Travis Walton experienced one of the most widely-reported UFO encounters in history when he claimed to be abducted by aliens in the 1970s. Decades later, he remains haunted by the stunning experience that made him world famous.
Walton’s close encounter of the fourth kind transpired on November 5, 1975, as the Huffington Post notes, when he and five other loggers happened upon a strange UFO in the Sitgreaves National Forest near Heber, Arizona. Spotting a 40-foot-diameter disc-shaped UFO hanging in the air as they were heading home from work, the group were on the threshold of an encounter that Walton would later describe in a 1978 book, The Walton Experience, and in the 1993 film Fire in the Sky.
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“It was a metallic, glowing disc, making some very strange sounds. The closer I got to it, the more scared we all got and they were swearing at me to get away from there, and when I got up close, it suddenly got louder and started to move,” Walton recalled.
“I jumped for cover and then jumped up to run back to the truck, and that’s when this blast of energy hit me, and I just felt this numbing shock go through my body. But the crew said it threw me through the air 10 or 20 feet and I landed in a way that they were immediately certain it had killed me, and they fled.”
What transpired next is the subject of a new documentary by Jennifer Stein, Travis: the True Story of Travis Walton. As the Delaware County News Network explains, Walton has spoken worldwide about his encounter, which continued after he awoke to find himself looking into a face that wasn’t human.
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“When I was first able to focus my eyes good enough, I was still on the table,” Walton noted. “And as soon as I saw this face, and knew it wasn’t human, I tried to hit it away from me. They were much smaller than me, and I think that’s the reason they gave up. Once they found out they couldn’t control me, they split. I was absolutely terrified.”
Declared missing for five days, Walton eventually turned up with no idea of how long he had been gone. Little physical evidence has been documented to prove the encounter, yet he asserts that trees in the area of his abduction have shown abnormal growth, only on the sides that faced the UFO.
Alleged alien craft continue to be sighted worldwide, as the Inquisitr has previously reported, yet few UFO encounters over the past several decades can compare to Walton’s story. In addition to the new documentary, Travis Walton will also speak at an Arizona event in November to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his experience, and visit the exact spot of the UFO abduction.
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