Category 11 Case Directory
Rating: 5  


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.

White Object Paces Balloon
Feb. 14, 1951
Alamogordo, New Mexico

Duration 5 mins
aircraft C-47
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
Feb. 14, 1951; Alamogordo, N. Mex.
Two Air Force pilots, while watching a large balloon, saw a flat, round white object hovering at high altitude. (UFO Evidence, 1964, Section III)

Dan Wilson:
Feb.14, 1951; Alamogordo, New Mexico
Time not given. Two Wright-Patterson AFB officers, Captain J. E. Cocker of the all-weather flying division, and Capt. E. W. Spradley of the aerial photography laboratory, were tracking a large weather balloon in a C-47 aircraft when Capt. Spradley spotted a flat, milky white object that looked like a dime hovering next to the balloon. Cocker left the seat and watched the object from the C-47's astrodome for about 5 minutes. The object and balloon were at an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 feet altitude. The object, now a perfectly clear silver color separated from the balloon and three bright flashes like photo flashes were seen before it disappeared.

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articles/510214alamogordo_article.png (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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