March 20, 1950
Location: Stuttgart, Arkansas, United States
& Southern Airlines Capt. Jack Adams and First Officer
G. W. Anderson, Jr., were flying a commercial DC-3, when
they saw an object approaching the airliner at high speed.
It appeared to be circular (disk-shaped), with a diameter
of approximately 100 feet. The bottom side appeared to
have 9 to 12 symmetrical oval or circular portholes. Capt.
Adams estimated the speed to be in excess of 1,000 mph.
Sketch by Capt. Jack Adams.
Illustration of the object, from top-angle and bottom-angle
First Officer G. W. Anderson (left) and Captain Jack Adams.
U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book Special Report #14 (Battelle
Institute Study), 1955
March 20, 1950, a Reserve Air Force Captain and an airlines
Captain were flying a commercial airlines flight. At 21:26,
the airline Captain directed the attention of the Reserve
Air Force Captain to an object which apparently was flying
at high speed, approaching the airliner from the south
on a north heading. The Reserve Air Force Captain focused
his attention on the object. Both crew members watched
it as it passed in front of them and went out of sight
to the right. The observation, which lasted about 25 to
35 seconds, occurred about 15 miles north of a medium-sized
city. When the object passed in front of the airliner,
it was not more than ½ mile distant and at an altitude
of about 1,000 feet higher than the airliner.
object appeared to be circular, with a diameter of approximately
100 feet and with a vertical height considerably less
than the diameter, giving the object a disk-like shape.
In the top center was a light which was blinking at an
estimated 3 flashes per second. This light was so brilliant
that it would have been impossible to look at it continuously
had it not been blinking. This light could be seen only
when the object was approaching and after it had passed
the airliner. When the object passed in front of the observers,
the bottom side was visible. The bottom side appeared
to have 9 to 12 symmetrical oval or circular portholes
located in a circle approximately 3/4 of the distance
from the center to the outer edge. Through these portholes
came a soft purple light about the shade of aircraft line
without spinning. Considering the visibility, the length
of time the object was in sight, and the distance from
the object, the Reserve Air Force Captain estimates the
speed to be in excess of 1,000 mph.