Monday, April 8, 2013

New Park Adds More Credibility to the Largest Mass UFO Sighting in Australia - Westfall 66

This new park scheduled to go into Clayton South adds more credibility to the Westfall 66 UFO Incident. It was the largest mass UFO sighting in Australian history. In 1966 more than 200 students and teachers witnessed a the silver saucer rise from the ground and shoot off into the atmosphere  Like most UFO witnesses Terry Peck and Joy Clarke describe (below) how they would have kept quiet if they had seen the object by themselves but given he fact that there were so many witnesses they was somewhat unafraid to tell their story. This is exactly why the vast majority of UFO cases go unreported. You can read the full story and watch the accompanying video here

Joy Clarke at the Grange Heathland reserve at the time of the Westfall 66 incident

The first time an unidentified flying object was seen in Clayton South, back in April 1966, it sparked mayhem, as dozens of screaming school children ran towards the pine grove where the silvery saucer-shaped object descended from the sky.

Almost five decades later, another UFO is scheduled to land in the same spot, but this time, the childish squeals should be excitement, not terror.

Capitalising on the notoriety of the biggest mass UFO sighting in Australian history, Kingston Council will in June install a $150,000 UFO-themed playground in Grange Reserve, featuring a 3.3 metre high spaceship big enough to hold seven children at a time. The silver spaceship, loosely inspired by the descriptions of witnesses back in 1966, will be trimmed with blue LED lighting, says Steve Perumal, the council officer who designed the park in collaboration with landscape design firm Urban Initiatives.

"We're effectively designing a UFO and hanging playground equipment off it," Mr Perumal said. Giant springs that resemble landing gear; climbing nets for invasion; red spiral slide for escape. And unlike that first flying saucer, this one complies with Australian safety standards.

Signboards near the playground will sketch the details of what's known in UFO circles as Westall '66, when 90 witnesses, including a school class playing cricket on the oval, reported seeing up to three saucers either in the sky or landing in the reserve on a clear Wednesday morning about 11am, April 6, 1966. It's been the subject of several news reports and one 2011 documentary.

The UFO playground gives the 1966 sighting official validation, says Joy Clarke, 60, who was in form two at Westall High School when she saw "flying saucers" above the sports oval.

"It makes you feel like people believe that it did happen," said Ms Clarke, a sales rep. "For years and years we were made fun of. You got told: 'How crazy were you? What drugs were you on?' For God's sake, I was 12 and a half and at school. I wasn't dropping LSD."

Shane Ryan, the Canberra public servant who has spent the past eight years researching the incident, has long campaigned for commemoration on the site. "I think it was a UFO, which is not the same as saying it was an extraterrestial spacecraft," said Mr Ryan. "There is a core mystery here. Too many people saw it. I think it's something worth taking seriously".

Ms Clarke's childhood friend Terry Peck ran to the reserve just in time to see the silvery saucer rise silently from the ground, turn on its side and shoot across the sky.

"It'd be nice to hear something serious," she said, "someone come forward to explain it. We were all brainwashed, told it was nothing, some government experiment and we weren't to talk about it."

Ms Peck said she would have kept her silence "if I was the only one... I don't want family or friends thinking I was a nut case , but because there were so many of us. Look, it's factual. I saw it. There must be something if all these people who are quite smart saw it."

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