- Chapter 1 - Summary & acknowledgements
- Chapter 2 - The report
- Chapter 3 - Sources & materials
- Chapter 4 - Possible explanations
- Chapter 5 - Conclusions & questions
- Additional sources
- Appendix A - Weather data
- Appendix B - Witness statements extracts
- Appendix C - Similar reports - "The Dark Blob Catalogue"
R e s e a r c h
This catalogue, compiled by Martin SHOUGH and Wim VAN UTRECHT, contains the details of 21 eye-witness accounts describing phenomena with a similar appearance and behaviour as the unidentified aerial objects observed by Capt. HOWARD over Labrador. As with the Labrador incident, several of these reports concern first-hand testimonies given by pilots.
In order to be selected for "The Dark Blob Catalogue" the reported phenomena have to satisfy the following conditions:
Typically shape-changing grey or black objects, usually estimated to be several kilometres distant and very large, positioned close to the horizon and seen in a clear sky with the Sun low on or just beneath the horizon. The "objects" are often accompanied by smaller objects that have been observed to move both vertically and horizontally, but always within a limited angular segment of the sky.
We are much indebted to researcher Herbert TAYLOR of Port Jefferson Station, New York, who kindly provided us with photocopies of the source material for Cases #10, #11, #12 and #14. Special thanks are also due to Australian researcher Keith BASTERFIELD who helped us obtain detailed information on Cases #8 and #13 and undertook a follow-up investigation of Case #14. Further help was received from British UFO author Jenny RANDLES, from US researcher and cofounder of the The Project Blue Book Archive Brad SPARKS, as well as from Dr. David CLARKE, consultant to the British National Archives for the releases of the Ministry Of Defence's UFO files.