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.

Huge Metallic Disc Paces B-25
Feb. 1, 1955
Nr. Cochise, Arizona [Not New Mexico]

7:55 p.m. MST
Duration 5-7 mins
aircraft TB-25
United States
3 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
Not  very many documents at first, this is a very interesting case, even listed as an Unknown by the Air Force. This is a flying saucer report and the incident occurred over New Mexico.

Brad Sparks:

Feb. 1, 1955; 30 miles E of Cochise, Arizona (Not NM) (BBU 3382)
7:55 p.m. (MST) 23 mi E of Cochise radio navigation beacon, Ariz. (at 32°02’ N, 109°25’ W). Instructor pilot Capt. Delwyn F. Ritzdorf, student pilot aviation cadets Richard B. Short and Frederick W. Miller, Jr., 3500th Pilot Training Wing, Reese AFB, Lubbock, Texas, flying TB-25 bomber/trainer (s/n 44-86894) at 13,000 ft, heading 80°, ground track about 90° [85°?], ground speed 238 (or 240) mph, on Airway Green 5, from Williams AFB, Mesa / Phoenix, Ariz., to Reese AFB, saw a very bright round object with red-blue-white hues, a metallic disc with aluminum color, shaped like two pie pans face-to-face seen edge-on, 120-130 (or 100-125) ft diameter, pacing the TB-25 off the left wing for 5 mins, about 5° above horizon at about 5 (to 10) mi estimated distance to the N at about 13,500 to 14,000 ft. UFO passed in front of a star as it climbed rapidly on a parallel flight track to disappearance at about 25° above horizon at azimuth 80-85°, in 3 mins dimming “momentarily” as it pulled away at about 600-700 mph. Possible radio interference as Capt Ritzdorf was unable to reach 3 radio stations during sighting, at Tucson and Douglas, Ariz., and Columbus, NM, but reached Columbus radio right after UFO departed, making a CIRVIS report. [See entry for (nonexistent) Jan. 1, 1955, case created by a BB misdating that duplicates this Feb. 1 incident.] (Sparks; 4602nd AISS files/ Greenwood; NICAP/Ridge; BB files; Berliner; NARCAP) 8 mins 3 witnesses ˝ to 1 Full Moon

Detailed reports and documents
reports/550101cochise_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
docs/1955_01_01_US_NM_Cochise_BB.jpg [Project Record card} (Barry Greenwood)
docs/1955_02_01_US_NM_Cochise_BB.pdf [16 pages] (Barry Greenwood)

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