January 7, 1948. Afternoon. Nr. Fort Knox, KY. Still very controversial
incident where F-51 Mustangs were vectored into a UFO situation and the
pilot of one, Captain Thomas Mantell, was killed in a crash. Report
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.
* Summer, 1948; Goose Bay, Labrador. USAF and RCAF ground radar independently
tracked unidentified target. Speed: 9,000 mph. Altitude: 60,000 ft. Report
* July 24, 1948; Nr. Montgomery, AL. 2:45 AM. Eastern Airlines pilots
Clarence S. Chiles and John B. Whitted watched a bright light head for
their airliner and pass on the right. The craft was cigar-shaped and had
a double row of windows along it. A flame shot out of the back. Air Force
conclusion: Astro: Fireball. Report
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
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 traveled very fast.
* October 1, 1948; Fargo, North Dakota. Air National Guard F-51 had
"dogfight" with small flat UFO. Report
October 15, 1948; Fusuoka, Japan. 11:05 p.m. R/V. Witnesses: pilot Halter
and radar operator Hemphill of a F-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. Report
* November 1, 1948; Goose Bay, Labrador. UFO tracked by ground radar
at 600 mph. Report
* November 6, 1948; Japan. Air Force ground radar tracked two maneuvering
UFOs for over an hour. On scope, looked like two planes dogfighting. Report
* Nov. 18, 1948; Nr. Washington, DC, Air Force T-6 pilot flying out
of Andrews Air Force Base, chased oval-shaped UFO for 10 minutes (III).
* Nov. 23, 1948; Munich, Germany. R/V. UFO tracked, reddish star-like
object observed visually. Climbed 23,000 feet in a few minutes. Report
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.