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1951: January UFO & Alien Sightings

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Date: January 1951
Location: Gungal district, near Denman, NSW, Australia
Time: night
Summary: A passing prospector, Graem Stout, learnt from Aborigines that a “huge saucer” airship had descended upon six Aborigines camping beside a creek in the area. “The big ship” descended upon the group while they were sitting at their campfire having dinner and sucked them all up through a big hole underneath it, it then flew away with them. Apparently they were never seen again.
Source: Rex Gilroy “Blue Mountain Triangle” in http://mysteriousaustralia.com


Date:  Jan. 8, 1951
Location:  S of Ft. Worth, Texas (BBU 864)
Time: 10:45 p.m. 
Summary: Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Boggus, plus unidentified drivers and passengers in other cars stopped to watch 2 stationary groups of red and green lights in triangular formations which then moved. 
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index


Date: Jan. 12, 1951
Location:  Fort Benning, Georgia (BBU 868)
Time: 10 (11:01?) p.m. 
Summary: U.S. Army 2nd Lt. A. C. Hale saw a light with a fan-shaped wake remain motionless like a star then speed away. 
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index


Date: Jan. 14, 1951
Location:  Jolon [S of King City or near Salinas?], Calif. (BBU)
Time: 11:40 a.m. 
Summary: Private pilot Rosenburg of Navion 4582K saw 3 rectangular objects with flat tops. 
Source: Project 1947; FUFOR Index


Date: Jan. 14, 1951
Location: Big Bear Lake, Calif. (BBU)
Time: 12:38 p.m. 
Summary:  Private pilot Hillman flying with 3 passengers saw 150 ft circular object at 30,000 ft.
Source: Project 1947; FUFOR Index


Date: Jan. 16, 1951
Location: Nr. Artesia, N. Mexico
Time: 
Summary: General Mills personnel tracking a Skyhook balloon saw two disc-shaped objects approach rapidly, tip on edge, circle the balloon, and speed off over the NW horizon. 
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Date: Jan. 20, 1951
Location:  Sioux City, Iowa (BBU)
Time: 9:20-9:26 p.m. (CST). 
Summary: Capt. Lawrence W. Vinther, copilot James F. Bachmeier, passengers AF Colonel and aide, and CAA tower controller John M. Williams. At 9:20 the 2 CAA tower controllers sighted light in the W [NW?]. After Vinther’s Mid-Continent Airlines DC-3 took off, he was asked by the tower to look for light, then while still in a climbing 360° turn at about 1,000 ft they spotted object to the NNW at about 8,000 ft and 4 miles away that looked like a B-29 fuselage with wings but no engines, which blinked some lights like running lights. Object came at the DC-3, flew across the nose within 200 ft, they had to turn their heads to follow it then suddenly found it instantly appeared on the other side again, paralleled them for 2-3 secs, then flew under them and disappeared in 2-3 secs to the NW. 
Source: Battelle Unknown No. 3; cf. NARCAP


Date: Jan. 21, 1951
Location: Oak Ridge, Tenn. (BBU)
Time: 4:20 p.m. 
Summary: An unidentified object was sighted on a radar scope of an F-82 fighter plane over the controlled area at Oak Ridge. The radar operator intercepted an indication of an airborne target at 18m (18,000 yards?). The GCI gave the go ahead to intercept the target. The radar set on the F-82 was “locked on” and the run began. The interception was unsuccessful and the fighter returned to base. In all, three passes were made at targets all with radar indications, but they could not be completed since the target was over the restricted area of Oak Ridge including the X-10 plant. 
Source: McDonald list; FUFOR Index


Date: Jan. 22, 1951
Location:  50 miles SE [ESE?] of Holloman AFB, New Mexico (BBU)
Time: 10 a.m. (EST [sic; PST?] 11 ? a.m.).
Summary:  Pilots Capt. Ernest W. Spradley of Aerial Photo Lab and Capt. James E. Cocker of All-Weather Flying Division both AMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, a General Mills Aeronautical lab project engineer Mr. McAleese [sp?] and an airman, were flying in a C-47 heading E [ESE?] at about 10,000-12,000 ft and tracking a Project GOPHER plastic balloon at about 50,000-70,000 ft when they saw a bright star-like object seemingly next to the pear-shaped balloon or above and to the side. As they approached and flew under the balloon they noticed the object descend to the balloon’s level and grow larger in apparent size until about 1/4 to 1/2 the 70 ft balloon, when it appeared to be round and flat like a dime, milky white or silvery in color with a clear outline. Cocker and McAleese left the cockpit went to the astrodome to observe the object. After 3 mins they saw the object separate from the balloon and head W at high speed, after about 1 min it emitted a series of 3 bright flashes like photo flashes at 1 sec intervals and disappeared from sight. 
Source: Jan Aldrich; FUFOR Index


Date: Jan. 24, 1951
Location:  Westover AFB, Mass. (BBU)
Time: 10:45 a.m. local time
Summary: the Westover Approach Control radar picked up three unidentified returns. The returns were the same or larger than a B-36. The course of the objects varied.The length of the observation was approximately 15-20 minutes. The Project 10073 Record Card does list the type of observation as Air-Intercept Radar, as well as saying in a brief summary of the sighting that Approach Control picked up unidentified returns. 
Source: McDonald list; FUFOR Index, Sparks, Wilson


Date: Jan. 24, 1951
Location: Westover AFB, Mass. (BBU)
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Summary:
Source: McDonald list; FUFOR Index


Date: Jan. 26, 1951
Location:  Sea of Japan off coast of South Korea (BBU)
Time: 2:05 p.m. 
Summary: During an ASP coverage flight a target echo was observed on the aircraft’s radar (APS-15). During a 15 minute period between 2:05 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. local time, the object was observed to make what appeared to be a run over the tanker being escorted (the USS Passumpsic) and seven runs over the observing aircraft at speeds computed at 3,000 knots.
Source: Dan Wilson


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