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 With No Trail Zooms Over Aircraft
Jan. 18, 1956
Itazuke AFB, Japan

10:00 a.m. local
Duration 15-45 secs
aircraft ??
2 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Jan. 18, 1956; Itazuke AFB, Japan (BBU)
1 [10?] a.m. Air crew sighting of white round balloon-shaped object traveling at high speed, no trail. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
Jan. 18, 1956; Itazuke, Japan (BBU)
10 a.m. local time. A white round object was seen by Capt. Edward J. Owens seated in the left seat and Lt. Richard Wilder seated right of aircraft Center 40. The object was directly over the aircraft and had the apparent motion of moving fast on a southerly heading in the opposite direction of the aircraft. The length of observation varied by witness from 15 to 45 seconds. Estimates of height above aircraft from 1,000' to 5,000'.

Fran Ridge:
Nothing in this official documented report, that I can see, suggests anything other than a balloon explanation. (Rating 1+)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/560118itazuke_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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