UFO Reconnaissance - Aeronautics

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A UK pilot near Rochford reported a row of lights, like lighted windows on a railway carriage, that rose and disappeared.


A pilot reported six "flying manhole covers" between Wichita, Kansas and Colorado Springs, Colorado.


An airmail pilot over Nevada was forced to land by a huge, wingless cylindrical object.


RAAF pilot flying aircraft off the coast of Tasman Peninsula in 1942 spotted an unusual airfoil bronze colored craft 50 feet wide 150 feet long surounded by a reflective dome. It kep pace with the RAAF pilot's aircraft before departing rapidly.


Gerry Casey flying a Vultee Valiant BT-13 trainer with student. Encountered an elliptical-shape object.


Boris Surikov and his commander, Major Bajenov during a mission to Romania to bomb oil refineries used by the Germans encountered a large elliptical-shaped object that flew towards them.


Foo fighters were also reported by allied bomber pilots flying over Japan.


Pilot and crew of C-47 aircraft saw a cigar-shaped object with luminous portholes.


F-47 pilot and three pilots in his formation who saw a 'silver flying wing.'


John H. Janssen, editor of the Daily Record (an American aviation journal) was flying his own plane from Morristown Airport in New Jersey. He spotted six, luminous spherical craft with hazy rings around them flying in a trail high in the sky above him. He grabbed his camera and shot a picture. He was only able to get four of the six objects in the image frame. Two weeks later, on July 23rd, he had another encounter of what looked to him like the same or very similar aircraft. He was again flying his airplane out of Morristown and was at 6,000ft.


Two commercial pilots, Clarence Chiles and John Whitted encounter a cigar shaped object while flying over Alabama.


According to information supplied by a navigator who formely flew many secret strategic reconnaissance missions for the US Navy when the areas of the Soviet Union were clouded over. The source was frequently assigned to fly to various locations around the world to help indigenous [military] personnel (who did not have access to their own aircraft) conduct UFO investigations. Many of these missions were to South America.

The final reports were flown back with them to Turkey [Adana] and then sent back to the Pentagon (apparently not to Project Blue Book) in Washington, DC, through Olso, Norway. When asked why they were sent via this [unusual] route, he replied, 'For diplomatic purposes.' They were classified 'Secret' before being forwarded.

'Back in those days' the source told researchers William Jones and Dr Irena Scott, 'UFOs were considered to be a very important matter.


Teams of officers assigned to the Washington, D.C., area would fly into Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on commercial flights and then deploy on military aircraft. Their missions, according to Exon, were to investigate UFO sightings.

"Well, the way this happened to me was that I would get a call and say that the crew or team was leaving and they knew...There was such and such a time and they wanted an airplane and pilots to take X number of people to wherever...They might be gone two or three days or might be gone a week."

Testimony of Brigadier General Arthur Exon base commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during the mid-1960s. (2)

"The photographs go to Washington. In addition one copy of each print will be forwarded to ATIC, and one to us here at headquarters." --Captain Cybulski. June 1954 commanders' conference briefing for the 4602d AISS. (2)


Astronaut Gordon L. Cooper one of several witnesses to a series of high-altitude flying saucer flights over a two day period.


R5D four-engine transport Navy aircraft Pilot and crew observe a translucent or metallic, saucer shaped craft, purple-red fiery ring around the perimeter and a frosted white glow around the entire object.


An eminent British scientist, R. V. Jones, headed a standing committee created in June 1951 on flying saucers. Jones' and his committee's conclusions on UFOs were similar to those of Agency officials: the sightings were not enemy aircraft but misrepresentations of natural phenomena. The British noted, however, that during a recent air show RAF pilots and senior military officials had observed a "perfect flying saucer." Given the press response, according to the officer, Jones was having a most difficult time trying to correct public opinion regarding UFOs. The public was convinced they were real.


Four Florida pilots reported a flying saucer hovering above the Hanford atomic works, a sensitive scientific installation at Richlands, Washington. Captain John Baldwin, Captain George Robertson and pilots D. Shanbel and Steven Summers stated that the UFO was round and flat.


American Airways DC-4 flying at 8,000 feet.

Captain William Nash and William Fortenberry, pilot and co-pilot of a Pan American DC-4 aircraft flying between New York and Miami at an altitude of 8,000 feet, reportedly spotted a red, luminous UFO in the vicinity of Norfolk, Viginia. Nash-Fortenberry incident. (7)


Multiple sightings and attempted intercepts [F-94s]. Radar sites in three different locations [Air Routing and Traffic Control Center (ARTC), Andrews Air Force Base, Washington National Airport] spotted the objects.


Captain Casey Pierman on Capital Airlines flight 807. He and the rest of his crew saw seven objects flash across the sky. "like falling stars without trails." Travelling at tremendous speed. National Airport radar picked up the object.


Pilot and wingman paced by UFO for a short period of time. Turned toward UFO and it disappeared in a burst of speed.


USAF Pilot Capt. Bill McDonalld. One white light descended at a 45 degree angle from great altitude, passed under his aircraft, made two 360' turns and went out after 30 seconds.


Felt strong heat, aerial encounter with top shaped UFO.


U.S. Air Force 1705th Air Transport Wing C-118 cargo plane with a four-man crew crashed after alleged encounter with UFOs/ three shiny discs. Multiple witness account.


Private pilot 6,000+ feet. Eight witnesses at airport on the ground viewing through binoculars...


One reddish, blinking light approached the runway, stopped and made several reverses during 2 minutes.


Captain Yoshiharu Inaba flying a TOA Ailines Convair 240 from Osaka to Hiroshima, Japan, at an altitude of 2,000 meters. 'Mysterious, elliptical, luminous object' followed along left wing across the Inland Sea for a distance of about 90 kilometers...then disappeared. The object affected the automatic direction finder (ADF) as well as the radio.

Frantic calls from Tokyo Airlines Piper Apache pilot, Joji Negish said he was being chased by a mysterious luminous object while flying along the northern part of Matsuyama City.


Aerial phenomena photographed at a Swiss airport in the Summer of 1966.


...illuminate the helicopter.


Discoid craft red-orange in color, approximately 30 feet in diameter. Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Toshio Nakaruma flying a F-4 Phantom was killed in the encounter after arming the plane's cannon and approaching the UFO.


Object alleged to have downed a helicopter.

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Carlos de los Santos Montiel Flying a Piper PA-24 Comanche encountered three Disc shaped opbjects.


Airlines pilot described the appearance of the object of that of two plates placed together...


Pilot Frank Auman, Jr. and UFO investigator Arlan Keith Andrews were flying in a private plane near the Savannah, Georgia Nuclear Plant. They saw a bright white UFO maneuvering in the area for four or five minutes. It made a "slight wobble" and then a hard turn, before it flew away. Jacksonville Control Center personnel at Jacksonville, Florida confirmed three UFO sightings(either radar or visuals) by pilots at the site.


Private pilot reports three arrow-shaped objects...


Police HU3H Helicopter on routine flight encounters a luminous, egg-shaped object...


Pilot of a Piper Cherokee 235 flying over La Veta Pass, encounters a large (approx size of DC3), metallic stainless steel colored, elongated spherical object.


Police officer observes a large, cigar-shaped object, flying over two private aircraft near the Pacific Gas & Electric plant.

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At 43,000 Feet - Pilot and co-pilot of a Lear 35 jet encounter a huge object that paced their aircraft for 10-15 minutes.


Between Tokyo and Hawaii at 60,000 Feet - Naval Intelligence pilot flying reconnaissance for CIA, encounters a large triangular craft that paces his F4-11 Phantom for approximately a half-hour.


Pilot Frederick Valentich flying a Cessna 182 in contact with Melbourne Flight Service Unit disapeared while encountering a UFO. Described as a shiny metallic object, it had a green light, a long shape. "He's flying over me two or three times at speeds I could not identify...It's hovering (on top of me), and it's not an aircraft."


Japan Airlines, 17 November 1986. Whilst flying a cargo plane from Iceland to Anchorage, Alaska, the crew observed three walnut-shaped UFOs. One of the objects was enormous, many times the size of their Boeing 747 aircraft. The pilot, Kenju Terauchi, described the UFO as being twice the size of an aircraft carrier. The objects performed extraordinary maneuvers and stayed with the plane for 400 miles (640km). The incident was also confirmed on ground radar.

UFO encountered by Japan Airlines JAL1628 on 17-Nov-1986. See pilot's drawing (taken from his official report). The Japanese pilot lost his job for reporting the incident to the public, but 15 years later the story was corroborated by Callahan, former FAA Head of Investigations in 2001.


Jean-Charles DUBOC, Captain, Air France, Ret.
While piloting an Airbus A 320 over France in 1994, he observed a large lens-shaped UFO at about 25 NM to the left of the plane, also seen by the copilot and one steward. It didn’t move and then disappeared after one minute almost instantaneously.


A British Airways Boeing 737 had a near midair collision with a triangular-shaped object. Captain, Roger Williams, and the first officer, Mark Stuart, reported seeing the craft. Flight recorders: "...we just had something go down the [right-hand side] just above us very fast."


UFO hovered near the Deer Valley Airport in northwest Phoenix...


Pilots, mechanics and managers from United Airlines witnessed a metallic disc-shaped object hovering over the United Airlines Terminal at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.


Aurigny Airlines captain Ray Bowyer, 50, described what he thought to be a UFO as 'a cigar-shaped brilliant white light.'
"It was 2,000ft up and stationary."