Kirtland UFO Incident; Albuquerque, New Mexico; November 4, 1957
Apparently the UFO flew right-to-left along the East-West runway, then
turned SW toward the tower, stopping near the nuclear weapons storage
for about a minute. McDonald mentioned that the UFO stopped near the
"Drumhead Area" where the B-58 operated. If the object hovering near a
WSA (Weapons Storage Area) didn't get your attention, you have to read
what the implications might have been with the B-58 "Hustler"! See Joel
Carpenter's preliminary analysis link below. And there's a lot more.
CAA tower personnel, R.M. Kaser and E. G. Brink, were reliable
with 23 years of airport control tower experience between them. A
object came down steeply at the east end of a runway, left the flight
crossed runways, taxiways, and unpaved areas at about a 30 degree
and proceeded southwest towards the control tower at an altitude of
than 100 feet. Observed through through 7x binoculars, the object
to be egg-shaped, having no wings, tail, or fuselage, and was elongated
vertically. It appeared to be fifteen to twenty feet tall, about the
of an automobile standing on its nose, and had a single white light at
its base. After the UFO left the area it was tracked on a CPN-18
radar and it exhibited some amazing flight characteristics. The object
also came back towards Kirtland until it took up a position behind an
Force C-46 that had just taken off. It stayed in position behind the
until they both moved out of radar range.
There have been several UFO incidents in and around Kirtland AFB
the years. A questionable one happened in 1980, but the one of November
1957, was one that has stood the test of time and has been well covered
by Hynek, McDonald, etc.
Here's the full story.