New Zealand, HERALD, 25 May 1954, page
See Strange Objects in Sky Over East Taranaki
objects flying in the sky over eastern Taranaki at daybreak
yesterday were seen by three Taranaki aerial top-dressing
6:50 a.m. yesterday the three men, Messrs. F. Ferrier, D.
L. Falwasser and N. Nodder, all of New Plymouth, left Bell
Block airport in a cessna high-wing monoplane for an airstrip
at Tahora, where they were operating.
had not long left the field when all three saw three strange
objects to the east in the direction of Taumarunui. They
were then between Uruti and Tahora and flying at about 3000
feet. The sky was cloudless and visibility was excellent.
pilots at first could not believe their eyes. The three
objects seemed to be hovering about 7000 feet above them,
but as they were flying at about 135 miles per hour it was
hard to estimate whether or not they were moving. They were
oval in shape and looked like giant discs. They seemed to
be red-orange in colour with a reddish flame coming from
pilots flew in the same direction for another three minutes
and saw a number of other objects. It appeared to the men
at this stage that the objects were flying in line-ahead
formation. Suddenly all the objects climbed away steeply
at great speed and disappeared.
three men are all experienced pilots and have been engaged
in aerial top-dressing for four years. They are used to
flying in the early morning and this is the first time that
they have sighted any strange objects in the air.
know that there were none of their firm's planes in the
area and they were not conventional aircraft. They have
all seen the most modern aircraft flying in New Zealand
today and many flying overseas saw these objects.