December 6, 1952
Location: Gulf of Mexico, United States
watching the radarscope, Coleman observed two UFOs which
he tracked at a speed in excess of 5.000 miles per hour,
quite impossible for planes of the day.
UFOs at Close Sight (Patrick Gross)
before dawn on December 6, 1952, on a bright moonlight
night, a B-29 bomber of the U.S. Air Force was cruising
at the altitude of 18.000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico,
100 miles south of Louisiana, on a bearing which has not
B-29 had been on a night-training flight and the mission
was at its end; the plane was now traveling back to his
John Harter, flight commander
Lieutenant Sidney Coleman, radar operator
Master Sergeant Bailey, assistant radar operator to Lieutenant
Coleman Staff Sergeant Ferris, assistant radar operator
to Lieutenant Coleman
Coleman was watching his radarscope, waiting to detect
he coastline. At 05:25 local time, he saw a fast moving
target on the radarscope, approaching the plane from ahead,
at the relative direction of 12 o'clock. What puzzled
Coleman is that between each sweep of the radar, the object
seemed to have moved 13 nautical miles towards the B-29,
which he knew was a speed impossible to any known aircraft.
Coleman used his stopwatch to measure the speed of the
object and calculated that it was flying at the speed
of 5,240 miles per hour.
then decided to alert the flight commander, Captain Harter.
Harter replied that such a speed was "impossible"
and asked Coleman to re-calibrate his radar set.
Coleman was re-calibrating his radar set, four other blips
of an unknown nature appeared on his radarscope, but also
on Captain Harder's radarscope and on the navigator's
scope, also at the relative position of 12 o'clock, and
also approaching the B-29 at high speed.
was done re-calibrating the radar set; he actually found
out that the calibration was correct from the start and
that the radar was functioning correctly.
this time, one of the four blips on the radarscope left
the group of four and accelerated, approaching the B-29,
coming very near. Master Sergeant Bailey noted that, and
rushed to the right waist blister to try to see what the
was totally bewildered to see that indeed, at the expected
position, an object was visually visible; a blue lit object
streaking by the plane far enough to the right side of
the plane, circling around it.
this moment, a second group of blips appeared on all three
radar set, seen by all, as the crew was now aware that
there was something strange on the radar set. The new
group of objects also appeared at the relative position
of 12 o'clock; they were rushing towards the bomber, but
this time, their courses missed the bomber by several
miles. Their speed was calculated with the stopwatch;
it was also 5,000 miles per hour.
05:31 local time, the radar set was clear again. The crew
who has been on his nerves started to relax a little.
But then a third group of blips appeared on the scope,
also coming from their 12 o'clock position. Lieutenant
Coleman was using the stopwatch again and Master Sergeant
Bailey was doing the calculation: the objects of this
third group moved at a pace above 5,000 miles per hour.
This time, it was the flight navigator who rushed to the
right waist blister, and he could see two of the unidentified
object: they appeared as blue-white lights streaking at
a fantastic speed.
Captain Harter was studying his radarscope; he noted that
forty miles behind the B-29, at the relative position
of 6 o'clock, a group of five objects was cutting the
flightpath of the B-29, and turned as to follow the B-29
from behind. They were heading straight to the B-29 at
fast speed, then slowed down when they were closing in
on the B-29. They remained right there, at the back of
the B-29, for ten seconds.
a larger blip had appeared on the radarscopes. This blip
made a motionless half inch spot on the radarscopes, a
size impossible to any known plane.
group of five objects pacing the B-29 then turned, and
started to accelerate. The entire crew saw on their radarscope
that the group of five approached the huge motionless
blip and seemed to merge into it. Now, only the large
blip remained on the scope. In a moment, the huge blip
called Harter on the intercom and told him that he and
Bailey clocked the huge blip. Coleman said: "You
won't believe this. It was making over 9,000 miles per
replied: "I believe it, all right. That's just
what I figured."