Wednesday, 21 March 2018
UFO Article (Blog):
“UFO Dives at Military Police Officers,
and a US Army ‘Serious Incident Report’ ”
By Paul Dean, 16 March 2018
(UFOs – Documenting The Evidence, Melbourne, Australia)
Quote from the article:
“During the early hours of September the 8th, 1973, the United States Army’s historic Hunter Army Airfield, located near Savannah, Georgia, was apparently the scene of a provocative, ‘close encounter’ UFO incident. Two military policemen, MP Specialist Bart Burns and MP Specialist Randy Shade, who were assigned to the 298th Military Police Company (298th MPC) at Hunter, were the main witnesses. The local Provost Marshall at nearby Fort Stewart was involved, and event was the subject of a US Army ‘Serious Incident Report.’ Two years later, Army officers at Headquarters, 1st Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, would have to deal with the event all over again. Considerable media attention was given to the UFO sighting, and both witnesses were able to make statements to reporters. In fact, press coverage was so swift that it appears that local the Army units were caught somewhat off guard. Furthermore, the next night, on the 9th of September, 1973, MP Burns, and other military police officer, MP Murray, would report another UFO in the vicinity of Hunter, though this secondary incident was little more than a light–in–the–sky event. Ultimately, in a rare coup, the Army would officially release significant documentation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).”
The article contains several U.S. government documents
(U.S. Army) and two news articles.
Wikipedia article: “Hunter Army Airfield”:
UFO Case Directory (RADCAT):
“Key Radar Case (CCL #17)
July 29, 1952
20 mi W. of Port Huron, Michigan”
The whole UFO case report:
This report is case #17, on the official clearance list of 41 formerly classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk.
July 29 [28?], 1952.
W of Port Huron, Mich (at 43.0° N, 82.8° W).
9:40-10 p.m. (EST). One of 3 USAF F-94B's on an ECM exercise at 9,000-
9,500 ft from 61st FIS at
Selfridge AFB climbed to 20,000
ft on a 270° heading when it was vectored to a UFO
headed S [or SE?] at 625 mph
from Saginaw Bay by GCI air defense radar [apparently FPS-3, Port Austin AFS,
Mich.] (callsign ‘Avenger’) [tracked about 7 mins evidently]. Ground radar told pilot Capt. Edward J.
Slowinski (Sloan) to look at his 3 o’clock low position for a target (to the
N), but found nothing, then told to look at 3 o’clock high (radar man recalled ‘low’
then ‘high,’ pilot said he was told ‘high’ then ‘low’). F-94 turned right to pursue [~9:47
p.m.]. Object suddenly reversed course
with a tight 180° turn back N on ground radar scope [evidently at 300 mph to match F-94’s
speed, in a visible loop on the radar scope on a right turn paralleling the
F-94’s right turn but tighter]. As the
F-94 continued right turn, radar observer Lt. Victor Helfenbein picked up
target at 4 miles
range on APG-33 airborne radar, level with jet altitude, at 60° relative or 2
o’clock (about 330° to 360° azimuth depending on how far into the turn) (pilot
said Helfenbein reported 2:30 o’clock).
Airborne radar contact made [for possibly 20 secs during the turn] then
at dead ahead 12 o’clock position radar got lockon for 30 secs until target ‘jumped
lock’ when it apparently almost doubled its 4-mile [or 4-5 mi] distance in one
sweep of the ground radar accelerating to 1,400 mph average speed
[4-mile jump in 10-sec sweep of radar, thus reaching peak 2,600 mph at about 20
g’s]. Jet briefly put on afterburner to
try to close distance with object on 360° heading at 21,000 ft increasing
speed with afterburner to about 350 knots IAS (about 490 knots TAS or 560 mph) [for about 3
mins?], but object would put on a burst of speed and pull away from the
jet. F-94 pilot first saw multiple
lights ahead as if from a jet aircraft, but no exhaust or trail, and followed
the GCI vectoring to target ahead between 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock
positions. Object appeared ‘many times
larger than a star’ then ‘took on a reddish tinge, and slowly began to get smaller,
as if it were moving away,’ and changed color from reddish then bluish-green
then white then red again in sequence (both crew members in agreement) low on
the horizon to the N (possibly the star Capella and unrelated to radar target,
though Helfenbein was an expert celestial navigator since 1943 with 1,400
flying hours and had never seen anything ‘like this before’; also another F-94
followed same N route about 10:30 p.m. with Capella still visible but did not
see it as unusual or anything else).
F-94 continued N heading [for about 5 mins] at about 300 mph as object maintained
lead at 6- 10 miles
range, with GCI telling F-94 crew they were not gaining on the target on
scope. Chase ended with F-94 about 5 miles N of peninsula (map
shows 10 mi
ENE of Burnt Cabin Point at 44°07’ N, 82°45’W) return due to low fuel, object then
slowed to 200- 300 mph
before disappearing after another 1-2 mins.
(Sparks; McDonald 1968; McDonald papers; Mary Castner/CUFOS; Loren Gross July 21-31, 1952 SUPP pp.
71-77; Ruppelt pp. 171-172, 190; BB Status Rpt 8, pp. 27- 28, in NARA Roll 85, p.
701-2, Maxwell Roll 1, pp. 674-5; Todd
Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt:
...... less than six hours after the ladies and gentlemen of the press said ‘Thank you’ to General Samford for his press conference, and before the UFO’s could read the newspapers and find out that they were natural phenomena, one of them came down across the Canadian border into Michigan. The incident that occurred that night was one of those that even the most ardent skeptic would have difficulty explaining. I’ve heard a lot of them try and I’ve heard them all fail. (RUFOS, 171)”
NICAP.org presents several U.S. government documents (U.S. Air Force) that pertain to the case.
Satellite photo of Port Huron, Michigan (tageo.com)