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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.

C-47 Chases Maneuvering Light
Feb. 16, 1953
Willow, Alaska

11:50 p.m. AST
Duration 15 mins
aircraft C-47
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Feb. 16, 1953; Turnagain Arm (S of Anchorage) [Willow? Alaska (BBU)
11:50 p.m.­ 12:05 a.m. [11:45 p.m. (AHST) ?]. C-47 crew pursued nocturnal light which was below horizon, then ascended, hovered, maneuvered, disappeared. Initially to the E, after hovering, C-47 turned to pursue on 345° heading, object accelerated, brightened and decreased in size, C-47 chased at 270°-290° heading to disappearance in 45 secs. (Willy Smith pp. 43-48; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
Feb. 16, 1953; Willow, Alaska (BBU)
11:50 p.m. local time (AST). Maj. Joesph H. Lemon was flying a C-47 on a NE heading carrying Capt. Eugene S. Cramer, when they observed a round red light the approximate size of a wing navigation light approximately 5 miles distant at a ten o'clock position from their aircraft C-47. The C-47 was flying at 2,000 feet and the light was estimated to be at 1,000 feet at an estimated speed of 300 knots proceeding on the same course as their plane.The object continued on a straight course, slowly climbing to approximately 2,000 feet and increasing to twice its original size and intensity. At this time the object appeared to stop and hang suspended in midair for approximately 5 minutes. The C-47 approached Elmendorf and entered the traffic pattern at 1500 feet, then broke traffic pattern and climbed out again in order to more closely observe the object. The C-47 was on a heading of 330 degrees and the object was directly ahead of it. At this time the object appeared to be on a northerly course, gradually diminishing in size and intensity and disappeared.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/530216willow_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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