Category 11 Case Directory
  SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT 
 
  Preliminary
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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.

Pilot Radios Terre Haute: Observes "Flattened Orange"
October 9, 1951
Nr. Paris, Illinois

1:45 PM local
Duration secs-mins???
? aircraft
United States
Civilian
1 observer
No EMI
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
This report is case #12 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. 1:45 p.m. CST. Private pilot at 5,000 ft flying west from Greencastle, Ind., to Paris, Ill., observed a silvery "flattened orange" appearing stationary at first to the left rear for a few secs (or longer?) then pilot banked in a tight left turn to pursue the object when it suddenly picked up speed and headed off NE towards Newport, Ind. The first part of the UFO incident occurred near Terre Haute, Indiana (observed from the ground) and is listed in Blue Book as UNIDENTIFIED. The encounter with the private pilot, the focus of this directory, is listed by the Air Force (see NARA-PBB1-43) as insufficient data.

Brad Sparks:

Oct. 9, 1951; 5 miles E of Terre Haute, Indiana (BBU)
1:42 [1:43?] p.m. (CST). CAA Chief Aircraft Communicator Roy Messmore at Holman Municipal Airport saw a flash on the distant SE horizon then a growing pinpoint of a rapidly approaching object appearing as a silvery "flattened tennis ball" when directly overhead disappearing to the NW [or SE??] after traveling from horizon to horizon in 15 secs, no sound or trail. Sighting by pilot Charles Warren at 5,000 ft flying W from Greencastle, Ind., to Paris, Ill., located E of Paris (about 15 miles NW of Terre Haute) at 1:45 p.m. CST of silvery "flattened orange" appearing stationary at first to the left rear (SE? or E? towards Holman Airport?) for a few secs (or longer?) then Warren banked in a tight left turn to pursue the object when it suddenly picked up speed and headed off NE towards the S of Newport, Ind. (Berliner; cf. Ruppelt pp. 112-3; GRUDGE Rpt 1)

Detailed reports and documents
The Report (Edward Ruppelt)
The account as recorded in The UFO Evidence  (Richard Hall)
NARA-PBB85-537,570,PBB1-43; MAXW-PBB9-343-346; NARA-PBB90-1163-1165 (Dan Wilson & Fran Ridge)
Newport Chemical Depot (Global Security site)
Background info on chemical weapons Stockpile in Newport

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