Travis, who cops thought had been murdered, believes he was taken into a spacecraft by extra-terrestrials before being returned to earth five days later.
THE man involved in one of the most infamous alien abduction cases of all time has hit out at skeptics and non-believers – saying 16 separate lie detector tests – taken by himself and witnesses to the unexplained 1975 incident – prove his story is TRUE.
Travis Walton, disappeared without a trace after he and the crew of loggers he worked with claimed to have seen a huge UFO in the forest they were working in.
Originally crew members were suspected of murder but Travis reappeared five days later saying he had been taken into a space craft by alien creatures.
The dad-of-four says he has spent the past 40 year defending himself against those trying to discredit him – and has even written a book debunking every alternate theory to what happened to him.
The 64-year-old, who says the incident is still “fresh in his mind’, told the Sun Online it was important to share his story because the public have a right to “know what’s out there”.
Travis, a logger in the mountains of Arizona, was leaving work on November 5, 1975, with five crew members in a truck when the alleged incident took place.
They saw some glimmers of light through the trees – and pulled up, thinking it was a fire.
“When we pulled up into the light where we had straight view – it was unmistakable I yelled stop and one of the guys in the back said it’s a spaceship or a flying saucer it was less than 100 feet away,” Travis said.
“It was a clearly defined metallic disc outlined against the sky and fantastic in the grandeur of it.
“All the guys in the crew – as frightening as it was – also describe it as being beautiful it was so perfect.
“I got out as soon as Mike who was driving stopped and I left the door open and went towards it.
“It was just an impulse I thought it would be gone by the time I got close. It was immediately alarming to the other guys and the closer I got they were yelling at me to get back in the truck.
“Later they said it looked like I was in a trance but looking at them it seemed like they were in a trance too.”
The spaceship began to make loud noises and move so Travis dived for cover behind a log.
He then tried to stand up and run away but was hit by a strong “force” and was thrown into the air.
“When it hit me it was a stunning force. I did not see this blast of energy but the men in the crew gave a statement to the sheriff’s department and said it looked like a long blue flame – others compared it to stepping on a landmine or grenade because it threw me through the air.
“They were immediately certain it killed me.”
Fearing for their lives – and thinking Travis was dead – the rest of the crew fled to get help.
A huge search party involving the sheriff department, helicopters, ATVs and men on horseback – could not find any trace of Travis.
Meanwhile Travis’s account of what he remembers next is even more bizarre.
He says he awoke from consciousness on a spaceship surrounded by small creatures he believes were aliens.
“It was very blurry and I had some double vision but I could see the outline of these forms around me I thought they were doctors but when my vision got clearer and I could see these were not doctors – I just flipped out,” he said.
“The one that was closest to me – I tried to hit it away – but I felt like I could hardly move my arm.
“It was more of a push than a hit because I was so weakened but the creature felt soft and lighter than I expected. It fell back into one that was standing near it.
“I backed away and bumped up against a shelf and looked around and saw an array of tools or instruments and I very quickly just grabbed one and started flailing at them.
“They stopped and stood there staring at me and that stare was in my nightmares for many years after that. I couldn’t tolerate that stare.”
Travis says he managed to escape through a door and into a narrow passageway then into another room with control panel in it.
A human being dressed in what looked like a space helmet then appeared and took him to a separate room where he was put on a table and given a mask which rendered him unconscious.
The next thing he knew he was waking up on the road about 15 miles from where he disappeared just outside the nearest town of Snowflake, Arizona.
Travis, who had no idea he had been gone for five days, managed to walk into town where everyone who saw him described him as looking “devastated” and “shell shocked”.
But then the battle to get people to believe his story began – and Travis was thrust into the world’s spotlight.
Travis’s wrote a book about his experiences called Fire In The Sky which was later turned into a movie of the same name.
Travis said: “From the beginning it was a battle against people trying to explain it away – the locals didn’t want to believe it, the sheriff didn’t want to believe it – you know he thought it was a murder then a drug hallucination.
“I had a whole battery of psychiatric tests and there was nothing wrong in that department, drug tests proved there was nothing in my system.”
And over 40 years later Travis stands by his story – and has taken five separate lie detector tests to prove it is true – while witnesses and crew members have taken a total of 11 polygraph tests.
Experts believe there is a million to one chance of there being any mistakes in this number of passed tests.
Speaking at the Devil’s Tower UFO rendezvous in Hulett, Wyoming, Travis said: “I decided to break my silence. I started refuted these things that people have been saying about me and my story.
“I took each and every theory the sceptics came up with and just blew them out of the water with facts.
“I am certain I’m not the only one who has been taken – this is absolutely real and it’s important that the general public come to a gradual understanding of that.
“I’m not trying to shock or amaze or frighten anyone – on the contrary – in relating how frightened I was I don’t want anyone to share that fear.
“I think it’s important for them to realize what happened with me 45 years ago – it was not even an abduction.
“I entertained that term for a while because that’s what other people called it but now I’d say it was more of an ambulance call – that I was injured in a way that would have been fatal and the aliens had the technology available to help me.”