Mantell Document 3

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DETACHMENT 733RD AF BASE UNIT

103rd AACS SQUADRON

LOCKOURNE ARMY AIR BASE

COLUMBUS 17, OHIO

14 JANUARY 1947

SUBJECT: Report of Unusual Circumstance

TO: Commanding Officer, 332nd Fighter Wing, Lockbourne Army Air Base, Columbus 17, Ohio.

On Wednesday January 7th between the hours of 1915 and 1939, there appeared in the sky a bright glowing object which I could not identify. At first I assumed it to be a star but the sky being overcast, I knew definitely that it was not a star nor an aircraft because the only air- craft flying in the local area was landing at the time. It was not an aircraft flare nor a balloon because it appeared to be enormous in size. I then observed it through the binoculars.

It appeared to be cone- shaped, blunt on top and tapering off toward the bottom. I could not distinguish the attitude in which the object appeared to be. It was glowd from a bright white to an amber color with a small streak trail- ing. It was at a distance between 5 and 7 miles from the control tower at an altitutde of approximately 2000 to 3000 feet bobing up and down and moving in a south-southwesterly direction at a speed exceeding 500 miles per hour.

Also the wind at the time was blowing from east to west and if it had been a balloon or lighter-than-aircraft it would have drifted in the direction the wind was blowing. There was no sound or unusual noise. Its performance was very unusual and the light emitting from it seemed to fade out at times. Just before it disappeared beyond the horizon the light changed to a sort of red color. The same object was later sighted in the vicinity of Clinton County Air Field by operators on duty in the control tower.

I have been actually engaged in aviation as an Air Traffic Control Tower Operator and a Private Pilot for a period of 5 years and thus far in all my experience, I have never encountered an optical illusion or any physical defect that would disqualify my possessions of such ratings.

//signed//

ALEX A. BOUDREAUX

Air Traffic Controller

CAF-6

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