March 29, 1977
Location: Morgan Run, Pennsylvania, United States
Woods, 45, of Morgan Run, PA, said he saw a craft hovering
over a field near his mobile home. Woods suffered from
headaches and blurred vision after the sighting. Much
excitement was stirred by his UFO encounter, since he
was able to get so close to the craft before it veered
up and out of sight. The object was described as 170-200
feet in length.
This is one of three sketches made by Burton Woods of
Morgan Run of the UFO he reported
seeing near his home lost week. He was requested to make
the drawings for the
Pennsylvania Center for UFO Research. (credit: Clearfield
Burton Woods sketched this additional view of a UFO he
saw at close range hovering low
over a field near his Morgan Run home. This drawing shows
position of craft and his
position (note x) when he made two photographs. Neither
picture turned out. (credit:
The Clearfield Progress (Clearfield, PA), Apr. 4, 1977
of UFO Blank; Investigation Continues"
RUN - Hopes for photos of an unidentified flying object
taken in Clearfield County last week failed to turn out,
the Pennsylvania Center for UFO Research reported over
Cowell, co-director of the Pittsburgh based group, said
the blank negatives were a disappointment to UFO study
centers across the country.
and Dennis Duez, a field investigator, visited the area
Sunday where Burton Woods, 45, said he saw the craft hovering
over a field near his mobile home.
took two color photographs with a Kodak Instamatic camera
without a flash shortly after midnight, last Tuesday.
said experts were only slightly optimistic, however, that
the moonlight and a green glow Woods said he saw coming
from the bottom of the craft would be sufficient to create
an image on the film.
said thought was given to increasing the development time,
but the idea was rejected at the last minute for fear
of jeopardizing the quality of any image that might appear.
the negatives shown even a thin image, we would have kicked
ourselves for not pushing it, but there was nothing,"
added that failure of the pictures to turn out in no way
discredits Woods' story of what he saw.
continuing headaches and blurred vision are typical of
other people who say they have been exposed to UFOs, he
excitement stirred by the Woods' report was triggered
mainly by the fact that he was able to get so close to
the craft before it veered up and out of sight.
and Duez scanned the field over which Woods said the object
hovered for additional clues, but found nothing.
also began investigating reports by other residents of
the area who said they saw a similar looking object in
the sky later in the week, including at least one daylight
said the research teams work negatively toward their goal
by initially trying to discredit reports. However, he
said the Woods' sighting appears to be valid.
of the information gained through interviews and field
work, as well as sketches of the craft made by Woods,
will be computer analyzed for further study, according