DET 103rd AACS
LOCKOURNE A. B.
13 JANUARY 1947
SUBJECT: Report on Unusual Circumstance
TO: CO 332nd FIGHTER WING LOCKBOURNE A B
At approximately 1940 hrs
Jan. 7th the Control Tower operator advised
he observed an extremely strange bright light in the south
by the time I reached the operation steps at the entrance the
out. About two minutes later the Tower advised that the
phenomenon was visible
again. This time I saw the object at about 15 degrees
above the horizon to the
west south west of Lockbourne. The object was extremely
bright, more so than
any star. I would say about as large as and as bright as
one of the runway
lights at full intensity as viewed from the Control Tower.
It appeared to have
a tapering tail about 6 diameters long and predominantly was of
a ruddy red color
changing to A amber-yellow at different intervals.
The position of the object in the
sky and the fact that we were reporting
A high overcast at the time added to the mystery.
UP until approximately 1950 hrs
the object appeared to be motionless,
at this time, however, it descended to the horizon in an
interval of about 3
or 4 seconds, hovering there for 3 or 4 seconds and the ascended
original position in an interval of about 3 seconds. It
then rapidly began
to fade and lower in the sky and disappeared at 1955 hrs.
AF9944 xmtd a position report to
me at 1953 hrs over Columbus at 5,000 ft
on round robin flight out of Wright Field to Washington and
return , and reported
a mysterious bright light to the west south west of his
position, appearing like
an oversized beacon.
Further information on reports
from other stations observing the phenomenon
can be obtained from flight services at Patterson.
Frank M. Eisle
Mantell Doc. 3