|George Air Force Base.
On May 2nd a teletype message was flashed directly to the Air Force Director of Intelligence in Washington, D.C. announcing that a good UFO report had been filed by Air Force personnel at George Air Force Base in California. Teletype messages subsequently exchanged between Washington, George Air Force Base, and Wright Field resulted in a decision to send Ruppelt to investigate the California manifestations in person.
The initial message from George Air Force Base read:
"FIVE UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS SIGHTED... WERE DULL WHITE IN COLOR...CIRCULAR SHAPE...DIAMETER APPEARED TO BE GREATER THAN LENGTH OF FOX FIVE ONE AIRCRAFT...SPEED WAS MORE THAN TWICE THE SPEED OF JET AIRCRAFT...NO SOUND...HAD QUICK SNAPPY MANEUVERABILITY...APPEARED TO ALMOST COLLIDE WITH EACH OTHER AND THEN BREAK APART AT LAST SECOND...NO EXHAUST AND NO SOUND...NO REFLECTION OF SUN ON OBJECTS...OBJECTS MADE SUDDEN RIGHT TURN AND DISAPPEARED...OBJECTS SIGHTED VISUALLY AT ONE ZERO FIVE ZERO HOURS PACIFIC... "
The principle witness to the phenomena had been a Lt. Colonel who was Wing Director of Personnel of the 146th Fighter-Bomber Wing headquartered at George Field so it was no wonder the case sparked an immediate reaction by the High Command.
Besides having Ruppelt rush to the scene, the Air Force ordered that all balloon launch records, winds aloft information, and flight log data be made available to BLUE BOOK without delay. Upon examination the records only deepen the enigma. Winds aloft that day over George Air Force Base were of a feeble velocity, just a few miles per hour, and as for balloons none had been sent up in the vicinity anywhere near the time of the sighting. As for aircraft, a small Navion had been in the area but it lacked any characteristic that might prove of value in the development of a sensible hypothesis. Mother Nature was no help either. The weather that day had been crystal clear with 5O miles visibility.
The Air Force could not very well shrug off the incident particularly after BLUE BOOK remarked that the objects were too fast for balloons, the best bet for an answer accepting the Colonel's estimate that the UFO's left the area at high speed passing out of sight in 15 to 30 seconds. 256
UFOs A History 1952