The Year of the Humanoids was a unique time in UFO history. Over the course of four months, the eastern United States saw a high concentration of UFO sightings characterized by unique humanoids in association with them. Bigfoot type creatures, BAEliens, catfish-like creatures, and a myriad of other odd beings doing odd things.

During that time in 1973 a pair of cases stood out. For months, in and around the small town of Piedmont, Missouri, numerous residents reported encounters with mysterious orange lights, and strange crafts of all shapes and sizes.

Later that year, in October, a helicopter over Mansfield, Ohio had a remarkable encounter with a UFO that forced their plane to make evasive maneuvers and was even responsible for a mysterious change in elevation.
Daily American Republic. March 24, 1973
Daily Journal. Kevin R. Jenkins. December 4, 2013
Piedmont Missouri Case – 1973. MUFON
Syracuse New Times. Cheryl Costa.  August 25, 2017
Alien Highway. Season 1, Episode 5
Ashland Source. Kenny Libben. October 4, 2020
Richland Source. Timothy Brian McKee. March 25, 2017
HuffPost. Lee Speigel.  October 18, 2013
Columbus Free Press. John Lasker. October 24, 2013
Times-Gazette. Dan Kubacki.  September 21, 2015
Mansfield News Journal. Courtney Day. September 6, 2015

YouTube. UFOs: Past, Present, and Future.Rod Serling. 1974

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Rob Kristoffersen is an amateur UFO researcher from the Adirondacks of Northern New York. He is the host of the podcast, Our Strange Skies: UFOs Throughout History.