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  SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT 
 
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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.

B47 Crew Sights "Football-Shaped" Object
Nov. 14. 1957
Nr. Hill City, Kansas

5:34 p.m. CST
Duration 8-9 mins
aircraft B-47E
United States
Military
2 observer
No EMI
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Nov. 14, 1957.  23 miles NE of Hill City [airport], Kansas (at 39°37' N, 99°32' W).  5:34 p.m. (CST).  USAF pilot Major William B. Taft and co-pilot 1st Lt. Joshua M. Hinson, flying B-47E bomber based at SAC 339th Bomb Squadron (Medium), Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas, at 36,000 ft true heading 183° at 410 knots TAS true air speed (=true course ~173° and true ground speed ~412 knots with 270° ~70 knot wind).  Sighted oval metallic silver gray object shaped like a football but with rounder ends, and with a brighter Saturn-like horizontal ring not extending beyond the edges of the oval.  Object was first seen about 25° above the aircraft nose [~20° above aircraft horizontal] and about 70° to the right (~253° true azimuth or nearly W) at about “2 o’clock high,” stationary for about 4 minutes [8 mins?] 5,000 to 10,000 higher altitude (41,000 to 46,000 ft), then followed another B-47 headed in the opposite direction at same flight altitude (36,000 ft) north-bound true heading 360°, about 20 NM to the W, remaining stationary above the other B-47 for about 1 minute as UFO and other B-47 fell behind to about “4 o’clock high” at 120° relative bearing (~303° true azimuth or about WNW) about 25° above nose level [about same relative 20° local aircraft horizontal level] then rose vertically “very rapidly” accelerating until disappearing, brighter while in motion.  [B-47E final position about 38°42' to 35' N, 99°25' to 24' W at 5:42 to 5:43 p.m. CST.]  Dyess AFB ground observers suggested Venus was bright in the sky.  However the sun had not set yet at the B-47E’s altitude (upper limb ~1° to ~0.1° above earth’s apparent horizon in about 248° to 249° (about WSW) corrected for refraction and aircraft altitude / geometric depression angle, gradually setting) and Venus’ position was at 206° to 208° azimuth, elevation 19° to local aircraft horizontal, in the SSW not W/WNW about 47° to 95° away.  If UFO was about 1-2 miles higher, thus 3-6 miles distant, and angular size roughly pea at arm’s length (about 1 Full Moon), then actual size ~100-200 ft.  (Sparks)  8-9 mins        2 witnesses     ~1 Full Moon

Detailed reports and documents
reports/571114hillcity_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)


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