Italy: revelations on UFO appearances
"It went at the speed of a jet plane, at approximately
500 knots (926 km/h), when I saw it, it was just behind
a helicopter taking part in a night exercise."
This testimony of an air controller of the military Base of Elmas,
close to Cagliari in Sardinia, is contained in a thick report kept
secret during more than two years by the Italian Ministry
of Defense, and communicated Sunday to the press agency "ANSA".
The appearance of this UFO, on October 21, 1977, at the time of a
military exercise, prompted the exchanges of messages between
the Base of Elmas, the NATO Base of Décimomannu, the American aircraft
carrier "Saratoga" and several military aircraft in flight.
The UFO, that several pilots also saw, flew at approximately 1,500
feet (500 m.) and remained visible during four minutes.
In the night from the 3rd to the 4th of August, 1977, three employees
of the control tower of the airport of Naples-Capodichino saw two UFOs of
circular form, emitting a very sharp white light.
In Pisa, finally, an air controller, informed by a colleague of the
airport of Sarzana, saw in the night from the 23rd to the 24th of November 1977
an object in the shape of a star changing color very quickly, passing from
the red to purple then to the green and the yellow [This one probabyl
was a star].