Category 11 Case Directory
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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.

Three UAO Sighted By Constellation Crew
May 8, 1952
Atlantic Ocean

2:27 a.m. EDST
Duration few seconds
aircraft Lockheed Constellation
United States
2 observer
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
May 8, 1952, Atlantic 31 degrees 20' N - 70 degrees W [Atlantic Ocean]  (BBU)
2:27 a.m. (EST?) Pilot Capt. Cent and copilot 1st Ofcr Gallagher of Pan Am Flight 203 flying DC-4 airliner at 8,000 ft on 180° heading from NYC to San Juan, Puerto Rico, saw brilliant white approaching from the left below the solid overcast at 10,000 ft. and streak by the left [?] wing at 1/8 to 1/4 mile, followed by 2 smaller orange balls of fire. (NARCAP; McDonald list; Project 1947; Ruppelt pp. 133-4)

Dan Wilson:
May 8, 1952; Atlantic Ocean (BBU)
At 2:27 a.m. EDST, Capt. Clayton C. Gallagher and his co-pilot saw three unidentified aerial objects moving from south to north at approximately the same altitude as the Pan American Airlines Flight 203. The first object resembled a landing light but was much whiter and about ten times as large. It was followed by two slightly smaller orange objects with tapering tails which were fringed with blue. The three objects were equally spaced and between 1/8 and 1/4 mile off the left wing of the Lockheed Constellation aircraft and were traveling straight and level. The witnesses stated that the objects were completely foreign to them. 

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520508atlantic_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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