Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 00:10:01 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
From: Tom DeMary <>
Subject: Re: [Current Encounters] Feb. 6, 1963; Montebello, Va (BB): AVCAT


In regard to this report, first announced last September, it seems to me that the NASA Convair, as suggested in the file, is a far
more reasonable, possible solution than any star. The pilot said that the object moved from his one o'clock position to his
4-5 o'clock position in 45 minutes (the duration of the sighting),which is impossible for a star to do.

The lighted NASA Convair flying around the Quantico area would have been seen in the general direction of interest throughout
the sighting, as the pilot flew NE, basically along (what is now) Interstate 81, about 100 miles west of Quantico. My eyeball
estimate of the direction to Quantico at the beginning of the sighting (as seen by the pilot) is 12-1 o'clock, and 4 o'clock
at the end of the sighting. There is no information about theexact position of the Convair, unfortunately.

Project Blue Book chose the star Spica instead, which never appears in the northeast. Hynek corrected that to Vega, based
on the initial azimuth (ignoring the final azimuth). However, Vega did not even rise until 1 am (and in the north northeast),
after the sighting had ended, and after the pilot's object had disappeared in the southeast.

Tom DeMary