|AIR FORCE UFO SIGHTINGS|
|UFO Sightings by U. S. Air Force Personnel|
|(All Reports on File at NICAP. Cases shaded in gray are detailed following chart).|
|Date & Location||Witnesses||Description|
Solomon, Control Tower
reddish objects descended near Army (Air Corps) Flying
School, hovered, accelerated and sped away.
(conf. Report certi-
fied by Bluegrass NICAP AF-
glowing green object lit cockpit, moved out of sight over
|Capt. Alvah Reida, B-29 pilot||Pulsating spherical object paced bomber, maneuvered.|
Schlueter, pilot, 415th
Night Fighter Squadron
ten orange ball-like objects in-line formation, sometimes
moving at high speed.[3.]
|Maj. William D. Leet, B-17 pilot||Bomber paced by amber-colored disc.|
by three red and white lighted objects; UFOs followed
plane's evasive maneuvers. [4.]
|Lt. Donald Meiers, pilot||Two UFO
sightings reported; one object paced plane at 360 mph,
"then zoomed up into the sky." [5.]
|Capt. Jack Puckett, pilot||Cigar-shaped UFO maneuvered near AF transport plane.|
Maxwell AFB, Alabama
light source zigzagged with bursts of speed, made 90 degree
near Lake Meade, Nevada
|F-51 pilot||5-6 circular UFOs in formation off right wing.[6.]|
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|B-25 crew||Disc-shaped UFO below plane.[8.]|
Fairfield-Suisun AFB, Calif.
on its lateral axis" shot across sky in few seconds.
Muroc AFB, Calif.
sightings by at
least four officers and a crew
or disc-shaped UFOs sighted at 9:30 a.m., 11:50 a.m.,
12:00 noon, 3:50 p.m. [See Chronology, Sect. XI]
|Single engine pilot||Hovering disc.|
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|C-47 crew||Three UFOs dove at transport.[10.]|
tracking of UFO at about 9000 mph by U.S. and Canadian
radar. [See Section VIII, Radar].
|F-61 crew, radar||Elongated
UFO which alternately moved slowly, accelerated to about
1200 mph. [See Section VIII, Radar].
Washington, D. C.
G. Combs, Lt.
Kenwood W. Jackson, pilots
with glowing oval UFO which put on bursts of speed up
to est. 600 mph.[11.]
|Two F-80 pilots||Bright
red light source, tracked on radar at 900 mph. [See
Fairfield-Suisun AFB, Calif.
|Pilot||Ball of light flashed into view, ascended rapidly out of sight.[12.]|
|Capt. William H. Donnelly, pilot||Four discs in 'cavorting' flight.|
|Radar officer||Five apparently
metallic UFOs tracked at approx. 4500 mph.
Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
|Lt. Roy L. Jones B-29 pilot||Chased unidentified object which was leaving smoke trail.[13.]|
pilots, several airline
observed from ground, tracked on radar, climbed away
from interceptors through clouds.[See Section VIII, Radar}.
Hamilton AFB, Calif.
tower operator), Cpl. Garland
Pryor (cto), and S/Sgt. Virgil
|Fiery object made several passes at the control tower.[14.]|
near Cheyenne, Wyoming
|Capt. J.E. Broyles||Aluminum-like oval with conical tail streaming behind, move slowly.|
Cocker, Capt. E.W.
|Flashing white disc observed while tracking a balloon.[15.]|
making right angle turn. [Confidential
NICAP, certified by NICAP Director and Ass't. Director].
|Lt. George Kinman, F-51 pilot||Large disc
about twice the size of F-51 made repeated passes at
Sandy Hook, N.J.
Wilbert S. Rogers, flying T-33
silvery disc with evaded them at speeds est. over 900
March AFB, California
|F-86 pilots||Attempted to intercept UFO in apparent orbit at 50,000 feet.[17.]|
Fairchild AFB, Wash.
spherical object sped below overcast; speed computer
at 1400 mph.[18.]
|B-29 crew||Disc paced bomber for 5 minutes, shot away at angle.[19.]|
near Misawa, Japan
|Lt. D.C. Brigham, T-6 pilot||Watched small disc maneuver around an F-84.[See Section I].|
Nellis AFB, Nevada
Orville Lawson, other
|18 circular UFOs in group, one zigzagging.[20.]|
|B-25 crew||UFO paced bomber for 30 minutes. Official "unknown".[21.]|
|Captain, weather officer||Reddish
object with small white body lights made 18 degree turn,
disappeared over horizon.[22.]
Andrews AFB, Maryland
Behl, WAF, weather
UFOs tracked on radar during Washington, D.C., sight-
ings.[See Section VIII, Radar; Section Xii, 1952 Chronology].
|- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -||Round silvery
UFO spinning on vertical axis sped across 100 degrees
of sky in 46 seconds, passing between two banks of cumulus clouds.
various altitudes, it is possible to compute the speed of the UFO for those
altitudes:2 miles = about 250 mph.
5 miles = about 635 mph.
10 miles = about 1270 mph.
South Bend, Indiana
W. Kloth, Jr.
(over 2000 hours flying time)
|Two blue-white objects, changed course.[25.]|
|F-94 pilot, others||Pilot vectored
in on a UFO by radar, saw blue-green light, got radar
lock-on, UFO sped away.[26.]
near Carson Sink, Nevada
|Two Pentagon Colonels in B-25||Three silvery
triangular UFOs sped past bomber at est. speed over
1000 mph. Official "unknown."[27.]
Washington, D. C.
UFOs detected by CAA radar saw glowing objects all around
UFO detected by radar, saw large yellow-orange light, got
radar lock-on. UFO repeatedly pulled away at high speed, slowed
again until jet caught up. Official "unknown."[29.]
near St. Paul, Minn.
UFOs tracked on radar, pilot saw fast-moving lights, which
accelerated, sped away.[30.]
Albuquerque & Los Alamos,
|Jet pilots, reserve Colonel||Jets chased
two UFOs, which maneuvered around behind planes;
Colonel saw elliptical UFO.[31.]
MacDill AFB, Florida
|Colonel, pilot; co-pilot & scanner||Investigated radar target, saw maneuverable egg-shaped object.|
|Major, 1st Lt., pilots||chased
UFO detected by radar, saw and photographed circular
object. [See Section VIII, Radar].
near Yaak, Montana
|radar crew||Saw dark
cigar-shaped object right where radar indicated a UFO.
[See Section VIII, Radar].
Hamilton AFB, California
Swimley, jet pilot;
"dogfighting," joined by six others; took diamond forma-
tion and moved away. Also tracked on radar. [See Section VIII,
Oneida AFB, Japan
|Control tower operators||Dark circular
UFO with brilliant white body light hovered, maneuv-
ered over base, tracked on radar. [See Section VIII, Radar].
|Three V's of large bright UFOs in "perfect formation."[32.]|
near Hermanas, N.M.
|Colonel, F-84 pilot||Two high-speed maneuvering discs.[33.]|
D. Leet, on C-54
in clouds 7 minutes, sped away disappearing in sec-
Hempstead, L. I.
maneuvering, "controlled" UFO evaded interceptors.
object made several passes at plane, maneuvered in tight
turns, climbed steeply at high speed.[35.]
Gulf of Mexico
sighting; UFOs tracked at 9000 mph. [See
rotating red, green, and white lights, 3 fixed beams of
white light, out sped F-94.[36.]
Santa Ana, Calif.
of blue-white lights approached plane, banked, climbed
reddish-white light tracked on radar moving slowly (12-15
knots) into wind. [See Section VIII, Radar].
near Albany, Ga.
UFO accelerated away from jet, observed on ground radar.
[See Section VIII, Radar].
Presque Isle, Maine
|F-94 and other pilots||Gray oval UFO.[36.]|
Terre Haute, Indiana
|T-33 pilot||Visual UFO sighting.[39/]|
|B-36 crew||Circling UFO with flashing lights.[40.]|
sighting of bright orange light which changed altitude,
pulled away from jet at high speed. [See Section VIII, Radar].
|C-119 crew||UFO approached plane, fell back, paced plane for long period.[41.]|
Ft. Worth, Texas
|B-36 crew||Radar-visual UFO sightings.[42.]|
near Anchorage, Alaska
red light approached plane, hovered, sped away when pursued.
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
|Five Air Police||Red light
near end of runway, climbed away rapidly when jet
|Over 20 officers||About a
dozen disc-shaped UFOs dove, hovered over base, during
Edward B. Wilford III
(jet pilot instructor) in T-33
|Dark cigar-shaped UFO leaving contrail; speed estimated at Mach 2.|
|F-86 pilots||Large glowing
disc spotted by Ground Observer Corps, sped away
Ellsworth AFB, So. Dak.
"cat and mouse" pursuit.UFO fled
jet, turned and
followed it back to base.[Section I].
|August 26, 1953 - Air Force Regulation 200-2 issued by Secretary of Air Force:"Intelligence. Unidentified Flying Objects Reporting."|
|Paragraph 9 forbids public release of unexplained sightings. Paragraph 8 requires classification of radar-scope photographs of UFOs.|
|Air Force personnel instructed to discuss sightings only with "authorized personnel."|
|(Note rapid drop-off of officially reported sightings after this date.)|
Kinross AFB, Michigan
|F-89 crew||F-89 chasing
UFO; blips of plane and UFO merged on radar screen,
plane never found. [See Section IX].
|Lt.Col. USAFR, Senior Pilot||Two UFOs which hovered, took evasive action.|
near Dayton, Ohio
circular UFO sped below plane at est. 600 mph, photographed
by crew. Photograph never made public.[47.]
Brookley AFB, Alabama
|Control tower operators||Radar-visual
sighting of silvery UFO; streaked in from Gulf, circled,
moved away northeast.[48.]
Albuquerque, New Mexico
|Radar crew||Nine greenish
spherical UFOs, hovered, sped away, tracked at about
2600 mph. [See Section VIII; Radar].
|Jet bomber crews||Disc paced four bombers.[49.]|
interceptor pilots, 97th
glowing UFOs seen by GOC; jets closed in one one, then
veered away and left scene Incident officially denied.[50.]
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
|Jet interceptor pilots||Radar-visual,
15 UFOs in precise triangular formation, changing to
simi-circular formation. [See Section VIII, Radar].
Eastern United States
|Dozens of interceptor pilots||UFOs reported
seen over wide area of Eastern U.S., jets scrambled
from many points.[51.]
|Jet pilots||Three round
and disc-shaped UFOs, evasive maneuvers as jets tried
to catch them; first detected by radar. [See Section VIII; Radar].
Rapid City, So. Dak.
UFOs seen widely. Unofficial reports
of sightings by
54th Fighter Interceptor Sqdn., radar trackings.[52.]
|Jet pilot||Pilot got
radar lock-on, chased circular UFO which climbed away at
over 1800 mph. [See Section VIII; Radar].
|Lt. J.R. Pools||At radar
site, UFO trailing fiery exhaust observed making several
sweeps across sky at est. 2000 mph.[53.]
Keesler AFB, Miss.
|A/1C William J. Mey||Elliptical
UFO which accelerated and entered clouds. Report
with Coast Guard Cutter Sebago sighting. [See Section VIII; Radar].
Long Beach, California
|Maj. Louis F. Baker, others||Six shiny
circular UFOs maneuvering "like planes in a dogfight."
Albuquerque, New Mexico
|S/Sgt Oliver Dean||About 12-18
golden orange lights, V-formation with smaller irregular
formation on each side in steady flight. CAA reported no aircraft
flights in area.
|Control tower operator, others||Reddish
star-like UFO circled over base, tracked on radar. Sighting
Offutt AFB, Nebraska
A. Duich, Master
|Elongated object tilted at angle, small satellite objects.|
Tyndall AFB, Florida
|Air Police, others||Radar-visual
report, UFO maneuvered over base, dove and climbed.
Reported by NICAP in summer 1961.Later analysis by Adviser Webb
determined radar reports did not coincide with visual. Reports still
unexplained. [Confidential report to NICAP Certified by NICAP Di-
rector, Ass't Director, and Adviser Walter N. Webb].