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

Former Navy PBY Pilot Encounter / EME
Aug. 13, 1959
Bt. Roswell & Corona, New Mexico

4:00 p.m. local
Duration 1 min+
aircraft Cessna 170
United States
1 observer
No radar contact

Martin Shough:
Aug. 13, 1959;  Bet. Roswell and Corona, New Mexico
4:00 p.m. (1600 MT) (at 33°52' N, 105° 6' W).  Jack H. Goldsberry, former USN PBY, flying Cessna 170 from Hobbs to Albuquerque, N.M., at 8,000 feet, noticed halfway between Roswell and Corona, that his Magnesyn electric compass suddenly moved around a slow 360° rotation in about 4-5 secs, and his other standard magnetic compass was spinning wildly.  About this time, he saw 3 small gray slightly fuzzy elliptical objects in close echelon formation passing in front from left to right and around his plane at a distance about 450 to 600 ft and a speed of about 200 mph.  Magnesyn compass followed the objects' position as they circled the plane, and after one full circle they disappeared to the rear, then both compasses settled back to normal.  CAA controller at Albuquerque canceled his flight plan and ordered him to land at Kirtland AFB, where he was interrogated by a USAF major.  (NARCAP-NICAP-McDonald;  BB files??)

Fran Ridge:
The FAA tower operator broke in and told him to keep radio silence. "He said for me to fly at once to Kirtland AFB. When I landed there I was hustled to an office and interrogated by an AF major, the base UFO officer. Then he told me that being so close to those objects I might develop radiation sickness. He said if I developed any unusual illness to let the AF know and get to a government hospital right away. He warned me to keep this secret from everybody but my wife and to make sure she kept quiet, too." In a signed report secured later by a NICAP subcommittee chairman, Paul Cerny, the pilot said the possibility of serious radiation effects had kept him and his wife in a state of fear for weeks.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/590813roswell_narcap.htm (Martin Shough/NARCAP)

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