“V-Shaped” UFOs.

Despite public opinion, many UFOs are not of the stereotypical “disk-shaped” configuration. A large proportion are triangular or “V-shaped”. Triangular UFOs are covered in detail on this site – see: “Black Triangles”.

“V-shaped” UFOs include “boomerangs” and “chevron-shaped” craft.

Here are some significant incidents involving “V-shaped” UFOs.

The Lubbock Lights.

At about 9-00p.m.  on 25th August 1951, a guard at the secret Sandia Base and two other witnesses (including his wife) observed a V-shaped craft in the skies over Albuquerque. There was no sound or noise emanating from the object and eight “soft-blue” lights were to be seen along the rear edge of the flying wing.

The guard and fellow witnesses estimated the speed of the craft to be 400m.p.h. and it’s height to be around 1,000ft.

About twenty minutes later, four Technical College professors watched a formation of twenty-thirty lights flying north to south over Lubbock, Texas, at great speed. The lights formed a semi-circular or “boomerang” configuration.

Approximately two hours later the professors observed two more similar formations flying north to south and at a high speed. The lights were yellowish-white in colour and had a soft glow. The monitors of a nearby U.S.A.F. radar station registered the unknown objects for six minutes, their speed being 900m.p.h. and their height 13,000ft. The “blips” on the radar screens were regarded so seriously that an F-86 Sabre was scrambled but was unable to locate or make contact with the UFOs.

On 31st August, college freshman Carl Hart [ left ] contacted the “Lubbock Evening Avalanche” and claimed that he had taken five photographs of V-shaped light formations the previous night.

In September and October 1951, the four professors who had witnessed the light formations in August, carried out sky watching exercises and observed twelve more light formations travelling in a north-south direction.

U.S.A.F. investigators located a rancher, some thirty miles south of Lubbock, who had also witnessed the formations on the 25th August. The rancher claimed that he recognised them as flights of plovers, their white breast reflecting the city lights. It has also been suggested that an experimental bomber – the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing – was responsible for the sightings and radar returns.

The Northrop Flying Wing - an immense and unusual aircraft, but was it the cause of some UFO sightings?

The "Flying Wing" in flight - was it mistaken for a UFO?     Click video icon to view

However, these explanations are regarded as being only remotely possible, taking into account speed/height/radar returns of the unknown objects.

One of five photographs taken by student Carl Hart in Texas, August 1952.

   The Hudson Valley Sightings.

What has come to be known as “The Hudson Valley Sightings” actually comprises of a number of incidents which took place from 31ST December 1982 and 10th July 1986. These truly remarkable sightings have never been explained and even “arch-debunker” Philip J. Klass admitted to being baffled by the whole series of incidents.

Beginning in Putnam County, New York, the series of sightings eventually involved approximately 5,000 witnesses and covered the geographic area from Peeskill and Ossining, New York, in the west to New Haven, Connecticut in the east and from Brookfield, Connecticut in the north to Westport in the south.

Many of the objects observed were described as V-shaped or “boomerang-shaped” but later triangular craft were also witnessed.

A very large majority of witnesses claimed that the objects were truly colossal, at least 300ft. in size and, in general, most of them were travelling much slower than a plane. On the whole the UFOs were described as being silent, although a hum was sometimes heard.

All of the sightings were experienced at night and observers remarked that the objects showed between five and 5 lights of a number of colours, sometimes the lights changed colour and turned off and on. On occasions these lights were bright enough to illuminate the ground below the craft.

Typical sightings included:

On 17th March 1983, at 8:40 PM - a housewife witnessed a large boomerang-shaped object over the nearby interstate highway. The object had a number of lights with a brighter central light. Before departing it shone a light on her neighbour’s house. Many other people witnessed the object.

On 28th October 1983, at 2:15AM - A biomedical engineer observed a boomerang -shaped craft with 9 red lights. The craft was inspecting a reservoir with a red light before departing slowly and silently.

On 14th June 1984 An object resembling an arc of lights with a distant trailing light was observed hovering over the Indian Head nuclear power plant by security staff who reported that security systems failed. The object was estimated to be between 300 and 900 feet in size and local residents confirmed the observations.

 The Hudson Valley Sightings came in clusters at certain times and those between March 1983 and July 1984 were the most significant – the incident which attracted the most attention and was widely reported occurred on 12th July. In this event the UFO actually passed over five counties. On 24th July, a UFO actually hovered over the Indian Point nuclear reactor for quite a while.

Various reasons have been considered in order to explain the Hudson Valley Sightings, including that they were all “unadmitted” night refuelling exercises conducted by the U.S.A.F. and involving several tankers and a number of fighter aircraft at very high altitude. However, it has to be admitted that none of the explanations can be regarded as valid.

Drawing of UFO made by security guard at The Indian Point nuclear reactor.

The Incident at Williamsport.

On 5th February 1992, dozens of witnesses observed a gigantic craft, some described it as being boomerang-shaped whilst others thought it was triangular.

This sighting does resemble many of the sightings made during the Hudson Valley series of incidents.

This incident is covered in “Black Triangles” on this site.

 Boomerang-shaped Craft observed in Florida.

On 5th May, 1993, The ST. PETERSBURG TIMES (Florida) reported:

Some say the strange, boomerang-shaped object seen recently in the Suncoast sky could have been an extraterrestrial spacecraft. Something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, perhaps. Others think more down-to-earth (or close to it) explanations are more likely.

Last month, a Hernando County sheriff's deputy and six other witnesses reported seeing the mysterious object over coastal Bayport and Pine Island. After the Times published articles about the sightings, more than a dozen people from Pinellas Park to Hudson called to say they saw something similar. They usually described seeing an impossibly large and silent object, shaped like an Australian aboriginal weapon. A Stealth fighter, maybe? Swamp gas? Aerobatic planes flying in formation?

Linda Lawrence of Clearwater reported the most recent sighting April 27. About 8:30 p.m., she said, she stood in the driveway with her husband, Randy. She glimpsed a V-shaped object with bluish-white lights in the sky.

          "It was moving pretty steady, kind of streaking through the sky," she said. "It was gone in a minute or two. I didn't know what it was. It didn't look like a plane or a helicopter. I didn't immediately think UFO. Tell people you saw a UFO and they think you're crazy."

The Phoenix Lights

During the evening of on March 13th 1997 a series of incidents took place in the skies of Arizona and Nevada, predominantly in the Phoenix area. Both “chevron-shaped” and triangular UFOs were witnessed by many people.

This major event is covered in some detail on this site – see “The Phoenix Lights”.

BAY OF BENGAL – May 19th 2003, at 9-45p.m. whilst lying flat on the beach, a management graduate and an engineer observed a strange object, the exact shape of a ’Boomerang’ just flying its way towards the land (west) from the Bay of Bengal side (east). They were absolutely sure that the object they saw was a UFO. The object was flying at a great height they could discern it’s shape as it passed near clouds. The huge Boomerang like object had no lights and was flying smoothly and quickly, it circled twice and then disappeared.  

Boomerang-shaped craft, photographed over Renton(Washington) in 1996.

V-shaped UFO seen during the Phoenix Lights incidents.

Graphical depiction of the truly massive "chevron-shaped" craft seen by many during the Phoenix Lights Incidents.

Photo of chevron-shaped craft observed over Pasadena in October 1995.
Does it compare with the Phoenix Lights graphic?

An eye-witness sketch of chevron-shaped UFO seen during the Phoenix Lights Incidents.

Update November 8th 2003

MASSACHUSETTS, GRAFTON – The observers report:

                "We were watching the lunar eclipse (With binoculars) when we observed a chevron-shaped formation travelling from east to west at a high rate of speed. The formation itself covered ten degrees of arc and traversed the entire sky in about thirty seconds. With the naked eye, the formation looked like ducks flying south with lights, but with binoculars it was possible to discern at least 20 to 25 separate points of light in a solid boomerang shape. There was absolutely no sound.


On Saturday, November 8, 2003, at 8:15 p.m., eyewitness J.B. was outdoors in Brookline, Massachusetts , a suburb 5 miles southwest of Boston,.

JB remarked:

"When a strange object approached from the northwest. On the night of the recent lunar eclipse, a boomerang shape of about 30 small white lights moved silently across the sky, at its closest to me, it was about the width of my fist at arm's length. I couldn't see any object, just the lights.  It was far lower than the usual planes and much slower.  It moved steadily until it disappeared behind some houses. The lights were white; nothing else was visible. Its height was perhaps 1,200 feet high. It departed to the southeast”.

New York, November 8th

 NEW YORK CITY – The eyewitnesses were standing on top of a building on 30th and 7th Avenue watching the Lunar Eclipse on November 8, 2003, at 8 PM, when they saw a triangle shaped object flying across the sky at a fast pace." We all saw it, and agreed it had a triangle shape, but with an extra bump adjacent on the triangle shape. At first it looked like a piece of toilet paper flying through the sky,
but this was a fixed shape. Then we thought it was a glider, but the shape was wrong and it was too high and much too big to be a glider. It definitely wasn't a plane, there were no sounds coming from it. It took about one minute to streak across the sky.

MANHATTAN - Over the course of an hour or so around 8 PM, on November 8, 2003, the witness saw what at first looked like a group of birds flying in a V formation with lights. They were very high up and flying south shifting and changing in strange patterns. After a few seconds it became clear that they were not birds, since they too high and moving too quickly. They looked almost like long strands of toilet paper, really high up, that would separate and then reconnect.
We saw several of these formations fly across the sky, all north to south against the wind. Some were illuminated, although it's hard to tell if they were producing light or reflecting the light from the city below. There were no flashing lights.

NEW YORK CITY (JAMAICA AREA) -- on the night of the Eclipse the witness saw a boomerang shaped object hovering over the park in Jamaica, Queens. Twenty minutes later I saw jet fighters circling the city.

OZONE PARK -- On November 8, between 8:30 to 8:45 PM a family was outside looking at the Lunar Eclipse when they saw a sliver or dark grey boomerang with no lights that was drifting out of a hue of clouds. It appeared like a hand glider but its shape was like the formation of wild geese. It was a giant silver or dark grey boomerang and blended into the sky. It was big and I pointed it out to my 17-year-old sister and my 58-year-old mother. All types of aircraft fly right over our house. The object appeared to be at an altitude of 9-10,000 feet. There were no lights, no sound...just a steady drifting object moving south and then turning widely east. Five minutes later, when again for a second time, we saw the same object moving from the east. A close friend, also, was amazed to see this strange and weird object. Four minutes later you could hear and see a fighter jet with
lights flashing flying at great speeds at a higher altitude, also moving west to east.

Update: COLORADO SPRINGS - November 8th, 2003


During the evening, a couple was watching the lunar eclipse when it was nearly complete with just a sliver left of regular lunar reflection, around 6:40 PM. The wife is a former teacher and the husband is a business owner stated:

 "We both saw the boomerang shaped object in the lower right-hand quadrant of the moon that was moving in a slight arch downward and out of the moon's light. It took at least a minute to traverse this space. The boomerang was one-sixths the moon's diameter. It could have been anywhere in our upper atmosphere or in the space between the moon and ourselves as we viewed. The outline of the dark object was fuzzier rather than starkly defined. After at least a full minute of viewing as the object moved extremely slowly, it disappeared into the surrounding blackness of the night sky. Our atmospheric conditions on that night were absolutely crystal clear and we are located at above 7,000 ft. altitude. The lines were diffuse around the edges of the object and the shape of the object so consistently formed we doubt an owl could have produced such an image. Could it have been a plane? No, unless our government is working on a new class of secret boomeranged shaped craft."

Update: Niles, Ohio, November 14th 2003


NILES – A family of four adults and two children saw soft blue objects flying in formation that looked like fuzzy clouds that manoeuvred and then hovered and frequently crisscrossed each other as well as taking separate flight patterns of their own on November 14, 2003, at 5:30 PM. The witness stated:

“They began to follow me and my dog as we walked up the trail to my house. They hovered over my house until I came out with my other dog and my father and they continued following us down to the yard. They appeared to be looking or searching in a particular area, not straying far from the field. Currently, I am viewing airplanes going towards and near the area of this phenomenon, and the objects do not go away. They are still hovering as I am typing this which has been now over an hour”.

Update: Maryland, December 1st, 2003


Chevron Sighting in Baltimore - The observer was walking back to his car at 9:40 PM, on the uppermost roof level of a parking deck, adjacent to Baltimore's City Hall. The observer works in a model shop in downtown Baltimore, and saw a series of very dim lights in a chevron formation moving quickly to the south. The arrow shaped arrangement of lights meant there were possibly 5 or 6 lights on each "wing.

The observer remarked:

            “These lights were very dim, and I could barely see them. However, they did continue to move in an erratic pattern to the south until I could not see them anymore.
The object made no sound, and the lights stayed relative to their original position on the craft. If it was not some type of spacecraft, I think it could have possibly been a kite, or possibly a flock of birds. Barring an optical illusion on my part, it could not have been much else”.

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