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.

F-51 Trailed By Object / Lt. Roe Sighting
June 23, 1954
Near Columbus, Ohio

9:00 p.m. EST
Duration 45 mins
aircraft F-51
United States
1 observer
Yes radar contact

Brad Sparks:
June 23, 1954. 10 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio (BBU)
8 [9?] p.m. Pilot Capt. Harry Roe, Jr., flying Ohio Air National Guard F-51 fighter at 240 mph from Dayton to Columbus saw round white object with no exhaust trailing the fighter in the same position a little above and behind him at close range, detected on airborne radar [?]. Roe maneuvered to try to lose the object or collide with it but it remained in relatively the same position to the aircraft until it departed to the SE. Ground controller radar tracked object [?]. (Sparks; Project 1947; NARCAP)

Dan Wilson:
June 23, 1954; Between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio (BBU)
9:00 p.m. EST. WSW of Columbus. Lt. Harry Roe stated that the object chased him from Columbus to Dayton, and he then chased it back to Columbus.At 2130 hours S/Sgt Maynard Harris, Radar Control Operator at WPAFB, was contacted by the Dayton Municipal Airport who ask if his radar was working. They ask Sgt Harris to try to pick up Lt. Roe and an unknown object on his radar if possible. Roe's position was given to Sgt Harris and he plotted two targets on his scope. One he surmised to be Lt. Roe's F-51, the other which was first following Lt. Roe and then passed him by seemed to be an object with a great amount of speed. Sgt Harris requested that two F-86's who were up in the Columbus area, to have a look see, which proved negative. In a tentative analysis it was indicated that the unidentified object was not a jet, not a canopy reflection, and not a weather balloon. (Sgt Harris also stated that a pilot of a C-47, serial number 263, complained of something following him. At 10:00 p.m., Major Frank J. Gshwandtner and 2nd Lt. Robert P. Lommori, flying in the Columbus area in an RB-47E aircraft observed a white object the size of a baseball at 25,000 feet. The object was extremely fast. The object made a gradual turn and began a slight climb. It then flew out of sight. The length of the observation was 30 seconds.  A radio transmission from WPAFB put the crew on alert. Separate report)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/540623columbus_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/540623columbus_thread.htm (thread)

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