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Reddish Light Performs Maneuvers Near Airplane
Feb. 4, 1959
Swan Island, Gulf of Mexico

3 AM
45 secs Duration
DC6 aircraft
Gulf of Mexico
3 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
Feb. 4, 1959; Gulf of Mexico
Reddish light sped back and forth across course of Pan American Airways plane, then disappeared at high speed in vertical climb. [NICAP UFOE, V]

Bill Nash:
At 3 A.M., 2/4/59, enroute in a DC6B Aircraft flying from New Orleans, direct to Panama, Captain H. Dunker and his copilot and engineer saw an unexplainable device perform unexplainable maneuvers in the sky in front of them. They were just South of Swan Island at 17,500 ft when a reddish light sped across their course from their right to their left (West to East). About 45 lateral degrees to their left, it stopped abruptly with a rapid fade in color intensity. A few seconds later it sped back across their course to a position about 10 degrees to their right, and again stopped abruptly, in only a few more seconds, the object sped back to the 45 degree left position, again stopping "on a dime" and again, as each time before, with a quick fade of color intensity, when the object started to move again, it moved right straight up at the same tremendous speed until out of sight. Total sighting about 45 seconds. The pilots were impressed by the stops and accelerations, and can think of no other term to apply to the object than "UFO".

Detailed reports and documents
reports/590204swanisland_report.htm (Fran Ridge)

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