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Extremely rare audio has emerged online that is believed to be of an interview with the only adult known to have spoken out about an infamous 1966 mass UFO sighting in Melbourne.

On April 6, 1966 over 300 students and some staff reportedly witnessed a UFO flying silently in the sky before disappearing behind some nearby trees.


Andrew Greenwood was a teacher at Westall High School when the object was spotted and is one of the only adults to have spoken about his experience.


It has been 52 years since the alleged sighting but there are very few eyewitness details that have emerged in that time.


Though rare audio, believed to be of an interview between Mr Greenwood and American physicist, Dr James E McDonald, may shed some light on what really happened.


The sighting occurred at Westall High School in 1966.

The sighting occurred at Westall High School in 1966.Source:Herald Sun

The audio was recently published by the YouTube channel QUFOSR and claims to be a “huge piece of evidence for the case”.


A link to the audio was sent to news.com.au by the owner of the channel, who believes it may be the first time the interview has been posted online.


A recording of Mr McDonald describing the interview has been posted online before but audio of the actual interview is very rare.


Though news.com.au cannot verify the claims it is Mr McDonald and Mr Greenwood speaking on the tape, it is still brings an interesting perspective on the baffling case.



At the beginning of the interview Mr Greenwood told Mr McDonald that he initially brushed off the girl that ran into his classroom claiming there was a UFO outside.


However, at recess time, he thought he might as well go have a look outside, purely out of curiosity, it was then that he saw about 300 students and a few teachers all gathered on the oval.


“I observed the object everyone was looking at. It was grey against a blue grey sky so I didn’t see it immediately,” Mr Greenwood said.


“The only thing I’ve got to compare it against is some smaller sized cessna aircraft and it was approximately two thirds the length of one of those.”


He said it was hard to make out the exact shape but the best way he could describe it was a big plate with a bulge in the middle.



According to Mr Greenwood, the object moved in a very strange way and was a lot faster than any other aircraft he had ever seen.


“It did hover at times, it seemed to be able to accelerate and disappear out of sight and then someone would see it over in another part of the sky,” he said.


“It moved a considerable distance away very rapidly and then moved back again.”


At one point the object moved towards the crowd, but it moved in such a way that it was impossible to know it was moving until it was right in front of them.


“It came towards us, not that we could see it actually coming towards us, but we could see that it was closer now than it was before. It would go up and down. It could move slowly, but generally it seemed to hover or move really fast,” he said.


The sudden appearance of a light plane made the encounter even more bizarre, with Mr Greenwood noting the UFO seemed to be playing some sort of game with the planes.


“[The plane] approached it and then tried to move around it and [the UFO] moved over to another part of the sky very rapidly. The plane followed it over and it moved back again,” he said.


The sighting sparked a lot of speculation by the local paper. Picture: QUFOSR/YouTube

The sighting sparked a lot of speculation by the local paper. Picture: QUFOSR/YouTubeSource:YouTube

“It seemed to be playing cat and mouse with the plane.”


More planes started to arrive and by the end Mr Greenwood said there were about five planes in the sky with the object.


According to the teacher the UFO was in the sky for about 25 minutes from when it was first noticed and then suddenly it just disappeared.


“It just vanished. It did one of its accelerations and then no one could pick it up again. It was gone,” Mr Greenwood said.


The incident understandably attracted a lot of attention from the local media, with The Dandenong Journal covering the event in great detail and running two front page stories on it.


The Age also ran a small article about the sighting, writing that the unidentified object may have been a weather balloon.


Even though it is the largest mass sighting in Australia to date, hardly any other newspapers made mention of the event, apart from The Sun and The Herald running a few cartoons poking fun at the claim.


There were no pictures of the Westall UFO but this is a photograph of another sighting that was captured just a year before. The exact location of the photo is unknown.

There were no pictures of the Westall UFO but this is a photograph of another sighting that was captured just a year before. The exact location of the photo is unknown.Source:News Corp Australia

At the time, there were a lot of claims that the government was trying to get people to stop talking about the sighting, along with several; witnesses saying sharply dressed men in black suits visited them and warned them from speaking about the incident.


Despite over 300 people seeing the light planes in the sky with the object, the closest airport, Moorabbin, denied having any planes in the sky at that time.


“I drive past (Moorabbin) several times a day and there is never a time when there’s not planes taking off or coming in,” Mr Greenwood can be heard saying.


“So I think it was rather a silly statement for them to make that at that time there were no planes in the sky.”


People are still trying to figure out what exactly those 300 people saw. Picture: Supplied. Picture: Supplied

People are still trying to figure out what exactly those 300 people saw. Picture: Supplied. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

When Mr Greenwood tried to speak with the physical education teacher who also witnessed the event all she would admit is that she “saw something” but then refused to speak about it anymore.


He also said he was met with complete denial from the headmaster who didn’t want to hear anything about it and even accused him of being hung over and seeing things.


“He is one of these people that runs his school on the book and if it’s not in the book you don’t do it. And there is nothing about how to handle UFO sightings in the book. Therefore you ignore them,” Mr Greenwood said.


He said that after the incident the school received a visit from the Royal Australian Airforce but the headmaster didn’t want to hear anything they had to say and “promptly told them to get lost”.


The interview offers a rare first-hand account of what may have happened that day.


The sighting sparked worldwide interest, with people still debating about what those students and staff actually saw.


Some believe it was definitely an alien encounter while others suspect it may have been new government technology.

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I have little doubt that many people sight UFO's and do not report them to anyone outside their family or group of friends. I personally doubt these sightings are of alien craft, I believe they are almost certainly secret military projects.


I wasn't aware of this particular UFO report, below, until earlier this year. It happened at Yerecoin in 1967, and the bloke involved was a no-nonsense type of bloke, who previously believed that anyone who reported sighting a "UFO", was a crackpot.

What is unusual with this event, is it is a report where the person involved was almost able to touch the craft. It approached so closely to his Landrover in a paddock, that he had trouble getting the Landrover door open.


Yerecoin UFO - 1967


I have a business associate who also encountered a similar sighting near Wickepin in the early 1970's. He was an agricultural contractor, and also a no-nonsense, highly skeptical type of bloke.

He was driving along a gravel road in farming country in late afternoon, when he sighted this "grey-coloured, cylindrical" UFO sitting in the paddock about 300 metres away.

Curious, he stopped his ute, got out, climbed over the fence and started to walk towards it to inspect it. As he approached it, it suddenly took off, straight up into the sky, and vanished at enormous speed.

It was broad daylight, a fine day, this bloke never touched alcohol, and he wasn't a "BS artist". He told a couple of locals about the episode, they laughed at him and asked silly questions such as "what were you on, that day?" - so he refused to talk about the sighting ever again. He never reported the sighting to any authorities, and this is probably typical, of a lot of taciturn country people.


In the late 1970's and early 1980's there was a rash of UFO sightings in the SE Wheatbelt of W.A. At least 2 of my employees had exceptionally frightening close encounters with "UFO's".

I can assure you they all saw something that was unexplainable in everyday terms, which caused them great fearfulness.

In one of the cases, there were two witnesses to the event, which happened at night in a paddock and which event caused electrical disturbance so severe, it caused their Hilux to stop dead, and affected the lighting on the vehicle (switched the lights on and off with no human intervention).

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What is stunning to me about this report is the photo of Westall high School with no trees.

I had forgotten what the landscape looked like at that time; we started ring barking trees in Australia in the 19th Century and couldn't stop ourselves; we killed about 17 billion trees according to the late Tom Uren. 


Schools and businesses planted shrubs, or small English trees, and the Westall photo is typical of what you'd see in the mid 1960s - looks like a desert to us today but that was the norm.

The General Motors dining room had a stage, with murals each side of it depicting cities of the future, oddly with roads running around the buildings and so steep that an FJ Holden could never have climbed them, but they were consistent with the era - not a single tree in the cities.


I agree with what you said about the flying saucer reports; the Westall sighting is well documented in a much calmer way elsewhere (I've forgotten the document), and was one of quite a lot of mass sightings.


I hadn't read about the local aircraft, but the report of one aircraft watching it, then joined by more and more is quite logical to me because Westall high School is in view as you fly downwind  for what was then a single Runway 17, so everyone on downwind would have heard the radio chatter and flown on a bit further for a look. The Tower Controllers couldn't have missed seeing what was going on, and would have been p!ssed off, telling them all to get back into line.


In the photo below, Moorabbin airport is in the bottom left corner and Westall High School is in the top right.


The weather balloon story was also famously used at the site of the 1947 Roswell crash with the US Airforce, with dozens of Defence vehicles and soldiers dispersed around the site. The only problem was, someone took a photo of the wreckage, and someone else compared it with a weather balloon, and there is no comparison.


Ranchers reported the cleanup of the site went on for days with a military cordon several miles diameter, and semis hauled the wreckage, under tarps out. In one book the author interviewed hundreds of people and was able to trace the truck movements to a USAF base in the east of the US.


Many people ave speculated what crashed at Roswell, some suggesting the story was a cover up of a secret military aircraft, others with the alien story with local eyewitnesses reporting the one metre tall bodies.


One book I read listed the previously unknown "inventions" which rapidly emerged from reverse engineering the spacecraft; kevlar from the skin construction, fibre optics, teflon  etc.


We have a lot to condemn Orson Welles for.


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