text from "Edwardsville Intelligencer", Illinois, July 14, 1952, page 1
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FM CO 798th AC&W Squadron FLYOBRPT
Blip size B-50 to B-36
TO: CO 798th AC&W Squadron
Visual observation of very large round object faster than any known aircraft
3 observers, object appeared at approx. 150 degrees
Edwardsville Intelligencer, Illinois, July 14, 1952, page 1
A brilliant meteor, seen by many
Edwardsville residents, streaked
across the sky about 9 o'clock Saturday
night, giving rise to reports
that the phenomenon was a "fying
But Edwin E. Friton of Webster
Groves, Mo., who is regional director
of the American Meteor society,
said the various descriptions,
he received indicated the reddish-
white meteor "undoubtedly was a
Friton said the meteor definitely
was not a shower of particles, but
a compact ball of fire with a "tail '
approximately 10 times its diameter.
Persons in the St. Louis area also
noticed the rather unusual sight,
causing hundreds of queries to
newspapers, police departments
and radio stations in the region.
Locally, there were almost as
many varying descriptions of the
object as there were people who
saw it. All seemed to agree, however,
that it traveled in a straight
line, parallel to the ground, from
the southeast to the northwest.
One local observer said it was
"going very fast, about the height
of a transport plane and made no
noise. ," Most of those who saw it
described the object as "a ball of
fire," either round or somewhat
elliptical and having a silver-like
tail. To at least one local resident,
however, the "thing" resembled
"a yardstick, blunt at both
Descriptions of the color also varied
from greenish white or bluish
white to bright white and yellow
to orange and red.
Friton, who didn't happen to see
the display, urged witnesses to
send him their description of the
object so that he might make a
more accurate "fix" on the phenomenon.
His address is 508 Marshall
avenue, Webster Groves 19,
A similarly brilliant fireball was
seen In this area and in Indiana
about 5:20 p m. Oct. 4, 1950. On
Sept. 20 of the same year, a meteor
apparently exploded overhead
at 12:40 a.m. in Southern Illinois,
jarring homes and awakening people
from their sleep. That meteor
also was of brilliant intensity.
P-70/Z-70 - Belleville (A-4, A-S/SS)
The 798th AC&W Squadron began operations at Belleville in May 1952. The site
used AFUCPS-4 and AN/FPS-3 radars. The AN/FPS-3 remained in operation until 1963.
The site fed data to a SAGE center beginning in 1962. A variety of height-finder radars
were used at Belleville. In 1963 two ANYFPS-6 sets stood guard. Later, during the mid-
1960s this site operated with an AN/FPS-66. The 798th was deactivated in June 1968.