Seven Islands, Quebec
June 29, 1954
James E. McDonald:
The group of UFOs maintained relatively constant position, relative to the airline, until their departure, and lay approximately five degrees to the left of the just setting sun. No meteorological optical phenomenon could reasonably account for the reported phenomena. The Stratocruiser was flying at about 240 knots at 19,000 feet on the southwest edge of a high-pressure center over Labrador, scarcely the kind of meteorological conditions favorable to ball lightning, and visibility was described by the captain as "perfect". To suggest that a natural plasmoid could keep pace with an aircraft at that speed and distance seems entirely unreasonable. The speed and motions rule out meteors. The peculiar maneuvering of the smaller objects and the curious shape changes of the larger object suggest no conventional explanation. It was First Officer Le Boyd's impression that the smaller ones merged into the larger prior to departure, again defying obvious explanation.
Howard is still flying with BOAC. In a recent interview, he corroborated the details of the 1954 press accounts and added interesting additional points. The distance of the objects precluded seeing any structural details, if any had been present; it is the performance characteristics and pronounced shape changes that mark this well authenticated sighting as a puzzling UFO case for which no adequate explanation has ever been proposed.