Ulf Christiernsson’s sighting
By Stephanie Kelly
On the 1st of April 1954, The CIA sent out a report concerning a sighting in Sweden that was reported 3 times in newspaper articles. The articles were published in the Stockholm daily newspaper ‘Dagens Nyheter’ on the 18th, 19th and 20th of December 1953. Of all of the reports that I have gone through, this one is a little different. The first thing that caught my attention was the amount of redaction; the majority of released reports have no redaction but this one seem to have odd reaction such as “Please return to Agency Archives, ******, making it unclear exactly what agency controlled this information. Secondly, all of the other reports I have reviewed have the Classification and markings for whom the information was given to; this report has the Classification redacted and, on the only page with the grid viewable, has no one marked for other Government departments that were involved.
Ulf Christiernsson, a retired Captain with the Royal Air Force and at the time an employee of Transair, reported that on December 17, 1953 he saw a metallic round object, approximately 10 meters in diameter, in the sky while flying in a DC-3 with his flight mechanic Olle Johansson. He also stated “The mysterious object appeared suddenly on the air route traveled by all controlled air traffic between Bulltofta and Bromma airfields.” He gave, in great detail the events of that afternoon. He was positive that it was flying at a low altitude and it approached his aircraft at a “very high velocity” and what he estimated as “about that of sound.”
Captain Christiernsson estimated that the aircraft was in his view for a 5 second time span. He said in the article that it didn’t seem to have a crew and was nothing like anything he had ever seen more; seeming more robotically controlled than by a person. At the time of the sighting, Captain Christiernsson stated “we were flying at an altitude of 2,150 meters and the cloud ceiling was about 1,500 meters. Thus, the object should have been flying at an altitude of between 1,500 and 1,600 meters.” Both, Christiernsson and Johansson both agreed it had no exhaust or vapor trail following behind it.
Of course, Captain Christiernsson reported this immediately to the Air Defense Staff. Their statement on the incident makes this even more interesting. According to their release, at about 2:47 pm and unknown object was reportedly seen traveling at high speed and because of the low clouds it was not able to be seen from the ground. They also stated that, to their knowledge, there were no Swedish planes in the area that this occurred.
Of course the Defense Department in Sweden along with the Air Department there were working to solve this mystery but they were not able to come up with any exact answer. One Scientist, Bertil Lindblad, insists that the sighting was that of Geminids, a large group of meteors. Mr. Lindblad stated that these would of been visible mainly on Dec 13th but sightings could last for days. Research helped to lessen the possibility of this being the cause do to the speed and angle of what the Captain saw.
Many other explanations have been offered for this sighting, but it appears to be one sighting, by a credible witness, that has yet to be debunked! This sighting is a mystery and may always be.
Voluntary Swedish Aviators in the RAF –http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/swedish_a…/christiernsson.htm
C.I.A. FOIA – http://www.foia.cia.gov