THE FUHR FARM CASE
Langenburg, Saskatchewan, CANADA
Date: September 1, 1974Edward Fuhr, a farmer, while working in his field in Langenburg, Saskatchewan, observes a silver flying saucer UFO that had landed and four others flying in the vicinity.
A number of crop circles are left in the field below where the saucers were seen.
The case is investigated by the Canadian RCMP and the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), both conclude it was no hoax.
Farmer Edwin Fuhr's
Strange Sighting In His Fields
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
June 13, 1992
Some residents of Langenburg a farming community about 70 kilometers southeast of Yorkton, believe they can create a tourist attraction based on an eerie event that occurred in a farmer’s field near the town in 1974.
On Sept. 1 1974, the skies were grey and threatening, but Edwin Fuhr was on his swather in a field of rapeseed (now called canola).
Moving up a small incline, he glanced up to make sure he would skirt a grassy, dried out slough just ahead when he spied something made of metal in the grass.
His first thought was that someone was playing a joke on him or had dumped junk in the old slough.
As the swather moved up the incline, the slough came into full view. The metallic “something” was one of five machines rotating rapidly and hovering just above the grass.
Fuhr, startled, stopped his swather, climbed down and took a few steps toward the hovering machines. Then, overcome with fear, he stopped and began slowly to ease back to his idling swather.
The machines continued to hover and spin, then slowly lifted. About 100 feet above ground, they manoeuvred into an echelon formation and rose at a much greater speed. Each vented a brief puff of smoke and in seconds. Disappeared over the horizon.
At the controls of his swather, Fuhr was almost paralyzed with fright and barely able to put the machine into gear. At lunch, he was unable to eat.
When he inspected the site where the strange visitors had been, he saw five circular depressions.
Most of the tall grass was pressed down, and, in places, was twisted as it would be by a spinning object. The circles were exactly 11 feet (3.3 meters) in diameter and there was unflattened grass in the centre.
The shaken farmer reported the incident to the RCMP. In a few days, a newspaper story brought hordes of curiosity seekers to the farm, all expecting to see the landing site. Fuhr could not allow that because the estimated 3,000 people who arrived would have pulverized his crop.
Fuhr said the mystery machines were made of what looked like stainless steel, but had a “brushed” finish. Each was about five feet (1.5 metres) high at the peak of its dome-like structure. There were no windows or portholes, no antennae or other projecting parts except something resembling a short exhaust pipe, the source of the vapour the objects emitted as they rose through the overcast.
The Centre for UFO Studies in Illinois sent a specialist to the farm and he found no reason to dispute Fuhr’s report.
Cpl. Ron Morier of the RCMP concluded that the five circles were caused by “something exerting what had to be heavy exhaust or air pressure. Whatever was in there came out of the air and departed the same way, as far as I could tell.”
Edwin Fuhr still lives in Langenburg where he’s regarded as a dependable, quiet spoken citizen not given to inventing tall tales. As one businessman said at the time of the incident, ”If that’s what Edwin says he saw, that’s what Edwin saw.”
Today, portions of the rings made by the strange machines are still visible on his land.
About three years ago, there was a report of two UFO’s that hovered briefly over Langenburg.
In another incident, four people, who were not identified, said they saw “a silver, saucer-shaped object” hovering above a highway in the Prince Albert area.
The sighting was in 1955 and was not reported until 1973 because those involved feared being ridiculed.
It’s likely that numerous other events have gone unreported for the same reason.
The London Free Press, July 12, 1975
SHINY DONE-SHAPED OBJECTS
LEAVE "CROP CIRCLES"
Canada, September 1, 1974Farmer Edwin Fuhr, 36, was harvesting his rape crop at about 11:00 a.m., when he noticed a metallic-appearing dome-shaped object about 50 feet away in a grassy area. Stopping to investigate, he left his swather and walked to within 15 feet of the object. Noting that the object was spinning and swirling the grass beneath it, he became frightened and backed away. Climbing back on the swather, he looked around and saw four more domes arranged in a rough semi-circle, all identical and all spinning, hovering about a foot above the ground.
Suddenly one object took off, quickly followed by the other four, ascending in a step formation. At about 200 feet they stopped, each emitting a puff of gray vapour from exhaust-like extensions at the base. The vapour extended about six feet, followed by a downward gust of wind which flattened the rape in the immediate area. The objects then formed a straight line, hovered for a minute or two, then abruptly ascended into the low cloud cover and disappeared.
Later Fuhr learned that cattle in a nearby field had bellowed and broken through a fence about the time of the sighting. Going to inspect the landing area, he found five rings of depressed grass swirled in a clockwise fashion. There was no evidence of heat or burning. Some additional circles were found in the area later that month.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Ron Morier, quoted by Canadian Press, said: "Something was there and I doubt it was a hoax. There's no indication anything had been wheeled in or out and Mr. Fuhr seemed genuinely scared."
MUFON UFO Symposium Proceedings, Seguin, Texas, 1975, pp. 113-129; International UFO Reporter, Mar.-Apr. 1992, pp. 4-11, with sketches and tables; Flying Saucer Review, 20(3), 1974, pp. 32-33, with photo and sketches; Jerome Clark, UFO Encyclopaedia, Detroit, Omnigraphics, Inc., 1998, 2nd Edition, Vol. 2, pp. 571-572.
(DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE TELEGRAM) M. NRC REED OTT PRIORITY LANGENBURG SEP2 UNCLAS NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL - METEOR CENTER OTTAWA INFO F DIVISION REG YORKTON S/DIV LANG1, RE SIGHTING G OF UFO 6 MILES NORTH AND HALF A MILE WEST OF LANGENBURG SASK (A) DATE AND TIME OF SIGHTING 1-9-74 1030AM CST (B) CONDITION OF SKY - CLOUDY WITH LIGHT RAIN (C) IDENTITY OF OBSERVER - EDWIN FUHR B28-4-38 FARMER (D) LOCATION - SWATHING GRAIN. TURNED CORNER IN FIELD AND CAME ON OBJECTS 50' AWAY AND WALKED UP WITHIN 25' (E) OTHER TO SEE UFO - NIL (F) DESCRIPTION - FIVE SAUCER SHAPED OBJECTS 10/12' IN DIAMETER APPEARED TO BE ROTATING. HIGHLY POLISHED STEEL LIP NEAR BOTTOM DARKER IN COLOUR POSSIBLY GREY. HOVERED 2/3' ABOVE THE GROUND AND THEN WENT STRAIGHT UP AND DISAPPEARED IN THE CLOUDS (G) DURATION OF SIGHTING - 20 MINUTES (H) MARKS - LEFT CIRCULAR MARKS ON GROUND WHICH ARE STILL VISIBLE LANGENBURG DET NRC REED OTT M. NRC REED OTT V
September 1, 1974
UFO: Sightings, Landings and Abductions
by Yurko Bondarchuk, 1979By far the most publicized UFO landing in recent years occurred during the 1974 Labour Day weekend on a rapeseed farm outside Langenburg, Saskatchewan, close to the Manitoba border. As a calling card, the five dome-shaped UFOs that landed on Edwin Fuhr's farm left five of the most distinctive nest-like depressions ever seen. The case also demonstrates the interest UFOs appear to have in studying our cultivation efforts.
The scene unfolds on Sunday morning, September 1, 1974. At about 10:45 AM Edwin Fuhr was out swathing the rape when suddenly he came upon a dome-shaped object fifty feet in front of him. Thinking it was a joke perpetrated by his neighbour, Fuhr jumped off his tractor and walked within fifteen feet of the object. His curiosity quickly turned to shock when he realized that the thing before him, now visibly revolving, was hovering about a foot above the ground.
Bewildered by the sight, he slowly backed away, making sure not to turn his back to the craft. As he mounted his swather, he became even more alarmed; there were four more identical objects nearby, all visibly revolving in unison, in a clockwise direction!
In an interview with UFO researcher Ted Phillips, Edwin Fuhr described what had happened:
They were all revolving, all four of them. I sat there like I was frozen, I couldn't move nothing....I sat there for, it could have been fifteen or twenty minutes, I don't know. From one of them, something was probing around the grass....It was like, oh, I would say, the size of a fifty-cent piece, it looked like a probe, and the grass was all twisted and you could see marks like something had jumped here and there, all over. Then, they all went up, straight up, to I would say about two hundred feet and they stopped at that distance. When they hit the two hundred foot mark, they stopped spinning and a vapour floated out, an exhaust. The exhaust was only about six feet long, like a vapour, it was two ports at the bottom of it.
You could see they were about twelve-inch diameter ports and they were all like that. They were in a step-like formation, the lower was the last to go up... And after that, I would say only a second, there was a downward wind, a pressure that flattened the rape that was standing and I thought, "Oh, here goes my crop." It just took seconds to get to that height (two hundred feet) and then they were just standing and after that, into the clouds and they were gone.
Fuhr went on to describe the craft in detail:The color of the machine was like a brushed stainless steel. It was rough and you could see while it was revolving that it was sort of grooved all around; you could see kind of grooves, they were darker grey....a dark grey...like it had been hot at one time, like steel that gets hot and cools off.²Recovering from shock, Fuhr inspected the area where the craft had landed. There were five perfectly round rings of flattened rapeseed which had been swirled in a clockwise direction. After hearing of the incident, Fuhr's brother-in-law contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They arrived the following morning and in a report, the investigating officer, Constable Ron Morier stated:I went to the scene...where we spoke with Edwin Fuhr and examined the circular patterns left by the saucers. There were five distinct circles, caused by something exerting what had to be heavy air or exhaust pressure over high grass.In an interview with Ted Phillips, Constable Morier stated:There is no way that this is a hoax...I think that there is no way that anything was wheeled in and out of that field because there had to be some trace...whatever was in there, it came out of the air and departed the same way, as far as I could tell.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police DETACHMENT OCCURRENCE REPORT LANGENBURG, SASK. 9:00 P.M. 1 SEP 74 461 Mr. Karl ZORN Langenburg, SK. Field, 6 mi. North, 1 mi East of Langenburg Cst. R. L. Morier Cst. R.L. Morier UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS 1. Mr. ZORN telephoned this Office wandering whether or not our Office had received any calls reporting sightings of unidenti- fied flying objects. I advised Mr. ZORN that no such reports had been received. Mr. ZORN then reported that he had just spoken to his brother-in-law Edwin FUHR (B: 28 APR 38) on the telephone and he related to him how around 10:30 A.M. today he came upon five (5) 'saucer shaped' objects while swathing rape at the above lo- cation. He apparently froze with fear and watched the 'Saucers' for approx. 15 min. as they hovered a foot off the ground. Finally he got off the Tractor and walked towards the 'Saucers' coming to within 20 ft. of them before they propelled straight up disappearing into the clouds. Mr. ZORN of course was skeptical as was I of the above story, however he advised that his brother-in- law is a responsible person and not prone to making up stories. Mr. ZORN also spoke to his father-in-law who returned to the scene of the sittings, and he confirmed that there were five definite circular patterns left in the swamp grass. 2. As it was dark at this time there was no point in partollin, to the scene. Arrangements were made to accompany Mr. ZORN to the scene first thing tomorrow morning. S.U.I. (G.A.G.) Cpl. (R.L. Morier) Cst. 3. 2 SEP, I went to the scene with Mr. ZORN where we spoke with Edwin FUHR and examined the circular patterns left by the 'Saucers". There were five different distinct circles, caused by something exerting what had to be heavy air or exhaust pressure over the high grass. The grass was flattened in a clockwise circle with the flattened portion being approx. 18 in. The total diameter of two of the circles was 12 ft., with the other three being approx. 10 ½ ft. in diameter. The grass in the centre portion of the ring was standing, and appeared untouched. Photographs were taken of the rings. FUHR stated that he was so involved with swathing in the rape, which was a good 3½ ft. tall, that he didn't notice one of the 'Saucers' located in the sunken dried slough in the field until he was about 50 ft. away from them. He described the 'Saucers' as being about 4 or 5 ft. in height. The body was a highly polished HIGHLY POLISHED... steel, with the bottom lip being a duller steel shade. He didn't notice any windows on the 'Saucers' because they were revolving at too great a speed. He didn't hear any noise co- ming from the machine over the noise of his Tractor. FUHR stated that as the 'Saucers' gained altitude he noticed exhaust come from underneath them. Other than the five rings, there was no other physical evidence in the area. 4. The witness FUHR has been known by a member of this Detach- ment for a period of four years., and during this time he has not been known to materialize any such stories. He is a responsible person, and his information is considered reliable. 5. Telex LAN 81 has been dispatched in compliance with OP MAN CC MOR para. 6. Copy of this Report being forwarded to the Upper Atmosphere Research Section, Astrophysics Branch, National Research Council, Ottawa, Ont. Concluded Here: (R.L. Morier) Cst. 3 SEP 74 (G.A.G.) Cpl. i/c Det.
Mysterious UFO Formations
Found in Canada, Sept 1974
An unusual five-ship UFO-formation was sighted in Langenburg, Canada, by Edwin Fuhr. Canadian Royal Mounted Police are convinced, on the basis of their preliminary investigation, that some objects did land on Fuhr's farm.
"I went out about 9 a.m., " reported Edwin Fuhr of Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada. "It was very cold and I have on my coveralls with the hood of my parka over my head. Ice crystals were falling, and it was raining at the time.
"I was going very slowly when I noticed the object in front of me. At first I thought it was a goose blind for hunters.
"I jumped out of the swather (combine) and I walked up to within 15 feet of it. I noticed the object was rotating, spinning (clockwise) and the grass around it was moving.
"I stopped right there and viewed it for maybe two minutes. I don't know exactly how long I was standing there and instinct told me not to go any closer so I backed out all the way back to the swather, walked around it and got in on the left-hand side.
"As I sat down in the seat, four more appeared on the opposite side of me and I immediately froze. I couldn't move at all and they sat there about 15 minutes, rotating, all five of them."
Fuhr added, "Then they went straight up, all even, in a step formation. They were up about 200 feet when a dark gray vapour appeared from the bottom two exhaust ports and lasted a few seconds. Then they were gone."
Fuhr returned to his farmhouse, about 140 yards away. Realizing something was wrong, his wife asked him why he was so upset. Fuhr related the frightening experience. Later in the afternoon, his brother and sister-in-law came over and the incident was again brought up.
When his brother returned to town, he called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and asked if they had received any reports of anything unusual.
At first, Constable Ron Morier said he was skeptical of the incident but agreed to investigate the following morning.
However, after arriving at the site, Morier stated, "Once I saw the rings, and how genuinely scared Mr. Fuhr was, it was most definite something had landed. Nothing could have been brought into that area. There were no tracks. It came out of the sky and went back to the sky.
"Mr. Fuhr is very sincere and a responsible member of the community that members of the force have known for the past four years."
Page 2A complete report of the incident was forwarded to the National Security Council of Ottawa. Fuhr further described the details of his sightings to officials.
"It was about 5-feet high and 11-feet in diameter. It was stainless steel, saucer-shaped, domed, dark on the bottom like it had been hot, very hot. There were no markings on the craft.
After the five objects disappeared Mr. Fuhr said he "got off the swather to see if the spots were warm or hot. They were cool, all five of them. I do not know if they were sitting there all night or not."
While no occupants were observed, Fuhr added. "It looked like something got out, as the grass was trampled down near one of the rings."
Investigation of the rings by Constable Morier resulted in the following preliminary findings:
Five rings were arranged in a horseshoe design, with three of the rings only about 5 feet apart. Two additional rings on each side were further back.
The grass was approximately 18 inches high, with the strange tramping down appearing to come from one of the rings in the center cluster.
While investigating, Morier smelled the grass in the rings and noticed no door of any kind.
Another ring was found in the area the following Tuesday morning and many residents reported strange lights in the sky.
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