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.

Circular Object Paces Airliner
July 4, 1957
near Campos, Brazil

??? Time not given
Duration sev. mins.
aircraft airline model not given
14 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
July 4, 1957; Nr. Campos, Brazil
Time not given. A circular, lighted object paced a R.E.A.L. Airlines plane from Campos, Rio State, Brazil, almost to Vlctoria, the Capital of the Espirlto Santo State. This is approximately 230 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro. Reported by the plane's pilot, Captain Delgado, the object was also watched by his co-pilot radio operator, stewardess, and ten of his passengers. The UFO followed the airliner for several minutes, sometimes speeding up to fly in front of the plane. The object was circular "with up and down parts" according to Captaln Delgado's report in the newspaper "Folha da Manha" published in Sao Paulo. Whether this referred to a turret is not clear. One unique aspect of the sighting was that when the plane and the object went through clouds, "little windows were lighted emitting a very strong light, which was put out immediately when the object came out from the clouds." (UFOE, X)

Michael Swords:
This is the third Brazilian airliner case that I've heard of [favorably] for 1957, and the earliest date. The two VARIG cases of August 14th and November 4th are bigger fish and better known. This case is probably a good one, though, as J. Escobar Faria reported it in his UFO-Critical Bulletin of Sept/Oct 1957. Faria is usually careful so he probably checked the case somewhat before mentioning it. I've attached his brief description, apparently taken from News accounts. *

Detailed reports and documents
reports/570704campos_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/570704campos_BRZAIR.jpg (J. Escobar Faria/Mike Swords) *

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