Sighting Date: August 23, 1974
Sighting Location: New York City, New York, USA
One of the greatest ufo stories told by an famous person happen in August 23, 1974 – John Lennon reported seeing a UFO in NYC.
Lennon’s sighting occurred when he was with his personal secretary, May Pang, in New York, at the time when he and Yoko Ono were separated.
He refers to the experience on the cover of his album “Walls And Bridges”, which was released in 1974, saying that he saw a UFO. May Pang reports in her book, “Loving John”….
“We had just ordered up some pizzas and since it was such a warm evening, we decided to step out on the terrace,” recalled Pang.
“There were no windows directly facing us from across the street, so John just stepped outside with nothing on, in order to catch a cool breeze that was coming in right off the East River.
I remember I was just inside the bedroom getting dressed when John started shouting for me to come out on the terrace.
I yelled back that I would be right there but he kept screaming for me to join him in that instant. As I walked out onto the terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us.
It was shaped like a flattened cone and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we’d see heading for a landing at Newark Airport.
When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft – these were also flashing on and off.
There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind. It was, I estimate, about the size of a Lear jet and it was so close that if we had something to throw at it, we probably would have hit it quite easily.” Eerily the object passed by.
“We often had helicopters flying above us but this was as silent as the night and about seventeen stores above street level.” The object flew off but returned later, by which time she and Lennon had set up a telescope through which they could view it in more detail.
“The light was so brilliant coming from the craft that no additional details could be seen. We did take a couple of pictures but they turned out overexposed.”
They also rang a local newspaper to report the sighting and were told at least seven other people had seen the UFO too.
“We even called the police, that’s how excited we were, and they told us to keep calm, that others had seen it too.”
During what was left of the evening, John kept saying, “I can’t believe it… I can’t believe it… I’ve seen a flying saucer!”