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 moved.
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 away.
Jan 16, 1951; Artesia, New Mexico. Time unknown. Witnesses: Two members
of a balloon project from the General Mills. Aeronautical Research Laboratory,
the manager 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.
January 20, 1951; Sioux City, Iowa. Object like B-29 without wings flashes
by DC-3. Report
* February 10, 1951; Gander, Newfoundland. Near collision of US Navy
flight 125, an Atlantic Continental Air Transport located at USN Air Station,
Patuxent River, Maryland (piloted by Graham Bethune), with large circular-shaped
object. Tracked by ground radar at Goose Bay, Labrador. Report
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
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 level.
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.
* April & May, 1951; East coast of Korea. Radar incident involving
rapidly-moving targets on two separate ship radars. Report
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 14, 1951; White Sands, New Mexico. GVP. UFO sped near B-29, tracked
on radar; 200 ft. of 35 mm film reportedly shows bright round spot. Report
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 seconds.
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
* August 26, 1951; Washington State. Two ground radar sets tracked UFO
headed northwest. Speed: 900 mph. Report
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.
* Fall, 1951; Korean area. Over 15 Navy radar (ground and airborne)
sets tracked UFO circling above fleet. Speed: slow to over 1,000 mph. Altitude:
5,000 ft. Report
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.
* September 10, 1951; Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Radar/visual incident
that created a major stir in Air Force intelligence. Report
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 minutes.
* Sept. 23, 1951; March Field, California. R/V. UFO tracked on radar,
pilots saw silvery object circling above them. Altitude: 50,000 feet. Report
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 4,800 m.p.h.
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 "unknown". Report
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.
October 21, 1951; Battle Creek, MI, Encounter with classic domed disc
and a Navion aircraft. Report
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
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