Category 2, Close Encounters
Preliminary Rating: 5
Classification of Close Encounter is usually
an incident involving an object less than 500
feet from the witness. The size of the
object, viewing conditions, or
stereoscopic vision (depth perception)
may render the object in greater detail and
still qualify the sighting as a Close
Encounter even though the object may have been
beyond 500'. The incident depicted in
the logo was encountered during an intense
storm near Princeton, IN, Aug. 1973.
Feb. 1, 1965; Tallahassee, Florida (BB)
7:30 p.m. CST. A a grayish purple or bluish object, round on bottom with a saucer domed top the size of a grapefruit held at arm's length, accompanied by faint humming sound with a speed of an estimated 100-200 mph, was seen by 32 to 40 people. The object gave off a phosphorescence. Twelve to fifteen people called the local radio station to report the object. According to the Dept. of the Air Force Incoming Message, the manner of observation was ground visual and air visual tracking west to east and was observed for 4 minutes. The time given in the AFR 200-2 report was 02/0030Z or 7:30 p.m. It was reported that the object was seen by an Eastern Airlines flight over Daytona Beach on the Atlantic Coast and by an airport tower operator at Jacksonville. Later news bulletins were sent out on radio and television that Air Force investigators were in the area and desired to interview all individuals who could furnish information about the UFO. On February 10, Air Force investigators interviewed one witness who described the object as a classic "flying saucer." His testimony appeared to be sincere and reliable. One person estimated the size of the object as 50 feet in diameter. By the time the information was entered on the RECORD CARD the DATE-TIME was given as 02/0130Z and the length of the observation was given as a few seconds. The Project Blue Book evaluation for this sighting is Astro (Meteor).
Dan Wilson recognized this one as an important case deliberately downplayed by the Air Force. This one needs to be multiply-listed as a Cat. 11, Sighting From Aircraft.
Detailed reports and documents
reports/650201tallah_report.htm (Dan Wilson)