Jan. 23, 1965; Lightfoot, N of Williamsburg, Virginia (BBU 9242)
8:40 a.m. Cars stalled near intersection of US Hwy 60 and State Route 614, witness T. F. Mains saw light-bulb or mushroom-shaped object 75-80 ft tall, 10-25 ft wide, metallic gray, red-orange and blue glows, hovering over nearby field about 4 ft off the ground, making a vacuum cleaner-type noise, suddenly accelerate horizontally to the W against the wind and disappear. (25-seconds, 2 witnesses). (UFOE II, Section VIII; Berliner; cf. Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 177-8; Vallée Magonia 633)Detailed reports and documents
Interesting that this incident was listed in the Blue Book files as Unidentified. Investigation shows duration of 25 seconds with two witnesses in separate cars, both stalled. (See BB docs below). The latest update is from Mike Swords and a letter to Richard Hall from a witness.
This is an extremely interesting case and, as far as one can tell from the file, it feels pretty solid. Ignoring the car stallings (which is not so easily done, given two vehicles) about the only thing that seems half-way plausible is a hot-air balloon (shape, lift-off, near horizontal motion, colour, light, noise like a vaccuum cleaner). But the departure direction is west, which would be into the wind (about WSW according to the file). Very curious! What a shame we don't have the police report from the second witness.
reports/650123williamsburg_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/650123williamsburg_report3.htm (Mike Swords)
bb/NARA-PBB1-327.jpg (Fran Ridge)
/waves/1965fullrep.htm (Fran Ridge)