Case Directory - Category: 1; Distant Sighting
Subject:    AFOSI Case 13; LaPaz, Captain, CAP Intel Officer Observed Green Fireball
Date:        December 12, 1948
Location:  Starvation Peak, NM

Francis Ridge:
This report is not an original BB unknown, but has been included in the Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns by Brad Sparks.

Dec. 12, 1948. Starvation Peak near Bernal, New Mexico. 9:02 p.m. ±0.5 min (MST). Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, USAF Capt. Charles L. Phillips, and CAP intelligence officer Lt. Allan B. Clark, returning from green fireball investigations while looking to the NW saw a green fireball at least stellar magnitude -4 traveling E to W low above the horizon about 3°-4° elevation in almost perfectly level flight until the last 0.1 to 0.2 sec when it slightly curved downward, disintegrating into 3-4 pieces, no sound. Based on independent witness, an AESS guard at Los Alamos, LaPaz triangulated object's flight path at about 8-10 miles height along a 25-mile path, speed 39,000 to 43,000 mph. (FOIA)

For reports, documentation, analysis or discussions - see below:

AFOSI Case 13 - BB Microfilm - Dan Wilson
AFOSI Cases 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 - BB Microfilm - Dan Wilson
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