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On November 2, 1957, one of the best documented cases of UFO landings took
place in Levelland, Texas, at the time a city of about 10,000 people. This night would be
the most unforgettable experience ever for patrolman A. J. Fowler, who was manning the
police call line. He received fifteen different calls from anxious citizens reporting
UFOs. The sightings began at 11:00 PM, some four miles west of town. Pedro Saucedo and
friend Joe Salaz were driving in a pick-up truck, and observed a brightly lit cigar-shaped
object heading in their direction.
200 Foot Long Object: Pedro's truck began to fail, the engine cut out, and
the electrical system went dead. The truck was allowed to roll to a stop. Pedro and his
friend recalled the unknown object as being 200 feet long. In the small town of Whiteface,
he called in what he had seen to Fowler, who thinking he was talking to a drunk person,
dismissed the call.
Brightly Lit Egg-Shaped Object: At 11:45 PM, Fowler gets his second call of the night.
Near the small town of Whitharral, located four miles east of Levelland, a man encountered
an egg-shaped object, this time the object was sitting in the middle of the road. The
object was brightly lit. The man left his vehicle, watching the object from a safe
distance. Shortly, the UFO slowly raised from the ground to an altitude of about 200 feet,
and disappeared. His vehicle had also stalled, but
Object Lands on Road: At 12:00 AM, the third call of the night comes in. A
man traveling about 11 miles north of Levelland sees a UFO sitting on the road. His
vehicle is disabled. He sits for a time watching the unknown craft. Before long, the
silent object lifts up, and disappears into the night. The man's car immediately fires up
again. He drives to the nearest telephone, and calls in his report.
Object Sitting on Road: At 12:10 A.M, Texas Tech freshman Newell Wright
was driving 9 miles east of Levelland when his engine failed. The nineteen-year-old got
out of his car, popped open the hood, and tried to see if he had an electrical problem. He
then saw an unknown object landed on the pavement a small piece down the road. He
estimated the object's length at 125 feet. It was a bluish-green color. It soon rose up
Fourth Object on Road: Only five minutes later, at 12:15 AM, another
driver near Whitharral, encountered an unknown object in the middle of the highway. His
vehicle also was disabled. Like the other drivers, after the object left, his vehicle
returned to normal. After a fourth call reporting a landed object in the middle of the
road, patrolman Fowler began to worry, and called patrol cars in the Levelland area to be
on the look out for this object.
Orange Ball Lands on Road: At 12:45 AM, Fowler received yet another report
from the general area of Saucedo's initial sighting. This time the driver sees an orange
ball-like object coming toward him. He reported that the UFO made a soft, quiet landing on
the pavement of the road. He also related a strange phenomena-the orange color of the
object changed to a bluish-green color as it landed on the highway. He could also estimate
the length of the object at about 18 feet, as it covered the entire width of the road.
200 Foot Long Object Seen Agaiin: There would be about a 30 minute lapse
in the reports with the next one coming in at 1:15 AM. A truck driver from the city of
Waco, Texas, made the call. He tells Fowler that driving northeast of Levelland, he saw a
large unknown object which glowed in the dark sky. The man sounded frightened on the
phone. The trucker noted that the object was about 200 feet long, which agreed with the
initial Saucedo report. The man's truck, temporarily disabled by the object, roared back
to life when the object left his area.
Two Policemen See Object: Up until 1:30 AM, all of the reports received by Fowler had been
from civilians. That would change when he received a report from two lawmen, about 3-4
miles out of Levelland. Sheriff Clem and Deputy McCullough testified that they observed a
"large, glowing object," pass across the highway in front of them. The had never
seen anything quite like it. They had been monitoring Fowler's reports on the positions of
the callers, and tracking the object. The officers stated that the entire highway was lit
up below the sun-like object.
No Less Than 15 Reports: For reasons that we will never know, for some 2
1/2 hours on the night of November 2, 1957, the city of Levelland, Texas was visited by
unknown flying objects that landed on the roads of the city and surrounding areas.
Patrolman Fowler logged fifteen calls from concerned, and sometimes frightened callers.
What exactly were the UFOs that landed in or near Levelland? Certainly, a full
investigation was needed.
The day after the sightings, the entire city was full of newspaper reporters, and other
interested parties. The United States Air Force did eventually arrive in Levelland, but
only did a brief overview of the case. They theorized that "ball lightning"
could be the cause of the sightings. Naturally, we know that ball lightning does not land
on highways, and disrupt car engines. The case of the Levelland, Texas, landings is still