Iran Sightings in 2004
The sightings started on the night of April 12, 2004, with the detection of a “light in the sky” by multiple witnesses, including a journalist from Irna News. The story started surfacing around Iran, while other sightings were taking place in cities such as the northwestern city of Azad Shahr (north Iran), Poldokhtar (west Iran), Saris (north Iran), Ardabil (northwest Iran), and Gonbade Kavoos (northeast). It was apparent this was not a fluke sighting by one or two citizens, but a phenomenon that was seen by “thousands” of witnesses, according to newspapers in Iran.
These sightings were so important that they turned nonbelievers into believers. According to a UPN affiliate station in Connecticut, Abi Golbazi, who filmed the strange phenomenon in Iran while visiting family, has over 20 minutes of footage to show the world. Never crediting UFOs before, his significant sighting turned him into a believer that this footage showed a “visitor from outer space.”
Most significant, according to Irna News, were the sightings that occurred on April 27, in which people from eight cities came running into the streets to see these UFOs buzzing overhead. These sightings included some of flying discs. It was reported that some of the UFOs had smaller looking wings, which spewed out red, green, blue, and purple rays.
With these specific details coming out, many have speculated that the Iranian government has become more open towards the UFO phenomenon, but that is not necessarily true. As with the U.S. media and government alike, there was also a fair share of rebuttal to the sightings. Sa’dollah Nasiri-Qeydari, the head of the Astronomical Society of Iran, told the wire services he felt the UFO sightings were “unfounded.”
“In my opinion, flying saucers do not exist,” he said, insisting his telescopes would have spotted any potential invaders from space. “The people who have seen these things are not experts, [they are] farmers, villagers, and pilots,” he added. He went on to conclude the objects people saw were actually the planet Venus.
How is it that when citizens, no matter what their locale, see a ship flying around the sky making maneuvers and spewing out different colors of light, somone is always there to claim it was a planet? Explanations such as these remind me of the Project Blue Book days. A bit before my time, but we have all heard the stories—swamp gas, ball lighting, and the planet Venus. Why is a UFO always the planet Venus? Why not Saturn, Mars, or the shape-shifting Mach 4 traveler Pluto? It boggles the rational mind, but not the skeptic!
Looking back 28 years to 1976, an event took place in the same city of Tehran that even to this day astonishes the UFO community.
The event was described in a four-page document received from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). It occurred on September 19 and 20, 1976, and described technology which we do not yet have today.
Mehrabad Tower, in Tehran, Iran, started receiving phone calls around 12:30 a.m. on the 19th describing the sighting of a UFO seen hovering over the city. Having received a few calls on the sighting, the tower commander went outside to take a look for himself.
Sure enough, he saw it too. Described as resembling a bright star, though “bigger and brighter,” he decided to scramble an F-4 jet to investigate. The jet took off from Shahrokhi Air Force Base. The object was so bright it was actually seen from over 70 miles away.
As the jet approached and reached 25 nautical miles of the object, the plane lost all instrumentation and communications (UHF and intercom). When the aircraft turned away from the object and no longer appeared to be a threat, it regained all instrumentation and communications.
Minutes later, a second F-4 was scrambled to figure out what this UFO was. As the F-4 approached and reached a distance of 25 nautical miles, the object started moving away to maintain that exact distance.
The object appeared very bright and was described in the report as being like “flashing strobe lights.” The report also went on to say, very much like the Iran sighting in 2004, that it emanated blue, red, orange, and green colors.
As the chase continued, a second UFO appeared out of the first object. This second object was said to be “one third the apparent size of the moon.” The second object then headed straight forward on a collision course with the approaching F-4. Seeing this object approach at a very high rate of speed, the F-4 pilot went to fire a missile in defense, but at the time he pressed the button to fire, he lost all weapons control and all communications.
The pilot initiated a negative g dive to avoid a collision. Then the second object returned to the original UFO for a perfect reunification. As the second object rejoined the primary, a third object appeared. This time it came out of the other side of the primary UFO and headed straight down, also at a great rate of speed.
A Soft Landing?
Seeing this object approach the ground, the F-4 regained communications and instrumentation and awaited an explosion from this object crashing on Earth. However, there was no crash. Instead, the object appeared to have landed softly on Earth’s surface and cast a light on the ground around two to three kilometers in diameter.
The Iranian pilots calculated the coordinates where this object landed and returned to base. They had extreme problems with the adjustment of their night vision, so they headed out toward the desert and turned around for a straight-in approach.