On October 20, 1976, a lieutenant general from the Spanish Air Ministry handed over a significant dossier to journalist and UFO researcher Juan Jose Benitez. This dossier, titled “UFO-Inform,” comprises 78 pages of information detailing twelve UFO cases investigated by the Spanish military. These documents include reports, interviews, radar data, and visual evidence, such as photographs and films taken by military personnel. This release, although not an official declaration from the Spanish authorities, represents a major milestone for UFO research in Spain.

The dossier starts with an incident in Seville on March 20, 1964, and concludes with an observation in the Canary Islands reported earlier that year. It provides new insights into these encounters, revealing previously unknown details.

One of the significant cases detailed in the dossier, titled “Military Document 01-76 B-07 and B-08,” describes an observation across the Canary Islands, from east to west:

  1. South of Fuerteventura Island
  2. Gran Canaria Island
  3. Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera, and Hierro Islands

The first instance involves an observation by the crew of the corvette “Atrevida.” On June 22, 1976, at 9:27 PM, a captain and a lieutenant observed a gold-blue light source lifting from the land towards their ship. Initially mistaken for aircraft landing lights, the light ascended to approximately 15 to 18 degrees before stopping and transforming into a bright halo that illuminated both the sea and the land. This phenomenon lasted for about forty minutes. A part of the light then began to ascend in a spiral pattern before disappearing after traveling 85 nautical miles between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria in three minutes, indicating an extraordinary speed of 3,060 km/h.

Around the same time, at approximately 9:30 PM, eleven individuals on Gran Canaria observed the object. A military judge conducted investigations and sent the report to the Spanish Air Ministry in Madrid. Concurrently, Francisco Julio Padrón León, along with two other witnesses, observed a light blue sphere reported earlier in the year. The sphere hovered two meters above the ground and fifty meters away from Dr. Padrón. Accompanying him were driver Francisco Estevez and Santiago del Pina, the son of a sick woman they were visiting. The sphere, described as the size of a “two-story house,” contained two beings between 2.80 to 3 meters tall, with hands resembling fins. The military report noted: “On their hands, they had some sort of black gloves, and we could not see any fingers on them – it was like fins.” Despite the sphere appearing to grow in size, the beings and the three control panels inside did not change. The total observation time was 20 minutes, after which the craft flew towards Tenerife.

A similar object was observed a few minutes later by many people in Puerto de la Cruz. The object was also seen by the crew and passengers on a Spanish ferry. Thousands of people across La Palma, Gomera, and Hierro islands witnessed the object, resulting in a flood of calls to newspapers and radio stations.

The military dossier also mentions radar contacts and UFOs violating Spanish airspace, observations from military night fighters, and an encounter involving an Iberia passenger plane during a flight between Palma de Mallorca and Madrid on February 25, 1969. During the Canary Islands observation, a man between Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles took 36 color photos of the object. The next day, military authorities learned about the photographs and sent the Guardia Civil to confiscate the film. The images remained classified until the release of this military information, with one photo subsequently published in “La Gaceta del Norte.” The photographer noted that capturing the images was easy as the UFO stopped for a few minutes near the coast.

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The events in the Canary Islands provide a fascinating glimpse into the nature of these encounters. The description of the gold-blue light source seen from the “Atrevida” corvette reveals intriguing characteristics. The light’s ability to stop abruptly and maintain a stationary position for an extended period challenges conventional explanations. The halo effect, which illuminated the surrounding area, adds another layer of mystery, suggesting an intense energy source.

The speed at which the object traveled between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria—3,060 km/h—further complicates the analysis. Such velocity is beyond the capabilities of known aircraft at the time, pointing to the possibility of advanced technology. The spiral movement observed before the light disappeared hints at sophisticated propulsion methods, perhaps involving principles unknown to contemporary science.

Witnesses on Gran Canaria provided corroborative accounts of the object’s presence. The involvement of a military judge in the investigation underscores the seriousness with which these sightings were treated. Francisco Julio Padrón León’s encounter with the light blue sphere is particularly noteworthy. The sphere’s proximity and the detailed observation of its occupants offer a rare opportunity to study the characteristics of the entities associated with these phenomena.

Descriptions of the beings’ hands as resembling fins, with black gloves obscuring any visible fingers, are particularly striking. Such details challenge the typical anthropomorphic depictions of extraterrestrial entities and suggest a form adapted to their environment or technology. The observation that the sphere’s apparent growth did not affect the size of the beings or the control panels inside raises questions about the nature of space within the craft—potentially involving spatial manipulation or advanced holographic technology.

The widespread sightings across the Canary Islands, including observations by passengers and crew on a ferry, demonstrate the extensive reach of this phenomenon. The flood of calls to newspapers and radio stations indicates a high level of public interest and concern. These mass sightings provide a robust data set for analyzing the characteristics and behavior of the observed objects.

The confiscation of the color photographs taken between Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles by the Guardia Civil reflects the military’s efforts to control the dissemination of information. The subsequent release of one photograph in “La Gaceta del Norte” suggests a shift in policy or an attempt to manage public perception. The photographer’s account of the ease with which the images were taken, due to the UFO’s stationary position, aligns with other reports of the object’s behavior, providing further corroborative evidence.

The “UFO-Inform” dossier, with its comprehensive collection of reports, interviews, and visual evidence, offers invaluable insights into the Spanish military’s encounters with UFOs. The inclusion of radar data and observations from military night fighters adds a layer of credibility to the accounts, suggesting systematic documentation and analysis by the authorities.

The encounter involving an Iberia passenger plane on February 25, 1969, highlights the potential risks associated with these phenomena. The presence of a UFO in close proximity to a commercial flight underscores the need for continued investigation and understanding of these occurrences to ensure aviation safety.

The dossier’s release, while not an official declaration, represents a significant step towards transparency in UFO research. It provides a foundation for further study and encourages other nations to consider declassifying similar documents. The detailed accounts and evidence contained within the dossier contribute to a growing body of knowledge that could eventually lead to a clearer understanding of these unexplained phenomena.

The release of the “UFO-Inform” dossier by a Spanish lieutenant general marks a pivotal moment in the study of UFOs. The detailed documentation of multiple sightings, including the significant events in the Canary Islands, offers a wealth of information for researchers and enthusiasts alike. The observations made by military personnel and civilians provide a diverse set of data points, enhancing the credibility of the reports.

As the study of UFOs continues to evolve, the information contained within this dossier will likely play a crucial role in shaping future research and understanding. The insights gained from these accounts contribute to a broader effort to unravel the mysteries surrounding these phenomena and their implications for humanity.

The detailed and methodical approach taken by the Spanish military in documenting these encounters serves as a model for other countries. By systematically recording and analyzing these events, researchers can build a comprehensive picture of UFO activity, paving the way for potential breakthroughs in our understanding of these extraordinary occurrences.

Source: UFO-Information, Issue 1, 1978

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