A UFO sighting near Kangaroo Island: National Geographic

ISLAND OVERFLIGHT: The view from the window of the Qantas Dash-8 aircraft departing Kingscote Airport on March 25, 2018. Photo by Lee-Anne Eddie
ISLAND OVERFLIGHT: The view from the window of the Qantas Dash-8 aircraft departing Kingscote Airport on March 25, 2018. Photo by Lee-Anne Eddie

The well-respected National Geographic website has published an article about an unusual sighting on radar over Kangaroo Island back in 1969. 

The article is about an apprentice radio technician named Alan Potter, who in August 1969 was servicing a radar at Adelaide Airport when he spotted something peculiar on the radar head.

The article reads: “Potter was tracking a Fokker Friendship flying from Adelaide to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, but as the radar turned slowly, it pinged a large object approaching from Port Lincoln, it was like nothing he’d seen in the area before.

REMARKABLE ROCKS: Some of the big eroded stones on Kangaroo Island's Remarkable Rocks almost have an alien shape. Photo by Stan Gorton

REMARKABLE ROCKS: Some of the big eroded stones on Kangaroo Island's Remarkable Rocks almost have an alien shape. Photo by Stan Gorton

“The Fokker flight was flying towards Kangaroo Island, when a small object, looked to leave the large object and fly in a line towards the Fokker plane.

“The two signals met over Rapid Bay before the smaller signal returned to the larger one.  Potter laughed at the idea the two signals could have been a UFO checking out the Fokker, but after further thought, there was nothing else it could be.

“Though Potter’s sighting was logged by the Australian UFO Research Network in 2004, no passengers or pilots on the Fokker reported anything out of the order.”

Have you ever seen any usual activity in the skies above Kangaroo island?

We would love to hear about it – please contact stan.gorton@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

Here are some of our reader comments posted on The Islander Facebook and sent to us directly:

A friend of mine tagged me in article in the National Geographic. I live on the Dudley peninsula not far from antechamber bay, around November last year myself a friend and my 7-year-old son all saw one night what we first thought was just a satellite. But then it became brighter also changing colours from white blue to green and erratically changing direction several times before speeding off and out of sight. – Leonard Deacon

Years ago, driving home- Nth coast road onto Pratt’s Rd, I saw a light in the sky to the west, like a star, but four times as big, and too high to be a house light. I pulled over and watched it for a while, thinking maybe it was a plane coming directly toward me, but it didn’t move. Eventually I went home, but when curiosity got to me I went back out to check it out again, but it was gone. I’ll never know what it was, but it was certainly unusual. – Liz Fogg

There was one time when i was about 10 it was above the hill and shot to ironstone point and back .we watched it for about 2 minutes then it vanished. Others saw it too. About 1975. Never forgotten it . A huge bright light. – ​Dallys Griffiths 

I used to see it quite often at certain times of the year. I think it was a star perhaps Venus low on the horizon to the west over Middle River. – ​Carol Houston

I had an experience years ago coming back from Kingscote to American River, I was watching a weird light then it disappeared then a minute later this bright light came flat out behind me then shot off was very strange indeed. – ​Nikki Redman 

I also remember Jane Bowering saying in the late 90's she had an encounter on platform highway one night. I don't think Jane is the kind of person to tell lies either. – Daniel Glasson 

Yep, and no one believed me, lol. Saw it in Kingscote. Can’t explain it, wasn’t a plane or anything else. – Simone Yvette Halloran 

Those are Chinese spy planes. – ​Anna Mae Junio 

Those bloody crossroads at Destree!! – ​Natasha Jane Kearslake

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