posted on Jan, 6 2008 @ 12:19 PM
Almost exactly 60 years ago, 7 January 1948, on of the best known tragedies connected with UFOs occurred near Ft Knox, Ky. On that day a flight of
National Guard planes were passing near Goodman Field when they were asked to investigate a UFO. The object, reported by police and civilians, and
plainly seen by tower personnel, was somewhere in the afternoon sky above Kentucky.
The flight leader, Captain Mantell agreed to take a look, and with two other planes from the formation went in pursuit. Captain Mantell is reported to
have described the object as "metallic" and to have observed it at both 180mph and later at 360mph. He also stated that it was very large, and in
every way seemed to be describing an actual object.
The other two planes eventually leveled out, but somewhere above 20,000 feet contact with Captain Mantell was lost. The planes that broke off returned
while the flight leader's continued trying to close on the object. Captain Mantell's plane was later reported crashed on a farm near Franklin,
These are the facts of the case as found in these documents. Controversy has surrounded the crash ever since, with speculation that the P-51 was shot
out of the sky by the UFO. The military admits in these reports that it seems unlikely that Venus or Jupiter were mistaken for the UFO, an indication
that they were searching for some known phenomenon to account for the crash.
The documents here seem to actually leave the cause open. It is noteworthy that the object is once described as looking like an "ice cream cone" and
to have a red glow to it. There is also what appears to be a newspaper report of another UFO appearing while the crash recovery is underway, though
just how this fits in to the original report is unclear.
As a side note, Captain Mantell was the first Kentucky Air National Guard killed in the line of duty.
What seems an even stranger quirk of fate is the fact that he was born in Franklin, Kentucky-the place where he crashed.