IMCAT Case Directory
Category 08, Photographic / Video Images
Preliminary Rating: 5
The Blue Book sighting listing for July 29, 1952, NARA-PBB1-70 (see links below), actually lists the Ennis case as unexplained. Besides the Ennis incident, flying saucers hovered over Great Falls AFB and then took off at "a tremendous rate of speed. Base personnel were listening to a direct communications system with McChord Air Force Base in Washington and learned that saucers were sighted there and "heading toward Great Falls." They immediately began scanning the skies, about 2:30 p.m. M.S.T.
July 29, 1952; Ennis, Montana (BBU 1747)
Bt. 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. MST. The sighting was made by Ben Shaffer and about 11 other witnesses. At a time between 1400 and 1500 hours MST, Shaffer saw an object hovering over a mountain while driving. He stopped the car. The object then formed a cloud around itself. Shortly after, three smaller disc-like objects came bursting out of the cloud from different angles at an estimated 200 mph. The objects accelerated into an arc and disappeared. Shaffer had eight-power binoculars when he was watching this action. Shaffer stopped two other cars, one from Ohio had 50-power binoculars. Now there were about 12 observers watching with the naked eye and through binoculars. After the 3 disc-llike objects had left the cloud 5 objects appeared on the right side of the cloud in V formation traveling slowly and then each of these objects formed a small cloud around themselves. Then these objects one at a time entered the big cloud one behind the other. There were no other clouds visible in the sky within range of vision. During this time Shaffer took colored moving pictures with a Bell and Howell camera and still pictures with a Kodak Retina. Shaffer turned the undeveloped films over to Major McCarthy of the 29th Air Division at Great Falls AFB, Montana. After watching this phenomenon for about 30 minutes another cloud formed to the left of the highway and the same phenomenon occurred with objects leaving and returning. Ben Shaffer was a Major in the Army Corps of Engineers Reserve and had a "Q" Clearance 1946 to 1948 while stationed at Sandia Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Detailed reports and documents
Sighting Listing - bb/NARA-PBB1-70.jpg (Fran Ridge)
Ennis - Shaffer Report - bb/MAXW-PBB13-931.jpg (Fran Ridge)
reports/520729ennis_randle.htm (Kevin Randle)
Great Falls AFB / Bodin - articles/520729ennis_article.htm (Dan Wilson)
Great Falls AFB - reports/520729ennis_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
UFO's: A History 1952: July 21st - July 31st by Loren Gross (1986) [pdf] (Wilson/Waskiewicz)
reports/520729ennis_report2.htm (Brad Sparks)
docs/520729ennis_Blue Book to Footnotes Comparisons.htm (Jean Waskiewicz)