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.

Object Circles Base At High Speed / Touches Down
Jan. 7, 1948
Lockbourne AFB, Ohio

7:15 p.m. EST
Duration 38 mins
C-54 aircraft +
United States
Multiple observer air/gnd
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
This was a major discovery by Dan Wilson on June 2, 2006, during our re-investigation, which put an active UFO into the region and then the tracking with Plan 62 across the midwest.(See June 4, 2006 report below). On December 22, 2010 Dan located 45 more documents. And thanks to Jean Waskiewicz, the resized docs were put into a pdf file for the report linked below.

Dan Wilson:
After the fantastic ball made a high speed, six mile circle of the entire airbase, it returned to its original position over the runway where it drifted around awhile and then dipped down touching a grass strip that was a cleared extension of the runway. Pickering was warned not to discuss the UFO incident with anyone. (See USAF-SIGN8-217 & 218  below and provided as evidence in the redacted one-page version of those two docs in document MAXW-PBB3-704)

Brad Sparks:

Jan. 7, 1948.  Lockbourne AFB, Columbus, Ohio (BBU)
7:15 p.m. (EST).  Lockbourne Tower operators, Air Traffic Controller and pilot Alex A. Boudreaux and VHF DF Operator and amateur astronomer Frank M. Eisele, 103rd AACS Sq, sighted an bright object to the SW of the airfield which appeared and disappeared intermittently.  Fighter pilot USAF Capt. Charles E. McGee, Asst. Operations Ofcr., Lockbourne AFB, sighted the object on runway 23 landing approach when he was at about 1800 ft and the light seemed to be at about 3,000 ft to the SW about 4-5 miles away, later on the ground sighted it to the W about 6-7 miles away.  USAF VHF Direction-Finding (DF) Operator and pilot Albert R. Pickering, Detachment 733, 103rd AACS Sq, Lockbourne AFB, was awakened by the sudden emergence of a lighted amber-color round or oval object about the size of a C-47 or larger [60+ ft] dropping out of the overcast bank 10,000 ft overhead.  Lockbourne Control Tower at the same time radioed report of the object, which then maneuvered over to Commercial Point about 3-5 miles away to the WSW, then made 3 full 360° circles over one spot in 30-40 secs per turn diameter about 2 miles [about 600-700 mph at 7 g’s centripetal acceleration] over the runway, at a speed of 500+ mph, leaving a luminous amber-colored tail or exhaust about 5x its length.  Then the UFO went to another location and did more 360° turns.  Disappeared into the overcast at one point for 1 min then reappeared.  Just before departing UFO hovered or “appeared to touch down” on the grass extension past the end of the Lockbourne AFB runway for 10 secs then left at 120° (ESE) heading into the overcast.  Also sighted by pilot of USAF 9944 a C-45 at 5,000 ft off right wing at 7:53 p.m.  (Sparks;  APRO 1977;  BB Sign Microfilm Roll 1, pp. 245-265;  NICAP)

Detailed reports and documents
USAF-SIGN8-217 & 218 (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB3-379-429; 45 more documents - (Dan Wilson & Jean Waskiewicz)
MAXW-PBB3-704 (Dan Wilson).
mantell/mantell_part_2_11.htm (A-Team)

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