Form: 1319, Message Slip
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:12:23 -0600
From: Francis Ridge <nicap@insightbb.com>
Subject: Ford Road Case, Mt. Vernon, IN; Oct 18, 1973
Cat: 2
Distribution: CE, SHG


Call came into the UFO Filter Center at 11:45 a.m.
Conversation was taped.
FI/SSD Francis Ridge

Oct. 18, 1973; Mt. Vernon, IN
10:30 p.m. Mrs. Charles E. Blackburn had gone to bed at 10:30 PM on this Thursday night but was disturbed by a noise. She described it as sounding like a barge on the river. After 2-3 rainutes she decided to go outside and check it out. she's in the line of traffic from the airfield (Evansville Dress-Regional) and sees a lot of chopper traffic. She saw an object over her garage and to the south. It was merely an outline produced by as many as 50 lights, not exactly evenly-spaced. It didn't appear to have any body to it and it had a red flashing light on the rear. It was long and narrow, about 3 times as long as it was wide, moving real slow  East to West. She observed the long side view about 3 minutes, and right in front of her house it turned south toward the river and she saw the end view. It was described as not round but sort of rectangular...like a squared-off cigar. At this tiias it was really low and she said she should have seen metal as it went past a tree. It got lower than the trees at least during one point during the observation, meaning nearby treeline. Total time of observation: 5 minutes. Dogs present showed no response, FAA Tower at Evansville said there was no aircraft in the area as such. Description given to FAA on 10/22 drew a blank.