Oct. 9, 1951; 5 miles E of Terre Haute, Indiana (BBU)
1:42 [1:43?] p.m. (CST). CAA Chief Aircraft Communicator Roy
Messmore at Holman Municipal Airport saw a flash on the distant SE
horizon then a growing pinpoint of a rapidly approaching object
appearing as a silvery "flattened tennis ball" when directly overhead
disappearing to the NW [or SE??] after traveling from horizon to
horizon in 15 secs, no sound or trail. Sighting by pilot Charles Warren
at 5,000 ft flying W from Greencastle, Ind., to Paris, Ill., located E
of Paris (about 15 miles NW of Terre Haute) at 1:45 p.m. CST of silvery
"flattened orange" appearing stationary at first to the left rear (SE?
or E? towards Holman Airport?) for a few secs (or longer?) then Warren
banked in a tight left turn to pursue the object when it suddenly
picked up speed and headed off NE towards the S of Newport, Ind.
(Berliner; cf. Ruppelt pp. 112-3; GRUDGE Rpt 1)
These reports are Items #11 and #12 on the official
clearance list. of 41 formerly
classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj.
Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk. Of special
interest here is the fact that the first report
was Case Number 985 of the 701 "Unknowns" listed by Air Force Project
Blue Book. The Paris, Illinois, sighting that further supports the
assertion that something unknown and shaped "like a flattened sphere"
was observed, is item #12, but was not listed separately as an unknown.
On the last leg of the UFO's flight, according to official Air Force
records (Project Grudge Status Report No.4), "the object then started
to travel in a northeasterly direction south of the Newport, Indiana,
Atomic Energy Plant.".