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A/c Sees Object Maneuver and Land
Jan. 10, 1961
Wichita Falls (Benjamin), Texas


Brad Sparks:
Jan. 10, 1961; Wichita Falls, Kansas (BBU)
(McDonald list)

Dan Wilson:
Jan. 10, 1961; Wichita Falls, Texas
9:18 p.m. CST. A round, bright, white light, with an amber-red color on its lower side was observed from a Beechcraft Debonair aircraft flying from Tulsa, Okla. to Abilene, Texas. The plane was approximately 15 miles from Wichita Falls on an outbound heading at an altitude of 6,500 feet and at a speed of 160 mph. Thinking the object was an aircraft in trouble, the pilot took up course of 268 degrees toward Benjamin, Texas, in pursuit of the object. At approximately 9:24 p.m., the object disappeared toward the ground near Benjamin. About 10 seconds later a red flash was seen on the ground. The aircraft continued toward a red glow at the point of the flash and at about 9:29 p.m. another red flash on the ground was observed. At a point about 4 1/2 miles from Benjamin, the aircraft flew directly over the area of the red glows. The two red glows were approximately 1/4 mile apart. The aircraft circled the area with its landing lights on in an attempt to guide men on the ground to the source of the glows. The aircraft ran low on fuel and the search was discontinued. Duration: Approx. 6 minutes in the air (Dan Wilson)

Fran Ridge:
Jan. 10, 1961; Benjamin, Texas
Glowing red, zigzagging UFO observed from air by pilot (also from ground by others); maneuvered and landed on large overgrown field. [NICAP UFOE, V]. There is no Wichita Falls, Kansas. This is historically interesting and occurred in Texas. It is also doublelisted as an AVCAT. OSI document says crash reported and mention of "Moon Dust", asks ATIC to come to the scene. "September 28, 1960, a crash reported to Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas. Crash at a point eight miles west of Wichita Falls. Command notification has been made to ATIC for a team to come to the scene, based upon personal evaluation of the Assistant Provost Marshal, Sheppard AFB, who has had experience with 'Moon Dust'. Sheppard Air Force Base Provost Marshal has custody of debris."


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