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.

Object On Apparent Collision Course With C-47
Feb. 12, 1953
Vichy, Missouri

8:30 p.m. CST
Duration 1 hour
aircraft C-47
United States
3 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Feb. 13 [12?], 1953; Vichy, Missouri (BBU)
8:30 p.m. USAF Capt. Robert Bailey, his FO, and crew chief of C-47 transport at 7,000 ft, 170 knots (200 mph) airspeed, heading 43° (NE), saw a small round light as they neared the Vichy Radio Range Station. Light changed intensity and looked like it was on collision course at 238° bearing [heading? from behind or in front??]. Bailey turned on landing lights to try to signal it, light then stopped its approach, flew off their left wing at about 1 mile while changing color from red to amber to green. After 5-10 mins the light dropped back, increased speed, made 3 dives and zooms on a parallel course before disappearing. (NARCAP; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
Feb. 12, 1953; Vichy, Missouri (BBU)
Date-Time given for this incident is 13/0230Z which converts to February 12 at 8:30 p.m. CST. Captain Robert B. Bailey executed a CIRVIS in-flight report to the Vichy Radio Range Station.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/530212vichy_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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