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Georgia witness describes UFO chased by military helicopter

A Georgia witness at Cumming reported watching a low flying military helicopter apparently chasing a “tubular-shaped, glowing white object,” according to testimony in Case 81841 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was outside on a back patio sitting in a hot tub at 7:22 p.m. on December 2, 2016, when the incident occurred.

“I was facing south towards the back of my house,” the witness stated.“I heard the faint chop, chop, chop of a helicopter and just a few seconds after I heard the first ‘chop’ I saw a red light (I assume it was a running light from the helicopter) in the sky emerge heading southwest.”

Illustration of the sighting area. (Credit: MUFON)
Illustration of the sighting area. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness stated that this is a fairly common occurrence as news and traffic choppers are common in this area.

“The chopper proceeded south for approximately 30 seconds. I didn’t give it another thought and went back to enjoying the tub. Within another 30 seconds, I started hearing the chopper again, but this time (even over the noise of the 6 HP tub jets) it was getting considerably louder. I leaned up and looked towards the sound and the red light was coming back towards my way on a north-northeast heading and moving fast, very fast.”

The sound reached levels that the witness had never heard before.

“At this point the rotor chop was getting so incredibly loud, I reached over and turned the tub jets off because I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and now feeling in my chest. The chop was so powerful that I then realized this has to be a military chopper. I couldn’t see the chopper itself yet, but I could see its red running light (the only light visible) as it approached.”

The witness could clearly see what the military helicopter was chasing. Pictured: Cumming, GA. (Credit: Google)
The witness could clearly see what the military helicopter was chasing. Pictured: Cumming, GA. (Credit: Google)

A few seconds later, the chopper passed right in front of the witness just above treetop height.

“When it passed by, the chopper was completely black as in there were no lights emanating from the cabin, just the red running light. This is where it gets interesting. Just in front of the chopper, about 50 to 70 feet, was a tubular-shaped, glowing white object silently screaming by. I know it made no discernible noise simply because the chopper thump, thump, thump is intermittent. If this was a jet or a missile going that fast, I feel very confident it would have made a loud jet engine or rocket sound. It was silent.”

The witness felt compelled to report the sighting to MUFON.

“1. It was an extremely fast and powerful military-style chopper. 2. It was flying way below legal altitude (just above treetops). 3. It was obvious to me that the chopper was chasing something due to its very fast and erratic flight path. 4. Right as it passed in front of my line of sight, I saw what it was chasing as described above. 5. When the chopper abruptly changed course, it was now coming towards me and did not have a white light coming out of the front of it. 6. And finally, because this all happened over a residential area.

Cumming, GA, is about 40 miles northeast of Marietta. (Credit: Google)
Cumming, GA, is about 40 miles northeast of Marietta. (Credit: Google)

Cumming is a city in Forsyth County, Georgia, population 5,430. Georgia Field Investigator Sandra Johnston and State Director Ralph Howard closed this case as an Unknown.

“After discussing different possibilities with the witness, it seems unlikely the lights seen on December 2 could have been aircraft, a satellite, a balloon, meteorites or any other natural known phenomenon,” Johnston and Howard stated in their report.“We also discussed drones, but concluded the object was moving too fast and the shape was not drone-like in appearance.”

Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  1. Thanks for passing this story along, I’ve been a UFO nut for some time now but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything all that interesting. However I had a very similar sighting to this that I reported to George Filer’s email blast. Here is the unedited report from… ooops, anyone else have their entire old aol email account purged because they hadn’t checked it for 180 days? The edited version of this story was in one of George’s newsletters, this happened maybe seven years ago. I live in Denver near Wellshire golf course, I was walking my greyhound one Friday evening at dusk and I heard very loud chopper wash headed my way. I can’t remember the altitude of the helicopter now, but in my mind’s eye it was maybe two blocks south of me flying in an easterly direction no more than several hundred feet off the ground. It was a foggy evening (which doesn’t happen often in this dry climate). Suddenly I saw a coherent cluster of lights in the fog/low clouds seemingly floating 100 feet in front of the helicopter, maintaining a constant distance as the chopper flew past me at maybe 60 mph. The thing that I remember most about the sighting was how the lights looked like the Japanese glass floats from drift nets that used to wash ashore on the Oregon Coast when I was a kid. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_float#/media/File:Large_glass_floats-9-2.jpg . That emotional part of the memory is so strong that I believe that the lights had a similar aqua blue kind of glow, as if they were internally illuminated and opaquely shining through the clouds. There was no forward beam from the helicopter that connected to these lights, logically it was as if they were suspended by a 100 foot pole pointing forward from the helicopter. This was not a jaw dropping experience, in fact it seemed kind of banal afterward. I probably wouldn’t have remembered it if I hadn’t told a friend that same evening. He was quite taken by the story and told me to remember it because something strange had happened. In retrospect, it has occurred to me that if someone was testing some kind of crazy stealth craft that could float silently, it would make sense to put a chopper behind it to carve out a radar return to avoid a mid-air collision. I wish that I’d seem something more exciting like what this guy saw!

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