Category 11 Case Directory
Rating: 5  


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.

Red Sphere Paces Training Jet
Nov. 11, 1974 (estimated date*)
Bt. Pensacola, Florida & Mobile Bay

9:10 p.m. local
Duration 3-5 mins
aircraft T-39D
United States
1 observer
No radar contact

Richard Haines:
Nov. 11, 1974; Between Pensacola, FL and Mobile Bay
9:10 p.m. local. Marine Reserve Squadron  pilot was flying a T-39D Sabreliner with five Naval officer pilots on board on a TACAN instrument penetration training flight. They were at 25,000 feet MSL, approximately 300 mph indicated airspeed, (440 kts true air speed), in straight and level flight, and on a heading of approximately 255 degrees true. The flight instructor sitting in the right-front seat was the first to sight a single, round, red small area of light maintaining position at their 1:00 o’clock position and their altitude. The reporting witness said that everyone “…felt it was a UFO and generally were glad to have finally seen one.” Its angular diameter was about the same as half a penny held at arm’s length (approx. 15 min arc diameter). After receiving permission to deviate from the flight plan the pilot banked right about thirty degrees to fly directly toward the red light. After about a minute or more, now on the new heading of 270 degree, the red light suddenly and unexpectedly flew left directly across the nose of his airplane stopping abruptly at his 11:00 o’clock position where it remained for several more minutes. While maintaining this new position it never changed size, shape, or intensity,  Its edge was sharply defined and without any haze or blur. After about four or five minutes total observation time the light accelerated toward the West and was gone in about ten seconds; it became progressively smaller until it was no longer visible. Upon landing the witnesses all completed an “incident form” but never heard anything more about the matter. 

Detailed reports and documents
reports/741111pensacola_report.htm (Richard Haines) *

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