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.

B-52 Crew Member Observes Object / Spuynik III Rocket?
June 12, 1958
W. of Huntsville, Alabama

5:26 a.m. CDT
Duration 2 secs
aircraft B-52
United States
1 observer
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
June 12, 1958; 10 miles W of Huntsville, Texas (BBU)
5:26 a.m. (CDT). Military pilot saw an oval reddish object the size of a pinhead [at arm's length?] on a S to NE course. (Project 1947)

Dan Wilson:
June 12, 1958; 10 miles W of Huntsville, Texas
At 5:26 a.m. CDT, Capt. Eugene H. Richards, a crew member of a B-52 aircraft, observed a reddish oval shaped object the size of a pinhead that passed through field of view while taking a sextant shot on Kochah. The object was at position 26 degrees 48 minutes elevation 343 degrees true azimuth, traveling south to north at a high rate of speed, too fast to be an aircraft and too slow to be a meteor. The B-52 was on a heading of 92 degrees at a ground speed of 488 knots. The object was in sight for 2 seconds. (Dan Wilson)

Fran Ridge:
The lastest information puts a 2-sec duration in the equation. Not a very good sighting, but it is amazing (from my experience) what a person can actually see in two seconds. The problem here is that proximity doesn't come into play with surface details that would tell us more about the source. It looks like the object probably was the Sputkik III rocket, according to the Air Force report. Sighting wasn't evn listed in the BB sighting listing at NARA-PBB1-198.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/580612huntsville_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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