Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Captain Lawrence Coyne UFO Helicopter case 1973

One from the history files for you - again bringing up the issue of Ufos and aircraft safety - the Coyne UFO Helicopter case 1973:

Article extract on this case from from Mansfield News Journal:

Army Reserve helicopter pilot Capt. Lawrence Coyne is a military commander who doesn't believe in unidentified flying objects (UFOs) or little green spacemen. But after a near miss two weeks ago between his helicopter and a "big, gray, metallic-looking" object in the sky over Mansfield, he doesn't know what to think.

"I had to file an official report in detail to the Army on this thing," he said.

"Coyne is a member of the 316th Medical Detachment stationed at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. He was returning from Columbus at 11:10 p.m., Oct. 18, when the UFO showed up near where the Air National Guard has a squadron of jet fighters based.

He said a check turned up that none of the unit's F-100 Super Saber Jets were in the air when the UFO appeared. Coyne said when he first encountered the UFO, his helicopter was cruising at 2,500 feet. He had the controls set for a 20-degree dive, but the craft climbed to 3,500 feet with no power.

"I had made no attempt to pull up," he said. "There was no noise or turbulence, either."

Coyne said a red light appeared on the eastern horizon, and was first spotted by his crew chief, Sgt. Robert Yanacsek.

"The light was traveling in excess of 600 knots," Coyne said. "It came from the horizon to our aircraft in about 10 seconds. We were on a collision course."

The pilot said he put his helicopter into a dive.

"At 1,700 feet I braced myself for the impact with the other craft," he said. "It was coming from our right side. I was scared. There had been so little time to respond. The thing was terrifically fast."

There was no crash.

"We looked up and saw it stopped right over us," Coyne said. "It had a big, gray metallic-looking hull about 60 feet long." "It was shaped like an airfoil or a streamlined fat cigar. There was a red light on the front. The leading edge glowed red a short distance back from the nose. There was a center dome. A green light at the rear reflected on the hull."

Coyne said the green light swiveled like a spotlight and beamed through the canopy of his craft, bathing the cabin in green light. He said as he and members of the crew stared at the craft his helicopter began to climb without his guidance.

"I had made no attempt to pull up," he said. "All controls were set for a 20-degree dive. Yet we had climbed from 1,700 to 3,500 feet with no power in a couple of seconds with no g-forces or other noticeable strains."

Coyne said the UFO finally moved off to the west and was gone.

Source Nov. 4, 1973, edition of the Mansfield News Journal. Rate this posting:


Nick DK said...

Now THERE is a story u dont hear every day :)

Ty for posting.

Anonymous said...

i was doing something in the kitchen when i heard this on my radio, i thought it was a joke, so i said to my kids hey let's go invite them for coffee so we went out on our padio and started jumping and yelling hey come on down when all of a sudden this thing started coming over our house i thought it looked like a christmas tree with all kinds of lights but then i didn't stay long either i started yelling at my kids to get in the house and i was right behind them my kids ran in their bedroom but i went under the table so i could watch out my slideing doors as it went, it was still going slowly straight back into the woods then over the railroad tracks then with the speed of light it went straight up, i coulden't beleive.now im not sure that was the same ship as the captain's but i think it was i lived in burbank ohio and it and it was close to where he was and i do know one thing,like him i did't beleive but now i do my kids remember nothing and that ship had no sound at all if i ever see anything again i,ll go the other way i have told this story for years and i don't think any one beleived it and i never heard this story on the history chanel when they talk about ufo's but when i saw that article today about a ufo in china i thought let me see if i can pull it up im lucky to do e mails but i found it how do you like that but that is not an invitation to come for coffee et

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