Category 11 Case Directory
  SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT 
 
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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.

The Sandy Hook / T-33 Incident
Sept. 10, 1951
Sandy Hook, New Jersey


11:35 a.m. EDT
Duration 2 mins+
T-33 aircraft
United States
Military
2 observer
No EMI
No radar contact

Updates: Drafted 22 Nov 2000, Update 10 Aug 2006, RADCAT 30 April 2010
Brad Sparks:

11:35-11:37 a.m. (EDT) USAF pilots Lt. Wilbert S. Rogers and Major Ezra S. Ballard flying in a T-33 at 20,000 ft from Dover AFB, Delaware, to Mitchel AFB, New York, on a NNE course at 450 mph saw a silvery metallic discus-shaped 30-50 ft object to their 11 o'clock position below their altitude viewed against the Sandy Point area and silhouetted against the ground. Rogers immediately turned left and descended to intercept the object which then banked, revealing its flat round profile, no appendages, no trail, and curved in more tightly on the turn than the T-33, covering an estimated 30-50 n. mi. in 2 minutes (about 1,000-1,500 mph), and seen projected against the ground near Red Bank and Freehold, New Jersey, as the T-33 descended to 17,000 ft, accelerated to 550 mph and covering about 120° of its 360° turn during the sighting. The object passed within about 8,000 ft distance of the T-33, descending from about 12,000 to 5,000 ft and headed at high speed out to sea near Pt. Pleasant at about 120° heading until disappearance.

Fran Ridge:

This case caused a major stir at the Pentagon. Radar case at Fort Monmouth preceded this incident. Before our our research efforts (T-33 pilot reports to the media) all we had was the GRUDGE Report and this final statement by Capt. Ruppelt: "The UFO that the student radar operator had assumed to be traveling at a terrific speed because he couldn't lock on to it turned out to be a 400-mile-an-hour conventional airplane. He had just gotten fouled up on his procedures for putting the radar set on automatic tracking. The sighting by the two officers in the T-33 jet fell apart when Metscher showed how they'd seen a balloon."  Brad Sparks analysis proves that the T-33 was NOT chasing a balloon. (See below).

Detailed reports and documents
Sandy Hook Incident
My brief comments on the case
NARA-PBB89 434 - Jet Chases Weird Object 30 Miles - Washington Daily News (Dan Wilson)
NARA-PBB85 540-548 - GRUDGE Status Rep. No. 1 / Ft. Monmouth [T-33] Inc. (Dan Wilson)
NARA-PBB89 1174-1175 - Balloon Releases from Fort Monmouth (Dan Wilson)
NARA-PBB89 1177-1182 - Newspaper Release Concerning UFO - 11 Sep 1951 (Dan Wilson)
NARA-PBB89 1186 - Memorandum for Mr. Levy - Release of Information to the Press (Dan Wilson)
NARA-PBB89 1189 - Maj. Barron Released Certain Information to the Press (Dan Wilson)
NARA-PBB89 1194-1198 - Report of Telephone Conversation / Fort Monmouth Incident (Dan Wilson)
NARA-PBB89 1199-1201 - Airmen Overheard In Diner, Unusual Object Sighted (Fran Ridge)
NARA-PBB89 1207-1208 - AIIR, Sept 10, 1951, Sandy Hook (Dan Wilson)
NARA-PBB89 1209 - Statement of Wilbert S. Rogers (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB9 203-205 - Interrogation of Rogers and Ballard (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1466-1471 - Sept. 10, 1951, Sandy Hook, NJ / Re: Ft. Monmouth (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1501-1502 - Message to JEDWP/CG ADC Wright Pat. AFB, Dayton, OH (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1503-1504 - Rep. of Info on Unconventional Aircraft / Sandy Hook, NJ (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1505-1508 - Col. Taylor Making Quick Trip to Washington (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1510 - Pilot Says He Saw Odd Object Speed Over Coast at 900 M.P.H. (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1511-1512 - Statements on UFO Sighting Over Sandy Hook (Dan Wilson)
Incoming Classified Message - RADNOTE - Report and Analysis of Fort Monmouth Incident (Dan Wilson)

Fort Monmouth Incident
MAXW-PBB8-1269 - Aug-Sept BB Sighting Printout (Fran Ridge)
NARA-PBB89 1184-1185 - Memorandum for Mr. Levy - Release of Information (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1481-1482 - Ft. Monmouth Case / Violation of AFR 205-1 (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1520-1521 - Fort Monmouth Air Intelligence Information Report (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB8 1531-1546 - Transcript of Investigation of Fort Monmouth Sightings (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB9 161-162 - Sept. 10, 1951, Fort Monmouth, Several Objects Sighted (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB9 164-173 - Fort Monmouth & Sandy Hook Witnesses (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB9 180 - General Information, Weather for Fort Monmouth (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB9 183-186 - Statmnts Fr. Members Radar Trng Detachmt, Ft. Monmouth (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB9 189 - EADF Reply Concerning Unusual Occurrences at Fort Monmouth (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB9 198 - ADC Requests Full Evaluation of Observations Near Asbury Park (Dan Wilson)
FBI - Confidential Report on Fort Monmouth Radar Incident - Pages 31-34 (Dan Wilson)

Other News Clippings
2 in Jet Chase 'Flying Saucer' Going 900 M.P.H. Over New Jersey
Pilots See 900-MPH 'Saucer' In Flight Over Coast of New Jersey
Mystery 'disc' spotted over N.J.
Pilot Says He Saw Odd Object Speed Over Coast at 900 M.P.H.
900 MPH 'Disc' Chased Over N.J.
Here's That Flying Saucer Again -- 2 AF Jet Pilots Lose It At 900 MPH
450 MPH Jet Tails 900 MPH 'Thing' Over N.J.

Reference Material
The Fort Monmouth/Sandy Hook, N.J., UFO Incidents, Sept. 10, 1951 (Fran Ridge)
The Fort Monmouth Story - Too Many Coincidences (Captain Edward J. Ruppelt)
The Ruppelt Notes - (Robert Swiatek, FUFOR)
The Fort Monmouth Case: A New Look (Wendy Connors & Michael Hall)
ATIC Case File Map Showing Location of the Incident (Wendy Connors)
Desk Pad for September 1951 Showing Notes (Mike Hall)
Evaluation of the Fort Monmouth Incident (James E McDonald)
Analysis Proves  T-33 Was Not Chasing A Balloon (Brad Sparks)
UFO Updates Rebuttal - Further Analysis (Brad Sparks)
Another Case Update (Brad Sparks)
Setting the Stage for Monmouth (Joel Carpenter)
UFO Intelligence Summary - July-Dec 1961 (Fran Ridge)
5 March 1952, Letter to CSI on Fort Monmouth Case

The T-33 Jet Trainer


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