These two cases took place in 1950’s, the same decade that a major wave was happening, with great documented cases like the
, The Tremonton Fleet
The Mariana Film
Edwards AFB Sighting
, and The Lubbock
among the tops. Both of these cases consist of radar/visual reports of an aircraft-UFO encounter, both of these cases are classified in
the Blue Book Unknowns
. The following cases are presented in chronological order.
1. The B-29 Incident Over The Gulf
2. The BOAC Stratocruiser Incident
3. My Conclusions of Both Cases
1. The B-29 Incident Over The Gulf
Hynek Classification: CE1,R/V
In the early morning hours on December 6th, 1952 during a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico, the crew of a
, cruising at 18,000 feet, made radar and visual contact with multiple
UFOs. The crew was returning to Florida from a night practice flight and was about 100 miles south of the Louisiana coast under clear weather and
bright moonlight very early in the morning. At around 5:25 AM Lieutenant Sid Coleman checked his radar scope to see if he could see the coast line.
What he saw was a URE (Unknown Radar Echo) at the edge of the screen, that in the next sweep had gone 13 miles in that brief pause between the sweeps.
Another URE appeared on the screen and appeared to be heading right for the B-29 at 5,240(by manual calculations) mph! This is only the first incident
in the case, I will cover the rest below, but first let’s go over some details of the crew.
• 1st LT. Norman Karas-Visual Observation
• 1st LT. WM Naumann Jr- Instrument Navigation
• Master Sgt. B.R. Percell-Assistant Radar Operator
• Staff Sgt. WM J Derouse-Gunner
• 2nd LT. Robert J Eckert-Navigation
• Staff Sgt. HD Shogren-Radar Operator
• Captain John Harter-Flight Commander
• Lieutenant Sidney Coleman-Radar Operator
• Master Sergeant Bailey Percell- Assistant Radar Operator
• Staff Sgt. Ferris-Assistant Radar Operator
• Crew had several hundred hours of flying time and experience combined between them.
[color=gold]Weather, Radar, and Location Information
• Weather was clear and windless with a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius.
• All oil refineries were spotted and accounted for as well.
• There were 25 hits in ten minutes.
• UREs seen on multiple scopes by three different personal.
• Radar was working properly according to crew.
• Location was around 100 miles south of Louisiana and 190 miles east of Galveston, Texas.
• All UREs (also called UFOs in this case because of the visuals) were at around the same altitude as the plane, which was 18,000 feet.
Map Showing Location of Encounter
• NOTE: The other research files on this case (included in sources section) give different coordinates, but those are obviously erroneous once you
plug them in as it would place the aircraft close to the Sea of Cortez. This is likely due to the poor condition of the Blue Book files. My
information was computed using logic and the original Blue Book map you can find
. The exact coordinates may differ by a small margin but I assure you
they are close within an acceptable margin of error.
The Rest of The Sightings
As I have shown in the opening the initial contact was made at about 5:25 AM on December 6th, 1952, 100 miles south of the Louisiana coastline. The
initial URE contacts (which were three) were clocked at speeds of around 5,000 mph. The following is the summary of the remainder of the incidents as
initially recorded by Major Donald Keyhole and subsequently NICAP
When LT. Coleman alerted his Captain of the speed of the URE the Captain did not believe him stating “that’s impossible, recalibrate your
scope!”---the speed was the same as before. After the initial contacts were recorded the action picked up immensely , with the next set of contacts
coming just as Coleman was rechecking the calculations when Master Sgt. Bailey spotted another two UREs. Lieutenant Eckert, the navigator spotted the
two more UREs as well. At this time the UFOs were on all three scopes, which were recalibrated to show no malfunctions. As an unknown URE was spotted
on radar at “3 o’clock” Master Sgt. Bailey Percell witnessed a “white-blue” object streak by in a blur under the bombers right wing”.
At this time three more UREs appeared on the radar screens at an apparent speed of over 5,000 mph (Around Mach 7) on a bearing dead ahead (12
o’clock). The three UFOs veered to miss the bomber by “some miles”. There now was a brief pause of activity 6 minutes into the incident that
lasted only briefly as another group of UREs appeared on the scopes at the same speed as before. At the 4 o’clock position two more UFOs of the
same “white-blue color” streaked by the aircraft, this was seen visually by Staff Sgt. Ferris. Forty miles behind the B-29 5 more UREs appeared
(which actually were observed on radar to “swerve” into the path f the aircraft) and were calculated to be there in three seconds(48,000 mph or
around Mach 47).
But then the UREs slowed down to match the bombers speed almost instantly! That is a deceleration from Mach 47 to match the subsonic speed of the
B-29 (cruise speed around 220 mph)near instantly!
The UFOs kept pace with the aircraft for around 10 seconds then quickly picked up speed and
merged to one side. They then proceeded to merge into one object
(on the radar scope) and zoom off at around 9,000 mph. Coleman alerted the
Alternate Explanations and Official Conclusions
"Captain, did you see that?"
"Yes-I saw it," said Harter.
"We clocked it," said Coleman. "You won't believe this-it was making over 9,000 miles an hour!"
"I believe it, all right," Harter said grimly. "That's just what I figured."
When the crew landed they were immediately questioned by intelligence officers with the USAF(They had radioed ahead and alerted the ground of their
incident). Here are some statements, all courtesy of nicap.org
Captain Harter: "One group of blips was noted, after the set was calibrated, to arc about and swing in behind us at about 30 miles, and maintain
speed and distance for approximately ten seconds . . Contact was broken off at 0535, after a group of the blips merged into a one half-inch arc and
proceeded across the scope and off it at a computed speed of over 9,000 m.p.h."
Lieutenant Coleman: "I noticed one UFO approach our aircraft at a terrific rate of speed. I timed it as best I could with a stop-watch over a
known distance and the flight engineer computed the speed at 5,240m.p.h. I alerted the entire crew to look for the objects visually, and flashes of
light were noted. The closest the objects came was approximately 20 miles. I saw about 20 objects in all. I recalibrated the set and there was no
"The objects were small and possibly round, with the exception of one very large return shaped as follows, one- half-inch curved arc. I also noticed
a large return come up to within 40 miles of our tail from behind and then disappear. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that this object was real
and moved at an extremely high speed and was not a set malfunction or optical illusion."
Master Sergeant Bailey: "The radar operator clocked the object [the first one seen] and I computed the air speed of the object to average 5,240
m.p.h. Twice during the period, the radar operator reported an object to be passing at 3 o'clock. Upon looking out the window, I saw a blue-white
streak travel front to rear and disappear under the wing."
Staff Sergeant Ferris: "After the radar operator reported objects approaching at 4 o'clock, I immediately looked in that position and saw two
flashes of a blue-white nature for approximately three seconds."
I have confirmed these statements from the official Blue Book Documents(Pages
, unfortunately they are greatly degraded and in bad perspective. For ease of viewing I am using these “text only”
statements which I have authenticated as stated.
As far as alternate conclusions go in this case there are very few, that is why this is listed in the
Blue Book Unknowns
file. The leading candidates are a meteor shower and mirage, but that is it.
We will look at those now: