William T. Coleman is a retired Air Force bomber pilot,
former Public Information Officer for Project Blue Book,
and Air Force's Chief Public Relations Officer during the
early 1970s. He was also the Producer of a series called
"Project UFO" that ran on NBC for two seasons.
June of 1978, while promoting his new TV show on the Merv
Griffin show, Coleman spoke about a UFO sighting he had
experienced while a bomber pilot in the fifties.
were cruising at 10,000 feet when we spotted a target
somewhere around 20,000 to 25,000 feet. It was about seven
miles in front of us to our right, and we were overtaking
it. It then started descending across our flight path,
and I decided to check it out. So I advanced power and
began closing a little faster and descending. We kept
getting closer and closer and pretty soon we were within
a mile of the object, flying over trees at 345 MPH."
(The plane closed to within an eighth of a mile of the
disc-shaped object.) "It was about 60 feet in diameter
and 10 or 11 feet thick through the center," he said.
"It had what looked like a titanium-type finish (silver
gray). I pulled up and made a hard turn that put it out
of sight for roughly four seconds. We whipped back to
pull up alongside of it and it wasnt there. I zoomed
up to 1500 feet. `There it is!' I said. It was about 2
miles in front of us going across a field leaving a dusty
trail behind it. I guessed its speed at about 170 MPH."
After another dive, the crew lost sight of the object.
"We never saw it again."