people in the aviation industry will tell you privately
that if you knew how many airplane near-misses there were
each and every day, it would certainly concern you. But
what if this also was happening between UFOs and planes?
There are at least two well documented cases of this very
thing. One of them is the Gorman
Dogfight with a UFO which occurred in 1948,
and a sighting which occurred over Montgomery, Alabama,
on July 24, 1948.
veteran pilots, Captain Clarence S. Chiles, and co-pilot
John B. Whitted were flying an Eastern Airlines DC-3 from
Houston, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia, when their journey
into the mysterious began. The DC-3 was flying 5,000 feet
over the city Montgomery, Alabama. Up to this point, there
had been no problems during their journey. But this was
about to change. At 2:45 A.M., their routine flight was
abruptly interrupted by the sight of a dull-red, glowing
Wings, No Tail Section
object appeared to be directly in their path of flight.
The two pilots had no cause to think anything other than
there was another airliner in their vicinity, albeit unreported.
Almost before they could react, they saw the object coming
right at them. The object streaked by, just barely edging
to their starboard side. The unknown object could not
have been more than 1,000 feet away. When reflecting on
the near-miss later, both pilots agreed that the UFO had
no wings, and no tail.
Long As a B-29
also had seen two rows of windows, which appeared to be
extremely reflective. It is amazing how much the human
mind can retain with only a brief view of something. The
two pilots also recalled that the object's front section
was pointed, and along its belly was a blue glow. This
glow ran the full length of the UFO. Exhaust of a red
color could be seen at the end of the object. The UFO's
size compared favorably to a B-29, except with a thicker
sketches of object.
to the near miss, Captain Chiles could tell that, if anything,
the UFO was veering slightly to his right, so the veteran
pilot turned his plane just to the left to allow more
separation space. Whitted stated that the UFO seemed to
disappear momentarily after an abrupt vertical climb.
This close call would be the most frightening experience
of his flying career.
Like a V-2 Rocket
point that drew differing opinion was whether or not the
DC-3 felt any after shock from the passing of the UFO.
Strangely, both pilots stated that they recalled no disturbance
from the passing of the object. However, other witnesses
of the unknown object's near miss would remember that
the plane was "rocked" by the waves from the
UFO. A sound, like that of a V-2 rocket were also heard
on the Ground
saving grace for many of the passengers was that, because
of the hour, they were asleep at the time of the incident.
But there were also witnesses on the ground who saw the
UFO. Several individuals from Robbins Air Base, located
near Macon, Georgia, also saw the unknown object. Their
description was consistent with that of the two pilots.
Their observation was about 1/2 hour before the DC-3 encounter.
After tracing 225 flights of the same morning, a passenger
plane was ruled out, according to a government official.