Original Document

                                                         NEWS RELEASE

  ALL WEATHER Flying Center
  Clinton County Army Air Field
  WILMINTON, OHIO                                                                         8 January 1948

        (ENCLOSURE 1)
                                                      IMMEDIATE RELEASE

             WILMINGTON, Ohio, Jan. 8-- A sky phenomena, described by observers at

        the Clinton County air Base as having the appearance of a flaming red cone

        trailing a gaseous green mist, appeared in the southwest skies of Wilminton

        last night between 7:20 and 7:55 P.M.

             S/Sgt. Gale F. Walter and Cpl. James Hudson, control tower operators

        at the air field, first saw the phenomena at 7:20 P.M. and observed its

        maneuvers in the sky until 7:55 P.M. when it reported disappeared over

        the horizon.  The sky phenomena hung suspended in the air at intervals and

        then gained and lost altitude at what appeared to be terrific bursts of speed.

        The intense brightness of the sky phenomena pierced through a heavy layer

        of clouds passing intermittently over the area and obscuring other celestial


             MSgt. Irvin H. Lewis, S/Sgt John P. Haag, Sgt. Harold E. Olvis and

        T/Sgt. Leroy Ziegler, four members of the alert crew, joined the control

        tower operators in observing the sky phenomena for approximately 35 minutes.

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