Category 11 Case Directory
  SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT 
 
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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.

Light Makes 5-6 Head On Passess At Navy Plane
Nov. 7, 1950
E. of Lakehurst, New Jersey

7:15 p.m. EST
Duration 25-30 mins
aircraft AD-4Q (Navy)
United States
Military
2 observers
No EMI
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Nov. 7, 1950; E of Lakehurst, New Jersey (BBU)
7:15 p.m. USN pilot Lt. jg Robert Haven flying AD-4Q at 3,500 ft heading W saw a steady white light [estimated later at 10-12 inches during close approach] to his right at about 4,000 ft 5 miles away heading SE, made a slight climbing turn to the left to get on the tail of the object but it responded by making a head on pass about 100-200 ft over the AD-4Q in a slight dive at high speed. Haven made a tight turn to pursue, noted no wash or slipstream from the object traveling at about 900 mph, which made 5-6 head on passes at the AD-4Q, climb rate >2,000 ft/min, chase abandoned at 11,500 ft., as object outmaneuvered aircraft. When jets arrived object reached about 25,000 ft and disappeared. (Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 68-70; NARCAP)

Dan Wilson:
Nov. 7, 1950; E of Lakehurst, New Jersey (BBU)
LTJG Robert Haven stated that the light had a speed range much greater than a jet fighter. It appeared to circle his aircraft at a terrific rate of speed, even when climbing. The rate of climb was estimated to be over 2000 feet per minute, therefore, it would not be possible to class this incident as a lighted weather balloon. Project Blue Book's Evaluation: Balloon
 
Fran Ridge:
The testimony in this particular incident was detailed enough and of substantial importance that I had Jean do a transcript of page 6 from Dan Wilsons's report and pdf file.

Martin Shough:
The crucial part of this report is the implication that the object repeatedly turned *outside* the climbing plane, making an estimated two orbits to the plane's one. Up to that point BB's "balloon" could be defended. The repeated "head on passes" a la Gorman could be explained by a lighted balloon, and the estimated average rate of climb of the light (total estimated height over total duration) is probably in the ballpark for a balloon. But turning outside the AD-4Q's spiralling climb is clearly impossible, as the letter from Col Harris to BB points out.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/501107lakehurst_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/501107lakehurst_transcript.htm (Jean Waskiewicz)


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