Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience
Travis Walton was one of a team of seven forestry workers engaged in a tree-thinning contract near Snowflake Arizona on 5 November 1975. At the end of their working day all seven men experienced a close encounter with a UFO on the mountain road home. On sighting the craft over nearby trees the driver, Mike Rogers, stopped and whilst the other six loggers stayed in the pick-up truck, Travis approached the craft on foot and was then seen to be struck by a beam of light and knocked off his feet. His companions fled in terror but on returning to look for him 15 minutes later found no trace. Naturally they had to report this extraordinary event, as Travis was missing, and met with incredulity and suspicion. They were suspected of Travis’s murder and of fabricating the UFO story to cover it up. An exhaustive search effort through the mountains by police and local volunteers yielded no result, but Travis unexpectedly turned up five days after his disappearance several miles away at the roadside dirty, dehydrated and traumatised. He wanted to return to his quiet private life and adjust to his strange experience, but due to the publicity surrounding the disappearance was reluctantly catapulted into the international media spotlight. The case was extensively investigated by the authorities, resulting eventually in a film of the incident and a controversy which raged for decades. All seven witnesses stuck to the story, incredible as it was, passed lie detector tests and went through a great deal of trouble as a consequence. It’s a very famous case.