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B47 Crew Sights "Football-Shaped" Object
Nov. 14. 1957
Nr. Hill City, Kansas

5:34 p.m. CST
Duration 8-9 mins
aircraft B-47E
United States
2 observer
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Nov. 14, 1957.  23 miles NE of Hill City, Kansas (BBU)
5:34 p.m. (CST).  USAF pilot Major William B. Taft and co-pilot 1st Lt. Joshua M. Hinson, flying B-47E bomber based at SAC 339th Bomb Squadron (Medium), Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas, at 36,000 ft true heading 183 degrees (true course ~174 degrees with 270 degree ~70 knot wind) at 410 knots true air speed.  Sighted oval metallic silver gray object shaped like a football but with rounder ends, and with a brighter Saturn-like like horizontal ring not extending beyond the edges of the oval.  Object was first seen about 25 degrees above the aircraft nose [~20 degrees above aircraft horizontal] and about 70 degrees to the right (~253 degrees true azimuth or nearly W) at about "2 o'clock high" stationary for about 4 minutes [8 mins?] 5,000 to 10,000 higher altitude (41,000 to 46,000 ft), then followed another B-47 headed in the opposite direction at same flight altitude (36,000 ft) north-bound true heading 360 degrees, about 20 NM to the W, remaining stationary above the other B-47 for about 1 minute as UFO and other B-47 fell behind to about "4 o'clock high" at 120 degrees relative bearing (~303 degrees true azimuth or about WNW) about 25 degrees above nose level [about same relative level] then rose vertically "very rapidly" accelerating until disappearing, brighter while in motion.  Dyess AFB ground observers suggested Venus was bright in the sky.  However the sun had not set yet at the B-47E's altitude (3 degrees to 2 degrees above earth's apparent horizon corrected for refraction) and Venus's position, corrected for refraction and B-47E altitude, was at 206 degrees to 208 degrees azimuth, elevation 24 degrees, in the SSW not W/ WNW about 47 degrees to 95 degrees away.  If UFO was about 1-2 miles higher, thus 3-6 miles distant, and angular size roughly pea at "arm's length" (about 1 Full Moon), then actual size ~100-200 ft.  (Sparks) 8-9 mins, 2 witnesses, ~1 Full Moon.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/571114hillcity_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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