The 1958 UFO Chronology
 Enlarged and enhanced version  of one of the four Trindade Island Photos
Jan. 16, 1958; NE of Trindade Island, Brazil

Created February 24, 2006; Updated 27 Aug 2020
This is a 15-page report on a project involving a number of people. Some of the incidents do not yet have active links to reports. We want to than Rebecca Wise (Project Blue Book Archive), and Dan Wilson (archive researcher), Brad Sparks' updated list, the Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns, Jean Waskiewicz, Richard Hall, Jan Aldrich and many others. 

Francis Ridge

NICAP Site Coordinator

The 1958 UFO Chronology______________________________________________________

Jan. 1958; (Date and location unknown)
DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line radar, G. (NICAP, UFOE)

Jan. 1958; (Date unknown, unnamed AF base)
AF base, SW United States, G,V. (NICAP UFOE)

In January, Maj. Lawrence J. Tacker's name shows up on letters from the Air Force Public Information Office, addressed to the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena office in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 3, 1958; Old Westbury, Long Island, New York (BBU)
2:25 p.m. (EST). Fensterstock. (Hynek UFO Rpt p. 43; FUFOR Index) Round white ball shaped object or cloud appeared overhead to SE, moving very fast and straight, very high to the E, disappearing below tree and cloud level.  Two jets in opposing E and W headings were seen below object.  (Powell, Sparks;  Hynek UFO Rpt p. 43;  BB files;  Saunders/FUFOR Index) 1+ witnesses

Jan. 3, 1958; Diamond Head, Hawaii
4:00 p.m. One of the very rare instances of genuine flying saucers being caught on movie film seems to have occurred in Hawaii last January, when Cliff DeLacey, a 23-year-old college student from Vallejo, California, shot 90 seconds of film. DeLacey saw nine UFO's flashing across the sky, and immediately grabbed his camera. (Click on link for details)

Jan. 4, 1958; SW of Libya (BBU)
12:08 a.m. (GMT). Military aircraft pilot and navigator saw a bright orange light streaking across the sky on a NE heading, with airborne radar tracking. (Project 1947; McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

Jan. 9, 1958; Biggs AFB, El Paso, TX (BBU)
7:37 CST, 8 to 11 objects  were picked up on ground radar (CTN/18 type radar) at the RAPCON station at Biggs AFB. The objects were tracked at speeds from 0 to 50 knots on a irregular course generally south for 5 minutes. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks, McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

Jan. 9, 1958; Marion, Illinois
Three reports of seven red lighted objects in straight line formation. [UFOE, II]

7:30 a.m. USN pilot of P2V-5F aircraft saw a formation of 3 lights flying at 900 knots (about 1,000 mph) tracked by airborne radar merging into one target. [Identical to Jan. 14, 1958, incident??] (Project 1947; McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

Jan. 13, 1958; Casino, New South Wales, Australia
11:45 p.m. (AEST). Brian Crittendon, 21, butchery worker, saw a dome-shaped light, with a long narrow light underneath. It approached from the east, directly towards him. He got into his car and sped off. His car radio had developed interference as the object was approaching. The object followed him for 3 miles at an estimated distance of 50 yards, only 30 feet in the air. Its estimated size was half that of a sedan car. Although he was travelling at 65-70 m.p.h. the object overtook his vehicle; hovered for a few seconds and then “swooped” low over the car roof. It repeated its actions for the next 7 miles. The object was lost to view in the lights of Casino. Total duration was about 15 minutes. Air Traffic Control advised there were no low-flying aircraft in the area. (Keith Basterfield; UFO Investigation Centre, Sydney, “UFO Bulletin” 1958. Cited as source, for account in Chalker, W.C. 1996. “The Oz Files,” pp87-88.)

8:34 a.m. Military aircraft crew saw 3 lights in triangular formation flying SW at 320 knots (about 400 mph) tracked on airborne radar. [Identical to Jan. 11, 1958, incident??] (Project 1947; McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

Jan. 16, 1958; NE of Trindade Island, Brazil (BBU)
12, 12:15 p.m. Commander of IGY research ship and many crew members, plus ships photographer Almiro Barauna, sighted and photographed Saturn-shaped object maneuvering over Trindade Island Power failure on the boat when object sighted; power returned upon objects departure. (Hynek/CUFOS 1982 tape interview; APRO/Lorenzen/Fontes; etc.)

Jan. 22, 1958
NICAP Director Major Donald Keyhoe is cut off the air in mid-sentence on a heavily-controlled major CBS television program "Armstrong Circle Theatre." Keyhoe was about to mention a secret U.S. Senate investigation of the AF's secrecy policies and the TOP SECRET Estimate of the Situation by the AF at Wright Field which concluded that UFO's were interplanetary (see Aug. 5, 1948, entry in the UFO Chronology). A public controversy erupted over the blatant censorship, which shocked many viewers, some of whom were able to hear some of Keyhoe's censored words which came through faintly on another guest's microphone. CBS admitted Keyhoe was deliberately cut off, not as an accident or technical difficulty, by a network producer to satisfy what they thought the government would want, though not part of any official orders to do so. A few months later the IRS by letter would explicitly deny NICAP tax-exempt status on the grounds of NICAP's public opposition to AF policies.  (Brad Sparks)  (See actual BB docs)

Jan. 30, 1958; Lima, Peru
Lawyer and family saw a circular UFO hover; car headlights went out. Truck, bus, and car passengers felt shock, motors on all three vehicles failed as UFO descended and hovered. (Item 71, 1960 NICAP report)

Jan. 31, 1958; 25 miles SW of Tokyo, Japan (BBU)
Night. USAF pilots of T-33 jet(s) saw 12 yellow-orange lights fly S in 3 groups. (Project 1947)

Feb. 2, 1958; N.S.W., Australia
Elliptical UFO with two "porthole" like markings. [UFOE, XII]

Feb. 9, 1958; Troy, Michigan
Photograph taken by H.M. Stump using an Argus C-3 camera, from a private plane landing at the airport. Picture shows yellow-white oval with slight trail. Verbal report states object hovered, then sped away to the west. No photo available. (Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, NICAP 1964, pg. 87, #40)

February 5, 1958
USAF lost a 7,600-pound (3,400 kg) Mark 15 nuclear bomb
in the waters off Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia. 

Feb. 13, 1958; W. of Wake Island (BBU)
2114 hours local time. A bright, flare-like explosion was sighted by the crew of an USAF C-54 approximately 2 hours flying time west of Wake Island. During the hour within which the sighting occurred, one visual and two radar contacts were made. The actual "fireball" was observed directly by only the flight engineer. The position of the C-54 was 21degrees 19' N  161 degrees 30' E. (Project 1947; McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

Feb. 19, 1958; Hokkaido, Japan (BB)
While conducting surveillance of Russian aircraft, operations personnel of AC&W Site #45 at Asoiwayama, Hokkaido,observed an unusual radar return. Radar report from the Sea of Japan area. Radar return developed rapidly to a dense cloud that expanded to cover an area approximately 65 miles long and 25 miles across and rose from an altitude of 3,000 feet to 46,000 feet. Five aircraft (Russian) in the area all turned toward the return and proceeded to the general area. A seismic detection of a nuclear explosion was reported from Matsushiro. (Dan Wilson)

Feb. 20, 1958; NW of Winslow, Ariz. (BBU)
6:32 p.m. MST. Twelve airmen of the 303rd Bomb Wing in a five B-47 yellow cell observed a round or cigar shaped (observer's descriptions vary) object at 60 to 70 degrees elevation at 345 degrees azimuth.  The B-47's were at 29,500 feet altitude on a heading of 344 degrees. The object appeared to be stationary for the 4-5 minutes in was in sight.  (Click on link for more details)

Feb. 24, 1958; Santa Antonio de Jesus (near), Brazil
3:05 a.m. Car motor failed; passengers then noticed a Saturn-shaped disc hovering overhead. It happened when the observers were traveling between the villages of Santo Antonio de Jesus and Conceicao Almeida. They were on a night trip. The motor of their car began acting up-coughing and missing. Then it abruptly stopped dead. All attempts to detect the trouble failed. The next inhabited place was far away. The travelers decided that the best thing to do was to sleep at that spot, beside the road. Next morning they would try something about the situation, getting help from some nearby village or farm. It was then that they sighted a large luminous object hovering overhead. (See complete article and text below by Dr. Olavo Fontes)

Feb. 25, 1958; Glenwood, Newfoundland (BBU)
12:10 a.m. (AST). Johnson. (McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

Feb. 25, 1958; Gander AFB, Newfoundland (BBU)
2:30 a.m. AST. There was a radar sighting of an object that moved SE to NW on a very erratic zigzagging course at a range of 12 to 15 miles at an azimuth of 150 to 300 degrees. Aircraft and balloon were ruled out as the source of radar target. Later there was a ground visual sighting in the area. (McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

March 2 [1?], 1958; Tampa, Florida (BBU)
7:45 [8:45?] p.m. Francis saw a balloon-shaped object with bright light land on the airfield then take off slowly and hover at 750 ft altitude before disappearing. (Vallée Magonia 461; FUFOR Index)

March 3, 1958; Nr. Marshall, Texas
Family saw two bright, planet-like objects with 6 or 7 smaller lights moving around them. [UFOE, II]

March 8, 1958; Korea
Air Force radar tracked slowly descending UFO. [UFOE, VIII]

March 9-10, 1958; Panama Canal Zone (BBU)
At around  2000 hours an unidentified object was picked up on search radar approaching the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Panama. At 2045 hours two additional blips were observed. These returns were transferred to track radar. During the period of observation the radar lock was broken, the equipment immediately picked up the target and locked on again. A second radar tracking station also locked onto the return. The manner of flight of the objects was steady, slightly circular path over the vicinity of Fort Kobbe, Canal Zone. There was such rapid movement of the object that it broke the lock of the track radar. It was assumed that these were solid objects as track radar can only be locked on a solid object. At 2400 hours, radar advised that as soon as a searchlight was employed the object became evasive. (17 docs from PBB files secured by Dan Wilson)

March 14, 1958; Healdsburg, Calif. (BBU 5716)
8:45 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Cummings and another person  saw a 3 ft round, black object come from the W, touch the ground 50 ft away in the backyard, then take off to the E, turn S, and disappear. 2 mins. (Berliner; cf. Vallée Magonia, 462, 5 docs by Robert Powell, Kevin Randle)

March 20, 1958; Henrietta, Missouri
Saturn-like disc descended, hovered, moved away. [UFOE, XII]

March 31, 1958; Walnut Ridge AFS, Arkansas
At 12:37 p.m. local time, an object was picked up on an FPS-6 radar at 64,000 feet traveling at 1300 knots. The object was seen on radar for 6 minutes at a bearing from 141 degrees to 132 degrees. The unit picking up this target was the 725th AC&W Squadron. (Dan Wilson)

April 2, 1958; Columbus, Ohio
Cigar-shaped UFO with long row of  "portholes or windows." [UFOE, XII]

April 4, 1958; Santa Monica, Calif.
Cigar-shaped UFO with "windows" observed in rapid vertical climb. [UFOE, XII]

April 7, 1958; Dayton Airport, Ohio (BBU)
7: 30 p.m. EST. A civilian pilot by the name of Hilt, flying in a Piper aircraft observed a very large dark blue cloud-like object to the south very low to the ground. The object was last seen moving vertical to the SW. According to the USAF Technical Information Sheet the object appeared to stand still for a time and then suddenly sped up and rushed away. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

April 7, 1958; Newport Beach, California
Police watched two UFOs with flashing body lights, maneuver near coastline. [UFOE, VII] Similar sightings for  two nights in El Toro and Santa Ana.

April 9, 1958; Cleveland, Ohio
Nine yellow UFOs in V-formation; split into two groups (5 and 4). [UFOE, II]

April 11, 1958; Johannesburg, S. Africa
Airport instrument inspector, others watched reddish-white UFO arc back and forth. [UFOE, X]

April 14, 1958; Lynchburg, Virginia (BBU 5763)
12:20 p.m. EST. Major D. G. Tilley was flying a C-47 at 6,000 feet altitude when a grey-black rectangular object that was rotating slowly around a central axis appeared at 15 to 20 degrees above the horizon in a straight path and passed below the left wing at a distance estimated at 1,000 feet. The object appeared to be made of heavy iron of solid construction and slightly molten. The object was on a a slight descending path and was lost from sight as it plunged into the ground. The length of observation was approximately 4 seconds. (Berliner; FUFOR Index, Dan Wilson, BB files)

April 14, 1958; Albuquerque, N. Mex.
Air Force Staff Sergeant saw large formation of unidentified lights. [UFOE, III]

May ?,1958; Richmond, Virginia
Cat. 3. Engine of car began running roughly, driver then noticed UFO following car.

May 2, 1958; Wake Island
A bright, flare-like explosion was sighted by the crew of an Air Force C-54 approximately two hour's flying time West of Wake Island. During the hour within which the sighting occurred, one visual and two radar contacts were made. Tracing action has uncovered no routine sea or air traffic in the area at the time of sighting. (Jan Aldrich, Project 1947)

May 3, 1958; Flagstaff, Ariz. (BBU).
8:25 a.m. PST. A white object with the appearance of an elongated balloon was observed by a USMC pilot in an F3D aircraft flying at 35,000 feet. The object was detected on airborne radar. The object was said the be the size of a basketball held at arm's length and appeared to be motionless. At the radar station SM-163 (Las Vegas AFS, Nevada?), they were unable to make radar contact with the Marine aircraft or the unidentified object due to a local maintenance situation. The length of the observation was 15 minutes. (McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

May 5, 1958; Pan De Azucar, Uraguay
Cat. 3, 11. Aerial encounter, heat, between Piper Cub and "top-shaped" object. Well-known pilot watched a brilliant object come near his plane, felt intense heat. [UFOE, X]

May 9, 1958; Bohol Island, Phillipines (BBU 5800)
11:05 a.m. CIRVIS report. Philippine Airlines pilot saw an object with a shiny, metallic surface, falling and spinning, trailing smoke. (Berliner; Sparks, Powell, Ridge)

May 15, 1958; Caracas, Venezuela (BBU)
Time: ??. Venezuelan Air Force aircraft pilot saw a formation of circular saucers disappear in the NW at high speed. (Project 1947)

May (middle), 1958; Malmstrom AFB, Montana
Nighttime. UFO approached  from the north and hovered over the  alert hanger, at about 1,000 feet,  appeared as a round metallic looking object (called a  flying saucer by the guard), no estimate of size is recalled, nor any other details on  the object  itself. The base radar 1-1/2 miles distant picked up the object as did the FAA radar about five miles away across the city of Great Falls. Object was apparently hovering over the alert hanger and atomic missile and  bomb storage building right nearby. Object then slowly moved down the length of the runway, then moved across town (about 3 miles) to the Municipal Airport at Great Falls and hovered over the National Guard  (F-89) parking ramp, then flew off. (Jan Aldrich, Bay Area Subcommittee NICAP)

May 15, 1958; Fort Bragg, North Carolina (BBU)
10:57 p.m. (EDT). Military pilot Beck [?] and 2 civilian airline pilots saw an orange round object heading N at high speed. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

May 17, 1958; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
UFO sped away when light was shone at it. [UFOE, II]

May 25, 1958; Kirchberg, Hunsruck, Germany
Circular silvery UFO observed moving through clouds. [UFOE, X]

May 27, 1958; Bahia State Coast, Brazil
Varig Airlines pilot watched a brightly luminous circular object maneuver under his plane. [UFOE, X]

May 28, 1958; Templehof, Germany (BBU)
1:30 p.m. (GMT). (McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

June 1958.
The arrival of Richard Hall at the National Investigations Committee on Aerial
Phenomena, 1536 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., where he served for ten years.

June 4, 1958; Sarasota, Florida
White oval-shaped object zigzagged overhead. [UFOE, XII]

June 9, 1958; Central Puget Sound, Wash. (BBU)
10:17 a.m. (PST). USAF 1st Lt. Charles Scharf, pilot of F­102 jet fighter (no. 1425) with 318th FI Sq. McChord AFB, Tacoma, Wash., and ground witnesses [?] saw a pinkish-whitish cylindrical object (length/width ratio 12:1) with a slight orange tint [?] and a dark circle in the center approaching at high speed at about 30° elevation with an oscillating motion. F-102 was heading S or 180° between 40,000 and 50,000 ft at about 600 mph. Pilot banked left to keep object in sight, object continued N, then climbed, decelerated, made a large 360° orbit, then circled the jet 3 times as it descended closer. Object finally pitched up 45° and accelerated in a climb, rapidly disappearing on a NW heading. (NARCAP; Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

5:26 a.m. (CDT). Military pilot saw an oval reddish object the size of a pinhead [at arm's length?] on a S to NE course. (Project 1947)

June 13, 1958 Casino, New South Wales, Australia
23:45 hrs local time. Brian Crittenden (21) was leaving a property when he saw a dome-shaped light with a long, narrow light underneath. It approached him from the east. He got into his car and sped homewards. The object followed him for the next three miles, and appeared to be only about 50 yards away, and 30 feet high, during this time. Although he was travelling at 65-70 miles per hour, the object overtook the vehicle; hovered for a few seconds, then swooped low over the car. It repeated this behavior several times as he travelled the next four miles. Crittenden said the car radio developed interference, as the object approached him. The weather was cloudy; the car windows were down; and he had drunk no alcohol. Total duration was 15 minutes. The object disappeared in the city lights of Casino. (Source: Chalker, Bill. The Oz Files. 1996. Duffy & Snellgrove. Potts Point, NSW. Pp 87-88. Citing UFO Bulletin. 1958, UFOIC)

June 14, 1958; Pueblo, Colorado (BBU 5852)
10:46 a.m. Airport weather observer O. R. Foster, using a theodolite, sighted an object shaped like Saturn, less the bottom part, silver with no metallic luster, which flew overhead. [See new detailed update and documents] (Don Berliner, Keith Basterfield)

June 20, 1958; Fort Bragg, North Carolina (BBU 5857)
11:05 p.m. Battalion Communication Chief SFC A. Parsley saw a silver, circular object, its lower portion seen through a green haze, hover, then oscillate slightly, then move at great speed. (Berliner)

June 23, 1958; Nr. England AFB, Louisiana
State policeman photographed two round UFOs. [UFOE, VIII]

Summer 1958; Air Force Base, Southwest United States
Two maneuvering UFOs evaded jet interceptors. [UFOE, VIII]

July 17, 1958; Chitose AFB, Japan
Radar-visual sighting of circling reddish light. [UFOE, III]

July 20, 1958; 4 miles N of Glennie, Mich. (BBU)
2 p.m. (CDT). Three independent witnesses heard an object hit water of a private lake making a circle 10 ft across with foam on edge of circle 2-3 ft high, making loud sound heard 200 yards away. Object sizzled 1.5 mins, zigzagged across surface 200 ft with violent motion, then sank into 50 ft depth of water as circling died out. (Tony Rullan)

July 20, 1958; Crystal Lake, NW of Chicago, Illinois (BBU)
5:07 p.m. (CDT). Pilot Allyn saw a white disc the size of a basketball [at arm's length??] in straight line flight. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

July 20, 1958; North of Hamar, Norway (BB)
9:24 p.m. local. Two bright white rocket-shaped oblong objects with blue gas trails 7 times the length of the objects were observed by a US Naval aircraft flying at 8,000 feet 12 miles north of Hamar, Norway. The objects were were on an approximate course of 330 degrees true. The object on the right appeared to be ahead. One object appeared to veer off as they came aft of the aircraft. Three witness aboard the aircraft including two experienced Naval pilots sighted the objects. Defense observers in northern Sweden reported that they had seen on the same night a huge fireball that resembled a rocket. It was seen in the northwestern sky at a height of about 1,500 feet. (Dan Wilson)

July 26, 1958; Durango, Colorado
Ground Observer Corps Supervisor spotted a round silvery object moving "at tremendous speed." [UFOE, VII]

Aug. 3, 1958; Rome, Italy
Luminous UFO observed passing overhead as city lights failed; one report of car radio failure. (Item 72, 1960 NICAP report)

Aug. 4, 1958; Malmstrom AFB, Montana (BBU)
11:15 p.m. (MDT). A/2C Bejnard G. Bell, 29th FIS roving aircraft guard, observed a delta wing-shaped object, flying directly overhead. The object was silver in color and appeared as large as a volleyball at arm's length, was solid in shape with no openings, no props, no exhaust, no tail section, and no conventional means of motivation visible. The object made a varied pitch whistling sound, but was much quieter than a jet. The object moved gradually to the north and was observed for approximately 30 seconds. The object was picked up on the approach control radar for four sweeps at Malmstrom AFB. No scramble of aircraft was ordered. Officials at ATIC were not happy about no scramble being made and apparent  non-compliance with AF Reg. 200-2, specifically Par 1, (Requirement for rapid identification). (McDonald list, Dan Wilson)

Aug. 11, 1958; Osel Island and Gulf of Finland (BBU)
(McDonald list)

August 11, 1958; Chautauqua Lake, N. Y.
Engineering professor observed unidentified lights arranged as if on oval object. [UFOE, VI]

Aug. 13 [14?], 1958; [object at] 12 miles NW of Las Vegas, Nevada (BBU)
12:30 a.m. (MST).  At Sahara Gun Club on Tule [not Thule] Springs Ranch 1-1/2 mi NE of Tonopah Hwy 95, Mr. and Mrs. Burgy sighted strange round light-orange object or light about 3-5 miles away at azimuth 35° [about NE] elevation 20° maneuvering up and down and to the left at tree-top level, then went back to original position. Object moved second time in same manner, slowly descending until disappeared, azimuth 35° above Vegas Range mountain ridge witness estimated 7-8 mi away]. 4-5 mins (Sparks;  NICAP website;  BB files;  Hynek UFO Rpt p. 43)

August 17, 1958; Kansas City, Kansas
Dome-shaped disc with "portholes" followed jets, hovered. [NICAP, XII]

Aug. 18, 1958.  Warren, Mich (BBU 5999)
At about 7.05 to 7.10 pm local time (CDT), Alex Donald Chisholm, a business machine mechanic, aged 30, of Warren, Michigan was in his back yard when he observed a flight of four aircraft, which then drew his attention to an extremely bright “star”, motionless in the sky at 70-75 degrees elevation, azimuth 300 degrees. The “star” was brighter than the Moon. He drew his neighbour’s (Walter Moilanion) and his neighbours’ young daughter’s attention to the “star.” Chisholm then viewed the light through 8 x30 field glasses, and then again with his naked eye (through spectacles.) After 7-8 minutes, the object which had remained motionless up until then, moved slightly. At this point, Chisholm (viewing through the field glasses) and Moilanion (with naked eye) pictured it as a circular object, light gray in color, and shaped like the planet Saturn (as it was circular, surrounded by a ring.) Chisholm estimated that the object was between 75-600 miles above the earth, and about 60 feet in diameter. About 30 seconds after first moving, it “vanished as if in a fast vaporised movement.” There was no associated sound at any time.[Basterfield, Fold3; Berliner; McDonald list; NICAP form/letters; Sparks]

August 24, 1958; Westwood, N. J.
Police reported a circular, orange UFO which hovered, sped away. [UFOE, VII]

Aug. 27, 1958; South Atlantic, 38.5 deg. South, 11.5 deg. West
02:28 GMT. Argus Test 1. High altitude missile test, 100 miles, 1.7 kiloton. Fired by USS Norton Sound.

Aug. 28, 1958; Georgetown, OH
4:20 PM. Close encounter by three witnesses, two were highway patrolmen. Huge silver disc, apparently hovering over a field in broad daylight. (MORA #11, page 15)

03:18 GMT. Argus Test II. High altitude missile test, 182 miles, 1.7 kiloton. Fired by USS Norton Sound.

Aug. 30, 1958; Gray AFB, Killeen, Texas (BBU)
At 1:45 p.m. CDT, one target was observed on radar at 170 degrees at 30 miles distance.  After two minutes the target disappeared on a heading of 175 degrees at a range of 140 miles. The estimated speed of the object was 3,300 knots.  The witnesses stated that the target was not like any interference ever observed and did not differ from other IFF targets in any respect except speed. (McDonald list, Dan Wilson)    

Aug. 31, 1958; La Verde, Argentina
Piper aircraft engine increased its revolutions abnormally during UFO sighting. Engine normal after UFO left. (Item 73, 1960 NICAP report)

Sept. 1, 1958; Wheelus AFB, Tripoli, Libya (BBU 6027)
12:15 a.m. Philco technical representative A. M. Slaton saw a round, blue-white object fly at varying speeds. (Berliner)

2:06 a.m. (EDT). Pan Am airline pilot saw a bright light move E to W, tracked on airborne radar [?]. (Project 1947; McDonald list)

22:13 GMT. Argus Test III. High altitude missile test, 466 miles, 1.7 kiloton. Fired by USS Norton Sound.

Sept. 7, 1958; Miles City AFS, Ellsworth AFB, Nort Dakota (BBU)
5:08 a.m. (MDT). Radar returns were indicated on MPS-14, MPS-7 and FPS-6 radars. The radar return on MPS-14 appeared as aircraft return. The object(s) appeared to move up and down rapidly in a circular flight path. The object(s) appeared to orbit NW of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. Two aircraft were scrambled (F-89J?) during the incident. ((Project 1947; McDonald list, Dan Wilson)

September 7, 1958; Mission, Kansas
Publisher saw white disc speed overhead. [UFOE, VII]

Sept. 8, 1958;  SAC HQ, Offutt AFB, Omaha, Neb. (BBU)
6:40 p.m. (CST).  SAC Operations officer-flight-engineeer-celestial navigator Maj. Paul A, Duich, USAF, plus several USAF officers from AF Ballistic Missiles Division, Los Angeles AFS, Calif., and many other Offutt AFB officers and airmen, plus Offutt air traffic control tower personnel, saw an brilliantly white elongated cylindrical object hovering in the W at about 270° azimuth elevation 30° just after sunset [sunset at 6:46 p.m. CST at azimuth 278°], object oriented vertically with blunter end highest [about 1/10 width/length ratio]. [Click on link for more details]  20 mins 25+ witnesses 10-20? Full Moons SAC HQ + photos?  (Sparks; UFOE, III)

Sept. 14, 1958; Wheelus AFB, Tripoli, Libya (BBU)
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time. There were unidentified returns on radar scopes. The returns were similar in size and intensity to returns from an aircraft. GCA detected a return at 400 feet altitude, 1-1/2 miles distant, bearing 110 degrees. GCI detected a return at 700 feet altitude 30 miles northeast of the station. GCA lost the return at 400 feet 1-1/2 half miles, bearing 260 degrees. GCI lost the return in the ground clutter approximately two miles from the approach end of runway 29. GCA reported  that it entered the precision approach scope from the north and then crisscrossed back and forth on it, sometimes passing completely off the scope. GCA also reported that it showed on the area surveillance radar scope in almost all directions. GCI reported that the object was tracked inbound to the coast at which time it veered to the south. The altitude of the return varied from 200 to 1000 feet and speeds ranging from 25 to 80 knots. (Dan Wilson, McDonald files, Brad Sparks)

Sept. 21, 1958. Sheffield Lake, Ohio (BBU)
3 a.m. (EDT). Mrs. William H. Fitzgerald inside her house, and at the end 10-year-old stepson John, saw through her East-facing bedroom window a circular, aluminum color flat object, 12 ft diameter [investigator determined 22 ft estimate], 6 ft thick, about 10 ft away, sweep in about 8 ft high over front lawn headed N descending in a falling-leaf oscillating motion side-to-side to about 6 ft altitude, cross over her E-W driveway, stop for several secs about 50 ft [40 ft] away [to the NNE], then reverse course headed S over the driveway back over the front lawn, then hover 5 ft above the lawn about 25 ft away, making a jetlike sound. Object wobbled and emitted gray smoke, made two tight clockwise turns before rising and taking off, straight up over the house [high up towards the E]. (Sparks; Vallée Magonia 471; BB files; UFOE, IX)

Sept. 23, 1958; Kindley AFB, Bermuda (BBU)
12:20 a.m. local time. The Kindley Control Tower operator visually sighted a red light at an altitude of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 feet which appeared to be traveling at great speed. The object was in sight for about one minute. At the same time the radar operator on duty picked up an object which traveled in several directions at a speed of more than Mach 1. The object faded from the radar scope as if it were very high or low. The radar contact was made 4 times in about 7 or 8 minutes. (McDonald list)

2:30 p.m. Naturalist Ivan Sanderson, his wife and a few others saw a dull-grey object, shaped like a nickel, fly erratically in loops. (UFOE, VI, Berliner, Sparks)

Oct. 3, 1958; Fukushima-Ken, Japan
Cat. 3. Portable radio emitted strange buzz as green fireball passed.

Oct. 3, 1958; Wasco to Kirklin, Indiana
3:10 a.m. A Monon Railroad freight train was proceeding through Clinton County when a formation of four odd white lights crossed ahead of the train. The UFOs turned and traversed the full length of the train, front to back (about a half mile) observed by the entire crew. After passing the rear of the train, the objects swung east, turned back and followed the train. The bright glow concealed the exact shape of the UFOs, but they appeared flattened and some times flew on edge. Operating part of the time in-line abreast with coordinated motions, the objects followed the train until the conductor shone a bright light on them. Immediately, the UFOs sped away, but returned quickly and continued to pace the train. Total time of observation: about 1 hour 10 minutes. Finally the UFOs moved away to the northeast and disappeared. The coordinated maneuvers in formation, reaction to a bright beam of light, and pacing of the train, all suggest some form of intelligence. (FATE, Feb 1959, NICAP UFOE, page 9)

Oct. 7, 1958; Alexandria, Virginia (BBU)
6:02 p.m. (EDT).  John R. Townsend, Special Assistant for Research & Engineering to the Asst. Secretary of Defense, saw a large stationary sharply outlined Saturn-shaped "silvery" or "aluminum clad" oblate spherical object (with "gossamer" surface appearance) with a rim or girdle around its equator in clear sky due S azimuth about 180° at about 20° elevation for about 10 secs, which started rapidly rising at an estimated speed of 1,000 mph and disappeared due to extreme distance at about 30° to 35° elevation  ....(Click on link for detailed report).

Oct. 7, 1958; Nantucket, Mass.
Ship's Master, others watched a grayish oval object hover for several minutes, then climb away at high speed. [UFOE, VII]

Dr. Yuri I. Danikov, a leading Moscow glacier expert, was one of four of four men who were 'pestered' by a low-flying, silvery disk. (Loren Gross, 1958: OCTOBER, UFOs: A History, 54)

Oct. 11, 1958; Laredo Test Center, Texas (BBU)
At 1:22 a.m. local time, a radar target was picked up on a ground radar at the Laredo Test Site at at a range of 454 nautical miles and at 462 nautical miles at a height of 64 nautical miles. The targets lasted for a total of 28 seconds. One possible conclusion given says: (b) two meteors occurring in the same portion of space at very nearly the same time. According to the documents, two targets were observed. One target lasted for 27.3 seconds and the range of the target changed from 462 nmi. to 467 nmi. The target was observed in three of four beams being energized. The radar being used was an AN/FPS-17(XW-2). (McDonald list)

October 12, 1958; Aurora, Illinois
Police reported several yellowish UFOs moving in all directions. [UFOE, VII]

Oct. 17, 1958; Grand Rapids, Mich. (BBU)
(Hynek UFO Rpt p. 44)

Oct. 26, 1958; Lafayette, Indiana
Research chemist saw 2-3 bright objects pass through field of telescope. [VI]

Oct. 26, 1958; Loch Raven Dam, Maryland (BBU 6148)
10:30 p.m. Phillip Small and Alvin Cohen saw a large, flat egg-shaped object, flying low about 100-150 ft above the bridge, which affected their car's electrical system and caused a burning sensation, rose vertically and disappeared in 5-10 secs. (Hynek UFO Exp ch. 9, case CEII-4)

Oct. 27, 1958; Union Dale, Penna. (BBU)
Large gray cigar­ like object with an assembly tail flew at treetop height, making a strong "swishing" sound. (Vallée Magonia 472)

Oct. 29, 1958; Atlantic
Radar track with jamming. (Jan Aldrich, AFOIN files).

Oct. 31, 1958. Caledon East, Ontario, Canada (BBU)
3:50 p.m. Civilian saw an elliptical, aluminum-colored object at 6,000 ft altitude, coming down to 12 ft, flying up and down by sudden jumps, stopping at ground level less than 600 ft away for 5 mins. A red light appeared at one end of the object, which gradually took a fiery color, then exploded. Witness ran away. (Vallée Magonia 473)

Nov. 1958; DEW Line (Distant Early Warning)
Radar tracked UFO which descended, moved horizontally, climbed out of radar beam. [UFOE, VIII]

Nov. 3, 1958. Minot [AFB?], North Dakota (BBU)
2:01 p.m. [USAF?] Medic M/Sgt. William R. Butler saw a bright green object, shaped like a dime coin, and one smaller, silver round object. First object exploded, then second object moved toward the location of the first at high speed. (Berliner)

Nov. 4, 1958; Pope AFB, North Carolina (BBU)
4:03 [9:03?] p.m. (EST). USAF pilot of a landing KB-50 tanker and USAF tower personnel saw an object with strange lights on collision course. Pilot and crew also noticed that "strange lights" were observed inside the cockpit. Pilot aborted landing, climbed and flew around to observe object. Pope AFB tower personnel had watched object hovering above the base through binoculars for 20 mins. (NARCAP)

Nov. 8, 1958. Brazilia, Brazil (BBU)
2 p.m. (EST). Brazilian [?] Air Force pilot and 500 ground observers saw a moving saucer at 40,000 ft. (Project 1947) (Article in Portugeuse)

Nov. 13, 1958; Troy Peak & Tonopah, Nevada (BBU)
8:29 a.m.PST.  Radars picked up a fairly stationary object at 279 degrees azimuth, range of 26 miles, angle of elevation was 40 degrees, moving quite slowly to the ENE. This occurred four times during an eight hour period. These objects were all in the same area at the same altitude.  FPS-20, MPS-7, and MPS-14 radars were involved in the observation. (McDonald list)

Nov. 19, 1958; Montauk AFB, New York (BBU)
9:30 a.m. (EST).  A/2c James A. Frey, scope operator, plus Weapons Director (not named), 773rd Radar Observation Network Squadron (SAGE), NORAD-ADC FPS-6 height-finder radar, detected target at 255° azimuth (approx. WSW), height 55,000 ft ascending [nearly] vertically at 3,000-3,500 ft/min with some [N?] component horizontally, to 77,000 ft [in about 7 mins].  Target then descended to 50,000' almost vertically at 4,000 ft/min [in about another 7 mins] with slight deviation ESE to azimuth 256° disappearance.  Range not stated, must have been 30+ miles since FPS-6 max elevation coverage is +32°, and max range usually given as 200 n.mi.   Went against wind coming from 270° 60 knots at 50,000 ft.  Second (similar?) target about 1 hour later.  Ascent rate much faster than typical weather balloons, usually standardized to 1,000 ft/min.  (Sparks;  BB files;  McDonald list)

Nov. 20, 1958; W of Calif. coast (BBU)
At 6:15 a.m. PST, a man in the right seat of a C-118 transport flying at 11,000 feet on a heading of 60 degrees observed a round silver object traveling straight at high speed at high altitude heading toward the sun. The object was observed for 15 seconds. The C-118 was at approximately 840 miles west of Los Angeles [3447 N 133.07 W]. (Dan Wilson, BB files,Project 1947)

Dec. 13, 1958,  Redlands, California
Photographer, John D. Penney. USAF says it was a lenticular cloud. (Vicemte-Juan Ballester Olmos)

Dec. 16, 1958; Hawk Inlet, Alaska
The UFO had been seen the previous day (by a fishing boat) floating on the water about 1/4 mile away. When it appeared about 70 feet above the mast, the fisherman radioed-the Coast Guard. About 5 minutes later, .the "boat's power" failed and the radio went dead. An auxiliary diesal generator was barely running but it came back to normal as the UFO flew away. (McCampbell)

John R. Townsend (see Oct 7) was the head of all Pentagon R&D, immediate predecessor of ARPA director.  Debunker BB Chief Major Gregory got fired from BB when he gave a UFO briefing in the Pentagon in Dec  and dismissed Townsend's UFO sighting as a cloud or some such bs nonsense (he didn't mention the independent confirmation with triangulation by the Capital Airlines crew confirming Townsend's UFO sighting and size / distance estimates). Major Friend took over BB from Gregory in Jan 1959. (Brad Sparks)

Dec. 17, 1958
Memorandum for Commander document on the battle between the AF and NICAP.

Dec. 20, 1958; Dunellen, New Jersy
Police patrol observed a bright red, pulsating elliptical object which approached, hovered, then "went straight up like a shot." [UFOE, I] 

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