I love this case so very much.
I mean, look at that thing! That’s one o’ them gol dang Tic Tacs! From over 40 years ago.
I reported on it nearly 11 years ago on my second blog:
The Remarkable Cecconi UFO Case: Cover Up Italian Style.
Posted: December 2nd, 2010
This is just like one of those much dreamt of “gun camera” shots that we who dig UFOs want so much to get our hands on. The difference here is that this one isn’t from a gun camera at all, rather it was exposed by one of the four Vinten reconnaissance cameras flying aboard the Aeritalia/Fiat G.91R jet fighter aircraft piloted by Italian Air Force Marshal Giancarlo Cecconi on the 18th of June, 1979.
I stumbled across this obscure case due to the “bump” of an old ATS thread that was started on 1/11/2010 by a former member known as Imagir. While it was known to internos, it wasn’t known to the late Justin Krog, so, obscure is a most accurate word. Which is unfortunate really since it is an excellent radar/visual case with many witnesses; and, well, I mean, just look at that gol dang picture!
Some great information was added to the discussion on 11/18/2010 by ATS member Mark_Frost when he found a 1996 investigative report by Marco Orlandi of the Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici (CISU) published at the Brazilian site INPU. It’s quite a thorough investigation, covering all that’s known and was originally published in the Brazilian UFO Magazine (Rivista di Informazione Ufology), issue number 17 in February 1996. You really should read that report. Do take the time.
“It was a tank of at least eight meters. Five hundred years from now, maybe someone will tell us why and how to stand there, suspended in the sky, thirteen thousand feet.” – IAF Marshal Giancarlo Cecconi
Clearly, Giancarlo was pretty much gob-smacked by the thing.
I noted with much interest that although Cecconi tried very hard to get a photo of a side view of this object… he could not… it constantly reoriented itself to this nearly head on aspect.
Here’s a link to the 1988 Flying Saucer Review article (in pdf) on Ignacio Darnaude’s site.
So, I was well pleased to see this rather nicely detailed post on Anomalien, a site I had not visited previously, but will now keep an eye on, eh!
In 1979, A Military Pilot Photographed A UFO Over Italy
By Anomalien.com on Jun 27, 2021
Pilot Giancarlo Cecconi was returning to Treviso AFB, Italy, in his G-91R fighter with his G-91R group 14 of the Air Force’s 2nd Fighter Wing, after completing a reconnaissance mission on June 18, 1979 at 11:30 am.
The Istrana Radar Center (TV) registered the intruder’s presence on its radar screens and instructed Cecconi to approach an unidentified aircraft that entered the restricted area.
With unused film in the cameras of his aircraft, the pilot activated the cameras and approached the UFO at a distance of 70-80 meters and at a speed estimated at 300 knots (450-500 km).
Airport ground staff watched the event through binoculars. Cecconi was called in by the Treviso control tower to warn him that the object was emitting a strange blue trail.
He pursued the object at an altitude of 7,000 feet, but did not notice its trace. When the pilot approached the object, he moved up and down at an altitude of 1,000 feet at a time, climbing up to 13,000 feet.
Cecconi flew seven to eight flights near the object and each time photographed the UFO with a camera, resulting in 82 frames in which the intruder was captured.
The visible UFO was stationary relative to the G-91, but the radar center confirmed to Sesconi that it was moving, its course and speed were determined.
The pilot saw a matte black cylindrical object and the presence of a small white or transparent “dome” located on the upper side of a slightly flattened object.
The dome was similar in shape to those found on sports cars. While Cecconi was making another call to return to another series of photographs, Istrana’s radar called and reported that the object had suddenly disappeared from their and other radars.
Seconds later, Treviso’s control tower confirmed that the UFO had visually disappeared. A few minutes later the plane landed, the films were removed and quickly developed.
The object was a cylindrical object no less than eight meters (26 feet) long and no more than three in diameter, flying thirteen thousand feet in the sky.
The incident is significant thanks to the camera footage, radar, and visual evidence from several witnesses, including a highly respected fighter pilot.
Mille grazie, Giancarlo! Bravo!