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Dome-Shaped Object Lands In Ravine
March 24 (26?), 1967
Belt, Montana

A Hynek 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.

Dan Wilson:
March 24 (26?), 1967; Belt, Montana (BBU 11551) *
9 p.m. Truck driver Ken Williams saw a dome-shaped object emitting a bright light, land in a ravine. As he approached, it took off and settled back, hidden from the highway. Numerous other reports came in from this area and at dawn police and a Malmstrom AFB helicopter made a search without success. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia 827) Belt, Montana, located in the area of Alpha Flight Minuteman ICBM Launch Facilities, Malmstrom AFB.

Frans Ridge:
This incident use to be directly connected to the "Echo Flight" incident of March 16, 1967. However, Robert Salas now agrees with Robert Hastings that these incidents probably occurred on two separate days. This alternate time-line is based on the testimony of Bob Jamison. In light of that, we propose that the Oscar Flight shutdown probably took place on the night of March 24/25, 1967--the same night as this Belt, MT incident. * (The Echo Flight shutdown is documented as having occurred on March 16, 1967, in the 341st Missile Wing unit history.

Detailed reports and documents
bb/NARA-PBB1-416.jpg [Belt, Montana] .jpg
reports/670324belt_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/670324belt_report2.htm [transcriptions] (Rich Vitello)

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