• On the 29th, two fiery discs were sighted over uranium mines located in the southern part of the Belgian Congo in the Elisabethville district, east of the Luapula River which connects the Meru and Bangweolo lakes. The discs glided in elegant curves and changed their position many times, so that from below they sometimes appeared as plates, ovals or simply lines. Suddenly, both discs stopped, hovered in one spot, then took off in a unique zig-zag flight. A penetrating hissing and buzzing sound was audible to the onlookers below. The performance lasted from 10 to 12 minutes. Commander Pierre of the small Elisabethville airport immediately set out in pursuit with a fighter plane. On his first approach he came within about 120 meters of one of the discs. According to his estimates, the disc had a diameter of 12 to 15 meters and was discus-shaped. The inner core remained absolutely still; a knob coming out from the center and several small openings could plainly be seen. The outer rim was completely veiled in fire and must have had an enormous speed of rotation. The color of the metal was similar to that of aluminum. The discs traveled in a precise and light manner, both vertically and horizontally. Changes in elevation from 800 to 1000 meters could be accomplished in a few seconds; the discs often streaked down to within 20 meters of the tree tops. Pierre did not regard it possible that the discs could be manned, since the irregular speed as well as the heat would make it impossible for a person to stay inside the stable core. Pierre had to give up the pursuit after 15 minutes since both discs, with a loud whistling sound which he heard despite the noise of his own plane, disappeared in a straight line toward Lake Tanganyika. He estimated their speed at about 1500 km/hr. (Declassified CIA document 8/16/52; UFOs: A History 1952, Jan-May)
• 1957 - Victor Hancock and Guy Miller, pilots for Tennessee Gas Transmission Company, were flying a company DC-3 from Beaumont to Houston, Texas, when they encountered a UFO. About 9:45 p.m. on the eighth, as they were passing over Pasadena at 1500 feet, an object with three large, white, brilliant lights crossed in front of their aircraft. “It was going from south to north,” said Hancock, a veteran of 12 years in the air. “We were going at least 200 miles an hour, and it went by us easily.” He said that it hovered; then sped off, had no navigation lights, and acted unlike an airplane. The brilliance of the object’s lights kept the pilots from getting a definite idea of its shape. “I still don’t know what it was,” Miller said. “When it wanted to, it kept ahead of us easily. It would stop, or seem to stop, just under us. We would bank around, get close to it and it would be gone again.” They got within a quarter-mile of the object. “I got the idea that it was at least the size of our plane,” Hancock said. “I felt that it was just messing around with us. I know that it knew we were following it.” The object was seen approaching the Ellington Air Force Base main runway by the pilots, where it cut across military traffic. At the time the object vanished it seemed to be 200 feet over the runway, proceeding southward. Hancock said the radar operator at Houston International Airport reported to him by radio that he had picked up an object close to the plane’s position, then lost it. United Press reported that the “Air Force was unable to pick up the flying object on its radar.” (The Chronicle, Houston, TX, 3/9/57; The Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX, 3/9/57; The Post & Times Herald, Washington, D.C., 3/10/57; The Times, New York, NY, 3/10/57)
• Four UFOs, clocked over California at 3600 mph, were tracked on radar by Civil Aeronautics Administration control tower operators on the night of the 23rd. At least one of the four UFOs tracked by radar was almost directly over Oxnard Air Force Base (Oxnard, CA) at this time, according to a CAA control operator’s signed report. The time was 11:50 p.m. With several other CAA personnel, the radar operator was on duty in the Municipal Airport control tower at Santa Monica, California. “I was watching the radar scope,” his report states, “when I noticed a target about 15 miles northwest and moving northwest. At first I thought it was a jet, then I noticed it was moving much faster than anything I had ever seen on the scope.
“About 40 miles northwest it came to an abrupt stop and reversed course, all within a period of about three seconds. It then traveled back along its course for about 20 miles, reversed course again and disappeared off the scope at 50 miles.” Approximately five minutes later, two more unknown objects appeared, also traveling at tremendous speed. This time he quickly called on the other control tower operators to help him track the UFOs. “These two disappeared off the scope in the same direction as the first,” the operator said.
“We had time to clock their speed, 30 miles in 30 seconds. This figures out to 3600 mph. A minute or so later, a fourth target appeared in the same area,” the operator said. “It went off the scope at 3600 mph.”
• At 2:47 a.m., on the 24th, a low flying UFO with bright lights chased a Port Hueneme sailor as he was returning to Point Mugu Naval Air Station. Port Hueneme is about two miles south of Oxnard. Virgil Atkinson told sheriffs deputies that he was driving along Hueneme Road when a UFO swished down over the car and sped along in front of him, then darted around behind him and pursued him all the way to the naval station. (The UFO Investigator, NICAP, July 1957; The Star-Free Press, Ventura, CA, 3/25/57)
1962 • About 7:30 on the night of the 18th, there was a blinding flash in the sky over the desolate Mesquite Range in southern Nevada, about 70 miles south of Reno. The glare was so intense that witnesses said the streets of Reno were lighted as though by a gigantic photographic flash bulb. The glare was reported from five states. Could this thing have been a meteor, reporters inquired of the authorities at Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas, Nevada? Not a meteor, certainly, was the official reply. This thing was being tracked on radar and followed by armed jet interceptors at the time it exploded.
Other reporters reached Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Rolph of the North American Air Defense Command at Colorado Springs, Colorado. He told newsmen that a Ground Observer Corps center at Oneida, New York, had reported a red, glowing object moving westward at great altitude. Radar tracking had determined that it was neither plane, missile, nor meteor.
The object was listed as a UFO and tracked as far west as Gridley, Kansas. It turned northwest and descended until it was lost from the radar screens. A few mintues later a UFO landed near an electrical power substation at Eureka, Utah. The Air Force spokesman at Stead Air Force Base at Reno admitted that the object had landed and that the power substation had not been in operation during the 42 minutes the object was on the ground nearby.
He also told newsmen that the presence of this object had not been admitted to newsmen until the power station was in operation again, after the object had left. Jet interceptors had admittedly been summoned from the base at Phoenix, Arizona, and also from Stead Field. They were pursuing the object at the time it exploded over the Mesquite Range in Nevada.
All these things happened on the night of April 18, 1962, and were confirmed by official spokesmen for the U.S. Air Force. But, the story was suppressed on or by the news services.
Fortunately, the Las Vegas Sun checked the story and gave it the front page banner headlines it deserved. (Strange World by Frank Edwards; Flying Saucers-Serious Business by Frank Edwards)