Case Directory - Category: 01; Distant Encounters
  
Subject:    Airspace Violation By Black Cigar Observed Above Oak Ridge Near F-86
Date:        July 19, 1953
Location:  Oak Ridge, TN


#2840: 1953/7/19  15:0  8  84:17:0W  36:2:0N  3331  NAM USA TNS  7 9 
OAK RIDGE,TN:1+2 SLNT BLK GLOSSY SCRS CIRCLE:SHOOT>E/XTREME SPEED:/MFJ#242+205 
Ref# 160 MUFON UFO JOURNAL   (by issue no.)   Issue No. 205 MIL. BASE
 
Francis Ridge:
Not listed in neither the BB Unknowns nor the updated catalog by Brad Sparks, this incident was mentioned in the MUFON UFO Journal, Issue No. 205.  An Army document was located and is presented by the link below with a transcript. Briefly, the incident is described here:

"At approximately 3:00 P.M. on July 19, 1953, an F-86 aircraft was observed flying over the Oak Ridge residential area, making circles at what appeared to the writer to be approximately 2,500 or 3,500 feet. The F-86 flew over the area in this manner for approximately ten or fifteen minutes. The writer, together with his wife, observed the aircraft through a pair of six power field glasses. After the aircraft flew in what appeared to be the direction of Knoxville, Tennessee, a black object moved out of a high white cloud, directly over the area the F-86 had been flying. This object began to travel, at a tremendous speed, in a large circle. This action on the part of the unknown object continued for at least five minutes. During the circle of this object, it appeared at times to be in the shape of a cigar and at other times round."



For reports, documentation, analysis or discussions - see below:
 
Army Document - Flying Object Observed Over Oak Ridge
The Oak Ridge Page

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