|A NICAP Project Report
Fournet's Motion Study
Date: Monday, 23 March,
2009, updated 2 Jan 2017
From: Mike Swords
I came across page 8, and there was part of
Dewey Fournet's famous but not seen "motions
study" of UFOs as presented to the Robertson
Panel. According to what one can reasonably
assume by looking at the page, Dewey presented
17 cases [from which he deduced that UFOs were
guided by intelligence and the flight
characteristics indicated that the
intelligence was beyond "us".] This number
rings true as Ed Ruppelt says that Dewey
sifted his cases down to between ten and
twenty. The page shows arrangements of UFOs in
the chosen cases, and given the strong
likelihood that most if not all of them were
1952 cases on Dewey's watch, they might be
(X) 01. May
George AFB [CA] case
(X) 02. May
1952 Greenville [SC]
(X) 03. June
( ) 04.
(X) 05. June 19/23 (17th), 1952;
McChord AFB [WA] case
(X) 06. July
Chesapeake Bay [Nash-Fortenberry] case.
( ) 07.
( ) 08.
(X) 09. July
(X) 10. July
(X) 11. July
Carson Sink [NV]
(X ) 12. July 27, 1952; Manhatten
(X) 13. July 29, 1952; Albuquerque,
(X) 14. August
1952; Truth or Consequences [NM]
(X) 15. August 3, 1952; Hamilton
( ) 16.
(X) 17. August
Hermanas/El Paso [TX]
|| Case 1 May
1,1952 George AFB [CA] case.
May 1, 1952; George AFB, CA. 10:50 am. An Air
Force officer and a group of airmen in a
separate location observed a formation of five
white disc-shaped objects, three in front and
two behind. The trailing objects darted around
in zig-zag motions. Suddenly the objects
switched to a tight V-formation, made an almost
90-degree turn and sped away over the mountains.
The five objects were sighted at George AFB and
from a golf course 4 miles away. Observer: S/Sgt
David Darbyrsira 146th Air Police
Squadron sighted the 5 objects at at
George AFB, at 1050 hours PDT, about one
hour after a cloud from an atom blast was
sighted in the direction of Las Vegas.
|| Case 2 could be May
1952 Greenville [SC]
May 13 (18), 1952;
Greenville, SC. 10:33 p.m. (EST). Mr. James
Richardson and 3 other amateur astronomers
set up telescopes at dark area of Furman
University when they saw a diamond formation
of 4 oval reddish-yellow or reddish-brown
luminous objects nearly overhead and
disappeared after 3 secs motion through 12°
arc [or at 12° elevation?]. Apparent size of
half dollar at arms length, 1/.4 turned and
wobbling in flight.
Case 3 June
8, 1952 Albuquerque [NM].
June 8, 1952; Albuquerque,
New Mexico. 10:50 a.m. Witnesses:
Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Markland. Four
shiny objects flew straight and
level in a diamond formation.
Case 4. Not
Case 5. June
19/23, 1952; McChord AFB [WA]
Case 6. July
14, 1952 Chesapeake Bay
July 14, 1952;
Chesapeape Bay. About a week before
the famous Washington, D.C.,
radar-visual UFO sightings, a Pan
American Airways DC-4 airliner was
flying southward along the East Coast
at 8,000 feet. It was a clear night
with unlimited visibility. About 8:10
p.m., Capt. William B. Nash and Second
Officer William Fortenberry suddenly
saw six bright red objects rapidly
approaching the plane, but at a lower
altitude. "Their shape was clearly
outlined and evidently circular," Nash
reported. "The edges were
well-defined, not phosphorescent or
fuzzy in the least."
Case 7. Not
Case 8. Not
20, 1952 Elkins Park [PA]
July 20, 1952; Lavalette, NJ.
12:20-12:25 a.m. 3 independent groups
of witnesses, including Seton Hall
Univ. chemistry professor Dr. A. B.
Spooner (on a yacht in the Delaware
River near Philadelphia), saw 2 large
orange-yellow lights with some dull
red color fly in trail, turn and
circle observers. First seen to the S
at about 40° elevation, then E, N, W,
and S again but at elevation 80°.
Stellar magnitude about -3 to -5. AF
pilot in Elkins Park estimated 10°/min
angular velocity accelerating up to
2°/sec. No sound. 5-6 mins. (Hynek UFO
Rpt pp. 73-77)
Case 10. July 21, 1952
Weisbaden [GER] be #10?
July 21, 1952;
Weisbaden, Germany. 6:30 p.m. USAF
pilot Capt. E. E. Dougher and WAF Lt.
J. J. Stong, separated by miles saw 4
bright yellowish lights, seen by
Dougher to separate, with 2 climbing
and 2 flying away level in the
opposite direction. Stong saw 2
reddish lights fly in opposite
directions. 10-15 mins. (Berliner)
Case 11. The eleventh case
seems almost surely to be the
July 24, 1952 Carson Sink [NV]
July 24, 1952;
Carson Sink, NV. Two Pentagon
Colonels in a B-25 reported three
silvery triangular UFOs sped past
their bomber at an estimated speed
of 1,000 mph. Official Blue Book
Case 12. July 27, 1952;
Manhatten Beach , California
Case 13. July 30th, 1952;
July 30th, 1952;
Albuquerque, NM. 9:50 PM. At first they
clustered together in no apparent
pattern, heading north.
shifted to a perfect V. the shift was
done with precision. Within
a few seconds they formed a new
pattern – two rows with the objects in
front spaced at exact intervals. The
“saucers” in the second row were
spaced evenly between those in the
first row. Their
shifts in position were incredibly
swift and fantastically violent – in
terms of our experience.
Case 14. August 3, 1952 Truth or
Consequences [NM] case.
Aug. 3, 1952.
Truth or Consequences, NM. 10:20 PM.
Civilian engineer Anderson saw three
light-green cylindrical objects
hovering at a 45-degree elevation in
inverted V-formation switch in echelon
when one object moved, with a rolling
motion along its long axis.
Disappeared by rapidly rising
vertically. (BB Rpt 8, FUFOR Index)
Case 15. August 3, 1952;
Hamilton AFB, California
Aug. 3, 1952. Hamilton AFB, CA
(BBU) 4:15-5:30 p.m. (PDT). 2 AF
pilots Capt. L. R. Hadley and Lt. D.
A. Swimley, and AF Capt. W. T. Perske,
saw visually and with binoculars 2
circular or spherical silvery objects
60-100 ft diameter at 12,000 and
18,000 ft drifting E to W on a 15-mile
track passing overhead, darting and
dogfighting at estimated 400-450 mph,
the upper object dropping from 18,000
to 12,000 ft, at the end replaced by 8
more similar objects appearing in
pairs in the W about 15-20 miles
distant. No sound. (BB
Microfilm Misc Roll 1, pp. 538-541) 1
hr 15 mins + ? 3 witnesses 1/3 to 1
Full Moon binocs