Whenever I recall the Coyne/Helicopter/UFO incident in Mansfield, Ohio on October 18th, 1973 I get goose-bumps. 40 years later, it’s still considered one of the greatest UFO events in history. My family, neighbors, other residents and 4 Army Reserve crewman above Mansfield, Ohio were about to witness a event that defied logic and change our opinion forever.
My brother, Bill Carver, first noticed the lights in the distant southwestern sky. It was still daylight and the sun was setting. I remember seeing three lights and one of those lights (left of the other objects) may have been a star. My Dad, brother and myself shared our binoculars as we witnessed the middle object perform incredible movements dancing in the sky at incredible laser precision angles and speed. The middle object wasn’t as bright as the other two objects, but the maneuvers were spectacular. We could see red, green and white lights blinking constantly as we were viewing from a kitchen window.
During one of my turns watching the UFO, I saw the smaller center object merge into the larger object to its right. As far as my research, this has never been reported before.
Bill suddenly shouted out- “It’s moving” and he became visibly excited.
Hours later, we had to go outside to get a better view as the UFO slowly moved northeast towards Mansfield, Ohio. At this time, several of our neighbors came over to our property and witnessed the event. I got bored watching the cigar-shaped object and got in the car to drive towards Mansfield to get a closer view. Little did I know, I would miss one of the most prolific UFO events in history.
Meanwhile, Army helicopter pilot, Captain Lawrence Coyne and two members of his squadron were returning to Cleveland, Ohio in their helicopter. As the chopper and crew approached Mansfield, my family and neighbors were about to witness UFO history.
My brother, Bill recalls the UFO shooting across the sky towards the chopper. Everyone thought a mid-air collision was about to happen. Captain Coyne set the throttle for a 20-degree dive to avoid the crash. The UFO was travelling at an estimated 600 knots and incredibly the object stopped above the chopper. My brother recalls watching the UFO and helicopter climb from 1,700 feet to 3,800 feet straight-up in the air. Captain Coyne still had the chopper set to a dive position.
During this time, I had driven a few blocks from my house and was driving north on Paul Boulevard. I stopped the car once I saw how close the UFO was above the tree line over-looking Sunset Park. The chopper was beneath my view. Here in plain view was the UFO, green light on the front, white light and a red light on the rear on a nearly sixty-foot long dark metallic-grey object that had the appearance of a cigar shaped stogie. I sat in my car marveling at its appearance.
It made no sound.
Suddenly the UFO shot off towards the northwest and in literally seconds it was the size of a star in the distance. Even faster, the object disappeared from sight.
October 1973 was a record month for UFO sightings all over the USA. Ohio had such a frequency of sightings that former Ohio Governor John Gilligan proclaimed October as UFO month. Governor Gilligan actually witnessed a sighting in Ann Arbor, Michigan during October. The Coyne/UFO incident was the featured story of the year in Playboy Magazine for 1973.
While I am sure some of the hundreds of UFO sightings were hoaxes throughout the U.S. in 1973, what we witnessed was real. Many of those who witnessed the event have since passed on. Finally, after 40 years of silence we are speaking out.
What we witnessed the evening of October18th, 1973 was distinctly not from this world!