TENNESSEE MILITARY DISTRICT
NASHVILLE 4, TENNESSEE
27 July 1953
SUBJECT: Air Space Violation at Oak Ridge, Tennessee
THRU: Commanding General
Fort McPherson, Georgia
ATTN: AC of S. G2
TO: The Adjutant General
Washington 25 D.C.
- 1. Reference: Section VIII, paragraph 73b, AR 380-5.
- 2. The following report of unidentified objects by Norman
Acting Chief, Review and Analysis Section, AEC, has been received from
the Senior Instructor, USAR Instructor Group, Oak Ridge, Tennessee,
and is transmitted herewith in accordance with directive cited in
paragraph 1, above:
"At approximately 3:00 P.M. on July 19, 1953, an F-86
aircraft was observed
flying over the Oak Ridge residential area, making circles at what
to the writer to be approximately 2,500 or 3,500 feet. The F-86 flew
the area in this manner for approximately ten or fifteen minutes. The
together with his wife, observed the aircraft through a pair of six
field glasses. After the aircraft flew in what appeared to be the
of Knoxville, Tennessee, a black object moved out of a high white
directly over the area the F-86 had been flying. This object began to
at a tremendous speed, in a large circle. This action on the part of
unknown object continued for at least five minutes. During the circle
this object, it appeared at times to be in the shape of a cigar and at
other times round."
"This object was extremely black in color, having an
appearance of a deep
black metal exterior with a fine gloss. It did not leave a vapor trail
were there any lights of shine noticed. No sound was heard. The object
flew east at a tremendous speed for what appeared to be approximately
three miles where it stopped. The object was then joined by two more
of these same objects. A formation similar to a spread "V" was formed
and the objects, at a tremendous speed flew in an eastward direction."
3. Further information will be reported as received.
FOR THE CHIEF:
Captain, ASC Asst. Adjutant