Oregon, OREGONIAN, 30 April 1947, page
'Ghost' Creeps Overhead at 400 MPH
Plane, Tracked By Radar, Sweeps Over British
By Associated Press
April 30. - Recurring reports of a midnight "ghost
plane" swooping out of the East at tremendous speed
gave the British press a sensational aviation mystery today
but the Royal Air Force, while admitting the whole thing
was "slightly mysterious," refused to get excited.
accounts said the mystery craft, first plotted by radar
early in January, zooms over the East Anglia coast - as
tho it came from the continent - and disappears inland at
a speed of 400 miles an hour or more.
is even odder is that the plane has never been seen making
the return journey from England to the continent. RAF night
fighters have tried regularly to intercept the "ghost
plane" but so far have been unsuccessful.
has plotted some strange things in its time, from children's
kites and raindrops to formations of geese, but it surely
never plotted a stranger thing than this," said the
Yorkshire Post, adding:
it a diamond or drug smuggler? Is it conveying a secret
agent from one foreign power to another?"
the Air Ministry would say for sure is that the plane was
traveling at 30,000 feet when radar spotted it in January.
"Our night fighters always try to intercept unknown
craft," a spokesman added.
particular unknown craft is down in the official records
as X362, "X" being the RAF symbol for a plane
that hasn't been identified.
Oregon, OREGONIAN, 3 July 1947, page 11
Recalls Seeing Discs
Rankin Tells Of Odd Aircraft
reports of "flying flapjacks" turned up Wednesday,
on from no less than Dick Rankin, brother of the late Tex
Rankin, and himself an experienced pilot of more than 7000
hours' flying time.
who is recovering from an old back injury received in an
automobile accident, came to Portland over the week end
to spend the summer. He saw the silver saucers" over
Bakersfield, Cal. June 25, while lying on the lawn sun bathing,
he told The Oregonian.
hesitated to say much about them," Rankin said, "until
I noticed all the hullabaloo in the papers. I puzzled over
their strange shape for a while and finally concluded that
they were the navy's new XFSU-1 flying flapjacks, which
are thin and round, with twin propellers and stubby tail."
One XFSU-1 Built
navy and the manufacturer have announced officially that
only one such machine was built and that it never left Connecticut.
planes were flying high, maybe 9000 feet, and fairly fast,
about 300 or 400 miles an hour. I first counted ten of them
in formation, going north. About 2:15 P. M. they returned
on the reverse course, headed south. But there were only
seven in the formation.
were not weaving or bobbing in formation. I couldn't make
out the number or location of their propellers and couldn't
distinguish any wings or tail. They appeared almost round.
They looked like pictures of
the navy's flying flapjack," Rankin said.
who plans to spend the summer here at 834 N. E. Simpson
street, is now able to resume a little flying for fun, but
not commercially, he said. He now operates a string of auto
courts, spending his winters at Palm Springs.