On The UFO
By Paul Norman
© Copyright 1997.
The relatives of Captain Thomas Mantell who lost his life
during an encounter with an Unidentified Flying Disc on the 7th
January, 1948, are attempting to encourage the U.S. Government
to set the record straight with regard to his encounter.
His experience was one of the first fatal encounters which
occurred over the state of Kentucky, when scores of witnesses
observed a UFO near Godman Air Force Base. There were four
Air National Guard P51 Mustang Aircraft flying nearby and were
directed to investigate. Three of the pilots turned back but
Captain Mantell kept on in pursuit. His last words were it was
a flying disc and he was flying in to take a better look. His
aircraft came down in pieces before it hit the ground
Years later, I interviewed the foreman of a power line maintenance
crew who witnessed the crash. He confirmed that the craft was
in pieces before it hit the ground. I also checked with the
editor of the local newspaper at Franklin, Kentucky near where
the encounter took place. He said he first knew of the incident
when a Contingent from the Military came to his office looking
for witnesses who had observed the flying disc.
The first explanation was that Captain Mantel was chasing
the Planet Venus. But if true, that Planet was out of orbit
flying majestically below the clouds of Earth. The explanation
was quickly changed to a balloon. Those to explanations have
been switched back and forth but to Captain Mantell and investigators
actually involved, the object was not referred to as anything
other than a flying disc.
THE KINROSS CASE.
Kinross Air Force Base 1953.
On 23rd November, 1953, a UFO was detected by radar at Kinross
Air Force Base in Michigan. An F89c Jet was scrambled from the
base to intercept the unknown object. The pilot was First Lt.
Felix Moncla and radar observer Robert Wilson. They were vectored
to the proximity of the UFO. As they drew near the object, first
there was a lot of static then radio communication failed altogether.
However, the blip of the UFO and that of the interceptor merged
on the radarscope for twenty seconds then disappeared.
The area was searched under the direction of the U.S. Coast
Guard and the Canadian Air Force.
No trace of aircraft and airmen was ever found.
CAPTAIN KILLIAN 1959
The Killian incident took place on the night of February 24,
1959 when an American Airlines flight from Newark New Jersey
to Detroit Michigan reported three lights over Pennsylvania at
8.20 pm. The lights were also seen from at least two other
flights further to the south as well as by the tower operators
in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The first debunking explanation
was that it was an aerial fuelling operation. Before Capt.
Killian was silenced, he provided a lot of information proving
it was not at the authorised altitude at which refueling operations
The case made headlines and threw the Air Force into a frenzy
with several accusations including "those who report flying
saucers had one too many." However, a scientific and more
detailed re-examination of the files revealed that the Air Force
was more eager to produce an excuse rather than be interested
in what actually happened. As a result of this case a group
of airline pilots held a meeting of protest. One of the pilots
speaking for the group stated. "We report such cases as
these and when we land we are interviewed for hours. We are
tired and want to get home to our families. We are threatened
not to make statements and told the thing that paced our aircraft
for fifteen minutes was a bolt of lightning". He said
"nuts to this big brother attitude, who needs it".
Another said he would not report UFOs if they were flying wing
tip formation. The Capt. Killian encounter occurred during
the same time of other reports including the case I was investigating
March 1967, Cuban radar detected a UFO in their local air
space. Two MIG jets were scrambled and vectored to the location.
Radio communications were monitored between the pilots and Cuban
base. Conversation was heard at the Key West U.S. Naval listening
station. The leading pilot reported that he sighted the UFO.
His first instruction was to challenge for identification.
Of course no response. He was then directed to fire on the
object, which he did. The second pilot started to shout that
the UFO flew along side of the leading jet, which disintegrated.
The 2nd jet disappeared also. Although the incident occurred
in 1967, I had the opportunity to visit Key West in 1994, where
it was confirmed to me that the encounter had indeed occurred.
Last Updated: January,
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