Form: 97NCP
Date: Updated 5 Feb 2006
From: Francis Ridge, Coordinator
Cat: 10
Distribution: NCP, CE, SHG, Media

Nuclear Connection Project

Subject: The Kirtland UFO Incident; Albuquerque, New Mexico; November 4, 1957

Francis Ridge:
Apparently the UFO flew right-to-left along the East-West runway, then turned SW toward the tower, stopping near the nuclear weapons storage area for about a minute. McDonald mentioned that the UFO stopped near the Kirtland "Drumhead Area" where the B-58 operated. If the object hovering near a WSA (Weapons Storage Area) didn't get your attention, you have to read what the implications might have been with the B-58 "Hustler"! See Joel Carpenter's preliminary analysis link below. And there's a lot more.

CAA tower personnel, R.M. Kaser and E. G. Brink, were reliable observers with 23 years of airport control tower experience between them. A lighted object came down steeply at the east end of a runway, left the flight line, crossed runways, taxiways, and unpaved areas at about a 30 degree angle, and proceeded southwest towards the control tower at an altitude of less than 100 feet. Observed through through 7x binoculars, the object appeared to be egg-shaped, having no wings, tail, or fuselage, and was elongated vertically. It appeared to be fifteen to twenty feet tall, about the size of an automobile standing on its nose, and had a single white light at its base. After the UFO left the area it was tracked on a CPN-18 surveillance radar and it exhibited some amazing flight characteristics. The object also came back towards Kirtland until it took up a position behind an Air Force C-46 that had just taken off. It stayed in position behind the C-46 until they both moved out of radar range.

There have been several UFO incidents in and around Kirtland AFB through the years. A questionable one happened in 1980, but the one of November 4th, 1957, was one that has stood the test of time and has been well covered by Hynek, McDonald, etc.

Here's the full story.

Statement on UFOs Submitted to the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, July 29, 1968 - James E. McDonald
FOIA Documents Directory (CUFON)
The Complaint Form (CUFON)
The Actual Document, Page 1
The Actual Document, Page 2
Manzano area 8-pic montage from TerraServer
Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex, NM (UGS Photo 6 Oct 1996)
UFO Landing Near Kirtland AFB: Welcome to the Cosmic Watergate - Bruce Maccabee
Image of map A
Image of map B
The Kirtland Air Force Base Sightings - Loy Lawhon

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