Category 11 Case Directory
SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT
Preliminary Rating: 5
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|9:03 p.m. EST
Duration 20 mins
No radar contact
Nov. 4, 1958; Pope AFB, North Carolina (BBU)
4:03 [9:03?] p.m. (EST). USAF pilot of a landing KB-50 tanker and USAF tower personnel saw an object with strange lights on collision course. Pilot and crew also noticed that "strange lights" were observed inside the cockpit. Pilot aborted landing, climbed and flew around to observe object. Pope AFB tower personnel had watched object hovering above the base through binoculars for 20 mins. (NARCAP)
Nov. 3, 1958; Pope AFB, North Carolina (BBU)
9:03 p.m. EST. A KB-50 tanker aircraft in the traffic pattern of Pope AFB, noticed an object on a collision course with the aircraft. The object was round in shape, the size of a grapefruit, presumably held at arm's length, and bluish white in color. It passed overhead of the KB-50 and circled to return, then climbed in altitude until it disappeared. This object was observed by personnel of the control tower through binoculars for 20 minutes, and they were convinced that the phenomenon is not peculiar to the atmosphere. The pilot of the KB-50 reported to the control tower that strange lights were observed in his cockpit while he was on the final approach of a GCA run. A stereo camera which was available in the control tower for just such incidents was not utilized due to the excitement.
Object on collision course passes overhead and "circles to return" and then "climbs until disappearnce in the SE". Quoting from the report (which writes the incident off as a balloon) "UFO presents a hazard to aircraft operation in the area." Definitely a NARCAP candidate. Comment by tower people, "convinced that the phenomenon is not peculiar to the atmosphere", indicates they are/were aware of other such incidents.
Detailed reports and documents
reports/581103pope_report.htm (Dan Wilson)