Category 11 Case Directory
SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT
Preliminary Rating: 3
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|11:15 a.m. EST
Duration < 1 min
No radar contact
August 12, 1965; Springfield, Ohio (BB)
At 11:15 a.m. EST, Major Jack D. Bond, sitting in a passenger seat of a T-29 aircraft observed an unidentified flying object. The aircraft was on a heading of 300 degrees and was descending from 4000 feet to 3000 feet at the time of the sighting. The object was ascending and descending and was slightly higher than the T-29. The object appeared to be 5 to 7 miles away and moving in a general direction of 90 degrees. The object's speed was highly erratic during the 3 ascents and 3 descents that the object made. On its third descent the object appeared to level off and accelerate away at a speed of 600 knots or more. Project Blue Book evaluated this sighting as a Mirage.
This one I think I'd rate at 3. Clearly BB's explanation rates a fat Zero, and their desperation implies that they were unable to place an plane in the area - which would have been the obvious theory. If it wasn't a plane I don't know what it was, so it is unknown. Nevertheless I would say the available info is not sufficient to make it a strong unknown.
Detailed reports and documents
reports/650812springfield_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/650812springfield_report2.htm (Martin Shough)