August 3, 1972
Location: Agsbach Valley, Austria
Hering, a head forester in his thirties and sportswoman
Erika Graef were hunting in Agsbach Valley when they saw
a bright UFO appear from behind a pine tree. Mrs. Graef
said, "With the naked eye you could clearly see the
disc which gave off a brilliant light." The strange
object was in sight for 10-15 seconds and was estimated
to be 180 feet in diameter.
Sketch of the UFO, made for the Wiener Kurier newspaper,
by head-forester, Reinhold Hering.
Ernst Berger, FSR Vol. 20 No. 1
TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS
by Ernst Berger
following is an excerpt from this article]
Hering, a head forester in his thirties, from Klausen-Leopoldsdorf
in the Vienna Woods, and sportswoman Erika Graef had left
Hering's Volkswagen car and were walking along a track
over a grassy hill at Mitterriegel in Agsbach Valley towards
a stand to carry away a roebuck shot by Mrs. Graef. Both
had field-glasses 10 x 50 and Hering's two sporting dogs
were following. Sunset had been at 7.29 p.m. CET (Central
European Time) and a thunderstorm in the afternoon had
cleared the air over Vienna.
8.45 p.m., Mr. Hering spotted a brilliant light behind
a wooded hillock to his right. He called Mrs. Graef's
attention to it and they watched it through binoculars
as it came out from behind a pine tree, much too slowly
for an aircraft. Hering was dazzled by the powerful light,
which was too intense to look at through the field glasses.
"If you turn your binoculars into a halogen fog-headlight
at night, it will give you the same impression,"
he told me.
Graef said, "With the naked eye, you could clearly
see the disc which gave off a brilliant light."
The thick body was somewhat tilted towards the two witnesses.
It had a dark surface with three lights. Hering explained,
"There were two red-orange lights and an extremely
brilliant one to the right, all calm and steady. The brilliant
one seemed to come from a groove, like some kind of all-round
headlight. The red lights were not really lights, but
red surfaces. It was the brilliance that caught my attention,
otherwise I would never have looked at it. No aircraft
would give that effect." Klausen-Leopoldsdorf
is directly below the flightpath of all planes approaching
Schwechat (Vienna airport) from the west, so Mr. Hering
is familiar with airliners.
strange object passed over Agsbach Valley in a horizontal
trajectory from the north to the northeast and was in
sight for 10-15 seconds. It went behind the slope of Kreuzeck
Hill, approaching the village of Sulz. During my field
investigation in August, 1972, I used a quadrant to find
out the height of the object's trajectory. Mr. Hering
has considerable experience in estimating distances at
night; during World War II he was in a special division
for night-fighting, and as a professional hunter he is
often deer-stalking in the vicinity. The object was about
2 miles away from his location at Mitterriegel. I measured
an angle of 4° elevation for the trajectory and computed
a maximum altitude of 600 feet for the object above Hintcrriegel.
According to Hering's estimate in the goniometric test,
the thick disc had a diameter of 180 feet. As the object
was in sight for 10-15 seconds and the real length of
its trajectory (pine tree to Kreuzeck slope) proved to
be 1 mile, we can assume a maximum speed of 480 feet per
the sighting, the witnesses drove to Hering's home in
KJeinkrottenbach Valley where Hering telephoned the rural
police station at AHand at 9.30 p.m. Newsmen got wind
of the police report and Hering was ridiculed as "the
forester on a UFO hunt." The Central Meteorological
Station of Vienna announced that the object was not likely
to have been a kugelblitz (ball lightning) or one of their
balloons, but rather more likely a meteor. If we consider
the facts about speed, height and structure of the object,
this explanation has to be ruled out. A second explanation
came from the Vienna daily newspaper: "The UFO
was a plane coming in to land." Hering just laughed
when I brought up the matter during my investigation.
"If a plane flies over Hinterriegel at that altitude,
I'm sure the pilot will be fired immediately."
That is true. The object kept a flight level of 600 feet
and Kreuseck has a relative height of 522 feet.