POSTCARD FROM NEW ZEALAND NUMBER 7 5th JANUARY 2014
Happy New Year to Everybody,
In last night's paper was an article on New Zealands most famous UFO sightings in December 1978.
( 35 years ago ). The sightings consisted of several bright lights travelling along the coast between Blenheim and
They were initially spotted by an Airforce Warrant Officer ( Airframes - so he must be reliable ! ) at 23.55 hours
on the 20th December. He immediatly contacted the control tower at Airforce Base Woodbourne who confirmed the sighting. The information was relayed to Wellington International Airport who also confirmed the sighting on their radar.
An hour later a S.A.F.E. Air Argossy freighter ( ZK SAE ) departs Woodbourne
Airport en-route to Christchurch International Airport who also reported the lights
off the coast of Kaikoura. The lights quickly moved towards the aircraft and
followed the Argossy for some distance. On the return trip from Christchurch to
Auckland, ZK SAE again encountered the lights near Kaikoura. The on-board
weather radar also picked up the UFOs.
Later in the day, another Argossy ( ZK SAF ) , on a trip from Blenheim,
reported an extremely fast moving object appearing on it's on-board radar.
Nine days later, an Australian Television film crew were making a
documentary on the UFO sightings, and were flying on an Argossy at the same
time as the original sightings, when, obligingly the lights again appeared !!
This was filmed ( in colour ) and helped considerably with the official investigations.
No conclusions were ever reached as to what the UFO sightings were, but
the usual explanations of light aircraft , weather balloons, clusters of stars, even
japanese shrimp boats off the coast, were dismissed. I guess it will remain one
of New Zealand's aviation mysteries.
FURTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE MOVIE CLIP
BY THE AUSTRALIAN TV FILM CREW CAN BE SEEN BY
GOING ONTO THE INTERNET AND KEYING IN :-
" The Kaikoura Lights : New Zealand UFO Footage 1978 " .
ZK SAE is on permanent display near the gates of Blenheim's ( Marlborough ) Airport.