Third firefighter recounts sighting of winged humanoid over O’Hare International Airport

I was filling in at Station #2 On the fourth of July weekend, we were outside in the patio area talking and watching the distant fireworks display. As we talked we heard what sounded like a very, very loud screeching noise, it sounded like brakes on a large truck. We didn’t pay it any mind because it was probably a semi or airport maintenance vehicle that was nearby. There is a cargo terminal within sight of the station so we didn’t give it a second thought till we heard a series of clicking, rapid, loud clicking followed by that sound again. It was then that one of the others guys saw something and said “what in the fuck is that?” We looked up to see a figure in the sky, it looked like a human with wings and it had a pair of bright orange eyes. One of the firefighters said it was the infamous “Batman” and said it was seen all over the airport and the surrounding suburbs. It was only visible for about 5 seconds before it flew out of sight toward north. 

Investigators Notes:

This is part of the ongoing investigation looking into the initial report of a Chicago Firefighters sighting of a winged humanoid at Chicago O’Hare International airport. The witness was able to convey sightings from fellow firefighters at his station that were told to him the night of his sighting. They are being presented separately and attempts are being made to contact the original witnesses of each report. As the investigation progresses, updates will be posted to the website and passed along to the members of the Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research Team.

Chicago Firefighter tells of his encounter with a winged humanoid at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Artist impression of a winged entity

I work for the Chicago Fire Department and have been stationed at O’Hare International airport for the last seven years. This occurred on Thursday, December 29th, at about 2300 at O’Hare Station 3, which is just past terminal two and next to the HVAC plant that sits across the street.

I was in the middle of my shift, and as usual, I would bring my laptop with me to watch movies and play games on. I was setting up my laptop when I realized that I had left my charging cord in my pickup, so I got up and ran outside to go and grab it and head back in. As I got my cord, I heard what sounded like a chirping sound, followed by what sounded like shuffling coming from nearby. I looked around and that’s when I heard the clicking coming from across the street, I looked up and standing on the edge of the HVAC plant was a very tall, thin human-like creature with huge wings that were spread out. This creature was looking directly at me with a pair of large red eyes that had the intensity of a pair of tail lights or one of the lights on the engine. It just stood there and looked at me and made this rapid clicking sound. I was in complete shock at what I was seeing and just how large this creature was and how enormous it’s wings were, they had to be close to 15 feet from tip to tip and it had to be at least 7 feet in height! The body was thin, and its limbs were very thin and long. They looked like they would be unable to support such a tall body, but apparently, looks can be deceiving from what I was looking at. We stared at each other for about 6-7 seconds before this thing flapped its wings and silently took to the air, and within a few seconds, it disappeared. I stood out there for at least a minute before coming to my senses and realizing I should get inside.

I went inside and told some of my coworkers, besides the gentle ribbing, there was also an air of caution (more than usual considering our profession). A few of them spoke up and said that this was not the first time it had been seen and that it had been seen around the HVAC plant a few times by people and around the airport by hundreds of employees, passengers and pilots. They said it had been seen by a few in the firehouse, but it never stuck around too long and was more content with just staring at you and scaring the bejesus out of people. You can’t work at O’Hare for any length of time without hearing about the O’Hare “Batman”. It’s practically a legend in and around the airport, and people always claim to see it all over the airport. We spent the better part of two hours talking about these sightings, many of my co-workers sharing their own experiences.

Investigators Notes:

I was able to sit down and speak with the witness during the weekend and discovered that this witness is a ten year veteran of the Chicago fire department and has been stationed at O’Hare for the last five years and before that was in the military for over ten years. He has been a lifelong resident of the city of Chicago and has deep family roots within his community.

The witness stated that his shift began as any normal shift would and that there was nothing particularly of interest going on during that time. He did state that the weekend before had seen record-setting low temperatures and winds get caused the airport to basically shut down. The following week brought temperatures that were well above normal in the sixties and low seventies and that the sky was overcast with light drizzle coming down on the night of the sighting. The witness stated that he had brought his laptop as usual so that he could catch up on a movie that he had been watching and that he was setting up his laptop when he remembered that he forgot his charger in his truck.

He stated that he went outside and retrieved his charger from his vehicle and was on his way back inside when he heard a series of clicks and had an overwhelming feeling of being watched. The witness stated that he heard what sounded like shuffling that reminded him of one of his children dragging their feet along. He started looking around and that is when he looked to the top of the building next door that houses the heating and cooling plant for the airport.
He stated that he saw a tall, thin person standing on the edge, and that person was looking directly at him with eyes that glowed a brilliant red. He stated that the entity was looking directly at him and made no motion while they had eye contact. When asked if he felt anything while staring at this entity, he stated other than obvious shock he did not feel any feeling of dread or impending doom.

When asked to describe the entity that was staring back at him he stated that It was thin and at least seven feet tall and had a pair of wings that were extended from its back he stated that the wings must have been at least fifteen feet in width and looked thin, like a thin piece of membrane. He stated that the entity had arms and legs that were very thin and abnormally long and that the entire entity was a shade of black that was so black that it stood out against the night sky. He stated that no obvious features were recognizable other than the two eyes that were brilliant red.

He stated that he entity then began to slowly flap its wings and took off by jumping off the building and flying away into the night in a southerly direction. When asked if it disappeared into the night he stated that it was visible because of the black stood out against a grey sky that was back lit by the lights of the airport for a few seconds before it was out of sight. The witness states that he stood there almost transfixed for upwards of a minute before he decided that it was prudent for him to get inside and tell somebody about what he had seen.

Once inside, the witness stated that he told his co-workers about what he had seen and even went into detail as to the description of this entity. He stated that besides the usual ribbing that he is used to from his coworkers, there was a palpable air of disbelief among those in the firehouse. The witness stated that he was told by his coworkers that the entity is dubbed the O’Hare “Batman” by some at the airport and that it has been seen by members of the firehouse multiple times. The entity seems to like perching itself on the HVAC building and observing the comings and goings of the firehouse and startling the members who work there.

The witness stated that he was told multiple stories by his coworkers of sightings and encounters with this winged entity. I documented all of them and have my contact information to the witness to pass along to his coworkers in hopes that they will come forward. I will detail these other sightings in another report to be published soon.

Witness recounts encounter with seven foot tall “Man-Bat” in Bensenville, IL.

I was at work Thursday night. I had just brought back a manlift from a construction site that we had picked up and brought back to the yard. I had just driven the manlift off of the trailer and was just about to get back into the truck to park it when I saw some movement from the back of the yard. I grabbed a flashlight and headed back toward the storage containers that are kept in the back. I saw something on top of the container and I shined the light on it and asked them what the hell they were doing back there and that I was about to call the police if they didn’t get out of there. I kept walking toward them and yelling when I heard a series of clicks, rapid-fire clicks and what sounded like chirping. I’m a bit of a history buff and back in WW2, U.S. troops used to carry these clickers called “crickets” that they used to communicate with one another. This sounded like these clickers only faster and louder, same pitch and tone.

I was about 12 feet from the containers, I looked up and was met with a pair of red eyes that were staring directly at me. These were attached to what looked like a tall being that must have been at least 6-7 feet tall and looked like a giant man-bat kind of thing. I lost my shit and started backing up while trying not to scream like a little girl. This man-bat was partially lit up by the lights we have around the yard. I tried to shine my flashlight on this thing and it started clicking at me and took off into the air. It took off toward the north. I practically ran back to the truck and got in and parked it. I swear to God, I sprinted toward my car, which was parked by the main building where it was lit up by the street lights. Thoughts of something swooping down to attack me were swirling around in my head. I got in my car and left, not stopping till I got home.

Investigators notes:

I reached out to the witness and they were initially hesitant to speak and asked me to call them back before I was able to convince him to speak with me in regards to his sighting. The witness works for an industrial rental company where they service and rent a wide variety of industrial equipment. The witness is a driver for the company and has been there for about 3 years, the witness describes his job as delivering and picking up various pieces of equipment. The witness stated that they had picked up a manlift ( portable piece of heavy equipment used to raise and lower people used for various construction projects) The witness had just arrived back at his employer and had just dropped off the equipment and was in the process of parking his semi and trailer when he saw the entity.

The witness stated that they had a row of transportation containers along the back that were used for storage purposes and it was there that he had seen movement and decided to investigate. The witness stated that he thought it was an intruder looking around the containers looking to steal tools or equipment. He stated that had reached into his truck and had pulled out a large Mag-lite flashlight which is a long flashlight with a sturdy metal handle that can be used as a baton. He stated that as he walked toward the containers he saw something standing on top of the containers and that as he got closer he noticed a pair of bright red eyes looking directly at him. He estimated the entity as standing about 6-7 feet tall and described it as a “Man-Bat” For reference purposes, Man-Bat is a supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Introduced in Detective Comics #400 as an enemy of the superhero Batman. Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research Team member Vincent Richardson did prepare sketches based on the witnesses description and they will be posted in the report below for reference purposes.

The witness did state that as he approached the containers he started to hear clicking coming from the direction of the entity. The witness described the clicking as sounding as coming from a WW2 era clicker, commonly referred to as a “cricket” by Ally soldiers. These devices were handheld brass clickers used by soldiers to communicate and identify each other during nighttime raids. They were most famously used by American Airborne soldiers of the 102nd Airborne division. The witness stated that the sound was similar in tone, only faster and louder and only got faster and louder as he approached the storage containers. As the witness approached the containers he stated that the entity stood up and took flight toward the north and was out of sight within seconds. The witness described running back to his truck and then after parking it, running to his car with an overwhelming feeling that something might swoop down and attack him. The witness stated even when he got home he could not shake the feeling and stayed in his car for 2-3 minutes before getting out and going home. The next day the witness did some research online where he found our contact information and submitted his report. The witness appeared to be sincere in his recounting of the events of that night and did not change any of his story and even corrected the investigator when he tried to purposely embellish the story. The next step will be field investigation and with the witnesses permission, that will be conducted at the earliest available opportunity.

A sketch using the description of the witness drawn by Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research Team member Vincent Richardson
A sketch using the description of the witness drawn by Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research Team member Vincent Richardson