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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.

Air Force C-47 Encounters Maneuvering Light
Sept. 2, 1953
Sidi Slimane AFB, French Morocco

9:14 p.m. local
Duration 3 mins
aircraft C-47
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 2, 1953; Sidi Slimane AFB, French Morocco (BBU)
9:14 p.m. Lt. Col. William Moore and 1st Lt. J. H. McInnis. (Berliner)

Dan Wilson:
Sept. 2, 1953; Sidi Slimane AFB, French Morocco (BBU)
9:14 p.m. local. An unidentified flying object was sighted by the crew of a USAF C-47 on a routine training flight. The light was first observed at an estimated altitude of 4,000 feet above the C-47. The object's rate of closure was very fast and followed a near collision course in relation to the C-47. The approaching object, when level with the C-47, excuted a 180 degree descending turn at high speed. The object then made a second 180 degree turn to an altitude of approximately 700 feet, followed by a 90 degree turn toward the main highway that parallels the Sidi Slimane AFB at which point it appeared stationary. It then disappeared. The observers flew the C-47 in a 360 degree circle in order to continue the observation of the object. The light was seen for approximately three minutes. There were no reported aircraft in the area.

J. Allen Hynek:
(23 November 1953) The Sidi Slimane sighting is definitely puzzling and will probably have to remain on the books as unexplained.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/530902morocco_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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