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Aircraft (2) Encounter Lights On Collision Course
March 5, 1954
Nouasseur AFB, French Morocco


7:15 p.m. local
Duration ?
aircraft KC-97 and C-54
French Morocco
Military
9 observers
No EMI
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
March 5, 1954; Nouasseur AFB, French Morocco (BBU 2926)
7:15, 7:38, 9:55 p.m. Crews of USAF KC-97 aerial tanker planes and a C-54 transport saw 1-2 white or amber objects or lights make passes at the aircraft on collision courses as they practiced GCA landings. At 7:15 p.m., KC-97 pilots Capt. G. E. Brown, 1st Lt.. L. B. Gordon and 1st Lt. J. P. Glover, 301st Air Refueling Sq, 301st Bomb Wing, while flying KC-97 to practice landing on 180° heading at 1,500 ft about 5-8 miles SW of Nouasseur base saw 2 white lights to the right at about the same altitude, with one light slightly lower than the other, appearing to be 2 aircraft in formation on collision course or "making a pass" forcing an evasive turn away by the KC-97. Later [at 8:20? 9:20?], after landing and takeoff they saw the same or similar 2 white lights on the same course from the S at 180° on a collision course and they made an evasive 360° turn. At 7:38 p.m. another KC-97 flown by pilots Capt. Robert R. Zadnick, Lt. Paul R. Fisher and Lt. George A. Kerr, also 301st ARS, 301st BW, on GCA landing at 180° heading at 1,500 ft about 5 miles SW of Nouasseur base saw a light at about the same altitude and to the left of course appearing to be headed W on a cross path or collision course, as it crossed it was seen to be 2 lights as if 2 jets in formation, no aircraft running lights. One light passed over and one under the KC-97. At 9:55 p.m., C-54 from Lagos, Nigeria, based at Kelly AFB, Texas, senior pilot Capt. William M. Pond, copilot Lt. I. W. Gilchrist and navigator Capt. James F. Pullen while flying at 2,000 ft on 170° heading on GCA landing at Nouasseur base saw white or amber light like an aircraft landing light at about the same altitude approaching on a collision course heading W 2-3 miles away, then turned onto a direct head on course, passing within 2 miles, then suddenly disappeared like turning off a light for 10-15 secs, then reappeared hovering, descended to ground then rose, and disappeared behind the C-54 after completing its turn onto final landing approach. No radar or other visual contact made. (Jan Aldrich)

Fran Ridge:
This is another Blue Book case THEY listed as Unknown (BBU 2926). There were three incidents. One was a ground radar they concluded was a ground reflection. The two aircraft incidents were listed separately and one was written off as Insufficient Data; the other, Unidentified. Since the latter could not be carried as Insufficient Data, it shows that BB could not dispense with it and this casts doubts on the other two they had written off.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/540305frenchmorocco_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
bb/NARA-PBB1-109.jpg (Fran Ridge)


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