Category 9 Case Directory
Preliminary Rating: 5
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Oct. 29 or 30, 1975; Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan
Around 4:00 pm. Crew operating out of a mobile RAPCON on north side of runway. Alert area also on the north side at the approach end of runway 24. Tower called down and asked if they were talking to any helicopters near the Sac Alert Area. Crew member responded with a "negative". Several minutes later the tower called down again and asked the same question. Shortly thereafter Minneapolis Center called with a hand off on a KC-135 returning to OSC. The tanker checked on their freq and requested to do multiple radar approaches. Then the SAC Command Post line rang and that officer was informed that the only aircraft they were talking to was the KC-135 now about 15 miles north of the field on vectors. Another minute passed when the Command Post line rang again. This time it was a Colonel who stated, "verify you are not talking to anyone over the alert area?" "Ask the KC your talking to if he can see the alert area." The pilot was asked and responded "Can't miss it, it's lit up like a Christmas tree." The Col. at the Command Post replied, "Tell the pilot of the KC to break off his approach and proceed VFR directly to the Alert Area and identify the aircraft hovering over it." One member stepped outside and began to walk towards the runway since the alert area was obscured by some trees. An aluminum-colored disk about 75 feet long and 35-45 feet thick at its mid point was hovering over the alert area about 100-150 feet off the ground. The sun was still up and the alert area was ringed with stadium style lights and the UFO was plainly visible. There were no lights on the UFO and it was perfectly still. Suddenly there was a roar over his left shoulder and the KC-135 was headed right for the alert area. Suddenly the UFO went from 0 KTS to 300 Knots. The KC made a bank southeast in pursuit and both the object and the jet were lost in the trees. When the crew member ran back inside all hell was breaking loose. He was instructed to sit down and call Minneapolis center (ZMP), point the traffic out, and tell them what's going on. The ZMP controller said he had radar on both targets and informed them he was calling Toronto Center and Cleveland Center to point the traffic out to them. At a point just north of Michigan's thumb the KC pilot transmitted, " I don't know what that was, but it just took off like a bat outta hell." He then requested vectors back to Wurtsmith and landed without further incident. He later informed them he couldn't get close. As he increased speed the UFO increased speed. The pilot reported his altitude above FL180.
Note: This incident is multiply-listed on the dBase as a close encounter (Cat 2), a radar case (9), sighting from aircraft (11) and flagged as a nuclear connection case (10). The highest rating level would be radar even though the report was filed and described by a crewman on the ground who saw the object close enough to classify it as a Cat. 2.
reports/751029wurtsmith_report.htm (Fran Ridge)