During 1954 many UFO reports came from France, Italy, Australia and
South America. Reports also came from many areas which had not
previously been known for UFO activity. The Middle East and India
with few previous reports seemed to participate in the 1954 worldwide flap.
See also 1954 reports regarding Col Frank Milani, Director Of Civil
Defense for Baltimore after his appearance on a special WFBR UFO
Thursday, Jan. 7, 1954
Adelaide, South Australia, Advertiser
Reports On “Saucers” Jam Phones
MELBOURNE. Jan. 6.
Flying saucer reports today so blocked the telephone
channels of the Civil Aviation Department's traffic control branch in
Melbourne that the department had to ask the public for a "let-up."
They followed an appeal by the department to forget their fear
of ridicule and report unusual sights in the sky.
In the past two days the reports were so numerous that the
department had to qualify its appeal.
It asked that all reports should be made in writing to its public
The superintendent of air traffic control at Essendon
(Mr. R M Seymour), said today "Airport traffic controllers are busy
with matters of air safety. They cannot handle as many reports as
they received last night and today."
An RAAF statesman said tonight the air force was
"definitely interested" in flying saucer sightings.
"We would be fools if we were not," he said. "People are definitely seeing something, and we hope to find out what it is.
"The RAAF has an open mind on saucers, and we have
not rejected them as impossible, or accepted them as fact yet. There is a high
ranking opinion that saucers do exist, and you cannot shake it."
Monday, Jan. 25, 1954
Melbourne, Australia, The Argus
Will film solve “saucer” riddle?
A short moving picture taken by a Department of Civil Aviation official in New Guinea may solve the flying-saucer mystery.
The Federal Government has sent the film to U.S.A. for special processing.
The film was taken with a telephoto lens at Port Moresby by Mr. T. C. Drury on August 23 last year, when he noticed "a cloud building up as though being formed by vapor trails."
He said: “Suddenly an object appeared from one side of it and climbed very fast in a roughly northwesterly direction.”
“It appeared to be some type of very high-speed aircraft, not a civil aircraft.”
“In any case, from the extreme altitude of the object, it certainly could not have been a civil aircraft.”
Monday, Jan. 25, 1954
Perth, WA, West Australian
AMERICA WILL EXAMINE OUR “SAUCER” FILM
SYDNEY, Sun.—The Federal Government has sent a film
of a flying saucer-like object to America for special processing.
This was announced tonight by the Minister for Air (Mr. McMahon).
He said that American Government representatives in Australia had been asked to speed
up the film's return.
Mr. McMahon added that a Civil Aviation Department officer in
Port Moresby (Mr. T. C. Drury) had taken the film with a movie camera fitted with a
telephoto lens last August.
Mr. Drury had reported that on Sunday, August 23, he noticed a cloud at a great height building up as though being formed by vapour trails. He watched the cloud growing in intensity for several minutes and suddenly an
object appeared from one side of it and climbed very fast in roughly a northeastern direction.
It appeared slightly bigger than a pin head.
“Whatever it was, it left a clearly defined vapour trail behind it until it finally
disappeared with a rapid gain of altitude,” Mr. Drury reported.
He said that it appeared to be some type of very high-speed aircraft.
Air Traffic Control knew of no aircraft movements in that area. “In any case,from the extreme altitude of the object, it certainly could not have been a civil aircraft,” Mr. Drury said.
Mr. McMahon said that Mr. Drury's film had been initially processed in Melbourne. Examination when projected showed a very small light coloured object moving across the sky.
American processing might bring the object out in more detail.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 1954
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Press
U. S. Steps Up Sky Chase
Airline Pilots Sighting
5-10 ‘Saucers’ Nightly
Commercial Fliers Being Asked to Flash
Immediate Reports, Speed Up
By JIM G. LUCAS, Scripps-Howard Staff Writer
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13—Commercial airline pilots report between five and 10 flying saucer sightings each night, it was learned today.
Representatives of major airlines will meet Wednesday in Los
Angeles with Military Air Transport Service (MATS) intelligence
officers to discuss speeding up saucer-reporting procedures.
The idea will be to “get the reports in the quickest
possible way” so that the Air Force can send fast jet fighters to investigate.
Heretofore, commercial pilots have landed and then reported to
MATS through their companies. By that time, the trail usually is
cold. Now, pilots are instructed to flash reports direct from the
air to MATS intelligence Washington or to the nearest Air Force
However, several “bugs” have been found in this
plan. Some pilots, for example, don't know how to contact MATS intelligence.
Others don't think it important enough. That's one angle to be
discussed at the Los Angeles meeting.
Airline pilots are asked not to discuss their sightings
publicly or give them to newspapers.
Navy Capt. Bernard Baruch Jr., MATS intelligence officer,
is in charge of the project. Captain Baruch's headquarters are in New
York, but MATS intelligence also maintains a large staff at Andrews Air Force
Base, Md., near Washington.
One well-informed source said that until recently the
largest number of sightings were from the Southwest Pacific. Saucer
sightings have been particularly numerous around Australia, where
the British maintain a guided missile range.
In North Atlantic
Recently, however, there has been an increase in saucer sightings
in the North Atlantic, this source said.
Simultaneously, the number of oil slicks and submarine sightings
in this area has increased. However, some associate these
sightings with the establishment of an Air Force B-36 base at
The same source said flying saucer sightings are
"fairly common" throughout the non-Communist world. They invariably are
made at night. Frequently several independent sightings of the same
"saucer" are reported from different spots along a plane's route.
Two reports made this week by commercial airline pilots were cited
Came and Went
In the first, a Colonial Airlines pilot, en route to
Washington from Richmond, said he saw a saucer descend from the stratosphere,
approach his ship, hesitate for a moment and then reverse its
course. He said it appeared to re-enter the stratosphere.
The pilot was described as a "man of mature judgment, a college
graduate and an attorney as well as a pilot."
In the second, two Northwest Airlines pilots en route from
Seattle to Anchorage reported a strange object with several portholes
which exuded a "blueish light" flew alongside their ship most of
the journey, disappearing as they were about to land in Anchorage.
The pilots tried several times to close the gap between their ship and the strange object, but could not. They said the object was "definitely under someone's control."
They were questioned for two days in Alaska before going on to Tokyo.
Friday, April 23, 1954
Lumberton, NC, Robesonian
Men Report Big Ball In Sky
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Six workmen, who had gathered late last night
at a rural home near here to ride to work, told a reporter they
watched a mysterious gleaming ball over the house for 20 minutes.
One of the men, Les Reatherford, said the ball once dived toward him,
and that he had to duck to avoid being hit.
"If I hadn't ducked it would have hit me sure," said Reatherford.
The men, all employees of a Reynolds Metal Co., aluminum plant, described
the white ball of light as about 10 feet in diameter. They said it
circled the house slowly, stopping for a moment at irregular intervals.
One of the witnesses said the ball followed the men when they left in a station wagon.
"We tried to put a spotlight on it," said one of the men, "but every time it would dodge the beam."
Besides Reatherford, those who saw the object were Harley and Fred
Skeets, Tom and Dayton Henderson, and John Vaughn.
Fort Worth, Texas, Cross Country NEWS Vol. 9 No. 8
Flying Saucer Story
(Special to XC News)
MIAMI, Fla.–Flying saucers are real, says Bill Nash, first officer
for Pan American World Airways, and offers an explanation why Air
Force investigators do not reveal all they know.
"I am convinced the Air Force has collected hardware from outer
space," he told the Greater Miami Aviation Association. "If
it were to reveal possession of these objects or parts of
them, it would have to establish proof.
"I do not believe the Air Force cares to make all its findings
public so long as the United States is threatened by unfriendly powers."
Nash has reported sighting unidentified objects while flying a DC4
from New York to Miami for overhaul. Others in the plane confirmed
"From their maneuvers," he said, "there is no doubt in my mind
these objects were controlled by intelligent beings."
Nash described how craft in the formation oscillated over and
under others. He suggested this was caused when the leader
would reduce speed and others moved to avoid collisions.
The flier said lights from the craft were 20 times brighter than
those of Norfolk and Newport News, Va., near where the sighting
was made. He said he and the crew saw six objects which
later were joined by two more.
"When you have seen them," he declared, "you realize they were not
made on this planet."
Nash suggested pilots of 'outer space' make no effort to contact
this planet "because their civilization is too far advanced."
"They must have found how to live in peace with each other or
their science would have destroyed them,"he said. "We are
still so stupid we cannot solve simple problems
without resort to war."
Saturday 27 March, 1954
Miami, Fla., Herald
Round and White
Pilot Sees ‘Object’;
Was It a F----- S-----?
The Marines landed in Flying Saucer territory Friday.
Spotting of a "round, unidentified
object, white in color not glowing," was reported by Capt. Dan C. Holland, 33,
of 5196 E. Fifth st., Hialeah.
Captain Holland said he saw the object while flying in a formation of Third Marine Wing jets east of Fort Lauderdale about 3:20 p.m., Thursday. He called the attention of the other pilots to it and he said it sped off to the east at a high rate of speed and disappeared in about 15 seconds.
None of the other pilots in the formation saw it.
Capt. Holland, a decorated veteran of both World War II and Korea, said that until Thursday "I always thought anyone who said he saw a flying saucer ought to have his head examined."
The Marine flier said a commercial airliner was in the vicinity at the time and may have observed the object.
However, spokesmen for Eastern, Delta-C&S, National and
Pan American World airways said none of their pilots had mentioned anything like that.
Sunday 4 April, 1954
Miami, Fla., Daily News
'STRANGE OBJECT' SEEN BY OTHERS
Five Citizens Back Marine On Sighting Flying Saucer
By LARRY BIRGER
Miami Dally News Staff Writer
Spotting a “flying saucer” is one thing.
Making your friends believe it is quite another, a Marine flier — who “saw” the first one this young spring season — has discovered.
But even though most of his buddies are skeptical, Capt. Robert Holland, 32, has received “fan mail” from five citizens who are certain the pilot’s eyes haven’t gone bad.
Holland several days ago spotted a “strange object” about 25,000 feet up over the ocean east of Fort Lauderdale, and quickly reported it to his superior officers.
“I’d never have reported it if I didn’t believe there was something in the sky,” he explained, “because I knew I’d be in for a big ribbing.
“Two pilots have told me that on another occasion they saw what they thought was a saucer but didn’t report it because of the razzing they knew would come.“
Fortunately, Holland’s wife
already believed in flying saucers before her husband did, so he didn’t have any trouble convincing her he’d seen the real thing.
'Something Up There'
“She really believed in them,“ Holland related. “But I didn’t until I saw one. It didn’t look like a saucer, but there certainly was something up there.“
Holland, in drawing what he saw, described the “strange object“ as a round, silvery-white ball with a golden platform circling the lower half of it.
“The thing was flying away from me, at double my speed. I called to the other pilots in the formation, but it was gone before they could spot it,” he said.
Nothing Like It
In his more than 2,800 flying hours, the captain, who won six battle stars and two Distinguished Flying Crosses in the Korean War, said he’d never seen anything like it.
“I don’t have the slightest idea what it was. I’d sure like to know, though,” he said.
“As soon as I hit the ground the ribbing began. Some of the fellows have kept it up, but after I reported it to Washington, most of the razzing stopped.
“I’ll bet there are quite a few of them out here now that believe I saw one.“
Others Saw It
Since the incident, five persons in the vicinity of Fort Lauderdale have written Holland saying they saw something in the air the same day.
“An old lady of 68 wrote me,” the captain said. “'People thought I was crazy’,” she related, “‘until they saw the story in the paper. Now they believe me’.”
A school teacher said that her students saw something, and an elderly man wrote the same thing, Holland added.
“Maybe we’re not so crazy after all.“
ARE “flying saucers” from outer space? Phillips Production employees and their
families living at South Cole Creek camp, 25 miles east of Casper, Wyoming, can't answer this question, but they do know that they recently observed eight of these “objects”
for a period of at least 15 minutes.
Marge Michaelis, wife of sub-foreman A. L. Michaelis, describes the incident like this:
‘My two sons and I had just returned from Sunday school. It was
11:30 am. As we got out of the car, our neighbor, Bill Eden, called
to us, ‘What do you see up there?’ he asked, pointing to the sky.
“Looking to the north, I immediately spotted several extremely
shiny round objects. They looked about the size of a dime and were
rapidly moving toward us. Someone shouted, ‘Saucers!’
“Everyone watched as they came closer. They seemed to go over,
under and around each other in free easy maneuvers, giving the
impression of a bubbling motion. The objects moved.
south, then west, back east and finally drifted to the north.
They appeared to follow an arc, dropping down as they went into the
north, then rising and dropping again as they neared us.
"Suddenly, they formed a straight line and headed west at an
incredible rate of speed. From this formation, we could count eight
definite objects about the size of golf balls, only flat. The
distance from the first to the last object seemed about 3½ feet.
“Bill and Wilma Eden, six children and myself watched the objects
for several minutes. We felt certain they were somehow controlled
and must be saucers. We did not see protrusions from their
naturally round shape. The objects did not leave a vapor trail. No
sound reached us.
“I ran into the house for my husband’s binoculars. Through the
glasses, the objects looked about the size of croquet balls.
Each one looked identical with the other. Next, they drifted close
to us, broke from the straight line pattern and began the bubbling
motion once again. They changed position so quickly that no one
knew whether the first, last or middle ones moved first.
“For the third time we watched them move in a straight line, zooming
and banking. Someone screamed ‘They're landing!’ Then
when they seemed about 75 feet off the ground, they broke
formation and rapidly gained altitude.
“With that, I ran Into the house. Someone had to know about these
‘things’”. The operator gave me the Air Force detachment in Casper.
After several minutes delay, I heard a man answer ‘Air Defense, go
“The airman was interested, polite and businesslike. He took our
names, approximate location and description of the
objects. On the following day, the commanding officer of the
detachment called on us to obtain a more detailed report of what we
had seen. We referred to telephone poles, ridges and drilling rigs
to more accurately determine approximate location of the objects.
The officer made notes during our conversation, and told us he was
sending a report to Washington. He was extremely serious about all
details and told us it was one of the best reports he had received.
Three members of the South Cole Creek Ground Observer post observe and
spot aircraft. They are (left to right), Marge Michaelis,
Doris Yelton, Marie Groth.
“Several days letter, another airman came out to discuss the
possibilities of forming a Ground Observer Corps post at South Cole
Creek camp. All of us expressed an interest in organizing such a
post if we could receive proper instruction and training.
“My husband and I attended an open house at the Air Force
detachment later that month. At that time, the commanding officer
told us he had received an answer to his report. Washington knows
what they are, he said, ‘but they didn't tell me everything.’
“‘What do we call them, just saucers?’ I asked.
“He replied ‘We have no better name for them.’ He told us
that on the same day we saw the objects, a group of pipe line employees working
west of Casper had made an almost identical report.”
Since the organisation of the Ground Observer Corps at South Cole
Creek camp, five Phillips families have volunteered as observers.
This group meets once a month to view training films, hear talks by
Air Force personnel and discuss material in the Air Force manual.
Marge Michaelis is group supervisor. Bill Hatfield is chief
observer. Wilma Eden is assistant chief observer. Other observers
are A. L. Michaelis, Bill Eden, Jean Hatfield, Mr. and Mrs. C. L.
Yelton, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Groth and Eddie Hatfield.
Bob Groth (left), light truck driver at South Cole Creek,
receives his silver
observer wings from Major Merlon S. Evans,
Casper Air Force detachment.
To earn silver wings, observers must complete 36 hours formal
training. Credit hours are earned by attending monthly meetings and
demonstrations, observing and reporting irregularities in aircraft
flying over the camp and by participating in scheduled alerts.
Phillips families at South Cole Creek are to be commended for their
work as ground observers and for the important part they are
playing in our National Defense program.
May 2, 1954
The Ultimate Witness? Secretary of the Airforce, Harold E. Talbot
Contained in UFOs: A History, 1954 - January-May by historian
Loren Gross, is the following item on page 61:
The Ultimate Witness?
Harold E. Talbot, Secretary of the Air Force, was in an airplane
enroute to Palm Springs, California, the afternoon of March 24,
1954. While passing over Fresno, California; Talbot, his aides, and
the plane's aircrew, all saw a large metallic-looking object
following the plane in a position about a 1,000 feet below and a
like distance behind. Talbot ordered his pilot to turn around, but
when the plane banked, the UFO made a tight little orbit and
streaked away at an incredible speed. There is no record of
this encounter in BLUE BOOK files and debate about its existence
surfaced in mid-May 1954.
In an article published on May 14, 1954, retired USMC Major
Donald E. Keyhoe claimed that Secretary of the Air Force Talbot
had seen a "large silvery disk-shaped object" in the sky. Talbot
immediately denied Keyhoe's statement, saying "I have never seen a flying saucer."
While the authenticity of the claim is still open to
question, we now know the probable source of the
rumor: It was contained in a private letter to Donald
Keyhoe from former head of Project Blue Book, Edward J. Ruppelt.
1911 Josie Ave.
Long Beach, Calif.
2 May 1954
Just a short note as I have promised to take the girls to a movie
to night. First of all I didn't mean to mislead you on what I said
about referring to Dewey Fournet in my True story. I believe that I
told you that I wasn't going to mention him. I really thought that
it had been taken out but somehow it got back into the final draft.
Second, I rec'd a letter from a person whom I had had some
correspondence with when I was on Blue Book. He is a good source as
far as I know. I'll give you the interesting part of the letter
verbatum (sic) leaving out the names.
"Two friends of mine ____ and _____ had breakfast with Harold Talbot,
Secretary of the Air Force, in Palm Springs about four weeks ago.
They said Mr. Talbot seemed pretty excited ( ____said badly shaken)
over a flight into Palm Springs the previous morning.
It seems that south of Fresno they picked up a UFO which held loose
formation /with/ the Air Force plane for over an hour. (About
1,000' below and 1,000' out) It was Large, silvery, and disk-shaped.
With the Secretary was a technical advisor (my friends presumed it
was Lindbergh.) who gave the Secretary a running account of the
plausibility of its shape, why it probably couldn't land on the
earth and other data. Also in the plane were the crew and other
aides. After about an hour Mr Talbot was still not satisfied that
he could exactly make out the shape so asked the pilot to swing
over toward the UFO were upon (sic) it accelerated up and out of
sight. This was a daylight sighting under extemely (sic) favorable
Take it for what it is worth Don. It seems to be kosher since the
source claims to have known the two people who talked to Talbot.
Maybe you could get some info from the Pentagon. Whatever you do,
keep me out of it, please. As long as I don't appear in the
limelight too much I think I can pick up some good info
occasionally. I'd prefer not to have even Al Chop know that I am
passing you this info. My reasons are rather long and envolved (sic).
How did your talk in Cleveland come off? I checked the papers out
here but didn't see anything about it.
If this Talbot thing has any basis I would certainly like to hear
Tuesday, 18 May, 1954
Dallas, Texas, Times Herald
Glowed Like a Light
4 Jet Pilots Report Race
With 'Saucers' Over Dallas
By Dick Johnson
The Times Herald Staff Writer
A Marine Air Reserve pilot told Monday how he and three other jet
pilots lost a race over Dallas Friday with 16 objects they could
only describe as flying saucers.
Charles Scarborough, reserve major and an attorney, said the
objects he and three other flyers sighted “glowed like a light.”
“It was about noon Friday and I was flying at about 15,000 feet with
Capt. Charles Stanton on one side and Maj. E. C. White
and Capt. R. L. Jorgenson above us at 42,000 feet.
“We were going north toward Lake Dallas when I spotted the objects
out to one side and above me. I radioed Capt. Stanton about them,
but he could not see them then.
“However, Capt. Jorgenson cut in to say he could see them below him.
The four of us decided to bring our S9F7 Jets into a formation to
‘box in’ these objects.
US Navy Chance-Vought F7U Cutlass Similar to Scarborough's Jet
“I peeled off and upward and toward them. Major White and Capt.
Jorgenson dropped down. I lost the objects even as I was looking at
them in the chase, but Maj. White said he was able to observe them
speeding away. He said they went very fast.”
The Dallas officer completed two weeks of reserve training at
Hensley Field Saturday.
He and Capt. Jorgenson are Dallas residents, Maj. White is from
Amarillo and the home town of Capt. Stanton was not known.
“We reported the incident to Col. Bill Crowe, detachment commander
at the Naval Air Station,” Major Scarborough said.
He quoted Major White as saying “the objects flew at an
unreasonable amount of speed. Faster than I ever saw anything fly.”
Excerpt from a lecture given by Major Donald E. Keyhoe, US Marine Corps, Retired, under the auspices of The Civilian Saucer Intelligence of New York, December 9, 1955 at the St. Nicholas Arena Ballroom in New York City.
“Take the case of Major Scarborough, a Marine [Reserve} jet
pilot. On the afternoon of May 14, 1954, he was flying with
another pilot at 15,000 feet near Dallas, Texas, when he saw a
formation of 15 saucers above him. He immediately radioed to the
two other jets of his group at 42,000 feet. The jets above dived,
Scarborough and his companion climbed, trying to box in the saucers,
but the object raced away from them and vanished. Meanwhile the
pilot's radio conversation was heard by a radio ham on the ground,
who asked Scarborough for confirmation; the story appeared in the
Dallas Herald. The Pentagon at once issued orders for silence. I
asked the Navy about it; they said they had never heard of the
sighting. The Marine Corps wouldn't confirm it either. I wrote to
Scarborough himself: after a long time he wrote and apologized, and
said that my letter had been misplaced. Without adding any new
details he did confirm the sighting. However, most pilots refused
to admit even that much.
“….Since 1953 not one unsolved saucer report has been released to
the public, except the few that put into this report [Project Blue
Book Special Report #14] as examples to try to convince you that
there's nothing to it. Just to test this, about every three months
I call Captain Robert White, who is the official Air Force
spokesman on flying saucers, and I always say, 'I am asking for the
last six months' reports on flying saucers. I would like to see
either the teletypes or the written reports, or go to Wright Field.'
He says, 'I'll ask.' The next day he calls back, 'The request is
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PROJECT 1947 Comment: Captain White and Keyhoe were friends
and according to Keyhoe's notes he (Keyhoe) removed a reference in his manuscript
of The Flying Saucer Conspiracy, then at the publisher, which said that
White privately believed that UFOs were probably real, so as not to
June 22, 1954 Washington State IFF UFO Radar Case
Not Found in Project Blue Book Files
|Unidentified Flying Objects
|Northwest United States
|| D/I 25th Air Division (Defense)
|[Date of Rpt] 23 June 1954
|| [Date of info] 22 June 1954
|ODIN E. SORENSEN, CWO, USAF
|| See Summary
|AFR 200-2 and SECRET Wire 25th/DTG 230730Z DE JWPDM 046B/Priority/ to ATIC
|FLYING OBJECT REPORT GROUND AND AIRBORNE RADAR SIGHTINGS OF UNKNOWN
BLIPS OR TARGETS
An unknown blip or target was picked up on TIMOTHY [ADC 759th AC&W
Sq, Naselle AFS, Wash.] radar control scope in Georef LE 1604,
estimated 200 knot speed, estimated altitude 15 angles [sic]
[angels] [15,000 feet], originally at 0314Z and intermittently
thereafter for a total of three (3) sightings by TIMOTHY within a
ten (10) minutes period after which time blip or target remained
off. Upon first pickup, TIMOTHY relayed information to MERCURY
([ADC Air Defense] Direction Center) who took immediate action to
vector two [F-86D] fighter interceptors, Pronto Blue #1 and #2,
(who were on CAP [Combat Air Patrol], at 0400Z) off CAP to vicinity
of blip or target. Pronto Blue #2 obtained an airborne radar pickup
lower left portion scope, approximately twenty-eight (28) miles
from blip or target which separated into two “clear distinct” blips
at 0435Z; altitude 25,000 feet. Blue #2 attempted to close on 30
degree port heading in attempt to center blip, descending from
25,000 feet to 6,000 feet and to within estimated six (6) miles
with speed increasing from .85 to .9 Mach. Blip then slid off
scope from 30 degree port to 60 degree port. Blue #1 obtained an
airborne radar pickup at 30 degrees at approximately 0436Z at
20,000 feet altitude. Blue #1 held pickup for approximately twenty
(20) seconds, or three sweeps of AI [airborne intercept] radar
after which time blips or targets slid off scope from 30 degrees
port to 60 degrees port.
Information for this report was received from Senior Controller,
GCI Site, TIMOTHY; Senior Controller, [ADC] Direction Center,
MERCURY; Senior Controller, Division Combat Center, LAST CHANCE;
the two F-86D pilots; a 25th Air Division pilot who was flying
locally in T-33 and who heard all ground-air transmissions between
F-86D pilots and ground stations.
A. (Pronto Blue #2) 2nd Lt [REDACTED], 317th Fighter Interceptor
Squadron, 1124C pilot; approximately 193 hours, of which over half
has been in fighter-interceptor work; approximately 270 hours in
fighter aircraft; for approximate total hours of 463.
B. (Pronto Blue #1) 2nd Lt [REDACTED], 317th Fighter Interceptor
Squadron; approximately 29 hours in F-86D aircraft; 80 hours
(approximately) in fighter aircraft; 251 hours other type aircraft;
for a total of 360 hours. The F-86D pilots were interrogated
singly by Major Eugene L. Zechmeister, Director Of Intelligence and
CWO Odin B. Sorensen, Asst Director of Intelligence, within four (4)
hours of incident.
Classification ------- changed to
[handwritten:] Unclas, [typed:]
effective [hdwrtn:] 5 Apr 78
______under the authority of ACS/I
[page edge cutoff] by [hdwrtn:] AFIS/INS Ltr 5Apr78
|D/I 25th Air Division (Defense)
C. At the time of [IFF] first mode return picked up by [ADC radar
site] TIMOTHY, question arose as to the possibility of malfunction.
The site Tech Representative was on hand and monitored scope. In
his opinion, malfunction of radar was definitely ruled out.
D. All weather stations, as well as Seattle AMIS [Aircraft
Movements Information Service]; Navy; Coast Guard; 5 ADDC at
Vancouver, B.C. Canada, were checked with negative results, ruling
out possibility of weather balloons; boats or ships; or aircraft.
One Navy P2V was found to be flying at time, but over one- hundred
(100) miles from location of incident. A slight 3 degree inversion
at 5,000 feet was present at 1900, but would possibly affect only a
E. The F-86D pilots were queried at great length in reference to
the size and general appearance of blips presented on scopes. Both
pilots appeared to have a very clear and firm concept of the
difference between the observed blips as opposed to seaborne blips
and B-36, B-52 type blips previously encountered.
F. All statements were obtained individually either in person or by
telephone, ruling out possibility of subconscious innocent
collusion. Superficially, all statements appear to support one
another and to coincide.
The blips or targets observed are tentatively evaluated as true airborne targets, similar in
presentation size and general configuration (on ground-based and airborne equipment)
to B-36, B-52 type aircraft with an estimated pullout speed of Mach One or better.
EUGENE L. ZECHMEISTER
Director of Intelligence
1. Pilot [REDACTED] Statement w/1 Incl; [Map] Overlay
2. Pilot [REDACTED] Statement
3. Pilot [REDACTED] Checklist for UFOB
4. Pilot [REDACTED] Checklist for UFOB
5. Sr Controller (Div) Statement (Capt [REDACTED])
6. Sr Controller (ADDC) Statement (Capt [REDACTED]) w/2 Incls; Violation Report and
7. Sr Controller (GCI) Statement (Lt [REDACTED])
8. T-33 Pilot Statement (Maj [REDACTED])
Seattle FBI Documents Pertaining to June 22, 1954
Washington State IFF UFO Radar Case
PROJECT 1947 Comment: Despite official correspondence between
the FBI, the US Air Force's Office of Special Investigations, and particulars of the
incident being reported to ATIC, no details of
this case were found in the Project Blue Book files.
||UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
|TO: SAC SEATTLE
|SUBJECT: UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS; Neah Bay 6/22/54
At 11:10 PM this date Special Agent telephonically contacted this
office to report that an identified [sic] flying object was picked up by
the Radar station at Neah Bay between 1930 and 1945 this date. The
object was 38 to 40 miles S.W. of Neah Bay at an Altitude of 1500
to 2000 feet. Two planes were "scrambled" from McChord Field to
intercept and picked up a "blip" on the radar scopes in their
planes. The "blip" separated into two "blips" as they were
watching. They chased the "blips" for 8 to 12 minutes. The “blips"
faded from the scopes presumably because of fast air speed. The
objects flew South then turned east when they faded. None of the
pilots sighted the objects visually. The pilots were being
interrogated by the intelligence officer at McChord. Other Radar
stations were being contacted to ascertain if any further sightings
were made. The 25th Air Division is submitting a report to the
Air Technical Intelligence Center, Wright Patterson Field, Ohio.
stated the report was received from the Intelligence
Officer of the 25th Air Division. The above information was
furnished to of CIC at 11:25PM this date. Attempts to
furnish information to DIO 13ND. were to no avail as no duty
officer was available at DIO.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
||THE INSPECTOR GENERAL USAF
20th DISTRICT OFFICE OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS
McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, McCHORD FIELD, WASHINGTON
|20D OSI 24-0
||24 June 1954
Mr. R. D. Auerbach
Special Agent in Charge
Federal Bureau of Investigation
1015 Second Avenue
Re: Unidentified Flying Objects
The following is quoted for your information from an Intelligence
Summary, 25th Air Division to Air Technical Intelligence Center,
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, concerning Unidentified Flying Objects,
as reported to Special Agent SULLIVAN, your office, on 22 June
"FLYING OBJECT REPORT GROUND AND AIRBORNE RADAR SIGHTINGS OF
UNKNOWN BLIPS OR TARGETS
An unknown blip or target was picked up on TIMOTHY radar control scope in Georef LE 1604, estimated 200 knot speed, estimated altitude 15 angles, [sic] originally at 0314Z and intermittently thereafter for a total of three (3) sightings by TIMOTHY within a ten (10) minutes period after which time blip or target remained off. Upon first pickup, TIMOTHY relayed information to MERCURY (Direction Center) who took immediate action to vector two fighter interceptors, Pronto Blue #1 and 2, (who were on CAP, at 0400Z) off CAP to vicinity of blip or target. Pronto Blue #2 obtained an airborne radar pickup lower left portion scope, approximately twenty-eight (28) miles from blip or target which separated into two “clear distinct” blips at 0435Z; altitude 25,000 feet. Blue #2 attempted to close on 30 degree port heading in attempt to center blip, descending from 25,000 feet to 6,000 feet and to within estimated six (6) miles with speed increasing from .85 to .9 Mach. Blip then slid off scope from 30 degree port to 60 degree port. Blue #1 obtained an airborne radar pickup at 30 degrees at approximately 0436Z at 20,000 feet altitude. Blue #1 held pickup for approximately twenty (20) seconds, or three sweeps of AI radar after which time blips or targets slid off scope from 30 degrees port to 60 degrees port.
20D OSI 24-0
Re: Unidentified Flying Objects
24 June 1954
"Information for this report was received from Senior Controller,
GCI Site, TIMOTHY; Senior Controller, Direction Center,
MERCURY; Senior Controller, Division Combat Center, LAST CHANCE;
the two F-86D pilots; a 25th Air Division pilot who was flying
locally in T-33 and who heard all ground-air transmissions between
F-86D pilots and ground stations.
A. (Pronto Blue #2) 2nd Lt Edward E. McBride, 317th Fighter Interceptor
Squadron:, 1124C pilot; approximately 145 hours, of which over half has been
in fighter-interceptor work; approximately 270 hours in fighter aircraft;
for approximate total hours of 463.
B. (Pronto Blue #1) 2nd Lt Hilson L. Sewell, 317th Fighter Interceptor
Squadron; approximately 29 hours F-86D aircraft; 80 hours (approximately) in
fighter aircraft; 251 hours other type aircraft; for a total of 300 hours.
The F-86D pilots were interrogated singly by Major Eugene L. Zechmeister,
Director of Intelligence and CWO Odin E. Soronsen, Asst Director of Intelligence,
within four (4) hours of incident.
C. At the time of first mode return picked up by TIMOTHY, question arose
as to possibility of malfunction. The site Tech Representative was on hand and
monitored scope. In his opinion, malfunction of radar was definitely ruled out.
D. All weather stations, as well as Seattle AMIS; Navy; Coast Guard; 5 ADDC
at Vancouver, B. C. Canada, were checked with negative results, ruling out
possibility of weather balloons; boats or ships; or aircraft. One Navy P2V was
found to be flying at time, but over one-hundred (100) miles from location
of incident. A slight 3 degree inversion at 5,000 feet was present at 1900,
but would possibly affect only a limited area.
E. The F-86D pilots were queried at great length in reference to the size
and general appearance of blips presented on scopes. Both pilots appeared to have
a very clear and firm concept of the differences between the observed blips as
opposed to seaborne blips and B-36, B-52 type blips previously encountered.
F. All statements were obtained individually either in person or by telephone,
ruling out possibility of subconscious innocent collusion.
Superficially, all statements appear to support one another and to coincide.
20D OSI 24-0
Re: Unidentified Flying Objects
24 June 1954
The blips or targets observed are tentatively evaluated as true airborne targets,
similar in presentation size and general configuration (on ground-based and
airborne equipment) to B-35, B-52 type aircraft with an estimated pullout speed of
Mach One or better."
At the present time the Director of Intelligence does not expect any further
information concerning this incident. In the event there are further developments,
your office will be immediately advised.
Spencer W. Raynor
cc: Dir OSI
Friday, July 2, 1954
(Newspaper Not Known)
Biggest One Changes Shape
7 Weird Objects Trail
Airliner Off Labrador
LONDON, July 1 AP— American and British air force intelligence
officers today studied reports that seven weird flying black
objects followed a British airliner for 80 miles last night near
Goose Bay, Labrador.
BOAC Boeing 377 Stratocruiser as flown by Capt. Howard
Capt. James Howard, pilot of a British Overseas Airways Corp.
airliner bound from New York to London, said the objects vanished
when an American fighter plane came up to investigate. Howard, 33,
from Bristol, is one of Britain's most experienced Atlantic
The story of what he and his crew and some of the passengers
reportedly saw 19,000 feet over the Atlantic, is told in these
extracts from Howard's log book:
“At 0105 GMT on June 30 about 150 nautical miles southwest of Goose
Bay, height 19,000 feet, flying in clear weather above a layer of
low cloud, noticed on our port beam a number of dark objects at
approximately the same altitude as our aircraft. I drew the
attention of the first officer to them. He said he had just noticed
Look Like Flak Bursts
“I jokingly said they reminded me of flak bursts. He agreed. It
then became apparent that they were moving along on a
track roughly parallel to ours and keeping station with us.”
Goose approach, in reply to a query, told the first officer there
were no aircraft in the area. It was 0107 GMT. The log continued:
“During this time the shape of the large object changed slightly,
also the position of the smaller ones relative to the big one. Some
moved ahead, some behind. The first officer then told Goose Bay
what we were watching and they said they would send a fighter to
"The shape of the large one continually changed, but its position
relative to us did not. It was always about 90 degrees to port. The
distance from us appeared not less than five miles, possibly very
6 'Dots' Accompany It
“During this time both engineers, both navigators, the radio
officer, the two stewards and the stewardess watched it and all of
us agreed on its shape.
“A number of small objects accompanying it, usually six, were
visible. All were agreed they never saw anything like it before. At
about 0120 GMT the fighter reported that he was approaching us. The
objects immediately began to grow indistinct until one only was
visible. This grew smaller and finally vanished at 0123 GMT, still
at the same bearing from us.
“All who watched the objects are sure the large one, at any rate,
was no sort of winged aircraft. The small ones were just dots.
They left no vapor trails, no lights were seen, just black
See the November, 1954 FATE Magazine article “BOAC's Flying Jellyfish”.
Thursday, July 22, 1954
Austin, MN Austin Daily Herald
IN FLIGHT OVER TEXAS
Glenn Hovland Photographs 'Flying Saucers'
Hovland and his plane (left) were tracking balloons
like the one shown
taking off at the right when
the "flying saucers" were spotted.
Glenn Hovland, Austin Airport manager, not only has seen flying
saucers — he has photographed them.
Hovland and a St. Paul man, Verne Baumgartner, an electronics
engineer for Winzer Research, saw six of the aerial objects over
eastern Texas last Jan. 29 while tracking a research balloon east
of Palestine in eastern Texas.
Part of what was discovered that day is reported in Time magazine
of July 19. The story which heads the science section tells all
about “reversed matter,” but says nothing of the flying saucers.
But that day the “saucers” were photographed simultaneously from the
balloon floating above them at 100,000 feet and by Hovland in his
tracking plane below.
2 Angles Clinch Point
“I guess that proves they were there because you can't photograph a
mirage from two different angles at the same time,” Hovland said.
Until he sighted the “saucers” the day had been a routine one for
Hovland who has been tracking these research balloons since
This time, Hovland was working directly with Dr. Marcel Schein,
University of Chicago physicist, and David Williams, 18, also of
the University of Chicago, who will receive his degree as a nuclear
physicist next year.
Hovland and Baumgartner were following about 20 miles behind the
balloon and at a lower altitude than the 20 miles the balloon
Their job was to give the direction and speed of travel of the
balloon; to warn aircraft of its position; and to observe whether
any accidents should befall the balloon or any of its contents.
“We had just eaten dinner and I was sitting there watching this old
balloon,” Hovland said. “I saw them first and I nudged Baumgartner
and I said, ‘What do you see up there?’”
To which Baumgartner replied, “‘My - - - What's going on?'"
“I saw two objects,” Hovland said. “He saw four so I looked back
again Then there were six.”
Hovland described them as silvery objects with a sort of
“fluorescent glow ” They were in a “trail formation" and just as
perfectly spaced as “dots marked off by a ruler.”
Tuscaloosa UFOs. Image slightly enhanced to remove
scratches and dust spots.
They were nearly stationary and were hovering below the balloon
between Hovland's plane and the balloon.
They hovered for about a minute and a half while Hovland observed
them and took pictures with his movie camera.
“Then they went up — boom, like an explosion,” he said. “But they
went one at a time and they all followed the same path.”
He couldn't estimate their speed.
1,000 Miles an Hour
“It's hard to say,” he said, “but going out of sight like that I
would say a good 1,000 miles an hour. They went out of sight in a
matter of seconds. That's vertically. They took right off.”
When he got back to the airbase he was met by air police who
confiscated his film and sent it to Washington for development and
Later he received a 22-page printed questionnaire in which he was
asked to describe what he saw in great detail. These are sent to
all persons who report aerial phenomena and are marked “secret and
Later he was shown the pictures, which indicated the saucers were
about 20 feet wide. And they appeared to be transparent because the
contour of the ground shows through in the pictures taken from the
Appeared Silver in Color
Actually, the objects appeared to be silvery from below but
apparently were a darker, metallic color from the top. At least,
that's what the pictures indicated, Hovland said.
And although they moved at “terrific” speed, he could see no visible
means of locomotion. There was no visible smoke, exhaust, light “or
anything,” he added.
As reported in Time, the other discovery that day was “news to make
even a sensation-jaded physicist draw a sharp breath.”
A pack of photographic plates had been attached to the balloon to
be exposed to the powerful primary cosmic rays that bombard the
top of the atmosphere.
While studying the plates later, Dr Schein found a peculiar ray
track — a bundle of slim Vs — running through the pack. These were
made by pairs of negative and positive electrons and there was no
trace of larger charged particles (protons) present.
Hit With Terrific Energy
Dr Schein’s conclusion was that “something” had hit the film pack
with the unheard-of energy of 10 million billion electron-volts —
about 50 million times the energy of a splitting uranium atom.
That “something.” Dr. Schein thought, probably was an elusive
particle called an anti-proton, which theoretical physicists have
suspected but never observed.
He believes this negative proton struck an ordinary proton in the
aluminum wrapping of the film pack and annihilated not only itself
but the early matter in its target as well, turning the mass into
energy. The track was made by gamma rays as they streaked away from
the site of the collision.
Where do anti-protons come from? One speculation is that
remote stars may be made up entirely of “reversed matter” whose
atoms have negative anti-protons as their nuclei and positrons
(positive electrons) revolving around them. There would be no way
to tell because the reversed matter would send out the same light
as ordinary matter. And it would behave itself normally as long as
it stayed at home.
Hovland Sees Connection
When he lets his imagination run, Hovland can connect the anti
protons and the “saucers.”
He thinks it may have been one of the “saucers” which hit the film
pack. In that case, the “saucer” would have been a small particle
which appeared to be something else because it is so powerful.
“Who can say you couldn't see something with as much power as that
seems to have?” he asked.
In any event, he believes in “flying saucers.”
“I know there is something because if pilots see it — both airline
and airforce — and can't describe it as an airplane, then what is
“Anyway, I saw it myself,” he said.
Friday, September 10, 1954
Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian
Report Due on 'Saucers'
– BY Robert S. Allen
WASHINGTON—The air force is getting ready to take the wraps off of
some of its "flying saucer" secrets. The disclosures will be
intriguing, but not earth-shaking. They will debunk a number of UFO
(unidentified flying object) reports that made sensational
headlines and gave rise to widespread tales about interplanetary
Most significant revelation will be about the types of guided and
other missiles the air force is developing.
One of them was the cause of the scary "ball of fire” story.
This tale, which swept around the country, was first related by a
touring family that unknowingly camped inside an air force testing
range. According to the fairly accurate account of these folks, the
terrifying device flashed a few hundred feet over their heads at an
incalculable speed, with a deafening roar and exuding long eerie
Later, other less factual accounts were even more hair-raising.
All the reports were pooh-poohed by the air force.
In the forthcoming disclosures, it will be admitted these
"sightings” had substance, although greatly exaggerated. However,
it will be evident from the information the air force makes public
that it was easy for untrained and astonished observers to arrive
at their imaginative accounts.
This particular device is a guided missile capable of speeds
exceeding 3000 miles an hour. It has been spotted hundreds of times.
Two other devices are actually shaped like saucers. They, too, have
been numerously reported in various parts of the country, in some
instances by commercial and other pilots.
The army and navy are also very active in the guided missile field.
Some scientists credit the navy with leading the other two services
in these developments.
INTERNATIONAL UFO REPORTER - SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1983
Close Encounter at 25,000 Feet: Government Cover up
by Paul C. Cerny
[Ed. note: There are today so may straws in the wind concerning
alleged government cover up of genuine UFO cases that, taken
together, they would make quite a haystack. Yet, no definitive
proof has been forthcoming, proof that would withstand a severe
Congressional investigation, for example. The following story,
released by the widow of one of the principal witnesses after an
enforced silence of many years, would, if true (and Mr. Cerny holds
it is true, based on his private interviews with the narrator),
constitute such proof. We present it here for the record through
the kindness of Mr. Cerny. In 1954, the date of this event, I was
quite active with Project Blue Book and 1 do not recollect ever
seeing this report in Dayton. If it had come into Blue Book, it
would have stood out like the proverbial sore thumb and it
certainly would not have escaped my attention. So here may be
additional evidence of Government cover-up.]
||Over one hour
||Crews of 3 B-47 bombers
||25,000 feet over
Texas vicinity of Dallas
During a radio call-in talk show, in which MUFON astronomy
consultant Tom Gates and I participated, we were rewarded with an
unusual and highly significant story from the widow of a former Air
Force major, a pilot and navigator on B-47 and B-52 jet bombers.
She stated that after many years of remaining silent as requested,
she felt that the public had the right to know about her deceased
husband's, and his companion's, exceptional UFO encounter.
I arranged for several personal interviews which revealed an
astounding story of high altitude, extremely close UFO encounter.
Her detailed recall of the events of many years ago, as told to her
by her husband shortly after the event, was impressive, as was her
obvious intelligence. I almost felt that I was listening to her
husband retelling the story himself.
Her husband at the time was Maj. Robert J. Waste (she has since
remarried) #73028, classified as a 1037, basically a navigator of a
specialized elite crew. He was a Wing Officer with the Strategic
Air Command (SAC).
He lost his life in the crash of a B-52 bomber
on Memorial Day, 1955, which also cost the lives of the entire crew.
The UFO encounter had occured (sic) eight months earlier.
On Sept. 3, 1954, Major Waste had gone out with his squadron on
routine bombing exercises. They were competing for accuracy by
dropping "bombs" of sacks of flour. Each B-47 carried a crew of
three – a pilot, co-pilot, and navigator-bombardier. Major Waste
was acting in the latter capacity, riding in the nose portion of
They had been over various mid-western States and were now
returning home to Barksdale A.F.B., Shreveport, La. At about 4:30
P.M., on this relatively clear day, they were in the general area
of Dallas, Tex., when they received a radio communication from
Carswell A.F.B., near Fort Worth, asking them to investigate and be
on the lookout in their immediate vicinity for reported UFOs. They
were cruising at 25,000 feet.
They were suddenly startled to discover a strange craft pacing
their plane only 100 feet overhead. The alien machine was a
beautifully stream-lined, missile-shaped device slightly larger and
longer than their own B-47 fuselage. It was dull metallic in color
and had two rows of oval-shaped port holes along each of its sides,
about a third of the way up from the bottom. An orange exhaust
flame emanated from the rear of the aerial intruder, as well as
from what appeared to be smaller control exhaust ports slightly
ahead of the main thrust unit. The bottom of the craft seemed to be
lighted or glowing. This description of the appearance and
performance of the craft resembles that of the famous
Chiles-Whitted DC-3 airliner case of July 23, 1948, near Montgomery,
The immediate concern of the crew was the frightening possibility
of a mid-air collision. After pacing the B-47 overhead for a short
time, it suddenly shot ahead and then zoomed almost straight up at
incredible speed, disappearing momentarily from view. As per their
radio instructions, they tried to climb after it at full throttle,
but almost stalled the B-47 in the attempt. Nothing we had would
come anywhere near the its performance capabilities.
The sleek UFO then came back down to within about 300 feet of the
jet bomber and began circling the aircraft. It circled overhead and
underneath at fantastic speeds, so fast that they could hardly see
it. The object stayed with them, pacing overhead and underneath,
doing all sorts of maneuvering around the B-47 for well over an
RB-47E Bomber similar to Major Waste's aircraft
During this time Major Waste had made his way back through the
inside passageway to the pilot's area where he and the co-pilot
shot photos of the missile-like intruder with their personal
cameras. Many of their pictures were taken when it was close
overhead, displaying considerable detail. Major Waste had a new
Nikon sequencing camera with a telephoto lens. An expert
photography buff, he shot 32 frames of 35mm color film of the craft
during the encounter.
The maneuvering capability was incredible. The object would cut in
front of the plane, at one time doing a perfect figure eight, as if
showing off. Once it slowed down in front of them, and they started
into its exhaust flame. When they were sure they would collide, it
pulled away and maneuvered around the aircraft.
Their radio instructions from the ground were to pursue and, if
possible, force the UFO down. Major Waste remarked, "No way were we
going to be able to force that thing down!" The crew's opinion was
that this unusual craft did not come from anywhere on this planet,
due to its appearance and maneuvering capability.
The two planes behind were watching and listening to the
air-to-ground communications between Major Waste's plane and the
air base. When the action started, they did move up for a closer
look, but kept at a safe distance. All immediate action was
centered around the lead aircraft.
As if content with the time spent "showing up" the inferior B-47,
the sleek craft once again shot upward into the sky and disappeared,
not returning again.
All the B-47s on this training mission landed safely at Barksdale
A.F.B. and the crews were released after debriefing and sent home,
except for the crew of Major Waste's plane and the two other
accompanying aircraft. The wives and family members of these three
planes were all anxiously awaiting their arrival and release from
duty at the base, but were told to go back home without them, that
they would be detained for some time. The crews are specifically
instructed not to discuss military matters or incidents while on
duty with anyone, even their wives.
The three involved B-47 crews were confined to the A.F.B. for
almost three days for special debriefing as the result of their
encounter with the unknown craft. All the film the crews took of
the UFO was confiscated. The luggage bags and other personal
effects thoroughly searched for any possible additional film. The
planes were carefully searched as well. Family members calling the
base, inquiring why the three crews were being detained and why
they could not come home, were told they could not discuss the
reasons. No information at all was available. Major Waste finally
came home on the third day at about 9 p.m. to a very upset wife and
her son, whose birthday he missed because of the detainment.
Mrs. Waste prodded her husband, promising not to tell anyone the
reason for his detainment, and she kept that promise all these
years until now. He finally agreed to tell her in the strictest
confidence about the unusual encounter, and told her never to tell
anyone about it. Since that time, she has remained in touch with
the other two crew member's families and three other retired
officers acquainted with the incident. She was good enough to phone
these retired officers for me to ask for verification and
permission to use their names or let me talk to them. All flatly
refused and one even denied any knowledge of the event. The others
did verify to her that the encounter took place but refused to
discuss it, even with her.
It is incredible the "strangle hold" our government agencies have
over military personnel, threatening reprisal to silence them about
their involvement in a world-wide phenomenon which, in most cases,
does not involve classified military information.
In the case at hand, we apparently have an answer to James Oberg's
question stated in his article in TRUE 1981. Outer Space and
Paranormal World Quarterly, "Where are the UFO photographs?"
Perhaps Captain James Oberg's influence with the Pentagon is
sufficient to obtain the release of the Major Waste photographs, or
at least to disclose where they are filed?
PROJECT 1947 Comment: The Editor's Note in the introduction to this case
is by Dr. J. Allen Hynek. As in
the case of the Navy Skyraider Squadron incident, the above report exists
with no official documentation. A number of other reports are also
in this category.
One of the best known examples involved the USAF UFO spokesman,
Col. William T. Colemen – Public Relations Officer covering, among
other things, UFOs from 1961-1962.
Col. Colemen reported his UFO sighting of 1954 or 1955, but after
he became Air Force UFO spokesman, he could not locate his
report in the Project Blue Book files. It was not listed as a
"missing case," but completely absent like the report above, from the
Blue Book records.
We have references to several serial numbered USAF intelligence
reports on UFOS – i.e., Intelligence reports sent to USAF HQ
and recorded in the logs of USAF intelligence files – which
apparently are also not in the Project Blue Book files.
When Capt. Edward Ruppelt became Project Blue Book chief, he
searched intelligence files in the Pentagon to locate UFO reports
not passed on to Project Grudge/Blue Book. He did everything in his
power to make sure that all such reports were funneled to
Project Blue Book for evaluation. Even so, a few UFO reports from
the 1947-1952 period that were not in the Project Blue Book files have been
recovered in other USAF activities' files.
It has been harder to locate such reports made after 1952.
There continues to exist a large body of reports made by former US
military personnel during the Project Blue Book era that do not
exist in the project's files.
Sunday 19 September , 1954
Portland, Oregon The Oregonian
Reporter Witnesses Mysterious Flying
Cigar Boom Along Over Rome
By MICHAEL CHINIGO
International News Service Staff Writer
ROME (INS)—I saw with the naked eye a mysterious
flying “cigar” which flew over Rome Friday night and which
clearly registered for 39 minutes on radar sets in the area.
What attracted my attention was the strange sound the object
emitted as it passed overhead. Previous reports of flying saucers
have described them as emitting no sound.
The sound from this object was not the usual whine of
a jet or the droning of an ordinary plane.
Rather it was like approaching thunder but with a staccato
effect, a series of explosions that grew louder as the object
This was followed by dead silence as the “thing” stopped, or
appeared to, at a height of about 5000 to 6000 feet.
Suddenly it shot upward and left an exhaust trail of milky white
smoke. It went straight up vertically into the sky. The air was
perfectly still, and the smoke remained in a vertical trail.
There is some disagreement about the exact shape of the
The observatory at Ciampino initially described it as a
“flying cigar” with a big antenna amidships.
The defense department pictured it as a “clipped cone” with a
smaller surface on the bottom. Or as two semi-circular disks, one
bigger than the other, with the bigger one on top.
To me it seemed more like an inverted sawed-off cone. It was
difficult to determine how fast it was going.
Mid-Air Parking Weird
Frankly I thought in seeing it that it must be some Italian or
allied experimental machine or perhaps a British craft in
view of reports of Britain’s progress in new type of aircraft.
Air force officials said they do not know whether
Italy is experimenting with such a type of plane.
Popular opinion is that the weird object may have come
from the communist east, but the communist and left-wing
press in Italy ignored the story.
Radar Alert Ordered
The Italian defense ministry meanwhile ordered the country's
radar stations to be on the alert for signs of the object.
The radar station at Rome that picked up the “cigar”, or
“cone” on its screens said it registered for 39 minutes.
Defense officials said the first “flying saucer” reports came from
the town of Pitigliano in the mercury mining area 150 miles north
of Rome last Tuesday.
One report was sent in by a local post office official,
Luigi Becherini, who described it as a flying vessel with
strange flight characteristics.
His account was corroborated by friends and other witnesses in
Tuesday 21 September, 1954
Long Beach, Calif., PRESS-TELEGRAM
Ball of Fire Seen
Skipping on Ocean
A ball of fire that moved in and out of the water without being
extinguished was reported seen Monday by the master of a Honduras
freighter 45 miles west of Ensenada.
Coast Guard radiomen here intercepted a message from the 7,194-ton
freighter Aliki P., which stopped at San Pedro Sunday for fuel oil
en route from Vancouver to London.
“Observed ball of fire moving in and out of water without being
extinguished," the message said. "Trailing white smoke.
Moving in erratic course, finally disappeared."
The vessel is manned by a Greek crew.
Sunday 3 October, 1954
Bombay, India, THE TIMES OF INDIA
800 Biharis See Flying Saucer
Calcutta, October 2: A flying saucer was reported to have
been seen recently by about 800 people living in three adjoining
villages in Manbhum Bihar.
Mr. Ijapada Chatterjee, 60-year-old manager of
a mica mine, "Kadori", owned by a Calcutta business man,
Mr. S. N. Gnose, told The Times of India News Service
here today that he was sitting in the verandah of his house on the
afternoon of September 15, when he saw a disc-like object descending
about 500 yards away.
Villagers came out from their huts to see the
strange sight. Shaped like a saucer, it came down to a height of
about 500 feet above the earth making a sound like the whirring of
motor-car engine. It hovered for a few minutes; then, suddenly, the
two sides seemed to get inflated. This was followed by what looked
like smoke billowing from the two ends. Immediately the object
soared upwards at an incredible speed.
GREY IN COLOUR
Mr. Chatterjee said that the object was about 12
feet in diameter and dull grey in colour. At the centre of the side
visible to him was a black patch that resembled an aperture.
"As it soared upward, there was a tremendous gust of wind which
caused doors and windows to rattle," he said.
Later, the people from the adjoining villages of
Borsi and Managalda also said that they had seen the same object.
A local holy man interpreted the UFO as
"something from heaven." The mine also produced beryllium
for the Atomic Energy Commission.
Tuesday, October 5, 1954
Paris, France, Le Monde
"WHAT ABOUT THE FLYING SAUCERS?"
asks Mr. Jean Nocher to the State secretary for the air
Mr. Jean Nocher, deputy of the Loire, asked, in a written question,
to Mr. Diomède Catroux “whether his predecessors at the secretariat
of the air had taken care, as one did in the United States and in
the U.S.S.R. long ago, to open an investigation into the presence
in our atmosphere of unidentified flying objects”.
In the affirmative, the deputy of the Loire asks that the
publishable results of these investigations are shown.
In the contrary assumption, Mr. Jean Nocher wishes that one
constitutes a scientific commission to study the reported phenomena
to “separate the truth from the errors or possible mystifications”.
[Translation by Patrick Gross.]
Tuesday, October 12, 1954
Paris, France, France-Soir
"A Luminous Machine Observed in
Cameroon by Credible Witnesses"
YAOUNDE (Cameroon), Oct. 12 ("France-soir" news brief).— An enormous illuminated
disk was observed Sunday in Yaoundé by a group of trustworty people: Colonel
Cauvin, director of the health and prophylaxis services of Cameroon; Dr. Menn,
chief medical officer of the hospital; MM. Dumont, Director of the Security
Services; Poileux, Councillor of the Territorial Assembly; Moreau, administrator
and deputy mayor of Youndé. It was the dog of the house who, by barking,
attracted the occupants. Under the disc hung a sort of oscillating cylinder.
The machine, after a few seconds, disappeared quickly towards the east.
Friday, October 15, 1954
Paris, France, Le Rouergue Républicain
The Mystery of the Flying Saucers
A luminous disc
two jet aircraft
who had hunted it
AVIGNON, October 15th. - Early in the afternoon of Friday, at 1:30
p.m., the population of Fontaine de Vaucluse was in turmoil.
Indeed, a “white disc” was hovering slowly over the small city and
one could clearly distinguish it with good binoculars. This white
disc was surmounted by a spherical protrusion of the same color.
The lower circular border intermittently bears two powerful lights,
varying from white to purplish, passing through the red.
The air base at Caritat (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately directed
two jet planes which soon made their appearance, and after two
turns on Fontaine de Vaucluse, took altitude and dove on the “disc”.
The radio on board the planes, which was in communication with the
base, announced that the craft was in sight, that it was being
hunted, but that it escaped because its speed was higher than
From Vaucluse, one could see clearly the disc skyrocketing, pursued
by the two jets.
CALAIS. - A baker boy from Calais said he had seen, at 3:40 a.m.,
at the place called "Saint Pierre Halte", on the road to Saint-Omer
a yellow and shiny craft land on the railway tracks. According to
the baker, the curiously shaped object was two meters in height and
four meters in diameter.
NIMES. - Two people saw last night, as they were returning home, a
few kilometers north of Nîmes, a greenish glow in a field. They
approached and found the presence of a craft in all aspects
identical to a rugby ball and seeming to rest on crutches. The
strange device suddenly rose into the air, emitting a faint noise
and gradually taking on an orange hue.
[Translation by Patrick Gross.]
Saturday, October 16, 1954
Paris, France, L'Est Républicain
CONTRADICTORY TESTIMONIES IN THE VAUCLUSE
Visible from the ground, a white disc
disappears in front of two jet planes
Paris. — One could expect one moment on Thursday afternoon that
one of these mysterious objects which furrow the sky of France and
Navarre was going to give up its secret. Alas! It was not so, and
the claims of the ones and others are so contradictory that one
does not know any more who speaks seriously and who is joking.
Around 01:30 p.m., Thursday, the residents of Fountaine-de-Vaucluse
were in agitation because of the maneuvers of a white disc slowly
hovering above the city, and which was clearly distinguished with
This white disc was surmounted by a segment of a sphere of the same
color, and the lower circular edge carried, intermittently, two
powerful fires, variable from the white to the purplish, passing by
the red color.
Then, who is to be believed?
The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse) was alerted at once and two jet
fighters took off. A few moments later, they veered above
It is here that testimonies do not agree any more: the residents
stated “the two planes took altitude immediately and dove right on
the disc which was still visible. But they could not reach it, for
their speed was lower than the speed of the disc. Soon, planes and
disc disappeared at the horizon.”
This report is the topic of an official statement of the secretary
of State to the Air who states: “the two pilots of the Orange
[Orange-Caritat] air base who flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at
various altitudes on October 14 in the afternoon did not observe
any unknown machine during their search.
“The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is
Then, who is to be believed?
[Translation by Patrick Gross.]
Wednesday, January 19, 1955
Paris, France, Le Provençal
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE AIR:
“Pursuit of the 'flying saucers' is authorized”
Paris (A.F.P.).— Mr. Jean Nocher, representative of the Loire
(no affiliation), has just received the response from Secretary of
State for the Air to a written question that he had asked him last
October, in connection with the investigations carried out
“about the presence of unidentified objects in our atmosphere.”
The Secretary of State indicates that “almost all the reported
observations – when they were sincere and sufficiently precise –
received a natural explanation.”
However, it was prescribed to the squadrons of the Air Force, adds
the answer, “to establish an objective and detailed report each
time an unidentified heavenly object is directly reported to them,
to forward this report to the scientific office of the army staff
where officers were especially appointed to follow the matter.”
The Secretary of State specifies that “the pursuit of these
“apparatuses" although it did not give any result when it was tried
until now, is authorized every time when it does not involve any
risk of accident.”
“In any event, the answer concludes, it does not seem necessary to
exaggerate the documentary importance of testimonies whose number
and good faith are not enough to equate them to objectively
controlled scientific observations.”
[Translation by Patrick Gross - http://ufologie.patrickgross.org/indexe.htm.]
PROJECT 1947 Comment: Very few military cases from the French military forces have been made public. Despite many ground eyewitnesses, the extensively reported
1954 UFO jet chase was officially repudiated. Note that it took several months for the Air
Minister to answer the deputy's questions about the October, 1954 wave of UFO sightings.
Friday, October 22, 1954
Montluçon, France, Centre-Matin
"Close Approach in North Africa"
Wednesday morning, around 3 hours, Mr. Gaston Blanquère, resident
in Oran, was returning with passengers on board his car. A little
after the village of Jean-Mermoz, the attention of the motorists
was attracted by a sharp gleam coming from the south and which grew
A luminous disc crossed the road above them, descended a few
hundreds meters further and appeared to contact the ground.
The machine had the size of a small car. It was composed of a
higher cupola from which came out a yellow gleam. The lower part of
the disc let escape a bluish luminous sheaf. Kinds of very powerful
headlights swept the plain.
Ten minutes later, the luminosity dimmed and the machine, taking
height, moved away quickly and without noise.
The police chief of the Sig, during his investigation, had these
statements confirmed by a fellah of a nearby douar.
July 22, 1958
Marysville, OH, Journal Tribune
"Object" Still Unexplained
Ex-Chief Recalls 1954 Sighting At School
The mystery of a flying object which pupils and two teachers at
Jerome School saw in the sky back in Oct. 22, 1954 has never been
solved, says Robert C. White who was at that time, chief of the
Air Force's "flying saucer division."
The teachers, Mrs. George Dittmar, of Marysville, and the late
Rodney Warrick, of Raymond, and their pupils saw what they
described as a "cigar-shaped silver object travelling at a
terrific speed, that wafted a blanket of angel hair for at least
Within a minute after the substance was touched, it would
disappear, leaving a green stain on the fingers of whoever touched
it. This stain did no apparent harm and could be washed off.
Warrick said at the time, “I have never seen anything like it or
heard of anything like it. It was the most unusual sight I ever
White, who is winding up a two-year tour as public information
officer at this giant U. S. Air Force base 18 miles southeast of
Casablanca, will shortly head for a top Pentagon assignment in
Defense Department information work.
Bob White, as he has become known to scores of U. S. and foreign
newsmen who have been his guests in this land of mint tea, camels,
and palm trees, will be no stranger to Washington.
From 1953 to 1956, when flying saucers first sailed into the news,
White worked in the Pentagon as de facto chief of the "flying
saucer division" of the Air Force’s central information services.
This was no hush-hush, top secret research project, as it sounds.
It was, however, a job which called for top-level diplomatic skill
and the judgment of a King Solomon. Bob had to painstakingly
investigate all reports of flying saucers or “unidentified object”
Heard Bizarre Tales
An occasional writer of fiction himself, Bob encountered some
saucer stories which, in his words, [missing text].
The one saucer scare which he never could clear up, Bob says, was
the one at Jerome school.
But White is convinced that there never was a single saucer which
was not either a hoax, the figment of imagination or which could
not be rationally explained.
"Its just a matter of getting enough information promptly," he
Began Writing in Brazil
He began his Air Force career during the war in 1941 as an
enlisted man and won his pilot's wings in 1944. While serving in
Brazil he began to write. Several of his short stories have
appeared in national magazines since.
Trying out postwar civilian life, Bob found his taste for
unusual places and situations leading him from a schoolteacher's
job in Toledo, Ohio to four months of writing at Nogales, New
Mexico - which he compares with Morocco in the fantastic beauty of
its arid, landscape - and finally to a year on an Indian
reservation at Pueblo Pintado, N. M.
At Pueblo Pintado, Bob was a teacher, counselor and all-around
sage to the small community.
Back in the Air Force, he went to Madrid, Spain for a short tour
of duty after completing the saucer assignment at the Pentagon.
Bob met and married his wife Alice, of Livermore, Calif., in 1946.
The Whites have a daughter, Monica, 4, a blue-eyed blond adopted
in Germany, whom they hope to take back with them at the end of
Saturday, November 20, 1954
The Times of Swaziland
STRANGE OBJECTS IN AIR TO BE REPORTED
The South African Air Force has issued a statement requesting the
public to report any strange and unaccountable object seen in the
air either to the nearest Air Force unit or direct to the Air Chief
of Staff, Defence Headquarters, Pretoria, as soon as possible.
“Research on a world scale is at present being conducted, and
because South Africa is situated so far south, observation in this
area is regarded as of extreme importance.
“To make it easier for the public, the Air Force will send a
questionnaire to any person who has seen in inexplicable object in
Sunday, November 21, 1954
Letter of 11/23/58 from Dr. Olavo T. Fontes to A.D. Mebane of NICAP
Case 59, Rio De Janiero, Brazil, Nov. 22, 1954) Saucer events
happening in South America are not carried by our newswires, so we
got this one from Harold Fulton in New Zealand who got it from the
Daily Sketch in England. "The pilot of a Brazilian airliner
reported a fleet of 19 saucer-shaped objects, that flew at
tremendous speed, less than 300 ft. from his plane. His passengers
panicked. Members of the crew had to act 'most violently' to
overcome their fears. . . . " CRIFO 3-55 p.8
So much for tin, You wanted information about an incident involving
a Brazilian airliner and a formation of UFOs. The case is not
fictitious, it really happened.
The date was November 21, 1954. The “Douglas” PP-ANM from the
“National Airlines” was flying from Belo Horizonte. state of Minas
Cerais, toward Rio de Janeiro. Good visibility. Blue sky above the
airliner and some clouds below. The plane was at 9000 feet, flying
over the Paraiba Valley near the town of Paraiba do Sul, when the
copilot saw the UFOs.
The time was 11:30 a.m. Commander Armando Braulino (copilot),
Commander Pedro Luiz Teixeira (pilot), Mr. Vicente B. Marques
(steward) and Jose E. Caldeira (radio-operator) were the chief
The UFO formation came from the northeast flying at 7.200 feet,
passed just below the airliner at high speed, and disappeared
toward the southwest apparently in the direction of a town called
The plane was moving on a N—S direction and the UFO formation crossed
just under it. The objects did not rotate, seemed to be of aluminum
(or a similar metal) and — under the sunlight — showed a bright polished
surface. They were shaped like disks with a kind of cupola (or dome) on
top. They might be compared (in shape) to a soldier helmet with a
large rim around the convex part. There was a larger one at the center
of the X formation — “the squadron chief” — and the others were grouped
around it at close distance. The whole formation was about 120 feet in
diameter and each object measured approximately 15 feet (in diameter).
There was a strange bluish glow around each UFO and around the whole
formation —— this phenomenon (according to the copilot) might be a
result of the high velocity of the objects, plus reflection of sunlight(?).
The UFOs showed no propellers, jet-tubes, wings, tail or protruding fins.
They were unlike anything known — true alien craft. Their trajectory was
regular. Some passengers came to the airliner windows still in time to
watch the fleet of 15 disk-shaped objects, but others come too late
and saw nothing. The sighting lasted about 40 or 50 seconds.
It was said that the passengers panicked, but the pilot [talking to
the press) dismissed this version as false. He explained that only
a few passengers might have seen the UFOs — the scene was too rapid.
Those few were, of course, scared — but not the others, the
majority. There was no need to act violently to control their panic
(he said), because there was no hysteria. On the other side, the
passengers refused to comment on the question. Maybe they did not
want to confess their fear, maybe the pilot was telling the truth.
I don’t know. Anyway, the case is excellent. The sighting was
immediately reported by radio and there was also a written report —
requested by Colonel Adil de Oliveira.
Fontes letter of 11/23/58 to AD Mebane.
Thursday, 16 December, 1954
Vol. I, No. 8. p.4 - The Flying Saucer Review
Apple Valley, California
ON DECEMBER 16, 1954, I was dubiously fortunate to have observed a
"UFO" (Unidentified Flying Object) in the skies over Apple Valley,
near Victorville, California.
I feel that I have had enough experience with flying, radar
navigation and observing to qualify for reporting the following
incident with near accuracy. I am certain that the phenomena was of
a tangible nature with dimensions that were real, though
The object was cigar shaped, of extremely bright silvery material.
It remained stationary at an altitude of approximately 25,000 feet,
almost directly above the Apple Valley Inn, from about six o'clock
P.M. of the 16th until almost noon of the following day. That night
the object appeared as a reddish-orange glow, but when the sun came
up in the morning, the object became silvery. It was easily visible
with the naked eye. I observed it in the morning with a pair of 7 X
50 binoculars and was able to make out quite a bit of the detail.
This object must have been about two and a half times as long as a
B-29. There were two windows or ports at one end near the bottom.
It seemed seperated (sic) through the length with a single row of
bolts or small holes. Please note the below diagram:
THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY fifty people who observed the same thing
that I did; among them were two deputy sheriffs from Victorville,
a medical doctor, the manager of the Apple Valley Inn and most of
its employees, and at least twenty guests at the Inn.
The authorities were repeatedly called at George Airbase, which is
just four miles from Victorville. The only answer that could be
obtained at the time was that they had planes (jets) in the area
and were investigating. They assured any callers that it was not a
weather balloon or similar object but beyond that they would say
nothing. The following day they denied the whole incident and
denied that any inquiries had even been made by all these people.
IN THE EARLY MORNING there were Jets all over the place. One Vapor
Trail was visible flying directly over the object at about 35,000
feet. The Jet wasn't visible with the naked eye but could be seen
with binoculars. The pilot of that Jet couldn't have avoided seeing
One of the guests of the Inn took some pictures of the object which,
I later learned, were taken from him by the authorities.
On Friday the 17th, I returned to Los Angeles and gave a full
account of the experience to Mr. Paul Coates of the MIRROR-NEWS. He
immediately began to check my story and verified everything that I
had told him.
— Hart. T. Goodman,
Culver City, California.
(EDITOR'S NOTE — All those wishing additional
information on this amazing sighting are urged to obtain a copy of
Paul Coates column appearing in the December 21st, 1954 edition of
the Los Angeles MIRROR-NEWS.)
Tuesday, 21 December, 1954
Los Angeles, Ca., Mirror-News
Paul V. Coates
My book entitled, “Be a Reporter in Ten Easy Lessons—And Earn Up to
$20 a Week Working at Home In Your Spare Time,” will be out as soon
as we can figure a way to shorten the title.
In the meanwhile, I’d like to give you a preview of Chapter One.
It’s called “How to Check a Flying Saucer Story.”
And pay attention, because without this information you might
just as well turn in your battered felt hat.
Yesterday I checked a flying saucer story. It's simple, really.
Just a matter of routine.
It came to me first in a call from a man named Hart T. Goodman, of
4838 Jasmine Ave., Culver City.
He had just returned from a trip to Apple Valley.
“There’s something in the sky up there,” he told me. “The whole
town has seen it. I can’t figure out why the papers haven’t written
anything about it.”
Then he described what the whole town was seeing — “an oblong object
with two dark spots on it. During the night it gave off an orange
glow. In the morning there was no discernible glow.”
Goodman, a former radar operator on a B-29, estimated the object’s
altitude at about 25,000 feet.
When he hung up, I called Apple Valley. I spoke with the manager of
the inn there. He had seen the object. Dozens of people he knew had
seen it, and had anxiously called George Air Base, asking what it
I spoke to the Sheriff's office in Victorville. They knew about it.
I talked with Charles Cowling, manager of KAVR in Apple Valley. His
station had been besieged with calls.
“George Air Base told us,” he said, “that they didn’t know what the
“They admitted,” he added, “that they had sent planes up to
“Did yon see it yourself?” I asked. “Yes,” Cowling replied.
And he described the same thing Goodman had reported.
Then I called George Air Base. It's an experience I'll long remember.
I spoke first with the telephone operator who was on duty the two
nights the unidentified object was sighted. At least a dozen people
in Apple Valley had told me they phoned George Air Base on those
But, oddly, the operator didn't remember. “We didn't get any
calls,” she assured me. “I don’t know anything about a flying saucer.
It’s the first I've heard.”
Then she added:
“I better connect you with the Base Duty officer.”
She put me on. “We have no information about any unidentified
object,” he told me, quickly. “You'd better talk with the Base
Public Information Officer.”
Later I talked with the Base Information Office.
A noncom admitted they had been informed about the object,
and had investigated it.
“What were the results?” I asked.
“You'd better talk to the Base Intelligence Officer,” he said.
“Perhaps he can tell you something.”
The Base Intelligence Officer couldn't.
“We write off 75% of these sightings. Most of them are certain
types of sonic balloons.”
“Is that what this was?” I asked.
“Very frequently it’s only a balloon,” he answered.
“Was it a balloon this time, Captain?” I tried again.
“You’ll have to talk to the Base Weather Station about that,” he
The Base Weather Station had no information that a test balloon
was aloft in the area
“What about the interceptor planes that went up to investigate?”
I wanted to know. “What did they report?”
“You'll have to speak with Maj. Arasmith,” I was told.
I talked to Maj. Arasmith. He didn't know anything about an
unidentified object. He didn’t know anything about planes going up
“Perhaps you can get a statement tom the Base Public Information
Officer,” the Major suggested.
That was where I started, so I hung up.
As a result, I still don’t know if there’s a flying saucer in
the sky over Apple Valley.
But, at least there's one consolation. It’s quite evident that a
[spy will never] pick up any information from our Air Force.
Let him try, and he'll wind up with a nervous breakdown.