THAN PILOTS SEE REDMOND UFO
September 24, 1959
Aviation personnel other than Pilots -- Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) control tower operators and flight controllers, flight crew members, ground crews, airport supervisors, etc. -- have made regular reports of UFOs. The FAA often has cooperated with NICAP, in some cases furnishing logs, teletype reports, and other documentary material. Some of the information has come from NICAP members employed by the FAA, other from public servants (not NICAP members) who apparently have no prejudices about UFOs and merely believe that the subject should be treated frankly and openly.
September 24, 1959: Redmond Airport, Oregon, is situated southeast of the city. Just before dawn, policeman Robert Dickerson was cruising the city streets when he noticed a bright falling object like a meteor. Instead of "burning out" the object took on a larger, ball-like appearance, stopped abruptly, and hovered about 200 feet above the ground. Is glow lit up juniper trees below it.
The patrolman watched the UFO for several minutes, then drove toward it on Prineville Highway, turning in at the airport. The UFO, meanwhile changed color from bright white to a duller reddish-orange color, and dived rapidly to a new position NE of the airport.
At the FAA office, Flight Service Specialist Laverne Wertz had just completed making weather observations minutes before, and had seen nothing unusual. Now Patrolman Dickerson, Wertz, and others studied the hovering object through binoculars. The UFO was round and flat, with tongues of "flame" periodically extending from the rim.
At 1310Z (5:10 am. PST) official logs show, the UFO was reported to Seattle Air Route Control Center. Logs of the Seattle center show that the report was relayed to Hamilton AFB. The Seattle log continues: "UFO also seen on the radar at Klamath Falls GCI [Ground Control Intercept] site. F-102's scrambled from Portland."
As the Redmond Observers studied the UFO, they noticed a high speed aircraft approaching from the southwest. The log continues: ''As aircraft approached, UFO took shape of mushroom, observed long yellow and red flame from lower side as UFO rose rapidly and disappeared above-clouds.''
The UFO was seen again briefly, hovering about 25 miles south
airport. Radar continued to show the UFO south of Redmond for about two