Category 11 Case Directory
SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT
Preliminary Rating: 2
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Duration 4 secs
No radar contact
April 14, 1958; Lynchburg, Virginia (BBU 5763)
1 [12:20?] p.m. USAF Maj. D. G. Tilley, flying C-47 transport, saw a grey-black rectangular object rotate very slowly on its horizontal axis. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)
April 14, 1958; Lynchburg, Virginia
12:20 p.m. EST. Major D. G. Tilley was flying a C-47 at 6,000 feet altitude when a grey-black rectangular object that was rotating slowly around a central axis appeared at 15 to 20 degrees above the horizon in a straight path and passed below the left wing at a distance estimated at 1,000 feet. The object appeared to be made of heavy iron of solid construction and slightly molten. The object was on a a slight descending path and was lost from sight as it plunged into the ground. The length of observation was approximately 4 seconds.
Although very brief, this was a DAYLIGHT sighting and apparently not a meteor but possibly a piece of an aircaft. BB carried this as an UNKNOW (5763) and report shows this was a CIRVIS report from the 836th Air Division. Report says object disappeared behind the aircraft but the more detailed questionaire (Form 164) says it was seen to fall behind some trees and into the ground. AF was concerned abot this but it doesn't appear to be a good UFO report.
Detailed reports and documents
reports/580414lynchburg_report.htm (Dan Wilson)