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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).
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