Barlilian Air Force Admit Investigation into UFO's
Many years later, the UFO
phenomenon is still taboo to the Brazilian military.
Article by Carlos Mendes.
Translated by Paulo Santos, from the Brazilian
UFO Magazine team.
Picture below is Brazilian Air Force Operation
Commander Captain Uyrange Hollanda. He committed suicide in 1997.
In the months of October, November and December of 1977,
and during the first half of 1978, the Brazilian state of Pará was
invaded by UFOs. And it wasn't simply sightings. Nothing to do with mysterious
lights wandering at high altitudes. It was about bright objects, in several
shapes and sizes, flying over the Marajó Bay region at low altitude,
a few meters above the trees and firing strong light beams at the people. The people harmed by the phenomenon
- one of the most important ones of the world's ufology and still under
research nowadays - gave several names to the silent
and bright objects: "vampire light", "bug", "the
thing" and mainly "chupa-chupa"
(the sucker). They said the objects pilots were
beings with the height of 1.20 or 1.30 meter.
The people called it chupa-chupa because
of the weird scars the victims bore on their body. The light beam left tiny holes on the skin. They lost blood during
the attack. Men and women complained of giddiness, body numbing and headache
after the attacks. The inhabitants of the cities of Colares, Santo Antonio
do Tauá, Mosqueiro and Baía do Sol panicked on these days
of bitter remembrance. The panic took over even the state's capital, Belém,
with a sequence of strange lights reports and chupa-chupa attacks in several
quarters of the city, astonishing the authorities
In the end of the 70s, scientists from
all over the world came to Pará, Brazil, but they all failed to explain
the phenomenon. Twenty-eight years later, documents from the Brazilian Air
Force's secret service reveal that these lights from space were something
much more unsettling than we can imagine. The explanation to the phenomenon
is: there's no explanation. It is still a big mystery and a huge challenge
to the science and to the Air Force's experts.
Ufologists, scientists and researchers
from Brazilian universities are collecting signatures to a petition that
will be delivered to the Brazilian president. It requires the Air Force
to reveal the conclusions of the investigation on the chupa-chupa case.
The petition already have thousands of signatures: physicists, biologists,
journalists, officers and politicians among them. The campaign is called
- UFOs: Freedom of Information now. [www.ufo.com.br/secrecy.php]
The Brazilian Government, through the Brazilian Air Force,
has finally decided to come forward and recognize UFO research as a genuine
activity. It was a direct result of the intense pressure made by the campaign
"UFOs: Freedom of Information Now", a movement started by the
Brazilian UFO Magazine in April 2004. The campaign was launched by the Brazilian
Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU), composed of 6 UFO civilian researchers:
Claudeir Covo, Marco Petit, Rafael Cury, Reginaldo de Athayde, Fernando
Ramalho and A. J. Gevaerd (Athayde was away sick and replaced by new interim
member veteran UFO researcher Roberto Alfonso Beck).
( see picture below
- taken outside the main entrance to CINDACTA - The Brazil headquarters
of " Integrated Centre of Air Defence and Air Traffic Control "
( Centro Integrado de Defesa e Controle de Trafego Aereo - CINDACTA for
The military report, called
Operation Saucer, has 2,000 pages, 500 photographs and some 16 hours of
films. It has been sent to the highest rank officers of the Air Force. At
that time, the country had a dictatorship government and, because of this,
these documents have been kept classified for more than 23 years. The report's
conclusion wasn't revealed. The military were afraid of some relationship
between the objects invasion and the communists, maybe a new weapon to destabilise
the military regime. The national information service (note: SNI in Portuguese)
and the Air Force's secret service decided to keep the results classified.
But through a brave Air Force's
officer, captain Uyrangê Hollanda, part of this report came to the
public, through an interview he gave to Brazilian UFO Magazine's editor
A. J. Gevaerd. He was the operation commander, sent by the government to
this secret operation to investigate the facts and interview the chupa-chupa
Researchers got a copy of the report, and from all the
victims told to the officer, the most interesting story was one from a farmer
called Claudomira Paixão. She lived in Baía
do Sol and told that, in the night of October 18th, 1977, she woke up when
a strong light appeared through her house window. "The air got warmer.
At first, the light was green, touched my head and crossed my face. I woke
up completely and the light became red. I could see a creature, like a man,
wearing something like a diver's clothing. It had a device like a pistol.
It aimed at me and the object blinked three times, as if shooting at my
breast, almost always on the same place. It was hot and hurt me. I felt
like there were needles piercing me. I think they collected my blood. I
was terrified. I couldn't even move my legs. I was shocked."
What she said to the military was very important because,
for the first time, someone mentions a being leaving the flying object to
extract blood. Almost all stories talk about lights causing giddiness, weakness
and "body shivering". The only exception is a case, also in Baía
do Sol, talking about the appearance of a space couple that shot at a fisherman
with a light-beam pistol, leaving him passed-out for several minutes.
Brazilian UFO Magazine files - (www.ufo.com.br) Some of the reports are
below. There are literally hundred's more. This was (is) a big event.
Carpenter shot at flying
Captain Uyrangê Hollanda told on his Operation Saucer
report that the alien aircrafts flying over the region caused panic among
the locals and drove some people to despair. They used to use fireworks
to warn the neighbourhood when chupa-chupa was coming. They often shot,
with their hunting rifles, at the UFOs, said the captain to the Brazilian
UFO Magazine [www.ufo.com.br]. "We always told them: don't shoot, don't
shoot. Once, a strong light has been aimed at a carpenter. The man was 50
or 60 years old. He took his rifle and shot at the flying saucer. The light
surrounded him and he fell to the ground, almost paralysed. For 15 days
the carpenter could hardly move. In the first day the man didn't move at
all. He could see, hear and speak but it was very difficult for him to move."
Said the captain in an interview to the Brazilian UFO Magazine, the only
magazine interested in hearing his impressive story.
A Colares fishermen also saw UFOs coming in and out from
the waters of the Marajó bay. Sometimes, they could see their bluish
light moving under the water. "Once, I was sleeping when the sergeants
- members of the operation - told me they took a photograph of a flying
saucer diving into the water close to a boat. I went to the beach and waited
for the fisherman. When he came back he told me what happened. He was terrified.
Several weeks later I saw a light close to a fishing-boat. It was blue and
surrounded the boat once or twice, by 300 meters, then it dived into the
water. There wasn't any sound. It was like a blade passing through the water."
said the captain.
No explanation for the
The captain also heard from Wellaide Cecim Carvalho, the
town doctor of Vigia in 1977. She said she took care of more than 40 victims
and she saw burnings on their bodies. Because of her job, she asked him
to keep her interview under secrecy. She was afraid of being considered
ridiculous if people find out she had no explanation for the injuries. The
locals, the vast majority fishermen and farmers, couldn't understand why
they were chosen by the lights. They had just one certainty: they were terrified
for being guinea-pigs to unknown beings from another planet. And they didn't
know whether they would survive this weird experience.
The captain and his team were tired of seeing bright objects
flying in front of them. The objects even stopped, waiting for them when
they were taking photographs or filming. He couldn't disguise his astonishment.
In the report he admits these are weird phenomenon. When he developed the
crafts photographs, taken from a distance of 20 m, he had a surprise: the
objects didn't appear on some of them. They could only be seen on the negatives.
"I think these objects were doing a show for us", the captain
said in the report. In fact, on a very good shot taken on the Mosqueiro
island, one can see very well the shape of the UFO that came close to his
team at very low altitude. Hollanda said he could see "low height humanoid
beings" inside the craft. Although Hollanda's superior, commander
Protásio Lopes de Oliveira, was already dead, he believed in the
existence of extraterrestrial beings, so said the military to the Brazilian
UFO Magazine [www.ufo.com.br].
Captain Hollanda also said commander Oliveira would have
been "very happy" knowing that chupa-chupa was something so interesting
and unexplained to the human science. And what the military saw wasn't unknown
to the locals. A fisherman from Ponta do Cajueiro said one of the beings
had 1.20 m height.
Priest witnessed object
The priest Alfredo de La Ó, responsible for the
Colares church at that time and having recently died, was also interviewed
by the military. One of his stories: one night when he was driving he saw
a bright object cone-shaped far away. It was at 100 meters of altitude more
or less and coming down. it seemed it was landing. "I stopped and came
out of the car to see it better. It's lights were green, red and yellow
and turned on and off clockwise. It was swaying but, suddenly, the lights
became stronger and it went up. It disappeared and did not land", said
At two o'clock in the morning of November 27th, 1977, the
Air Force agents were paying attention to three bright objects, with different
sizes, on a place called Ponta do Machadinho. Apparently they were landed
at a distance of 3.000 meters from them. Suddenly, the smaller object came
closer to the bigger one. Few seconds later, it flew northeast, towards
Belém. The other two stayed for some seconds more and then rised
up fast, disappearing while taking different ways.
Another five bright objects could be seen in November 28th
at 5000 meters, over the city of Colares. After some time, they came closer
to a bigger one. They had yellow, red and green lights. One object left
the others and started to emit a strong blue light against a place called
Ponta do Bacuri. Later, they came together again and left towards Baía
do Sol, Mosqueiro, at high speed. A fisherman, terrified, reported to the
military the sighting of a dark UFO reflecting a bluish light. He was then
interviewed by a crew of the Brazilian UFO Magazine [www.ufo.com.br].
Object fires a light ray
at the locals and flies away
One of the reports describes a yellow to red object flying
at low altitude and without noise. Suddenly, it emitted a long bluish light
beam hitting the victim on the lumbar region. This part of the body became
numb. The victim also complained of a paralysing, muscular pain, for several
days. Another story talks about a flying object of more or less 100 meters
in size described by a Colares local. He said the object emitted strong
light beams against the city. When it stopped the local aimed his rifle
at the object and shot once. Then, he run away and hid in the bushes. Several
locals spoke of a sighting over the Jejutauá estuary. A big, bright
object at more or less 1.500 m and flying faster than a jet plane. The object
turned suddenly and disappeared within the dark night of the Marajó
On November 1st, 1977, the military set up an UFO observation
post on the Colares water-tower, when a strange event caught their attention:
at midnight, a blue light, already saw in previous sightings, was moving
from south to north and stopped above the sand bank called Coroa Vermelha.
Another bright object, yellow to red, came closer and became dark when it
touched the light. Half an hour later, another object did the same, disappearing
after "landing" on the blue light. Captain Hollanda said that
a huge bright object, which seemed to be the 'mothership', has been about
100 meters from them. "I was terrified. At that moment I didn't know
what could happen. They could have taken us. They could have done anything
they want to us. Another time, they were at Baía do Sol and it was
around 7:00 in the morning, Hollanda says, soon after the sun rising. "We
didn't see anything when, suddenly, a huge disc-shaped object, of more or
less 30 meters in diameter and 50 meters in height, hovered above us".
Captain Uyrange Hollanda was
found hanged with his own bathrobe belt by his daughter in 1997, on the
second floor of his expensive house, a death officially called "suicide
Operation Saucer never came to an end. The
Air Force cancelled the work without explanation.
Hollanda's conclusion -
"The space beings called "chupa-chupa"
by the locals were NOT attacking people but "collecting materials".
Covering the Brazilian air space in bands, the same way aerial photography
does. They started on Maranhão, then Colares, Marajó, Monte
Alegre, Santarém, Manaus, covering all the region as if they had
a schedule". Why did the Air Force
cancell the operation ? - Hollanda's answer: "I
don't know why they took it for granted. The Air Force "wasn't interested",
But I was".
The Brazilian UFO Magazine [www.ufo.com.br] carries in
it's site over 500 pages of official secret documents of the Brazilian Air
Force, most of them never admitted by the military or the government. About
230 pages of that amount are docs from the Operation Saucer, that were obtained
through several sources. ( some " leaked ") All these files are
free to download as an example that the Brazilian government, although still
(officially) in denial, does have an strong interest in the UFO Phenomena
and has conducted a serious investigation into the matter. In recent years
- quite recently in fact - a number of high ranking members of the Brazilian
Air force have attempted to "make a statement" (of sorts) as most
officials in Brazil admit there is "something going on" - but
it seems that there is still something there that blocks official government
acknowledgement of the fact that we are not alone. I don't think it's the