Category 11 Case Directory
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AVCAT is a special project being conducted by NICAP, with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of AIRCAT, Dr. Richard Haines, and other sources, to create a comprehensive listing of sightings from aircraft with detailed documentation from these sources, including Projects SIGN, GRUDGE & BLUE BOOK.

Capt. Willis Sperry Sighting
May 29, 1950
Mt. Vernon, Virginia

9:20 pm
Duration ???
aircraft DC-6
United States
8-10 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
May 29, 1950; About 7 miles W of Mt. Vernon, Virginia (BBU)
9:20 p.m. Capt. Willis T. Sperry with about 10,000 flying hours, copilot Bill Gates, flight engineer Robert Arnholt, a stewardess and 2-3 or 8 passengers on a DC-6 airliner headed 230 (about SW) out of Washington, D.C., en route to Nashville, at 7,500 ft at 250 mph, saw a spindle-shaped 150 ft long metallic object with intense blue light (about mag. -6) on the tail, beginning with Gates who sighted blue light from their DC-6 airliner on headon collision course. Sperry made evasive 45 turn to the right (to 275 heading), object passed from 11 o'clock to 7 o'clock position (about 125 or SE) to the left at slightly higher altitude meanwhile crossing in front of upper part of full moon to the S (at 145 or 159 azimuth 22 or 27 elevation, depending on whether EST or EDT time, 97% full) where submarine-like silhouette clearly seen, about 5 miles away. Sperry turned left back onto original course to get the object back in view, object may have stayed stationary about 30 secs at this point. Gates then noticed object circled around to the right side, Sperry banked right again, while the object paced the airliner about 20-30 secs before climbing to the E at a 30 angle at "fantastic" speed and disappearing. (Sparks)

Detailed reports and documents
The Captain Willis Sperry Incident (Loren Gross)
CIRVIS Report / Interview / Final Report??? (Fran Ridge)
Willis Sperry Bio (Paul Dean)

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