Category 11 Case Directory
Rating: 5  


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 Comes Directly At Pilot
Aug. 27, 1951
Vandalia, Illinois

Bt. 8:00 - 8:30  p.m. local
Duration ???
aircraft not given (1 transport)
United States
Private & Transport
5 observers (?)
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Aug. 27, 1951; Vandalia, Illinois (BBU)
8 p.m. Private pilot Raymond Williams was on the runway about to take off when he saw a large blinding orange light to the SW, radioed the CAA tower but light went out. After takeoff he saw the object again, noticing it was not an airplane, the light was at one end of the object and had a small red light on top, and it came directly at him, circled his plane twice, then headed  to W to Greenville. Williams followed, saw object circle Greenville twice then return E towards Vandalia. Commercial pilot at 20,000 ft radioed he also saw the object. (NARCAP; FUFOR Index)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/510827vandalia_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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