Military Encounter with a UFO
The Alan Caviness Experience
I remember an incident that occurred during the first few days of 1989 when I was on active duty with the US Navy at Cecil Field Naval Air Station in Florida. I was assigned to one of the many work centers inside the base’s aircraft electronics repair facility (officially, the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department or AIMD). A shipmate and good buddy of mine at the time was back from a few weeks stay at our naval air base in Puerto Rico-Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station. I greeted him when I first saw him in the AIMD work center at Cecil Field and quickly noticed that he seemed a bit down. I asked him what was wrong and he told me that the Puerto Rico base’s F-14 fighter squadron had just lost two aircraft (this would have included two pilots-and two radar intercept officers who flew back seat). The following is how our conversation went according to memory.
I was surprised when he said two aircraft, and I asked, “Are you serious?” And he replied, “Yeah”.
I thought a moment then said, “Midair collision?” But, much to my astonishment, he said, “No” .
I then asked, “What do you mean, no midair collision? How, then, could they lose two airplanes the same day?”
I noticed that he didn’t seem to want to go into detail for some strange reason. This was not normal for him. Normally, this man, a dedicated sailor and skilled technician, would have been eager to tell me anything he could about an aircraft mishap including his own speculations. But, not this time.
The navy would lose a plane somewhere ever so often and we would usually get word of it very quickly through unofficial channels in the naval aviation community-and personnel were usually eager to pass on what news they could. I knew my shipmate had friends in that squadron from previous visits he had made to Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station or, “N.A.S. Rosy Roads”, as we always called it. But, it was unusual to hear of two planes being lost in one day and even more unusual for it not to be due to a midair collision. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it was becoming even more unusual because he was being reluctant to talk about it. I pressed him.
“Well, what happened?” “Oh, I can’t really talk about it” , he said. “There’s an investigation still ongoing…”
That had never stopped any of us before from spreading news of an aircraft mishap. Suddenly, I got the impression that he had been told not to talk.
But, I asked, “Well, can you tell me anything else”?
He basically added only that the two planes were lost at apparently the same time-definitely on the same day, for sure. And that it was-for some strange reason-very “hush-hush”. This didn’t make sense to me. We aviation maintenance guys had a “grapevine” that was fleet-wide. Anything significant to know about would be spread pretty quickly. Usually, whenever one of our navy aircraft squadrons would lose a plane, we would find out about it quickly then wait for details to come in later. And, usually, the information was pretty reliable. But, apparently nothing was coming out regarding this incident. I had hoped that maybe I would hear something, later. But, after considerable effort to find follow-up information over the next few weeks, I realized that the investigation had indeed been handled as top secret.
This was unusual. I often wondered what must have happened. And, although, in the next few years, I found myself visiting the base at Puerto Rico for a few weeks at a time on a number of occasions, I never thought to ask anyone on the base or in that particular squadron what had happened to those two aircraft on that fateful day. With all the distractions of navy life, I simply did not think about it very much over the following years.
In 1992, I was discharged from the US Navy and went back into civilian life after 10 years of service total. In the following years, I had my first recognizable UFO sighting and by 1999 had decided to become a UFO investigator. Around 2007, I was skimming through a UFO book and happened to notice a UFO case involving two US Navy F14 fighter planes. I didn’t even make a connection at first, but then, I suddenly remembered the incident back at Cecil Field where my shipmate had told me of a squadron losing two F-14s at the same time but not due to a midair collision. Was the incident in 1988 really a UFO incident? I read on. I saw in the book the exact date and location of the incident and realized that this had to be one and the same.
The author stated in his book that on December 28, 1988, at approximately 7:45 pm, a large triangle craft roughly the size of a baseball field was seen moving steadily along in the region near the naval air station in Puerto Rico, according to many witnesses (over a hundred). Three F-14s intercepted the moving UFO and apparently tried to force it to change its course. As the navy fighter planes engaged the large craft, it slowed down its forward speed almost to a standstill. One plane, in particular, stayed mostly to the right of the UFO and another stayed behind the UFO making close approaches at times. The third plane apparently stayed a bit farther out. The F-14 in the rear came close to the object, but as it flew either over or under the object, it was not seen again. Small red lights were also seen at times flying outside the large craft and may have served to protect the craft. It was as if the fighter plane had somehow been drawn into the large craft. The second aircraft made a sweep closer to the large object and was seen by one ground witness-using binoculars-to suddenly disappear-possibly being taken in by the UFO. The third F-14 reportedly high-tailed it out of the area on afterburner with glowing red lights chasing after it apparently in pursuit, according to ground witnesses.
Just after the unidentified craft had confiscated the two fighters, it began to steadily descend almost to the ground. In a blinding flash of yellow light, the large craft divided into two sections-actually, two separate craft. They both quickly flew off in different directions-one heading in the direction of the escaping F-14. The story goes that there was an immediate government cover-up and the military denied the entire story of an unidentified craft. Rear Admiral David Rogers, Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, in response to an inquiry, told a member of the House of Representatives, that no aircraft mishaps had even occurred during the time of the reported incident and that no aircraft had been lost. (I know better.)
I was amazed by the fact that, after 20 years, I was able to confirm an astonishing UFO encounter directly involving the military. And, I was personally familiar with this very incident-at least from its outer periphery. I knew for a fact that the US Navy in Puerto Rico did indeed lose two F-14s in one day and that there was a top secret investigation-the only time in my navy career that I could not get a follow-up on an aircraft mishap.
In recent years, I discovered that Puerto Rico has been a hotbed for reports and claims of UFO activity including some wildly fascinating reports from many residents in certain areas of the island involving personal contact with nonhuman beings, sightings of strange animal creatures-and underground facilities with many nonhuman residents.
Some of the hottest areas for ET activity are reported to be around the naval base on the eastern end of the island as well as areas along the southwestern corner of Puerto Rico. UFOs have also been seen going into the waters in these areas. Many residents, some with considerable credibility-have claimed to see UFOs all over Puerto Rico since around 1930-including a 1992 sighting of a saucer-shaped craft being chased by a military jet observed by Freddie Cruz-then director of the Civil Defense Agency of Lajas, Puerto Rico.
So far is all that Alan Caviness authorized me to post about this incident. I have found more information about it, but this time from a UFO investigator who happens to be from the same area where the events occurred.
In his blog he relates the following:
Triangular Aircraft Anniversary is approaching in Cabo Rojo. Data from a witness to the incident.
This case goes for 20 years, which made me travel outside of PR, to expose everything, the information is extensive. I was interviewed by all the radio, written and television press, at the time; and appeared in countless magazines, documentaries, and tv. Great investigators came personally at the time, to verify this case; Jacques Fabrice Vallée, Timothy Wood, Wendelle C. Stevens, Bob Pratt, practically from all over the world, many consider it the best case of the modern era of UFOs; next year, it will be 20 years old. We are planning to make a Documentary of it, where everything related to this case is included. It happened here,
in front of the Community where I reside, Betances, in Cabo Rojo PR.
On a Wednesday, December 28, 1988. He was experienced by witnesses from the towns of Lajas and Cabo Rojo, all agreeing without knowing each other, on the details of the case, the drawings, etc …
It is an amazing case, that even today still causes me emotion, having lived it. To be able to see how that gigantic triangular ship captured two armed F-14 Tomcats in flight, and make them disappear. If it weren’t for the large number of witnesses from both peoples and from different angles, who lived through it, I would never have talked about it. Since I am a researcher, and they would have thought it was an invention of mine and my family who lived it with me. More than 60 witnesses lived it; from different angles, complete families. I was about to go to Mexico to exhibit it with Nino Canún; but Maussan preferred to work on the Amaury Rivera Fraud. I think he exposes something from an interview that he conducted with me, in a documentary, that he did and that I am still waiting for the copy that he promised me.
Puerto Rico point of contact.
There is a lot of information on the case, and I have it all, but I don’t have it on my PC. Timothy Good included it in his book “ABOVE TOP SECRET”, a summary, provided by JORGE MARTÍN, part of my presentation at the FIRST WORLD UFO CONGRESS, in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1991, is included in a Video that they still sell for there the organizers. Venevisión includes it, in part, in a Documentary that they made: “CONTACTO”, and JAPAN TV, in another Documentary I recreate it, not exact, but valid, they have made paintings of it, etc …
There were a great many who came to investigate this case in person; And even today, as, when they find out about it, they ask me for information about it.
At one point, the two F-14s having already captured the triangular ship low over the palm grove of Lake Saman that is in front of my community, and what I call a silent explosion occurred, like when you see many fireworks explode at the once in color, but without noise.
This ship stretched becoming a long and huge cylinder, there at that moment in the middle of the cylinder said explosion occurs, it divided into two ships, rising in flight towards different routes, until disappearing into the distance.
When it came down on the lake, a neighbor of mine Don Manuel Mercado and I, we were only about a kilometer from the lake, more or less, living this part of the end of the event, another part at the beginning of the same incident was witnessed by witnesses from the town of Lajas , where the ship was accompanied by some spheres of Light, one of which was pursued by a third F-14, which we do not know to this day what happened to it.
Certain parts were experienced in unison by the witnesses, others apart, I lived the final and most spectacular part, as did other witnesses from Cabo Rojo.
And to think that I was almost under that aircraft monster and lived what I tell you, something incredible, but true.
That event marked my life forever, when I think, so much so that this phenomenon is denied, and one experiences something like this, it is not easy, even for me, who has been in this field for 45 years.
Another important fact is that they visited me at the time,
US Army personnel, in my home in uniform, to interview me, in front of my whole family, and they confirmed that the case was true, I took them on video, they just wanted to know the number of F-14s involved. In fact they informed me that the event had been captured in RADAR, they were to return if necessary, they did not return. They were nice, and they never threatened me or forbade anything, as they say.
The next day at dawn, the area was flown over by 17 F-14s in formation, and by an AWAC plane with Radar, there was an Aircraft Carrier off the coast of Cabo Rojo, for a few days National Guard planes A 7, other types of helicopters and airplanes, etc … on the night of the event, at around 8pm, at the Mayagüez airport, a CESNA with military personnel landed to investigate the event, this was confirmed to me by personnel from the control tower. Also from the Roosevelt Roads base they confirmed that there were F-14s that night of the event over Cabo Rojo in maneuvers. A well-researched case, with many witnesses, and full of incredible data.
IF this ship was from another planet, I do not know, if it was a secret US project … it may be, anyway there it remains for history.
Arguspr, 28 October 2007
It would be of great interest for UFO research if the different US civil and military departments make public all the information regarding these triangular or pyramidal objects, such as the 2019 recording made by US Navy personnel and which the Pentagon qualified as authentic.