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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.

CIRVIS Report Describes UFO "Observing" Three Aircraft
February 26, 1952
Albany, New York

11:10 local
Duration 3-5 mins
aircraft not given
United States
Military Air Force
3 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
February 26, 1952; Albany, New York (BB)
11:10 local. CIRVIS report says that in the vicinity NNW of Albany, New York, at an altitude estimated at over 50,000 feet, an unidentified object of unknown size and shape was apparently observing the reporting Air Force aircraft at 20,000 feet on a 90 degree intersecting course for approximately 20 minutes. Two jets pilots (Barnes [Sylvia 51] & Olshefski [Sylvia 41]) verified visibility, good sky clear, 80 knot wind at 230 degrees. Another CIRVIS report amplifying details describes the same object, sighted observing the aircraft (pilot Hensley) and traveling an estimated 1,000 mph and observed from distance of approximately 60 miles. Object of indiscernible color left pencil-thin whitish gray vapor trail approximately straight 10 miles long under non-concurrent observation for 3 to 5 minutes. Object was theorized to be a possible meteor!!!! (The directive in force would have been JANAP 146(B), dated Sept. 2, 1951. This is not not available to us presently, but the later versions are. Stands for Joint-Army-Navy-Air  Publication 146, Communications Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence Sightings)*.

Detailed reports and documents
docs/MAXW-PBB9-1035-1041.pdf (Dan Wilson & Fran Ridge)
JANAP 146(C), dated March 10, 1954 (Fran Ridge) *

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