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The United States Air Force was soon on the scene, and they immediately knew what had happened, or so they said. Their first lame assumption was that the crew was chasing the planet Venus. That theory was quickly dismissed after it was overtly criticized. So the Air Force soon had a second theory: The crew must have been chasing a "Skyhook" balloon. This theory was also dismissed when it was learned that no "Skyhook" was launched that day. What Mantell was chasing that fateful day has never been adequately explained by anything of this Earth.
Originally posted by stevcolx
This was a classic UFO chase case. There are lots of others out there from that era. There is a book called 'Shoot Them Down - The Flying Saucer Air Wars Of 1952' by Frank Feschino. I've read it. It's filled with loads of UFO chases......