Even the most seasoned UFOlogist will tell you that it’s wise to be skeptical of alien abductions. But the Travis Walton alien abduction story is one that’s incredibly hard to disprove. In fact, no one has ever been able to truly debunk this case. Many people who have been abducted by aliens can only offer their version of events, but Travis Walton had six friends to corroborate his story of being picked up by a UFO one night in 1975.
Before Travis Walton was a world famous alien abductee, he was just a simple logger living in Arizona. But after his abduction, his story was turned into the film Fire in the Sky, and he began a lifelong mission to prove that he had survived being picked up by extra terrestrials. Walton’s story is truly interesting. He explains how to survive an alien abduction, and why he thinks he was abducted in the first place. Keep reading to see if you believe Walton’s tale or if you think it’s all a bunch of baloney based on The UFO Incident.
The Abduction Of Travis Walton
On November 5th, 1975, Travis Walton and the other six members of his logging crew were leaving a job in northeastern Arizona's Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest when they saw a flying saucer. Mike Rogers, a member of the group, would later describe it as a "luminous object, shaped like a flattened disc." Walton got out of his truck and approached the craft to get a better look and was thrown to the ground by a bluish beam for his troubles. His crew drove off, freaked out of their gourds, but after a few minutes they returned to where they'd seen the craft and Walton was gone. The crew claimed that they searched the area and that Walton, along with the "luminous" craft was gone. Later Walton would describe the beam as a "blast of energy."
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Why Did Walton Approach The Craft?
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Walton explained his desire to have a close encounter with the alien craft.
"I was curious. I just wanted to see it up close, I thought it would be gone before I got up to it." Afterwards, when some of the other loggers theorized that Walton approached the ship because he was under "outside control" he admits that he was "entranced" but that it was because of his "fascination" with the craft. Walton continued, "When I got up close to it... it suddenly got louder and started to move."
After the craft started to move, Walton says that he jumped away and tried to run towards the truck, and that's when he was hit with the beam of light. Walton says that when he was hit with the "long blue flame," his body went numb. He believes that it may have been an electrical blast that zapped him, but even he admits that he's not entirely sure what hit him.
Where Did Travis Walton Go?
When Travis Walton woke up after his abduction, his first thought was that he had been taken to a hospital. He told Huffington Post, "There was a light above me and I could hear the sound of movement around me." After noticing the three creatures staring at him with brown quarter sized pupils, Walton realized that he was on an alien space craft. Understandably, Walton freaked out and tried to fight off his captors who were described as being around 5-foot-tall with "marshmallow" colored skin. Walton was so weak that he couldn't take on the alien captors in a fight, but he could run away, so he sprinted into the heart of the ship.
The Star Room
After escaping the three alien examiners, Walton found himself in a mysterious room with nothing but a chair and a control panel. He circled the room to make sure he was alone before sitting in the chair to collect his thoughts. According to Walton, as soon as he sat down, a collection of lights filled the room. He noticed that it was similar to that of a planetarium and when he adjusted a lever on the side of the chair he was able to control the star map that was displayed in front of him. After leaving the chair, the star map disappeared and someone slipped into the room. Rather than finding one of the five-foot-tall examiners, Walton was face to face with a six-foot-tall human wearing blue coveralls with a glassy helmet.
While trying to ask the man questions, Walton realized that he couldn't understand a word that the guy was saying - probably because of the helmet - and that his eyes were a bright gold color. The man led Walton through the ship, showing him a kind of hangar, and another ship, before leading him to another examination room where he was knocked out by one of the examiners.
Travis Walton Appears Five Days Later
Five days after he disappeared from the forest outside Snowflake, Arizona, Walton woke up on the side of the road in Herber, Arizona - 30 miles southwest of where he was last seen. He remembers seeing the alien craft close its door and float away into the distance.
"For an instant it floated silently above the road, a dozen yards away. I could see the night sky, the surrounding trees, and the highway center line reflected in the curving mirror of its hull. Then, abruptly, it shot vertically into the sky, creating a strong breeze that stirred the nearby pine boughs and rustled the dry oak leaves that lay in the dry grass beside the road."
After the craft left, Walton ran into town and tried to find someone to help him, but the town was conspicuously empty. He ended up getting in touch with his brother-in-law at 12:05 am and about an hour later he was back in civilization, although he only believed that he'd gone for about an hour and a half.
What Happened On Earth While Walton Was In Space?
While Travis Walton was being poked and prodded by examiners aboard a mysterious ship, the members of his crew were dealing with a glut of legal problems. Over the next few days, the local sheriff's department would conduct a thorough investigation of the scene. Since they couldn't find Walton anywhere, this led to suspicion being placed on his crew. Had they murdered Walton and tried to cover it up? Were they trying to get out of a government contract? Theories about the men were flying wildly but nothing made sense. The men each underwent polygraph tests and all but one of the men passed (the sixth test was inconclusive.)
While the idea that a crew of loggers murdered their boss sounds enticing, some of the less inflammatory members of the media just assumed that the crew was joking about the abduction and that it had gotten out of hand. After the scrutiny that the crew was put through, they probably wish that they had pulled off the world's longest prank.