Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UFO Case Report:
“Jan. 8, 1953; Larson AFB,
Moses Lake, Wash. (BBU 2323)”


The whole UFO case report:
“7:15-7:30 a.m. (PST). USAF ADC 82nd Fighter Interceptor Sq personnel, including Lt Col squadron commander, all on the ground, saw a green, discshaped or round object about the size of large weather balloon, flying to the SW, with a vertical bobbing motion and sideways movements, at about 8,000 ft, below scattered clouds at 9,000 ft and overcast at 12,000 ft, moving away against the wind from 240° until disappearance due to distance not entering clouds. Also observed by base personnel at Ephrata, Wash., about 10 miles WNW of Larson AFB, driving to work at the base. F-94 airborne at 7:43 a.m. searched for 30 mins but UFO had already disappeared at 7:30 a.m. No radar tracks. (Sparks; BB files; Berliner; McDonald 1968)”

Wikipedia article: “Larson Air Force Base”:

Quote from the Wikipedia article:
Larson Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located five miles (8 km) northwest of the central business district (CBD) of Moses Lake, in Grant County, Washington. After its closure in 1966, the airport facility became Grant County International Airport.

Air Defense Command
Moses Lake AFB reopened as a permanent installation on 26 August 1948, being transferred from Air Material Command to the Air Defense Command (ADC). The initial ADC base operating unit was the 2755th Air Base Squadron. Under ADC, the base came under the Western Air Defense Force, headquartered at Hamilton AFB, California.

The primary mission of Larson-based ADC aircraft was to protect the secret Hanford Atomic Works and the Grand Coulee Dam.

The first ADC flying unit to arrive was the 325th Fighter-Interceptor Group, which arrived on 26 November 1948. The mission of the 325th FIG was to conduct ADC's All Weather Combat Crew Training School. Its operational component, the 317th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, initially flew Northrop P-61 Black Widows, almost immediately transitioning to the North American F-82 Twin Mustang. A second squadron, the 319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron arrived on 2 September 1949, being reassigned from McChord AFB. The 319th also flew the F-82 Twin Mustang.[8][9] The 325th FIG remained at Moses Lake until being reassigned to McChord AFB on 23 April 1950, along with the 317th FIS. The 319th remained until 9 February 1952 when it was reassigned to Suwon Air Base, South Korea flying F-94 Starfires.[8]

The next ADC unit was the 81st Fighter-Interceptor Wing which arrived from 10 November 1949. The 81st FIW flew F-51D/H Mustangs, F-80C Shooting Stars and North American F-86 Sabres from the base. The 81st remained until 5 September 1951 when it was reassigned to NATO and deployed to RAF Shepherds Grove in the United Kingdom.[10][11] During the Korean War, the 116th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Washington Air National Guard was called to active duty and activated at Moses Lake. The 116th FIS was deployed as part of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing to RAF Shepherds Grove.

Tactical Air Command
On 21 April 1952, Larson AFB was assigned to the Tactical Air Command (TAC) under TAC's Eighteenth Air Force, which reassigned the 62nd Troop Carrier Wing from McChord AFB, Washington to the base.

Strategic Air Command
In 1960, control of Larson AFB passed from TAC to Strategic Air Command (SAC) with the 4170th Strategic Wing as the host unit. In 1963, the 4170th was redesignated as the 462d Strategic Aerospace Wing with B-52E Stratofortress and KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft.”

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USGS digital orthophoto of Larson Air Force Base in
the U.S. state of Washington (text by Wikipedia)
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Satellite photo of Moses Lake, Washington (tageo.com)
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U.S. Government UFO Document:
DATE - TIME GROUP: 10 Jan 53/
LOCATION: Sonoma, California”

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

Source: NICAP.org

Quote from the document:
“Silvery object traveled at estimated speed of 4 times the speed of jet a/c. Object made 3 360° turns and several 90° turns, then rose vertically and disappeared.”

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Robert McNab and Mr. Hunter of the Federal Security Agency witnessed the UFO incident, according to NICAP.org.

Project Blue Book listed the case as “UNIDENTIFIED.”


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Satellite photo of Sonoma, California (tageo.com)
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UFO Case Directory (Distant Encounters):
“Flat Object At 2,400 MPR
Jan. 10, 1953
Sonoma, California”


The whole UFO case report:
Brad Sparks:
Jan. 10, 1953; 8 miles NW of Sonoma, Calif. (BBU 2326)
3:45 or 4 p.m. [4:45 p.m. PST?] Retired AF Col. Robert McNab, and Mr. Hunter of the Federal Security Agency saw a flat object to the NW at 45° elevation traveling about 2,400 mph make three 360° right turns in 2-3 secs each in about 1/8 radius required for jets [i.e., about 1/4 mile radius and 300 g’s], two abrupt 90° turns to the right and left, each turn 5 secs apart, almost stop, accelerate to original high speed, almost stop again, speed up again and finally fly out of sight vertically. Sound similar to F-86 at high altitude. (Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 115-6)”

NICAP.org presents U.S. government (Project Blue Book, U.S. Air Force) documents that pertain to the UFO case.

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Satellite photo of Sonoma, California (tageo.com)
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