Category 11 Case Directory
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AVCAT is a special project being conducted by NICAP, with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of AIRCAT, Dr. Richard Haines, and other sources, to create a comprehensive listing of sightings from aircraft with detailed documentation from these sources, including Projects SIGN, GRUDGE & BLUE BOOK.

British A/c Encounters Object With Row of Illuminated Windows
Jan. 31, 1916
Rochford, Essex, England

8:25 p.m.
Duration 20 mins
aircraft ???
1 observer
Possible EMI
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
Jan. 31, 1916; Rochford; UK
Night. A British flight officer flying at 5,000 feet encountered a dark object with a row of illuminated windows. When he tried to close in for a better look his engine began malfunctioning, perhaps the first EM effect case on a human vehicle. This incident is the very first entry on the NICAP DBase for Category 11, Sightings From Aircraft. Mike Swords found additional information on the UFODNA site.

One of the three oldest known pilot UFO sightings, of 1305 cataloged by NARCAP. On January 31, 1916, a UK pilot near Rochford reported a row of lights, like lighted windows on a railway carriage, that rose and disappeared.

Mike Swords:
8:25 p.m. Royal Flying Corps pilot Lt. Morgan was flying at 5000 feet over Rochford, Essex, England on this evening on the lookout for Zeppelins. At 8:25 p.m. he saw an object with a row of lights like the windows on a railway carriage with the blinds drawn. He tried to close but his airplane's engine started malfunctioning. When he fired a pistol at the lights they rose rapidly into the heavens and disappeared out of sight. 20 mins. (UFODNA)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/160131rochford_report.htm (Michael Swords)

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