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.

Ground/Air Visuals Over City Stir Air Force
Oct. 15, 1959
Terre Haute, Indiana

6:10 p.m. local CST
Duration over 50 min period
aircraft ???
United States
 observer, several
No radar contact

Dan Wilson:
Oct. 15, 1959; Terre Haute, Indiana (BB)
6:10 - 7:00 p.m. local. Several sightings were brought up for Congressional Inquiry by the President of local UFO Club RECAP. At 6:10 witnesses saw a white light overhead the size of Saturn, at about 6:45 several people saw red lights south of Terre Haute, at 6:45 to 6:50 one witness (pilot?) says two big green balls of fire approaching, they reversed course and sped out of sight. At 7:00 a pilot saw two orange balls of fire ahead of him, seconds later he saw a white flash. (Note: This sighting may be important though because of the crashed B-52. One hundred miles southeast of Terre Haute at Hardinsburg, Kentucky, on October 15 (same day) a B-52 bomber and a KC-135 tanker collided and crashed --7 dead. The B-52 was carrying nuclear bombs.)

Fran Ridge:
This series of incidents was posted for its historical value. RECAP was a group copying off the name of NICAP but the Air Force took interest in this. See the documents below.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/591015terrehaute_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
articles/591015terrehaute_article.pdf (Dan Wilson)
articles/591015A_BOMB_Intact_After_Crash.pdf (Dan Wilson)

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