IMCAT Case Directory
  Category 08, Photographic / Video Images 
Rating: 5  


Al Hixenbaugh Movie Film
June 27, 1950
Louisville, Kentucky

Brad Sparks:
June 27, 1950; Louisville, Kentucky (BBU)
Movie film of UFO taken by newspaper reporter Al Hixenbaugh. Clandestine investigations initiated by AF Intelligence and AF R&D. (Sparks; FUFOR Index) film

Rich Vitello:
June 27, 1950; Louisville, Kentucky (BBU)
4:15 p.m. Al Hixenbaugh, Times staff photographer, took 50 feet of film, with his trusty 16 mm magazine-loading movie camera, in which the bright flying object shows clearly in all.  Army officials had been informed and had indicated an eagerness to examine the pictures. The photographer was at Longest and Everett Aves., near his home and was on his way to take some pictures of birds. Suddenly, he heard the roar of a big airplane, a twin-motored DC-3, and glanced overhead.  At first he thought it was a jet. Then he looked to the west of the airplane, which was flying SW toward Stadiford Field, and saw the large disk.  It had a slight corona around it and seemed to be lower than the plane. He aimed his camera and fired, while he ground out the film and the object appeared motionless for about 10 seconds. “It stood practically still, like a balloon,” he said. Then it began to get smaller, finally vanishing to the west.  While the “saucer” appears on all of the film he took, the plane was out of the field of view of the camera, (disappearing in about 10 feet the clipping said).  The disk was within his vision “about a minute.”  Hixenbaugh contacted the newsroom at WHAS and from there Jerry Gammins called Standiford and Bowman Fields and weather officials.  None had heard any reports of a “flying saucer.”  He was advised to inform military officials at Godman Field. Godman said it would notify flight headquarters at Wright-Patterson Field which might send an aide to examine the films. Three frames of the film were reproduced with the story.  They show a black round object, like a large dot, larger than the plane which also appears in the reproductions. The object appears almost as big as the twin-motored DC-3 to the right. (Source: Louisville (Ky.) Times, Wednesday, June 28, 1950 – p. 1)

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