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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.

Pilot Observes Discus From PT-19
February 27, 1950
Coulterville, Illinois

7:00 am
Duration 15 mins
aircraft PT19
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Feb. 27, 1950.  Coulterville, Illinois (BBU)
7 a.m.  Pilot and aircraft mechanic Richard Lemmon was flying [SE] from Wood River to Du Quoin, Illinois, in a PT-19 light training aircraft with his wife, at 2,000 ft when he noticed an object near Coulterville, and he alerted Mrs. Lemmon who then saw the object.  He climbed to 5,000 feet at 140-150 mph where he appeared to be at the same level with the object, reaching as close as 1/2 mile away.  Object was in the shape of a discus about 60 feet in diameter, 10 feet thick in the middle and thinner at the edges, with a high metallic shine.  Lemmon flew above, below and to side of object to be sure it was real and no reflection or illusion.  No markings or breaks in the metal for windows or rotors, etc., but had impression of "cuts of a piece of a pie."  No flames, smoke or vapor trails.  Object was highly maneuverable and made several turns, right and left, up and down.  Object tilted in the direction of motion with no distinguishable front or rear.  No visible means of propulsion.   Lemmon tried to buzz people on the ground to look up at the object.   Object picked up speed to disappear at "great speed" [near Pinckneyville/ Du Quoin?].  (Sparks;  BB files;  Project 1947 website;  NICAP website;  UP, Du Quoin, Ill., March 14, 1950;  Loren Gross Jan-March 1950, pp. 26, 93)  15 mins  2 witnesses  2 Full Moons

Detailed reports and documents
reports/500227coulterville_report.htm (Fran Ridge)

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