Category 11 Case Directory
Rating: 5  


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.

Pilot Says Compass Affected
Nov. 28, 1974
Bt. DeKalb & Mendota, IL

11:43 a.m. local
Duration 10 secs +
Aeronca Champ
United States
1 observer
 EMI reported
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
Nov. 28, 1974; Bt. DeKalb & Mendota, Illinois
11:43 a.m. A man was piloting his own aircraft on a bright day with visibility limited to 6 or 7 miles due to haze. As he passed over the small town of Shabbona, IL, he was checking his position on the aeronautical map to determine if he was still "on course". When he looked up he noticed that the magnetic compass on the panel was rotating counter-clockwise at a rate of four revolutions per minute. He looked to his right side and saw nothing but the town of Shabbona below him. When he turned to his left, he saw a disc or ellipse flying parallel to his aircraft at the same speed (ground speed 75 to 80 m.p.h.) and altitude, pacing him at 120 degrees at an estimated one quarter of a mile distance. If  one-fourth mile away, he estimated the size as 120 feet long and 30 feet thick. After pacing him for eight to ten seconds the object tipped slightly and he could observe that it was not an ellipse, but was round in shape. As it tipped up on an angle, it accelerated to a fantastic speed toward the east and was out of sight in the "flick of the finger" (less than one second). (See more detailed report below)

This is also an EM case and is double-listed on the dBase as cat 3 and cat 11.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/741128dekalb_report.htm (Fran Ridge/MUFON Files)

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