1955 UFO Chronology
Creatures at Kelly
Aug. 21-22, 1955; Kelly (Hopkinsville), Kentucky (BBU)

Released: 15 December 2005, Updated 14 Jan 2019
This is a 10-page report on an on-going project involving a number of people. With the help of William Wise (Project Blue Book Archive), and Dan Wilson (digging out the cases from my checklist), the task becomes much easier. But without Brad Sparks' updated list, the Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns, the entire project would have been impossible. And our thanks also go to Jean Waskiewicz who created the online NICAP DBase (NSID) that helped make it possible to link from the cases to the reports themselves.

For the record, we have four basic sources for reports. The first and foremost is the list of BB unknowns Brad provided. Next we have the NICAP site cases that we have selected throughout the years because of case value and interest. And then we have the old NICAP chronologies which have many cases pending details and documentation. The brief case descriptions of the latter group, giving the Cat (Category) number, name of some witness, and source in brackets (M=military), are noticeable NICAP UFO Evidence entries that haven't yet been processed in and some of those may turn out to be unknowns. Lastly, beginning with this year (1955) I have added a feature that will be incorporated in the upcoming years and retroactive with the previous years, sighting lists by month. Months can be accessed here or within the chronology.

Francis Ridge

NICAP Site Coordinator

The 1955 UFO Chronology

1955; Agrinion, Greece
Cat. 3. Truck driver and hotel manager driving over mountain road saw luminous object fly overhead, truck engine stopped.

1955; Virginia, nr. Washington, D. C.
Navy pilot observed domed disc. [UFOE, IV]

Jan, 1, 1955; 30 miles E [W?] of Cochise, New Mexico (BBU 3382)
6:44 a.m. PST. Instructor  [Capt. D. F. Ritzdorf ?] and student pilot [F. W. Miller?] flying USAF B-25 bomber/trainer saw a metallic disc, shaped like two pie pans face-to-face, 120-130 ft diameter, pace the B-25, showing both its edge and its face. Only item in case file was summary form. [See Feb. 1, 1955, incident.] (Berliner; cf. NARCAP)

Jan. 2, 1955; Nr. Punta San Juan, Venezuela
Airliner en route to Maracaibo approached by luminous UFO. [UFOE, X]

Jan, 3, 1955; AUSTRALIA, Melbourne (E-M)
7:25 a.m. Two persons in a car saw a flying object come within 70 metres of them after their vehicle was stopped (stalled) . (Source: Vallee, J. Passport to Magonia. p.248. Catalogue number 359, Rodeghier) Email from Keith Basterfield

Jan. 14, 1955; Bet. Virginia and Kansas (BBU)
6 p.m. Airliner pilot saw a dark object leaving a contrail. (Project 1947)

Jan. 19, 1955; Pacific Ocean (BBU)
8:10 a.m. U.S. military pilot saw a white-reddish globular object flying level with the aircraft. (Project 1947)

Jan. 26, 1955; Lakeland, Florida (BBU 3401)
6:15 p.m. J. M. Holland saw a black smoke trail make a circle. There was an explosion and some objects fell. No further information in file. (Berliner)

Jan. 28, 1955; Fairbanks, Alaska
Midnight. The man reporting said he was in­volved in an 'occurrence' while a member of the Air Defense Command stationed at Fairbanks, Alaska. He and his pilot were on number one alert, when the scramble bell sounded at 12:01. GCI radar had an unknown track with a heading of 135 degrees. The target, at first report was travelling at 2,800 knots; in the space of some ten minutes the targets' speed had been recomputed as 3,200, 3,600, and finally 4,800 knots. The target crossed their interception track while still out of range of the airborne radar and out of sight visually. Another pilot who was in the air at the time told him that he saw a 'blood red' glow in the sky in that part where the unknown should have been. This object was above 30,000 feet altitude, climbing at that altitude and they were still climbing when they gave up the chase. (Letter: To: APRO. From: Herbert B. Johnson, Jr. Rt. 1, Box 244, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. 55744. Date: 6 March 67. APRO files. Photocopy in Loren Gross files).

9:07 p.m. (CST). Iowa Air National Guard pilots, Major A. Packer and Lt. D. Myers with 132nd Fighter Bomber Group flying a T-33A jet (s/n 52-9590) heading 30° at 290 knots (330 mph) saw a white light flashing at a set rate, no trail, on a direct head on collision course in level flight at 20,000 ft. At the last instant the object rose and flew over the jet, climbing rapidly to 35,000 ft. When the pilot tried to chase the object it out climbed and out turned him, seemingly using radar or similar means to track the T-33A so as to employ highly maneuverable tactics at "excess" speed and altitude. (Project 1947; NARCAP)

Jan. 31, 1955; Fuju [?], Japan (BBU)
1:33 p.m. U.S. military pilots saw a white circular object, no trail, moving against the wind. (Project 1947)

Feb. 1, 1955; 20 miles E of Cochise, New Mexico (BBU 3414)
7:55 [6:55?] p.m. Instructor Capt. D.  F. Ritzdorf and aviation cadet F. W. Miller flying TB-25 bomber/trainer (s/n 44-86894) at 13,000 ft and ground speed 238 mph saw a very bright round object with red and white hues approach then hover off the left wing of the TB-25 for 5 mins about 5° above horizontal. Object climbed rapidly on a parallel flight track to disappearance in 3 mins. [See Jan. 1, 1955, incident.] (Berliner; NARCAP)

Feb. 2, 1955; Miramar NAS, Calif. (BBU 3416)
11:50 a.m. USN Cdr. J. L. Ingersoll saw a highly polished sphere, with reddish-brown coloring, fall, then instantly accelerate to 1,000-1,500 mph. [More details at link above]  (Berliner)

Feb. 2, 1955; Valera (near Merida), Venezuela
Aeropost Airlines pilot, approached by top-shaped object, with "portholes" and central ring. Radio went dead both at Valera and Barq. as pilot started to report a UFO sighting. [UFOE, X]

Feb. 7, 1955; Harrisburg, Penna. (BBU)
10:18 a.m. Flying Tiger pilot saw a brilliant object flash off to the S. (Project 1947)

Feb. 7, 1955; Knights Landing, California (BB)
4:30 p.m. local. During observations of conventional jet aircraft the witness observed the antics of a winged UFO that reportedly executed a vertical climb and later, a steep dive. This incident was discovered in an OSI document to the FBI, found in the Blue Book file collection. If this actually occurred it would be an interesting, but distant encounter, worth posting in the Cat. 1 file. (Dan Wilson, BB files)

Feb. 7, 1955; Ft. Wayne, Indiana (BBU)
At 7:55 p.m. EST American Airline pilots of Flight 266 while flying over Fort Wayne, observed 5 star-like stationary objects due north at an estimated altitude of 30,000 to 40,000 feet. The objects then departed at terrific speed.

Feb. 10, 1955; Bethesda, Maryland (BBU 3427)
10:03 p.m. E. J. Stein, model maker at U.S. Navy ship design facility, saw an object, shaped like a small portion of the bottom of the Moon, with a radiant yellow color, hover for 30 seconds. The bottom changed to a funnel shape. (Berliner)

Feb. 11, 1955; Ryukyu Islands, S Japan (BBU)
7:15 p.m. local. USAF MATS crew flying C-124 transport saw a yellow or amber object shaped like a Jack o lantern flying at 25,000' and 1,000 mph. (Project 1947) All we have is the Project Record Card and "case missing". "Considering reliability of crew and good weather conditions, evaluations considered unknown, Duration and other factors missing and case carried as insufficient data." (Project 1947)

Feb. 11, 1955; Miama to New York
Pan American Airways flight saw two reddish-green objects speed past under wing. [UFOE, V]

Feb. 14, 1955; Green City, Missouri (BB)
5:15 p.m. CST. A civilian witness reported that a disc-shaped object, 100' in diameter and 12' thick, hovered at 500'. This object, complete with "windows", would be classified as a flying saucer, and in 1955 was suuposed to be investigated by Project Blue Book. It was reported to the Air Force as the UFOB Index Card shows. "The observer was driving a vehicle at the time of sighting and estimated that he was one mile from the object at this time. Due to the brevity of sighting (20-25 secs), the delay in the receipt of the preliminary report at this Headquarters, and, therefore the improbability of investigation turning up more valuable information, no subsequent investigation was directed." (BB files, Dan wilson)

Feb. 17, 1955; Blackstone, Virginia (BBU)
USAF pilot in flight saw an extremely large light-blue object at 35,000 ft. (Project 1947)

A 1954-1955 study by Douglas Aircraft Company of unconventional propulsion
 systems; with references to "flying saucers."  Memo dated 1 March 1955. (Basterfield/Greenwood)

March, 1955; Nr. Los Angeles, California
Bt. 10:00 PM & Midnight. Duty officer in the radar van of an M-33 Radar/90 MM Antiaircraft Artillery battery site in Baldwin Hills reservoir area just southwest of Los Angeles and north of Inglewood. "During an alert for an unidentified aircraft in the SE area, a strong return was spotted at maximum range due west over the ocean, moving due east. Return moved within track radar acquisition range, and was locked on. Estimated speed of approach 2,000 mph, prior to lock-on. At estimated 10-15,000 yards, target made abrupt turn to port, breaking track lock-on, and moved rapidly north out of range. Intensity of the blip in­dicated a vehicle equal to a larger than the largest commercial aircraft. No known air­craft could perform the turn that the blip described on the PPI scope. The turn was made within a few seconds of track radar lock-on--- ­no time to verify speed. Speed estimated by travel between returns based on search radar sweep time. Calculations verified by radar operator on duty---­he also saw return on scope. Sighting not reported te Area Control until after off-screen. Thought might be system failure. Heard nothing more from A.C."  (Source: Schuessler, John F. "Unusual Radar Tracking Reported." Skylook. #39. Feburary 1971)

March, 1955; SPAIN, between Montorn-es del Valles and La Roca (E-M)
Two adult males were driving when their car's motor failed. They got out, lifted the hood, then saw a grey metallic UFO about 250 meters away. It had a dome surrounded by a ring that reminded them of the planet Saturn. There were two humanoids in the dome. The UFO rose rapidly at a 45° angle and disappeared almost instantaneously. Their car could then be restarted. Scorched grass was later found. (Rodeghier, Catalog of 200 Type-1 UFO Events in  Spain and  Portugal, Ballester-Olmos)
March 2, 1955; Huntley, Illinois (BBU)
5:00 p.m. Car was followed by 3 elongated "balloons," each showing 8 red lights and about 20 ft long. (Vallée Magonia 362)

March 16 [17?], 1955; 35 miles N of Salton Sea [or Ripley?], Calif. (BBU)
9:24 a.m. USAF SAC pilot flying B-47 saw a silver circular object on a steady course S fading in the distance. (Project 1947)

May 17, 1955; Mojave, California (BB)
8:15 p.m. PST. Two independent observers saw 9 round, red objects the size of a grapefruits (at arm's length?) moving overhead across the sky. The 9 objects were 2 in front, then 3,2 and 2. Interference on T.V. was noticed - lost voice and picture. Six of the objects faded out, 1 flared and 2 disappeared.The objects were observed for 10-15 minutes. Project Blue Book Evaluation: Aircraft. (Dan Wilson, BB files)

4:13 p.m. 2 U.S. military pilots flying 2 aircraft tracked an unidentified target by airborne radar, and tracked by ground radar. (Project 1947) The 5th Air Force reported actual yellow alert due to this radar sighting.

March 24, 1955; Ryukyu Islands, S Japan (BBU)
2:30 [2:13?] p.m. Beechcraft pilot instructor and student pilot saw a hat-shaped object with 3 windows on top section, change color from white to orange, fly under and around their plane. Instruments failed and engine sputtered, pilot dove the plane to evade the object but it kept pace. 2 jets scrambled from Kadena AFB. (NARCAP; Project 1947)

March 29, 1955; Sonoma & Soledad, CA (BBU)
7:35/7:38 p.m. (PST) McGrath (GOC observer) and Brown. (McDonald list) A round silvery white object with red and green flashing lights was seen to rise vertically at a 45 degree angle . The 666th AC&W Squadron reported 8:15 p.m. (30/0415Z)  that they had a slow moving blip in that area, but for only a few sweeps of their radar. The area was searched thoroughly by two F-51 aircraft but without results. (Dan Wilson)

Mar. 30, 1955; near Tucson, Arizona (E-M)
3:15 a.m. Andy Florio sighted a "disc machine" at least 100 feet in diameter. It made the sound of "electrical humming" and had bluish-green lights on its top, and amber lights from openings on the rim. Florio stopped his car when the radio failed, the lights dimmed, and the car slowed involuntarily to 12-15 mph. The UFO swayed back and forth while hovering and shot a beam of white light at the witness, burning his elbow and bubbling paint on the car. Florio also felt heat and a tingling sensation. Eventually the UFO departed, and when the car was checked, it was found to have a defective battery, dead radio, and only three spark plugs still firing. (Rodeghier, CUFOS)

During the week of April 3-9, five green fireballs were reported in New Mexico and two in northern California. After a number of sightings reported about mid-morning April 5, LaPaz said: "This is a record. We believe we have it narrowed from the many reports to three.  But they were seen within a very few minutes of each other."

April 6, 1955; Beaumont, Calif. (BBU)
7:45 p.m. (PST) Briggs. (Hynek UFO Rpt p. 44; FUFOR Index)

April 6, 1955; New Mexico
Three unusual green fireballs; heavy radio and TV disturbances. (NICAP, 1960)

April 8, 1955; Rockford, Illinois
GOC members, on watch, witnessed a UFO near their post and sent in a report to the Filter Center in Chicago. Within minutes, jets were up on an intercept mission, and, according to them, fired on the mysterious object, causing it to explode. Before the explosion, however, GOC reported that a smaller round object shot out of the side of the parent device, then, in horizontal flight, passed up the jets, after which it was seen to turn on edge and disappear straight up into the sky.

April 21, 1955; 3 miles NE of Moisant Airport, New Orleans, Louisiana (BBU)
4:00 p.m. CST. Air National Guard pilot Ponticelli flying L-19 aircraft saw a bright silver delta-shaped object. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

April 22, 1955; Tintinara, Australia
Saturn-shaped UFO made sharp turn, ascended. [UFOE, XII]

April 24, 1955; AIbuquerque, N. Mex. April 23 (AP)
Dr. Lincoln Lapaz: "I'm sure the yellow-green fireballs aren't ordinary meteorite falls. I've been observing the skies since 1914, and I've never seen any meteoric fireballs like them."

1:20 p.m. (EST). Conlon. (McDonald list) At 1:20 p.m. (EST), AG1 David F. Robinson was tracking a pibal with a ground theodolite when he came upon a UFOB. He described the object as round,  20-30 feet in diameter, silver metallic in color, and seemed to be elongated at times. The object seemed to waver at times. The object was 31.8 degrees elevation and 40 degrees relative bearing from Dahlgren Operations, US Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, Virginia, at 1:20 p.m. The object was at 19.8 degrees elevation and 59 degrees true bearing at 2:40 p.m. from same location. Other manner of observation was air surveillance radar. (Dan Wilson, McDonald list, Brad Sparks BBU listing).

April 30, 1955; Travis County, Texas (BBU 3517)
7:30 a.m. USAF Wing Intelligence Officer Maj. L. J. Pagozalski saw 4 black objects in a cluster make a whooshing sound like a zephyr. (Berliner)

12:38 p.m. USAF Lt. Col. E. J. Stealy and 1st Lt. J. W. Burt saw about 10 round, white objects, one of which left a brief smoke trail, flying in an irregular formation, some of them making erratic movements. (Berliner; FUFOR Index, Dan Wilson)

6:06 p.m. MST. Crew of American Airlines DC-7 saw an object flying on a SE course at 20,000 ft. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

May 13, 1955; Duluth, MN (BBU)
8:30 PM. Two airmen flying in a F-89D at 26,000 feet on an air intercept mission locked onto an object on the RO's radar scope. The target was at 8 miles distance and move to 6 miles distance. The target moved to within 6000 yards and stopped dead. The object immediately began going out in range faster that it came in. The estimated speed at the time target indication was going out in range, according to scope interpretation and pilot's and RO's experience in running interception, would be over 1000 knots. Air-electronics: APG-40; APA-84 Observers were: 1/Lt. Charles M. Middleton, pilot, and 2/Lt. Donald. G. Fisher, radar observer, both of the 11th FIS, and both rated as completely reliable. (BB files, Dan Wilson)

May 13, 1955; Duluth, Minn. (BBU)
8:30 p.m. (CST) (McDonald list)

May 18, 1955: Niagara Falls AFB, New York (BB)
8:40 p.m. One spherical, white object, approximately 10 feet in diameter was observed by the pilot of an F-86D jet aircraft while flying over Niagara Falls AFB. The object was observed for about 2-3 seconds. (Dan Wilson)

May 20, 1955; Tokyo, Japan (BB)
4:45 p.m. (20/0745Z) . A military pilot made an air-visual sighting of a swept wing object at approximately 60,000 feet between Tokyo Radio and Daigo Homer. It was observed for approximately 14 minutes then the object disappeared leaving puffs of smoke. The observer pilot was very experienced. (Blue Book files, Dan Wilson)

May 23 [23-24?], 1955; Cheyenne, Wyoming (BBU 3565)
12 midnight. USAF Airman/Basic I. J. Shapiro and E. C. Ingber saw 2 slender, vertical rectangles low on the horizon, and two ovals with tops, dark, with dark blue illumination, which flew higher. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

May 25, 1955; Alexandra Park, London, England
Circular, luminous object approached B-47, quickly reversed direction and shot away. [UFOE, II]

June 4, 1955; Parker, Arizona (BB)
At 6:50 p.m. PST, 1st Lt. B. E. Beecroft flying a T-33 in a westerly direction at an altitude of 20,000 feet observed what he believed to be an extremely large star when passing over the town of Vidal, California, 13 miles west of Parker, Arizona. The light appeared to be high and stationary in the sky. Lt. Beecroft observed the object for 3 minutes before it suddenly disappeared. At the time of the sighting Beecroft encountered extreme magnetic variations in his magnetic compass and slave gyro. There had been two other occasions of pilots experiencing extreme magnetic variation in this area. A Constellation, TWA 21, reported that there was an unusual, strange looking, cloud formation in the area. (Dan Wilson, Project 1947)

June 5, 1955; Namur, Belgium
Cat. 8.  Photographic images.

June 6, 1955; City not noted, New Mexico
Cat 3. Three unusual green fireballs; heavy radio and TV disturbance reported.

June 16, 1955; Eastern U.S.
UFOs observed over wide area, jets scrambled. [UFOE, III]

June 17, 1955; Nr. Adelaide, Australia
At 1415 hrs local time (CST) , a Mr McIntyre, watched a shiny object in the western sky, looking like a large star, at 10-15 degrees elevation. It was lost behind trees. At 1445 hrs local time, he viewed it through binoculars and observed an oblong shape with two points of brightness. It was silver in colour and moved behind clouds. (Source: Australian Saucer Record, Vol. 1; No. 3.1955,UFOE, XII)

June 23, 1955; Utica, NY / Boston, MA
12:15 p.m. A Mohawk Airlines DC-3 was cruising at 3000' in good daylight visibility below a 4000' overcast, about 15 miles E of Utica, N.Y., on a heading ESE to Albany, N.Y. at 160 knots. Both pilot and copilot saw an object come over the top of their aircraft from behind, an estimated 500' above their altitude, on a heading that made a 20-degree angle with the vertical as it crossed the windshield. They estimated the length of the object at about 150'. It was described as: "light gray, almost round, with a center line .... Beneath the line there were several (at least four) windows which emitted a bright blue-green light. It was not rotating but went straight. [The lights] seemed to change colour slightly from greenish to bluish or vice versa [as the object receded]. A few minutes after it went out of sight, two other aircraft (one, a Colonial DC-3, the other I did not catch the number) reported that they saw it and wondered if anyone else had seen it. The Albany control tower also reported that they had seen an object go by on Victor-2 [airway]. As we approached Albany, we overheard that Boston radar had also tracked an object along Victor-2, passing Boston. (NARCAP)

June 26, 1955; Holt, Florida (BBU)
Civilian and military witnesses. (Hynek UFO Rpt p. 45)

June 26, 1955; Washington, D. C.
A brilliant round object with trail 4 or 5 times its own length approached National Airport, stopped, oscillated, and moved off at high speed. Ceiling lights at airport went out when object approached; returned to operation when UFO left. [UFOE, VIII, XII]

Mid-Summer, 1955; Westbrook, Ontario, Canada
Daylight hours. On a hot, humid morning, with flashes of sheet lighting in the distance, the witness was standing in front of his father’s general store when a ball-of-lightening rose out of the graveyard.  It rose to about five feet in height and then silently dodged its way through the headstones, out onto the road and boom.  It disappeared.  It was composed of beautiful bluish and reddish shades and moved without crackling nor any odor. (Mike Swords)

July 1955; S. Alabama
2:00-2:30 p.m. Colonel William Coleman (a few years later the AF PIO officer for Blue Book) was flying a B-25 out of Miami with a co-pilot, flight engineer, a Lockheed test engineer and a General Motors jet engine guy (names forgotten of the latter two).  He got to Mariana, Florida, then [northward] into S Alabama when he spotted at 2 o'clock high what he called a "craze" in the windshield.  After a while he called the others' attention to it.  Eventually chased it at low altitude over farmland saw its shadow on the ground, saw two vortexes coming out of the shiny metallic disc which kicked up dust on the ground, and when he tried to cut it off at max speed of 300 knots the object was gone leaving behind the vortexes on the ground.  Duration 10-11 minutes. (Brad Sparks)

July 1, 1955; 50 miles SE of Sacramento, CA
11:10 AM. Silver object moving straight down from an estimated altitude of 32,000 feet. Observation made by air-visual and ground radar.(Dan Wilson)

July 1, 1955; China Lake, Calif. (BBU)
[Might be the same incident described above] (McDonald list)

July 5, 1955; Newfoundland, Canada (BBU)
3:00-3:56 a.m. (AST).  At 3:00 a.m., USAF 97th Air Refueling Sq pilot Lt. Homer H. Speer and copilot Lt Paul Daily of KC-97 call sign Archie 29, and pilot Lt. Robert W. Schneck and copilot Lt. David Cueldner (sp?) of KC-97 Archie 91, both planes at 20,000 ft on a refueling mission out of Harmon AFB (48°32.7'N, 58°33.0'W), saw 2 bright objects at 49°10' N, 59°50' W, at 20,000 ft appearing stationary.  They reported sighting to Harmon at 3:05, made contact with radar site, 2nd Lt. Charles H. Denney, Senior Director, USAF ADC site N-23 (Air Defense Direction Center, 640th AC&W Sq, Harmon AFB, Stephenville, Newf., CPS-6B search and height-finder radar, TPS-502 backup height-finder, at 48°35.3' N, 58°40' W).  Radar painted object at 3:07 with intermittent contact till 3:56 (also 4-5 additional objects).  Archie 29 KC-97 in best position to close on object ordered to do so by Harmon, position 290° from radar site at about 80 miles, 10 o'clock to KC-97 [inconsistent with lat-long coords].  Objects started moving to NE at 50° true heading accelerating to 275 knots (300 mph) faster than Archie 29 KC-97.  After object reversed course to S heading, pilot Lt. Speer of Archie 29 reached closest approach to 18 miles distance, maintained visual contact with object calling direction changes of object to radar site by radio, changes correlated exactly with those painted on scope by controller. Brief height-finder radar contact at 35,000 ft.  Object began climbing at 3:38 a.m. and fighters scrambled, no radar or visual contact made.  Speer lost sight of object at about 40,000-50,000 ft.  Radar then tracked object accelerating to 1,600 knots (1,800 mph) moving off to NE.  At same times radar also painted 5 smaller objects at 5,000-10,000 ft (briefly detected on height-finder) and thus below the KC-97's at 30° true [heading??], 60 miles from radar, [inconsistent with other coords] moving very fast, changing direction and azimuth, jumping on and off scopes, forming circular pattern, changing to line abreast, traveling 10-20 miles then changing direction, speed 1,500+ knots (1,700+ mph).  Radar tracked about 4 objects at point of initial sighting on 40° true heading, speed 300 knots (350 mph).  Objects at 3:40 a.m. at 50°10' N, 57°50' [?] W.  One C-119 aircraft en route from Goose Bay passed within 5 miles of the objects, not known if seen.  Radar targets confirmed by 1st Lt. Anthony G. Scarpace (sp?), Ground Electronics Officer of 670th ACW Sq, who found radar operating properly and no inversion effects present.  Investigated by NEAC AFSSO (AF Special Security Office), reported to AFSS (NSA subunit not to be confused with AFSSO compartmented security agency), NSA and CIA.  (Sparks;  CIA, AF, NSA FOIA;  Project 1947) 56 mins 11+ witnesses RV

July 8, 1955; Augusta, Maine
At 9:00 p.m. EDT, one spherical object with a green hue and a trail 9 -10 miles long was seen. A loud humming sound was also noted. The object was observed air-visually, ground-visually and on GCI radar. The length observation was approximately one minute.  (Dan Wilson)  

July 9, 1955; Santa Catalina Channel, Calif
Family aboard boat saw a round cylinder, grayish and white, surrounded by a "haze of fumes." UFO zigzagged upward, then sped away. [UFOE, XII]

July 11, 1955; Toulon, France (BBU)
Daytime. Military pilot of C-47 transport saw a round reddish-orange light changing color to bright white, no trail. (Project 1947)

July 11, 1955; China Lake NAS, California
(12/0510Z;July 1955) At 9:10 p.m., a round orangish-red object, the size of a dime held at arm's lenght was observed from the tower with 60 power and 8 power binoculars. The object seemed to have a tail 4 times the length of the object. F-86D's were scrambled but failed to contact anything. Type of observation: Ground-Visual and Ground-Radar. The object was observed for 20-30 minutes. Charles P. Chitwood, control tower operator gave this description of the object. The object was in the northern sky at a 340 degree heading. The object moved on a heading of 240 degrees for 7 minutes, then suddenly reversed its course and sped away at an 80 degree heading. The object then reversed its course again and disappeared on a measured course of 277 degrees. At 9:06 p.m. (12/0506Z), the AC&W Squadron at Boron, Calif., had an object on their scopes. They made a call to Edwards AFB, who in turn notified China Lake NAS. (Dan Wilson, BB files,

July 17, 1955; Canton, Ohio
Disc hovered, climbed away as airliner approached. [UFOE, XII]

July 20, 1955; Portland, Oregon (BBU)
2 fighter pilots and GOC ground observers saw a round object with a silver lower part climb when fighters approached. (Weinstein; BB files??)

July 25, 1955; Near Syracuse, New York (BBU)
5:22 a.m. [12:22 a.m. EST ?] Pilot flying F-86 fighter saw an orange object. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

9:34 p.m. [3:34 p.m. CST ?] USAF pilot flying B-47 bomber saw a round object, no trail. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

July 26, 1955--Lasham, Hants, England
Members of British Gliding Association watched boomerang-shaped object (or flattened triangle) hover above glider then speed away. [UFOE, XII]

July 29, 1955; Cincinnati, Ohio
Zigzagging UFO made shrill sound. [UFOE, VIII]

July 29, 1955; Columbus, Nebraska (BBU)
10:45 p.m. (CST) Morrice Raymond saw 4 orange flashing lights and a white flashing light move up and down like yo­yos. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Late July, 1955; near Niagara Falls, New York (E-M)
About 8:00 p.m. Two families were having a picnic on the shore of Lake Erie. A UFO rose out of the water and approached them, moving in swoops like a pendulum. It was 100 feet in diameter and silvery-colored. They ran to their cars to escape, but the cars wouldn't start. The UFO came within 30 feet and witnesses saw four humanoids with white heads inside, wearing black robes. The UFO then went back over the lake and rose up vertically. (Rodeghier, CUFOS)

Sometime in August, 1955; Jedburgh, Scotland, UK
Cat. 4. Dog bolts as cigar-shaped object flies by.

Aug. 3, 1955; Bronwood, near Dawson, Georgia (E-M)
A UFO was seen, after which the engine of a jeep stalled and a strange, hairy, six-foot-tall entity came near. It attempted to attack the witnesses, but was driven off. (Rodeghier, Orbit, Vol. 2, No. 7)

August 6, 1955; Cincinnati, Ohio
Oval-shaped UFO observed ascending at high speed. [UFOE, XII]

Aug. 11, 1955; Iceland (BBU 3699)
11:45 a.m. USAF 2nd Lt. E. J. Marlow saw 12 grey objects, from cigar to egg­ shaped, vary formation from elliptical to wavy line to scattered to straight line to trail formation. Speed varied from hovering to 1,000 mph. (Berliner)

August 21, 1955; Chalmette, La.
Glowing-white Saturn-shaped object hovered, rotating; turned sideways and shot away. [UFOE, XII]

Aug. 21-22, 1955; Kelly, 7 miles N of Hopkinsville, Kentucky (BBU)
7, 8-11 p.m., 2:30-4:45 a.m. At about 7 p.m. Billy Ray Taylor went into the backyard of the Sutton farmhouse and saw a bright object from the SW [or actually about SSW about 210° azimuth from the direction of Fort Campbell U.S. Army base] then pass over and descend into a gully about 500 [300-600?] ft N of the farmhouse and about 35-40 ft lower elevation. Mrs. Glennie Lankford and 6 other adults [most Sutton family], plus 3 children (Charlton, Lonnie and Mary Lankford), saw two or more 3 ft tall gremlin-like creatures float down from trees and approach the house from the dark, which were shot at by rifle and shotgun fire without effect. At about 11 p.m. the entire group fled in terror in their two cars and drove at high speed into Hopkinsville to report the incident to the Police Dept. State police officer leaving the Shady Oaks restaurant 3 miles N of Hopkinsville in a car to respond to the call heard several meteor-like objects streaking over him sounding like artillery shells, and was able to see 2 in a series looking like meteors from the SW [or actually about S, from about 190° azimuth, headed towards Kelly from the direction of Fort Campbell and the TOP SECRET Armed Forces Special Weapons Project Site C, Clarksville Base, 36.665° N, 87.487° W, National Stockpile Site for nuclear weapons storage apparently recently including multi-megaton yield H­ bombs]. City, county, state and military police and reporters drove out to the Sutton farm to investigate from around 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. UFO entities returned at about 2:30 a.m. and were again shot at without effect, finally disappearing at about 4:45 a.m. (Davis-Bloecher 1978; Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 212-6; Vallée Magonia 372; FUFOR Index)

Aug. 21, 1955; Dog Town nr. Evansville, Indiana
Two women swimming in the Ohio River near Dog Town encountered a river monster. The day after the story was published in the Evansville Press, "several persons came forward to say they had observed a "shiny oval" a few hundred feet above the river at about the time the alleged incident had taken place". (Creatures of the Goblin World, Jerome Clark & Loren Coleman, pg. 32)

Aug. 23, 1955; Cincinnati, Ohio (BBU)
11:50 p.m. Several SAC USAF fighter pilots saw 3 round disc-shaped objects making evasive maneuvers. "Dogfight" with UFOs, first detected by radar. (Weinstein; BB files??)

Aug. 23, 1955; Arlington, Virginia (BBU 3720)
10:45 a.m. G. M. Park, using a 400x telescope saw several (6+) orange lights moving singly or in groups, circling and stopping. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Aug. 25, 1955; Bedford, Indiana
House lights dimmed and brightened as hovering UFO pulsated. (NICAP, 1960).

Aug. 25, 1955; Fordland, Missouri (BBU)
7:56 p.m. (CST) (26/0156Z) A blip appeared on a ground radar scope moving at about 1000 mph. After a few minutes the target began to slow down perceptibly to around 320 mph. A fighter plane, "Dropkick 17" was scrambled and was directed toward the target. When the fighter approached to within 5 miles of the target it faded. The target then popped up dead ahead 20 miles away. As the fighter DK 17 approached to 1/2 mile of target it faded away. From then on it was like a game, the target would pop up about 20 miles away and when the fighter would head toward it the target would fade away. This happened 10 to 15 times until DK 17 reported he was low on fuel. When DK 17 was about 50 miles away the UFOB began painting like a B-52 and was not moving. Radar personnel at the Fordland AFS were: 1st Lt.John N. Oliver, Director; A/2C J.L.Bossom, Radar operator; A/2C Issac N. Young, Radar operator. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks,, BB files).
August 28, 1955; Yonkers, N. Y. Board of Education official and others saw a white Saturn-shaped object through a telescope. [UFOE, XII]

Summer of 1955; Solomon's Island, Maryland
During this humid and quiet summer night, the witness' eyes were on the skies. He had walked to nearly the end of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory’s half-mile long pier stretching far out into the calm river and aimed in the direction of the Patuxent Naval Air Station directly across the moon-drenched river… The air was still and there were few visible stars. The pier was his favorite spot on the little half-mile-long island. He reached what he called the visitor’s alcove where a wooden awning hung overhead and the hard cement benches were a welcome relief for the weary. His attention was drawn to what at first appeared to be a faint light in the distance quickly approaching from the jaws of the Chesapeake. With wide-open eyes and a vivid imagination, he strained to see what it was. Then the light grew brighter and illuminated a large silvery disc-shaped object that appeared to be about half the length of a football field. In clear view, he watched as the UFO suddenly dropped down into the water and disappear for perhaps twenty seconds, then reappeared as he saw streams of water fall from its bottom. He grabbed tightly onto one of the pier poles as the object approached him. Then, as it was close enough to the pier to scare him,, a large panel at its bottom opened and what seemed like several tons of water splashed close enough to his spot on the pier. He sat down with his eyes still on the object as it swiftly glided silently overhead and disappeared out of sight heading north. (Gordon Lore, Flying Saucers From Beyond Earth: A UFO Researcher’s Odyssey by Gordon Lore, Oct 2018, Bear Manor Media).

September or October, 1955; GREECE, Agrinion (E-M)
A truck driver and hotel manager driving over a mountain road saw a luminous object fly overhead. The truck engine stopped. (Rodeghier, The UFO Evidence, NICAP)

Sept. 3, 1955; Bellingham, Wash. (BBU 3743)
9:30 p.m. (PST) GOC observer Saunders saw white pinpoint move slowly across 30° of sky. No further information. (Berliner)

Sept. 7, 1955; Washington, D.C. (BBU 3750)
6:30 a.m. (EST) 2 photographers, one plate maker for the Army Map Service, one named Smith, saw a glowing round object fly an arc. (Berliner)

Sept. 9, 1955; Near Alcoa [Rock Garden?], Tenn. (BBU 3757)
12 noon. M. N. Dawkins, using binoculars, saw a brown, almost square object fly with a circular motion. (Berliner)

October, 1955; SCOTLAND, Newton Stewart (E-M)
7:30 p.m. For about five minutes, Maurice Brazier's van was circled by a UFO. The object was shaped like a double saucer with a ring of rotating lights around the rim. The engine of his van failed while the UFO was approaching and circling. Brazier heard a high-pitched buzzing sound and then a clicking sound which became louder as the UFO moved around the van. (Rodeghier, FSR, Vol. 1, No. 5; Vol. 2, No. 1)
Oct. 2, 1955; Akron and Alliance, Ohio
Hovering disc- like UFO observed over wide area. [UFOE, VII]

Oct. 4, 1955. Across Transcaucasus region, SW of Baku, USSR (BBU)
7:10 p.m. Was Top Secret. Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. (D-GA),­ then chairman of the Armed Services Committee­, was on a Soviet train when he spotted a disc-shaped craft taking off near the tracks. Senator Russell "saw the first flying disc ascend and pass over the train,” and went “rushing in to get Mr Efron (Ruben Efron, his interpreter) and Col. Hathaway (Col. E. U. Hathaway, his aide) to see it,” the report said.  “Col. Hathaway stated that he got to the window with the Senator in time to see the first (UFO), while Mr. Efron said that he got only a short glimpse of the first.  However, all three saw the second disc and all agreed that they saw the same round, disc-shaped craft…as the first.” A fourth witness was unidentified. The Air Force Intelligence report says Russell and his two traveling companions spotted the UFO’s on October 4, 1955 while traveling by rail across Russia’s Transcaucasus region.  “One disc ascended almost vertically, at a relatively slow speed, with its outer surface revolving slowly to the right, to an altitude of about 6000 feet, where its speed then increased sharply as it headed north,” the report states.  “The second flying disc was seen performing the same actions about one minute later.  The take-off area was about 1-2 miles south of the rail line…” The Air Force report was written by Lieut. Col. Thomas Ryan, who interviewed Senator Russell’s companions in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on October 13, after they arrived there from Russia shortly after the sighting. (Maccabee, FOIA files, Swords)

Oct. 2, 1955: Poughkeepsie, New York (BB)
At 6:16 p.m. EST, (2/2316Z). Colonial Airline Captain Edson Wood was flying at an altitude of 6,000 feet when he observed a round blue-white object that passed abeam to the port side of the aircraft and then it appeared to hover for 10 to 15 seconds. The object appeared as large as a baseball held at arm's length. It then departed on a southeasterly heading at an extreme rate of speed. As the object faded in the distance it appeared to gain altitude. The object was also observed by the co-pilot. The total length of observation was 30 seconds. Captain Wood tried unsuccessfully to contact Air Defense Radar in hopes they might track this object. (Blue Book files, Dan Wilson)

4:38 [5:38?] p.m. R. D. Prather and H. Ahern saw a round, silver or white object fly straight and level at more than 1,000 mph. (BB docs submitted by Dan Wilson. Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Oct. 11, 1955; Pt. Lookout, Maryland (BBU 3810)
4 p.m. B. Hale and A. Ostrom saw round object, white in daylight and turning red with sparks near end of sighting, with a deep roar unlike an aircraft. (Berliner)
8:30 p.m. (EST). An Air Force pilot flying in an F-86D at 25,000 feet observed a round, orange object flying straight and level at about 10 to 20 thousand feet above him to the east at 20 NM. After the visual observation, contact was made with the object on airborne radar (E-4) and a chase was attempted. The pilot was unable to close on the object. Total time of observation was two to three minutes. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks, McDonald list, FUFOR Index)

Oct. 20 [21? 26?], 1955; Minneapolis, Minn. (BBU)
7:40 CST. USAF pilot, 1st Lt William F. Steck, 432nd FIS, while flying an F-89D at 25,000 feet was making a turn into the glide path when he saw a white glowing, oblong-shaped object 45 degrees to the right of his aircraft. The object was moving in a straight line very fast. The object then made a sharp 90 degree turn to the right. The object was picked up on radar by fighter pilot of the same organization. Airborne radar paint observed at 7 miles distance on scope. In 15-20 seconds the object was at 15 miles distance. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks, Weinstein; FUFOR Index)

Oct. 26 [30? 21?], 1955; Minneapolis, Minn. (BBU)
Same as Oct. 21, 1955, case?] (McDonald list)

October 28, 1955; Galloway, England
Disc with row of blue lights on rim, maneuvered slowly over car on lonely road. [UFOE, XII]

October 31, 1955; Nr. Auckland, N.Z.
Bright object passed National Airlines DC-3. [UFOE, X]

November 1, 1955; Mojave Desert, Calif.
Astronomer observed cigar-shaped UFO and smaller disc. [UFOE, VI]

November 2, 1955; Williston, Fla.
Police, others saw as many as six oval-shaped objects in formation. [UFOE, VIII]

November 5, 1955; Cleveland, Ohio
Minister observed elliptical UFO with square "windows". [UFOE, VIl]

November 9, 1955; Philadelphia, Pa.
Newspaper photographers and others saw 12 silvery-white round objects in formation. [UFOE, VII]

Nov. 14, 1955; Deming, New Mexico (BBU)
6:00 p.m. MST. Commercial airline pilot in flight saw a fast moving object, with a light on the rear, come from the SW. (Project 1947)

November 14, 1955; San Bernardino Mts., Calif.
Pilot saw a globe of white light approach plane, blinked landing lights; object blinked in seeming response, reversed course. [UFOE, V]

6:10 a.m. J. A. Mapes saw 12 round, flat objects, silver on top and dark on the bottom, fly in 4-deep formation, tipping in pitch and roll angles. [AF claimed UNIDENTIFIED but suggested birds] (Berliner)

Nov. 20, 1955; Lake City, Tenn. (BBU 3862)
5:20 p.m. Operations Officer Capt. B. G. Denkler and 5 men of the USAF 663rd AC&W Sq saw 2 oblong, bright orange, semi-transparent objects fly at terrific speed and erratically, toward and away from each other. (Berliner, UFOE, IX ) At  around 5:38 p.m. EST, at least 7 witnesses, including the five men from the 663rd observed elliptically shaped objects that appeared to be made of metal flying to the west at speeds estimated from hovering to 900 mph. Witnesses estimated the apparent size of the objects from a pea held at arm's length to that of a football held at arm's length. The actual size of the objects was estimated to be 100 to 200 feet long. After the visual sighting the 663rd AC&W Squadron direction center scrambled two F-86D aircraft to go after these objects. No completed intercept was accomplished. (Dan Wilson)

Nov. 20, 1955; Lake City, Tenn. (BBU 3862)
5:20 p.m. Operations Officer Capt. B. G. Denkler and 5 men of the USAF 663rd AC&W Sq saw 2 oblong, bright orange, semi-transparent objects fly at terrific speed and erratically, toward and away from each other. (Berliner, UFOE, IX )

November 23, 1955; Spirit Lake, Iowa
Ground Observer Corps spotters reported a brilliant object which changed color, moved erratically. [UFOE, VII]

Nov. 25, 1955. LaVeta, Colo. (BBU 3869)
10:30 a.m. State Senator S. T. Taylor reported the sighting of an object to the FBI. He described the object as a luminous, greenish-blue, seemed jellish-like, dirigible, slightly barrel-shaped with a larger front end, and tapered toward the tail. It suddenly appeared overhead, diving at a 45° angle, leveled out, and then ascended at a 30° angle for its short 5-second duration. No exhaust was observed and no sound was heard. Senator Taylor estimated the object travelled SW to NE for about 10 miles, at about half the speed of a meteor, and about 15,000 foot elevation before disappearing over Mt. Mestas. (Berliner, Wilson)
6 [1?] a.m. USAF pilot flying MATS transport radar tracked unidentified target. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks, Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

December 6, 1955; Ashfield & Greenfield, Mass.
Several people watched a cigar-shaped object with long rows of brilliant, reddish body lights, moving slowly south. [UFOE, XII]

Dec. 11, 1955; Near Jacksonville, Florida (BBU)
9 p.m. 2 airliner pilots [and crews?] and ground observers saw fast maneuvering orange-red round object, with ground radar tracking. 2 USN jets on a practice night-flying mission were vectored to the object by a Jacksonville NAS controller, on approach the object suddenly rose up to 30,000 ft then dove back down in a circle, buzzing the jets. (Weinstein; NARCAP;  BB files??; UFOE, XIII)

Dec. 13, 1955; Caddo Lake, Louisiana (BBU)
8:45 p.m. CST. USAF pilot flying B-47 in 513th Bomber Sq saw and radar tracked oblong object. (Project 1947)

Dec. 17, 1955; Laguna [Mt. Laguna ?], Calif. (BBU)
At 9:45 p.m. PST, three USAF radar operators tracked one target for 13 minutes at speeds estimated as fast as 3000 knots on an AN/FPS-3 radar. The target was inbound from Prescott Radio toward Thermal Radio, seemed to check 20 NM north of Thermal, then turned outbound toward Telescopepeak. According to the report, the object appeared to be using radio aids at Blythe, Thermal, Dagget and Inyokern.   Maintenance said there was no internal interference on the radar equipment and the target did not resemble any previously know interference. The track passed out of radar limits. (McDonald, Dan Wilson)  

Dec. 17, 1955; Laguna [Mt. Laguna ?], Calif. (BBU)
9:45 a.m. (PST) (McDonald list)

Dec. 21, 1955; Caribou, Maine (BBU 3893)
11 p.m. Roberta V. Jacobs saw a round, very bright gold, domed disc in a short climb, then rotate, hover and accelerate. (Berliner)

December 29, 1955; New Britain, Conn.
Shiny object hovered, sped away. [UFOE, XII]

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