Feb. 15, 1954; Nr. Savannah River AEC site, South Carolina (BBU)
1954 UFO Chronology
and the Great Wave of 1954
Actual scope photos, near Bermuda (see July 3, 1954; Near Bermuda (BBU))
Created January 29, 2006; updated 5 May 2017
This is a comprehensive report listing on an on-going project involving a number of people. We wish to thank in particular, Rebecca Wise (Project Blue Book Archive), Jean Waskiewicz (database), Dan Wilson (digging out the cases from my checklist), Brad Sparks' (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns).NICAP Site Coordinator
This was the year of the Walesville crash, the BOAC case, the Sea Fury incident, and the famous Bermuda radar case, and many others. A significant number of unusual sightings occurred in Europe during what has become known as the "Great Wave of 1954" Much of this wave has already been documented in UFO literature, but what was not known until the release of the CIA files is the fact that the CIA collected many of the sightings through normal intelligence channels, something which they had supposedly fought to block with the Robertson Panel inquiry. (Clear Intent, 132) Examples of reports excerpted from official CIA information sheets are provided below in their chronological sequence. The CIA reports are mostly translated press clippings, newspaper and dates should have been included but were not available.
What may not be known is that the Anomalies Foundation: The Year In Photos (fotocat report #1) lists and documents 101 photographs in its 23-page report for that year alone. And just added to this chrono is The World-Wide Wave of 1954 by Don Johnson. A treasure trove for 1954 can be found in the Loren Gross collection below as well.
The 1954 Chronology_______________________________________________________
1954, Date Unknown; Dayton, Ohio.
Air Force Lt. Colonel saw two maneuvering UFOs. [UFOE, III]
Jan. 1,1954; Melbourne, Australia
10:15 hours (EST) Captain Douglas Barker, a pilot with Australian National Airways, reported that he was at his home in East Doncaster, Melbourne, Victoria. He reported a 'metallic, mushroom-shaped object' flying over the Yarra Valley towards Templestowe. He reportedly stated it was travelling at an estimated 700 miles per hour at an estimated height of 2000 feet. It's apparent size was given as four times that of a DC4 aircraft. It was oscillating rapidly in and out of thick cloud. Total duration of the sighting is given as 12 seconds. (Sources: (1) Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) Saturday Jan 2 1954 p.1. (2) The Argus (Melbourne) Saturday Jan 2 1954. (3) The Courier-Mail (Brisbane) Monday Jan 4 1954 p.5., UFOE, V)
Jan. 1, 1954; Toms River, Marlton, Woodbury, and Surf City, New Jersey (BBU)
10:35 p.m, 12:05 a.m. (Jan. 2). Navy pilot Lt. JG George G. Morgan of Lakehurst NAS, police chief (or captain?) Richard Clement, police officer Oliver G. Osborne and other officers, and 20+ other witnesses, saw 3-12 round or oval white objects with fuzzy edges slightly smaller than Full Moon angular size hovering in the sky to the S for 1.5 hours as 2 objects circled around one (in 2-4 secs) (seen to the ESE from Woodbury, SW from Surf City at high elevation), then switched places with each other. Some witnesses (such as Mrs. Worthington and son Norton in Woodbury) attempted to drive towards the objects to investigate. Objects suddenly departed to the SW at extremely high speed growing smaller until disappearance in 1-2 secs covering about 60° of sky. Multiple independent witnesses across a baseline of at least 12 miles resulted in triangulation near Beach Haven, NJ, from distances of about 15 to 40 miles. At least 5 witnesses used binoculars including 7x50 Bausch &Lomb. Hynek calculated speed of 90,000 mph, hovering altitude 4 miles, object diameter 1,500 ft. (Mary Castner/CUFOS)
Jan. 4, 1954; Quantico, Va.
Red revolving or blinking lights, hovering and moving soundlessly at tree-top height reportedly seen for six nights above Marine Corps base. [UFOE, IV]
Jan. 4, 1954; Marignane Airfield France
9:00 p.m. Shortly after, a round luminous machine, coming from the South, landed at the Marignane airfield in Bouches-du-Rhone Department. There was only one witness present at the field, Mr. Chesneau, a fireman at the airport in. The machine disappeared while he was telephoning the control tower. Careful scrutiny of the runway in the morning turned up a few pieces of metallic debris. The witness story was confirmed by that of a Marseilles resident who driving from Aries to Marseilles saw a large, round, reddish fire ball in the sky, but placed the time at 2245 hours. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Unidentified Aircraft at Marignane Airfield France; Jimmy Guieu, Les SV Viennent d'un Autre Monde; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 205).
Jan. 6, 1954; Cleveland Press Headline"Brass Curtain Hides Flying Saucers." Reporters seeking information were banned from Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Jan. 7, 1954; Arras, France
4:27 a.m. A fiery disk, followed by a luminous trail, was sighted in Arras, Pas-de-Calais department. An observer stated that the disk remained motionless in the sky for an instant, after which it flew away and disappeared over the horizon. (CIA Information Sheet. Headline: Fiery Disk Seen at Arras, France)
Jan.9, 1954; Three residents of Luneville, France
6:00 a.m. Three residents of Meurthe-et-Moselle Department claim to have seen a round object flying from North to South. The object flew more slowly than a jet plane and left a luminous yellow trail. It flew noiselessly, although appearing to be at a low altitude. Several students of the College de Luneville also saw the object. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Round Flying Object at Luneville, France)
Jan. 10, 1954; 5 mi N of Sonoita (about 25 mi SSE of Tucson), Ariz. (BBU)
5:25-5:40 p.m. (MST). James E. McDonald, two other Univ. of Chicago meteorologists, and another passenger in a car were driving N on Hwy 83 when McDonald spotted a brilliant white stationary object, stellar magnitude was about 5 to 7, in the SW at about 238° azimuth about 1° to 2° above the Santa Rita Mtns. (elev. about 9,400 ft) about 10 miles away, or at a total elevation about 6° to 8° above horizontal. Sun had set below mountains at 243° azimuth, +2° apparent elevation (refraction included), to the right of the UFO. No noticeable parallax with mountains as they drove 8-10 miles further N (with wide swerves W and E by about 1.5 mi), thus distance estimated at >10 miles (size possibly about >15 ft). Lost sight due to mountains as they drove on. (Mary Castner/CUFOS)
Jan. 14, 1954; KellyAFB, Texas (BBU)
10:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. One to three blips were seen on PPI scope of radar system with speeds from 100 to 6,000 mph over one hour and 50 minute time span. The blips appeared as solid objects. Aircraft scrambled with no contact. Three objects joined together for approximately three minutes then separated with a definite heading and disappeared when local aircraft was in area. The objects returned to area after aircraft departed. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks, McDonald list)
Jan. 14, 1954; New York City, New York (BBU)
5:30 p.m. USAF crew of B-47 and passengers saw a fiery object hit the aircraft wing without any damage. (Weinstein; BB files??)
Jan. 18, 1954; Over Three Constantine Department Towns, Algeria
1:30 p.m. Many persons in Saint Arnaud observed an object leaving a double trail of white smoke, describing an immense circle over the town. Several officers at La Remonte Military base nearby even heard a strange sound made by the object which seemed to have come from the north. (A similar observation had been made on January 16, 1954, when the object had come from the west). The meterorological station at Oued Hamimime airport (near Constantine) reported that it had observed a double trail of smoke at 1400 hours but concluded that the smoke came from a plane flying at great altitude. At 1430 hours, inhabitants of Setif saw an object arrive from the east, emitting bluish smoke trails and moving relatively slowly. After circling above the town for several seconds, it suddenly headed back in the direction of Saint Arnaud at great speed. Most of the spectators described it as it being cigar-shape and flying at high altitude. Finally at 1645 hours on the same day, a large, luminous, rectangular-shape object was seen over Ouled Djellal (200 kilometers southwest of Setif) for over 30 minutes following a rectilinear course. The object came from the east and disappeared toward the west. (CIA information sheet. Headlines: Flying Object Reported)
Jan. 28, 1954; Blackstone, Virginia (BB)
5:15 p.m. EST. A circular bright light with an apparent bright metallic surface stationary at 30 degrees elevation in the north was observed by Marvin B. Smith, Jr. a former control tower operator in the Air Force, and three CAA employees. A C-47 identified as an USAF Evacuation Plane flew over the CAA station and was notified of the object and the pilot advised that he also saw the object, which he thought was at between 30 and 40 thousand feet in altitude. The object was observed for 31 minutes. (BB files, Dan Wilson)
Jan. 29, 1954; Cold Bay, Alaska (BBU)
8:36 p.m. local. USAF crew of C-54 transport saw a red fireball that stopped then passed the plane. (Weinstein; BB files??)
Jan. 29, 1954; Rangeley, Maine
Two bright lights moved into valley. (Source: Dr. Wilhelm Reich, while he performed his Orgone/cloud bursting experiments/ I believe he reported them to Blue BookSource unknown - Albert Rosales)
Jan. 29, 1954; 6 mi. south of Santa Ana, Calif.
Afternoon. An adult couple saw a round object with a flat bottom while driving. It was emitting a blurry white light. When it passed over the car at a 25-foot altitude, the radio went dead and the motor coughed. The UFO then rose up vertically and disappeared in seconds, but the motor continued to act up for some time on the way home. (Rodeghier, Schopick)
Feb. 1, 1954; 35 miles SW of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (BBU)
3:15 [2?] p.m. Crew of USN Office of Naval Research aircraft heading E towards a cosmic-ray balloon at 90,000-100,000 ft and 15-30 miles away saw 6 objects fly over and around the balloon, hover then vertically ascend out of sight. (Hynek-CUFOS Willy Smith files)
Feb. 4, 1954; Carswell AFB, Ft. Worth, Texas
At 11:00 p.m. local time, an object was detected by the Carswell AFB Ground Control Approach (GCA) radar, an AN/CPN-4 radar, at a distance of 13 to 15 miles to the SW and was heading directly toward the base. Carswell Weather reported in and said they had the object sighted on radar at approx. same time and location. The object remained on a straight course and the GCA operator notified the Control Tower. Control Tower personnel sighted the object as it moved directly over the Control Tower at an estimated speed of 240 - 250 mph. The object was observed for approximately 6 minutes with standard binoculars during entire observation. The object was at an altitude of approximately 4,000 feet confirmed by GCA, according to the Control Tower operator. The object was described as larger than a B-36, having a long fuselage, elliptical wings and stabilizer, gray in color, and no visible means of propulsion or exhaust. Nor did the object leave any trail and no sound was heard. The object passed out of sight to the NW. At 11:29 p.m., two targets were picked up on the Carswell GCA radar at 17 miles SW of Carswell. The targets were flying formation at an estimated 5,000 feet altitude at a speed of 200 mph. These two targets merged into one target and when 12 miles from Carswell they separated again and assumed a southerly heading. At approximately 14 miles from the base the target to the rear suddenly reversed its course, flew for two miles, then reversed course again and gradually overtook the lead target. Both targets departed thy area flying in formation to the SSE. The INVESTIGATION OF UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS report states that the reversal of course was for about two miles or 3.3 seconds. (Dan Wilson)
Feb 13, 1954 - Scripps Howard
Jim C. Lucas of Scripps-Howard. Reported that representatives of major airlines would meet in Los Angeles with Military Air Transport Service Intelligence officers to discuss speeding up UFO reporting procedures. "Airline pilots are asked not to discuss their sightings publicly or give them to news Papers," Lucas said.
"Flying saucers are regarded as of such vital importance that they will be the subject of a special hush-hush meeting of world military heads next summer."
10:15-10:36 p.m. (EST). USAF ADC radar operator S/Sgt. K. A. Payne, 728th AC&W Sq, Dobbins AFB, Greenville, South Carolina, using MPS-7 radar tracked high speed unidentified target the size of about 2 normal aircraft to the S at 203° azimuth at roughly 100 miles range (at about 33.5° N, 83.0° W, near Siloam, Ga.) heading E about 100° true at about 360 knots (400 mph) and 20,000 ft altitude as of 10:18 p.m. (when near Crawfordville). At 10:21 at about 33°28' N, 82° 5' W (near Augusta) the target had reached 22,000 ft and turned slightly right to about a 110° heading straight toward the Savannah River AEC plant and accelerating to operator estimated speed of 900 knots (1,000 mph) average speed (or as recalculated from mapped positions about 750 mph, probable peak speed about 1,000 mph at 1 g at 10:21:30), then it violated the prohibited AEC airspace at 10:22 at about 33°24' N, 81°53' W. Pope AFB radar also tracked the target violating AEC airspace and notified Payne at Dobbins AFB. At that point at 10:22:30 (?) object had made a left turn to about a 75° heading, slowing to about 600 mph and continued turning to about 55° heading. At 10:23 at about 33°30' N, 81°39' W (near New Ellenton, S.C.), target made a sharp 75° turn to the N at about 340° heading having accelerated again to about 1,200 mph average speed (probable peak speed about 1,800 mph at 1.5 g's at 10:22:45) heading out of the AEC prohibited zone. Target slowed to about 600 mph again by 10:24 near Aiken when it sharply turned to the E on a heading of about 70° then 50° then 45° while passing to the S of Columbia, then turned N to a heading of about 20° where it faded near Kershaw at 10:36 p.m. (Sparks; Jan Aldrich)
Feb. 18, 1954; Los Angeles, California
An astronomer reported sighting a huge ellipsoidal object that was first seen flying toward the west, but made an instant turn to the north at an estimated speed of 1200 mph. (Sources: Loren Gross, UFOs: A History, 1954: January-May, p. 39; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 3288).
Feb. 18, 1954; Van Nuys, California
A retired U.S. Air Force pilot sighted a flying disc that made incredible maneuvers but no sound. It flew off toward the west as a second disc circled. (Sources: Loren Gross, UFOs: A History, 1954: January-May, p. 39; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 3288).
Feb. 22 [Mar. 2?], 1954; York, Penna. (BBU)
Several pilots of fighters in the air and GOC observers on ground saw 14 discs climb when the fighters approached. Ground radar tracking. (Weinstein; BB files??)
Feb. 23, Scripps-HowardIn a follow-up report from the Feb. 13 article, Scripps-Howard papers said that "the nation's 8500 commercial airline pilots have been seeing a lot of unusual objects while flying at night, here and overseas." Plans for a detailed reporting system were agreed upon so Air Force jets could quickly investigate. Each airline was to have an "internal security specialist" for liaison between civilian and military organizations.)
Feb. 26, 1954; Newburyport, Mass (BBU 2913)
2:30 p.m. Architect R. M. Pierce, marine engineer George Avery and another, saw a silver disc, with a white trail, make a loud roar. (Berliner, Dan Wilson)
March 1954; Rouen, France
Incorrect date/year. Was sometime in 1957. Disc-shaped UFO photographed was a hoax. (UFOE)
March 1, 1954; Montevideo
Time not given. Numerous bathers at the beaches near Montevideo observed a "flying saucer," a sort of metallic disk emitting yellowish reflections. It remained stationary for 2 minutes at an altitude of several thousand meters. (CIA information sheet. Headline: "Flying Saucer" Over Montevideo)
March 2, 1954; Near Harrisburg [Middletown and York], Penna. (BBU 2923)
10 p.m. Research engineer R. C. Swengel saw 3 objects, each with two lights, fly straight and level at medium speed. Military and civilian witnesses? (Berliner; FUFOR Index)
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)
March 6, 1954; Hollywood, California
On this night three luminous discs hovered at a tilted angle. Two shot away toward the northwest and a short time later the third followed. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1954: January-May, p. 49).
March 8, 1954; Cincinnati, Ohio
Mr. John H. Stewart, a pilot driving in his car, observed a dark ovoid UFO with a blue glow that stopped and hovered over the Cincinnati GE plant in Hamilton County. for four minutes before flying off toward the east at high speed. (Source: Leonard H. Stringfield, CRIFO Newsletter, April 1954, p. 4; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, case 37).
March 9, 1954; Cincinnati, Ohio (BBU)
3:57-4:05? a.m. Civilian-military pilot John H. Stewart while driving N saw a pulsating bluish-white luminous halo surrounding a dark ellipsoidal object that may have been larger than a DC-6 (117 ft) slowly moving S at about 2,000-3,000 ft height, then hovered for 7-8 mins over the General Electric plant, the last 4 mins of which Stewart observed after stopping his car. Object accelerated and suddenly changed color to yellow then red, changed course to the E, then disappeared in an almost vertical climb in secs. (Jan Aldrich)
March 11-12, 1954, Pittsburgh, Penna. (BBU)
11:30 p.m. Continuing on for approximately 6 hours and 45 minutes, anti-aircraft units in the vicinity of Pittsburg, Pa., picked up unusual returns on their instruments. The returns on radars showed a stationary object at 16,000 to 20,000 feet in altitude. Aircraft dispatched by the AF Reserve from the Greater Pittsburg Airport to investigate the object(s). Fighter aircraft were tracked through the same location as the UFOB. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks, McDonald list)
March 12, 1954, Klang, selangor, Malaysia
A torpedo shaped UFO was seen on this afternoon at 3:20 p.m. over Klang, Selangor. It shot straight up into the sky when it left. (Source: Ahmad Jamaludin, Summary of Unidentified Flying Objects and Related Events in Malaysia, p. 12).
March 12, 1954; Nouasseur AFB, French Morocco (BBU 2937)
9:35 a.m. USAF 1st Lt. Robert Johnson, flying an F-86 jet fighter, chased an object at more than 530 mph for 30 secs, but was unable to catch it. Object appeared to be the size of a fighter plane but had neither tanks nor trails [tail?]. (Berliner)
March 23, 1954; Norwich, England
A disc at very high altitude was seen hovering over Norwich at 4:00 p.m. The edges glowed while the center of the object was dark. It flew off to the west at 6:30 p.m. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1954: January-May, p. 60).
March 24, 1954; Fresno, California
The alleged description of the encounter is: Talbott is in a plane flying over California on his way to Palm Springs. When over Fresno, he and several others on the plane purportedly saw a large metal object following their plane about 1000 yards below and behind. The pilot was ordered to turn around, but the UFO outmaneuvered them and raced off. (Swords, Loren Gross' UFOs A History Jan/May 1954)
March 24, 1954; Baltimore, Md.
Maneuvering formation of UFOs observed by Civil Defense official. [UFOE, VII]
March 25, 1954; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (BBU)
3:20 p.m. USMC pilot Capt. Dan Holland flying one of 3 jets with the 3rd Marine Air Wing on an E heading at Ft. Lauderdale at about 26,000 ft and 400+ mph saw a gleaming white ball shaped object with a gold ring around the lower 1/3, about 2x size of his jet, descend vertically on a collision course, took evasive action, radioed the other jet pilots to look. Object suddenly stopped 3,000-4,000 ft above, he banked toward it and activated gun camera but object then accelerated and disappeared to the E at tremendous speed in about 15 secs. The other 2 pilots flying ahead of him did not see object. (Weinstein; NARCAP; BB files??; UFOE, IV)
April 7, 1954; Fentress (3 miles SW of), Virginia (BBU)
3 p.m. USN pilot C. R. Allen flying F-6F for Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, Virginia, at 3,000 ft heading W near Fentress saw 2 strange saucer-shaped discs in close formation at 3,500 ft height about 15 miles away at about 2 miles NW of Lake Drummond heading NE, seen below and against cloud base of scattered cumulus clouds at 3,000-3,500 ft. Allen turned right to follow objects as they covered about 140° of arc maintaining about the same distance, disappearing near Cape Henry to the NE about 20 miles, covering 30 miles total in about 25-30 secs [3,600-4,300 mph]. (Jan Aldrich)
April 7, 1954; At Sea, Enewetak
11:05 p.m. U.S.S. Curtiss carrying nuclear weapons buzzed by UFO. In this incident an unidentified luminous object passed, low and fast, over the ship from bow to stern. The Curtiss was not an aircraft carrier but a airplane tender ship (AV-4) refurbished for carrying components for nuclear weapons for the upcoming tests at Operation Castle, at Eniwetak Atol.
April 8, 1954; Chicago, Illinois (BBU 2962)
4:30-5 p.m. Lelah H. Stoker saw a brilliant white round-topped disc, parachute-shaped, with a humanoid suspended beneath it, skim back and forth over the water. Stoker called the Coast Guard, a CG cutter appeared after 10 mins, then the UFO approached shore. Stoker saw a short human-like occupant in a green tight one-piece suit and suspended below the object who got out in undergrowth along the shore then walked around. When CG cutter gave up searching the occupant returned to the object which moved back over the lake then took off at high speed to the E. (Berliner; Davis-Bloecher 1978)
April 15, 1954; Saint Mexant
Two residents of Correge Department, observed an elongated, cone-shaped object with two red and green lights at the base, flying at a high altitude from the northwest toward the southwest. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Unidentified Object Over Saint Mexant)
April 16, 1954; Grand Canyon, Ariz.
School superintendent, explorer, watched elongated UFO with "portholes" pass overhead. [UFOE, VII]
April 22, 1954; San Nicholas Island, Calif. (BBU)
2 p.m. USN Seaman Apprentice James B. Stephens, Jr., and Seaman Bernard G. Klein, Jr., while driving a Navy vehicle on base saw a 4-6 ft long gray cigar-shaped object with pointed nose traveling just above the ground on a near parallel course that would not cross the road until far ahead. The object suddenly impacted the ground sending up a cloud of dirt or dust and disappeared from sight. They stopped and searched for 20+ mins but found nothing. Further USN investigations and radioactivity surveying found no traces. (Jan Aldrich)
April 23, 1954; Pittsfield, Maine (BBU 2974)
9:30 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd E. and Rose Belle Robinson saw a silver circular saucer shaped object with a dome 1/2 the size of the base that was the source of constantly flashing brilliant light, making a loud sound like a swarm of bees, which hovered at about 70° azimuth without tilting, flew horizontally with a whirlwind effect and cold air that moved stones underneath its path, then it rose vertically at 30° azimuth without tilting until out of sight. (Jan Aldrich, Dan Wilson)
April 24, 1954; Hartland, Maine (BBU 2976)
6:10 p.m. (EST). GOC observer Dean Robinson saw a very large, silver, oblong object with a dome on top and flashing light inside the dome, no sound or exhaust trail, stationary on the horizon for 15 mins then climbed straight up to disappearance. (Jan Aldrich, BB files, Dan Wilson))
April 26, 1954; Newburyport, Mass.
Round UFO making sharp turn observed by architect. [UFOE, VII]
April 26, 1954; Athens, Georgia (BBU 2983)
8:35 p.m. (EDT). Cecil M. Cartey, Howard and Mabel Hopkins and their daughter Betty, saw 15-20 yellow objects in a V shaped or check-mark-shaped formation, fly at tremendous speed from low elevation in the south, with a remarkably smooth and soundless motion and straight and level flight, to a higher elevation in the north where they disappeared in about 10 seconds. Cartey stated that a few seconds after the objects went north, and coming directly from the trail they had taken, a brilliant white object appeared. He described it as a baseball that moved in a "blast of speed" and which went through scattered clouds and disappeared into the SW, and was out of sight before he could call attention to it. The Air Force listed this incident as an official unknown and stated that this was a very reliable report. (Jan Aldrich)
April 28, 1954; 45 mi W of Geelong, Victoria, Australia
6:30 AM. (doc says 7:20 AM) Two men, Mr. A.E. (Ted) Smith, 26, , train engineer, and Mr. Colin Beacon, 23, train fireman, reported that an object described as a gigantic hazy dark blue object, estimated at 1200-1500' in diameter, no windows or doors visible, round, made screaming noise, swooped down at locomotive and suddenly swerved up, hovered overhead, careened around the sky, then rose up out of sight. Smith reported that the object came within 350' of them. (Source: Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 78; Richard Hall/Rob Swiatek).
April 28, 1954; Pyrenees10:00 p.m. A T-shaped object was reported to be hovering at 4000 feet over TCU Airport,Texas, near Carswell AFB. The object had varied colors of blue, green, and white. Object was picked up on radar 4 1/2 miles from the base. Another object was seen twenty five minutes later hovering one mile north of TCU Airport. This was just one day and a few hours before a major SAC exercise of night simulated radar bombing evaluation missions against an industrial complex in San Antonio. (Dan Wilson)
A group of persons taking a walk near Sare in the region close to the Pyrenees border observed a cigar-shaped object traveling rapidly at an altitude of 2,000 meters in the direction of Spain. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Sight Unidentified Object Over Pyrenees)
April 28, 1954; Carswell AFB, Texas
May, 1954;, LaPorte, Indiana
Radio and lights of a car went off and the witness saw three round or oval UFOs pass overhead. They were emitting beams of light towards the ground. (Rodeghier, The UFO Evidence, NICAP)
May 1, 1954; Tokyo, Japan
TV pictures distorted as UFO passed over
May 6, 1954; Washington, D.C.
Ground/visual radar. No other data this date.
May 10, 1954; Northern Sweden
Week of UFO sightings investigated by military authorities. Scores of residents reported strange glowing objects maneuvering low over forests. (UFOE)
May 11, 1954; Washington, D.C. (BBU 2997)
10:45 p.m. 3 USAF air policemen at Washington National Airport saw 2 bright lights on 3 occasions fly straight and level, make 90° degree turns and fade. (Berliner)
May 13, 1954; Pacific bet. Hawaii and Calif. (BBU)
1:45 a.m. (AHDT). USAF pilot Capt. D. B. Mautner, 32nd Air Transport Sq, McChord AFB, Wash., and crew of C-124 transport en route from Hickam AFB, Hawaii, to Travis AFB, Calif., saw bright light moving parallel with them moving to the left, object signaled back in response to aircraft blinking lights, departed to NE at very high speed climbing. (Jan Aldrich)
May 13, 1954; Norrbotten Province, Sweden
Morning. Three persons in three different areas observed a "brilliant, silver colored sphere with a tail." It was reported from Hammerfest, Norway, that on the same day three bright objects passed over Kautokeino (in northern Norway) at a great speed. They flew in a V-formation and disappeared towards the southwest. A deputy constable who had observed them with binoculars stated that they flew so high that he could not ascertain their shape but that they were not ordinary aircraft. He added that they seemed to be red on one side and white on the other and appeared to be rotating. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Sightings Over Sweden, Northern Norway)
May 13, 1954; Washington, D. C.
Several large glowing objects maneuvered over National Airport for three hours; observed visually and on radar. [UFOE, VIII]
May 14, 1954; 10 miles NNW of Great Yarmouth, England, UK (BBU)
3:40 p.m. 3 USAF F-86 jets flown at 40,000 ft Mach 0.85 (560 mph) by Capt. Kenneth J. Scott, Jr., 2nd Lt. Harry Joseph Ickes and 2nd Lt. David B. Clardy, 91st Fighter Sq, were vectored by GCI radar Type 7 at RAF Bawdsey to unidentified object at 8 miles at 1 o'clock to their course traveling at 240 knots IAS, to the S [N?] at 10° azimuth, sighted visually as about 30 ft silver or gray round object as seen from below, showing thin silhouette while turning, at 50,000-60,000 ft. Fighters unable to close on object which made 180° turn and disappeared at high speed beyond conventional aircraft capability, climbing high above ground radar range. (Jan Aldrich)
May 14, 1954; Dallas, Texas (BBU
12:00 p.m. local USMC pilots of 4 fighter planes saw 4 formations of 4 round objects changing color from orange to white. (Weinstein; BB files??; UFOE, IV)
May 15, 1954; Vienna, Austria
Three discs in formation. [UFOE, X]
May 18, 1954; 10-15 (or 6-7) miles SE of Lake Elsinore, Calif. (BBU 2994)
12:48 p.m. RAF Squadron Leader Donald R. Higgin, assigned to USMC All Weather Fighter Sq, El Toro MCAS, Calif., while flying an F3D-2 jet fighter at 15,000-16,000 ft on a heading of 240° magnetic [255° true] at 300 knots IAS and descending, saw a dark blue almost black gun-metal "glint" delta-shaped object, about 22-23 ft long and 20 ft wide, with 3 fins of equal size and shape, at his 11 o'clock position just above the cockpit of his wingman flying another F3D-2 about 250 ft away. Object was on a head on collision course but before Higgin could radio warning it passed under his wingman and between their aircraft, descending at a 25°-30° angle on a heading N of about 30°. (Jan Aldrich)
May 18, 1954; Cannon AFB, New Mexico (BBBBU)
7 p.m. 2 witnesses saw a house-size lens-shaped object land near railroad tracks, kicking up a small sand storm in the desert. One witness approached it, then ran away in fear. (Vallée Magonia 129; BB files??)
May 22, 1954; LaPorte, Indiana (BBU 3009)
9:15 p.m. Highway engineer R. W. Dring and engineer Geert Tibma saw a bright light make a shallow climb. (Berliner)
May 24, 1954; Richmond, IN (BBU)
12:25 EST. While flying on a photographic mapping mission in a B-17, Major Leo Brubaker USAF, observed and photographed an object below the plane for 45 seconds. The aircraft was flying at an altitude of 18,500 feet at 220 knots. The speed of the object was estimated at 440 knots. The object traveled a distance of six miles over the ground at a speed twice that of the aircraft. The photos were taken with a F11 mapping camera.. [UFOE, III, Blue Book files, McDonald, Swords, Wilson]
May 30, 1954; Bambridge, N. Y.
Silvery elliptical UFO with four "portholes" accelerated and shot away. [UFOE, XII]
May 31, 1954; Concord, New Hampshire (BBU 3020)
10:15 a.m. Mrs. L. K. Stevens saw a very white, elongated object fly extremely fast then blink out. (Berliner)
June 1, 1954; Near Boston, Mass. (BBU)
9:30-9:40 a.m. TWA pilot Capt. Charles J. Kratovil, copilot W. R. Davis, and flight engineer Harold Raney, on a ParisNew York TWA Constellation heading SW, spotted "a large, white-colored disc-like object" overhead, occasionally lost behind overlying clouds. Flying into WSW headwinds at 300 mph, they concluded it could not be a balloon, and radioed Boston airport control tower, which said jets were scrambled and then saw the object at about 10,000 ft higher than their 10,000 ft altitude, but could not close with it. (McDonald list; UFOE, V)
June 1, 1954; From 400 miles S to Minneapolis, Minn. (BBU 3029)
9 p.m. Crew of USAF B-47 jet bomber at 34,000 ft altitude saw object with running lights fly at 24,000-44,000 ft altitude. (Berliner)
June 7, 1954; West Germany (BBU)
2 Germans saw 2 glowing discs descend vertically then rise rapidly. (Jan Aldrich)
June 8 [9?], 1954; Texarkana, Texas (BBU 3037)
1 a.m. or 2:30 a.m. (file not clear). L. T. Prewitt, employee of Red River Arsenal, saw a golden yellow light fly over his house, making a "shhh" or buzzing sound. (Berliner)
June 10, 1954. Estacado [or Llano?], Texas (BBU 3042)
9:09 p.m. Two USAF pilots, in flight, saw a white light descend at 45° from great altitude, pass under his aircraft, make two 360° turns and blink out. (Berliner)
June 11, 1954; East of Sparks, Nevada
In the morning, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hoag saw 15 to 20 red cigar shaped objects in the skies moving to the north. The objects were also viewed through 12-power field glasses and they weren't anything recognizable as planes. Mr. Hoag, a newspaper man said he did not know what the objects were. The objects had small silver wis or fins that were seen about three minutes before the objects disappeared to the north at terrific speed. (Reference: Reno Evening Gazette, June 11, 1954, Page 1; Dan Wilson)
June 11, 1954; Nr. Baltimore, Md.
Huge glowing object seen by GOC observers; alternately hovered, moved rapidly. [UFOE, VII]
June 12, 1954; Hyattsville, Maryland (BB)
11:30 p.m. EST, a large bluish-green oval or round shaped object was observed circling and hovering in the sky for at least 45 minutes by W. L Tatspaugk. Two F-86D fighters were scrambled. This may mean that an object was observed on radar. Hyattsville is approximately 2 miles NE of Washington DC. [Docs do not confirm radar, but see newsclipping] (Dan Wilson, BB files).
June 18, 1954; French Equatorial Africa
7:35 p.m. Monsignor Verhille, Apostolic Vicar of Fort Rousset, reported in the Brazzaville newspaper LaSemaine de L'akf that he and others had sighted an unidentified flying object over Laketi in the Likuala Mossaka region of the middle Congo. A luminous globe, it came from the north towards the Laketi Mission. It suddenly stopped, rose and dropped, stopped again, gyrated, and seemed to shake. A noise like that on an airplane engine, heard until that moment, also stopped. Seen through binoculars, the object had a dark mass in the center with light rays of unequal length coming out of it alternately. It went through its rising, falling, and stabilizing movements for 15 minutes, then shot back over the northern horizon. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Unidentified Flying Object Over French Equatorial Africa)June 21, 1954; Delray Beach, Florida (BBU)
June 21, 1954; NW Washington State & Vancouver Island, B.C.
8:14 p.m. (PDT). UFO responded to coded IFF Mode 1 signals from the Naselle ADC (Air Defense Command) radar site, and instantly transmitted back the correct coded responses. Tracked on 3 ground radars at 2 ADC radar sites (Naselle and McChord AFB, Tacoma, Wash.). The UFO split into two or were two UFO's in close formation then separated, and outmaneuvered one of two F-86D jet interceptors, both of which radar-tracked the UFO's. (Click on link for details & documentation)
9:30 p.m. (EDT). Anne Nekel Brown and John Thomas Brown saw bright round disc-shaped object with dome-like structure on top seen when tilted toward the witnesses after hovering stationary to the S at 45° elevation. Object was spinning and then started moving very slowly E over the ocean with an erratic wobbly motion, straightened out then disappeared at high speed to the E at 8° elevation. (Jan Aldrich)
June 21, 1954; Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada
1:00 a.m. An adult couple spotted a UFO while driving one mile north of Lake Erie. It hovered over a field, flashing two lights on opposite ends. The UFO was metallic, shaped like a flattened sphere, and about 30 feet in diameter. It began moving north and the witnesses chased it in their car. At one point, when the car crossed the UFO's path by making a left turn, the car stalled. The UFO landed in some woods. The car would not start, but after the witnesses pushed it some distance away, it finally did. (Rodeghier, Schopick)
June 23, 1954. 10 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio (BBU)
9:00 p.m. EST. Pilot Capt. Harry Roe, Jr., flying Ohio Air National Guard F-51 fighter at 240 mph from Dayton to Columbus saw round white object with no exhaust trailing the fighter in the same position a little above and behind him at close range, detected on airborne radar [?]. Roe maneuvered to try to lose the object or collide with it but it remained in relatively the same position to the aircraft until it departed to the SE. Ground controller radar tracked object [?]. (Sparks; Project 1947; NARCAP)
June 23, 1954; Between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio (BBU)
10:00 p.m. local. A pilot of a C-47, serial number 263, complained of something following him. Major Frank J. Gshwandtner and 2nd Lt. Robert P. Lommori, flying in the Columbus area in an RB-47E aircraft observed a white object the size of a baseball at 25,000 feet. The object was extremely fast. The object made a gradual turn and began a slight climb. It then flew out of sight. The length of the observation was 30 seconds. A radio transmission from WPAFB put the crew on alert.
June 25, 1954; Indian Lake, Ohio (BBU)
5:05 p.m. EDST. John Mark ,an experienced private pilot flying a Navion light plane at 6,200 feet altitude, observed one silver or aluminum round object with a flat bottom, raised front edge, inverted cone on top, and a diameter of about 40 feet, at 12,000 to 15,000 feet. The object flew horizontally at approximately 2000 mph, hovered, made a high-G pull up and then a steep climb into an overcast. Radar at Dayton, Ohio airport, tracked a very fast target (1980 mph) at same location. The observation lasted approximately 3-5 minutes. (Don Berliner)
June 26, 1954; Cincinnati - Dayton - Columbus, Ohio (BB)
7:30 a.m. EST. Six reports received of a round silvery object, all but one were received from Cincinnati ARTC. At around 7:30 a.m., a metallic blob was seen high in the sky near Columbus. According to a newspaper article a crew of an airliner was alerted to investigate and the crew circled under the object while the passengers took a look at the strange object. Zanesville Radio advised at 5:55 a.m. sighting round silvery object on azimuth of 80 degrees. At 1035Z (5:35 a.m. EST) a Air Force charter flight, No. 46 AF 23-24 to Wilmington, Delaware, flying at 3,000 feet observed an object in the Zanesville, Ohio area. The object was at approximately 18,000 to 20,000 feet. (Dan Wilson, BB files).
June 29/30, 1954; E. of Seven Isles, Quebec to Goose Bay, Labrador (BBU)
8:05-8:27 p.m. (AST). Capt. James Howard, FO Boyd, navigator George Allen and passengers of BOAC airliner at 19,000 ft heading NE to Goose Bay, Labrador, saw a large opaque or black object with six smaller satellite objects on a horizontal line, constantly shifting in shape like a mirage, but first seen at roughly 20°-45° depression angle below horizon. Object azimuth about 5° left or S of sun low on horizon, or at about 300° to 305° true as sighting progressed. Disappeared when F-94 interceptor approached. (Sparks)
June 30, 1954; Mobile and Brookley AFB, Alabama (BBU)
6:50 p.m. 4 civilians and a number of military personnel saw a brilliant silver or white object with short stubby wings approach from the S, circle over Mobile, then depart to the NE. Radar contact at 6:30 p.m. with stationary 8-mile object at 55 miles at 60° azimuth is evidently unrelated anomalous propagation. (Hynek-CUFOS Willy Smith files; UFOE, VIII)
June 30, 1954; Nr. Oslo, Norway
Two silvery disks observed and photographed from eclipse expedition planes. [UFOE, VIII]
July 2, 1954; Walesville, New York
Jet interceptor(s?) investigated unknown object near Griffiss AFB (Rome), fire in cockpit caused pilots to eject. Jet crashed at Walesville killing several people.
July 3, 1954; Near Bermuda (BBU)
1:45-1:55 a.m. A B-36 flying over the Atlantic near Bermuda reported receiving peculiar radar returns on an APS-23 radar set. The returns consisted of a clear and well defined circular formation containing 7 and at times 8 objects. The returns were first observed by Capt. Charles C. Spahn, R.O. Spahn had 11 years Air Force service and 3,400 hours flying hours and 1,500 hours as a radar observer. Spahn did not think these returns were ships on the surface. He had tracked a couple of ships just hours before the returns showed up. Spahn says that the shape of the individual returns are not common to ships. (Berliner, Sparks, Wilson)
July 3, 1954; Albuquerque, N.M.
Nine green spheres sighted visually, tracked on radar. [UFOE, VIII]
July 5, 1954; West Berlin, Germany (BBU)
July 8, 1954; Lancashire, England
British astronomer saw a silvery object with 15-20 smaller satellite objects. [NICAP, II]
July 9, 1954; Lowry AFB, Colo.
Six to seven objects appeared to be triangular in shape. Pending evaluation.
July 11, 1954; Hunterdon County, New Jersey (BBU)
USAF crews of 4 bombers saw a disc-shaped object pace their planes. (Weinstein; BB files??; Incorrectly listed in UFOE, III, as Pennsylvania)
July 14, 1954; St. Louis, Missouri (BBU)
7:50 a.m. (CDT). McDonnell Aircraft Propulsion Lab employees sighted 1.5-foot sheet-like object maneuvering in company parking lot from distances varying from 4 to 200 feet, first descending from the E at 30 ft altitude stopped on the ground, rose to 4 ft height, made right-angle turn to N, traveled 75 ft and climbed above 8-ft fence to disappear in the overcast sky, under light almost calm wind conditions. One observer followed at 5-ft distance. (Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 150-1)
July 18, 1954; Normandy, Missouri (BBU 3116)
8:40 p.m. A. T. Chamblin saw a greenish-white disc. (Berliner)
July 19, 1954; French Equatorial Africa (BBU)
July 21, 1954: Boise, Idaho
A USAF jet interceptor climbed to 20,000 feet to try and identify an unidentified flying object high above. The CAA said the jet was unable to get close enough to see the object clearly. The object appeared to be drifting slowly against prevailing winds at that altitude. (Dan Wilson, Reference: Daily Herald, Utah County, Utah, July 22, 1954, Page 2)
July 25, 1954; Middle Sister Island, U.S.-Canadian border W Lake Erie (BBU)
7:12 p.m. Attorney L. B. Tussing saw a black cylinder, 12:1 length/width ratio, moving fast along the surface of the lake. (Berliner)
July 25, 1954, Southern Rhodesia
J. H. Flanagan (a policeman) and some friends recently observed six unidentified objects in the sky over Enkeldoorn, South of Salisbury. The objects, which were almost immobile, were visible for about 20 minutes, but disappeared when night fell. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Unidentified Objects Over Southern Rhodesia)
July 27, 1954; Pepperrell AFB, Newfoundland, Canada (BBU)
At 0658 GMT to 0702 GMT two unidentified objects were observed from an aircraft at 81 degrees 35 minutes North, 29 degrees West, tracked on radar on a course 210 degrees at 350 knots. The altitude of the objects was estimated at very low. The two objects were 2-3 miles apart. According to the map coordinates given in the report this sighting took place over Northeastern Greenland. (McDonald list)
July 27, 1954; Pepperrell AFB, Newfoundland, Canada (BBU)
July 28, 1954; Brentwood, Calif.
"Sparking green light" appeared to land in orchard, TV reception interrupted.
July 28, 1954; North Atlantic
Dutch ship observed disc with apparent portholes. [UFOE, XII]
July 29, 1954; Korea (BBU)
July 29, 1954; About 3 miles SSE of Carysfort Reef Lighthouse, Key Largo, Florida (BBU)
3:40 a.m. Key West Naval Base USN Chief Quartermaster Milbert James Brown and Helmsman Seaman Sydney J. Martin aboard USS YTB-543 sailing S on 205° true course at 6.5 knots saw a huge, bright pale blue or whitish-blue egg or blimp-shaped 300-500 ft object with 4 pointed cones of light, major/minor axis about 3:1 oriented horizontally, angular size 3x sun, traveling at tremendous speed estimated at about 7,200 mph (better estimate about 5,000 mph) in level horizontal flight from the W through S then E then NE, at 10° 12° above the horizon passing in front of mostly cumulus clouds covering 30% up to 15° elevation. Brown first saw the object at about 243° azimuth 10° elevation about 4 miles away moving to the left heading E viewed across the bow of the ship to the SSW at which point he began stopwatch timing (6.3 secs at disappearance, azimuths measured immediately after sighting by reference to 5 ships and a landmark used as sighting fix points). Object passed through point of closest approach at about 160° azimuth 12° elevation 1-1/2 miles away, moving to the left through a gradual-arc flight path of about 8 miles radius of curvature (about 40 g's centripetal acceleration), passed through E along a now straightened path headed to the NE, reaching maximum N position at 70° azimuth about 8 miles away when it curved slightly back as if veering off sharply to the right to head E, disappearing at about 68° azimuth 10° elevation 9 miles away behind a cloud bank. No sound or trail. (Sparks; Jan Aldrich)
July 30, 1954; About 15 miles SE of Los Angeles, Calif. (BBU 3140)
11:15 a.m. (PDT). Hughes Aircraft test pilots Englert and Peterson, flying a B-25 bomber on a maintenance test hop heading ESE airspeed 170 mph [true airspeed about 200 mph] at 7,000 ft, saw a metallic, pencil-shaped object in horizontal orientation hover at above 30,000 ft for an unstated length of time while they climbed to 11,000 ft and made 30° turns to try to get a better view of object [over 4+ mins at max climb rate of about 1,000 ft/min]. Peterson, also a National Guard F-86 jet pilot, attempted to scramble jet intercept from Van Nuys National Guard Ops but could not establish radio contact (EM??). USN aircraft from the S seemed to pass under object without noticing it. (Jan Aldrich)
Aug. or Sept., 1954; New York State
Round UFO tracked on radar, plotted across state by Ground Observer Corps. [UFOE, VII]
Aug. 2, 1954; Westlake, Ohio (BBU 3149)
5:17 p.m. Ex-AAF B-17 gunner (19 missions) N. E. Schroeder saw a thin, bright ellipse, like polished metal, about 50-seconds of arc wide or about the size of a shirt button. Object hovered at 5000' for 5-8 secs, dropped down, described as a free-fall. to 2,000 ft in 3 secs and disappeared by fading out. The estimated distance of the object was 6 miles. (Don Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Aug. 4, 1954; The Hague, Netherlands
Bt. 11:00 and 12:00 p.m. Ten firemen and their chief observed the two flying saucers. The objects were seen in the clear night air at a high altitude. They moved at incredible speed, at times remaining motionless for as long as 30 seconds. They were described as being flat ovals with whitish-gray light. All of the observers agreed that the objects could not have been aircraft or balloons. (CIA information sheet. Headlines: Flying Saucers Over The Hague, Netherlands)
Aug. 6, 1954; San Antonio, Texas (BBU 3155)
6 p.m. Mechanical engineer L. H. Hormer saw an intensely white elliptical light change to yellow, orange, pink, 4-5 times while flying straight and level. (Berliner)
Aug. 7, 1954; West Germany (BBU)
Aug. 11, 1954; Lawsen AFB, Columbus, Georgia (BBU)
8:54 p.m. (EST). Lawson AFB Tower Operator AFC Chase E. Lewis, 1926-3 Det. AACS, observed strange stationary object in the W at azimuth 270° at about 2500 ft, varying in brightness, changing color from white to red to orange to white again, with seeming high speed motions [due to autokinesis]. Army helicopter 267 piloted by WO-JG R. T. Wade (506th Helicopter Co., Ft. Benning, Ga.) sent to investigate, heading 270° at 2,500 ft, located object at 20 miles W of Lawson AFB Tower (Ft. Benning) at 2,000 ft, abandoned pursuit due to low fuel after less than 2 mins, at about 8:54-8:56 p.m. AFC Lewis reported to Base Operations Dispatcher A/2c O. A. Register, Hqs Sq, Lawson AFB. At 8:56 p.m. Airdrome Officer and driver sighted object at Lawson AFB. At 9:05 p.m., two additional Lawson Tower operators included AFC William N. Watson, 1926-3 Det AACS. Second Army helicopter, no. 294, on mission piloted by WO-JG G. [U.?] S. Tarma (506th Helicopter Co., Ft. Benning, Ga.) diverted to object at 9:27 p.m., sighted it then it disappeared still at 270° azimuth (due W) at 9:29 p.m. (Paul Dean, Mike Tarbell, Sparks; NICAP website; BB files; Weinstein; Saunders/FUFOR Index) [Probable Venus IFO].
Aug. 12, 1954; Lawsen AFB, Columbus, Georgia (BBU)
Seen again in the W at 8:15 p.m. for 6 mins lost in two layers of scattered clouds. [Probable Venus IFO, as Venus was low on W horizon at azimuth 264°-268° and elevation 7° to 0° until setting at about 9:30 p.m. time of object’s disappearance. BB conclusion of Mars grossly in error, with erroneous astro calc of SW at 20° elevation when Mars in fact was in the S at azimuth 177°-186° elevation 30°-25°, rising not setting, during time of sighting.]
This is the famous Air Force Regulation 200-2. This version, dated 12 August 1954, is after the 4602 Air Intelligence Service Squadron (4602d AISS) was brought in to assist the USAF Air Technical Intelligence Center with preliminary and field UFO investigations.Aug.11, 1954; Yoron Jima, near Okinawa (BBU 3162)
8:55 p.m. P. L. Percharde, electrical engineer and assistant manager of Moeller Shipwrecker Co., of Okinawa, saw a line of blue lights underneath a blue circle with a black center fly over ship and climb, illuminating and agitating the clouds. (Berliner)
Aug. 15, 1954; San Marcos, Texas (BBU 3166)
10:20 p.m. USAF Maj. W. J. Davis and Capt. R. D. Sauers, flying a C-47 transport plane, saw a dark blue oblong object pace the C-47, veer away, then cross in front of it. (Berliner)
Aug. 22 [23?], 1954; N France [W Germany?] (BBU)
Aug. 24, 1954; Egilstadir [Lagarfiot or Lagarfljot River?], Iceland (BBU 3180)
8:30 p.m. An unnamed farmer saw a flat cylinder, 2-2.5 ft long, 4-5 ft in diameter, make a loud whizzing sound, fly straight and level, fast, then slow, then fall into sandbar. (Berliner)
Aug. 26, 1954; Danville, Virginia (BBU 3182)
6:15 a.m. Rev. W. L. Shelton saw 2 domed ellipses, 20 ft long, 8 ft thick, 10 ft at ends, glowing silver or orange, hover, then climb side-by-side while getting brighter. (Don Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Aug. 27, 1954; Dorchester, Mass. (BBU 3185)
1 p.m. EDST. Two observers on ground, one wearing polaroid glasses (?). Primary witness, E. A. Srazdes, considered reliable. Reports seven, white, teardrop-shaped objects in the east at 45-degree elevation. , described as being as large as high-flying bombers, turned blue, flew in in-line line formation with no exhaust or trail. Objects moving at a slow speed at first, then increase noted when they disappeared to the northwest after two minutes observation. (Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Aug. 28, 1954; Tinker AFB, Okla (BBU)
8:30 p.m. Several USAF pilots flying fighters saw a triangular formation of 15 objects, tracked by ground radar. (Weinstein; UFOE, VIII)
Aug. 29, 1954; Prince Christian, Greenland (BBU 3189)
11:05 a.m. 1st Officer H. G. Gardner and engineer J. V. D. Whitisy [and another witness Namely?] flying on Royal Dutch Airlines DC-4 (PH-DBZ), saw 3-4 dark, lens-shaped objects veer N and change position in formation. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)
Aug. 30, 1954; Port Alegre, Brazil
House lights failed as UFO passed. (NICAP list)
Aug. 31, 1954; Nowra, Australia
Radar/Sighting from a/c. O'Farrell Case/Sea Fury Incident (Bill Chalker, Mike Swords, M)
Sept., 1954; UK city not noted.
Sept. 4, 1954; Butler, Missouri (BBU 3196)
3 a.m. CST. CAA communications specialist J. Faltemeier reported 23-33 lights, as if on a string, flying straight and level. Observed overhead at estimated 40,000 to 50,000 feet heading SW (243 degrees) with no sound. Duration: 1-1/2 minutes. Same or similar objects observed previous evening by two other civilians. Air Force even listed this one as a unknown. (Berliner, Sparks, Wilson)
Sept. 5, 1954; Butler, Missouri (BBU 3198)
12:23 a.m. [CST?] CAA communications specialist J. Faltemeier saw a silver or white object with a slightly swept-back leading edge and a following exhaust, fly straight and level, then veer SW to S. (Berliner)
Sept 5, 1954; Rockford, Ill
Bt. 10:35 and 11:15 p.m. As they had done on many occasions, amateur astronomers, Peter Bartkus and Theodore McColm, were watching the moon through a telescope. Bartkus wrotes: “I observed the most unusual phenomena I have ever had the experience of witnessing.” Bartkus continues:“The moon was observed through my 6” cassigrain reflector telescope using a secondary mirror. The total focal length for this setup is over 100”, and with the use of 150 and 200 power oculars we got tremendous power with the least loss of light.“ The moon was in the first quarter and its diameter was 29 feet, 30 inches.We saw a spherical object ascending from the northern section of Mare Humboldtanum area. It was not glowing or brilliant, but seemed more like a dull reflected light of a planet. Its size we estimated at about the diameter of craters Pitiscus or Vlaco. At the time it disappeared it had travelled more than 29” or 30” of arc in about 40 minutes. We checked out the possibility of atmospheric diffraction in the sky or the scope by traversing the scope, and by changing the oculars. The object must have been a powered body because as the moon was descending at 1081 mph, the object was ascending and not following a true orbit. It was definitely in space, and in the same field as the moon, or near the moon.”(CRIFO Newsletter,Oct 1, 1954, Leonard Stringfield, FBI files)
Sept. 7, 1954; Origny, France
12:30 a.m. Robert Chovel and his wife and father-in-law were driving home from the theater in Hirson, Aisne Department when they saw a luminous, red-orange "disk" flying above the railroad tracks. The "disk" stopped suddenly across the road, 300-400 meters from the ground. It seemed to have on its upper side a small luminous tail, forming an integral part of the object. When the travelers reached the bridge at Buire, they saw what they believed to be a "flying saucer" increasing its altitude. As soon as the car lights beamed on it, the object started flying at great speed towards LaHerie 3-4 kilometers away and disappeared. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Flying Disk Sighted In Aisne Department; UFOE, II)
Sept. 9, 1954; Nelson, N.Z.
Hovering disc photographed. [UFOE, VIII]
Sept.10, 1954; Quarouble, France
A metal worker, Marius Dewilde, age 34, came out of his house when his dog was barking and saw a dark object sitting on the railroad tracks. He then observed two dwarfs walking toward it. When he tried to stop them, he found himself paralyzed as a strong orange beam of light that was projected at him. The beings were under 1 meter (3.3 feet) tall, bulky, and wore dark diving suits. No faces or arms were visible. Imprints were made by an object, that an engineer estimated must have weighed 30 tons. French police and the French Air Force investigated the case. (Sources: Le Parisien, September 13, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 44; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 209).
Sept. 14, 1954; Helsinki
Night. Several people reported having seen a circular flying object. The object, flying at an altitude of 800 meters, gave off an intense light and left a trail of reddish smoke about three times its diameter. It was visible for about 7 seconds. (CIA information sheet. Headline: Flying Saucers Over Helsinki)
Sept.15, 1954; Bihar, India
Gray disc hovered, emitted smoke and climbed away at high speed. [UFOE, X]
Sept.16, 1954; Nr. Roanoke, Va.
Shiny, round object buzzed radio tower; transmitter failed to operate properly. [UFOE, VIII]
Sept.17, 1954; Rome, Italy
Thousands of citizens, Italian Air Force radar watched disc-like object which departed upwards. [UFOE, VIII]
Sept. 18, 1954. Kimpo Air Base, Korea (BBU 3213)
5:55 a.m. 2 control tower operators, a weather forecaster and a weather observer, saw a round object, like polished aluminum, fly straight and level. (Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Sept. 18, 1954; Near Denver, Colo., Santa Fe, Las Cruces, New Mexico, to Enid, Okla. (BBU)
8:40 p.m. Green fireball seen by thousands of witnesses heading SE, noiseless, angular size of full moon. (Ruppelt p. 47)
Sept. 18, 1954; New Mexico
Strange green fireball; radio, TV and airport radio interference. (NICAP list)
Sept.19, 1954; Danane, French West Africa
Officials watched oval UFO with dome and "searchlights". [UFOE, X]
Sept. 21, 1954; Barstow, Calif. (BBU 3222)
1 a.m. (PST) 2 local policemen, 4 USMC police, and a highway patrolman saw a red-orange ball giving off sparks, and a smaller light, making a zigzag descent then hover. (Don Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Sept. 20, 1954; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Dark saucer-shaped UFO arced overhead, leveled off and moved into distance. [UFOE, XII]
Sept. 21, 1954; Santa Maria Airport, Azores (BBU 3224)
9:45 p.m. Airport guard saw a 10 ft x 5 ft light metallic blue, pecan-shaped object with a clear glass or plastic nose and door, poles or aerials on the nose, humming or whining as it hovered, then land vertically 50 ft away. A blond man, 5 ft 10 in tall appeared, spoke in a strange language, patted the guard on the shoulder, got in the object, hooked up his harness, pushed a button, took off with the object's nose pointed up, then leveled off and climbed vertically. (Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Sept. 22, 1954; 3 miles E of Marshfield, Missouri (BBU 3226)
9 [11?] a.m. Private pilot Jack N. Williams and Ernest J. Ash saw a thin, translucent, tan asymmetrical boomerang-shaped object about 6-7 ft wide revolving as it hovered to the SW about 600 ft height and 600 ft distance, ascended to 1500 ft in 20 secs, descended, then tumbled down behind some trees after emitting white puff of smoke or vapor. Marks were found in the ground "pulverized." (Don Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Sept. 23, 1954; Gatlinburg, Tenn. (BBU 3227)
9:45 a.m. (EST) Two witnesses, David Owenby and a woman named Ethel Trainer, had their attention drawn to the reflectivity of two objects moving slowly across thec sky, one behing the other. The twobright silver, bicycle-wheel-shaped objects went from north to south in trail for two minutes until they flew over the horizon. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)
Sept. 26, 1954; Altoona, Penna. (BB)
9:04 p.m. (EST) Capt. Picune and crew of United Airlines DC-6 Flight 606 at 19,000 ft and ground speed 382 mph saw a fire-colored object, flat on bottom rounded on top, approaching, flying parallel for about 1 min, then pulling forward at tremendous speed, disappearing in the E. (Dan Wilson, NARCAP; FUFOR Index)
Fall 1954; Korea
Marine Corps weather observer saw 7 discs oscillating in formation. [UFOE, XII]
Oct. 1954; Cherry Valley, N. Y.
Engineer sighted maneuvering disc. [UFOE, I]
Oct. 1 thru Nov. 20, 1954; Killeen Base (Gray AFB), Texas (BB)
Innumerable times during the period 1 October through November 20, 1954, an oval shaped silver glowing object the apparent size of a quarter held at arm's length was seen in the sky by many Security Guards of the 8455th M.P. Co. The sightings were all during the hours of darkness. Description of the course of the object; Flight in horizontal plane, frequently changing direction 90 degrees, disappearing on the horizon to the Southwest. Appeared to be traveling at a very high rate of speed. Angle of elevation given as almost vertical (?). No sound was heard. The observes state that the object and its actions are unlike any object they had previously witnessed including heavenly bodies. By virtue of the observers position the reliability of the sighters must be beyond question. (Dan Wilson, BB files)
There are actually two peak dates for the Wave of 1954: October 3 and October 14. The first is a Sunday, the second date is a Thursday. Both have 84 cases recorded in UFOCAT version 2009. - Don Johnson, UFOCAT
Oct. 3, 1954; Nr. Waben, France
UFO paced car. [UFOE, II]
Oct. 4, 1954; Essex, UK
Saturn-shaped disc buzzed RAF Meteor jet. (Salandin Case) [UFOE, X]
Oct. 5, 1954; Houston, Texas (BBU)
At 12:45 a.m. CST, lights the size of a pea changed from orange to bluish-green, were seen below observer's aircraft. Objects maintained no set flight pattern. Objects would suddenly disappear and then reappear in different numbers and different formations. Two objects were picked up on air radar set. The length of observation was 45 minutes. The time given on the Project Record Card is confusing and given as 05/0645Z (Night) [Smith?] (McDonald list, Mary Castnor/CUFOS),
Oct. 7 (or 9), 1954; Isles-sur-Suippes, France
UFO shaped like "giant artillery shell" with "portholes"; landing or near-landing case. [UFOE, XII]
Oct. 7, 1954; Cuisy (Seine-Et-Marne), France
Car motor and headlights failed as cigar-shaped UFO passed above. (NICAP list)
Oct. 7, 1954; FRANCE, near St-Jeans d'Asse
6:20 a.m. A milk truck driver, when driving up a small hill, experienced a complete failure of the engine and lights of his vehicle. He got out to inspect the motor with a flashlight that functioned normally. He then saw an intense blue light in the sky shining towards him. The light blinked off in a few seconds, and the engine could be restarted and the lights turned on. (Rodeghier, Flying Saucers and the Straightline Mystery, Michel)
Oct. 9, 1954; FRANCE, Cuisy, Seine-et-Marne
9:20 p.m. As Andre Bartoli was turning his car around when leaving his friend's home, he saw an orange-yellow glow in the sky. His car's motor failed at that point. He jumped out to see a cigar-shaped UFO, half the diameter of the moon, traveling in a straight line SW. His friend also saw the object, which was also colored orange-yellow. Mr. Bartoli then found that his headlights had gone out. Curiously, the speedometer needle still pointed to the position it occupied when the UFO was seen, not at zero. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 11, 1954; FRANCE, Fronfrede
4:15 a.m. Mr. Baptiste Jourdy, a 30-year-old milk truck driver, while out on his normal route, had his engine suddenly die and headlights go out, He got out to inspect his vehicle and saw overhead a glowing, multi-colored object. It crossed the road at right angles and disappeared in one to two minutes. His headlights came back on and the engine could then be restarted. (Rodeghier, Flying Saucers and the Straightline Mystery, Michel)
Oct. 11, 1954; FRANCE, near Sassier
4:30 a.m. Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, driving to a fair at Corbigny, both suddenly felt electric shocks through their bodies. The motor of the car died and the head-lights went out. They became paralyzed and saw on the ground, 50 yards away, a round object. Three small figures were beside the object, The figures disappeared into the object, which then left rapidly. The headlights came on, the paralysis ended, and the engine could be restarted. A resident of a nearby village reported a UFO at the same time. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 11, 1954; FRANCE, Chateauneuf
10:00 p.m. Three young girls, returning from a trip, saw two luminous globes at a low altitude. The engine of their car died and the headlights went out. For five minutes they watched the two globes as they executed several movements. One globe was much larger, and it eventually turned brilliant white with a reddish halo. Both globes eventually disappeared by dropping straight down towards the Charente River valley. The car could then be restarted. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 11, 1954; Brosses-Thillot, Saone-Et-Loire (near), France
Motorcycle stalled, round lighted UFO observed about 50 yards ahead.
Oct. 13, 1954; Nouasseur, French Morocco (BBU 3260)
10:05 a.m. Weather observer following a balloon in his theodolite saw a round, flat, silver object fly straight and level. (Berliner)
Oct. 14, 1954; FRANCE, St. Romain-sous-Gordon
Nightfall. A Mr. B., riding his motorcycle alone to Brosses-Thillot, experienced engine failure. As he got off to investigate, a bright light appeared, which was revealed to be a circular object that looked "like aplate turned upside down." After watching it for some time, he pushed the motorcycle down the road, where it was then restarted. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 14, 1954; FRANCE, Chazey Wood, near Gueugnon
7:30 p.m. Two men observed a reddish fireball pass over their car. The motor stopped and the head-lights went out. The light quickly passed out of view in seconds, and the headlights came back on. The car could then be restarted. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 15, 16, 17, 1954; Kingfisher, Okla. (BBU 3269)
8:45 p.m. 50 objects with illuminated bottoms were seen flying in a V-formation, high speed, on successive nights. Only data is on summary card. (Berliner)
Oct. 16, 1954; FRANCE, Baillolet
Night. Dr. Henri Robert, a veterinarian, noticed four circular objects at a height of less than 1,000 feet. They moved in formation, but one then descended in a "falling leaf" maneuver close to the ground ahead of Dr. Robert's auto. At a distance of 100 yards from the UFO, Dr. Robert felt an electric shock and his engine and lights died. The UFO then landed--Dr. Robert was paralyzed. He saw a small humanoid, about three feet tall. The light on the UFO went out and every-thing was dark and silent for several minutes. Then suddenly the headlights came on and Dr. Robert could see the UFO moving away low to the ground. He could now move and had no trouble starting his car. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 18, 1954; Coheix, Puy-De-Dorne, France
Driver of light truck felt half paralyzed, motor began missing; dark elongated object seen in nearby field.
Oct. 18, 1954; FRANCE, near Coheix
5:30 p.m. A 42-year-old man was driving around a bend in the road when he suddenly felt paralyzed. The motor of his vehicle slowed, even though he tried to speed up. He then noticed in a field an elongated brown object, hovering about five feet up. Since his car had not stalled, the witness continued driving out of sight of the object. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 20, 1954; FRANCE, Turquenstein
Evening. While driving his automobile in a wooded region, the single witness noticed a luminous shape resting on the road ahead. He slowed, but when he was within 60 feet, he felt paralyzed. His hands were frozen to the steering wheel. His car motor also went dead, but as the car coasted to a stop, he noticed an increasing sensation of heat. The UFO quickly rose and left to the northeast; the sensation of heat vanished, the witness could move, and the engine was restarted. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 21, 1954; FRANCE, LaRochelle
Night. A man and his three-year-old son were out on a drive when the man felt an electric-shock all over his body. He also had a sensation of increased heat, and his son began to cry. The engine of the car then died and the head-lights went out. Suddenly an object on the road directly in front of the car became very bright. The witness had not seen it before. It was red in color, which changed to orange as it rose into the air. The car could then be restarted and the physical symptoms disappeared. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 21, 1954; FRANCE, Criteuil-la-Madeleine
8:00 p.m. A bricklayer's car engine and lights failed when a ball of fire passed nearby. The witness felt a violent displacement of air as it passed. The car could not be restarted--it was found to have a dead battery and burned-out headlight bulbs. (Rodeghier, Passport to Magonia, Vallee; The Humanoids, Bowen)
Oct. 22, 1954; Marysville, Ohio
School principal, teacher, 60 students saw silver cigar-shaped UFO with "portholes" hover over school, then speed away; "angel's hair" fell. [UFOE, VIII]
Oct. 23, 1954; Olmstead AFB, Pennsylvania (BB)
8:45 p.m. EST. The pilot of a T-33 jet aircraft observed a blue round object the apparent size of a baseball held at arm's length. The object made a 10 o'clock fighter pass from the left down in front of nose of aircraft making loop and pursuit curves. There was another sighting one hour later. Location of observers: 3410N 8130W (South Carolina) / 3450N 7905W, (North Carolina). The length of the observation was 3-5 seconds. The location given on the PROJECT 10073 RECORD is Olmstead AFB, Penn., a Flight Service Center. (Dan Wilson, Blue Book files)
Oct. 23, 1954 - New Yorker
Magazine. "Letter From Parts" column detailed recent French sightings.
Oct. 23, 1954; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma (BBU)
9:23 p.m. (CST) Objects on FPS-10 (PPI scope). Upon initial pickup speed was in excess of 3200 nautical mph, but changed to 250 nautical mph. The target appeared in size, shape and brillance equal to a normal IFF. (Dan Wilson, McDonald list)
Oct. 23, 1954; Cincinnati, Ohio
Radio made harsh shrieking noise, volume increased; then reddish disc seen circling overhead.
Prof. Herman Oberth's article, "Flying Saucers Come From A Distant World."
Oct. 24, 1954; Porto Alegre, Brazil
Formation of silver, circular objects sped over Air Force base. [UFOE, X]
Oct. 24, 1954; FRANCE, near Biozat
9:00 p.m. A motorcyclist's engine died suddenly. He was just beginning to inspect it when an egg-shaped object rose into the air from the side of the road. The UFO left a bright trail. The motorcycle could be restarted after the UFO left. (Rodeghier, Passport to Magonia, Vallee; The Humanoids, Bowen)
Oct. 25, 1954; Belgrade, Yugoslavia
High speed objects some egg-shaped seen by hundreds. [UFOE, X]
Oct. 26, 1954; FRANCE, near Saint-Quirin
Two farmers and their mother saw a UFO which was orange in color, Six meters in diameter, and three meters high. As it flew over them, the tractor engine died, and the tractor lights went out. After the UFO departed, the tractor could not be restarted and its battery was found dead. (Rodeghier, The Humanoids, Bowen)
Oct. 27, 1954: nr Linzeux, France. Headlights and motor failed, two passengers felt “electric shock.” UFO passed ahead of car. (NICAP, 1960).
Oct. 27, 1954; FRANCE, Linzeux
Evening. A merchant and his deliveryman saw a bright light pass quickly overhead. The motor of their truck stalled and the headlights failed at this point, and both men felt electric shocks. The UFO was shaped like a sphere and quickly traveled out of view. Other people in the area saw the same object in the distance, but experienced no effects. (Rodeghier, Michel)
Oct. 27, 1954; FRANCE, Les-Jonquerets-de-Livet
9:30 p.m. A motorcycle failed at the spot where a UFO was previously seen two hours before by a farmer. Some men from a nearby village went to investigate and saw an elongated object on the ground. Two small humanoids about one meter in height were near the object, wearing armor-type clothes and walking stiffly. They vanished suddenly and the UFO took off noiselessly. (Rogeghier, Passport to Magonia, Vallee)
Oct. 28, 1954; Miho Air Base, Japan (BBU 3281)
5:32 p.m. USAF pilots Lt. Col. O. C. Cook and Lt. J. W. Brown, on ground using 7x50 binoculars, saw a brilliant white, round-oval object initially at 12-15 degrees elevation in the SSW, disappearing at 20-25 degree elevation in the SW. Object climbing at same azimuth passing in front of cloud layer aty 21,000' grew larger and brighter. After 45-seconds object made right angle turn to the North, movement lateral, disappearing behing cloud at 4,000'. (Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Oct. 28, 1954; Rome, Italy
Mrs. Clare Booth Luce, American Ambassador, others sighted luminous, round UFO. [UFOE, X]
Oct. 29, 1954; SE of Taiwan (BBU)
6 p.m. USAF crew of C-47D transport plane saw a long narrow bright blue object emitting deep orange sparks from front and rear. (Project 1947)
Oct. 29, 1954; Terciera Islands, Azores (BBU 3287)
9 p.m. 4 Portuguese nationals saw a grey object, shaped like a stovepipe with a center bulge and short wings (10 ft long, 3 ft in diameter, 3 ft wings) having concave wingtips, make a gargling sound when hovering, then disappear in the glare of airplane landing lights. (Berliner)
Oct. 31, 1954; FRANCE, "Corrompu," near Long
Three people in a field saw an oval orange object on the ground. Their tractor's lights went off when the object lifted from the ground. It emitted a bright light when taking off, and made a noise like bees in a beehive while in flight. It eventually turned towards the southwest and moved away. Witnesses estimated its size to be four to five meters. (Rodeghier, The Humanoids, Bowen)
Late October to early November, 1954; United Kingdom
Noon (approx). According to a War Office statement a few days after the events, radars in an undisclosed area of the UK registered "formations" of unidentified echoes on 6 occasions. The story was covered by numerous British and European newspapers. There were not just one but several radar stations that picked this up a formation (more than 40 objects) that changed patterns as the sweeps occurred creating in sequence “U=Z”. (Martin Shough)
Nov. 5, 1954; Lookout Point, N.Z.
Orange elliptical object with blue "portholes" observed. [UFOE, XII]
Nov, 8, 1954; FRANCE, La-Tessoualle
Dusk. As a single witness saw a blue disc, his car engine died and the headlights went out. The disc came closer and the witness was paralyzed with a feeling of pricklings on his hands. When the blue light on the UFO disappeared, he could move and start the car. The UFO, which was five to six meters in size, now appeared again 200 meters away. As he drove towards it, the object again turned off the blue light and flew away with a soft whistling sound. (Rodeghier, The Humanoids, Bowen)
Nov. 8, 1954; Knoxville, Tennessee (BB)
7:00 p.m. Mrs. Holbert riding in a car with her husband saw two round silver objects the size of a nickel at arm's length at an elevation of 45 degrees at 170 degrees azimuth. The objects with one in front and the other slightly to the right moved from the SE to the NW until they were almost over the observer. At one point the objects appeared to stop. The objects then changed directions and headed SE. No sound was heard. The objects were observed for approximately 5 minutes. The sketch in the AIR INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION REPORT shows a sharp turn made by the objects from NW to SE. (BB files, Dan Wilson)
Nov. 12, 1954; Louisville, Kentucky (BB)
3-6 p.m. Spherical object moved south, hovered for long period. [UFOE, VIII]
Nov. 13, 1954; FRANCE, near Buchy
A luminous UFO rose from the ground as the engine of the witnesses' car slowed but did not fail completely. They also were paralyzed and felt pricklings on their skin. (Rodeghier, The Humanoids, Bowen)
Nov. 14, 1954; Curitiba, Parana State. Brazilov
3:30 a.m. A disk-shaped object was seen landed on the railroad tracks at a place between the railroad stations of Coponhae and Uray, Parana State. The witness, Mr. Jose Rodrigues, working with Group 19 from “Parama-Santa Catarina Railroad Network”, reported that three little “men” of small size, dressed in shiny, close-fitted clothes and with very strong colors, jumped from the machine, an oval-shaped object, and began to inspect the tracks with the help of luminous objects they had in their hands. "They were examining the 'ballast' with the aid of lanterns. When they spotted me, they hurried back to their apparatus, which took off at a great speed." Approximately at the same hour, a professor saw a “shiny” object over the village of Urai, mentioned before. The prefect (sheriff) of this city and several inhabitants of the region went to the place of the incident.(CUFOS Rob Swiatek, Barry Greenwood, Rio's newspapers, “CORRETO DA MANHA, etc.).
Nov. 14, 1954; Forli, Italy
Three tractor drivers watched a bright red, luminous UFO approach them in a farm field. As it came near, the two engines that worked by internal combustion failed, but the diesel engine still ran. The men ran away; when they returned, the UFO had departed. The two engines that had failed still caused some trouble after the sighting. (Rodeghier, UFOs: The Whole Story, Coral and Jim Lorenzen) .
Nov. 15. 1954, Verviers, Belgium
"Flying cigar" escorted by 4 other "shining objects" on Saturday night. No further information. (Egyptian Gazette)
Nov. 15, 1954; Augusta, Maine (BBU 3326)
4 p.m. N. Gallant, manager of radio station WFAV, saw 10 gold, circular objects fly in vertical V-formation, straight and level. (Don Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Nov. 19, 1954; 130 miles ESE of New Orleans, Louisiana (BBU)
9:04 p.m. Crew of National Airlines Flight 918 at 17,500 ft en route from New Orleans to Tampa, Flor., heading about 105°, saw a light flashing blue and white moving up and down directly in front at an unknown distance for 3-5 mins when it moved to the NE out of sight. (NARCAP; McDonald list; Mary Castner/CUFOS)
Nov. 19, 1954; Corvallis, Oregon (BBU 3331)
4:15 p.m. P. J. Gunn, assistant professor of art at Oregon State University and ex-USN aviation cadet, saw a bright white light hover 8.5-9 mins, then cross 20° of sky in 3-3.5 mins. (Berliner)
Nov. 21, 1954; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
11:30 a.m. local. Crew, passenger of Brazilian airliner saw 19 glowing UFOs. [UFOE, X]
Nov. 25, 1954; Cordoba, Argentina
Meteorologist, control tower operator at airport watched two hovering luminous objects (official report from Argentine Embassy). [UFOE, X]
Nov. 26, 1954; Matasquan, N. J.
Formation of round objects. (Confidential report from college professor.) [UFOE, VII] Millville, N. J. Disc with four body lights. [UFOE, II]
Nov. 28, 1954; Manila, Philippines (BBU 3341)
10:50 a.m. AIIR states that a confidential source, a medical doctor, considered fairly reliable, was traveling in the back seat with his chauffeur driving after a game of golf when he noticed a strange orange glow in the south approaching the area. The witness ordered the car stopped and then got out to observe. The object at 30-degree elevation grew in size, and after 3 minutes stopped at 45-degree elevation for 1 minute, then reversed its path, then made a 180-degree turn due North and was gone 3 seconds. Object described as being at about 8,000', bright orange, flat-bottomed, domed, 65-70 ft across, 18-20 ft high. AIIR states: "UFOB had 4 evenly-spaced bright yellow discs along the sides with a portion of a 5th disc visible." Object had a bright orange exhaust trail while in motion. No sound. Duration: 4 mins 3 secs. Listed by the Air Force as an "unknown": "This report is significant, in that if true, an airborne object which cannot be positively identified has on at least one occasion been sighted in the Manila skies." (Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Dec. 2, 1954; Ceuta, Spanish Morocco (BBU)
2:10 p.m. local. A French military radar site at Ceuta tracked a target which was simultaneously observed visually by the crew of a fighter in the air. The speeds and altitudes of the target were recorded for a continuous period of about I hour from 1410 to 1510, during which time its altitude varied between ~ km (23.000') and 18 km (59,000') with variations in speed from 10 kph (6 mph) to 220 kph (137 mph). The altitude/speed diagram shows a rate-of-climb of >1500 rpm maintained for some 17 minutes (speed 100 mph slowing latterly to 40 mph) up to an altitude of nearly 59,000', levelling off with speed dropping briefly to near-zero, then accelerating steadily to 137 mph over about 12 minutes at the same altitude before suddenly dropping 20,000' in 1 minute down to 39,000' and again levelling off, still at 137 mph, for about 10 minutes, at which point the target dropped, with a simultaneous rapid deceleration, at a mean rate of about 5000 fpm for 3 minutes down to another level of 23,000' at <60 mph, maintaining this speed and level for some 10 minutes until contact was lost. Radar duration: 60 mins. approx. (Vallee CS 1966 186; NARCAP TR -6, Pg. 52, McDonald list)
Dec. 3, 1954; Gulfport, Mississippi (BBU 3352)
12:12 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Mellen saw a translucent grey, round, flat object rotating on its vertical axis at high rate. Headed SE at 500-600 mph. (Berliner, Dan Wilson)
Dec. 3, 1954; Wilmington, N. C.
Civil Aeronautics Administration personnel watched round, yellowish UFO through binoculars. [UFOE, V]
Dec. 5, 1954; North East, Pa.
Domed object with double row of square "ports" hovered low over Lake Erie. [UFOE, XII]
Dec. 7, 1954; Cape Province, South Africa (BBU 3356)
1:15 p.m. Weather officer, using a theodolite was tracking a weather balloon, when the reflected light from another object attracted his attention. He reported that he saw a white, semi-circular, flat object with a dome on top, same size as the balloon, move slowly from W to E, then turn N. Observed for 7 minutes. (Berliner; UFOE, X)
Dec. 7, 1954; Edenton, North Carolina (BB)
At 3:05 p.m. Capt. Dayton Robinson, Jr. was flying a Marine TV-2 aircraft near Norfolk, Va., with his passenger Cpl. Edwin G. Capone, when they observed a dull white balloon-shaped object. Robinson rolled the aircraft toward the object with the intention of circling the object. At this time the object appeared to accelerate rapidly and moved to the south in a slight climb at approximately 15,000 feet. The speed of the object was estimated to be 2,700 to 3,000 mph. The object was observed for approximately 20-23 seconds. (BB files).
Dec. 19, 1954; Vienna, Austria
High-speed UFOs reported. [UFOE, X]
Dec. 20, 1954; Pontiac, Mich.
Red-orange circular UFO, with white glow from "portholes" at front, sped overhead. [UFOE, XII]
Dec. 23, 1954; NE of Nogales, Arizona (BBU)
At 10:19 p.m. MST, an F-86D pilot had both radar and visual contact with an object described as a hazy glow of red and green flashes. The object remained 5,000 to 10,000 feet above the F-86 at all times. The length of the observation was approx. 40 minutes. Momentary interference was noted on radar scopes both in the F-86D and at the 684th AC&W Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB. (Dan Wilson, Weinstein)
Dec. 29, 1954; San Diego, Calif. (BBU)
Daytime. Crew flying B-47 saw 2 objects pass the plane. (Weinstein; BB files??)