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.

T-6 Crew Observes Unidentified White Light
Nov. 4, 1952
Caribou, Maine

5:30 p.m. EST
Duration 35 mins
aircraft T-6
United States
3 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks: 
Nov. 4, 1952; Caribou, Maine (BBU)
5:28 p.m. (EST). USAF pilot of T-6G at 2,500 ft heading 360° Mag, 1st Lt. Charles E. Young, rear cockpit pilot Capt Leon H. Pagan, both of 74th FIS, Presque Isle AFB, Maine, saw a slow moving light changing colors behind them. Young sighted light in the W above low bank of clouds at about 10° elevation, changing colors from red to blue to white, notified Pagan in the back who also saw it, and described it as a white light like aircraft navigation light or star or planet, about 25° elevation. T-6 was turned into direction of light for about 40 miles and pilots noted 250° Mag azimuth from Limestone AFB and 245° Mag azimuth from Presque Isle AFB, before they returned course. Senior Control Tower Operator, A/2c Earl S. Goldsen, 1974th AACS Sq Detachment 1, notified at 5:36 p.m. and sighted light in the W that stopped and moved to the NW. Northwest Airlines Flight 12 landing at Presque Isle AFB also reported seeing the “star.” (Sparks; BB files; Project 1947)
Dan Wilson:
November 4, 1952; Caribou, Maine (BBU)
5:30 p.m. EST.  1st Lt. Charles E. Young, pilot of a T-6 aircraft, and Capt. Leon H. Pagan in the rear cockpit observed a white light that appeared to be stationary or moving very slowly at an elevation of approximately 25 degrees. The light descended toward the horizon and disappeared after having been under constant observation for a period of approximately 35 minutes.The color of the light changed from red to orange to blue-green to white. The light was also seen by A/2C Earl S. Goldsen the Senior Control Tower Operator at Presque Isle AFB, Maine.   

Detailed reports and documents
reports/521104caribou_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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