October 14, 1960
Red Flash Seen In Sky Must Have Been Meteor
That brilliant, red flash seen over Vincennes and
Indiana and adjoining areas, Monday night must have been a
Nobody had any other logical explanation today, after
a futile search for evidence of a plane crash.
First reports came from Florence, east of Vevay. Residents
there said they saw an object burning in the sky. A Switzerland County
farmer reported sighting "an object in the sky with three bright
The Nike Missile station at Dillsboro said it traced an
unidentified object with its radar but lost it as it traveled northwest
toward Indianapolis. State police units rushed to the area looking for
some evidence of a plane crash, but could find none.
In my investigation of this case I wrote a letter to the Nike Missile
Station at Dillsboro. This is the surprising answer I received:
5TH MISSILE BATTALION, 56TH ARTILLERY
1 December 1960
Mr. Francis Ridge
Director of CRUFO
were not radar tracking an unidentified flying object on Monday
14 November 1960.
we must submit a negative report.
CHARLES A. MILLICK
Something low and relatively slow was observed by a number of
over southern Indiana Monday evening, November 14th, 1960. That
was tracked by radar, then later denied. The civilian reports we
were very much similar to "fireball" reports, except for the speed and
the radar confirmation. Without much detail, not too much can be
from this incident, except that the object was not an aircraft or a
and apparently was tracked on radar at Dillsboro and the leak to the
media, for some unknown reason, had to be retracted.
Field Investigator & Subcommittee Chairman,
Indiana Unit No. 1, NICAP
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