Adickes TWA DC-3 Case
April 27, 1950
Dr. James E. McDonald:
Manning's account then notes that Capt. Adickes sent
the stewardess back to alert the passengers (see
Keyhoe's account, Ref. 31), and then banked the DC-3 to
starboard to try to close on the unknown object. Manning
continues in his 4/27/50 notes:
Discussion - Although, in my interview, I found some differences in the re collected shape of the object, as remembered by the two TWA pilots, both were positive it was no aircraft, both emphasized its red glow, and both were impressed by its high speed departure. Manning remarked to me that he'd never seen anything else like it before or since; and he conceded, in response to my query, that the decreased number of airline reports on UFOs in recent years probably stems chiefly from pilot reluctance to report. Both he and Adickes, like most other pilots I have asked, indicated they were unaware of any airline regulations precluding reporting, however. I mentioned to Adickes that there is indirect indication in one reference (Ref.5)) that the official explanation for this sighting was "blast-furnace reflections off clouds." He indicated this absolutely out of the question. It is to be noted that here, as in many other pilot sightings, an upper bound, even if rough, is imposed on the range to the unknown by virtue of a downward-slanting line of sight. In such instances, meteor explanations are almost automatically excluded. The Goshen case has no evident meteorological, astronomical, or optical explanation.
Source: Dr. James E. McDonald, Prepared Statement on Unidentified Flying Objects, Page 46-47, Hearings, 1968.