I was forced to stop in a bar of Sanl˙car la Grande, wishing to eat something. This restaurant was full. And I already prepared myself to leave the place when, at the back of the room, I noticed a table where I distinguished a plate with a recently served meal.

I imagined that the table was already occupied. But "something" prompted me to approach. And I sat down vis-a-vis the aforementioned table. In a few seconds, a man of some 54 years appeared in front of me, who seemed to understand my situation and invited me at his table with a smile, and also an appealing bottle of wine.

After the first minutes of violent silence, the conversation appeared spontaneous and natural. I do not know precisely how it happened, but in a few minutes I had already asked this perfect unknown what his opinion was on UFOs. I will never forget his expression. his hand stopped its spoon half-way between the plate and his mouth and he observed me in silence, with a serious glance.

"A very serious business"

"- UFOs", he answered, "are a very serious business..."

"What do you know about that?", he asked in his turn.

I explained my position to him. Finally, Antonio Manzano asked me to listen very carefully.

"Listen", he told me, "I am a pilot. And I am going to tell you what happened to me at dawn, already a few years ago..."

I did not believe my ears.

"-... I remember that it was in October", the pilot continued. "I went to hunt at a place close to Algeciras which is called "El Cobre". It was three o'clock in the morning when I started to climb the hill of "Rejanosa", in direction of "Alamillos". My intention was to find a place to settle and shoot rabbits. The night was clear and starry. While arriving in top of this hill I observed in the ravine, at a few meters, a light which swung gently at a very little height above the ground. I was paralyzed. I did not know well what happened to me. But I was completely motionless. It was impossible to take even a step. However, I could see and listen... This object was round. It must have had a diameter of about eight meters. And the color of the light, very intense, was like the colour of a copper plate when it is put in the fire. It changed from the red to a purplished blue. It floated on the ground, as I said, and, with the object, there was a very tall being. Of some two meters. He had an outfit like glass or plastic and it turned its back at me."

"- An this being, was he far from the object?"

"No. Very near. It appeared to observe something of this apparatus. I believe that he didn't turn towards me. In a few seconds, this being moved towards the object and appeared to enter there by its underside. I was still paralyzed, with a lantern in the hand."

"- And what happened?"

"- In three or four minutes, the object slowly started to go up with a leveled movement. While going up, it illuminated the field with a reddish light. And what is impressive is that not even the smallest noise was heard. Only, perhaps, a very gentle buzz. It remained motionless during a few seconds, like to eight or ten meters of the ground. It then flew off at a 45 degrees angle, getting lost in the North in a matter of five seconds. Never, during my 35 years as a pilot, did I see such a tremendous speed! In the these 5 seconds, its light changed from red to bluish-white. A that time I was able to move again. I was still amazed... My clock had stopped on the 3 on the dial. And I could never get it to function again."

Great Iron Cross

This pilot, currently retired, has 18.000 hours of flight. And as I managed to check later on, Antonio Manzano Vida is decorated with the First Class Great Iron Cross, one of highest German decorations, granted for his campaigns as pilot during the battle of Stalingrad. Antonio Manzano Vida also has two medals for Suffering for the Fatherland; he was training civilian pilots in Tablada; he worked in the difficult speciality of agricultural pilot, having mastered - among others - the following planes: "Fiat" (Italian), "Hensceell" [Henschell] (German), "Heikel III" [Heinkel] (German), "Messernith-l10" [Messerschmitt Me110 ] (German), "Savoia-Marchetti-109 " (Italian), "Cappronni" [Caproni] (italian), "Buckers" [Junkers?] (German), "Junkers-52" (German), "T-6" (military trainer) [USA], "Trust-Comander" [Trust Commander] (USA) and "Pipper-Cup" [Piper Cub, USA]. Few people, ultimately, could know like this pilot the various types of planes...

Before we parted, this man repeated me the words he had pronounced some hours before:

- "People do not realize that the UFO affair is important and serious"...

J.J. Benitez Official Website.

[Ref. jc1:] JOSE ANTONIO CARAVACA:

JosÚ Antonio Caravaca indicates that one of the first UFO events at El Cobre goes back to October 16, 1959, when Antonio Manzano, a former military pilot, was hunting in the bordering mountains.

At sunset, he observed an object in the shape of "two soup plates put one onto the other, with a sort of small cupola at the higher part".

He told that "with this apparatus, there was a being I estimate to be more than two meters and who remained motionless, the back at me... What attracted the attention was its outfit. It appeared of glass or platinum... At the end of one or two seconds this being - in human manner - moved towards the object, disappearing under it. What most surprised me is that I was unable to move even a finger. I was paralyzed, with my flashlight in the hand... This situation lasted between three and four minutes. The time it took to the UFO to rise and disappear from my sight."

"It was three o'clock in the morning. I will remember all my life the hour, because the watch, a Longines, never functioned again, it had been stopped on the 3. When I approached the place where this apparatus had been posed, the grass appeared crushed, as if it had been pressed by a horse during hours. And a detail which is not forgotten, I was used to hearing the dogs of the surroundings bark. Well, this time there, there was an impressive silence, one did not hear anything, all was as frozen as I who felt 'paralyzed'".

It is noted that close to the place where the encounter occurred, a water tank was built thereafter.

[Ref. lo1:] "LO OCULTO" WEBSITE:

EL COBRE, ALGECIRAS (CADIZ)

(December 16, 1959)

Antonio Manzano was then a very experienced pilot who was hunting during the dawn of October 16, 1959 in the area of El Cobre, in Algeciras (Cadiz). While arriving on a mountain, he is literally paralyzed and sees under the latter an object in the shape of two soup plates with a higher cupola some 8 meters in diameter which changed from blue to the red. With this circular apparatus one distinguished a 2-meter-tall man who seemed dressed in platinum and in a few seconds disappeared under the ship.

Once inside this apparatus slowly started to rise, balancing on one side to the other and while being motionless a few seconds at some 10 meters of the ground, to move away vertiginously at a 45░ degrees angle.

Mr Manzano, taking again the control of his body, lowered his lamp towards the site where he had seen that the man was and saw that the grass was crushed.

Points to consider:

Whereas the report is of high strangeness, its nature does not exceed that of a second hand story of a single alleged witness, coming from a restaurant conversation, noted by a very disputed author - with reasons - in Spanish ufology Hispanique, with no visible investigation or checking by third parties.

The date in the original report is indicated to be "October", not "October 16, 1959" neither "December 16, 1959." The "October 16, 1959" dating in later source is probably due to a confusion with a different case there at this date. The "December 16, 1959" date is probably only a mistake as the same source indicates "October 16, 1959" as date further on. I have this kept the year as "1959" but so far nothing supports that it is the correct year.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe March 24, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 24, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Disputed ufological source. - -
3 Ufology Severe March 24, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. - -
4 Ufology Severe March 24, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Dating of alleged sighting poses problem. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors. Lack of credibility.

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 March 24, 2008 Creation, [jc1], [lo1], [jb1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 24, 2008 First published.

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