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Canadian ice cream cone UFO from 1972
The following UFO photos are from the archives of Lt. Col. Wendelle C. Stevens, and the accompanying details have been reproduced as close to the original sighting report as possible.

Fall 1972, Lake Maniwaki, Province of Quebec, Canada Mid-day

The Canadian UFO photo in question.
The Canadian UFO photo in question.

On an unspecified date in late summer or fall of 1972, a witness who insists upon remaining unidentified was walking near Lake Maniwaki in the Province of Quebec, Canada, when he came upon a huge cone- shaped object apparently resting upon the ground or else hovering very close to it. It was of very large size, 60 to 70 feet tall, and as he came into view it began to rise. He quickly opened his camera and snapped a picture of the strange aircraft on black and white negative film as it continued to ascend upward towards the clouds above. The photograph was made with a 35mm hand held camera in what looks like late mid- afternoon time.

Closeup of object.
Closeup of object.

This strange object was ice- cream- cone shaped, and of about the same profile and proportions as the Mesa, Arizona; Ipamari, Brazil and Cocoyoc, Mexico craft, but here the similarity ended. This one was flying with the point of the cone UP and the large end down. It looked metallic and was of a silvery color with 12 seemingly fluorescent or somewhat light-radiating globes positioned around the bottom that also looked metallic, and four more around the top that were of a slightly different color and also seemingly light radiating. The twelve lower globes around the rim of the widest part were of a sort of reddish-orange hue and the smaller ones around the top just below the point were a little more pinkish in color. The rest of the surface of the object was not marred by seams, mateing lines, rivets or fasteners, and had no ports or protrusions, or details of any kind, seemingly made all in one piece, and there were no markings of any kind visible.

The witness has now disappeared and nobody who knew him has been able to trace his whereabouts. There is no indication as to whether other photos were made or whether the witness had any contact with the craft. The original negative was sent to someone in the United states and has become “lost” .

Drawing of object. Credit: Wendelle Stevens
Illustration of object. Credit: Wendelle Stevens

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Wendelle Stevens

Lt. Colonel (USAF Ret.) Wendelle C. Stevens was one of the world’s best known UFO researchers. Born in 1923 in Round Prairie, Minn., he enlisted in 1941 in the US Army and was transferred to the Air Corps in 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and subsequently in a classified project in Alaska to photograph and map the Arctic land and sea area, where the data collecting equipment onboard B-29s detected UFOs. Stevens also served as US Air Attaché in South America. He retired from the USAF in 1963 and worked for Hamilton Aircraft until 1972.

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  1. The shape of this object is kind of the same as a Native American teepee. It sure does make me wonder, especially with the information about the photographer. If beings on the craft took the photographer on board, I’m sure the photographer is in a much better place now.

  2. Also, the 12 lights at the bottom remind me of the numbers on a clock, if seen from above. The 12 lights also remind me of positions of teepee poles.

  3. I actually have the negative (or a copy of it) for that picture. My brother found it in my dad’s belongings 2 weeks ago… The negative has many fingerprints as it was poorly handled but the UFO is very clear on it. My dad got this from a man in Maniwaki in 1972. I couldn’t find his name either.. Anyone with more information will be gladly appreciated.

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