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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.

Near Collision With T-33 / Radio Static
October 26, 1977
Abilene, Texas

18:45 GMT
Duration < 1 min 6-7 min incident
aircraft T-33
United States
3 observer
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
October 26, 1977; Abilene, Texas
18:45 GMT.  En route from Dyess AFB, Texas toward Dallas, cruising at 15,000 ft MSL in a T-38, aircraft commander, 1st Lt Seth Bryant (instructor pilot) and 1st Lt Choate (student pilot) overheard transmissions from Fort Worth Center to another pilot. From listening to the centerís transmissions it was obvious the other aircraft had sighted a red object which he could not identify. They chuckled at the idea of a UFO and for the next 5-6 minutes were busy with enroute procedures. At this time, 1st Lt Choate sighted the red object and informed the pilot of its position. The bright red glowing object was at their 12:30 position, approximately 10,000-12,000 ft, and seemed stationary (no trajectory). The distance was very difficult to determine but was estimated to be about 20 NM. Initially, the red glowing light was very brilliant and after viewing the object for approximately 15 seconds the object appeared to be closing very rapidly. An evasive maneuver was considered but determined unnecessary, it appeared the closing had ceased. The size of the object at this time was about that of a dime (at arm's length?). At this time the pilot contacted Fort Worth Center giving the position of the red object and asked if he was painting anything on radar. He replied he wasnít. The size of the red light slowly decreased, similar to a very slowly rotating beacon, and was lost from sight. The total time of the sighting was less than a minute. 1st Lt Choate recalled static over his head set at time of sighting. Fort Worth Center relayed this sighting to the first aircraft that had sighted the object. The other pilot seemed to be reassured that someone else had seen the object. An airliner in the general vicinity was queried, negative results. (From the pilotís report, Dr Richard F. Haines files, Case 43)

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