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.
May 10, 1988; Nr. Omaha, Illinois
7:40 p.m. A missile-like object was observed by three adult witnesses for about 3-4 seconds. The witnesses were driving west on Illinois 141 when they saw the object heading NE to SW, skimming the treetops at 50-100' off the ground at tremendous speed. The object, apparently at least, had no noticeable wings, but had some type of rear horizontal stabilizer fins. There was a very noticeable ring or indentation near the midpoint where it looked like it was joined together. Object came within 500', possibly less. There was a jet fighter, very likely an F-4 Phantom, in the area within 10 seconds, but higher and on a parallel (possibly pursuit) course. My initial guess was, since this was not a restricted test area, so the missile apparently had gone astray and was being followed to impact. I'm not sure what it was.
...analysis does have the effect of raising the possibility (though improbable) that a cruise missile was responsible. I agree that it is the only logical IFO source. To be on the conservative side, let's leave this one as indeterminate for now, pending the results of an FOIA inquiry.
Detailed reports and documents
Investigation Activity Log [incl pdf below] (Frans Ridge, FI/SD-MUFON)
docs/880510newhaven_docs.pdf (Fran Ridge)
Witness drawing of object by Staff Artist (Robert Taylor)
Map of tri-state showing sighting location
Witness drawing of area and object path