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Mihai Bărbuţiu, born in Arad, on February 21, 1929, was military pilot since 1951, later on supersonic fighters, and he became civilian pilot since 1974, on AN24 and TU-154B. Mihai Bărbuţiu recounted about his encounters with unidentified objects, in the discussions that we had with him in Arad, in March 4, 2015 (including a TV show with Sorin Ghilea, at “TV Arad”).
1. Encounter near Caracal
In the summer of 1957, one evening, Bărbuţiu was appointed leader of flight at the airport of Caracal, used as a backup of the main airport of Craiova, if some flight problems arise and an aircraft came to an emergency landing. At one point, he was alarmed to go to the “station”, a flight management point, a huge six wheels truck, parked near the runway. At the station he heard that an elusive unidentified target was seen on radars, appearing and disappearing. To intercept it, from Craiova a MiG-17 fighter took off. This type of fighter was the first of the Romanian Air Force having its own radar. Bărbuţiu could hear his colleague, the pilot Captain Adalbert Bodiş (now retired commander, who lives in Cluj-Napoca), reporting that he located the target and, after a while, that he no longer sees it...
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The news, with some images, was broadcast on 13 May 2004 on the Romanian television channel "Antena 1". Afterwards, a team of association ASFAN, composed of Ion Hobana, Alecu Marciuc, Alexandru Musat & Gheorghe Cohal went to Râmnicu Vâlcea and held discussions at the local TV station "VL1" with those involved in the event (director of local television station - Mr Cozma, filmmaker - cameraman Luigi Chitan, and technicians who processed the images).
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The phenomenon was noticed at around 22:49, when tower operators directed the landing of Istanbul-Bucharest Tarom flight. It had the appearance of a circular light, west of the airport, between Buftea and Corbeanca (at about 5 kilometers). Throughout observations, the radar tower did not detect any unidentified target. As a result, it could not determine the altitude of the phenomenon; it was, in any case, below the scattered clouds at 2,000-3,000 meters.
Mr. Vinersariu asked the duty officer to turn the video cameras, placed on the control tower and on another building of the airport, toward the light spot. This has allowed to record the appearance for about two hours.
The phenomenon was observed from inside the control tower and from its terrace. Through binoculars, It has been observed that in the middle of the circular light it was a horizontal band, colored white, orange and red, colors that turned each into other.
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Thursday, June 23, 1994, the engineer Liviu Deznan and more workers have seen, from the deck of a silo, in a wheat field at the northern limit of Arad, two concentric circles: a central core with a diameter of 8 meters and a slightly elliptical ring, wide 6.5 meters, around him, with the external diameter of about 50 meters. Besides, there were two small signs, also elliptical, with the axes 2.30 respectively 2.75 meters, flattened in the same direction as in the great agroglyphe. In both of the circles, the rods were bent slightly, uniformly, in counterclockwise direction, and they seemed to have been compacted by the weight of an object. Around there were no traces, and the wheat was intact. Because the witnesses were busy with farm work, they announced the observation only Saturday June 25, and the press came only Monday 27.
As of June 28, 1994, the case became known, and was taken by Romanian media. A few committees came at the scene, they made numerous photographs, including aerial ones, from 1500 to 2000 meters.
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September 23, 1978 at 24:00, two technicians from the upper station of the cable car were awakened due to a reddish, circular light, which was visible through the dense fog, occupying the whole field of view. The witnesses estimated that it was at about 5-10 meters from the window. It was a perfect silence. Initially they thought the Balea Lake main chalet was burning, but this was not confirmed. Subsequently, were eliminated other possible explanations: car headlamp, flashlight etc.
In a wooden barrack, not far from the cable car, a number of military conscripts (between 12 and 20 after different sources) were stationed unarmed, brought to construction works.
Around the same time, the „fruntaş” (equivalent to "lance corporal") Ioan Dörr came out of the bedroom of the barrack, to drink water. On the way to the tap, at the corner of the building, he spotted, at 6-8 meters, a dark, motionless silhouette, 1.90-2.00 meters high, lit only by a bulb above the door. Because of fog, the military man could not distinguish details. He shouted "Who's there?", but did not receive response. Therefore he thought it is prudent to return inside the barrack. Five minutes later the figure was still there, close to the wall of the building; but, after another ten minutes, it was gone.
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After the first moments of surprise, Barnea rushed to the camera that he had on the blanket on the grass and exposed in hurry a first image. How the object does not move quickly, he had free time looking at him and then exposed the second image, well centred in the viewfinder. Meanwhile, the strange air device begun to glow intensely and tipping over, as its flight position would have been indifferent. Obviously, it looked as a reversed "plate", but back then Emil Barnea knew very little about the UFOs.
Suddenly, the object accelerated toward the heights, on a diagonal direction. Following it through the viewfinder, Emil Barnea managed to shoot three more photos. In the last two images, the object appears, but only as a point that is lost in the immensity of the sky heights.
Returning home, Emil Barnea, uninformed about UFOs, has not rushed to take out the film from the camera. Only after a while, after he exposed the remaining frames, he developed the film, and made copies of the strange images.
The pictures obtained by Emil Barnea were taken by the Romanian news agency "Agerpres" and, after checking the film and then the witness statements, they were shown on the national television and in newspapers across the country. Then the case became known abroad, and was featured in many magazines and books from different countries. In comments to the set of pictures from Cluj Napoca, it has been recognized as one of the most successful series of UFO pictures around the world, and one of the most important ones, because of the outstanding scientific issues raised by some relevant details.
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