"I can still see it very vividly in my mind."
Martin Willis really scored when he managed to convince Colby Landrum to agree to be interviewed on Podcast UFO. Martin had already scheduled a show devoted to the Cash-Landrum case with Chris Lambright and me, but having Colby talk entirely changed the focus. Instead of a review of the case and analysis of recent findings, things shifted to strictly presenting eyewitness testimony. Colby was asked to recount events as he remembered them, leaving out what he may have heard later. He did a very good job of that and was frank about things he just didn’t remember. He was candid about its emotional impact on him and the pain and anger that he feels in association with the event. While he has no evidence, Colby feels that it was an object under military control and the U.S. government has ducked taking responsibility for the accident.
Colby describes the UFO
During the show, interviewers made a special effort to press him for further details about the appearance and flight characteristics of the UFO. The details were scant:
|Colby Landrum revisiting the road.|
- Size: approximately 50 feet wide, 100 feet tall, roughly the size of the tank of a water tower
- Shape: diamond-shaped
- Color: orange and yellow (fiery)
- Texture: Not described, object radiated a glow
- Effects produced: flames coming out of the bottom, radiated heat
- Flight performance: floated
- Speed: not described, slow enough to be followed by helicopters
Colby said the helicopters, 23 double-rotor Chinooks, were always present, and that they maintained a distance of about 100 yards, surrounding (but not above) the object. He had the impression that they were escorting it, or perhaps that they were there to deal with the threat of the object (liberally paraphrasing).
Looking at Mugshots
After the show, I asked Colby to look at a collection of images based on the UFO, “mugshots,” to find the closest match.
"Those look close, I can still see it very vividly in my mind." He selected this one and commented:
“I would say the MUFON Symposium (drawing) would be the best one if color was added and (the object was) moved above the trees about 100 feet in contrast. Chinook helicopters added in, and it would look almost what I remember.”
I then asked him to look at Chris Lambright’s illustration based on his 1985 interviews with Vickie Landrum and Betty Cash.
“That actually sent chills. If he could add in some helicopters, it would be perfect, but that's good.”
|Chris Lambright illustration based on his interviews with Vickie and Betty.|
The Family Business
Colby has expressed the desire to pick up where his grandmother Vickie left off, to try to get answers about what they encountered. I’m talking with him about ways to do this, emphasizing that any investigation will carry more weight with his involvement. But first, it is crucial to review the case and verify the existing details. To that end, Colby has some documents and photographs that may contain information not included in the public record, and examining them may provide some leads, or possibly new evidence.
I’m extremely grateful to Martin for giving Colby the push he needed to start working on a solution. Colby told me afterwards, "I hope we can get this rolling. I have a good feeling about this."
Anything learned about this mystery will serve as a valuable tool which can be applied to other UFO cases, particularly those involving military operations.