They are two of the biggest UFO sightings in Australian history. Despite the best efforts of skeptics to dismiss both claims the real question that needs to be asked is whether these two sightings are in fact linked!
It was April 6 1966, where some students and a teacher were just completing a sport activity on the main oval of Westall High School (now Westall Secondary College) where they all spotted an unusual object.
The object was described as being a grey saucer-shaped craft with a slight purple hue and being roughly double the size of a family sized car.
Witnesses described the craft as it descended into a nearby open wild grass field, adjacent to a grove of pine trees in an area known as The Grange (now a nature reserve), suddenly the object ascended in a North Westerly direction over the suburb of Clayton South.
Just four days earlier at approximately two o’clock in the afternoon a businessman James Kibel was standing in his garden saw something in the sky, two minutes later he grabbed his camera and took a photograph – now famously known as the Balwyn UFO Sighting.
The photograph is rare as it depicts a ‘daylight disc’, but what makes the image odd is the way the disc sits in the blue sky. The unidentified craft is totally side on to what one would expect when seeing a UFO.
The now infamous photograph was not immediately published as investigation group VFSRS – Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society – took the camera and photograph to Kodak for analysis. The Coburg Kodak film analysts found nothing wrong with the photograph, and reported that under high magnification they could clearly see the terra-cotta tiles from the house roof reflected in the surface of the object before concluding that the photograph was genuine.
After snapping the photograph Kibel explains that the UFO flew in the direction of Westall, less than 20 kilometres away.
So how are these two events possibly linked you may be asking yourself.
The Balwyn Photograph, taken by businessman James Kibel happened just days before the mass sighting, in which over 200 students and teachers from two schools, at Westall – less than 20 kilometres away.
The Photograph although described as being weird considering it was captured in the daylight, and the unidentified craft was on its side. While this is rare enough on its own, the fact that many of the witnesses described the craft sighted over a twenty minute period at Westall flying in the same fashion as it ascended from the grassy area it had based itself on shortly after first appearing.
The image taken was proven to not be faked of any kind, and in fact was tested prior to being released.
Both events have been claimed to be ‘weather balloons’ that have gone astray, however, doesn’t explain what over 200 witnesses saw, or explain how James Kibel knew four days ahead of time that a mass UFO sighting was gong to take place less than 20 kilometres away, thus giving him the opportunity to fake such a photograph.
What are your thoughts? Are both events linked?