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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 Trailing Sparks Observed By Aircrew
March 23, 1956
Goose bay, Labrador

6:39 a.m. local
Duration 60 secs
aircraft ??
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
At first this sounds much like a fireball meteor. The duration may have been in error but the pilots seem to have noticed that the duration was abnormal for same. However, nothing else would suggest an anomalistic nature that would preclude one, which would have made it easier to eliminate meteor. The sighting index * was checked and Blue Book listed this as case 4031, and identified as "Aircraft", which I think is strange for two reasons: 1) Not too many a/c up there not under some type of control. 2) Much easier to call it a meteor, which they didn't.  

an Wilson:
March 23, 1956; Goose Bay, Labrador (BB)
At 6:39 a.m. local time, a round bright blue object, trailing a heavy yellow-orange fire and sparks was observed for approximately 60 seconds by the pilot and co-pilot from an aircraft at 30,500 feet altitude. The object appeared to be 2-3 miles to the left of the aircraft and 2000 to 5000 feet above. Both pilots estimated the object to be traveling at 500-600 knots. The overall shape of the object was teardrop shaped.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/560323goosebay_report.htm Dan Wilson)
(*) NARA-PBB1-143.jpgg (Fran Ridge)

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