Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 21:48:03 +0100 (BST)
From: daniel wilson <>
Subject: May 29, 1952, near the Florida Keys, OSI UFO Report/Radar/Visual - Domed Discs

The following pdf file contains all of the resized Project Blue Book documents below and is now housed on the NICAP site for security reasons.

The original over-sized docs from the site are listed below:

Dan Wilson:
Its appears that the USS Oriskany, heavily involved in the Korean War, was on its way to join the Pacific Fleet when this sighting occurred. Read articles below. Below is a photo of an AJ-1 Savage Attack Bomber aboard the USS Oriskany in 1952. The AJ Savage was the first U.S. bomber designed especially to carry the atomic bomb.  This could very well mean that there were atomic bombs on board the Oriskany at some time in 1952.

Brad Sparks:
Good sighting report. Too bad we don't have the radar data.  This case either never made it into the BB files or it did but was removed.  If so it must have disappeared at a very early date from BB files because it is not on the typed monthly BB case indexes. But as for "nuclear" ?  The Oriskany loaded up ammunition at Norfolk before heading out to a Latin American and Pacific tour.  But what evidence is there that the Navy had nukes at Norfolk?  In fact the Navy's nuclear weapons Operational Storage Site J at Skiffes Creek Annex was at Yorktown not Norfolk and did not receive its first nuclear weapons until 1954.  In 1952 it was still under construction, not completed until 1953.

Joel Carpenter:
It appears that the witness was a civilian contractor rep for the Vickers hydraulics company's St Louis office. Reading between the  lines, he may have been there to work on the hydraulic systems of the McDonnell Banshee jet fighters built in St Louis. The fighters are on the deck in this shot.
found here
(Just of interest because the man was apparently a technician and probably knew about jet fighters)


May 29, 1952, near the Florida Keys, OSI UFO report.

At approximately 1700 hours two eliptical in shape objects larger than a fighter type aircraft were observed from the USN aircraft carrier Oriskany CV-34. One observer watched the objects through a telescope. The Radar Officer viewed the objects on the radar scope. The objects appeared to have a bubble on the top. Each object was leaving a white vapor trail. The objects' course paralleled that of the carrier.

Size of Objects: Estimated to be larger than a jet fighter
Altitude: Estimated at 10,000 to 15,000 feet
Speed: Above the sonic range
Time in sight: 15 to 20 seconds

Page ID (PID) :  NARA-PBB90-1166
Collection :  NARA Blue Book
Roll Description :  Project Blue Book Roll 90

Frames  1166 - 1167


USS Oriskany (CV 34)

Having swept from ports of Italy and France to those of Greece and Turkey, thence to the shores of Tripoli, ORISKANY returned to Quonset Point, R. I. 4 October 1951. She entered Gravesend Bay, New York, 6 November 1951 to offload ammunition and to have her masts removed to allow passage under the East River Bridges to the New York Naval Shipyard. Overhaul included the installation of a new flight deck, steering system, and bridge. Work was complete by 15 May 1952 and the carrier steamed the next day to take on ammunition at Norfolk 19-22 May. She then got underway to join the Pacific Fleet, steaming via Guantanamo Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Horn, Valparaiso, and Lima, arriving San Diego, Calif. 21 July.

Note: Below is a photo of an AJ-1 Savage attack bomber aboard the USS Oriskany CV-34 in 1952. The AJ Savage was the first U.S. bomber designed especially to carry the atomic bomb.

North American History

AJ Savage


First Flight: July 3, 1948

The AJ Savage was the first U.S. bomber designed especially to carry the atomic bomb. It was  North American's first attack bomber for the U.S. Navy and was designed shortly after the end of  World War II. It was a large twin-engine Heavy Attack aircraft for the Navy, as big as the Air Force medium bombers of the time, such as the <>B-45 Tornado.

In those early years of jet aircraft development, manufacturers were exploring ways to provide power using piston engines and a jet engine on the same airframe. The AJ-1 attack bomber used two 2,400 horsepower piston engines to power four-bladed propellers for long-range cruise. It then fired a 4,600-pound-thrust turbojet engine for extra speed over the target.

The AJ Savage had a crew of three and a single tail unit. Its folding wings allowed it to be stored on an aircraft carrier. After building three XAJ-1 prototypes and a static test model, North American began delivering the AJ-1.

The Savage entered service in September 1949 and carrier operations began in April 1950 on the USS Coral Sea. North American built more than 140 in the series. Later, some AJ models were converted into aerial tankers. Others, the AJ-2Ps, with a modified radome, carried 18 cameras. Their night shots were illuminated by a photo-flash unit in the fuselage. These models were standard equipment for the Navy heavy photographic squadrons until the early 1960s.

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