Category 11 Case Directory
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Col. Coleman Case / Chases UFO At Low Altitude
July 1955
S. Alabama

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Duration 10-11 mins
aircraft B-25
United States
5  observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
Colonel William T. Coleman is a retired Air Force bomber pilot, former Public Information Officer for Project Blue Book, and Air Force's Chief Public Relations Officer during the early 1970s. He was also the Producer of a series called "Project UFO" that ran on NBC for two seasons. (1978-79) In June of 1978, while promoting his new TV show on the Merv Griffin show, Coleman spoke about a UFO sighting he had experienced while a bomber pilot in 1955. The plane closed to within an eighth of a mile of the disc-shaped object. "It was about 60 feet in diameter and 10 or 11 feet thick through the center," he said. "It had what looked like a titanium-type finish". (silver gray).

Brad Sparks:
July, 1955; S. Alabama
2:00-2:30 p.m. Colonel William Coleman (a few years later the AF PIO officer for Blue Book) was flying a B-25 out of Miami with a co-pilot, flight engineer, a Lockheed test engineer and a General Motors jet engine guy.  He got to Mariana, Florida, then [northward] into S Alabama when he spotted at 2 o'clock high what he called a "craze" in the windshield.  After a while he called the others' attention to it.  Eventually chased it at low altitude over farmland saw its shadow on the ground, saw two vortexes coming out of the shiny metallic disc which kicked up dust on the ground, and when he tried to cut it off at max speed of 300 knots the object was gone leaving behind the vortexes on the ground.  Duration 10-11 minutes.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/5507XXs_alabama_report.htm (Brad Sparks)

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