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.

Fiery Ball With Tail Passes C-47
March 9, 1957
Nr. Columbia, South Carolina

1:40 a.m. EST
Duration 15-20 secs
aircraft C-47
United States
4 observers
No radar contact

Dan Wilson:
March 9, 1957; 15 nautical miles SSE of Columbia, South Carolina
1:40 a.m. EST. Captain Robert T. Belmont, pilot, and Major William H. Landis, co-pilot, were flying east in a C-47 from England AFB, La. to Shaw AFB, S.C., when a yellowish-green fiery ball with a brilliant tail with a length of approximately 15 to 20 times the diameter of the ball appeared off the right wing. The apparent size of the object was a basketball held at arm's length. The object appeared to to pass within 200 yards of the C-47. The object disappeared to the NE like a light bulb being turned off. The length of the observation was about 15-20 seconds. Two Air Force witnesses in an automobile at Shaw AFB apparently saw this same object at around 1:40 p.m.

Fran Ridge:
Several sightings over large distance indicates this was probably a fireball meteor.
Detailed reports and documents
reports/570309columbia_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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