Location: Boulder Mountain, Montana, United States
an isolated location, miner Udo Wartena saw a large disc-shaped
object about 35 foot high and over 100 feet across hovering
above a meadow. The object resembled two soup plates,
one inverted over the other and stainless steel in appearance.
Wartena then saw a staircase unfold from the bottom of
the craft. Out of it came a man who asked him if the ship
could take some water. The man then invited Wartena inside
the object. Wartena accepted and met another man inside
that told him they had come from a distant planet and
were 609 years old.
Warren Aston, UFO Magazine March/April 1998
amazing alien encounter 7 years before either Roswell
or Kenneth Arnold's sighting may offer our best chance
yet to understand where some UFO's come from and why they
are visiting our planet.
more than two decades, Udo Wartena, a Dutch immigrant
living in the Western U.S., kept what had happened to
him one spring morning in May 1940 a secret, not even
telling his wife. Before dying in 1989, he finally confided
in two friends and then wrote the details of his experience
down so it would not be lost.
incredible story remained completely unknown in UFO circles
however, until the details were finally released by Australian
researcher Warren Aston.
we review what took place in this deceptively simple report,
we must remember that this is an unusually early case
in the pre-1947 period, which has yielded only small numbers
of UFO sightings worldwide, and almost no cases where
the occupants of UFOs were reported.
us remember that in 1940, World War II still raged in
Europe, the first satellite was still 17 years in the
future and the sound barrier had not yet been broken.
Wartenas experience not only took place in daytime,
but involved intimate and open alien contact with a reluctant
witness. I have assembled the following from two handwritten
accounts and one typewritten account by Udo and from verbal
recollections through interviews with the handful of close
friends and family members whom he confided in.
encounter took place mid-morning early in May, 1940 at
his mining claim in the forest, near the base of Boulder
Mountain, a short distance from Canyon Ferry Lake, near
the small town of Townsend, southeast of Helena in Montana.
a 37-year-old miner of Dutch origin, was working in the
area part-time for the Northwest Mining Company.
the previous month, he had found a glacial deposit at
the base of the mountain, which showed indications of
gold-bearing ore. He began working the site in his spare
time and first cleared an old and neglected ditch, which
ran around the mountainside, using it to divert the water
he would need in his mining from a nearby stream.
moving some large boulders, he heard a humming or droning
sound, which he first took to be aircraft, which flew
over the area occasionally from Great Falls base in the
north. At first, Udo took little notice of the sound,
but when the noise continued, he thought that a vehicle
had driven up so he climbed up onto higher ground.
large disc-shaped object, measuring about thirty five
feet high and over a hundred feet across, was hovering
a short distance away, just above the meadow where he
had built his dam. Udo described it as like "two
soup plates, one inverted over the other" and
resembling "stainless steel in color, though not
as bright and shiny".
he stood watching, thinking at first that it was an airship,
a circular stairway with a solid bottom forming part of
the craft's hull was let down and a man who descended
began walking towards him.
I was somewhat more than interested," Udo later
wrote, "I went to meet him. He stopped when we
were ten or twelve feet apart. He was a nice looking man,
seemingly about my age. He wore a light gray pair of overalls,
a tam (a common term in that period derived from "Tam
O 'Shanter" - a circular cap) of the same material
on his head and on his feet were slippers or moccasins".
man came and shook his hand, apologizing that they had
not known anyone was in the area, explaining that it was
not their custom to interrupt or allow themselves to be
seen. "He asked me if it would be alright if they
took some water, and as I could not see why not, I said
'sure'. He then gave a signal and a hose or pipe was let
down. His English was like mine, but he spoke slowly,
as if he were a linguist and had to pick his way."
man asked Udo what he was doing and this was explained.
Udo, asked if he would be interested in coming aboard
the ship, went willingly and without any sense of fear.
As he got underneath the craft, Udo described the humming
as "not loud, though it seemed to go through you";
once inside the ship, the noise was hardly noticeable
except what came up the stairwell.
INSIDE THE CRAFT
entered into a room about twelve by sixteen feet, with
a close-fitting sliding door on the farther end, indirect
lighting near the ceiling and nice upholstered benches
around the sides. There was an older man already in the
room, plainly dressed, but his hair was snow white. I
then noticed that the younger man's hair was also white."
described him as being "young and strong-looking"
and having clear, almost translucent skin.
this explains the curious fact that Udo seems to have
asked their age, even before asking their origin; clearly,
there was something about their appearance to prompt such
men answered that one was "about six hundred years
old" as we measure time and the other was "over
nine hundred years" of age. They informed him
that they knew over five hundred languages and were learning
ours and improving upon them all the time.
asked why they wanted to take water from the stream and
not the lake, the younger man replied that, "the
water was good and was free of algae (as if they had
retrieved the same before) and it was convenient".
years later, Udo indicated to a family member that hydrogen
extracted from the water was in fact the fuel source for
then asked what caused the noise of the craft and was
not only shown the mechanism that powered the disc, but
also given what appears to be a full and open discussion
of the key principle involved, in the following words:
"...'as you noticed, we are floating above the
ground, and though the ground slopes, the ship is level.
There are in the outside rim, two flywheels, one turning
one way and the other in the opposite direction'."
explained [that] this gives the ship its own gravitation
or rather overcomes the gravitational pull of the Earth
and other planets, the sun and stars; and through the
pull of the stars and planets...to ride on like you do
when you sail on ice."
interesting analogy. Elsewhere, Udo described the 'flywheels'
or rings as being about three feet wide and several inches
thick, separated by rods turned by motors and next to
'battery of transformer'-like units all around the inside
perimeter of the circular ship.
was told that the two revolving rings or wheels developed
an electromagnetic force, a term he did not understand
at the time and inferred from what he learned that the
ability to develop a cheaper and more practical energy
source was of the utmost importance to mankind.
was also told that the craft was able to focus on a distant
star and use its energy to draw itself through space at
speeds faster than light, quote: "skipping upon
the light waves". These 1940 explanations seem
remarkably similar to the propulsion method Robert Lazar
claimed to have learned while working on alien craft in
possession of the U.S. government at 'Area 51' and also
sounds very much like some of the theories now being advanced
by physicists: "...the creation of a local distortion
of space-time is expanded behind the spaceship, contracted
ahead of it, yielding a hyper surfer-like motion faster
that the speed of light as seen by observers..."
essence, on the outgoing leg of its journey, the spaceship
is pushed away from Earth and pulled toward its distant
destination by the engineered local expansion of space-time
Commentary on practical faster-than-light travel as proposed
by Miguel Alcubierre, published in Classical and Quantum
then wrote "I then asked them where they got the
energy to run such a large ship? They said from the sun
and other stars and would store this in batteries, though
this was for emergency use only. They carried another
source but did not explain this to me..."
where they came from, he was told they lived on a distant
planet and gave its name - unfortunately not recorded
by Udo - and pointed in its direction. Udo asked what
their object was for coming to Earth?
he said, "as you have noticed, we look pretty
much as you do, so we mingle with your people, gather
information, leave instructions or give help where needed."
Explaining that they were monitoring the progression and
retrogression of our societies, the man claimed that they
lived among us from time to time, a clear statement indicating
long-term covert alien surveillance prior to 1940. Udo
wrote that he did not understand what was meant by them
"giving help where needed" but he did
not feel it proper to ask about it further.
Udo asked if they knew of Jesus Christ and about religion,
he was told that they would "like to speak of
these things but are unable. We cannot interfere in any
way". The area of religion and belief systems
was to be the only question the aliens refused to discuss.
his time on board, Udo was invited to be examined for
impurities in his system by an "X-ray-like machine"
which passed over him. Little was recorded about this
examination, however, and Udo seems to have attached scant
importance to it.
talking with the two men, a light had come on which Udo
believed indicated that the water had been taken care
of. He mentioned that he felt it was time for him to leave.
alien's response was to ask if he was interested in going
with them, to which Udo responded: "I said that
I thought it would be interesting, but felt it would inconvenience
too many people. Later, I wondered why I said that".
time later, Udo recalled an incident about two years previously
where a young man had vanished nearby without a trace,
despite days of searching by a sheriff's team. He wondered
if the young man had met the same craft and gone with
he started to leave the ship, they suggested to Udo that
he "...'tell no one, as no one would believe me
at the time', but in years to come, I could tell about
this experience." When I walked away from the
ship, they raised the stairway, and when I got a couple
of hundred feet away from the ship, I turned around.
number [of] more portholes had opened up and though I
could not see anyone, I felt sure they could see me, anyway
I waved at them. The ship then rose straight up until
it cleared the trees, then while circling slightly, it
practically rose straight up and in a very short while
was completely out of sight."
I didn't have a watch, I did not know for sure how long
I had been with them, but according to the sun it was
around noon, or somewhat around two hours."
later related how some type of "energy" had
permeated the area and that he lost his strength for several
hours and was unable to walk. When his strength finally
returned, he went over to where the huge craft had hovered,
finding only crushed grass where the stairway had rested.
Later, still feeling overwhelmed by his unexpected experience,
he walked back to his base camp.
P. Aston 1997
The Udo Wartena case first came to my attention via a
brief summary published in James L. Thompsons Aliens
and UFOs (Bountiful Utah, Horizon. 1993). In his
otherwise unique and insightful book Thompson did not
conduct any investigation of this case however and his
account of it contained numerous factual errors.