May 13, 1981
Location: Denison, Texas, United States
least seven persons spotted an unidentified flying object
over Texomaland, last Wednesday morning. Jim Shelton,
mechanic at Jim Graham International, described the sighting
and drew a sketch. "It was a flying object with lit
portholes. Fire was streaming in sparks from the rear,
and it had green and yellow pulsating lights," he
said. "It was real. I saw it, and if they lock me
up, I still saw it. It was long, a cigar-like shape."
Drawing by witness Jim Shelton of the object he had seen.
(source: Denison Herald)
Irene Flaherty, Denison Herald (Denison, TX), May 17,
IRENE FLAHERTY Herald Staff Writer
least seven persons spotted an unidentified flying object
over Texomaland, last Wednesday morning.
of the UFO spotters give corresponding visual sightings
and are certain they saw what they saw.
Shelton, mechanic at Jim Graham International described
what he saw for the Herald and went a step farther.
drew a sketch.
said he's been laughed at, poked fun at, and looked at
like he was crazy, but won't back away from a single word.
may have been for only five seconds, but I saw what I
saw," Shelton said.
was a flying object with lit portholes. Fire was streaming
in sparks from the rear, and it had green and yellow pulsating
lights," he said.
was real. I saw it, and if they lock me up, I still saw
it. It was long, a cigar-like shape."
Robinson, Calera. employee of Texas Instruments, saw it
described it to her friend Linda Tingle as moving in a
straight line across the Texas-Oklahoma skies like a Roman
candle, only much bigger like fireworks trailing
behind a falling star. Karen was enroute home from her
job at Texas Instruments. She got off at midnight.
Tingle saw it too. She described it as a big ball of light.
"I thought it was the moon at first glance. But
it was coming downward like it was falling. I thought
it might be a falling star or something, but it was flashing
a light green color, then it turned light yellow, and
I screamed to my husband, 'Mike, Mike look."'
She and her husband were driving home from work. She works
at Texas Instruments. He works at Johnson & Johnson.
He was driving north on Loy Lake Road. They live in West
Denison and were enroute to pick up their child before
couldn't see anything but the sky because he couldn't
look around much while he was driving. He said the sky
lit up. "It seemed to glow."
Linda said she did not notice the sky. "I just
saw that ball glowing and flashing as it streaked downward
real fast. Like I said, it first flashed green, a light
green, then it turned a light yellow, and it disappeared
like it fell to the earth."
said he talked with a co-worker at J&J who also saw
the strange lights.
account is the most exacting: "My wife and I were
watching television. Channel 13 had that show about the
German ship, Graf Spee. The movie had just ended. My wife
had gone to sleep. Hold her, 'It's time to get up and
go to bed."
13 was going off the air. I know it was right at 12:30
a.m. Out the living room window, I saw a bright light.
The whole pasture lit up. I raised up off the couch, turned
toward the window and was looking out when I saw the long
cigar-shaped ship. I thought it might be a plane crashing,
or a helicopter, but there wasn't a sound. Not a motor,
a humming or a bit of noise."
said he got his knees on the couch, leaned over and raised
up the window to get a better look as the object got partially
behind one of the big oak trees in the pasture just behind
his trailer. "I hollered at Judy, my wife. She
woke up and said she saw the pasture all lit up, but she
did not get to the window in time to see anything else."
expected it to come back into view, but just poof, It
was gone. I thought it crashed, and I called the Denison
Police. Shelton said, "I know they thought I was
crazy, but they humored me and said since it was outside
the city limits, they would notify the sheriff's office.
They never contacted me, so I know what they thought too."
is positive about what he saw. "If they think
I'm crazy, that's their problem. I did see it,"
didn't go to the pasture immediately. "I thought
about it, but I was scared. What if it was a flying saucer,
something from outer space. I just couldn't see myself
walking out and shaking hands with any green men. I'd
be too scared. I reported what I saw," he said,
"and it is up to someone else to investigate."
couldn't just ignore it, though. He went out the next
morning and walked every inch of that 15-acres and couldn't
find a thing. Then he decided someone ought to know about
his UFO sighting.
was an Air Force brat, and dad is retired and living in
Fort Worth. I called him, and he said he would tell the
Air Force, and they would contact me. But I haven't heard
a thing from anyone except you."
said he is an average person who has heard of people seeing
UFO's and never thought much about them. He is a mechanic,
has three children, is 37 years old and been on.the same
job for five years.
not prone to making up things, and I can understand someone
being skeptical of what I've said," Shelton added.
"The thing I saw was about 20 feet long. It was
coming down at a fairly steep angle. Its glide path was
about 100 yards out in the pasture, and it was moving
about 30 to 40 miles per hour, not hovering, or trying
to land. Then poof it was gone. I thought, My God.
It scared me. It wasn't a plane, a helicopter or the Goodyear
blimp. It was bright as day then pitch dark again
neighbor of the Shelton's who didn't want to be identified
also saw the "bright as day" light.
had gone to bed. It was well after 10:30, as far as how
late, I didn't look at a clock. And my room lit up. It
was bright and I woke up. It was that bright. I thought
it might have been a car pulling in the driveway, and
I was imagining the rest, but I pulled up the covers,
closed my eyes again and went back to sleep."
the police station, the dispatcher didnt record the telephone
call from Shelton.
Taylor, day dispatcher, said he knew what it was. "We
get a lot of those calls. People are seeing the weather
balloons and think it's something else. It was here just
last week, and I saw it myself when I was coming to work."
said he didn't see a weather balloon.
no way what I saw could have been that. It just couldn't
have been. It was strange. For one thing, there was a
silvery white glow and orange-red flames coming out of
the rear of that cigar or saucer-shaped thing."