Saturday, 5 January 2019

UFO Case Directory
“5 Discs Sighted By United Flight
July 4, 1947
Nr. Emmett, Idaho”


The whole UFO case report:
Fran Ridge:
This is case #34 of the Project Blue Book ‘Unknowns’. That night a United Airlines crew flying near Emmett, Idaho, saw five ‘somethings’ which were thin and smooth on the bottom and rough appearing on top, silhouetted against the sunset shortly after the plane took off from Boise at 8:04 P.M. ‘We saw them clearly. We followed them in a northeasterly direction for about 45 miles. They finally disappeared. We were unable to tell whether they out sped us or disintegrated.’

Brad Sparks:
July 4, 1947; Near EmmettIdaho (BBU 34)
9:12 [8:17? 8:12?] p.m. (MST). United Air Lines Flight 105 Capt. Emil J. Smith, First Officer Ralph Stevens, Stewardess Marty Morrow who was called in by Smith as a confirming witness, flying NW on heading 300° from Boise to Seattle at about 7,000 ft, saw 5 disc-shaped objects with flat bottoms and rough tops (possibly 100+ ft size) move at varying speeds, in loose formation [or evenly spaced?] roughly 1,000 ft higher in altitude about 10° left of their heading [or at 290°], with one high and to the right of the others in the distance, all disappearing to the W [NW?] in a gradual climb at about 9:20 p.m. as 5 [4?] additional similar objects came into view slightly higher heading W [or took off to the NW; 3 objects in a line with 1 off to the side]. Smith tried to close on the objects at 185 mph as he climbed from 7,000 to 8,000 ft but could not. 12-15-mins. (Berliner; cf. McDonald 1968; Bloecher 1967; FBI..)” presents U.S. government (U.S. Air Force) documents that pertain to the UFO case.

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U.S. Government UFO Document:
DATE OF INFO: 14 Oct 47/
LOCATION: Phoenix, Ariz.”

(Project Blue Book, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.)


Quote from the document:
“Reddish against blue sky
black against white clouds

resembled flying wing

3 ft diameter”

The UFO incident occurred at a mine located approximately 18 kilometres (11 miles) north or north east of Cave Creek, Arizona, according to the document named “CHECK-LIST - UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS” (Page 5).

Project Blue Book listed the case as “UNIDENTIFIED.”

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UFO Report:
“The 1947 UFO Sighting Wave –
A Comprehensive Chronological
Summary of the Period”

Created: 14 December 2005
Updated: 12 November 2018

Quote from the UFO report:
“This 26 page chrono involves a number of people. First of all, I want to thank Ted Bloecher. His 1967 work, the entire updated version, is available on the NICAP site (See below). Over a thousand incidents, many of which are included in the chronology below, are listed in the charts from ‘The Report on the UFO Wave of 1947’ (Reference 1).  We also wish to thank Wendy Connors and Mike Hall for allowing us to post their great book, ‘Alfred Loedding and the Great Flying Saucer Wave of 1947’. No 1947 work would be complete without the aid of Jan Aldrich of Project 1947. I want to thank all the members of the A-Team who made this possible. To view the 1947 sightings listed by Blue Book click here. Be sure to click on and read the two great books below. Finally, I want thank Loren Gross for thoughtfully and diligently collecting data many years ago for his UFO Histories and supplemental notes, in particular here the year 1947. And a big thanks to CUFOS and Mary Castnor for housing them on the CUFOS site.

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

Oct. 14 [12?], 1947; 11 miles NNE of Cave Creek, Ariz. (BBU 95)
12 noon (MDT). Ex-AAF fighter pilot J. L. Clark, civilian pilot Anderson, third man saw 3-foot ‘flying wing,’ black against the white clouds and red against the blue sky, flying straight at an estimated 380 m.p.h., at 8,000-10,000 ft, from NW to SE. 45-60 secs. (Berliner)”

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