Several UFO sightings and radar detections 2 weeks in a row in Anápolis-GO [1982]

The following reports describe several UFO sightings and radar detections 2 weeks in a row in Anápolis-GO [1982] at the ANÁPOLIS Air Base between 28 APRIL and 16 MAY 1982.

First report: April 28, 1982. Time: 22:25.

At 22:25 on April 28, 1982, the Approach Control of Anápolis-GO, visualized “in the scope of the TA-10, several moving targets, between the radial 080/110 degrees, all with heading approximately 290 degrees”. According to the report, “due to the speed, it gave the impression of being a squadron of helicopters”, heading towards the Anápolis Air Base. A FAB plane [15 F-34] that was on a mission at that time was activated to “check what was causing the radar detection” [..] on the 235 degree radial, at 8NM from Anápolis. “Another aircraft, the JG NG “was transferred to TABA, being vectored by this Control over the radar contacts”. After “several attempts, the JG NG 2 spotted one of the targets and, when approaching, the alleged object turned off the lights, causing the loss of visual contact “. After the aircraft landed, the pilots went to see the object sighted on TABA’s radar and found” a very large target of something unidentified “.

Complementary data: “The targets continued to appear on the aforementioned radials, and to disappear between the radials 260/290 degrees, at 14NM: some radar contact information cited by TABA, coincided with the COpM radar detections (11-23), and, due to these coincidences, the COpM “requested that, when the JG AM took off, for the 15F34 mission, a verification of these contacts be carried out under TABA vectoring. TABA informed that the JG [..] that took off at 23:40, obtained Radar contact during 02 (two) scans with a target in the position informed by TABA, without, however, obtaining visual. COpM requested that the video be recorded for the period in which all of this unfolded, and later found that the video recorded was from São Paulo coverage. “

Second report: April 29, 1982

On April 29, 1982, at 22:15, the Military Operations Center [COpM] recorded on its radar that “something” was moving within the South and Southeast sector of Anápolis, “on the 210 degree radial, at 18NM from Anápolis-GO. According to the report, the detection lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. The TABA of Anápolis, which had not detected the first apparition, “informed that it was obtaining radar contact in its radial 270 degrees, at 15NM”. according to the report, there was a “third radar contact that was accused by TABA in its 060 degree radial, at 12NM and that the COpM also obtained.” An aircraft that performed interception training on the FL300 was asked to verify the fact, but the pilot of this one saw nothing in the indicated sector.

Third report: April 30, 1982

On April 30, 1982, at 22:47, when TABA of Anápolis reported that it was detecting a “radar contact” that was dangerously “on a collision course with FAB 2305 that was on the final approach to runway 06, at 10NM of the headboard”. Initially, the COpM radar did not detect the contact reported by Anápolis, but afterwards it obtained visualization, reporting that the unidentified flying object was “01NM south of Anápolis, heading 290 degrees, and an approximate speed of 185 km/h. To the plane the FAB 2305 was asked to inspect the informed sector, but the commander of the plane saw nothing at that initial moment, then, with the TABA of Anápolis detecting the UFO on the radar again in “another echo radar almost in the same original position as the previous echo” the FAB 2305 plane reported that the UFO was passing “side by side” with him and that “the FAB 2305 crew spotted a flashing white light” at the FAB’s 3-o’clock position, about 4NM.

Complementary Data: “According to TABA, most of the time, the displacement of the objects (about 09 objects, was in the East / West direction, and that the radar contacts with them remained until just before midnight. COpM did not request video recording, because he did not get positive radar contact with the objects “

Fourth report:May 5, 1982

In the same way that happened a week before, on May 5, 1982, at 22:05 the TABA of Anápolis “detected an object that moved from the radial 115 degrees, heading 270 degrees and, approximately, distance of 03 NM”. According to the report, the unidentified flying object “disappeared in the radial 250 degrees, the same bow, 13NM” away. It was reported that simultaneously “numerous other echoes [radar]” appeared in the same position and crossed in the East/West direction, with slow speed and brightness. “When crossing” the imaginary axis of runway 06, in such a way that at least 03 were detected “by another” PAR radar “and flying at an altitude of about 5,700 feet. The COpM then reported that it had detected radar contacts with similar position, altitude and speed indicators. A pilot of the FAB F-103 plane in flight close to the region , it was requested to find out, in the sectors of radar detections, if there were “highways, railways or hills in these sectors.” The pilot informed that “about 10NM from Anápolis that there are  high voltage wires and hills installed” in the place.

Complementary Data: “Conclusion: After a precise search (during the appearances) made by the Radar Technicians of this DPV, it was found that it was not a RADAR crash.”

More reports:

“Between 03 days 06-05 MAY-82 / 16-MAY-82, it was plotted in a representation of the “scope”, the unidentified objects, with their origin, trajectory and disappearance (see annex). On May 12, 1982, a meeting was held at CINDACTA […] in order to discuss the problem. After discussing the problem, it was admitted by the companions of this meeting that it was not a RADAR crash, nor a reflection of moving objects on the ground.”


Cf. ARQUIVO NACIONAL (Brasil). Sistema de Informações do Arquivo Nacional (SIAN). Fundo ‘Objeto Voador Não Identificado (OVNI)’. Código de Referência BR DFANBSB ARX.0.0.224. “Encaminhamento de relatório de contatos por radar e observações de objeto voador não identificado no terminal de Anápolis, Estado de Goiás, entre 28 de abril e 16 de maio de 1982 ”. Brasília, DF. 1952 a 2015. Último acesso realizado em 27/05/2020.

The BRAZILIAN UFO ARCHIVES website is a private initiative and IS NOT endorsed or sponsored by the Arquivo Nacional do Brasil [see our ‘Info’ page]. *THE ORIGINAL FILE WITH THE CASE REFERRED TO IN THIS TEXT CAN BE FOUND IN THE DOCUMENTAL COLLECTION OF “ARQUIVO NACIONAL DO BRASIL, LOCATED IN THE “OBJETO VOADOR NÃO IDENTIFICADO (OVNI)” FUND, UNDER THE REFERENCE CODE [“Código de Referência”] MENTIONED ABOVE. HERE IS THE LINK TO SEARCH THEIR WEBSITE <

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