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Swept Wing Aircraft At Above 50,000' / Tracked By GCI
Sept. 23, 1951
March AFB, California

Fran Ridge:
This report is case #10 on the official clearance list. of 41 formerly classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk. This report was incorrectly dated in the NICAP UFO Evidence as July 23, 1951. The clearance letter lists it as Sept. 28th. The case has always been a good one, but having the BB documents supporting it makes it even more compelling. The two groups of documents I found are linked below.

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 23, 1951.  About 30 miles W of Long Beach Airport to Camp Pendleton, and March AFB, Calif.
7-9:25 a.m. (PDT).  2 F-86 jet interceptors were scrambled from George AFB, near Victorville, Calif., then vectored by air defense GCI radar to [a target?] at 33-degrees 50' N, 118 degrees 40' W (off the coast about 30 miles W of Long Beach Airport), where the jets circled and headed E toward Long Beach when an object was seen at 12 o'clock high position at 7:55 a.m. in a left orbit at about 50,000 ft above the F-86's, appearing to be a bright silvery aircraft with highly swept back 45 degree wings;  [the F-86's tried to climb to intercept the object but it climbed away in response].  Another 2 F-86's were scrambled from George AFB at about 8:00 a.m. as the first 2 were running low on fuel and were released to return at 8:10-15 when the 2nd flight arrived.  The 2nd pair of F-86's was vectored by GCI radar to 33 degrees 20' N, 117 degrees 30' W (Camp Pendleton), arrived there at 8:10 at 43,000 ft [and circled?], spotted the object at 1 o'clock high back to the N toward Muroc/Edwards AFB appearing at about 50,000-55,000 ft in a controlled orbit right and left, appearing as a swept wing aircraft [that sped up when the F-86's tried to close] and the object was found near March AFB, Riverside, to the NNW but they broke off intercept because of low fuel at about 8:20-25, landing at 8:45.  3rd flight of 2 F-86's scrambled [at about 8:45??] from George AFB [?] saw the object shortly after takeoff seeming to be heading S as F-86's made climbing turns up to 43,500 ft under the round silvery object [at 55,000? ft over the San Bernardino Mtns. ?] until breaking off intercept at about 9:25 a.m.  [A 7th F-86 was scrambled to the S toward Long Beach but the UFO was gone.]  (Sparks;  GRUDGE Rpts. 1 and 2;  Ruppelt pp. 94-5)     1.5+ hrs    7+ witnesses ?    1/2 Full Moon ?    Radar-Visual?

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