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The Barker Files (Part V): Highlights from Paul Dong's Classic UFO Casebook

on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 03:47

By Raymond A. Keller, II, Ph.D.

Illustration of the spiraling UFO flying over 12 Chinese provinces on 24 July 1981

In Paul Dong’s book, The Four Major Mysteries of Mainland China (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1984), the paranormal researcher notes that in the ten-year period prior to the publication of his work, the Communist Chinese government had assiduously documented more than 30,000 UFO reports.  Here are some of the more intriguing UFO encounters explored in Dong’s investigations:

Soldier abducted

Autumn, 1975:  Two soldiers sight a huge, saucer-shaped object hovering overhead.  The object pulsed with a soft, reddish light.  One of the soldiers rushed back to camp to file a report of the sighting, while the other remained to continue observing it and take notes.  After what seemed a few minutes, the local military commander and ten soldiers arrived on the scene, following the soldier who reported the appearance of the mysterious craft.  However, the soldier who stayed behind to continue to observe and report on the UFO was no longer there.  He was nowhere to be seen. 

The commander ordered the entire camp to search for the missing soldier.  In the span of several hours, the whole division was out and about the countryside, looking for the lost sentry.  Suddenly, however, in the middle of an open field, four soldiers heard someone groaning in back of them.  They turned around and sighted their lost comrade, who raised his hands, as if pleading for help, and then just passed out, laying unconscious on the ground.  What was most remarkable in the case was that this particular UFO witness’ eyebrows and hair had all grown significantly long.  He looked like some kind of hermit who just crawled out of a cave after an extended period of deep meditation.  It was also noted that his watch had stopped at approximately the same time that he experienced his first encounter with the UFO.  And after he was finally revived, the soldier could not recall anything about the UFO sighting or what had transpired subsequently.

Was it an American or Extraterrestrial invasion?

One of the more fantastic UFO cases took place in 1977 whence an armed detachment of several hundred soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army surrounded a landed craft of unknown origin.  It all began one night when a UFO that appeared about the size of a full moon, gleamed brightly and flew across the strait from the direction of Taiwan, landing softly on a hilltop in Fujian Province.  There were some 300 troops from the Fujian detachment of the People’s Liberation Army that were on maneuvers in the area when the UFO landed; so their captain ordered that his men surround the hill and further announced, “Don’t fire unless I order it.”  One of the captain’s lieutenants, standing next to him when he barked this order, then inquired, “Are we going to capture it?”  And to this, the captain confidently replied, “Yes, it may be some kind of secret weapon that the United States is providing Taiwan.” 

As the soldiers approached the landed object, however, they noticed that it had begun to shine increasingly brighter.  One of the men could no longer open his eyes because of the dazzling light emitted from the object.  Many of the soldiers began to feel disoriented and dizzy, unable to continue to even remain on their feet.


Mass sighting by military pilots

It was 1978 in a large open square at an Air Force base at Gansu in the People’s Republic of China, where several hundred pilots were watching a training film, when the attention of the whole audience was diverted overhead by the appearance of a huge, peculiar object moving from east to west.  The object emitted two searchlight-like white beams directed fore and aft.  The UFO also seemed to have some kind of nondescript attachment to its center fuselage.  As all of the observers were fighter pilots in the Chinese Air Force, if the object were conventional in any terrestrial sense, then surely one would have been able to identify it.  While all of the observers stated that they had “seen it very clearly,” they nevertheless attested to its status as an “unknown” and hazarded to make any further guesses about its point of origin.  Dong claims that he was approached by some military personnel who were there on the air base at Gansu when the incident took place, and that they confidentially informed him that the local command dispatched two fighter planes to intercept the UFO, but to no avail.  The object was just too fast to catch up with, speeding quickly out of range for the deployment of any missiles against it.  Outside of intelligence circles in the United States charged with conducting a continuous surveillance of China, nothing was known of the event.  However, within the People’s Republic itself, news of the mass UFO sighting was widely circulated.  This was one UFO event that woke up the Communist Chinese military establishment to the reality of the UFO phenomenon.


Flying Saucer over the Great Wall

Moving ahead to 1980, we come across a case where a flying saucer actually buzzed the Great Wall of China.  On the evening of 24 August 1980, there were three college students from Beijing’s Mineralogy School that were camping in a secluded valley near the Great Wall of China in Chang-ping County.  All of the young people felt a little anxious, perhaps thinking of upcoming exams, and could not get to sleep.  They built a camp fire, sitting around it and enjoying a sweeping view of the night sky.  However, at about 4:08 a.m., they were startled to see what looked to be a shining disc flying in their direction out of the eastern sky.  The UFO was dim in the center and moved flutteringly in the crisp but still dark morning air for about half an hour, at which time it flew off suddenly toward the south, bobbing steeply on several occasions, but moving at a high rate of speed.  None of the mineralogy students could detect the emission of any sounds from this traditional flying saucer.  One of the students did manage to take a photograph of the UFO, which the Beijing Evening News periodical was more than delighted to develop for them.  The newspaper also published the photo, which is believed to be the first UFO photograph ever taken in the People’s Republic.  Dong analyzed the photograph and remarked that, “The picture showed that the main body of the object was an oval-shaped structure.”  A sharply defined contour of the saucer could not be seen due to the intense atmospheric ionization surrounding it.


The Extraterrestrials focus their attention on China

You know that an area of planet Earth is particularly important to the extraterrestrials when they dispatch a mothership there.  Dong wrote that, “I have seen a report that on 13 April 1981, a huge fiery object as big as a basketball was seen in the southern sky of Huanren Manchu County.  The ball had red and white lights with a misty, cylindrical tail about two meters long.  The fiery ball continually dispatched small fireballs.”  Clearly, this was a carrier or mothership of some kind, operating at a considerable distance from Huanren Manchu, but of such incredible size that it appeared the size of a basketball when held at arm’s length, literally filling up one’s field of vision. 

The smaller balls were orange and followed the large fireball toward the northwest.  After two minutes, however, the whole array simply vanished.  They did not appear to just speed out of sight.  They completely disappeared, as if they were cloaked, the extraterrestrial occupants realizing that they were being observed. 

Just one month later, it was Shih Bo, the assistant editor of the Journal of UFO Research, who sent Dong an illustrated report about some other UFO reports on the same day.  It seems that Shih Bo had received at least seven reports of a direct encounter with the object on 13 April, whence it was flying from north to east across two provinces before it finally blinked out.  After carefully examining these other UFO incidents, Dong concluded that. “When I studied the illustrations, I could identify a ‘mothership’ image clearly.  It apparently carried seven small saucers, which were seen returning to the mothership.”    


Shock waves across the People’s Republic

Yet another UFO appearance has gone down in the annals of the People’s Republic as the most well documented case.  In Dong’s own words, this is the UFO incident that sent shock waves all across China.  It happened on the night of 24 July 1981, between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m., when thousands of persons from 12 provinces witnessed a huge, spiraled object traversing the sky. 

Dong described it thusly:  “The object looked like a moving dragon.  It was estimated to be five times brighter than starlight.”  He added that, “Later, a group of medical students, who had witnessed it through binoculars, drew what they had seen.  According to their illustration, the main body of the object was a disc which produced blue and green light.  On its upper half was a row of windows.  The body was circled with six stripes of light which were golden-yellow in color.”

Over Guizhou, a mountainous province in southwest China, peasants described the same object as being of immense size, about equal to that of a modern passenger jet liner.  And in nearby Sichuan province, students drew a picture of the UFO as “a dragon coiling up into the sky.”  These students even managed to take a photograph of it. 


Varied UFO Configurations:

Saturn-Shaped Objects

One of the more frequently reported type of UFO over China is the Saturn-shaped craft.  In 1978, Lin Ya-Bo of Xiang Xin in Hunan Provice sighted what appeared to be a "big, round wheel in the sky."  The center of the wheel was a dark, but subdued red.  However, the reddish color gave way to a more pinkish tone, tapering off on the object's edge.  This enigmatic UFO flew from east to west in a rather clockwise direction and according to Lin's account, "It looked like the Sun in the morning but it was much bigger, more transparent, and its light was less painful to look at."  Fortunately, no one could accuse him of fabricating the report insofar as many others in the area also testified to having seen some type of mysterious craft in the same vicinity of the sky on that same night, around the same time. 

Yet another Saturn-shaped UFO made an appearance to multiple witnesses in Jiangsu Province, hovering over the famed Mineralology School there.  The distinguished Professor Tu Deng-feng of this academic insitution was out in the quad talking with four of his students on 17 June 1980, when two machine shop teachers, Jiang Zong Li and his wife ran up to the group and shouted, "Look, look, a flying saucer, flying saucer!"  The sky was exceptionally clear that night in the northwest quadrant of the sky, where the excited couple had been pointing.  And not that far away from a bright star was the UFO, estimated to be about five times as brilliant in magnitude than the star it seemed to be hovering near.  The professor related to Dong that after remaining stationary in the vicinity of the star for a brief time, the UFO then began to fly from northwest to southeast, spinning in a clockwise direction.  Of the object itself, the Tu Deng-feng stated that, "It had a clear ring around it which looked like the ring of Saturn," and adding that, "After five minutes, it disappeared." 

Huge, Red Spheres

Beginning in 1972, Dong began to receive reports of a huge, red spherical object whose brightness rivaled that of the Sun transiting the skies all across China.   Either he or some of his research associates personally investigated 160 of these sighting reports.  Perhaps the most interesting sighting reported in this category occured in 1980.  Li Rong, a resident of the bustling North China port of Dailian, witnessed a huge, red sunlike object moving from the west to the east.  In Li Rong's estimation, the object was not going very fast and seemed to be dragging a red and yellow tail.  The UFO illuminated Li Rong's yard with its intense, reddish light and after two minutes, it just disappeared into thin air. 


Gobi Desert:  UFO Hot Spot

Many ufologists have asked Dong to pinpoint the hottest spot for sighting UFOs in China, to which the prolific researcher quickly declares that, "Without a doubt, it's the Gobi Desert."  In fact, of the total 3,000 cases on file with the China UFO Research Organization, nearly seven percent of the sightings occurred over the region.  This is by far the largest amount of reports for any one given area in all of Asia, not just the People's Republic, and Dong has speculated that the desert may serve as a base for extraterrestrials. 

In 1978, Dong investigated a case where an oil worker in the Gobi's Kamaray field sighted a silver-colored, oval-shaped object moving up and down the desert grasslands.  The oil worker stated that the UFO made no noise and emitted no smoke.  After he reported the UFO to the oil company's headquarters, it wasn't long before a group of soldiers armed with antiaircraft weapons arrived on the scene, rapidly crossing the grassland and moving in on the object.  The armed soldiers, along with a contingent of oilfield workers armed with any handy tool they could get their hands on, rushed the object, hoping to capture it and its occupants, if any, alive.  But suddenly, the UFO took off and disappeared from sight. 

And then just two years later, the intrepid and persistent Chinese ufologist Dong reported that a famous scientist, Peng Jin Mu, was known to have disappeared in the Gobi Desert under some very rare circumstances.  As it turns out, Pen Jin Mu was a research fellow at the prestigious Science Academy of Shanghai, as well as the Vice President of the Xin Jiang Science Institute; and while he had gone into the Gobi looking for new sources of water, he never returned to camp.  While the authorities say that the scientist "was probably buried by a sandstorm," Dong and other UFO investigators are not so convinced of the official explanation insofar as numerous reports of a flying saucer hovering over the area had been made to them by the local inhabitants.  The government dispatched hundreds of soldiers to look for the scientist; and the Air Force engaged about a dozen planes in a search that covered about 300 square kilometers.  Unfortunately, the only trace of Peng Jin Mu to turn up was a few footprints in the sand near a place where he had apparently rested for a while, along with some candy wrappers.   Dong and his team of ufologists speculated that Peng Jin Mu may have been abducted by aliens or perhaps he inadvertently passed through a stargate into another dimension.  After all, the ancient ones of China believed that the ethereal city of Shamballah was situated in the Gobi Desert, and perhaps it still is. 





Next:  Updates to “The Barker Files (Part IV):  UFOs over the Middle Kingdom”