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.

RCAF Pilot Photographs Object Radiating Power
Aug. 27, 1956
Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

7:20 p.m. MST
aircraft F-86
1 observer
No radar contact

Bruce Maccabee:
Aug. 27, 1956; Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada
7:20 p.m. A Royal Canadian Air Force pilot while flying at an altitude of about 11 km saw and photographed a very  bright, disc-like object that was remaining stationary near a thunderhead.  An analysis of the photograph suggests that it would have been radiating in excess of a gigawatt of power within the spectral range of the film. About 20 minutes before sunset the pilot was flying nearly due west over the Canadian Rockies near Ft. MacCleod, Alberta (49.5 degrees latitude, 113.5 degree longitude).   He was flying at 36,000 ft in the second position (far left side) of a formation of four F-86 Sabre jet aircraft. While approaching a large thunderhead (cumulonimbus) at a ground speed of about 400 kts (740 km/hr) he saw, at a much lower altitude, a "bright light which was sharply defined and disc-shaped" or "like a shiny silver dollar sitting horizontal"

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