Original Document

DET 103rd AACS

                                                                                           13 JANUARY 1947

  SUBJECT:  Report on Unusual Circumstance


       At approximately 1940 hrs Jan. 7th the Control Tower operator advised
  he observed an extremely strange bright light in the south west.  However
  by the time I reached the operation steps at the entrance the light faded
  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 to its'
  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

  *******, E.M.

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