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Rectangular Object Follows Lead Aircraft
April 27, 1950
Hachinohe, Japan

2:45 p.m. local
Duration ???
aircraft F-80C
2 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
April 27, 1950; 10 miles NE of Camp Haugen, near Hachinohe, Japan (BBU)
2:45 p.m. Misawa AFB 7th Fighter Bomber Sq USAF pilot 2nd Lt. James Henry Petty was flying F-80C jet fighter in a slight turn to the left at 25,000 ft 320 mph (IAS?) heading NE about 45 azimuth to meet up with a lead aircraft (apparently another F-80C) piloted by Lt. Sofbom of 7th Fighter Bomber Sq, also heading NE at 45 at this point in a sharper gradual left turn, when he saw an unidentified object about 3 miles away at his 2 o'clock position (about ENE) following the lead aircraft in a tracking position about 1,000 ft below and to the right-rear [about 5 o'clock position roughly 1 mile away] from the lead aircraft traveling about 275-300 mph, silhouetted against clouds. During the lead aircraft's wide left turn that eventually resulted in a 260 heading, the UFO accelerated and pulled up to level position [at 3 o'clock] and climbed to the lead planes altitude while the F-80C rapidly approached and overflew both the lead aircraft and UFO, having to climb (slightly) to avoid collision [now heading about NW about 315], but getting "a very good look from the top and both sides" of the UFO, Petty saw that it was a rectangular cream-colored flat object appearing to be made of "muslin" about 20 ft high, 60 ft long, but only about 2 inches thick, oriented vertically, not reflecting sunlight despite bright sun, no exhaust, no apparent means of propulsion, not wavering or fluttering. Petty first thought it was an aerial tow target but knew there was no aerial gunnery scheduled. After being overflown, UFO pulled away from lead aircraft, accelerated to 600 mph on a 330 heading [climbed to 28,000 ft?], overtook and crossed in front of Petty's F-80C from behind and left to right [from about Petty's 7 o'clock to 1 o'clock positions] and disappeared in the distance against a clear sky. Similar incident next day near Wakkanai. (Jan Aldrich; Weinstein)

Detailed reports and documents
docs/500427japan_docs.pdf (Fran Ridge & Robert Powell)

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