Category 11 Case Directory
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AVCAT is a special project being conducted by NICAP, with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of AIRCAT, Dr. Richard Haines, and other sources, to create a comprehensive listing of sightings from aircraft with detailed documentation from these sources, including Projects SIGN, GRUDGE & BLUE BOOK.

C-47 Crew Encounter Object Near "Gopher"
Jan. 22, 1951
Holloman AFB, New Mexico

10 a.m. EST
Duration 3 min+
aircraft C-47
United States
4 observer
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Jan. 22, 1951; 50 miles SE [ESE?] of Holloman AFB, New Mexico (BBU)
10 a.m. (EST [sic; PST?] 11 ? a.m.). Pilots Capt. Ernest W. Spradley of Aerial Photo Lab and Capt. James E. Cocker of All-Weather Flying Division both AMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, a General Mills Aeronautical lab project engineer Mr. McAleese [sp?] and an airman, were flying in a C-47 heading E [ESE?] at about 10,000-12,000 ft and tracking a Project GOPHER plastic balloon at about 50,000-70,000 ft when they saw a bright star-like object seemingly next to the pear-shaped balloon or above and to the side. As they approached and flew under the balloon they noticed the object descend to the balloon's level and grow larger in apparent size until about 1/4 to 1/2 the 70 ft balloon, when it appeared to be round and flat like a dime, milky white or silvery in color with a clear outline. Cocker and McAleese left the cockpit went to the astrodome to observe the object. After 3 mins they saw the object separate from the balloon and head W at high speed, after about 1 min it emitted a series of 3 bright flashes like photoflashes at 1 sec intervals and disappeared from sight. (Jan Aldrich; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
January 22, 1951; 50 miles SE of Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Project Blue Book Evaluation: Other (Gas from Balloon)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/510122holloman_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
nmexico/sandsmiscl.htm (Dan Wilson)

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