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.

RB-36 Crew Sees Seven Stacked Donuts
May 19, 1952
near San Angelo, Texas

7:48 p.m. CST
Duration 15-20 mins
aircraft RB-36
United States
8 observer
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
May 19, 1952; 30 miles SW of San Angelo, Texas (BBU)
8:05 [7:46?] p.m. (CST). USAF 31st Strategic Recon Squadron pilot and crew of RB-­36 flying at 18,000 ft on a 301° heading at 214 mph TAS, Capt. Gerard A. Sharrock, Capt. Jack L. Bailey, Capt. Bernice O. Bowers, 1st Lt. Constantine G. Kollinzas, 2nd Lt. Norman V. Stewart, S/Sgt. John J. Fisher, S/Sgt. William O. Warr, A/1c Robert Schick, saw seven bright white circular or doughnut shaped white contrails, like lenticular clouds, stacked vertically about 10°-20° elevation estimated distance 50-75 miles height ranging from 25,000 to 60,000 ft about one mile wide. Sighted through 6x binoculars and photographed in six frames with 35 mm camera by Bailey, also seen by radar station ground observer alerted by radio. Contrails persisted for at least 15-­20 mins possibly 1 hr. Last seen when RB-36 was at 30°53' N, 101°20' W. (Jan Aldrich)

Dan Wilson:
The Record Card gives the time as as 0148 GCT (GMT) which would be 7:48 p.m. CST.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520519sanangelo_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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