It was a relatively calm evening over Darwin, Australia, when 79-year-old Mark Schmutter decided to step out the balcony of his friend’s apartment, where he had been visiting. “I decided to go out on the balcony and take some shots of Darwin,” Schmutter said of the night in 2009 that changed his life. Having strolled out onto the apartment balcony, camera in hand, Schmutter noticed a strange object in the distance–a blue aircraft that “flashed” past just as he held his camera up to snap the photo. Fortunately, this turned out to only be the apparent UFO’s first sweep. “It came back again,” Schmutter recounts, “so I hit it with the camera.”

What resulted were strange images of a turquoise-colored object which, to the best Schmutterand others can tell, resembles a sports car, cruising along in midair. Though reports of UFOs following and hovering over automobiles are relatively common in ufology, aircraft seen in such circumstances often is described resembling saucers, triangles, flying eggs, or long cylindrical “cigars.” However, in a few rare instances, the UFO craft themselves have resembled flying automobiles capable of impressive maneuverability.

Interestingly, such reports date back several decades. One report chronicled in researcher Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO Database took place in 1965 near Wiltshire, England. Witnesses described seeing “a phantom automobile, shaped like a Land Rover but without wheels,” which passed the witness

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Author: Micah Hanks

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3 Replies to “Cars From the Stars: Automobile-shaped UFOs

  1. Hi DBD,

    Indeed, I do recall this! Did anyone ever figure out what it was conclusively? I remember seeing one explanation, which dealt with a black car parked alongside a white car, featured at the Google Earth blog.

    Seems there were some other explanations offered too, but I fail to recall them at the moment. But whatever this was, it wouldn’t be the only time something strange appeared on Google Earth! What about this infamous “Triangle UFO”:

    The best explanation I’ve seen for this one is a radio tower (some have pointed out that the small dark line emanating from the lower left of the triangle’s center is the shadow of the tower itself). Of course, it still looks fairly creepy when viewed initially, and from this vantage, does certainly resemble an alleged “Triangle UFO.”

  2. I’ve read stories about flying saucers that “morphed” into trucks and then automobiles. But I’d never heard of flying cars before!

    It kind of reminded me of Indrid Cold’s weird ride, that apparently ressembled something like a kerosene lamp on a horizontal position. It also made a whirring sound

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