February 3, 1983
Location: Mobile, Alabama, United States
object witnessed by Pat Norris of Mobile, Alabama. "As
the craft appeared, Mrs. Norris' attention was drawn to
a top deck with a long window which she estimates 53 feet
and through which she viewed 20 to 30 persons, apparently
oblivious of her presence, walking about as if they were
APRO Bulletin, Vol. 32, No. 2 (May 1984)
following case is the result of a lead furnished to APRO
by Bob Gribble of Phenomena Research Hot Line, and follow-up
and investigation was completed by Field Investigator
Ed O. Brown. The name of the witness and some identifying
names of the exact location have been changed to protect
the principal, as requested.
Pat Norris, 28, lives with her husband, Carl, and three
children in a suburb of Mobile, Alabama. On the evening
of February 3, 1983, she had visited a friend in Mobile
and when the friend's husband arrived from work, Mrs.
Norris left and headed home on Highway 90. She had turned
off the Highway and when about 90 minutes' ride from her
home, she heard an explosion. At this point, her car began
to vibrate and continued to do so, making it difficult
for her to steer. She negotiated another turn off the
road she was on, brought the car to a halt, opened the
car door and leaned out and down and looked to ascertain
if the transmission could have been causing the trouble.
It had not.
N. continued driving and the vibrating stopped. She executed
another turn onto another road and saw that the woods
ahead were brilliantly illuminated. At first, she thought
that there was a helicopter search in progress because
of the lights and was very frightened. She again stopped
the car, and at this point, sighted a huge object about
½ mile west of her. She now feels the explosion
she had heard earlier was the object coming down over
a clay and gravel pit in the vicinity.
thing was huge later estimated to be 7 to 8 stories
(70 to 80 feet) high and "six telephone poles"
(210 feet) wide, and appeared to be moving toward her
at 4-5 miles per hour. The evening had been clear and
cool and she had driven with the car windows closed. After
the explosion, she noted a "chopping wind, a high-pitched
sound and a roaring sound" as well as the vibration.
She particularly noted the "whipping of the wind
like a tornado."
the object reached a point fairly close, it stopped and
all of the noise stopped. It was completely silent and
Mrs. Norris lost all of the fear she had felt before.
She then got out of the car to get a better look. She
strained to take in every detail feeling like a
child with "unbelievable happiness."
Norris said that although Pat told him of her sighting
after it happened, he didn't realize how important it
was to her until she started checking books out of the
local library pertaining to UFOs and "related
estimates the time duration of the sighting as five minutes.
As the craft appeared, Mrs. Norris' attention was drawn
to a top deck with a long window which she estimates 53
feet and through which she viewed 20 to 30 persons, apparently
oblivious of her presence, walking about as if they were
changing shift. The wall behind them was curved and white.
There were no instruments. The people did not give the
appearance of looking out. The beings were pale skinned,
dressed in white one-piece suits. She judged them to be
about our height, 5' 10", quite slender but with
chests larger than ours; the top of the head more prominent,
no hair, and having the lower half only of ears similar
to our own. She noted nothing out of the ordinary about
the eyes. What did draw her attention was the great grace
of their movements. The atmosphere seemed "sterile."
this top deck window was an opaque window. The area around
it was all white. This window was in sections and was
inset. The glass was tinted.
the center of the craft, a door was closing from right
to left (See drawing). And she looked onto a street that
was dark as if made of asphalt or possible concrete. Off
to the side of this street was tubular rectangular equipment.
All across the craft, she saw rivets and portholes. She
said she could see the portholes "inside out"
as she peered into the craft. She saw some construction
that included "huge I-beams like they put ships
together with and beams holding the glass in there."
The bottom side was tiered upwards. The construction reminds
her of a ship or submarine. She said it seemed possible,
very likely, it could have been constructed here on Earth.
very bottom of the craft was formed into a cross made
with one-foot-square mirrors and an observation deck hung
down and around the bottom with beings in it. In this
case, unlike the top deck, the people were peering out.
While overhead, she heard a very low pitched but clearly
audible (almost like a growl) "announcing"
coming from the area of the observation deck now closest
Norris said she believes they didn't realize she was there
until directly over her position.
drawn, she saw four pipes projecting six to eight feet
out from the craft, set in three or four-foot-square boxes.
They had a hollow flange on the end like a tank cannon
and she believes "it looked like a weapon."
craft took a southerly turn as it went on from where she
was parked. She said it was staying in the wooded area
and did not cross Highway 90 again. Possible it was doubling
back towards Irvington and Pascagoula. It lit up the wooded
area and all beneath it as it moved on off. It had white
spotlights and to the side, blue and red lights that intermingled,
pointing up to the clouds and then down to Earth.
told Mr. Brown she had prayed she might have such a sighting.
She had extensive dream material both prior to and after
the February 4 incident. The late dreams contain a detailed
physical examination and scan of her emotions, which we
expect to present later, when prepared.
the object was out of sight, Pat continued on home, arriving
at 1:10 a.m.