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.

Ball With Golden Ring Stops Near F-9F
March 25, 1954
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

3:20 p.m. EST
Duration 15 secs +
aircraft F-9F Marine
United States
1 observer
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
March 25, 1954; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (BBU)
3:30 [3:20?] p.m. USMC pilot Capt. Dan Holland flying one of 3 jets with the 3rd Marine Air Wing on an E heading at Ft. Lauderdale at about 26,000 ft and 400+ mph saw a gleaming white ball­ shaped object with a gold ring around teh lower 1/3, about 2x size of his jet, descend vertically on a collision course, took evasive action, radioed the other jet pilots to look. Object suddenly stopped 3,000-4,000 ft above, he banked toward it and activated gun camera but object then accelerated and disappeared to the E at tremendous speed in about 15 secs. The other 2 pilots flying ahead of him did not see object. (Weinstein; NARCAP; BB files??; UFOE, IV)

Dan Wilson:
March 25, 1954; east of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (BBU)
3:20 p.m. local. A US Marine jet pilot, Captain Dan C. Holland, was in a formation flight with two other jets at 20,000 feet crossing the beach going eastward at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Holland describes what happened next, "I saw what looked like a falling star dropping vertically from above us. It was broad daylight- 3:20 P.M.  I moved out of the way- thought the thing was going to hit us, and called to the others to look. They never did see it, though. It startled me by suddenly stopping 3 or 4 thousand feet above us. It looked like a gleaming white ball with a gold ring around the lower 1/3 of the ball, and it was about 2 times the size of our jets. Then the thing accelerated faster than anything I've seen before and disappeared to the east at an amazing speed in about 15 seconds." (Reference: Typed report by William B. Nash after a phone conversation with Captain Dan C. Holland, part of APRO Files)

Detailed reports and documents
Saucer Skeptic Sees Object (Stars & Stripes article, pdf file)
Letter to Coral Lorenzen from William Nash (pdf file)
No Blue Book documents were located.

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