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A Primer
The Mantell Case (7 pages) - Report on Unidentified Flying Objects - Captain Edward J. Ruppelt
1952 "LIFE" article mentions Mantell Case as "unsolved" (1 page) - Francis Ridge
Confusion About Mantell Incident 4 Years Later? - Fran Ridge
Crash Photos - Wendy Connors

Project Blue Book Documents 
Big object not Skyhook 150 miles away
NARA-PBB2 824, 853-855, MAXW-PBB3 710-712 - SP - Obj. 250-300' In Diameter - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN1 280 - More Mention of Very Large Object Over Mansville, KY / Blackwell - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN1-376 - Air Inspector Confirms Object Hundreds of Feet In Diameter - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3 680-681 - BB Docs Mention Mantell's Comments - Francis Ridge

More documents from Air Force files - General
Project Blue Book Archives: 39 Results for "Mantell"
Project Blue Book Archives: 14 Results for "Skyhook"
NARA-PBB1-15 - Jan-Feb-March 1948 Sightings (note "explanations") - Francis Ridge

Documents - Specific
USAF-SIGN7 26-28 - Deyarmond: Object Not Venus - Case Unexplained (3 pages) - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3 713 to 722 - Loedding: No reports...until further notice - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN1 376-377 - Others Report UFO / Loedding Stops Reports - Tom DeMary
NARA-PBB86-226-227,230-239- Checklist and Reports (6) - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3 697-698 - Request by Col. Clingerman for Info on Position of Venus - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3-657 to 666 - Maps - Francis Ridge
MAXW-PBB3 668-677 - The Mantell Incident Report (10 pages) - Francis Ridge
MAXW-PBB3-678 to 695 - Checklist - UFOs - Forms (19 pages) - Francis Ridge
USAF-SIGN1-526 - Cpl. Hudson At Clinton AFB Monitors Godman Tracking (3 pages) - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN1-367 - Investigation Status to Loedding Refused / Re: Duessler Absent (1 page) - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN1-295 - Request for Transcription of Recording / Mantell (1 page) - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN8 217-218 - Albert R. Pickering VHF/DF Operator - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3-696 - Transcript of LD Phone Conversation between Loedding and Col. Davis - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3 700-702 - Godman Field Briefs of Daily Weather Requested - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3-699 - Theodolite Readings and Qualifications Requested - Dan Wilson

Witness Statements - Specific Individuals

Mantell Incident Statement Transcripts - Jean Waskiewicz
USAF-SIGN1-378 - Statement by Capt. Carter (1 page) - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN1 379-380 - Statement by Lt. Paul Orner (2 pages) - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN1-381 - Statement by Col. Guy Hix - Dan Wilson

Accident Report
Inquiry # 10-480107-1, Official Accident Report (127 pages) - Archives for UFO Research - J. Waskiewicz
Transcripts of Accident Report Pages - Jean Waskiewicz 
MAXW-PBB3-707 Police Officer Joe Walker conducted an investigation of Mantell crash (1 page) - Dan Wilson
USAF-SIGN1-309-312 - Accident Report (5-pages) - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3 746-782 - AAF Report of Major Accident (39 pages) - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3-709 - 1964 CARI Letter on Similar Crash (1 page) - Dan Wilson
MAXW-PBB3-783 to 799 - 8x10 Glossy Photos of Remains of F-51 (18 pages) - Francis Ridge
NARA-PBB85-429-430 - Three sightings in Kentucky BEFORE and Ohio AFTER Mantell - Fran Ridge

The Press Transcripts
Jan. 7, 1948 - Weather Balloon Observed Here - Edwardsville (IL) Intelligencer
Jan. 8, 1948 - Balloon? Flying Saucer? Celestial Body? Well It's Anybody's Guess - Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle
Jan. 8, 1948 - Comet Over City Is Just Balloon - Nashville (TN) Tennessean
Jan. 8, 1948 - Strange Phenomena Seen In Sky HereWilmington (OH) News-Journal
Jan. 8, 1948 - Kentucky Flier Killed Chasing 'Saucer' - Nashville (TN) Banner
Jan. 9, 1948 - Chase For Flying Disk Blamed In Crash Death - Louisville Courier-Journal
Jan. 9, 1948 - Spyglasses Search Through the SW Sky But Great What-Was-It Keeps Out of Sight - Wilson
Jan. 9, 1948 - One Touch of Venus: Pilots Chase 'Disk' (Or Planet) - Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal
Jan. 9, 1948 - New 'Flying Saucers' Excite Kentucky Neighboring States - Lexington (KY) Herald
Feb. 13, 1951 - Skyhook Balloons "Publicly Revealed", 1951 (2 pages) - New York (AP)
Nov. 21 1952 - Air Force Reveals Saucer Pursuit Report - Lima (OH) News

Magazine Articles
Ky. State Patrol Officer Sgt. Worful - Wilson/Press
May 1948 - Popular Science - "Are Secret Balloons the Flying Saucers?" - Not Secret - Brad Sparks

Background Information

Who was Alfred Loedding? May 5, 1948 Memo by Miles Goll
P-51 Mustang photo (P-51 = "Pursuit"; F-51 = "Fighter")
The P-51 Mustang (Ace Pilots page)
More on the P-51 Mustang (WPAFB Museum)
The Skyhook Balloon (also Mogul) - Wikipedia
Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky (aerial view) - Dan Wilson

Other Writings
Captain Thomas Francis Mantell, Jr. (3 pages) - Military.state.ky.us/kyngemus/mantell.htm 
UFOs: A History 1948 (12 pages) - January to July - Loren Gross
The Mantell Case (10 pages) - From the unpublished original manuscript - Captain Edward J. Ruppelt
The Original Mantell Story - Ch. II, Flying Saucers Are Real (8 pages) - Maj. Donald Keyhoe
The Original Mantell Story - Ch.V, Flying Saucers Are Real (10 pages) - Maj. Donald Keyhoe
The Mantell Incident (7 pages) - Jerome Clark
Mantell's F-51 Was Not Oxygen Equipped (2 pages) - Dick Hall
UFO Intelligence Summary: 1948 (1 page) -Francis Ridge/UFO Filter Center
The Mantell Case:  A New Look  (12 pages) - Michael Hall & Wendy Connors
Mantell Case Update (2 pages) - Jerry Washington & Annie MacFie
A UFO Classic:  The Mantell Case (7 pages) - Lee R. Trail, Kentucky MUFON
Pilot Thomas Mantell UFO Encounter & Crash (2 pages) - Lee Trail & Lou Farish
Captain Mantell's Death Chasing A UFO (3 pages) - Frank Warren/Rense.com
This Month In UFO History - January (Mantell) (22 pages) - James Neff/Rense.com
Air Intelligence Report 203 Confirms Mantell's Last Message (3 pages) - Fran Ridge
Top Secret Air Intelligence Report No. 100-203-79 (ordered destroyed) - (full 19 pages in pdf)
An Analysis of the Mantell UFO Case (5 parts, 40 pages) - Kevin Randle
An Analysis of the Thomas Mantell UFO Case (35 page pdf file) - Kevin Randle
Plaque Remembering Thomas F. Mantell Jr. - Wendy Connors
Part II of Greenwood's Report on CUFOS site
Mantell, A Mystery? (6 pages) - Brad Sparks
Mantell May Have Regained Conciousness (1 page) - Joel Carpenter
Climbing Speed Not Same As Maximum Speed (425 mph) (1 page) - Don Ledger
Pickering Re-interviewed by Bill Jones, April 12, 1977 (8-pages) - Bill Jones (Dan Wilson)
ufocentral.org/greenwood/mantell/ site Newsclips, Maps, Skyhook Launch Charts - Mary Castner
Greenwood/Mantell/Map - Joel Carpenter (1.5 MB file)
Chapter Three - The Ruppelt Manuscript (13 pages) - Jean Waskiewicz
Ruppelt and the EOTS - Did Vandenburg See It? - Fran Ridge
Thomas Mantell Dies Chasing UFO - About UFOs - Billy Booth
Mantel Case Cover-Up - Brad Sparks (ftr but outdated - see others by Sparks)
Transcript of May 23, 2006 interview with Francis Ridge by WFIE TV-14's Drew Speier
Transcript of June 28, 2006 interview with Francis Ridge by WFIE TV-14's Drew Speier, aired July 26
Mantell Stories / WFIE Email Thread - Fran Ridge & Drew Speier

* DREW SPEIER, a multiple award-winning journalist, is the 5pm anchor and 10pm lead reporter for WFIE-TV in Evansville, Indiana.  Drew left News 12 New Jersey, where he worked as weekend anchor/reporter.  He is a journalism/political science graduate of Texas State University.