T/Sgt. Quinton Blackwell
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
AIRWAYS AND AIR
COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE, ATC
DETACHMENT 733-5 AF BASE
UNIT (103D AACS SQ)
Godman Field, Fort Knox, Ky
9 January 1948
STATEMENT OF T SGT
QUINTON A BLACKWELL
I, T Sgt Quinton A Blackwell, AF18162475, was on
duty as chief operator in the Control Tower at Godman Field, Ky.
on the afternoon of 7 January 1948. Up until 1315 or 1320 matters were routine.
At approximately that time I received a telephone call from Sgt Cook, Col Hix's
office, stating that according to Ft Knox Military Police and "E"
Town state police, a large circular object from 250 to 300 ft in diameter over
Mansville, Ky. and requested I check with Army Flight Service to see if any
unusual type aircraft was in the vicinity. Flight Service advised negative on
the aircraft and took the other info, requesting our CO verify the story.
Shortly afterward Flight Service gave Godman
Tower positions on the object over Irvington, Ky. then Owensboro, Ky.
of about the same size and description. About 1345 or 1350 I sighted an object
in the sky to the South of Godman Field. As I wanted verification, I called my
Detachment Commander, 1st Lt Orner, to the Tower. After he had sighted the
object, he called for the Operations Officer, Capt. Carter, over the teletalk
box from the Traffic Desk. He came up stairs immediately, and looked at the
object through the field glasses in the Tower. He then called for the CO, Col
Hix. He came to the tower about 1420 (appx) and sighted the object immediately.
About 1430 to 1440 a flight of four P-51s approached Goldman Field from the
South, enroute from Marietta, Ga.
to Standiford Field, Ky. As they passed over the tower I called
them on "B" channel, VHF and asked the flight leader, NG 869, if he
had enough gas and if so, would he mind trying to identify an object in the sky
to the South of Godman Field. He replied in the affirmative and made a right
turn around with two planes and proceeded South from Godman Field. The fourth plane
proceeded on to Standiford Field alone. The three ship formation proceeded
South on a heading of 210°, climbing steadily. About 1445 the flight leader, NG 869, reported
seeing the object "ahead and above, I'm still climbing". To which a
wing man retorted, "What the Hell are we looking for"? The leader
reported at 15,000 ft that "The object is directly ahead of and above me
now, moving about half my speed”. When asked for a description he replied, “It
appears metallic object of tremendous size”. At 15,000 ft, the flight leader
reported, “I’m still climbing, the object is above and ahead of me moving at
about my speed or faster, I'm trying to close in for a better look. This last
contact was at about 1515. About 5 min. afterward, the other two ships in the
flight turned back. As they passed over Godman NG 800 reported "It appears
like the reflection of sunlight on an airplane canopy". Shortly afterward,
the same pilot and plane took off from Standiford and resumed the search. He
went to 33,000 ft. one hundred miles South and did not sight anything. I left
the Control Tower shortly afterward.
The foregoing statement is true and correct to the best of my
T Sgt AF18162475
Det 733D AFBU
“A CERTIFIED TRUE
JAMES F. DUESLER,
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CHECK-LIST – UNIDENTIFIED
1. Date 7
Incident # 33
2. Time Between
1345 and 1350
3. Location Godman
Fld, Fort Knox, Ky
4. Name of observer T/Sgt Quinton A.
5. Occupation of observer Chf Operator in Control Tower at Godman Fld, Ky.
6. Address of observer USAF, Airways & Air Communications Svc, ATC Detachment
733-5 AF Base
Unit (103D AACS Sq) Godman Fld., Ft.
7. Place of observation Tower, Godman Fld.
8. Number of objects 1
9. Distance of object from observer N/S
10. Time in Sight N/S
11. Altitude Over
12. Speed In
excess of P-51
13. Direction of flight South
14. Tactics N/S
15. Sound Not Stated
16. Size Tremendous
17. Color Silvery
18. Shape N/S
19. Odor detected N/S
20. Apparent construction N/S – seemed metallic
21. Exhaust trails N/S
22. Weather conditions N/S
23. Effect on clouds N/S
24. Sketches or photographs None
25. Manner of disappearance N/S
26. Remarks (over)
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approximately 1320 Sgt. Cook from the CO’s office notified the observer (T/Sgt
Quinton A Blackwell) that according to Ft Knox Military Police & “E” Town
State Police, a large circular object about 250 to 300 ft in diameter was over Mansville, Ky.
Advised him to check with Army Flight Svc. They advised negative but shortly
thereafter reported object over Irvington,
Ky, then Owensboro, Ky.
Object first sighted by Blackwell about 1345 to 1350 over south Godman Fld.
Verification: 1st Lt Orner (Detachment
Capt Carter (Operations Officer)
Col Hix (CO) sighted it about 1420
approximately 1430 to 1440, four P-51’s approached Godman f/south enroute
to Standiford Fld, Ky. Blackwell asked Flight Leader NG 869 to attempt to
identify object. Accompanied by two other planes he proceeded south f/Godman.
Fourth plane proceeded to Standiford Fld alone.
1445, flight leader (NG 869) reported sighting object “ahead and above – still
climbing” At 15,000 ft he reported “Object directly ahead and above and moving
about half my speed.” Again “it appears metallic of tremendous size.” Still
later “I’m still climbing – object is above and ahead moving about my speed or
faster – I’m trying to close in for better look.” This was about 1515. Five
minutes later the other two ships turned back. NG 800 reported “it appeared
like the reflection of sunlight on an airplane canopy” Shortly afterward this
same pilot (NG 800) resumed search going to 33,000 ft, 100 miles south but did
not sight anything.
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