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.

Bright Red Object Paces Aircraft (Photo ?)
Nov. 21, 1952
Carribbean Sea

5:10 a.m. EST
Duration 20 mins
aircraft ?
Carribbean Sea
observers ?
No radar contact

Dan Wilson:
Nov. 21, 1952; Carribbean Sea (BB)
5:10 a.m. EST. A large object, light red in color, too large and too bright to be another aircraft flew parallel to plane (Lacsa Airliner?) same altitude and air speed and disappeared after about 20 minutes. A CIRVIS Report was made.

Fran Ridge:
The Blue Book sighting listing below mentions (2) sightings in the area. Incident #2237 occurred in Cuba, identifies it as military witnesses, a  photo was taken and no evaluation was given. Incident #2238 actually mentions the Carribbean Sea and military witnesses, and is listed as Insufficient Data. This is a CIRVIS report (1952 version not available) and there might have been more too this. Project Record Card is reported as missing, but we have a poor copy in our report. Now, new information appears to have identified this flight as a commercial.

Dan Wilson/Richard Haines:
Considering that, 1) this CIRVIS report was made over the Caribbean Sea (at Lat. Long. given); 2) the LACSA (Lineas Aereas Costarricenses S.A.) airways flew this route back then; 3) LACSA made its first flight on 1 June 1945; 4) the sighting is from the air; 5) the flight crew contacted Miami about it. Then, we believe this Western Union message to our air force refers to LACSA airlines.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/521121carribbean_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
bb/NARA-PBB1-87.jpg (Fran Ridge)

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