Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Turkey UFO Case Overview And Background


"The objects in the footage have the structure of a specific material that
is definitely not made up by any kind of computer animation, balloon, prop,
model, or special effects used for simulation in a studio."
The Science and Technology Research Board of Turkey
TUBITAK Report Documents

Unidentified object witnessed by multiple residents
of Istanbul and filmed over the sea

6-12-08 Footage

Turkey has a long and rich history of unexplained aerial phenomenon dating back centuries. But between 2007 and 2009 in the northwest region of the country, a series of unusual events took place. Multiple strange objects were observed over the sea and witnessed by local residents. During that time an important video was taken of something unidentified hovering in the sky at the same location. Is it possible that Yalcin Yalman was able to capture in close detail on film what people were seeing? This blog is an attempt to document, as much as possible, what happened.

Residents described metallic, oval, and disc shaped objects, that behaved oddly, hovered, and moved silently while sometimes accompanied by strange red and orange lights. Some of the witnesses lived in the nearby housing complex, curious onlookers, and fishermen. But in 2009, during and after, the International UFO conference near Istanbul, Roger Leir and 7 to 8 other people became witnesses themselves and observed a physical oval metallic object hovering in the sky while in the company of Yalcin. After witnessing it himself, Dr. Leir remained convinced that the footage is authentic.

2007 to 2009 Original Raw Footage
Single Frame Images

2009 Original Video Footage


What are the objects that were filmed?


The objects were filmed from a long distance away.

After comparing statements by the witnesses and locating landscape markers in the video it was possible to identify the general area that the footage was taken.


Approximate Location And Vantage Point Of The Camera



Reports were filed with the Sirius UFO and Space Science Research Group which is Turkey's primary UFO reporting organization run by Haktan Akdogan. Also, the videos were analyzed by "The Scientific and Technology Research Board of Turkey" and "TUG National Observatory" which are both sponsored by the state and highly influential. They reviewed the originals with the goal of finding evidence of a forgery, but interestingly came away with results that actually supported the authenticity instead. The original film cassettes have also been studied by people from Japan, Chile, Brazil, and Russia. After several attempts so far nobody has been able to successfully demonstrate evidence of a hoax, fraud, or manipulation leaving the case is still unidentified.

2008 Sightings And Video Footage

The previous year a number of sightings took place between May 22 and Sep 28 of anomalous aerial activity. Yalcin worked the night shift near the Yeni Kent facility located onthe shore of Kumburgaz which gave him a good vantage point. But, when the sightings started to take place it began catching the interest of the local residents and more people began to take notice. Similar to 2007 the 2008 sightings were discussed in the Turkish national media, even on CNN Turk, while soon gaining interest from the local Turkish scientific and astronomy community who ended up analyzing the footage. It is important to understand that the video are short segments that occurred over multiple dates.

 2008 Original Footage - Part 1:


2008 Original Footage - Part 2:


2008 Original Footage - Part 3:


 2008 Full Length Raw Film - Long Version

June 8, 2008 Sighting



June 9, 2008 Sighting

The next day a glowing ball of orange/red plasma type light is motionless in the sky for several minutes leaving a bright reflection on the water surface.


June 12, 2008 Sighting

Four days later another orange ball of light is observed at first. Shortly thereafter it appeared dome shaped and is seen moving horizontally which causes the moonlight to shift across the structure.



July 2, 2008 Sighting

This elongated unidentified object is motionless in the night sky. Yalcin managed to zoom in and out more than once.


One hour and fifteen minutes later was this array of pulsating lights in the same area.


Earlier that morning


June 16, 2008 Sighting


20 Important Segments Of The Video:


Several Eyewitnesses Were Interviewed:



SIRIUS UFO Space Science Research Center Of Turkey


At first, the videos were analyzed under the direction of noted researcher Haktan Akdogan the director of SIRIUS UFO and Space Science Research Center. Haktan first spoke with all the witnesses separately and then did analysis of the videos. With participation of the members of their science board they enlarged the images and did the detailed analysis, checked the pixels, and went through frame by frame.

Haktan Akdogan: "After doing all the necessary analysis which went on for several weeks, the board came to a definite conclusion with no doubt that these are 100% genuine videos. The objects sighted in the aforementioned footage that have a structure that is made of specific material are definitely not made up by any kind of computer animation nor are they any form of special effects used for simulation in a studio or for a video effect therefore in conclusion it was decided that the sightings were neither a mock up or hoax. And it is concluded that these objects in the sightings that have physical and material structures do not belong in any category such as; planes, helicopters, meteors, Venus, Mars, satellites, fire balls, Chinese lantern, fire balls, weather balloons, natural or atmospheric phenomenon etc. and but rather fall into the category of UFOs."


Haktan and Murat Yalcin Q&A:

Turkish Ufologist Haktan Akdogan and the primary witness Yalcin Yalman did a question and answer session to discuss, in further detail, exactly what happened. Several questions about the footage is addressed.


The Camera Details:

The footage was taken with a MiniDV Canon DM-GR1-A based on the NTSC system with a diaphragm set at the maximum of 1.8. It's a 3CCD 20x optic 100x with a tele-converter mounted on a 58mm adapter. The tele-objective is a Sony brand vci hgd 1758 model lens, x 1.7.


May 14th, 2009 Sighting

During the 2009 International UFO Congress held in Istanbul, the following video footage was taken. A crowd of onlookers watch a glowing UFO at cloud level. More unknown objects continued being seen into the night and the following morning of May 15th, 2009.


The Nearest Point Of Land Is 29 To 35 Miles Away

From the perspective of the witnesses the unknown objects were a good distance off the shore. The nearest point of land was 29 to 35 miles across the Sea of Marmara and too long of a space from the camera to be clearly visible in the footage.


This is the approximate location of the orange light formation on July 2, 2008 and a comparison to a daytime photo from the same location.



Several reasons the Turkey UFO wasn't likely a cruise ship or yacht.



2007 Original Raw Footage:



The 2007 video was filmed starting on June 20 and lasted several days until August 31. During that time more round, disc, and oval shaped craft were seen and filmed maneuvering over the sea while occasionally changing direction. The same thing happened again in 2008 and 2009. To this date the objects in the footage have also remain unidentified while nobody has yet been able to find an explanation.

TUBITAK Released Their Report On National Television:


At first the scientists in Turkey were highly certain that it was a hoax. At that point Haktan Akdogan, who had already analyzed the videos frame by frame and confirmed their authenticity, challenged TUBITAK representatives on television to check themselves. When they were finished they released their report in a two page document which is translated into English below.

The National Council For The Study Of Science And Technology

On January 31, 2008, a MiniDV format video cassette holding 35 minutes of footage was brought over to "TUBITAK" The Science and Technology Research Board of Turkey (a Scientific Institution owned by the state that is highly reliable and influential) the National Observatory (TUG) by Mr.Tolga Ozdeniz, the Editor of "Reporter" that has been aired on ATV Channel. The footage on the cassette was said to have been recorded by a Canon GL1 MiniDV digital camera on a beach of a holiday village in Kumburgaz/Istanbul by an amateur.

The images were examined by TUG- National Observatory Image Processing Unit. Because, it would take quite a long time to analyze all of the images, only randomly selected parts were pre-examined. During this process, emphasis was not placed on images produced by optical clarification effects which a number of point light sources generated. Here is a portion of their report: “The objects observed on the images have a structure made of a specific material and definitely are not any kind of CGI animation or in any means a type of special effects used for simulation in a studio or for video effects. "So the conclusion of this report is that the observations are not a model, mock up, or a fraud”. At the last part of the report, it’s concluded that the objects observed have a physical structure and are made of materials that do not belong to any category (airplanes, helicopters, meteors, Venus, Mars, Satellites, artificial lights, or Chinese lanterns etc.)"


May 15, 2009 Day & Night Similarities

The 5-15-09 video begins while its dark outside at 4:59 a.m. then continues to film until after sunrise at 5:32 a.m. With the camera facing the same direction we finally see the horizon and more details on it's location. For an unknown reason what previously appeared as a metallic oval craft is now 4 orange lights in a semi circle. One speculation is that it's a plasma effect caused by the craft changing configuration or a reaction to the sun and different environment. When combining the shape of both the day and night objects. the similarities are interesting. It may be a possibility that it's one craft and not two objects. There has yet to be any further explanation.

33 Minute Segment From May 15, 2009


Filmed from 4:59 a.m. until 5:32 a.m.

A Comparison Shows Similarities



A Video Explanation Of The 33 Minute Sequence


Dr. Roger Leir Discussing What He Witnessed:


On March 31, 2013 Roger Leir also appeared on Coast to Coast with George Knapp to discuss what happened. Here is the interview with George Knapp: C2C Interview

Dr. Roger Leir Interviewed At The Location In Turkey During 2009:


While he was visiting Istanbul for the 3rd International UFO Congress in May of 2009 is when he completed this interview on the beach were people witnessed the phenomenon.

Yalcin Yalman Interviewed:


Yalcin Yalman discusses how he first became involved and why he purchased the camera. One of the interesting parts of this interview is when Yalcin revealed that he once had another sighting with his father when three unknown objects hovered above them, while fishing as a child. He recalled that earlier in 2007 there was another large sighting in Kumburgaz, but at the time he had not yet purchased a camera.

The Dog's Reaction:


Monday, February 25, 2013

Kumburgaz Witnesses (Video Interview)

The following interview was conducted by a television news outlet shortly after the sightings. The questions were conducted with a group of local inhabitants at the Yeni Kent, Kumburgaz, the location of the sightings. During the interview Yalcin reveals that, over time, approximately 20 people have witnessed the unknown objects with him.


Reporter: "We went to the tourist center Yeni Kent to find the people who accompanied Yalcin Yalman the single man who filmed the extraordinary evidence, demonstrating the authenticity of this case."




Haktan Akdogan: "These are some of the people who saw it. All the kids witnessed the UFO fly over the water. This is the compound just here in this place by the beach is were Yalcin Yalman recorded the videos of the UFOs."

Haktan Akdogan: "Usually they appeared over the sea here and went upwards silently to finish around this place. Then headed toward the city. Many people saw it fly over the housing complex here. And one of them here is going to talk."

Witness #1


Witness # 1: "The first time saw them was between 3:00 and 5:30 am, but not every night. I have been witness to this, they had their lights on."

Reporter: "What are your comments about what you saw?"

Witness # 1: "I don't agree with what the skeptics say, because I know I saw them with my own two eyes."


Reporter: "Four more people spotted ufos with you when it was recorded is that true?"

Witness # 1: "Yes I saw it there is no doubt it was real."

Yalcin Yalman 


Reporter: "So Yalcin Yalman when you record them what do you think?"

Yalcin Yalman: "I have seen it 7 times in 3 years I have recording several times with people (witnesses) who were there. And I calculate they are around 20 people."

Witness #2


Witness # 2: "I saw a very intense, extremely bright light. It stayed there in the sky. By the way it moved I think this definitely goes against the laws of gravity."

Witness # 2: "After staying there for a while it started to grow bigger like this and it suddenly disappeared."

Reporter: "What do the local inhabitants think about Yalcin Yalman?"

Witness # 2:  "Yalcin Yalman spends most of his time recording he is usually accompanied by witnesses, that is the reason we are convinced that this is about authentic objects. We are witness of it."


Reporter: "How important do you think this is?"

Witness # 2: "What I saw is very significant for me, and it is also very significant for humanity?"

Here is the video of the interview (with translated subtitles):




This interview provides some new details about what happened. Of course having multiple eyewitnesses is an important factor to consider when determining the credibility of a UFO case. According to the second witness at one point there was a bright ball of light which ascended upwards and disappeared. The group of kids saw the ufos from the housing complex nearby. Haktan Akdogan explained the location were they appeared and that towards the end flew over the city. Previously I have written that there were approximately 12 witnesses, but it appears that number is more like 20.

Here is another video which shows several witnesses. It was taken at a separate time outside a conference in Turkey when a large group of people spotted a bright light darting across the sky. What makes this most interesting is that it happened on May 14, 2009 in between May 13, 15, and 17 which the 2009 Kumburgaz UFO video was taken.

May 14th Istanbul, Turkey


There is still much more to be learned about this case and when new info is discovered I will update this blog with further developments.


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

June 12, 2008 Sighting


June 12, 2008 Unidentified Object

In Kumburgaz, Turkey on a summer night there was clear weather and a noticeably bright moon. UFOs had been spotted by local residents as recently as June 9th and having had many sightings over the past year, much attention was being paid to the skies in the area. This piece of footage from June 12, 2008 is probably one of the more intriguing. It shows what could be some type of dome-shaped object which resembles the typically reported "disc".

Sea Of Marmara, Turkey


Two known witnesses, friends of Yalcin, are heard in the background who were with him as they stood along the beach observing the unknown object over the sea. There is a noticeable shift of light and shadow that moves across the reflective surface as it begins to slowly move horizontally across the sky. Frame captures of this part are posted below.


- Shiny metallic like texture

- Curved upper half, semi flat bottom edge


There is a shifting shade pattern that occurs as the object begins moving from left to right.


Overhead View Of Sighting Area


Raw Video Footage From June 12, 2008:


Yalcin and one of his friends look for a good vantage point.






June 12th, 2008 was just one day of what ended up being a series of 26 separate days over a period of 3 years. As to exactly why these unknown craft came back to the same location over and over remains a mystery. One speculation is that perhaps they have been coming to this location for many centuries. There is a lot of historic information that dates back many years that suggests these sightings are nothing new.


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