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Occurred : 6/10/1978 13:00 (Entered as : June 1978 13:00)
Reported: 7/4/2013 3:46:36 PM 15:46
Posted: 7/5/2013
Location: Tennyson, TX
Shape: Flash
Duration:1-2 seconds
Astonishingly fast moving light.

For many years, I have avoided reporting this UFO sighting for all the common reasons but after watching a Nat Geo UFO Europe video on YouTube, I thought perhaps I should. Although, it has been long ago perhaps somebody else may have seen it and my corroboration may help.

In the summer of 1977 or 78, I went to spend a few weeks with my aunt and uncle living in Tennyson, Texas. My uncle worked at the Goodyear proving grounds but had farming and ranching interests also. He worked in coo ordination with a man who owned a Ford 9600 tractor. The tractor was diesel powered. It was almost new and he had arranged for a custom plowing job to be done at a neighbors property. I agreed to do the work and he would pay me some of the earnings. I was on the last field and nearing completion. It was probably nearly 1 AM in the morning. It was a clear night and no rain as best I recall. While heading in a Southerly direction with the plow in the ground, I saw a light far off in the distance moving my way at an astonishing speed. It was low on the horizon but definitely in the sky. It captured my vision as I was headed directly toward it. As it moved toward me it consumed the entire sky and eventually lit up the entire area around the tractor as fa! r as I could see as bright as daytime. As, the light virtually exploded around me the tractor died and its lights went off. The tractor was a diesel model and would die only if fuel flow was stopped to the engine but it had fuel flow solenoid. As rapidly as the flash of light appeared it disappeared. The entire time of the event was only a second or two. It scared me because I thought perhaps lightening had hit the tractor. As the light left the tractor immediately started again. Remember this is a diesel tractor with a plow in the ground so the tractor would not start on its on like an automobile going down the highway. It would have to be taken out of gear and the starter engaged. But, because of my fear, I immediately lifted the plow thinking if I don't I will be electrocuted. I was near the end of the field so I simply stopped instead of turning around and tried to figure out what was happening. I opened the door to check for rain but the weather was clear. ! Without an explanation, I decided I should leave immediately b! ut I tho ught no one would believe me and I don't even believe myself what had happened. So, I put the tractor into reverse and backed up to where the plow had been pulled out of the ground and finished plowing to the end of the field still at an unease. By now, I had processed the event and made my mind up to go ahead and stop for the night. I asked questions of my uncle and aunt as well as other local community members and found out that others had sightings that were similar although I didn't commit to seeing anything. So, like I have said, I know that this is years late and could not be verified or researched very well but if it can help that is good.


((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date is approximate. PD))


((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))
June 10, 1978
Approximately 13:00 CST

I went back and verified the dates that I was at my uncles through gas receipts. I was there for 2 full weeks beginning May 31, 1978 until June 13, 1978. The event occurred during the last 4-5 days, I was there. So, on or about June 10, 1978 is the closest I can come to being exact. I believe it is firm enough to publish the data. In all the years since then I have never seen anything like it again. I can arc weld and the brillance of that light on a small scale may serve as an example. As I watched the History channel program, I was in awe at how so many described the light precisely as it was the night I saw it.

For many years, I have avoided reporting this UFO sighting for all the common reasons but after watching a Nat Geo UFO Europe video on YouTube, I thought perhaps I should. Although, it has been long ago perhaps somebody else may have seen it and my corroboration may help.

In the summer of 1977 or 78, I went to spend a few weeks with my aunt and uncle living in Tennyson, Texas. My uncle worked at the Goodyear proving grounds but had farming and ranching interests also. He worked in coo ordination with a man who owned a Ford 9600 tractor. The tractor was diesel powered. It was almost new and he had arranged for a custom plowing job to be done at a neighbors property. I agreed to do the work and he would pay me some of the earnings. I was on the last field and nearing completion. It was probably nearly 1 AM in the morning. It was a clear night and no rain as best I recall. While heading in a Southerly direction with the plow in the ground, I saw a light far off in the distance moving my way at an astonishing speed. It was low on the horizon but definitely in the sky. It captured my vision as I was headed directly toward it. As it moved toward me it consumed the entire sky and eventually lit up the entire area around the tractor as far as I could see as bright as daytime. As the light virtually exploded around me, the tractor died and its lights went off. The tractor was a diesel model and would die only if fuel flow was stopped to the engine but it had a fuel flow solenoid. As rapidly as the flash of light appeared it disappeared. The entire time of the event was only a second or two. It scared me because I thought perhaps lightening had hit the tractor. As the light left the tractor immediately started again. Remember this is a diesel tractor with a plow in the ground so the tractor would not start on its own like an automobile going down the highway. It would have to be taken out of gear and the starter engaged. But, because of my fear, I immediately lifted the plow thinking if I don't I will be electrocuted. I was near the end of the field so I simply stopped instead of turning around and tried to figure out what was happening. I opened the door to check for rain but the weather was clear. Without an explanation, I decided I should leave immediately but I thought no one would believe me and I don't even believe myself what had happened. So, I put the tractor into reverse and backed up to where the plow had been pulled out of the ground and finished plowing to the end of the field still at an unease. By now, I had processed the event and made my mind up to go ahead and stop for the night. I asked questions of my uncle and aunt as well as other local community members and found out that others had sightings that were similar although I didn't commit to seeing anything. So, like I have said, I know that this is years late and could not be verified or researched very well but if it can help that is good.