Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 15:50:07 +0100 (BST)
From: daniel wilson <>
Subject: Fairfield-Suisan AFB, Dec. 3, 1948, UFO Report (BBU 257)
To: Francis Ridge <>

Dec. 3, 1948; Fairfield-Suisun AFB, Calif. (BBU 257)
8:15 p.m. USAF Sgt. control tower operator McFarland saw a round, white light fly with varying speed, bouncing motion, and finally a rapid erratic climb. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Fairfield-Suisan AFB, Dec. 3, 1948, UFO report
Project Blue Book evaluation: UNIDENTIFIED
Fairfield-Suisun AFB, Calif. (renamed Travis AFB)
Page ID (PID) : MAXW-PBB4-1110
Collection : Maxwell AFB Microfilm
Roll Description : Project Blue Book Roll 4
Frames 1110 - 1113, 1117-1118, 1121 - 1138

Frame 1117-1118

Frame 1121-1138


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Chapter X


"All right," Redell said finally. "What do you want to know?"

"Anything you can tell us. But first, your ideas on these sketches." I showed him D------'s drawings and then gave him the high points of the investigation. When I mentioned the mystery-light incident at Fairfield Suisan Air Force Base, Redell sat up quickly.

"The Gorman case again!"

"We heard about some other 'light' cases," I said. "One was at Las Vegas."

"I know about that one. That is, it you mean the green light--wait a minute!" Redell frowned into space for a few seconds, "You say that Fairfield Suisan sighting


was on December third? Then the Las Vegas sighting was only a few days later. It was the first week of the month, I'm positive."

"Those light reports have got me stumped," I said. "A light just can't fly around by itself. And those two-foot disks--"

"You haven't worked on the Gorman case?" asked Redell.

I told him I hadn't thought it was coming up on my schedule.

"Leave these sketches here," he said. "Look into that Gorman sighting. Then check on our plans for space exploration. I'll give you some sources. When you get through, come on back and we'll talk it over."

The Gorman "saucer dogfight" had been described in newspapers; the pilot had reported chasing a swiftly maneuvering white light, which had finally escaped him. Judging from the Project "Saucer" preliminary report, this case had baffled all the Air Force investigators. When I met George Gorman, I found him to be intelligent, coolheaded, and very firmly convinced of every detail in his story. I had learned something about his background. He had had college training. During the war, he had been an Air Force instructor, training French student pilots. In Fargo, his home, he had a good reputation, not only for veracity but as a businessman. Only twenty-six, he was part owner of a construction company, and also the Fargo representative for a hardware-store chain. Even knowing all this, I found it hard at first to believe some of the dogfight details. But the ground observers confirmed them.