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.

Silver Disc Shot Down Over Rockford
April 8, 1955
Rockford, Illinois

??? local
Duration not given
aircraft jet interceptor
United States
sev observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
April 8, 1955; Rockford, Illinois
GOC members, on watch, witnessed a UFO near their post and sent in a report to the Filter Center in Chicago. Within minutes, jets were up on an intercept mission, and, according to them, fired on the mysterious object, causing it to explode. Before the explosion, however, GOC reported that a smaller round object shot out of the side of the parent device, then, in horizontal flight, passed up the jets, after which it was seen to turn on edge and disappear straight up into the sky. John C. Gregory, Civil Defense Director, Rockford, Illinois, reported the object was said to be 1/4 mile in diameter! NICAP note on the file card says: "Gregory claims AF has movies of entire operation."  My check with the Blue Book files shows it mentioned in the April 1955 Sighting Listing.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/550408rockford_NICAP (Jean Waskiewicz)
bb/NARA-PBB1-125.jpg (Fran Ridge)
reports/550408rockford_CRIFO.htm (Mary Castner)
reports/550408rockford_FSR.htm (Jean Waskiewicz)

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