Case File Information
July 3, 1947; Harborside, Maine. 2:30 p.m. EDT. Witness:
astronomer John Cole of South Brooksville, Me. Watched 10-15
seconds while ten very light objects, with two dark forms to
their left, moved like a swarm of bees to the northwest. A loud
roar was heard.
July 4, 1947; over Emmet, Idaho. 8:17 p.m. PDT. Witnesses:
United Air Lines Capt. E.J. Smith, First Officer Ralph Stevens,
Stewardess Marty Morrow. Watched for 12-15 minutes while four
objects with flat bottoms and rough tops moved at varying speeds,
with one high and to the right of the others.
July 6, 1947; Fairfield-Suisan Air Base, California. Daytime.
Witnesses: Army Air Forces Capt. and Mrs. James Burniston.
Watched for 1 minute while one object having no wings or tail
rolled from side-to-side three times and then flew away very fast
to the southeast.
July 8, 1947; Muroc Air Base, California. 9:30 a.m. PDT.
Witnesses: lst Lt. Joseph McHenry, T/Sgt Ruvolo, S/Sgt Nauman,
Miss Janette Scotte. Watched for an unstated length of time
while two disc-shaped or spherical objects–silver and apparently
metallic–flew a wide circular pattern, and then one of them
later flew a tighter circle.
July 9, 1947; Meridian, Idaho. 12:17 p.m. PDT. Witness: Idaho
statesman aviation editor and former (AAF) B-29 pilot Dave
Johnson. Watched for more than 10 seconds from an Idaho Air
National Guard AT-6 while a black disc, which stood out against
the clouds, made a half-roll and then a stair-step climb.
July 10, 1947; Harmon Field, Newfoundland, Canada. Between 3 and
5 p.m. local time. Witnesses: three ground crewmen, including
Mr. Leidy, for Pan American Airways. Watched briefly while one
translucent disc- or wheel-shaped object flew very fast, leaving
a dark blue trail and then ascended and cut a path through the
July 29, 1947; Hamilton Air Base, California. 2:50 p.m. PDT.
Witnesses: Assistant Base Operations Officer Capt. William
Rhyerd, ex-AAF B-29 pilot Ward Stewart. Watched for unknown
length of time while two round, shiny, white objects with
estimated 15-25 foot diameters, flew 3-4 times the apparent speed
of a P-80, also in sight. One object flew straight and level;
the other weaved from side-to-side like an escort fighter.
Sept. 3, 1947; Oswego, Oregon. 12:15 p.m. PDT. Witness:
housewife Mrs. Raymond Dupui. Watched for unknown length of time
as 12-15 round, silver objects flew an unstated pattern.
Oct., 1947; Dodgeville, Wisconsin. 11
unnamed civilian man. Watched for 1 hour while an undescribed
object flew counterclockwise circles.
Oct. 14, 1947; 11 mi. NNE of Cave Creek, Arizona. Noon MDT.
Witnesses: ex-AAF fighter pilot J.L. Clark, civilian pilot
Anderson, third man. Watched 45-60 seconds while one 3-foot
“flying wing”-shaped object, which looked black against the white
clouds and red against the blue sky, flew straight at an
estimated 380 m.p.h., at 8-10,000 feet, from NW to SE.
April 5, 1948; Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Afternoon. Witnesses:
Geophysics Lab balloon observers Alsen, Johnson, Chance. Two
irregular, round, white or golden objects. One made three loops
then rose and disappeared rapidly; the other flew in a fast arc
to the west during the 3O^second sighting.
July 29, 1948: Indianapolis, Indiana. 9:88 a.m. witness*:
James Toney, Robert Huggins, both employees of a rug cleaning
firm. One shiny aluminum object, shaped something like an
airplane’s propeller, with 10-12 small cups protruding from
either blade. Estimated size 6-8′ long, 1.5-2′ wide. The object
glided across the road a few hundred feet in front of their
vehicle and apparently went down in a wooded area. Sighting
lasted a few seconds.
July 31, 1948; Indianapolis, Indiana. 8:25 a.m. Witnesses: Mr.
and Mrs. Vernon Swigert; he was an electrician. Object was
shaped like a cymbal, or domed disc; about 20′ across and 6-8′
thick, and was white without any shine. It flew straight and
level from horizon to horizon in about 10 seconds, shimmering in
the sun as if spinning.
July or August, 1948; vicinity of Marion, Virginia. Shortly
after sunset. Witness: Max Abbott, flying a Bellanca Cruisair
four-passenger private airplane. A single bright white light
accelerated and turned up a valley.
Sept. 23, 1948; San Pablo, California. 12 noon. Witnesses:
Sylvester Bentham and retired U.S. Army Col. Horace Eakins. Two
objects: one, a buff or grey rectangle with vertical lines; the
other a translucent “amoeba” with a dark spot near the center.
The arms of the “amoeba” undulated. Both objects travelled very
Oct. 15, 1948; Fusuoka, Japan. 11:05 p.m. Witnesses: pilot
Halter and radar operator Hemphill of a P-61 “Black Widow” night
fighter. Up to six objects tracked on radar, only one seen
visually. Dull or dark object shaped like a dirigible with a
flat bottom and clipped tail end. Six seen on radar separately
Pilot attempted to close on visual object, but it dove away fast.
Dec. 3, 1948; Fairfield-Suisan AFB, California. 8:15 p.m.
Witness: USAF Sgt., control tower operator. One round, white
light flew for 25 seconds with varying speed, bouncing motion,
and finally a rapid erratic climb.
Jan. 4, 1949; Hickam Field, Hawaii. 2 p.m. Witness: USAF pilot
Capt. Paul Storey, on ground. one flat white, elliptical object
with a matte top circled while oscillating to the right and left,
and then sped away.
Jan. 27, 1949; Cortez-Bradenton, Florida. 10:20 p.m. Witnesses:
Capt. Sames, acting chief of the Aircraft Branch, Eglin AFB, and
Mrs. Sames. They watched for 25 minutes while a cigar-shaped
object as long as two Pullman cars and having seven lighted
square windows and throwing sparks, descended and then climbed
with a bouncing motion at an estimated 400 m.p.h.
March 17, 1949; Camp Hood, Texas. 7:52 p.m. Witnesses: guards
of the 2nd Armored Division. While awaiting the start of a
flare firing, they watched, for an hour, while eight large,
green, red and white flare-like objects flew in generally
April 3, 1949; Dillon, Montana. 11:55 a.m. Witnesses:
construction company owner Gosta Miller and three other unnamed
persons. One object shaped like two plates attached
face-to-face; matte bottom, bright aluminum top; 20′ diameter,
4-5′ thickness. It rocked or rotated in six cycles, descended,
rocked, flew, rocked; all this was very fast.
April 4, 1949; Merced, California. 10:20 p.m. witness: William
Parrott, former Air Force pilot and major. One generally round
object with a curved bottom and dull coloring. The object gave
off a clicking sound until overhead. Parrott’s dog reacted. 35
April 24, 1949; Arrey, New Mexico. l0:30 a.m. Witnesses:
General Mills meteorologist and balloon expert C.B. Moore and
others on a balloon launch crew. One white, round ellipsoid,
about 2.5 times as long as wide.
April 28, 1949; Tucson, Arizona. 5:45 p.m. Witnesses: Howard
Hann, Mr. Hubert, Tex Keahey. One bright, sausage-shaped object
was observed for 40 minutes while it rolled and flew fast.
May 5, 1949; Ft. Bliss, Texas. 11:40 a.m. Witnesses: Army
officers Maj. Day, Maj. Olhausen, Capt. Vaughn. Two oblong white
discs, flying at an estimated 200-250 m.p.h., made a shallow turn
during the 30-50 second observation.
May 6, 1949; Livermore, California. 9:35 a.m. Witness: C. G.
Green. Two shiny, disc-like objects rotated around each other
and banked. Then one shot upwards with a grey trail and rejoined
the other. The sighting lasted 5 minutes.
May 9, 1949; Tucson, Arizona. 2:30 p.m. Witness: M/Sgt. Troy
Putnam. Two round, flat silvery objects, estimated to be 25′ in
diameter, flew 750-1,000 m.p.h. in a banked but steady manner.
May 27, 1949; South-central Oregon. 2:25 p.m. Witness: Joseph
Shell, ferrying SNJ trainer for North American Aviation, from Red
Bluff, California, to Burns, Oregon. Five to eight oval objects,
twice as long as wide, and 1/5 as thick. They flew in trail
formation, with an interval equal to 3-4 times their length,
except that the second and third were closer together.
July 24, 1949; Mountain Home, Idaho. 12 noon. Witness: Henry
Clark, manager of a flying service, flying a Piper Clipper.
Seven delta-shaped objects, 35-55′ in span, 20-30′ long, 2-5′
thick; light colored except for a 12′ diameter dark circle at the
rear of each. They flew in a tight formation of twos with one
behind, and made a perfect, but unbanked, turn. During the
10 minute sighting, they displayed decreasing smooth
oscillations. Clark’s engine ran rough during the sighting, and
upon landing was found to have all its spark plugs burned out.
July 30, 1949; Mt. Hood, Oregon. 9 p.m. Witnesses: Northwest
Airlines Capt. Thrush, two Portland control tower operators, and
one flying instructor. One object with one white light and two
red lights, maneuvered and hovered.
Feb 5, 1950; Teaticket, Massachusetts. 5:10 p.m. Witnesses:
Marvin Odom, former U.S. Navy, USAF Lt. Philip
Foushee, pilot from Otis AFB, and two others. Two thin,
illuminated cylinders, one of which dropped a fireball,
maneuvered together and then disappeared high and fast after 5
Feb. 24, 1950; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1:55 p.m. Witnesses:
Municipal Airport Weather Observers Luther McDonald, Harrison
Manson. One white, slightly elongated oval was watched for 1.5
minutes through a theodolite while it flew straight and level.
Feb. 25, 1950; Los Alamos, New Mexico. 3:55 p.m. Witnesses:
Twelve Atomic Energy Commission security inspectors. One
cylinder with tapered ends, silver and flashing, flew slow and
hen fast, fluttered and oscillated, and changed course.
observations by individuals varied from 3 seconds to 2 minutes.
arch 3, 1950; Selfridge AFB, Michigan. 11:05 p.m. Witness:
st Lt Frank Mattson. One intense, dull yellowish light
descended vertically, then flew straight and level very fast for
March 20, 1950; Stuggart, Arkansas. 9:26 p.m. Witnesses:
Chicago & Southern Airlines Capt. Jack Adams, First Officer G. W.
Anderson, Jr. One 100′ circular disc with 9-12 portholes along
the lower side emitting a soft purple light, and a light at the
top which flashed 3 times in 9 seconds, flew at not less than
1,000 m.p.h. It was seen for 25-35 seconds.
March 27, 1980; Motobo, Okinawa. 10:30 a.m. Witness: USAF
radar operator Cpl. Bolfango. Tracked on radar for 2 minutes
while it was stationary and then moved at 500 m.p.h.. Visual
observation not detailed, only mentioned in summary.
March 28, 1950; Santiago, Chile. 3:15 p.m. Witness: M/Sgt.
Patterson, of the office of the U.S. Air Attache. One white
object observed for 5-10 seconds through binoculars while it flew
high and fast, crossing 30^ of sky.
March 29, 1950; Marrowbore Lake, Tennessee. 7 a.m. Witnesses:
real estate salesmen Whiteside and Williams. Six-twelve dark
objects shaped like 300-lb. bombs, estimated 5 feet long. Flew
500 m.p.h. and descended, making a noise like wind blowing
through the trees.
April 8, 1950; Kokomo, Indiana. 2 a.m. Witness: Earl Baker.
One grey metallic disc, 50′ in diameter, 15′ thick; top-shaped
with a “conning tower” at the top and three ports on the rim
giving off a blue light. It hovered for 2 minutes, then flew
away. Baker aroused from sleep by his dog.
April 14, 1950; Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. 2:30 p.m. Witness:
Army M/Sgt. James. Four rectangular, amber objects, about 3′ by
4′. changed speed and direction rapidly; the group of objects
rose and fell during the 3-4 minute sighting.
May 7, 1950; Nine miles sough of Ely, Nevada. 6:45 p.m.
Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. George Smith and their grandson. One
silvery white object hovered at 100′ altitude, moved back and
forth for 10 minutes and then flew up and away. Note in case
file: “No investigation.”
June 27, 1950; Texarkana, Texas. 7:50 a.m. Witnesses: Terrell
and Yates, employees of Red River Arsenal. One object, bright,
shaped like two dishpans face-to-face, flew straight and level,
fast for 4-5 seconds.
July 13, 1950; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. 5 p.m. Witnesses:
two skilled Arsenal employees including Mr. Washburn. one
object, shaped like a bowtie, and like polished aluminum. Flew
straight and level, then one triangle rotated 1/4 turn in the
opposite direction and returned to its original position. The
object then made a right-angle turn and accelerated away after at
least 30 seconds.
Aug. 4, 1950; approx. 100 mi. SE of New York City (39′ 35′ N.,
72′ 24.5′ W.). 10 a.m. EDT. Witnesses: Master Nils Lewring,
Chief Mate Jacob Koelwyn, Third Mate, of M/V Marcala. One 10′
cylindrical object at 50-100′ altitude, flying with a churning or
rotary motion, accelerated at end of 15 second sighting.
Aug. 20, 1950; Nicosia, Cyprus. 1:30 p.m. Witnesses: USAF MATS
liaison officer Lt. William Ghormley, Col. W. V. Brown, Lt.
col. L.w. Brauer. One small, round, bright object flew fast,
straight and level for 15-20 seconds.
Aug. 25, 1950; approx. 250 mi. SW of Bermuda (29′ 40′ N., 67*
28′ W.). 8 p.m. Witness: B-29 radarman S/Sgt. William Shaffer.
Radar observation, plus possible blue streak 3 minutes later.
B-29 followed unidentified target, then passed it at l/4-mile
distance, target followed for 5 minutes, then passed B-29 and
sped away. Total time of tracking: 20 minutes.
Aug. 30, 1950; Sandy Point, Newfoundland, Canada. 1:30 p.m.
Witnesses: three local employees, including Kaeel and Alexander,
of the Air Force Base. A dark, barrel-shaped object with a pole
down from it into the water, flew at 3-5 m.p.h. and 15-20′
altitude for 5 minutes.
Sept. 3, 1950; Spokane, Washington. 2 p.m. Witnesses: Maj R.J.
Gardiner, Mrs. Gardiner and neighbor (former saw three objects,
others saw one). Metallic bronze discs, 20-30′ long, 2-6′ thick.
Moved independently and erratically for 5 minutes.
Sept. 20, 1950; Kit Carson, Colorado. 10:49 a.m. Witness
identified only as a “reliable source”. Two large, round,
glowing objects and three smaller, internally lit objects. Two
hovered for 1 minute, moved, and three smaller ones came from
behind or within the two larger objects, and all sped upward and
Sept. 21, 1950; Provincetown, Massachusetts. 9:52 a.m. Witness:
M.I.T. research associate and Air National Guard Maj. M.H. Ligda.
Radar tracking of one object during M.I.T tracking of USAF flight
of F-84 or F-86 jet fighters. Object speed was 22 miles/minute
(l,200 m.p.h.), made turn of 11-12 gs acceleration during 1
Oct. 15, 1950; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 3:20 p.m. Atomic Energy
Commission Trooper Rymer, J. Moneymaker, Capt. Zarzecki. Two
shiny silver objects shaped like bullet or bladder. They dove
with a smoke trail and one vanished. The other hovered at 5-6,
altitude, 50′ away, left and returned several times somewhat
Oct. 15, 1950; Pope AFB, North Carolina. Witness: Daniel.
Listed as “unidentified” in folder index, but no supporting data
could be found.
Oct 15, 1950; Pope AFB, North Carolina. Witness: Woodward.
Same as previous observation.
Oct. 23, 1950; Bonlee, North Carolina. 12:42 p.m. Witness:
ex-USAF pilot Frank Risher. One aluminum object shaped like a
dirigible or Convair C-99 cargo plane, with 3 portholes, arrived
from southeast, hovered 3-5 seconds and flew away to the south-
south-east at end of 40 second sighting.
Nov. 5, 1950, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 11:55 a.m. Witness:
Fairchild Aircraft illustrator Don Patrick. One translucent
object, light grey with dark core, shaped like a pear or bean.
Flew for 5-10 minutes with rapid, darting movements.
Dec. 2, 1950; Nanyika, Kenya. 10:50 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. L. Scott.
One pearly, iridescent object with a flattened top, spun while
hovering and made a sound like bees buzzing. Only data in files
was from East African “Standard” newspaper.
Dec. 6, 1950; Ft. Myers, Florida. 5 p.m. Witnesses: former
aircraft purchasing agent Harry Lamp and four boys, using
lO-power binoculars. One 75′ object, 3-4′ thick, bubble on top,
silver with a red rim having two white and two orange jets along
it. The center revolved when the object hovered; then it flew
away very fast.
Dec. 11, 1950; l0 mi. NW of Gulcana, Alaska. 10:13 p.m.
Witnesses: crew of Northwest Air Lines flight 802. Two white
flashes, followed by a dark cloud which rose and split in two.
Jan. 8, 1951; South of Ft. Worth, Texas. 10:45 p.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Boggus, plus unidentified drivers and
passengers in other cars stopped to watch. Two groups of red and
green lights in triangular formations were stationary and then
Jan. 12, 1951, Ft. Benning, Georgia. 10 p.m. Witness: U.S.
Army 2nd Lt. A.C. Hale. One light with a fan-shaped wake
remained motionless like a star about 20 minutes and then sped
Jan 16, 1951; Artesia, New Mexico. Time unknown. Witnesses:
Two members of a balloon project from the General Mills .
Aeronautical Research Laboratory, the manger of the Artesia
Airport, and three pilots. The balloon crew was observing their
110′ balloon at an altitude of 112,000′ when a dull white, round
object was spotted. It appeared larger than the balloon, but
made no movement. Later, the balloon crew and the others saw
two objects from the airport; flying side-by-side, they circled
the balloon and flew away to the northeast. The second
observation lasted about 40 seconds. Note: there is confusion
over the date of this case, with some USAF records showing it as
1952; however, 1951 appears to be correct.
Feb. 1, 1951; Johnson Air Base, Japan. 5:10 p.m. Witnesses:
pilot and radar operator of F-82 night fighter. One amber light
made three or four 360* turns to the right, reversed toward the
F-82 and then climbed out of sight.
Feb. 21, 1951; Durban, South Africa. 4:55 a.m. Witnesses:
three men in a truck, several other persons, none named. A dark
red, torpedo-shaped object with darker center, flew straight and
Feb. 26, 1951; Ladd AFB, Alaska. 7:10 a.m. Witness: USAF Sgt.
J.B. Sells. One dull grey, metallic object, estimated to be 120′
long and 10-12′ thick, hovered, puffed smoke and sped away after
1-1.5 minutes. Note: may have been Feb. 25.
Mar. 10, 1951; Chinnampo, Korea. 9:51 a.m. Witnesses: crew of
USAF B-29 bomber, including scanners and tail gunner. A large
red-yellow glow burst and became blue-white. No further
information in files.
Mar. 13, 1951; McClellan AFB, California. 3:20 p.m. Witnesses:
USAF lst Lt. B.J. Hastie, Mrs. Rafferty. A cylinder with twin
tails, 200′ long and 90′ wide, turned north and flew at
incredible speed. Two minutes.
Mar. 15, 1951; New Delhi, India. 10:20 a.m. Witnesses: 25
members of a flying club, including the chief aerial engineer and
his two assistants. One metallic cigar-shaped object with white
exhaust which turned black when it accelerated to an estimated
1,000 m.p.h. and made a large loop. Seven minutes.
June 1, 1951; Niagara Falls, New York. 4:20 a.m. Witnesses:
M/Sgt H.E. Sweeney, 2 enlisted men. One glowing yellow-orange,
saucer-shaped object with arc-shaped wings, flew straight up.
Seen for 30-40 seconds.
July 24, 1951; Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 7:10 Witnesses:
Hanscom AFB Operations Officer Capt. Cobb, Cpl. Fein. One
100-200′ tubular object, 5 times long as it was wide, with fins
at one end, and colored greyish with many black spots. Flew
800-1,000 m.p.h. at 1-2,000′ altitude, leaving a faint swath. 20
Aug. 25, 1951; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 9:58 p.m. Witnesses:
Sandia Base Security Guard Hugh Young and wife. A flying wing-
shaped craft passed over their heads at an estimated 800-1,000′
altitude with no sound. Size estimated at 1.5 times wingspan of
B-36 bomber,or 350′. Dark, chordwise stripes on underside, and
6-8 pairs of soft, glowing lights on trailing edge of “wing”.
Speed estimated at 300-400 m.p.h., object seen for about 30
Aug. 31, ; Matador, Texas. 12:45 p.m. Witnesses: Mrs. Tom
Tilson, one or two other women, all apparently of excellent
reputations. One pear-shaped object with a length of a B-29
fuselage (100′), aluminum or silver with a port or some type of
aperture on the side. It moved with smaller end forward,
drifting slowly at about 150′ altitude, then headed up in a
circular fashion and out of sight after a few seconds.
Sept. 6, 1951; Claremont, California. 7:20 p.m. (not really
clear). Witnesses: S/Sgt W.T. Smith, M/Sgt L.L. Duel (?). Six
orange lights in an irregular formation, flew straight and level
into a coastal fog bank after 3-4 minutes.
Sept. 14, 1951; Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada. 9:30 p.m.
Witnesses: T/Sgt W.B. Maupin, Cpl. J.W. Green. Three objects
tracked on radar. Two were on a collision course, then one
evaded to the right upon the request, by radio, of one of the
radar operators! No aircraft were known to be in the area. A
third unidentified track then joined the first two. More than 15
Oct. 2, 1951; Columbus, Ohio. 6 p.m. Witness: Battelle
Memorial Institute graduate physicist Howard Cross. One bright
oval with a clipped tail flew straight and level, fading into the
distance after 1 minute.
Oct. 3, 1951; Kadena, Okinawa. 10:27 p.m. Witnesses: radar
operators Sgt. M.W. Watson and Pvt. Gonzales and one other
Sergeant. One large, sausage-shaped blip tracked at an estimated
Oct. 9, 1951; Terre Haute, Indiana. 1:42 p.m. Witness: CAA
Chief Aircraft Communicator Roy Messmore at Hulman Municipal
Airport. One round silver object flew directly overhead,
reaching the horizon in 15 seconds. Note: a very similar
incident happened 3 minutes later near Paris, Illinois (15 miles
NW) and was also listed as “unidentified” for several years, but
was eventually reclassified.
Oct. 11, 1951; Minneapolis, Minnesota. 6:30 a.m. Witnesses:
General Mills balloon researchers, including aeronautical
engineer J.J. Kaliszewski, aerologist C.B. Moore, pilot Dick
Reilly in the air, and Doug Smith on the ground. The flight crew
saw the first object, a brightly glowing one with a dark
underside and a halo around it. The object arrived high and
fast, then slowed and made slow climbing circles for about two
minutes, and finally sped away to the east. Soon they saw
another one, confirmed by ground observers using a theodolite,
which sped across the sky. Total time first object was seen was
5 minutes, second was a few seconds.
Nov. 18, 1951; Washington, D.C. 3:20 a.m. Witnesses: Crew of
Capital Airlines DC-4 Fliqht 610, Andrews AFB Senior air traffic
controller Tom Selby. One object with several lights, followed
the DC-4 for about 20 minutes and then turned back.
Nov. 24, 1951; Mankato, Minnesota. 33:53 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
or ANG pilots W.H. Fairbrother and D.E. Stewart in P-51 Mustangs.
One milky white object shaped like Northrop flying wing (broad,
slightly swept-back wing with no fuselage or tail). Estimated 8′
span. Flew straight and level for 5 seconds.
Dec. 7, 1951; Sunbury, Ohio. 4:30 p.m. Witness: amateur
astronomer Carl Loar. One silvery sphere seen through telescope.
Two specks sighted at sides, object seemed to explode and was
replaced by a dark cloud and many specks. 30 minutes.
Dec. 7, 1951; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 8:15 a.m. Witness: Atomic
Energy Commission guard J.H. Collins. One 20′ square object,
white-grey but not shiny flew above ridge to clouds and back
again twice, taking 30-40 seconds each time.
Feb. 11, 1952; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3 a.m. Witnesses:
Capt. G.P. Arns and Maj. R.J. Gedson flying a Beech AT-ll
trainer. One yellow-orange comet-shaped object pulsed flame for
1-2 seconds of a 1 minute straight and level flight.
Feb. 23, 1952; over North Korea. 11:15 p.m. Witness:
Captain/B-29 navigator. One bluish cylinder, three times long as
wide, with a tail and rapid pulsations, came in high and fast,
made several turns and levelled out under B-29 which was evading
mild antiaircraft fire. 45 second sighting.
March 20, 1952; Centreville, Maryland. 10:42 p.m. Witnesses:
WWl/WW2 veteran A.D. Hutchinson and son. One dull orange-yellow
saucer-shaped light flew straight and level very fast for 30
March 23, 1952; Yakima, Washington. 6:56 and 7 p.m.
Witnesses: pilot and radar operator of F-94 jet interceptor. On
either occasion, a red fireball increased in brightness and then
faded over 45 second span. Stationary both times. Note:
Project Blue Book Status Report #7 (May 31, 1952) says target was
also tracked by ground radar at 78 knots (90 m.p.h.) at 22,500′
and 25,000′ altitude.
March 24, 1952; 60 miles west of Pt. Concepcion, California.
8:45 a.m. Witnesses: B-29 navigator and radar operator. One
target tracked for 20-30 seconds at estimated 3,000 m.p.h.
March 29, 1952; 20 miles north of Misawa AFB, Japan. 11:20 a.m.
Witness: Brigham, pilot of AT-6 trainer. One small, very thin,
shiny metallic disc flew alongside the AT-6, then made a pass at
an F-84 jet fighter, flipped on edge, fluttered 20′ from the
F-84’s fuselage and flipped in the slipstream…all in 10
April 4, 1952; Duncanville, Texas. 7:30 p.m. Witnesses: two
radar operators of the 147th AC&W Squadron. One object was
tracked for one minute by radar at an estimated 2,160 m.p.h.
April 5, 1952; Phoenix, Arizona. l0:40 a.m. Witnesses: Mr. and
Mrs. L.G. Ryan, R.L. Stokes, D. Schook. One large, dull grey
circular object, followed by two more, flew straight and level at
April 5, 1952; Miami, Florida. 9:15 p.m. Witnesses: L.E.
VanDercar and 9 year old son. Four dark circular objects with
mostly fuzzy edges, crossed face of Moon; each was half the
apparent diameter of Moon. 2:59 p.m. Witness: H.L. Russell.
April 6, 1952; Temple, Texas. 2:59 p.
50-75 grey-white discs changed position within formation
continually, tilted in unison every 12-15 seconds during 3.8
April 12, 1952; North Bay, Ontario, Canada. 9:30 p.m.
Witnesses: Royal Canadian Air Force Warrant Officer E.H.
Rossell, Flight Sgt. R. McRae. One round amber object flew fast,
stopped, reversed direction, climbed away at 30′ angle during a 2
April 14, 1952; LaCrosse, Wisconsin. 12:35 p.m. Witness:
unidentified CAL airline pilot. Several light colored objects
flew in V-formation. No further details in files.
April 14, 1952; Memphis, Tennessee. 6:34 p.m. Witnesses: U.S.
Navy pilots Lt. jg. Blacky, Lt. jg. O’Neil. One inverted bowl,
3′ long and 1′ high, with vertical slots, flew fast, straight and
level, 100 yards from observers’ aircraft for 45-60 seconds.
April 15, 1952; Santa Cruz, California. 7:40 p.m. Witness: Mr.
Hayes, brother of Master Sergeant. Two faint objects observed
flying fast along the horizon for 6-8 seconds, using 20x spotting
April 17, 1952; Longmeadow, Massachusetts. 8:30 p.m. Witnesses:
S.B. Brooks, chemical engineer J.A. Eaton. One round, deep
orange object flew fast and erratic, occasionally emitting a
shaft of light to the rear during a 40 minute sighting.
April 17, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. 3:05 p.m. Witnesses: group of
Army weather observation students, including several graduate
engineers. One flat-white, circular object flew with an
irregular trajectory and a brief trail, for about 7 seconds.
April 18, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. Time unknown. Witnesses: two
Army weather observation students. One flat-white circular
object flew for 5-10 seconds in a very erratic manner.
April 18, 1952; Bethesda, Maryland. l1:30 a.m. Witnesses: R.
Poerstal and three other men. Seven to nine circular,
orange-yellow lights in a 40^ V-formation flew overhead silently
for 4-8 seconds, from south to north.
April 18, 1952; Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. l0:l0 p.m.
Witness: reporter Chic Shave. One round, yellow-gold object
flew south and returned during 1.5 minute sighting.
April 18, 1952; 50 miles northwest of Kyushu, Japan (129* 51′ E.,
34′ 19′ N.). Witness: one radar operator. Tracked unidentified
target for 1 minute at 2,700 m.p.h.
April 18, 1952; Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. 4 a.m.
Witness: janitor C. Hamilton. One yellow-gold object made a
sharp turn and left a short, dark trail during l minute sighting.
April 22, 1952; Naha AFB, Okinawa. 99 p.m. Witnesses: crew of
B-29 bomber, on ground. One elliptical object, followed by two
and then another two, each with a white light that blinked every
1-2 seconds as they performed erratic maneuvers for 10 minutes.
April 24, 1952; Bellevue Hill, Vermont. 5 a.m. Witnesses: crew
of USAF C-124 transport plane. Three circular, bluish objects in
loose “fingertip” formation twice flew parallel to airplane
during 3-4 minute period.
April 24, 1952; Milton, Massachusetts. 2:30 p.m. Witnesses:
three Cambridge Research Center electronics engineers, one named
Buruish. Two flat, red squares flew wobbly in level flight,
climbed, levelled out during 1.5 minute observation.
April 24, 1952; Clovis, New Mexico. 8:10 p.m. Witness: USAF
light Surgeon Maj. E.L. Ellis. Many orange-amber lights,
sometimes separate, sometimes fused, behaved erratically. Speed
varied from motionless to very fast during 5 minute sighting.
April 27, 1952; Roseville, Michigan. 4:15 p.m. Witnesses: H.A.
Freytag and three male relatives, including a minister. One
silver oval rolled, descended and stopped. Two silver cigar-
shaped objects appeared, one departing to the east and one to the
west. A third silver cigar-shaped object flew by at high speed.
Sightings lasted 45 minutes.
April 27, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. 8:30 p.m. Witnesses: M/Sgt. and
Mrs. G.S. Porter (he was off-duty control tower operator).
Bright red or flame-colored discs, appearing as large as fighter
planes. Seven sightings of one disc, one of two in formation
during 2 hours. All seen below 11,000′ overcast.
April 29, 1952; Marshall, Texas. 3:30 p.m. Witness: private
pilot R.R. Weidman. One round, white object which flew straight,
with a side-to-side oscillation for 1.5 minutes.
April 29, 1952; Goodland, Kansas. 100 p.m. Witness: B-29
bombardier Lt. R.H. Bauer. One white fan-shaped light pulsed 3-4
times per second for 2 seconds.
May 1, 1952; Moses Lake, Washington. 5:32 a.m. Witnesses: Two
Atomic Energy Commission employees, Eggan and Shipley. One
silver object without wings flew straight and level for 1.5
May 1, 1952; George AFB, California. 10:50 a.m. Witnesses:
three men on the arms range, plus one Lt. Colonel 4 miles away.
Five flat-white discs about the diameter of a C-47’s wingspan
(95′) flew fast, made a 90^ turn in a formation of three in front
and two behind, and darted around, for 15-30 seconds.
May 5, 1952; Tenafly, New Jersey. 10:45 p.m. Witness: Mrs.
M.M. Judson. Six or seven translucent, cream-yellow objects. One
moved in an ellipse, while the others moved in and out.
May 7, 1952; Keesler AFB, Mississippi. 12:15 p.m. Witnesses:
Capt. Morris, a Master Sergeant, a Staff Sergeant, and an Airman
First Class. Ten times, an aluminum or silver cylindrical object
was seen to dart in and out of the clouds during a 5-10 minute
May 9, 1952; George AFB, California. 5:20 p.m. Witness: A/lc
G.C. Grindeland. One dull white, arrowhead-shaped object flew
straight and level for 10 seconds.
May 10, 1952; Ellenton, South Carolina. 10:45 p.m. Witnesses:
4 duPont employees at the Savannah River nuclear plant. Up to
four yellow, disc-shaped objects were seen on five occasions
between 10:45 and shortly after 11:15.
May 14, 1952; Mayaquez, Puerto Rico. 7 p.m. Witnesses:
Attorney and ex-USAF pilot Mr. Stipes, Sr. Garcia-Mendez. Two
shining orange spheres: one was stationary, while the other
darted away and back for 30 minutes.
May 20, 1952; Houston, Texas. l0:l0 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
pilots Capt. J. Spurgin and Capt. BB. Stephan. One bright or
white oval object moved from side-to-side while making a gradual
turn for 90 seconds.
May 25, 1952; Walnut Lake, Michigan. 9:15 p.m. Witnesses:
seven persons, including John Hoffman, his family and friends.
One large white circular object having dark sections on its rim,
flew straight and level for 30 minutes, appearing red when behind
May 28, 1952; Saigon, French Indo China. 10:30 a.m. Witnesses:
many in crowd watching a ceremony. One white-silver disc-shaped
object flew straight and fast for 2 minutes.
May 28, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1:45-2:40 p.m.
Witnesses: two city fire department employees. Two circular
objects–one shiny silver and the other orange or light brown–
were seen three times performing fast maneuvers.
May 29, 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 7 p.m. Witness: USAF pilot
Maj. D.W. Feuerstein, on ground. One bright tubular object
tilted from horizontal to vertical for 8 minutes, then slowly
returned to horizontal, again tilted vertical, accelerated,
appeared to lengthen and turned red. The entire sighting lasted
June 1, 1952; Rapid City, South Dakota. 6 p.m. Witnesses:
A/lc Beatty and two civilians. At least five long silver objects
flew in a neat box formation with a leader for 15-20 seconds.
June 1, 1952; Walla , Washington. 1 p.m. Witness:
ex-military pilot Reserve Maj. W.C. Vollendorf. One oval object
with a “definite airfoil” performed a fast climb for 7 seconds.
June l, 1952; Soap Lake, Washington. 3+ p.m. Witness: Ray
Lottman. Three glimmering objects flew straight and level for 10
June 2, 1952; Bayview, Washington. 5:02 p.m. Witness: Larry
McWade. One purple object seen for unknown length of time. No
further information in files.
June 2, 1952; Fulda, West Germany. Time unknown. Witness: lst
Lt. John Hendry, photo-navigator on an RB-26C reconnaissance
bomber. One porcelain-white object flew very fast for an unknown
length of time.
June 5, 1952; Lubbock, Texas. 11 p.m. Witnesses: Dan Benson,
Mr. Bacon. A total of eight yellow circular objects, like large
stars, were seen during 45 minutes. The first two were in a
trail formation, the others were seen singly.
June 5, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 6:45 p.m. Witness:
S/Sgt T.H. Shorey. One shiny round object flew 5-6 times as fast
as an F-86 jet fighter for 6 seconds.
June 5, 1952; Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska. 11 p.m. Witnesses:
2nd Lt. W.R. Soper, a Strategic Air Command top secret control
officer and former OSI agent; and two other persons. One bright
red object remained stationary for 4.5 minutes before speeding
away with a short tail.
June 6, 1952; Kimpo AFB, Korea. Case missing from official
June 7, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 11:18 a.m. Witnesses:
crew of B-25 bomber #8840 at 11,500′. One rectangular aluminum
object, about 6’x4′, flew 250-300′ below the B-25.
June 8, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10:50 a.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Markland. Four shiny objects flew straight and
level in a diamond formation.
June 9, 1952; Minneapolis, Minnesota. Case missing from official
June 12, 1952; Ft. Smith, Arkansas. 7:30 p.m. Witnesses: U.S.
Army Major and Lt. Colonel, using binoculars. One orange ball
with a tail flew with a low angular velocity.
June 12, 1952; Marakesch, Morocco. 11:26 a.m. Witness: T/Sgt.
H.D. Adams, operating an SCR-584 radar set. One unidentified
blip tracked at 650 kts. (750 m.p.h.) at greater than 60,000′
June 13, 1952; Middletown, Pennsylvania. 8:45 p.m. Witness:
R.S. Thomas, Olmstead AFB employee and former control tower
operator. One round, orange object travelled south, stopped for
1 second, turned east, stopped 1 second, and went down.
June 15, 1952; Louisville, Kentucky. 11:50 p.m. Witness:
Edward Duke, ex-U.S. Navy radar technician. One large, cigar-
shaped object with a blunt front, lit sides and a red stern,
maneuvered in a leisurely fashion for 15 minutes.
June 16, 1952; Walker AFB, New Mexico. 8:30 p.m. Witness: USAF
maintenance specialist S/Sgt. Sparks. Five or six greyish discs,
in a half-moon formation, flew at 500-600 m.p.h. for l minute.
June 17, 1952; McChord AFB, Washington. Between 7:30 and 10:20
p.m. Witnesses: many and varied. From one to five large
silver-yellow objects flew erratically, stopped and started for
about 15 minutes.
June 17, 1952; Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 1:28 a.m. Witness:
pilot of USAF F-94 jet interceptor. A light like a bright star
crossed the nose of the airplane while being observed for 15
seconds. No further information in the files.
June 18, 1952; Columbus, Wisconsin. 9 a.m. Witness: R.A.
Finger. One crescent-shaped object hovered for several seconds
and then sped away.
June 18, 1952; Walnut Lake, Michigan. 10 p.m. Witnesses:
Marron Hoffman and four relatives, using 4x binoculars. One
orange light was observed zigzagging and then hovering for an
unspecified length of time.
June 19, 1952; Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada. 2:37 a.m. Witness:
2nd Lt. A’Gostino and unidentified radar operator. One red light
turned white while wobbling. Radar tracked a stationary target
during the 1 minute sighting.
June 19, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. 2 p.m. Witness: USAF pilot John
Lane. One round, white object flew straight and level for 10
June 20, 1952; Central Korea. 3:03 p.m. Witnesses: four Marine
Corps Captains and pilots of F4U-4B Corsair fighter planes. One
10-20′ white or silver oval object made a left-hand orbit at
terrific speed for 60 seconds.
June 21, 1952; Kelly AFB, Texas. 12:30 p.m. Witness: T/Sgt.
Howard Davis, flight engineer of B-29 bomber at 8,000′ altitude.
One flat object with a sharply pointed front and rounded rear;
white with a dark blue center and red rim, trailed sparks as it
dove past the B-29 at a distance of 500′, in l second.
June 22, 1952; Pyungthek, Korea. 10:45 p.m. Witnesses: Two
Marine Corps Sergeants. One 4 ft. diameter object dove at a
runway shooting red flames, hovered briefly over a hill, turned
180 , flashed twice and was gone.
June 23, 1952; Spokane, Washington. 4:05 p.m. Witness: Airport
weather observer Rex Thompson. One round disc with a metallic
shine flashed, and fluttered like a flipped coin for 5-7 minutes.
June 23, 1952; McChord AFB, Washington. 9 p.m. Witness: 2nd
Lt. K. Thompson. One very large light flew straight and level
for 10 minutes. No further information.
June 23, 1952; Kirksville, Missouri. Case missing from official
June 23, 1952; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 3:30 a.m. Witness:
secretary Martha Milligan. One bullet-shaped object with
burnt-orange exhaust flew straight and level for 30-60 seconds.
June 23, 1952; Owensboro, Kentucky. 10:00 a.m. Witness:
National Guard Lt. Col. O. L. Depp. Two objects looking like
“giant soap bubbles”, reflecting yellow and lavender colors, flew
in trail for 5 seconds.
June 23, 1952; Location unknown, but information came via Japan
Hq. “CV 4359”. 6:08 a.m. Witness: USAF pilot of the l8th
Fighter-Bomber Group. One black coin-shaped object, 15-20′ in
diameter, made an irregular descent.
June 25, 1952; Chicago, Illinois. 8:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mrs.
Norbury, Mr. Matheis. One bright yellow-white, egg-shaped object
which sometimes had a red tail, made seven circles in 1 1/2
June 25, 1982; Japan-Korea area. Case missing from official
June 26, 1952; Terre Haute, Indiana. 2:45 a.m. Witness: USAF
2nd Lt. C. W. Povelites. Undescribed object flew at 600 m.p.h.
and then stopped. No further information in files.
June 26, 1952; Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 11:50 p.m. Witness:
assistant manager of airport. Three sightings of flashing
lights: two lights separated by 2 miles, with the leader
flashing steadily and the other irregularly; two similarly
flashing lights, but with l mile separation; finally a single
light. Speed estimated at 150-250 m.p.h.. Total of 1/2 hour.
June 27, 1952; Topeka, Kansas. 6:50 p.m. Witnesses: USAF pilot
2nd Lt. K. P. Kelly and wife. One pulsating red object which
changed shape from a circular to a vertical oval as it pulsed.
Was stationary for about 5 minutes, then went out.
June 28, 1952; Lake Kishkanoug, Wisconsin. 6 p.m. Witness: G.
Metcalfe. One silver-white sphere became an ellipse as it turned
and climbed away very fast. 10 seconds.
June 28, 1952; Nagoya, Japan. 4:10 p.m. Witness: Capt. T. W.
Barger, USAF electronics countermeasures officer. One dark blue
elliptical-shaped object with a pulsing border flew straight and
level at 700-800 m.p.h..
June 29, 1952; O’Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois. 5:45 p.m.
witnesses: three USAF air policemen. One bright silver, flat
oval object surrounded by a blue haze, hovered, then moved very
fast to the right and to the left, and up and down for 45
July 3, 1952; Selfridge AFB, Michigan. 4:15 a.m. Witnesses not
identified. Two big lights, estimated at 20′ diameter, flew
straight and level at tremendous speed.
July 3, 1952; Chicago, Illinois. 11:50 p.m. Witness: Mrs. J.
D. Arbuckle. Two bright pastel green discs flew straight and
level very fast for 6 seconds.
July 5, 1952; Norman, Oklahoma. 7:58 p.m. Witness: Oklahoma
State Patrolman Hamilton in State Patrol airplane. Three dark
discs hovered and then flew away, silhouetted against a dark
cloud. 15 seconds.
July 6-12, 1952; Elizabeth, New Jersey. 11:00 p.m. Witness:
Charles Muhr. Four pictures taken of some indistinct light which
was admittedly not seen visually, but which appeared on the
July 9, 1952; Colorado Springs, Colorado. 12:45 p.m. Witness:
USAF pilot Maj. C. K. Griffin. One object shaped like an airfoil
less its trailing edge, luminous white, moved slowly and
erratically for 12 minutes.
July 9, 1952; Kutztown, Pennsylvania. 6:30 p.m. Witness:
farmer John Mittl. One aluminum, oval-shaped object changed
direction and attitude, finally tipping on end and departing
after 20 seconds. Case file includes three vague photographs.
July 9, 1952; Rapid City AFB, South Dakota. 3:35 p.m.
Witnesses: S/Sgt. D.P. Foster and three other persons. Three
times, a single white, disc-shaped object sped by, straight and
level, in 5 seconds.
July 12, 1952; Annapolis, Maryland. 3:30 p.m. Witness:
insurance company president William Washburn. Four large,
elliptical-shaped objects were seen to fly very fast, stop, turn
90* and fly away in 7-8 seconds. .
July 12, 1952; Kirksville, Missouri. 9 p.m. Witnesses: many
radar controllers who were military officers. Several big blips
tracked on radar at 1,500 kts. (1,700 m.p.h.). There was no
July 14, 1952; Norfolk, Virginia. 8:12 p.m. Witnesses: Pan
American Airways First Officer William Nash, Second Officer
William Fortenberry. Eight large, round, glowing red objects
maneuvered below their airliner, in formation.
July 15, 1952; West Palm Beach, Florida. 10:10 p.m. Witnesses:
J. Antoneff and two other persons. One discus-shaped object,
greyish, except when hovering, when it appeared muddy. Hovered
over Palm Beach International Airport, then followed an SA-l6
twin-engined amphibian and flew away after 40-60 seconds.
July 16, 1952; Beverly, Massachusetts. 9:35 a.m. Witness: U.S.
Coast Guard photographer Shell Alpert. Four roughly elliptical
blobs of light in formation photographed through window of photo
July 17, 1952; White Plains, New York. 3:10 p.m. Witness: Mrs.
Florence Daley. Two round objects, bluish-white with brighter
rims, flew in formation, making a sound like bombers, only
softer. Note: Later, the witness stated she heard many feminine
voices coming from the objects.
July 17, 1952; Lockbourne, Ohio. 11 a.m. Witness: Air National
Guard employees. One light like a big star was seen for 3 hours,
but disappeared when an aircraft approached. Also seen the
night of July 20, 22 and 23.
July 18, 1952; Lockbourne, Ohio. 9:10 p.m. Witnesses: T/Sgt.
Mahone, A/3c Jennings. One amber-colored, elliptical-shaped
object with a small flame at the rear, periodically increased in
brightness. It moved very fast for l 1/2 minutes, giving off a
resonant beat sound.
July 18, 1952; Miami, Florida. 11 a.m. Witnesses: E. R. Raymer
and daughter. One opaque, silvery bubble flew very fast at a
right-angle to the wind direction for 10 seconds.
July 18, 1952; Patrick AFB, Florida. 9:45 p.m. Witnesses:
three USAF officers and four enlisted men. Over an hour period,
a series of hovering and maneuvering red-orange lights were
observed moving in a variety of directions.
July 19, 1952; Williston, North Dakota. 2:55 a.m. Witness: one
experienced civilian pilot. One elliptical-shaped object with a
light fringe, travelled down fast, made a 360* and then a 180*
turn in 5 minutes.
July 19, 1952; Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. 11:35 p.m. Witnesses:
USAF pilot Capt. C.J. powley and wife. Two star-like lights
maneuvered, hovered and sped for 5-7 minutes.
July 20, 1952; Lavalette, New Jersey. 12:20 a.m. Witness:
Seton Hall Univ. chemistry professor Dr. A.B. Spooner. Two large
orange-yellow lights with some dull red coloring flew in trail,
turned and circled for 5-6 minutes.
July 21, 1952; Weisbaden, West Germany. 6:30 p.m. Witnesses:
USAF pilot Capt. E.E. Dougher, WAF Lt. J.J. Stong, situated miles
apart. Four bright yellowish lights were seen by Dougher to
separate, with two climbing and two flying away level in the
opposite direction. Stong watched two reddish lights fly in
opposite directions. Sightings lasted about 10-15 minutes.
July 21, 1952; San Marcos AFB, Texas. 10:40 p.m. Witnesses:
one Lieutenant, two Staff Sergeants, three airmen. One blue
circle with a blue trail was seen to hover and then accelerate to
near-sonic speed (700+ m.p.h.) after 1 minute.
July 21, 1952; Converse, Texas. 4:30 p.m. Witness: wife of
USAF Capt. J. B. Neal. One elongated, fuselage-shaped object
flew straight and level, made a right-angle turn and went out of
sight at more than 300 m.p.h., all in 3-5 seconds.
July 21, 1952; Rockville, Indiana. 8:10 p.m. Witnesses: one
military officer, two enlisted men. One aluminum, delta-shaped
object with a vertical fin, flew straight and level, and then
hovered during a 3 minute sighting.
July 22, 1952; Holyoke, Massachusetts. After midnight. Witness:
Mrs. A. Burgess. One round, yellow, flashing light went
downward. No further information in files.
July 22, 1952; Los Alamos, New Mexico. 10:50 a.m. Witnesses:
control tower operator Don Weins, and two pilots for Carco.
Eight large, round, bright aluminum objects flew straight and
level, then darted around erratically during 25 minutes.
July 22, 1952; Uvalde, Texas. 2:46 p.m. Witness: Don Epperly,
Trans Texas Airlines station manager and weather observer. One
large, round, silver object flew at more than 1,000 m.p.h. for 45
seconds, while gyrating.
July 22, 1952; between Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
10:47 p.m. Witnesses: pilot and radar operator of USAF F-94 jet
interceptor. One round blue light passed F-94, spinning.
July 22, 1952; Trenton, New Jersey. 10:50 p.m. t.o 12:45 a.m.,
July 23. Witnesses: crews of several USAF F-94 jet interceptors
from Dover AFB, Del. Thirteen visual sightings and one radar
tracking of blue-white lights during two hours.
July 23, 1952; Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 8:40 a.m. Witnesses:
the two-man crews of three USAF F-94 jet interceptors. One large
silver object, shaped like a long pear with two or three squares
beneath it, flew at 150-180 kts. (170-210 m.p.h.), while a
smaller object, delta-shaped or swept back, flew around it at
1,000-1,500 kts. (1,150-1,700 m.p.h.). Seen by crews for 1-4
July 23, 1952; Altoona, Pennsylvania. 12:50 p.m. Witnesses:
two-man crews of two USAF F-94 jet interceptors at 35-46,000′
altitude. Three cylindrical objects in a vertical stack
formation flew at an altitude of 50-80,000′. Seen for 20
July 23, 1952; South Bend, Indiana. 11:35 p.m. Witness: USAF
pilot Capt. H. W. Kloth. Two bright blue-white objects flew
together, then the rear one veered off after about 9 minutes.
July 24, 1952; Carson Sink, Nevada. 3:40 p.m. Witnesses: two
USAF Lt. Colonels McGinn and Barton in a B-25 bomber. Three
silver, delta-shaped objects, each with a ridge along the top,
crossed in front of and above the B-25 at high speed, in 3-4
July 26, 1952; Washington, D.C. 8 p.m. until after midnight.
Witnesses: radar operators at several airports, airline pilots.
Many unidentified blips tracked by radar all over Washington
area, at varying speeds. Pilots spotted unidentified lights.
July 26, 1952; Kansas City, Missouri. 12:15 a.m. Witnesses:
USAF Capt. H. A. Stone, men in control towers at Fairfax Field
and Municipal Airport. One greenish light with red-orange
flashes was seen for 1 hour as it descended in the northwest from
40* elevation to 10* elevation.
July 26, 1952; Andrews AFB, Maryland. This was a continuation of
the extensive sightings and radar tracking reports reported
throughout the Washington, D.C. area, all night long.
July 26, 1952; Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. 12:05 a.m. Witness:
Airman lst Class J.M. Donaldson. Eight to ten orange balls in a
triangular or V-formation flew very fast for 3-4 seconds.
July 26, 1952; Williams, California. Case missing from official
July 27, 1952; Selfridge AFB, Michigan. 10:05 a.m. Witnesses:
three B-29 bomber crewmen on ground. Many round, white objects
flew straight and level, very fast. Two at 10:05, one at 10:10,
one at 10:15, one at 10:20. Each was seen for about 30 seconds.
July 27, 1952; Wichita Falls, Texas. 8:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mr.
and Mrs. Adrian Ellis. Two disc-shaped objects, illuminated by a
phosphorus light, flew at an estimated l,000 m.p.h. for 15
July 28, 1952; Heidelberg, West Germany. 10:20 p.m. Witnesses:
Sgt. B.C. Grassmoen, WAC Pfc. A.P. Turner. One saucer-shaped
object having an appearance of light metal and giving off shafts
of white light, flew slow, made a 90^ turn and climbed away fast
after 4-5 minutes.
July 28, 1952; McGuire AFB, New Jersey. 6 a.m. Witness: Ground
Control Approach radar operator M/Sgt. W.F. Dees, and persons in
the base control tower. Radar tracked a large cluster of very
distinct blips. Visual observation was of oblong objects having
neither wings nor tail, which made a very fast turn and at one
time were in echelon formation. Entire episode lasted 55
July 28, 1952; McChord AFB, Washington. 2:15 a.m. Witnesses:
T/Sgt. Walstead, S/Sgt. Calkins of the 635th AC&W Squadron. One
dull, glowing, blue-green ball,.the size of a dime at arms’
length, flew very fast, straight and level.
July 29, 1952; Osceola, Wisconsin. 1:30 a.m. Witnesses: radar
operators on ground, pilot of F-5l Mustang in flight. Several
clusters of up to 10 small radar targets and one large target.
Small targets moved from southwest to east at 50-60 kts. (60-70
m.p.h.), following each other. The large one moved at 600 kts.
(700 m.p.h.). One hour total time. Pilot confirmed one target.
July 29, 1952; Langley AFB, Virginia. 2:30 p.m. Witness: USAF
Capt D.G. Moore, of military air traffic control system. One
undescribed object flew at an estimated 2,600 m.p.h., below
5,000′ altitude, toward the air base for about 2 minutes.
July 29, 1952; Langley AFB, Virginia. 2:50 p.m. Witnesses: Mr.
Moore, Gilfillan electronics representative W. Yhope. One radar
target tracked moving away, stopped for 2 minutes, again moved
very, very fast. Four minutes.
July 29, 1952; Merced, California. 3:44 or 4:35 p.m. Witnesses:
Herbert Mitchell and one employee. One dark, discus-shaped
object, trailed by a silvery light 2 lengths behind, tipped on
its side, dove, hesitated and then circled very fast during the 2
July 29, 1952; Wichita, Kansas. 12:35 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
shop employees Douglas and Hess at Municipal Airport. One bright
white circular object with a flat bottom flew very fast, and then
hovered 10-15 seconds over the Cessna Aircraft Co. plant, during
the 5 minute sighting.
July 29, 1952; Ennis, Montana. 12:30 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
persons, alerted that UFOs were coming from the direction of
Seattle, Wash. Two to five flat disc-shaped objects: one
hovered 3-4 minutes, while the others circled it. Sighting
length of 30 minutes not explained further.
July 30, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 11:02 p.m. Witness:
USAF lst Lt. George Funk. One orange light remained stationary
for 10 minutes. No further details in files.
July 30, 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 10 a.m. Witnesses: E.E. Nye
and one other person. One round, white object flew slow and then
sped away after 20-30 minutes.
Aug. 1, 1952; Lancaster, California. 1:14 a.m. Witnesses:
sheriff’s deputies and other persons, one named Mallette. Two
brilliant red lights hovered and maneuvered for 5 minutes.
Aug. 2, 1952; Lake Charles, Louisiana. 3 a.m. Witnesses: USAF
lst Lt. W.A. Theil, one enlisted man. One red ball with a blue
flame tail flew straight and level for 3-4 seconds.
Aug. 4, 1952; Phoenix, Arizona. 2:20 a.m. Witness: USAF
A/3c W.F. Vain. One yellow ball which lengthened and narrowed to
plate shape, flew straight and level for 5 minutes.
Aug. 4, 1952; Mt. Vernon, New York. 11:37 a.m. Witnesses: one
woman, two children. One object, shaped like a lifesaver or
donut, emitted black smoke from its top and made a 15′ arc in 1.5
minutes. Observed for 2 hours.
Aug 5. 1952; Haneda AFB, Japan. 11:30 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
F-94 jet interceptor pilots lst Lt. W.R. Holder and lst Lt. A.M.
Jones, and Haneda control tower operators. Airborne radar
tracked a target for 90 seconds. Control tower operators watched
50-60 minutes while a dark shape with a light flew as fast as 330
kts. (380 m.p.h.), hovered, flew curves and performed a variety
Aug. 6, 1952; Tokyo, Japan. This is a continuation of the Haneda
Aug. 6, 1952; Port Austin, Michigan. Case missing from official
Aug. 7. 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 9:08 a.m. Witness: Mrs.
Susan Pfuhl. Four glowing white discs: one made a 180* turn,
one flew straight and level, one veered off, and one circled
during the 70 minute sighting.
Aug. 9, 1952; Lake Charles, Louisiana. 10:50 a.m. Witness:
USAF A/3c J.P. Raley. One disc-shaped object flew very fast and
then hovered for 2 seconds during a 5-6 minute sighting.
Aug. 13, 1952; Tokyo, Japan. 9:45 p.m. Witness: USAF Marine
Corps pilot Maj. D. McGough. One orange light flew a left orbit
at 8,000′ and 230 m.p.h., spiralled down to no more than 1,500′,
remained stationary for 2-3 minutes and went out. An attempted
interception was unsuccessful.
Aug. 18, 1952; Fairfield, California. 12:50 a.m. Witnesses:
three policemen. One object changed color like a diamond, and
changed directions during the 30 minute sighting.
Aug. 19, 1952; Red Bluff, California. 2:38 p.m. Witness:
Ground Observer Corps observer Albert Lathrop. Two objects,
shaped like fat bullets, flew straight and level, very fast for
Aug. 20, 1952; Neffesville, Pennsylvania. 3:10 a.m. Witnesses:
Bill Ford and two others. An undescribed object flew at 500′
altitude for several minutes. No further data in files.
Aug. 21, 1952; Dallas, Texas. 11:54 p.m. Witness: Jack Rossen,
ex-artillery observer. Three blue-white lights hovered then
descended; 1.5 minutes later, one of them descended more.
Aug. 23, 1952; Akron, Ohio. 4:10 a.m. Witnesses: USAF 2nd Lt.
H.K. Funseth, a ground radar observer, and two U.S. Navy men.
One pulsing amber light was seen to fly straight and level for 7
Aug. 24, 1952; Hermanas, Mexico. 10:15 a.m. Witness: Georgia
Air National Guard F-84G jet fighter pilot Col. G.W. Johnson.
Two 6′ silver balls in abreast formation, one turned grey
rapidly, the other slowly. One changed to long grey shape during
a turn. Sighting lasted about 10 minutes.
Aug. 24, 1952; Tucson, Arizona. 5:40 p.m. Witnesses: Mr. and
Mrs. George White. One large round, metallic, white light with a
vague lower surface, flew slowly, then fast With a dancing,
wavering motion, for about 1 minute.
Aug. 24, 1952; Levelland, Texas. 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Sharp. One object, shaped like a
spinning top, changing color from red to yellow to blue, and with
a fiery tail, hovered for 20 minutes, whistling, then flew away.
It, or another like it, returned an hour later.
Aug. 25, 1952; Pittsburg, Kansas. 5:35 a.m. Witness: radio
station musician William Squyres. One dull aluminum object,
shaped like two meat platters, face to face, estimated at 75′
long, 45′ wide, and 15′ thick. Through a window in the front
section shone a blue light; the head and shoulders of a man could
be seen. The mid section had numerous windows through which
could be seen some kind of regular movement. A series of small
propellers were spaced close together along the outer edge of the
object, revolving at high speed. The object was hovering about
10′ above the ground, 100 yards off the road, with a slight
rocking motion. It then ascended vertically with a sound like a
large covey of quail starting to fly at the same time.
Vegetation showed signs of having been disturbed under the
Aug. 25, 1952; Holloman AFB, New Mexico. 3:40 p.m. Witnesses:
civilian supervisor Fred Lee, foreman L.A. Aquilar. One round
silver object flew south, turned and flew north, made a 360 turn
and flew away vertically after 3-5 minutes.
Aug. 26, 1952; Lathrop Wells, Nevada. 12:10 a.m. Witness: USAF
Capt. D.A. Woods. One large, round, very bright object with a
V-shaped contrail having a dark cone in the center, flew very
fast, hovered, made an instantaneous 90 turn, followed by a
gentle climb and finally sudden acceleration.
Aug. 28, 1952; Chickasaw and Brookley AFB, Alabama. 9:30 p.m.
Witnesses: USAF control tower operators, officer from USAF
Office of Special Investigations, and others. Six objects,
varying from fiery red to sparkling diamond appearance, hovered,
flew erratically up and down for 1 hour and l5minutes.
Aug. 29, 1952; Colorado Springs, Colorado. 8:35 p.m. Witness:
pilot C.A. Magruder. Three objects, 50′ in diameter, 10′ high,
aluminum with red-yellow exhaust, flew in trail at estimated
1,500 m.p.h. for 4-5 seconds.
Aug. 29, 1952; west of Thule, Greenland (77′ N., 75* 15′ W.)
10:50 a.m. Witnesses: two U.S. Navy pilots flying a P4Y-2
patrol plane. Three white disc-shaped or spherical objects
hovered, then flew very fast in a triangular formation, in 2-3
Sept. l, 1952; Marietta, Georgia. 10:50 p.m. Witness: ex-AAF
B-25 gunner. Two large white disc-shaped objects with green
vapor trails flew in trail formation, merged, flew away very
Sept. 1, 1952; Marietta, Georgia. 10:30 p.m. Witness: one
unidentified person using binoculars. Two large objects shaped
like spinning tops and displaying red, blue and green colors,
flew side by side, leaving a sparkling trail for 30 minutes.
Sept. 1, 1952; Atlanta, Georgia. 9:43 p.m. Witnesses: Mrs.
William Davis and nine other persons. One light, similar to the
evening star, moved up and down for a long period of time.
Sept. l, 1952; Marietta, Georgia. 10:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mr.
Bowman (ex-artillery officer) and 24 others. A red, white, and
blue-green object which spun and shot off sparks for 15 minutes.
Sept. 1, 1952; Yaak, Montana. 4:45 a.m. Witnesses: Visual
sighting by two USAF enlisted men, radar tracking seen by three
men using AN/FPS-3 radar set. Two small, varicolored lights
became black silhouettes at dawn; flew erratically. One hour.
Sept. 2, 1952; Chicago, Illinois. 3 a.m. Witness: radar
tracker Turason (ground controlled approach) at Midway Airport.
40 targets flew in miscellaneous directions, up to 175 m.p.h.
Two seemed to fly in formation with DC-6 airliner. Total of
Sept. 3, 1952; Tucson, Arizona. 99 a.m. Witnesses: civilian
pilots McCraven and Thomas. One shiny, dark ellipse made three
broad, curving sweeps in 1.5 minutes.
Sept. 6, 1952; Lake Charles AFB, Louisiana. l:3O’a.m.
Witnesses: T/Sgt. J.E. Wilson and two enlisted men. One bright
star-like light moved about the sky for 2 hours.
Sept. 6, 1952; Tucson, Arizona. 4:55 p.m. Witnesses: ex-
Congresswoman Mrs. Isabella King and Bill McClain. One orange
teardrop-shaped object whirled on its vertical axis, descended
very fast, stopped, retraced its path upwards, while whirling in
the opposite direction. 1.5 minutes.
Sept. 7, 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 10:30 p.m. Witnesses:
chemist J.W. Gibson and others. One orange object or light (the
color of 2,000′ F.) exploded into view. Seen for from 3-20
seconds by various observers.
Sept. 9, 1952; Rabat, French Morocco. 9 p.m. Witness: E.J.
colisimo, a civilian illustrator with USAF Intelligence. One
disc with lights along part of its circumference, flew twice as
fast as a T-33 jet trainer, in a slightly curved path for 5
Sept. 12, 1952; Allen, Maryland. 9:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mr. and
Mrs. David Kolb, of the Ground Observer Corps, using binoculars.
One white light with a red trim and streamers flew northeast for
Sept. 13, 1952; Allentown, Pennsylvania. 7:40 p.m. Witness:
private pilot W.A. Hobler, flying a Beech Bonanza. One object,
shaped like a fat football, flaming orange-red color, descended
and then pulled up in front of the witness’ airplane. Seen for 2
Sept. 14, 1952; Santa Barbara, California. 8:40 p.m. Witness:
USAF C-54 transport pilot Tarbutton. One blue-white light
travelled straight and level, then went up. Seen for 30 seconds.
Sept. 14, 1952; North Atlantic, between Ireland and Iceland.
Witnesses: military persons from several countries aboard ships
in the NATO “Operation Mainbrace” exercise. Among the sightings:
one blue-green triangle was observed flying 1,500 m.p.h; three
objects in a triangular formation gave off white light exhaust at
Sept. 14, 1952; White Lake, South Dakota. 7 p.m. Witness:
Ground Observer Corps observer L.W. Barnes, using binoculars.
One red, cigar-shaped object, with three puffs behind it, flew
west, then south, and then was gone. Seen 30-40 minutes.
Sept. 14, 1952; Ciudad Jaurez, Mexico. 11:30 p.m. to 1:20 a.m.,
Sept. 15. Witnesses: consulting engineer R. J. Portis and three
others. Six groups of 12-15 luminous spheres or discs, which
flew in formations varying from arcs to inverted-Y’s, very fast.
Sept. 14, 1952; Olmstead AFB, Pennsylvania. Time not known.
Witness: pilot of Flying Tiger Airlines airplane N67977. One
blue light flew very fast on a collision course with the
airliner. Note: the summary card attached to the file showed
completely different information.
Sept. 16, 1952; Portland, Maine. 6:22 p.m. Witnesses: crew of
U.S. Navy P2V Neptune patrol plane, visually and via radar. A
group of five lights was seen at the same time a long, thin blip
was being tracked on radar. Note: consideration was given to
this being USAF KC-97 airplanes involved in a refueling
operation. The sighting involved 20 minutes.
Sept. 16, 1952; Warner-Robbins AFB, Georgia. 7:30 p.m.
Witnesses: three USAF officers, two civilians. Two white lights
flew abreast, at 100 m.p.h., for 15 minutes.
Sept. 17, 1952; Tucson, Arizona. 11:40 a.m. Witnesses: Mr. and
Mrs. Ted Hollingsworth. Two groups of three large, flat, shiny
objects flew in tight formations: the first group slow, the
second faster. Seen for 2 minutes.
Sept. 23, 1952; Gander Lake, Newfoundland, Canada. No time
shown. Witnesses: Pepperell AFB operations officer and seven
other campers. One bright white light, which reflected on the
lake, flew straight and level at 100 m.p.h. for 10 minutes.
Sept. 24, 1952; Charleston, West Virginia. 3:30 p.m. Witnesses:
crew of USAF B-29 bomber. A lot of bright, metallic particles or
flashes, up to 3′ in length, streamed past the B-29 for 15
Sept. 26, 1952; 400 miles NNW of Azores Islands. 11:16 p.m.
Witnesses: pilot, copilot, engineer and aircraft commander of
USAF C-124 transport plane. Two distinct green lights were seen
to the right and slightly above the C-124, and at one time seemed
to turn toward it. The lights alternated leading each other
during more than 1 hour of observation.
Sept. 27, 1952; Inyokern, California. 10 p.m. Witnesses: two
couples, using a 5x telescope. One large, round object, which
went through the color spectrum every 2 seconds, was seen to fly
straight and level for 15 minutes.
Sept. 29, 1952; Rochester, England. 3:55 p.m. Witnesses
unknown, but report came via the Rochester Police Dept. Two flat
objects hovered for 3 minutes, and then sped away.
Sept. 29, 1952; Southern Pines, North Carolina. 8:15 p.m.
Witnesses: U.S. Army Res. lst Lt. C.H. Stevens and two others.
One green ellipse with a long tail orbited for 15 minutes.
Sept. 29, 1952; Aurora, Colorado. 3:15 p.m. Witness: USAF
T/Sgt. B.R. Hughes. Five or six circular objects, bright white
but not shiny, circled in trail formation for 5-6 minutes.
Oct. 1, 1952; Shaw AFB, South Carolina. 6:57 p.m. Witness:
USAF lst Lt. T.J. Pointek, pilot of RF-8O reconnaissance jet. One
bright white light flew straight, then vertical, then hovered,
and then made an abrupt turn during a 23 minute attempted
Oct. 1, 1952; Pascagoula, Mississippi. 7:40 p.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. C.C. McLean and one other person. One round,
milky-white object, shaped like a powder puff, hovered for 5-10
minutes then flew away very fast in an arc. A loud blast was
heard at the start of the 22 minute sighting.
Oct. 7, 1952; Alamagordo, New Mexico. 8:30 p.m. Witness: USAF
Lt. Bagnell. One pale blue oval, with its long axis vertical,
flew straight and level for 4-5 seconds, covering 30 in that
Oct. 10, 1952; Otis AFB, Massachusetts. 6:30 p.m. Witnesses:
USAF S/Sgt., two other enlisted men. One blinking white light
moved like a pendulum for 20 minutes, and then shot straight up.
Oct. 17, 1952; Taos, New Mexico. 9:15 p.m. Witnesses: Four
USAF officers One round, bright blue light moved from north to
northeast at an elevation of 45* for 2-3 seconds and then burned
Oct. 17, 1952; Killeen, Texas. 10:15 p.m. Witnesses: Ministers
Greenwalt and Kluck. Ten lights, or a rectangle of lights, moved
more or less straight and level for 5 seconds.
Oct. 17, 1952; Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. 11 p.m. Witness:
one military person (no detail). One white streamer moved at an
estimated 3,000 m.p.h. in an arc for 20 seconds. No further
details in files.
Oct. 19, 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 1:30 p.m. Witness: one
ex-USAF aircrewman Woolsey. Three circular aluminum objects, one
of which was olive-drab colored on the side, flew in a rough
V-formation. One object flipped slowly, another object stopped,
during the 3-4 minute sighting.
Oct. 19. 1952; 500 miles south of Hawaii. 6:58 p.m. Witnesses:
crew of USAF C-50 transport plane. One round yellow light, with
a red glowing edge, estimated at 100′ in diameter, flew at
300-400 kts. (350-450 m.p.h.) for 20 seconds.
Oct. 21, 1952; Knoxville, Tennessee. No time given. Witnesses:
persons at airport weather station. Six white lights flew in a
loose formation for 1-2 minutes, and made a shallow dive at a
Oct. 24, 1952; Elberton, Alabama. 8:26 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
Lt. Rau, Capt. Marcinko, flying a Beech T-ll trainer. One
object, shaped like a plate, with a brilliant front and vague
trail, flew with its concave surface forward for 5 seconds.
Oct. 29, 1952; Erding Air Depot, West Germany. 7:50 a.m.
Witnesses: USAF S/Sgt. Anderson, A/2c Max Handy. One round
object, silhouetted against a cloud, flew straight and level and
smooth at 400 m.p.h. for 20 seconds.
Oct. 31, 1952; Fayetteville, Georgia. 7:40 p.m. Witness: USAF
Lt. James Allen. One orange, blimp-shaped object, 80′ long and
20′ high, flew at treetop level, crossed over Allen’s car (at
which time his radio stopped playing), then climbed out at 45′
and tremendous speed at the end of a 1 minute sighting.
Nov. 3, 1952; Laredo AFB, Texas. 66:29 p.m. Witnesses: two
control tower operators, including Lemaster. One long,
elliptical, white-grey light flew very fast, paused, and then
increased speed during a 3-4 second observation.
Nov. 4, 1952; Vineland, New Jersey. 5:40 p.m. Witness:
housewife Mrs. Sprague. Two groups of 2-3 whirling discs of
light flew toward the southeast over a period of 30 seconds.
Nov. 12, 1952; Los Alamos, New Mexico. 10:23 p.m. Witness:
security inspector. Four red-white-green lights flew slowly over
a prohibited area for 15 minutes.
Nov. 13, 1952; Opheim, Montana. 2:20 a.m. Witness: radar
tracking by USAF 779th AC&W station. An unexplained track was
followed for 1 hour, 28 minutes, at 158,000′ altitude (30 miles)
and a speed of 240 m.p.h. Radar was FPS/3 (PPI).
Nov. 13, 1952; Glasgow, Montana. 2:43 a.m. Witness: U.S.
Weather Bureau observer Earl Oksendahl. Five oval-shaped
objects, with lights all around them, flew in a V-formation for
about 20 seconds. Each object seemed to be changing position
vertically by climbing or diving as if to hold formation.
Formation came from the northwest, made a 90* overhead, and flew
away to the southwest.
Nov. 15, 1952; Wichita, Kansas. 7:02 a.m. Witnesses: USAF Maj.
R.L. Wallander, Capt. Belleman, A/3c Phipps. One orange object
(a blue streak?) varied in shape, as it made jerky upward sweeps
with 10-15 second pauses during a 3-5 minute sighting.
Nov. 24, 1952; Annandale, Virginia. 6:30 p.m. Witness: L.L’
Brettner. One round, glowing object flew very fast, made right
angle turns and reversed course during a 1 hour sighting.
Nov. 27, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 12:10 p.m. Witnesses:
pilot and crew chief of UAAF B-26 bomber. A series of black
smoke bursts (4-3-3-4-3), similar to antiaircraft fire, was seen
over a 20 minute period.C. 12:30 a.m. Witnesses: radar
Nov. 30, 1952; Washington, D.C. l
operators at Washington National Airport. Radar trackings
similar to those of July 26, 1952.
Dec. 8, 1952; Ladd AFB, Alaska. 8:16 p.m. Witnesses: pilot lst
Lt. D. Dickman and radar operator lst Lt. T. Davies in USAF F-94
jet interceptor (s/n 49-2522). One white, oval light which
changed to red at higher altitude, flew straight and level for 2
minutes, then climbed at phenomenal speed on an erratic flight
path. Sighting lasted 10 minutes.
Dec. 9, 1952; Madison, Wisconsin. 5:45 p.m. Witnesses: Capt.
Bridges and lst Lt. Johneon in USAF T-33 jet trainer. Four
bright lights, in diamond formation, flew at 400 m.p.h. and were
passed by the T-33 at 450 m.p.h. during the 10 minute sighting.
Dec. 28, 1952; Marysville, California. Case missing from
Jan. 1, 1953; Craig, Montana. 8:45 p.m. Witnesses: Warner
Anderson and two women. A silver, saucer-shaped object with a
red glowing bottom, flew low over a river and then climbed fast
in a horizontal attitude. Ten second sighting.
Jan. 8, 1953; Larson AFB, Washington. 7:15 a.m. Witnesses: men
from the 82nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, including the
squadron commander; all were on the ground. One green, disc-
shaped or round object flew southwest for 15 minutes, with a
vertically bobbing motion and sideways movements, below clouds.
Jan. 10, 1953; Sonoma, California. 3:45 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Witnesses: retired Col. Robert McNab, and Mr. Hunter of the
Federal Security Agency. One flat object, like a pinhead, made
three 360* right turns in 9 seconds, made abrupt 90* turns to the
right and left, stopped, accelerated to original speed and
finally flew out of sight vertically after 60-75 seconds.
Jan. 17, 1953; near Guatemala City, Guatemala. 3:55 p.m.
Witness: geologist/salesman J.J. Sackett. One brilliant
green-gold object, shaped like the Goodyear blimp with its length
twice its height, flew 400 m.p.h. straight and level, stopped,
then went straight up with one stop. Sighting lasted 22 seconds.
Jan. 28, 1953; Pt. Mugu, California. 1 p.m. Witness: R.W.
Love, owner of Love Diving Co., engaged in retrieving radio-
controlled drones. An 18-20′ white, flat disc flew straight and
level, overhead, for 6 minutes.
Jan. 28, 1953; Corona, California. 6:05 p.m. Witness: USAF
T/Sgt. George Beyer. Five 25′ green spheres flew in V-formation,
then changed to trail formation at which time the end objects
turned red. Sighting lasted 12 minutes.
Jan. 28, 1953; Albany, Georgia. No time given. Witnesses:
radar maintenance personnel. Radar tracked one stationary target
for 20 minutes. A visual sighting about the same time was
explained. No further information in the files.
Feb. 3, 1953; Keflavik, Iceland. 5:25 p.m. Witnesses: radar
operators. Four unidentified targets were tracked for 24
minutes. No further data.
Feb. 4, 1953; Yuma, Arizona. 1:50 p.m. Witness: U.S. Weather
Bureau observer Stanley Brown, using a theodolite. One white,
oblong object was tracked flying straight up, leveling off and
being joined by a second, similar, object. The second twice flew
away and returned to the first. After 5 minutes, both were lost
to sight behind clouds.
Feb. 17, 1953; Port Austin. Michigan. 10:04 p.m. Witnesses:
two officers and three airmen of USAF AC&W squadron, visually and
by radar. Visual object appeared to larger and brighter than a
star and changed color; it was seen to move slowly for 5 minutes
until 10:09 p.m. Radar picked up a target at 10:08 p.m. moving
in a similar direction for 17 minutes, at similar speed.
Feb. 20, 1953; Pittsburg-Stockton, California. #1 time unknown;
#2, 10:30 p.m. Witnesses: USAF B-25 bomber pilots. #1 was a
bright yellow light seen for 8 minutes. #2 was a bright light
which flew on a collision course, dimmed and climbed away fast.
Feb. 24, 1953; Sherman, Texas. 7:43 p.m. Witnesses: Warrant
Officer and Mrs. Alden. Two bright red, round objects with big
halos flew in small circles, climbed and faded during a 3-7
Feb. 27, 1953; Shreveport, Louisiana. 11:58 a.m. Witness: USAF
airman/private pilot. Five yellow discs made circular turns,
fluttered, three of them vanished, the other two flew erratic
square turns for a total of 4 minutes.
March 11, 1953; Hackettstown, New Jersey. 4 a.m. Witness: Mrs.
Nina Cook, an experienced private pilot and wife of a Pan Am
flight engineer. A large light, blinking at 10-15 times per
minute, moved up and down along a mountain range.
March 14, 1953; north of Hiroshima, Japan. 11:45 p.m.
Witnesses: radar and visual observation by 10 crew members of
U.S. Navy P2V-5 patrol plane. Groups of 5-10 colored lights,
totalling 90-100, slowly moved aft off the left side of the
airplane, as detected visually and by airborne radar for 5
March 21, 1953; Elmira, New York. 3:05 p.m. Witness: Ground
Observer Corps observation post. Six discs in a group flew high
and fast for a few seconds.
March 25, 1953; San Antonio, Texas. 3:05 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
Capt. and Mrs. D.E. Cox. Several lights, some of which moved
straight, others which made 360^ turns for 1.5 hours.
March 27, 1953; Mt. Taylor, New Mexico. 7:25 p.m. Witness:
pilot of USAF F-86 jet fighter at 600 kts. (700 m.p.h.). One
bright orange circle flew at 800 kts. (900 m.p.h.), and executed
three fast rolls. Pilot chased object for 4 minutes.
March 29, 1953; Spooner, Wisconsin. 3:45 p.m. Witness: L.C.
Gillette. One aluminum, circular object flew high and fast,
twice reversing its course. Note: Mr. Gillette saw a similar
object in 1938. Fifteen second sighting.
April 8, 1953; Fukuoka, Japan. 7:55 p.m. Witness: lst Lt. D.J.
Pichon, pilot of USAF F-94B jet interceptor. One bright blue
light descended, accelerated, flew parallel to the F-94,
increased its speed and blinked out after 45 seconds.
April 15, 1953; Tucson, Arizona. 5:45 p.m. Witness: S/Sgt.
V.A. Locey. Three orange lights were seen for: 3 minutes, 30
seconds, and a few seconds.
May 1, 1953; Goose AFB, Labrador, Canada. 11:35 p.m. Witnesses:
pilot and radar operator of USAF F-94 jet interceptor, and
control tower operator. One white light evaded interception
attempt by F-94 during 30 minute sighting.
May 27, 1953; San Antonio, Texas. 8:30 p.m. Witnesses: many
unidentified civilians, including Jacobson. Nine separate
meandering lights were seen during 15 minute sighting.
June 21, 1953; Naha, Okinawa. 7 p.m. Witnesses: Nine Japanese
and Okinawan weather observers. One unidentified light moved
slowly for 20 minutes. No further data in files.
June 22, 1953; Goose AFB, Labrador, Canada. Z:lO a.m.
Witnesses: pilot and radar operator of USAF F-94 jet
interceptor. One red light, flying at an estimated 1,000 kts.
(1,100 m.p.h.) eluded the chasing F-94 after 5 minutes.
June 24, 1953; Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands. 11:30 p.m. Witnesses:
crew of USAF KB-29 aerial tanker plane. Radar tracked an
unidentified target which twice approached to within .5 miles of
the airplane, and once to within 6 miles, during a 2 minute
June 24, 1953; Simiutak, Greenland. 11:30 a.m. Witness:
weather observer A/2c R.A. Hill. One red triangle hovered and
rotated for 15 seconds, then climbed for 5 minutes.
Aug. 3, 1953; Amarillo, Texas. 12:04 p.m. Witness: Airport
control tower chief C.S. Brown. One round and reflective or
translucent object flew straight, stopped for 7 seconds, sped
along, stopped again, was joined by a similar object and they
flew off in different directions, after a total of 56 minutes.
Aug. 20, 1953; near Castle AFB, California. 9:05 p.m.
Witnesses: crew of TB-29 bomber/trainer plane. One greyish oval
object made four passes at the airplane (three times at 10-20
miles distance), then dived vertically as if two objects.
Aug. 27, 1953; Greenville, Mississippi. 9:45 p.m. Witnesses:
USAF pilot, M/Sgt., others, all on the ground. One meandering
light was observed for 50 minutes. No further details in file.
Sept. 2, 1953; Sidi Slimane AFB, French Morocco. 9:14 p.m.
Witnesses: Lt. Col. William Moore and lst Lt. J.H. McInnis,
Dec. 24, 1953; El Cajon, California. 8:04 a.m. Witnesses: U.S.
Navy Lts. J.B. Howard and L.D. Linhard, flying F9F-2 jet
fighters. Ten silver, oval objects flew at more than 400 kts.
(450 m.p.h.), straight and level, for 5 minutes.
Dec. 28, 1953; Marysville, California. 11:55 a.m. Witness:
Yuba County Airport Manager Dick Brandt. One saucer, with a
brilliant blue light, reflecting on a nearby building, hovered
briefly during the 1.5 minute observation.
Jan. 28, 1954; Rangeley, Maine. 110-10:15 a.m. Witness: Wilhelm
Reich. Two bright lights moved into valley, and were seen
against the mountain background, for 15 minutes.
Feb. 26, 1954; Newburyport, Massachusetts. 2:30 p.m. Witnesses:
architect R.M. Pierce, marine engineer George Avery and one other
person. One silver disc, with a white trail, made a loud roar
for 30-60 seconds.
March 2, 1954; vicinity of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 10 p.m.
Witness: research engineer R.C. Swengel. Three objects, each
with two lights, flew straight and level at medium speed for an
unknown length of time.
March 5, 1954; Nouasseur, French Morocco. 8 p.m. Witnesses:
crews of USAF KC-97 aerial tanker planes. One object or light
made passes at KC-97s, the other flew straight and level.
Sighting duration unknown.
March 12, 1954; Nouasseur, French Morocco. 9:35 a.m. Witness:
USAF lst Lt. Robert Johnson, flying an F-86 jet fighter. He
chased an object at more than 530 m.p.h. for 30 seconds, but was
unable to catch it. It appeared to be the size of a fighter
plane but had neither tanks nor trails.
April 8, 1954; Chicago, Illinois. 4:30 p.m. Witness: Lelah
Stoker. One white round-topped disc, with a humanoid suspended
beneath it, skimmed over the water, landed, and an occupant in a
green suit walked around. It then took off very, very fast.
Sighting lasted 30 minutes.
April 23, 1954; Pittsfield, Maine. 9:30 a.m. Witnesses: Mr.
and Mrs. F.E. Robinson. One silver dollar-shaped object with a
dome and a flashing light made a sound like a swarm of bees. It
hovered and tilted, flew horizontally, then rose vertically
without tilting. Stones underneath it moved. Four minute
April 24, 1954; Hartland, Maine. 6:10 p.m. Witness: D.
Robinson. One large, silver, oblong object with a dome and a
flashing light flew straight and level and then straight up.
Total of 15 minutes under observation.
April 26, 1954; Athens, Georgia. 7:35 p.m. Witnesses: C.
Cartey, Mr. and Mrs. H. Hopkins and their daughter. Fifteen to
twenty yellow objects in a V-formation, flew from south to north
for 10 seconds.
May 10, 1954; Elsinore, California. 12:40 p.m. Witness: U.S.
Marine Corps Squadron Leader D.R. Higgin, flying an F3D-2 jet
fighter. One dark gunmetal delta-shaped object, 22′ long and 10′
wide, with a fin on the top, descended at a 25-30′ angle under
the lead airplane of a formation, and over the airplane of
Higgin. Sighting lasted a few seconds.
May 11, 1954; Washington, D.C. 10:45 p.m. Witnesses: three
USAF.air policemen at Washington National Airport. Two bright
lights were seen on three occasions to fly straight and level,
make 90* turns and fade. Each sighting lasted about 45 seconds.
May 22, 1954; LaPorte, Indiana. 9:15 p.m. Witnesses: highway
engineer R.W. Dring, engineer Geert Tibma. One bright light made
a shallow climb for 45 seconds.
May 31, 1954; Concord, New Hampshire. 10:15 a.m. Witness: Mrs.
L.K. Stevens. One very white, elongated object flew very, very
fast, and then blinked out after 8-10 seconds.
June 1, 1954; from 400 miles south to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
9 p.m. Witnesses: crew of USAF B-47 jet bomber at 34,000′
altitude. One object with running lights flew at 24-44,000′
altitude for 1 hour.
June 8, 1954; Texarkana, Texas. 1 a.m. or 2:30 a.m. (file not
clear). Witness: L.T. Prewitt, employee of Red River Arsenal.
One golden yellow light flew over his house, making a “shhh” or
buzzing sound for 2 minutes. 9:09 p.m. Witness: USAF pilot
June 10, 1954; Estacado, Texas. 9:09 p.m. Witness: USAF pilot
Capt. Bill McDonald, in flight. One white light descended at
45^ from great altitude, passed under his aircraft, made two
360′ turns and went out after 30 seconds.
June 22, 1954; Miami Beach, Florida. 9 p.m. Witnesses: U.S.
Marine Corps Maj. E. Buchser and Maj. J.V. Wilkins. One meteor-
like object descended, stopped, and became extremely bright.
Sighting lasted 7 minutes.
June 24, 1954; Danvers, Massachusetts. 12:45 p.m. Witness:
R.B. Tomer, director of commercial engineering for CBS-Hytron.
One white, elliptical-shaped object covered 45^ of sky in 30
June 25, 1954; Indian Lake, Ohio. 5:05 p.m. Witnesses:
experienced private pilot John Mark, flying Navion lightplane;
radar at Dayton, Ohio airport, tracked very fast target at same
location. One silver or aluminum round object with a flat
bottom, raised front edge, inverted cone on top, and a diameter
of about 60′. Flew horizontally, hovered, made a high-G pull up
and then a steep climb into an overcast. Sighting lasted 3-5
July 18, ; Normandy, Missouri. 8:40 p.m. Witness: A.T.
Chamblin. One greenish-white disc was seen for 30 minutes.
July 25, 1954; Middle Sister Island, on U.S.-Canadian border in
western Lake Erie. 7:12 p.m. Witness: attorney L.B. Tussing.
One black cylinder, 12 times long as wide, moved fast along the
surface of the lake.
July 30, 1954; Los Angeles, California. 10:15 a.m. Witness:
Hughes Aircraft test pilots Englert and Peterson, flying a B-25
bomber. One metallic, pencil-shaped object flew slowly or
hovered for an unstated length of time.
Aug. 2, 1954; Westlake, Ohio. 5:17 p.m. Witness: ex-AAF B-17
gunner (19 missions) N.E. Schroeder. One thin, bright ellipse,
like polished metal, hovered for 5-8 seconds, dropped down 3,000′
in 3 seconds, hovered again and faded out after a total of 20
seconds in view.
Aug’ 6, 1954; San Antonio, Texas. 6 p.m. Witness: mechanical
engineer L.H. Hormer. One intensely white elliptical light
changed to yellow, then orange, then pink, four or five times
while flying straight and level for 5 minutes.
Aug. 11, 1954; Yoron Jima, near Okinawa. 8:55 p.m. Witness:
P.L. Percharde, electrical engineer and assistant manager of
Moeller Shipwrecker Co., of Okinawa. A line of blue lights,
underneath. a blue circle with a black center. Flew over ship
and climbed, illuminating and agitating the clouds.
Aug. 15, 1954; San Marcos, Texas. 10:20 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
Maj. W.J. Davis, Capt. R.D. Sauers, flying a C-47 transport
plane. One dark blue oblong object paced the C-47, veered away,
then crossed in front of it. Five minute sighting.
Aug. 24, 1954; Egilstadir, Iceland. 8:30 p.m. Witness: one
unnamed farmer. A cylinder, 2-2.5′ long, 4-5′ in diameter, made
a loud whizzing sound, flew straight and level fast, then slow,
then fell into sandbar.
Aug. 26, 1954; Danville, Virginia. 6:15 a.m. Witness: Rev.
W.L. Shelton. Two domed ellipses, 20′ long, 8′ thick, 10′ at
ends; glowing silver or orange. Hovered, then climbed side-by-
side while getting brighter. Observed for 2 minutes.
Aug. 27, 1954; Dorchester, Massachusetts. 1 p.m. Witness: E.A.
Srazdes. Seven large, white, teardrop-shaped objects turned
blue. Flew in line formation and increased speed during the 2
Aug. 29, 1954; Prince Christian, Greenland. 11:05 a.m.
Witnesses: lst Officer H.G. Gardner, engineer J.V.D. Whitisy,
flying Royal Dutch Airlines DC-4 (PH-DBZ). Three or four dark,
lens-shaped objects veered north and changed position in
formation during the 10 minute sighting.
Sept. 4, 1954; Butler, Missouri. 3 a.m. Witness: J.
Faltemeier, CAA communications specialist. Twenty-thirty lights,
as if on a string, flew straight and level for 1.5 minutes.
Sept. 5, 1954; Butler, Missouri. 12:23 a.m. Witness: J.
Faltemeier, CAA communications specialist. One silver or white
object with a slightly swept-back leading edge and a following
exhaust, flew straight and level, then veered southwest to south
after 30 seconds.
Sept. 18, 1954; Kimpo Air Base, Japan. 5:55 a.m. Witnesses:
two control tower operators, a weather forecaster and a weather
observer. One round object, like polished aluminum, flew
straight and level for 11-13 minutes.
Sept. 21, 1954; Barstow, California. 1 a.m. Witnesses: two
local policemen, four U.S. Marine Corps police, one highway
patrolman. One red-orange ball giving off sparks, and a smaller
light, made a zigzag descent and then hovered. Total of 20
Sept. 21, 1954; Santa Maria, Azores Islands. 9:45 p.m. Witness:
airport guard. One 10’x5′ light metallic blue, pecan-shaped
object with a clear glass or plastic nose having a door, and with
poles or aerials on the nose. Humming or whining, it hovered,
landed vertically, 50′ away. A blond man, 5′ 10″ tall appeared,
spoke in a strange language, patted the guard on the shoulder,
got in the object, hooked up his harness, pushed a button, took
off with the object’s nose pointed up, then levelled off and
climbed vertically. Sighting lasted 2-3 minutes.
Sept. 22, 1954; Marshfield, Missouri. 9 a.m. Witnesses:
private pilot J.N. Williams, E.J. Ash. A thin, translucent tan
asymmetrical boomerang-shaped object revolved, then tumbled down
behind some trees. Marks were found in the dirt. Sighting
lasted 15 minutes.
Sept. 23, 1954; Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 9:45 a.m. Witness: Dave
Owenby. Two bright silver, wheel-shaped objects flew from north
to south in trail for 2 minutes.
Oct. 13, 1954; Nouasseur, French Morocco. 10:05 a.m. Witness:
weather observer, following a balloon with his theodolite. One
round, flat, silver object flew straight and level for 30
Oct. 15, 16 and 17, 1954; Kingfisher, Oklahoma. 8:45 p.m. Fifty
objects with illuminated bottoms were seen flying in a
V-formation, very fast, on successive nights. Only data is on
Oct. 28, 1954; Miho Air Base, Japan. 5:32 p.m. Witnesses: USAF
pilots Lt. Col. O.C. Cook and Lt. J.W. Brown, on ground using
7×50 binoculars. One brilliant white, round-oval object climbed
in front of clouds, brightened, turned 90 to the north. Seen
for 45 seconds.
Oct. 29, 1954; Terciera Islands, Azores. 9 p.m. Witnesses:
four Portuguese nationals. One object, shaped like a stovepipe
with a center bulge and short wings (10′ long, 3′ in diameter, 3′
wings) having concave wingtips, and grey colored. Made a
gargling sound when hovering, then disappeared in the glare of
airplane landing lights. Sighting lasted 4-5 minutes.
Nov. 15, 1954; Augusta, Maine. 44 p.m. Witness: N. Gallant,
manager of radio station WFAV. Ten gold, circular objects flew
in vertical V-formation, straight and level for 3 minutes.
Nov. 19, 1954; Corvallis, Oregon. 4:15 p.m. Witness: P.J.
Gunn, assistant professor of art at Oregon State University and
ex-U.S. Navy aviation cadet. One bright white light hovered
8.5-9 minutes, then crossed 20 of sky in 3-3.5 minutes.
Nov. 28, 1954; Manilla, Phillipine Islands. 10:50 a.m. Witness:
one anonymous medical doctor. One flat-bottomed, domed object
(65-70′ across, 18-20′ high), bright orange with yellow discs
attached and an exhaust trail. Flew north, stopped, reversed its
course during 4 minute sighting.
Dec. 3, 1954; Gulfport, Mississippi 12:12 p.m. Witnesses: Mr.
and Mrs. S.P. Mellen. One translucent grey, round, flat object
rotated on its vertical axis at high r.p.m. for 30 seconds.
Dec. 7, 1954; Cape Province, South Africa. 1:15 p.m. Witness:
weather officer, using a theodolite. One white, semi-circular,
flat object with a dome flew from west to east, then turned
north. Sighting lasted 7 minutes.
Jan, 1, 1955; Cochise, New Mexico. 6:44 a.m. Witnesses:
instructor and student pilot in USAF B-25 bomber/trainer. A
metallic disc, shaped like two pie pans face-to-face, and 120-
130′ in diameter, paced the B-25, showing both its edge and its
face, for 5-7 minutes. Only item in case file was summary form.
Jan. 26, 1955; Lakeland, Florida. 6:15 p.m. Witness: J.M.
Holland. A black smoke trail made a circle. There was an
explosion and some objects fell. No further information in file.
Feb.l, 1955; 20 miles east of Cochise, New Mexico. 7:55 p.m.
Witnesses: Instructor Capt. D.F. Ritzdorf, aviation cadet F.W.
Miller in TB-25 bomber/trainer. One red and white ball hovered
off the left wing of the TB-25 for 5 minutes, then made a very
fast climb. Total time of sighting was 8 minutes.
Feb. 2, 1955; Miramar Naval Air Station, California. 11:50 a.m.
Witness: USN Cmdr. J.L. Ingersoll. One highly polished sphere,
with reddish-brown coloring, fell, then instantly accelerated to
Feb. 10, 1955; Bethesda, Maryland. 10:03 p.m. Witness: E.J.
Stein, model maker at U.S. Navy ship design facility. One
object, shaped like a small portion of the bottom of the Moon,
with a radiant yellow color, hovered for 30 seconds. Its bottom
changed to a funnel shape. Total sighting lasted 1.5-2 minutes.
April 30, 1955; Travis County, Texas. 7:30 a.m. Witness USAF
Wing Intelligence Officer Maj. L..J. Pagozalski. Four black
objects in a cluster made a whooshing sound like a zephyr.
Sighting lasted 2-3 seconds.
May 4, 1955; Keflavik, Iceland. 12:38 p.m. Witnesses: Lt. Col.
E.J. Stealy, lst Lt. J.W. Burt. About 10 round, white objects,
one of which left a brief smoke trail, flew in an irregular
formation, some of them making erratic movements during the 5-8
May 23, 1955; Cheyenne, Wyoming. Midnight. Witnesses: USAF
Airman/Basic I.J. Shapiro and E.C. Ingber. During a 5 minute
period, two slender, vertical rectangles were seen low on the
horizon, and two ovals with tops (dark, with dark blue
illumination) flew higher.
July 29, 1955; Columbus, Nebraska. 10:45 p.m. Witness: Morrice
Raymond. Four orange flashing lights and one whIte flashing
light moved up and down like yo-yos for 5-6 minutes.
Aug. 11, 1955; Iceland. 11:45 a.m. Witness: 2nd Lt. E.J.
Marlow. Twelve grey objects, from cigar to egg-shaped, varied
their formation from elliptical to wavy line to scattered to
straight line to trail formation. Speed varied from hover to
1,000 m.p.h. Sighting lasted 3-4 minutes.
Aug. 23, 1955; Arlington, Virginia. 10:45 a.m. Witness: G.M.
Park, using a 400x telescope. Several orange lights moved singly
or in groups, circling and stopping during 30 minute sighting.
Sept. 3, 1955; Bellingham, Washington. Witness: observer
Saunders for Ground Observer Corps. One white pinhead moved
slowly across 30^ of sky in 15 minutes. No further information.
Sept. 7, 1955; Washington, D.C. Witnesses: two photographers,
one plate maker for the Army Map Service (one named Smith). One
glowing round object flew an arc for 1 minute.
Sept. 9, 1955; near Alcoa, Tennessee. 12 noon. Witness: M.N.
Dawkins, using binoculars. One brown, almost square object flew
with a circular motion for 10-15 minutes.
Oct. 8, 1955; Loogootee, Indiana. 4:38 p.m. Witnesses: R.D.
Prather, H. Ahern. One round, silver or white object flew
straight and level at more than 1,000 m.p.h. for an unstated
length of time.
Oct. 11, 1955; Pt. Lookout, Maryland. 4 p.m. Witnesses: B.
Hale, A. Ostrom. One round object which looked white in the
daylight and turned red with sparks toward the end of the 2.5
hour sighting, made a deep roar, unlike an aircraft.
Nov. 17, 1955; St. Louis, Missouri. 6:10 a.m. Witness: J.A.
Mapes. Twelve round, flat objects, silver on top and dark on the
bottom, flew in 4-deep formation, tipping in pitch and roll, for
Nov. 20, 1955; Lake City, Tennessee. 5:20 p.m. Witnesses:
Operations Officer Capt. B.G. Denkler and five men of the USAF
663rd AC&W Sqdn. Two oblong, bright orange, semi-transparent
objects flew at terrific speed and erratically, toward and away
from each other. Observed by various persons form 4 to 15
Nov. 25, 1955; La Veta, Colorado. 10:30 a.m. Witness: State
Senator S.T. Taylor. One dirigible-shaped object (fat front,
tapered toward the tail) object, which was luminous green-blue
and jellylike, appeared overhead diving at a 45′ angle,
then reduced angle to 30′. Object seen for 5 seconds.
Dec. 21, 1955; Caribou, Maine. 111 p.m. Witness: Roberta V.
Jacobs. One round, very bright gold, domed disc made a short
climb, rotated, hovered and then accelerated during the 6-8
Feb. 12, 1956; Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada. 11:25 p.m.
Witnesses: F-89 pilot Bowen, radar observer Crawford. One green
and red object rapidly circled the aircraft while being tracked
on radar during 1 minute sighting. No further details.
Feb, 19, 1956; Houston, Texas. 6:07 a.m. Witnesses: crew of
Eastern Airlines Super Constellation. One intense white light,
moving 4-5 times the speed of the airplane, was evaded by the
April 4, 1956; McKinney, Texas. 3:15 p.m. Witnesses: Capt. Roy
Hall, U.S. Army, ret.; Charles Anderson and others; some observed
through a 6″ telescope, others through a 55-200x telescope. One
fat, oblong object with two lines around its middle, remained
stationary for 6 hours.
June 6, 1956; Banning, California. 5:30 a.m. Witness: Mr.
Bierman. One thin disc with a small dome, shimmering silver,
hovered about 100 yards away for 8-10 seconds, then zoomed up.
Aug. 8, 1956; 20 miles south of Quartsite, Arizona. ll p.m.
Witnesses: attorneys W.B. Buttermore and J.W. Smith. One
blue-white pulsating light flew fast, straight and level, for 5-7
Aug. 27, 1956; Juniata, Pennsylvania. 9:55 p.m. Witness: Mrs.
R.S. Pope. One bright disc with a clear dome flew vertically,
then north. A very cold breeze seemed to have been originated by
the object during the 3 minute sighting.
Sept. 4, 1956; Dallas, Texas. 9 p.m. Witnesses: U.S. Marine
Corps T/Sgt. R.D. Rogers and family. One large star, changing to
red color, remained stationary for 20 minutes, then went west at
200 kts. (230 m.p.h.). Sighting lasted 23 minutes.
Sept. 14, 1956; Highland, North Carolina. 1 a.m. Witness:
Scaly, N. Car. policeman O.S. Gryman. Fourteen yellow-to-red
round objects with tremendous exhaust, flew in a Vague formation
from southwest to east to northeast and back again, while
swoooping up and down. Sighting lasted 1.5 hours.
Nov. 1, 1956; 60 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri, in Illinois.
5:30 p.m. Witness: USAF Capt. W..M. Lyons, Intelligence Division
Chief (Aerial Weather Reconnaissance Officer), flying a T-33 jet
trainer. One orange light with a blue tinge, flew across the sky
for 2 minutes.
Nov. 30, 1956; Charleston AFB, South Carolina. 12:48 p.m.
Witness: USAF aerial navigator Maj. D.D. Grimes. One
unspecified object flew at an estimated 100′ altitude over water
for 10 minutes. No further details.
Dec. 31, 1956; Guam. 2:10 a.m. Witness: USAF lst Lt. Ted
Brunson, flying an F-86D jet interceptor. One round, white
object flew under the F-86D, which was unable to turn as sharply
as the object.
April 25, 1957; Ringgold, Louisiana. Military witness
Robertson. Case missing from official files.
June 12, ; Milan, Italy. 7:30 p.m. Witness: G.U. Donadio,
translator for export-import firm. One object “big as a hen’s
egg” flew very fast, zigzagged, hovered and revolved, then shot
up after 17 minutes.
July 27 or 29, 1957; Longmont, Colorado. Early morning.
Witness: J.L. Siverly. One thick disc, ice blue, with a top
like honeycomb (interconnected hexagons), hovered and rocked
below the hill tops for 10 minutes. Middle band was scalloped,
bottom had four kidney-shaped forms.
July 29, 1957; Cleveland, Ohio. 10:31 p.m. Witnesses: Capital
Airlines Capt. R.L. Stimley, First Officer F.J. Downing. One
large, round, yellow-white object dimmed once, crossed the bow of
the airliner, which then gave chase but was unable to catch it.
Sighting last 8 minutes.
July 29, 1957; Oldsmar, Florida. 11:45 a.m. Witness: E.E.
Henkins. One pale yellow fireball glided into the water and
exploded. Viewed for 1 minute.
Sept. 20, 1957; Kadena AFB, Okinawa. 8 p.m. Witnesses: S/Sgt.
H.T. O’Connor, S/Sgt. H.D. Bridgeman. One object, shaped like a
coke bottle without the neck, translucent and fluorescent. Made
four 5-10 second passes from north to south, with 4-5 minutes
Oct. 8, 1957; Seattle, Washington. 9:17 a.m. Witnesses: two
U.S. Army sergeants. Two flat, round, white objects flew in
trail formation along an irregular path, frequently banking
during 25-30 seconds.
Nov. 6, 1957; Radium Springs, New Mexico. 10:50 p.m. Witnesses:
one Las Cruces policeman, one Dona Ana County Deputy Sheriff.
One round object–changing from red to green to blue to white–
rose vertically from a mountain top. Sighting lasted 10 minutes.
Nov. 8, 1957; Merrick, Long Island, New York. l0:10 a.m
Witness: Mrs. L. Dinner. One bar-shaped object, 3.5′ long,
giving off blue flashes, made a swishing sound. No further data.
Nov. 26, 1957; Robins AFB, Georgia. 10:07 a.m. Witnesses:
three control tower operators, one weather observer and four
others. One silver, cigar-shaped object suddenly vanished after
Nov. 30, 1957; New Orleans, Louisiana. 2:11 p.m. Witnesses:
three U.S. Coast Guardsmen. One round object turned white, then
gold, then separated into three parts and turned red. Sighting
lasted 20 minutes.
Dec. 13, 1957; Col Anahuac, Mexico. 9:35 a.m. Witness: R.C.
Cano. Fourteen-fifteen circular, tapered discs, very bright,
flew in a formation like a stack of coins, then changed to an
inverted-V formation. Sighting lasted 20 minutes.
Dec. 17, 1957; near Grand Junction, Colorado. 7:20 p.m.
Witness: F.G. Hickman, 17. One round object changed from yellow
to white to green to red; red tail was twice as long as the body.
It stopped, started, backed up for 45 minutes.
March 14, 1958; Healdsburg, California. 8:45 a.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Cummings and one other. A 3′ round, black
object touched the ground and then took off. Watched for 2
April 14, 1958; Lynchburg, Virginia. 1 p.m. Witness: USAF Maj.
D.G. Tilley, flying C-47 transport. One grey-black rectangular
object rotated very slowly on its horizontal axis for 4 seconds.
May 9, 1958; Bohol Island, Phillipine Islands. 11:05 a.m.
Witness: Phillipine Airlines pilot. One object with a shiny,
metallic surface was falling and spinning for 1.5 minutes.
June 14, 1958; Pueblo, Colorado. 10:46 a.m. Witness: airport
weather observer O.R. Foster, using a theodolite. An object
shaped like Saturn, less the bottom part; silver with no metallic
luster, flew overhead for 5 minutes.
June 20 ,1958; Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. 11:05 p.m. Witness:
Battalion Communication Chief SFC A. Parsley. One silver,
circular object, its lower portion seen through a green haze,
hovered, then oscillated slightly, then moved at great speed.
Watched for 10 minutes.
Aug. 17, 1958; Warren, Michigan. 7:05 p.m. Witness: A.D.
Chisholm. One extremely bright object shaped first like a bell,
then like a saucer, hovered for 5 minutes, flipped over and sped
away to the west-south-west. Sighting lasted 6-10 minutes.
Sept. 1, 1958; Wheelus AFB, Libya. 12:15 a.m. Witness: Philco
technical representative A.M. Slaton. One round, blue-white
object flew at varying speeds. First sighting lasted 2 minutes,
second lasted 1.5 minutes.
Oct. 2, 1958; Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. 2:30 p.m. Witness:
naturalist Ivan Sanderson. One dull-grey object, shaped like a
pickle with a flat bottom, flew erratically and made loops for 15
Oct. 27, 1958; Lock Raven Dam, Maryland. 10:30 p.m. Witnesses:
Phillip Small, Alvin Cohen. One large, flat egg-shaped object
affected a car’s electrical system and caused a burning sensation
on one of its occupants. Sighting lasted 1 minute.
Nov. 3, 1958; Minot, North Dakota. 2:01 p.m. Witness: M/Sgt.
William R. Butler, medic. One bright green object, shaped like a
10 cent piece, and one smaller, silver round object. First
object exploded, then second object moved toward the location of
the first at high speed. Sighting lasted 1 minute.
March 26 or 27, 1959; Corsica, Pennsylvania. 12:45 p.m.
Witness: T.E. Clark. One dark red, barrel-shaped object, 20′
long, 6-7′ high, descended below some trees during the 3 minute
June 18, 1959; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 9:30 p.m. Witnesses:
A. Cavelli and R. Blessin, using 7x binoculars. One brown,
cigar-shaped object came from below the horizon (close to the
witnesses) ascending to 40-50^ above the horizon in 4 minutes.
June 30, 1959; Patuxent River NAS, Maryland. 8:23 p.m. Witness:
USN Cdr. D. Connolly. One gold, oblate-shaped object, nine times
as wide as it was thick, metallic and with sharp edges, flew
straight and level for 20-30 seconds.
July 25, 1959; Irondequoit, New York. 1 p.m. Witness:
technical illustrator W.D. Neva. One thin, crescent moon-shaped
object with a small white dome in the center, flew at tremendous
speed for 5-10 seconds.
Aug. 10, 1959; Goose AFB, Labrador, Canada. 1:28 a.m. Witness:
Royal Canadian Air Force pilot Flt. Lt. M.S. Mowat, on ground.
One large star-like light crossed 53* of sky in 25 minutes.
Sept. 13, 1959; Gills Rock, Wisconsin. 1:05 a.m. Witness: R.H.
Daubner. One round yellow light, with eight blue lights within
it, and then five larger red lights, flew very fast vertically
while making a pulsating jet noise. Sighting lasted 10 minutes.
Sept. 13, 1959; Bunker Hill AFB, Indiana. 4 p.m. Witnesses: at
least two control tower operators and the pilot of a Mooney
private airplane. One pear-shaped object, colored white, cream,
and metallic, with a trail under it. Object showed little
movement during 3 hours. Attempted intercept by USAF T-33 jet
Oct. (3rd or 4th week), 1959; Telephone Ridge, Oregon. 9:15 p.m.
Witness: department store manager C.A. Cissman. One bright
light approached, hovered about 30 minutes, and then was up and
gone in 2 seconds.
Oct. 4, 1959; Quezon, Phillipine Islands. 9:25 p.m. Witnesses:
USN Lt. C.H. Pogson, CPO K.J. Moore. One large round or oval
object, changing from red to red-orange, flew straight and level
for 15 minutes.
Oct. 6, 1959; Lincoln, Nebraska. 8:15 p.m. Witnesses: Lt. Col.
L. Liggett (Selective Service) and wife. One round, white-yellow
light made several abrupt turns and flew very fast for 2 minutes.
Oct. 19. 1959; P]ainvjlle! Kansas. 9:25 p.m. Witness: Capt.
F.A. Henney, engineering instructor at USAF Academy, flying a
T-33 jet trainer. One bright yellowish light came head-on at the
T-33, the pilot avoided it and the light dimmed. Sighting lasted
Nov. 18, 1959; Crystal Springs, Mississippi. 6:25 p.m.
Witness: J.M. Porter. A row of red lights flew slow, then
speeded up immensely. Sighting lasted 5-6 minutes.
Feb. 27, 1960; Rome AFB, New York. 6:27 p.m. Witnesses:
control tower officer Capt. J. Huey and four other tower
operators. One light trailing a white fan shape, made a mild
descent for 3-4 minutes. 5:55 p.m. Witness: Charles
March 4, 1960; Dubuque, Iowa. 5:5
Morris. Three elliptical-shaped objects made a slight climb for
4 minutes. Film exposed during sighting showed no images of the
March 23, 1960; Indianapolis, Indiana. 3:35 a.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. E.I. Larsen. A series of balls, arranged like an
“X” with one diagonal line, seen for 3/4 of a minute. Note:
little data on the case in the files.
April 12, 1960; LaCamp, Louisiana. 9 p.m. Witness: Monroe
Arnold. One fiery-red disc exploded four or five times.
Analysis of paint samples from explosion proved inconclusive.
Sighting lasted 2-3 seconds.
April 17, 1960; Richards-Gebauer AFB, Missouri. 8:29 p.m.
Witnesses: USAF Maj. J.G. Ford and Link representative A.
Chapdelaine, using a 48x telescope. One reddish glow made an odd
orbit for 2.5 minutes.
April 25, 1960; Shelby, Montana. 7-10 p.m. Witness: Mrs. M.
Clark. Five circular objects flew in trail formation, hovered
and accelerated and made sharp turns. Case file includes other
reports from Mrs. Clark for previous 3 years.
July 19, 1960; St. Louis, Missouri. 8:30 p.m. Witness: T.L.
Ochs. One round, bright red light flew overhead, stopped and
hovered, and then backed up. Sighting lasted 20 minutes. Note:
Ochs reported similar sightings on three following nights.
Aug. 23, 1960; Wichita, Kansas. 3::24 a.m. Witness: Boeing
aeronautical engineer C.A. Komiske. One round object with yellow
lights coming from what looked like three triangular windows at
bottom. Object was dull orange. Flew in an arc for 2 minutes.
Aug. 29, 1960; Crete, Illinois. 4:05 p.m. Witness: farmer Ed
Schneeweis. One shiny, round, silver object flew straight up
very fast for 18 seconds.
Sept. 10, 1960; Ridgecrest, California. 9:50 p.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Evans. Two light gray glowing objects, saucer
or boomerang-shaped, which swished when accelerating. Seen 1-2
Oct. 5, 1960; Mt. Kisko, New York. 7:37 p.m. Witness: E.G.
Crossland. One bright, star-like light moved across 120^ of sky
in 20 seconds.
Nov. 27, 1960; Chula Vista, California. 7:30 p.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Hart. One orange-red point of light made huge
circles and stopped during the 20-30 minute sighting.
Nov. 29, 1960; south of Kyushu, Japan. 6:38 p.m. Witnesses:
USAF Lt. Col. R.L. Blwlin (sp?) and Maj. F.B. Brown, flying a
T-33 jet trainer. One white light 8lowed and paralleled the
course of the T-33 for 10 minutes.
Feb, 27, 1961; Bark River, Michigan. 10:15 p.m. Witness: Mrs.
LaPalm. One fiery-red, round object, preceded by light rays,
slowed and descended, while her dog howled. Sighting lasted 10
Spring, 1961; Kemah, Texas. Case missing from official files.
April 24, 1961; 200 miles SW of San Francisco, California (35′
50′ N., 125′ 40 W.). 3:34 a.m. Witnesses: aircraft commander
Capt. H.J. Savoy and navigator lst Lt. M.W. Rand, on USAF RC-l2lD
patrol plane. One reddish-white, round object or light, similar
to satellite. Observed for 8 minutes.
May 22, 1961; Tyndall AFB, Florida. 4:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mrs.
A.J. Jones and Mrs. R.F. Davis. One big silver dollar disc
hovered and revolved, then suddenly disappeared after 15 minutes.
June 2, 1961; Miyako Jima, Japan. 10:17 P.m. Witnesses: lst
Lt. R.N. Monahan and Hazeltine Electric Co. technical
representative D.W. Mattison. One blue-white light flew erratic
course at varying speed, in an arc-like path for 5 minutes.
July 7, 1961; Copemish, Michigan. 11 p.m. Witness: waitress
Nannette Hilley. One large ball flew slow, split into four after
45 minutes. Four flew close formation, descended and flew away
to the west. Total sighting lasted 1 hour.
July ll, 1961; Springfield, Ohio. 7:45 p.m. Witnesses: ex-air
navigator G. Scott, Mrs. Scott, and neighbors. One round, bright
light like shiny aluminum, passed overhead in 20 minutes.
July 20, 1961; Houston, Texas. 88 a.m. Witnesses: Trans-Texas
Airlines Capt. A.V. Beather, flying DC-3, plus vague report from
ground radar. Two very bright white light or objects flew in
trail formation for 30 minutes.
Aug. 12, 1961; Kansas City, Kansas. 9 p.m. Witnesses: college
seniors J.B. Furkenhoff and Tom Phipps. One very large oval
object with a fin extending from one edge to the center; like a
sled with lighted car running boards. Hovered at 50′ altitude
for 3-5 minutes, then flew straight up and east.
Nov. 21, 1961; Oldtown, Florida. 7:30 p.m. Witnesses: C.
Locklear and Helen Hatch. One round, red-orange object flew
straight up and faded after 3-4 minutes.
Nov. 23, 1961; Sioux City, Iowa. 9:30 p.m. Witness: F.
Braunger. One bright red star flew straight and level for 15
Dec. 13, 1961; Washington, D.C. 5:05 p.m. Witnesses: C.F.
Muncy, ex-U.S. Navy pilot W.J. Myers, and G. Weber. One dark
diamond-shaped object with a bright tip flew straight and level
for 1-3 minutes.
Feb. 25, 1962; Kotzbue, Alaska. 7:20 p.m. Witnesses: one U.S.
Army private, six anonymous civilians. One red light, trailed 30
seconds later by a blue light. Sighting lasted 5 minutes.
March l, 1962; Salem, New York. 10:35 p.m. Witness: Mrs. L.
Doxsey, 66. One gold-colored box, 12-14″x3-4″, flew straight and
level across the horizon for 3-4 minutes.
March 26, 1962; Ramstein Air Base, West Germany. 1:35 p.m.
Witness: USAF Capt. J.M. Lowery, from an unspecified aircraft.
One thin, cylindrical object–l/3 snout, 2/3 tail fins–flew at
an estimated Mach 2.7 (2,000 m.p.h.) for 5-8 seconds.
March 26, 1962; Naperville, Illinois. 11:40 p.m. Witnesses:
Mrs. D. Wheeler, Claudine Milligan. Six or eight red balls,
arranged in a rectangular formation, became two objects with
lights by the end of the 15 minute sighting.
March 26, 1962; Westfield, Massachusette. 10:45 p.m. Witnesses:
many unidentified young people. One large red ball flew or fell
down, then went back up during 3-10 minute sighting. Note: May
April 4, 1962; Wurtland, Kentucky. 0150Z. Witnesses: G.R.
Wells and J. Lewis, using 117x telescope. One small object
changing brightness, gave off smoke but remained stationary like
a comet for 6 minutes. Case missing from official files.
June 21, 1962; Indianapolis, Indiana. 4 a.m. Witnesses: Lt.
Col. H. King and tail gunner M/Sgt. Roberts, aboard a B-52 heavy
jet bomber. Three bright, star-like lights: one seen; 10
seconds later, two more were seen. Total sighting took 3
June 30, 1962; Richmond, Virginia. 9 a.m. Witness: 13 year old
Meadors. One red, star-like light seen for an unspecified length
of time. No further details in files.
July 19, 1962. Bayhead, New Jersey. 9:30 p.m. Witnesses: C.T.
Loftus, H. Wilbert. Four or five lights darted about the sky for
July 29, 1962; Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 11:20 p.m.
Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. M.O. Barton. One bright cherry-red,
diamond-shaped object flew slow, hovered, made fast 1/2 loops for
Aug. 18, 1962; Bermuda. 5 p.m. Witnesses: owner M. Sheppard
and chief announcer A. Seymour of radio station. Three
dull-white, egg-shaped objects wavered as they moved for 20
Sept. 21, 1962; WSW of Biloxi, Mississippi, in the Gulf of
Mexico. 7:37 p.m. Witness: fishing boat captain S.A. Guthrie.
Two objects, red and black with orange streaks, one as big as the
Moon, and the other smaller. Arced across the sky for 13
Oct. 23, 1962; Farmington, Utah. 3 p.m. Witness: R.O.
Christensen. One grey and silver ball, trailing what looked like
twine with two knots in it, swerved, and climbed away at a 45′
angle, making a sound like a flock of ducks (rushing air).
Nov. 17, 1962; Tampa, Florida. 99 p.m. Witness: F.L. Swindale,
college graduate and ex-USMC Capt. Three bright star-like lights
approached, hovered and bounced, then faded after 11-15 minutes.
May 18, 1953; New Plymouth, New Zealand. 10:30 p.m. Witness:
C.S. Chapman, 15. One white, fuzzy, flashing light hovered and
darted around for 4 minutes.
May 22, 1963; Pequannock, New Jersey. 10:45 p.m. Witness: Myra
Jackson. Four pink wheels spun or rolled very fast from east to
west in succession, each taking about 1 second.
June 15, 1963; 200 miles north of Venezuela (14* 27′ N., 69* 57′
E.). 10:39 a.m. Witness: 3rd Mate R.C. Chamberlin, of S/
Thetis. One luminous disc travelled at 1.5 times the speed of
satellite for 3-4 minutes.
Summer, 1963; Middletown, New York. 9:30 or 10 p.m. Witness:
Grace Dutcher. Eight-ten lights moved at random, then in an oval
formation, then singly, during the 1 minute sighting.
July 1, 1963; Glen Ellyn, Illinois. 8 p.m. Witness: R.B.
Stiles, ll, using a theodolite. One light, the size of a match
head at arm’s length, flashed and moved around the sky for 1.5
Aug. 11, 1963; Warrenville, Illinois. 10 p.m. Witness: R.M.
Boersma. One light moved around the sky for 20 seconds.
Aug. 13, 1963; St. Gallen, Switzerland. 8:04 p.m. Witness:
A.F. Schelling. One fireball became a dark object after 4
minutes, and then a bigger glow, a minute later, and finally
exploded. Note: same witness had another, undescribed, sighting
on Aug. 14
Sept. 14, 1963; Susanville, California. 3:15 p.m. Witness:
E.A. Grant, veteran of 37 years training forest fire lookouts for
the U.S. Forest Service. One round object intercepted a long
object and either attached itself to the latter or disappeared.
Sighting lasted l0 minutes.
Sept. 15, 1963; Vandalia, Ohio. 66 p.m. Witness: Mrs. F.E.
Roush. Two very bright gold objects–one shaped like a banana
and the other like an ear of corn–one remained stationary, the
other moved from west to north during 10 minutes,
Oct. 4, 1963; Bedford, Ohio. 3:32 p.m. Witness: R.E.
Carpenter, 15. One intense oblong light with tapered ends and
surrounded by an aqua haze, flashed and flickered while
stationary for 15 seconds.
Oct. 23, 1963; Meridian, Idaho. 8:35 p.m. Witnesses: several
unnamed students, including Gordon. One object shaped like a
circle from below and like a football from the side, hovered low
over the observers, making a deep, pulsating, loud, extremely
irritating sound, for 6 minutes.
Oct. 24, 1963; Cupar Fife, Scotland. No time given. Witnesses:
A. McLean (12) and G. McLean (8). One light moved for an
unspecified length of time. No further details in files. Note:
Project Blue Book chief Maj. H. Quintanilla told the youngsters,
in a letter, that this was “one of the most complete” of the
unexplained cases for the year.
Dec. 11, 1963; McMinnville, Oregon. 7 a.m. Witness: W.W.
Dolan, professor of mathematics and astronomy, and dean of the
faculty of Linfield College. One bright, star-like light
hovered, slowed, dimmed and flashed in 1 minute.
Dec. 16, 1963; 800 miles north of Midway Island (40* N., 175* 54′
W.). 5:05 p.m. Witness: unspecified persons aboard a military
aircraft. One white light blinked 2-3 times per second as it
moved very fast across the sky for 15 seconds.
April 3, 1964; Monticello, Wisconsin. 9 p.m. Witnesses: Mr.
and Mrs. R. Wold (he was a graduate student in anthropology).
Four huge red lights in a rectangular formation, with a white
light above, were near the ground, tilted and flew away after 3-4
April 11, 1964; Homer, New York. 6:30 p.m. Witnesses:
physiotherapist W.B. Ochsner and wife. Two cloud-like objects
darkened; one shot away and returned during the 30-45 minute
April 24, 1964; Socorro, New Mexico. 5:45 p.m. Witness:
Socorro policeman Lonnie Zamora. Watched object with flame
underneath descend toward the desert. Two small humanoids
observed near vertical oval on ground. Later watched object take
off with a roar, go silent and fly away. Burning and charred
brush found at landing sight.
May 9, 1964; Chicago, Illinois. 10:20 p.m. Witness: J.R. Betz,
U.S. District Court reporter. Three light green crescent-shaped
objects, about half the apparent size of the Moon, flew very fast
in tight formation from east to west, oscillating in size and
color for 3 seconds.
May 18, 1964; Mt. Vernon, Virginia. 5:15 p.m. Witness: civil
engineer F. Meyers. One small, glowing white oval split twice
after moving from the right of the Moon around to the left.
Sighting lasted 17 minutes.
May 26, 1964; Cambridge, Massachusetts. 7:43 p.m. Witness: P.
Wankowicz, RAF pilot and ex-Smithsonian satellite tracker. One
thin, white ellipsoid (3.5 times as long as wide) flew straight
and level for 3-4 seconds.
May 26, 1964; Pleasantview, Pennsylvania. 11 p.m. Witness:
Rev. H.C. Shaw. One yellow-orange light, shaped like the bottom
of a ball, was spotted in a field and chased down the road for 2
June 13, 1964; Toledo, Ohio. 9:15 p.m. Witness: B.L. English,
announcer for radio station WTOD. Three glowing white spheres,
glowing red on their sides, moved slow, hovered and then moved in
circles very fast, all the while making a low, rumbling sound.
July 16, 1964; 15 miles south of Houghton Lake, Michigan. 11:15
p.m. Witness: Northern Air Service pilot K. Jannereth. Four
white lights in a stepped-up echelon formation, were joined by
two more. They closed in on the airplane, then rapidly slowed nd
flew along with it for a total of 5 minutes.
July 20, 1964; Littleton, Illinois. 4:45 a.m. Witness: J.J.
Winkle. One 60′ diameter round-topped, flat-bottomed object with
a long acetylene-colored flame shooting downward, flew straight
and level, made a half loop, then rose up. Sighting lasted l
July 27, 1964; Norwich, New York. 7:30 p.m. Witness:
Duabert, engineering supervisor. One aluminum sphere with a
luminous ring, remained stationary for 4-5 minutes.
July 27, 1964; Denver, Colorado. 8:20 p.m. Witness: A. Borsa.
One white ball of fire, the size of a car, climbed slowly, then
speeded up. Sighting lasted 2-3 minutes.
Aug. 10, 1964; Wake Island. 5:16 a.m. Witnesses: aircraft
commander Capt. B.C. Jones and navigator lst Lt. H.J. Cavender,
in parked USAF C-124 transport plane. One reddish, blinking
light approached the runway, stopped and made several reverses
during 2 minutes.
Aug. 15, 1964; New York, New York. 1:20 a.m. Witness: S.F.
D’Alessandro. One 10’x5′ bullet-shaped object with wavy lines on
the rounded front part and six pipes along the straight rear
portion, made a “whishhh” sound. Witness’ dog growled during
Aug. 15, 1964; Yosemite National Park, California. 8:15 a.m.
Witnesses: E.J. Haug, of the San Francisco Orchestra and the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music; and C.R. Bubb, a high school
mathematics teacher. Three bright silver, round objects, in a
stack formation, flew very fast, changing positions within the
formation. The sound of rushing air was heard during the 3-4
Aug. 18, 1964; Atlantic Ocean, 200 miles east of Dover, Delaware.
12:35 a.m. Witnesses: Maj. D.W. Thompson and First Pilot lst
Lt. J.F. Jonke, on a USAF C-124 transport plane. One round,
blurred, reddish-white object was on a collision course with the
C-124 from ahead and below. The airplane evaded the object.
Sighting las ted 2 minutes.
Sept. 10, 1964; Cedar Grove, New Jersey. 7:09 p.m. Witness:
chemist P.H. DePaolo. Four white lights, 3-4 apart, were seen
to the north, going west for 45 seconds.
Nov. 14, 1964; Menominee Falls, Wisconsin. 9:40 p.m. Witnesses:
Dr. G.R. Wagner, MD; and two girls. Three dim, reddish lights
flew through a 160^ arc in 5-6 seconds.
Nov. 19, 1964; 1,400 miles east of Tokyo, Japan (34′ 55′ N., 164*
05′ E.). Witnesses: unidentified military persons. One bright
white flashing light was travelling from horizon to horizon in 20
Jan, 23, 1965; Williamsburg, Virginia. 8:40 a.m. Witness: Mr.
T.F. Mains. One mushroom or lightbulb-shaped object, 75-80′
high, 25′ diameter on top and l0′ bottom diameter; metallic grey
with a red-orange glow on the near side and a blue glow on the
far side. The object made a sound like a vacuum cleaner. The
witness’ car electrical system was affected as the object moved
away at an altitude of 4′. The sighting lasted 25 seconds.
March 4, 1965; Corvallis, Oregon. 9:23 p.m. Witness: W.V.
Harrison. Three lights rose from the ground, several seconds
apart. The next day, an oily spot was found at the site.
March 8, 1965; Mt. Airy, Maryland. 7:40 p.m. Witness: J.H.
Martin, instrument maker for U.S. Bureau of Standards. Six
lights flew overhead slowly for 3 minutes.
April 4, 1965; Keesler AFB, Mississippi. 4:05 a.m. Witnesses:
USAF A/2c Corum, a weather observer; confirmation by college
student R. Pittman not clear from available data. One 40′ black,
oval object with four lights along the bottom, flew in and out of
the clouds for 15 seconds.
May 7, 1965; Oxford, Michigan. 7:30 p.m. Witness: M.E.
Marshall. One light, like a satellite, split into two parts, one
of which was copperish color, then two more joined up. One
object may have been tumbling. Sighting lasted 1 minute.
July 6, 1965; Kiel, Wisconsin. 9:30 p.m. Witness: Mrs. E.R.
Hayner. One flashing light, like a satellite, was seen for less
than 1 minute. No further data was in the files.
July 25, 1965; Castalia, Ohio. 9:15 p.m. Witness: amateur
astronomer M.D. Harris, 16. One bright blue star crossed 90 of
sky in 10-15 seconds.
Aug. 4, 1965; Dallas, Texas. 9:30 p.m. Witness: J.A. Carter,
19. One light flew fast, straight and level for 12 seconds. No
further data in files.
Aug. 4, 1965; Tinley Park, Illinois. 11:35 p.m. Witnesses: two
unnamed 14 year olds. One light moved around the sky for 16-17
seconds. No further data in files.
Aug. 19, 1965; Cherry Creek New York. 8:20 p.m. Witnesses:
Mrs. William Butcher, son Harold, 17, and children. A large
elliptical object, with a reddish vapor underneath, came close to
the ground, then shot straight up into the clouds a few seconds
later. Radio drowned out by static, a tractor engine stopped.
When the object was on the ground, a steady beeping sound could
be heard. Afterwards, a strange odor was noticed, and the next
day, a purplish liquid, 2″x2″ marks and patches of singed grass
were found at the site. A bull bellowed and tried to break its
Aug. 30, 1965; Urbana, Ohio. 10:30 p.m. Witnesses: M.A. Lilly,
N. Smith, T. Nastoff. One white ball, 5-8′ in diameter and
trailed by a 2-3′ light, hit the road 100′ in front of the
witness’ car, bounced and flew away. Sighting lasted 3-4
Sept. 3, 1965; Exeter, New Hampshire. 2 a.m. Witnesses: Exeter
Patrolmen Eugene Bertrand, Jr. and David Hunt, and Norman
Muscarello. One large, dark, elliptical object with a row of red
lights around it, moved slowly and erratically around houses and
trees, while lights blinked in sequence. Farm animals were very
noisy. Sighting lasted about 1 hour.
Sept. 3, 1965; Damon, Texas. 11 p.m. Witnesses: Brazoria
County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Billy McCoy and Deputy Robert
Goode. One triangular object, 150-200′ long, 40-50′ thick at
middle and dark grey, with a long, bright, pulsing, purple light
on the right side and a long blue light on the left side. Came
from distance to 150′ off highway and 100′ in the air. Purple
light illuminated ground beneath object and interior of police
car. Driver felt heat on his left arm. Initial sighting lasted
5-10 minutes. Second sighting.occurred later that night.
Sept. 25, 1965; Chisholm, Minnesota. 9:55 a.m. Witness: Bett
Diamon. Five orange lights in a row flew fast and made an abrupt
turn during the 1 minute sighting.
Sept. 25, 1965; Rodeo, New Mexico. 10 p.m. Witnesses: Dr.
George Walton, physical chemist, and wife. Two round white
objects flew side-by-side, at 30-50′ altitude, pacing the
witnesses’ car for 6 minutes.
Oct. 4, Middletown, Ohio. Wiitness: Tucker. Case missing
from official files.
Feb. 2, 1966; Salisbury, North Carolina. 11:15 p.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Wise. One silver, diamond-shaped object with
several balls constantly in very fast motion around it, and much
light. Object hovered over the trees for 3-4 minutes, while a
dog barked, and then zipped out of sight. Sighting lasted 1
Feb. 6, 1966; Nederland, Texas. 5:45 a.m. Witnesses: Mr. and
Mrs. K.R. Gulley. One yellow, lighted object at 500; altitude
and a pulsating red glow on the lawn. The house lights went out,
and high frequency bothered the witnesses’ ears. Sighting lasted
March 20, 1966; Miami, Florida.. 12:15 a.m. Witness: USAF Res.
Maj. K.C. Smith, employee of NASA at Cape Kennedy. One pulsating
light which varied from white to intense blue made a jerky ascent
and then rapidly accelerated away to the north after 5 minutes.
March 22, 1966; Houston, Texas. 1:30 a.m. Witness: S.J.
Musachia. White flashing lights, and the air full of smoke. Lit
up witness’ apartment. Sound of “yen ” heard up close
during 4 minute sighting.
March 23, 1966; Temple, Oklahoma. 5:05 a.m. Witness: W.E.
Laxson. One large object, like a wingless C-124 transport plane;
75′ long, 8′ high and 12′ wide; with a bubble canopy on top. Sat
on highway, a man dressed in military work clothes entered, and
it rose after about 40 seconds.
March 26, 1966; Texhoma, Oklahoma. Midnight. Witnesses: Mrs.
P.N. Beer and Mrs. E. Smith. One flashing light buzzed their car
from the front then hovered. Sighting lasted l0 minutes.
April 5, 1966; Alto, Tennessee. 11:55 p.m. Witness: W. Smith.
One oval object with a dark top, appeared cone-shaped when
moving. It made a high-frequency noise during the 2.5 hour
April 5, 1966; Lycoming, New York. 3 a.m. Witness: Lillian
Louis. One vapor-like sphere hovered and spun at low altitude,
shooting its exhaust onto the ground below. Sighting of 1
April 30, 1966; Sacramento, California. 3:15 a.m. Witness:
Anita Miller. One light moved around the sky for 2.5 hours. No
further detail in files.
May 7, 1966; Goodfellow AFB, Texas. 9:55 p.m. Witness: A/3c
W.L. Whitehead. One short, cylindrical object with pointed ends
and a yellow light at one end and blue light at the other, flew
straight and level for 35 seconds.
June 6, 1966; Spooner, Wisconsin. 9:30 p.m. Witness: Dorothy
Gray. Two domed discs with sparkling upper surfaces and square
windows in their tops, revolved above a lake, apparently causing
strange behavior of the lake water during the 25 second sighting.
June 8, 1966; Kansas, Ohio. 6:45 a.m. Witness: Max Baker. One
bright silver, cigar-shaped object, as long as an airliner,
buzzed the witness’ car. Sighting lasted 1 minute.
June 18, 1966; Burnsville, North Carolina. 12:30 a.m.
Witnesses: members of a Boy Scout group, including Sterrett.
One bell-shaped object with three flashing red lights hovered for
5 hours and was then joined by six others.
June 27, 1966; 400 miles east of Wake Island (19* N., 172* E.).
4 a.m. Witness: Radio Officer Steffen Soresen, of the S/ Mt.
Vernon Victory. One “cloud” expanded with a light inside, and
then accelerated away after several minutes.
July l1, 1966; Union, Pennsylvania. 7:45 p.m. Witnesses: Carl
Wood and Charles Hawthorne. One large (100′ wide, 20′ high)
bright red object with small windows and yellow lights. The
object emitted a humming noise, seemingly from the outside, and a
qrinding noise which seemed to come from inside. Observed for 1
July 25, 1966; Vanceboro, North Carolina. 1 a.m. Witness:
college student James Clark. One object which changed color from
orange to red to blue to green and back to orange. Followed
witness’ car at high speed, then stopped and hovered over the
car. Rose and flew up and out of sight in less than 5 seconds.
Entire sighting involved about 1 hour.
July 31, 1966; Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania. 7:25 p.m.
Witnesses: Douglas Tibbetts, 16; Betty Klem, 16; Anita Haifley,
22; and Gerald Labelle, 29. Square or hexagonal object with
edges lit or reflecting light, came tumbling down from right to
left. Stopped 5-10′ above the beach and settled heavily down;
circle of spotlights at top were visible when it was on the
ground. Sighting lasted 5 minutes. .
Aug. 19, 1966; Donnybrook, North Dakota. 4:50 p.m. Witness:
U.S. Border Patrolman Don Flickenger. Round disc with domed top,
30′ in diameter and 15′ high, colored white, silvery or aluminum.
Moved across a valley from the southeast, hovered over a
reservoir, appeared to land in a small field, then rose up into
clouds very rapidly. Sighting lasted 5 minutes.
Aug. 23, 1966; Columbus, Ohio. 77 p.m. Witnesses: Broomall and
Gilpin. One circular, luminous white object split into five
objects and all streaked away toward the west. Sighting lasted
Aug. 26, 1966; Gaylesville, Alabama. 8:50 p.m. Witnesses: Mr.
and Mrs. Funk and their three children. A cluster of four small,
glowing, orange-yellow lights in a triangular formation, moved
from east to west for 4.5 minutes.
Sept. 1, 1966; Willsboro, New York. 2:45 p.m. Witness: T.H.
Ridman. One oval object with lights that flashed red and white
and occasionally blue, travelled west, then disappeared downward.
It returned, several minutes later, at which time a loud noise
was heard. The entire sighting lasted 30 minutes.
Sept. 6, 1966; Suffolk County AFB, New York. 6:50 p.m.
Witnesses: Stahl and Ladesic. One white cylinder of light came
from the east at high speed, stopped and hovered for 3 minutes,
and then turned and slowly disappeared. Sighting lasted 8
Sept. 9, 1966; Franklin Springs, New York. 9 p.m. Witness:
Jacobson. One solid object, larger than an army tank, with
lights all around it, made a low humming sound and disappeared
into woods at the end of the 30 minute sighting.
Sept. 13, 1966; Gwinner, North Dakota. 7:30 a.m. Witness:
Rotenberger. One silvery-grey ellipse with a clear bubble
protruding from its top, hovered about a mile away, then landed
within 300 yards and took off very fast. It made a low-pitched
whine during the 5 minute sighting.
Sept. 28, 1966; Wilmington, Ohio. 3:38 p.m. Witness: Clarke.
Three round, oval-shaped, aluminum-colored objects with rotating
rings around them. Two remained stationary, while the third
varied its altitude during the 90 second sighting.
Oct. 5, 1966; Osceola, Wisconsin. Witnesses: several members of
one family. One small, bright orange, moon-shaped object
remained stationary in the northeast for about 20 minutes, then
suddenly took off very fast to the WNW.
Oct. 23, 1966; Southhampton, Long Island, New York. 6 p.m.
Witness: Mr Acquino. One object with arms in front of it which
sparkled like an arc-light. Traveled south along some power
lines, then turned southwest. Made a slight humming sound during
the 4 minute sighting.
Oct. 26, 1966; Cold Bay Air Force Station, Alaska. No time
given. Witness: civilian control tower operator Ralston. One
white object approached runway at 50′ altitude. Runway lights
were then turned on, and object accelerated and climbed away so
fast that witness was unable to use binoculars. Sighting lasted
Nov. 8, 1966; Saginaw, Michigan. At night. Witness: college
graduate Annis. A group of lights that flashed and changed color
hung stationary, almost touching the road, and would abruptly
vanish during the 5 minute sighting.
Dec. 25, 1966; Monroe, Oregon. 33 a.m. Witnesses: civilians and
military persons. Three round objects, as large as cars, gave
off vapor, then became three bright reddish-orange lights. Blast
at beginning of 90 minute sighting pushed one witness against a
Feb. 6, 1967; Odessa, Delaware. 8:45 p.m. Witnesses: Donald
and Marie Guseman. One large, Saturn-shaped object–5O’ in
diameter and 20′ high–with two bright lights, a green light on
one side and a red light on the other. Hovered motionless over
the trees, then slowly moved north and suddenly disappeared after
Feb. 12, 1967; Grand Rapids, Michigan. 3:40 a.m. Witness: Mr.
Lou Atkinson. Four fluorescent, football-shaped objects, a dull,
almost grey luminous color; flew northeast in a very rigid
formation for 4-10 seconds. Made a chirping noise.
Feb. 16, 1967; Stoughton, Wisconsin. 9:11 p.m. Witness: Miss
Lynn Marsh. One light with faded edges seemed to follow observer
in her car for 5-6 minutes.
Feb. 20, 1967; Oxford, Wisconsin. 3:10 a.m. Witness: USAF
veteran/truck driver Stanton Summer. One orange-red object flew
parallel to truck for 2 minutes.
Feb. 27, 1967; Grand Haven, Michigan. 8:19 p.m. Witnesses:
Sheriff Grysen, wife and others. Large white light, with smaller
red and green lights seen to the sides. Made almost
instantaneous 90^ turn to left, shot out over road and stopped,
moving too fast to follow. Sighting lasted 1 hour, 11 minutes.
March 6, 1967; Benton Harbor, Michigan. 12:01 a.m. Witnesses:
Jerome Wolanin, assistant news director of radio station and
former policeman, and wife. One round saucer or oval-shaped
object with red, green and yellow lights around bottom rim which
pulsated red. Flew level, east to west, and was joined by second
object from west. First object opened top, second came over and
hovered for 30 seconds and disappeared. Sighting lasted more
than 40 minutes. Objects made hissing sound.
March 6, 1967; Galesburg-Moline, Illinois. 4:25 a.m. Witness:
Deputy Sheriff Frank Courson. One object shaped like a rubber
cup which is placed under furniture leg, with a dome set in the
cup. Bottom of object spun rapidly, rim pulsated red. Approached
witness and passed overhead at low altitude, making a hieeing
March 9, 1967; Galesburg, Illinois. 7:10 p.m. Witnesses: two
housewives. One object shaped like a pancake with a rounded top;
object was pulsating red, with red lights around its rim.
Approached witnesses and seemed to explode with a brilliant white
light that lasted 10 seconds and almost blinded them. Then it
accelerated to the north and disappeared.
March 9, 1967; Onawa, Iowa. 9:05 p.m. Witness: Jack Lindley.
One bright white, saucer-shaped object, as big as a jet airliner,
flew straight and fast to the east for 2 minutes.
March 22, 1967; Wapello, Iowa. 10:20 p.m. Witness: Douglas
Eutsler, 15. Fluorescent, solid, multicolored lights stood
still, then flew away at high speed after 1 minute.
March 24, 1967; Belt, Montana. 99 p.m. Witness: truck driver
Ken Williams. One dome-shaped object, emitting a bright light,
landed in a ravine. As the witness approached, it took off and
settled back, hidden from the highway. Sighting lasted several
March 26, 1967; New Winchester, Ohio. 4 p.m. Witnesses: man,
woman, three boys. One oval object, which looked like copper or
brass with the sun shining on it, flew from southeast to
northwest with tumbling motion for 30 minutes.
May 17, 1967; Rural Hall, North Carolina. 8:30 p.m. Witness:
Red Ledford. One round, orange-colored object, similar in size
to a small aircraft, zigzagged back and forth over a jet that was
heading northeast for 5 minutes.
June 24, 1967; Austin, Texas. 3:12 a.m. Witness: artist Ray
Stanford. One solid, blue-white, elliptical object flew from
northwest to northeast and stopped, seemingly in response to
flashlight signal, for 1.5 minutes. The object then proceeded
along its original path at high speed and disappeared behind
clouds. Sighting lasted 9 minutes.
June 29′ 1967; Scotch Plains, New Jersey. 1:30 a.m. Witness:
truck driver Damon Brown. One oyster-shaped object–2OO’ wide,
and 25-30′ thick–with a huge red light at each end and one on
the bottom, and a row of blue lights along the bottom. Circled
m.n aircraft, hovering then moving rapidly, and then followed the
witness’ car for about 500′, veered south and departed at great
speed after 8-10 minutes.
July 10, 1967; Lizelia, Mississippi. 5:50 p.m. Witness: golf
pro Harold Washington (Capt, USMC, ret.). One object with a
dome, the top colored gunmetal blue, the bottom the color of old
lead. Moved east, crossed the highway tilted upward, moved to
the right, accelerated and disappeared into the clouds after 3-5
seconds. Object made a swishing sound.
Oct. 18, 1967; Lake Charles, Louisiana. 9 p.m. Witness: John
Herbert. One bright, fiery ball flashed four times while moving
east, just above the tree tops. Sighting lasted 1 minute.
Feb. 9, 1968; Groveton, Missouri. 4:20 a.m. Witness: Mr. R.W.
Bland. One object, 100′ in diameter, with concave sides having
“portholes” in the center of each gave off yellow-green light.
Hovered 25′ above ground, then moved rapidly toward the
southwest. Gave off pulsating sound, like a length of wire
whirled at high speed above the head. Sighting lasted 1-5
Sept. 15, 1968; near Ocala, Florida. 9:30 p.m. Witness:
missionary pilot Jay Cole, flying a Beech C-45 twin-engined
utility plane. One light performed aerobatics for 15 minutes and
then vanished. A second light appeared, heading toward them on a
collision course, made a 90* turn and disappeared. Later, ground
radar told them a target was following them. Sightings lasted 15
Nov. 23, 1968. Newton, Georgia. 8:05 p.m. Witness: Mr. Jones,
accountant. One oblong light, 120-150′ wide. Hovering 75′ above
the ground, it emitted a beam that lit the ground. Radio gave
off static, then car engine stopped. Light flew away vertically
and car engine restarted itself. Sighting lasted 3-4 minutes.
Jan. 17, 1969; Crittenden, Virginia. 3:24 a.m. Witness: Mr.
Roman Lupton, test facility mechanic. Several amber lights–one
of them blinking–in an elliptical formation, flew forward slowly
while moving up and down, then turned and disappeared after 2
minutes. Made a humming sound.