By searching the Old Romanian media, at the library of the Romanian Academy, Ion Hobana found that in January 1913, in the Romanian air space, many flying objects have evolved, endowed with strong light sources. Eyewitnesses said that the objects performed turnings above villages, showing a predilection for the military barracks in Focşani, Iaşi, Brăila and Târgovişte. These intruders were observed with "optical devices", and traced over considerable distances. By executing orders of the minister of war, soldiers fired volleys toward them.

Given the involvement of military units, Ion Hobana asked the archives of the Ministry of National Defense for documents on this event. Nine reports were made available, submitted to the Inspector General of the Rural Gendarmerie – General Alexandru Averescu – also Chief of General Staff of the Army. If we add the 14 articles in newspapers, it means 23 reports of observations in less than a month.

It was argued then that there were Russian reconnaissance aircrafts; but the state of aviation, in January 1913, excludes this interpretation. In those times, aerial observation of fortifications and of troop movements were realized exclusively in daylight, and the existing civil and military airplanes lacked reflectors or other strong light sources. It seems also impossible to put all the luminous phenomena to some celestial bodies (as planet Venus), because of the hours and the directions indicated; as well, the movements of the unidentified lights are inconsistent with those of a celestial body.

Literature: Ion Hobana:Janvier 1913 - Des aeronefs fantomes au dessus de la Roumanie, “La Gazette Forteene”, Vol.I, 2002.

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