February 14, 1973
Location: McAlester, Oklahoma, United States
domed disc near cargo airliner, confirmed by the airplane's
airborne radar. The object was disc-shaped with a transparent
dome on top, and a silvery, highly polished surface. The
object reacted to the sweep of the plane's radar. Pilots
from the airliner saw two or three shadowy entities moving
around inside the object.
Richard Hall/UFO Casebook
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Disc Near Airliner, Confirmed By Radar.
airline DC-8 cargo flight was en route from St. Louis
to Dallas on February 14, 1973, at about 2:30 a.m. At
a point near McAlester, Oklahoma, the co-pilot noticed
what he first thought was another aircraft just below
the leading edge of the right wing about 5,000 feet (1,500
meters) away. The object was on the same course and speed,
keeping a constant position. Only its steady amber light
the object rose straight up like an elevator, made a sharp
turn and approached the plane, taking up a position about
300 yards (270 meters) away and slightly above them. It
was disc-shaped with a transparent dome on top, its silvery,
highly polished surface reflecting the moonlight. Besides
some stubby protrusions, no other features were visible.
captain switched on the weather radar and it confirmed
that something real and solid was there. When the radar
beam hit its surface, the object reacted immediately,
ascending straight up, then moving sideways over the DC-8
and briefly out of sight. The object reappeared quickly,
descending straight down and taking up a new position
just below the leading edge of their left wing. It then
dropped below and behind the plane, abruptly reappearing
only about 300 feet (90 meters) below them.
down into the dimly-lit dome, the pilots saw two or three
shadowy entities moving around. The object then darted
out in front, performed various oscillatory motions and
another sharp (non-inertial) turn before speeding out
of sight. It disappeared off the radar scope at a distance
of 50 miles (80 km).
by Richard Hall, Volume II, The UFO Evidence, A Thirty-Year
Report, Richard Hall, (2001), page 131