Captain Charles McGee Statement 

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CHECK-LIST – UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS

 

1.     Date                7 January 1948                                                                                    Incident # 30

2.     Time                             1925 EST   

3.     Location                        Lockbourne Army Air Base, Columbus, Ohio  

4.     Name of observer          Charles E. McGee, Captain, USAF

5.     Occupation of observer   Ass’t Operations Officer (Pilot)  

6.     Address of observer       Airdrome Operations, Lockbourne AAB, Columbus, Ohio

7.     Place of observation       Runway 23 overhead approach 

8.     Number of objects          1  

9.     Distance of object from observer           first 4-5 miles southwest of base, second time 6-7 miles West and moved westerly in a hovering manner

10.   Time in Sight                  Not stated    

11.   Altitude                         3000 feet approximately      

12.   Speed                            slow       

13.   Direction of flight           west

14.   Tactics                          Flashed on and off, on westward flight appeared to be fading and descending 

15.   Sound                           No noise

16.   Size                              Large size of flood light

17.     Color                           white later yellowish to orange

18.     Shape                          oval as if looking at spot light

19.   Odor detected               Not state

20.   Apparent construction    like a spot light

21.   Exhaust trails                Bluish streaks like a jet effect out from right (According to Mr. Boudreaux on “squawk” box)

22.   Weather conditions        sky solid overcast

23.   Effect on clouds            not stated  

24.   Sketches or photographs             None   

25.   Manner of disappearance            descending and burning out

26.   Remarks   (over)


 

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 Very bright white light southwest of the field. The light did not cast a beam and seemed the size of a flood light. From the ground the light appeared to move westward. It was further west and lower than I saw it in the air, also the light was similar to that of a lantern light in that it was glimmering. The light varied yellowish to orange and appeared to be descending and burning out. The latter observation may be that in its westward movement it appeared to be fading out and descending however the light was not nearly as bright on the second observation. At first it was very white and did not appear to be moving though when it flashed on and off it appeared as in a fast descent. With the naked eye I could at no time make out any shape other than the light being oval shaped as though looking at a large spot light. It was not a heavenly body of any type in that the sky was solid overcast in the Lockbourne area and the object’s movement outweighs such a thought. I heard no noise in connection with the object. I estimated at the first observation that it was 4-5 miles southwest of the base. At the second appearance it was 6-7 miles west and moved westerly in a hovering manner but moving away.

 

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           AIRDROME OPERATIONS                             CH?/wew

      LOCKBOURNE ARMY AIR BASE

              Columbus 17, Ohio

 

ADGP/319.1                                                                                                                14 January 1948

SUBJECT:             Report of' Unusual Circumstance.

TO:                  Commanding Officer, 332d Fighter Wing, Lockbourne Army Air Base, Columbus 17, Ohio.

         1.             At approximately 1925 EST on the 7 January 1948 I turned to runway 23 for an overhead approach at traffic altitude (1500 ft). Just prior to break-away saw a very bright white 1ight southwest of the Field. I began my 360° approach. It struck me that the light was very unusual and it was not on the ground so I looked in its direction at again from my base leg position, It appeared the same and as though it were about 3000 feet is the air. While on my base leg the light suddenly disappeared. The light did not cast e beam and seemed the size of a flood light. While on my approach it flashed on and off again immediately. I landed and taxied to the ramp thinking that it may have been a reflect­ion from the ground or the like. 

2.          Before flying I had heard part of an interphone conversation from Letterson Center to Olmstead Center relative to a circular object seen over Tennessee. I returned to the Operations Building. While there the airways operator, Mr. Eisele, said the tower operator, Mr. Boudreaux, reported seeing something unusual southwest of the field. I stated that I had seen an unusual light and suggested calling him to check. We called the tower on the "squawk" box, and Mr. Boudreaux, said the light was what he had been watching about 15 minutes or so and that through the field glasses it appeared to have bluish streaks like a jet effect out from the right. He stated that it went out while I was in the pattern.

During the conversation he said it could be seen again (1935-1940). We went to the door to observe. 

3.           From the ground the light appeared to move westward. It was further west and lower than I saw it in the air, also the light was similar to that of a lantern light in that it was glimmering. The light varied yellowish to orange and appeared to be descending and burning out. It moved very slowly and finally disappeared. The latter observation may be that in its westward movement it appeared to be fading out and descending, however the light was not nearly as bright on the second observation.

 

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Ltr, Subj: Report of Unusual Circumstance (13 Jan 48) cont'd

 At first it was very white and did not appear to be moving though when it flashed on and off it appeared as in a fast descent. With the naked eye I could at no time make out any shape other than the light being oval shaped as though looking directly at a large spot 1ight. 

4.                     This object was too large and too sharp a light to be a reflection from the ground. It was not a heavenly body of any type in that the sky was solid overcast in the Lockbourne area and the object’s movement outweighs such a thought. I heard no noise in connection with the object. I estimated at the first observation that it was 4-5 miles southwest of the base. At the second appearance it was 6-7 miles west and moved westerly in a hovering manner but moving away. The winds at this time were west-southwest averaging 6 miles per hour.

 

                                                                                                                Charles E. McGee

                                                                                                                Captain USAF

                                                                                                                Ass’t  Opns Officer

 

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