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Date: Dec. 4, 1952
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.   BBU
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Source: McDonald list


Date: Dec. 4, 1952
Location: Congaree AFB, South Carolina
Time: 8:42 a.m. EST
Summary: An object was sighted on an AN/MPS-5 radar set. The object was approx. 100 miles NE of Congaree AFB and traveling at 6000 mph on a southern course. The object stopped for one minute and then came directly back in the path it was moving, according to a statement by A/1C Clarence W. Ives. The length of the observation was 5 minutes.
Source: Dan Wilson


Date: Dec. 4, 1952
Location: Laredo, Texas    BBU     [CCL Item #1]
Time: 8:46-8:53 p.m.
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 USAF pilot Lt. Robert Arnold flying T-28 trainer aircraft at 6,000 ft saw a bright bluish-white glowing object below him rapidly climbing to his level, showing no navigation lights. Arnold tightened his left turn to keep object in view, object suddenly climbed to 9,000 ft in several secs then dropped down to his altitude again headed E to 6 miles SE of AFB where it stopped and hovered. Arnold pursued on SE heading but after 2 secs object suddenly headed towards him on collision course at high speed, wavering slightly at about 300 ft as if determining which side to pass the aircraft then heading off Arnold’s left wing at 150 ft distance, at which point he could see object as a blurred reddish­bluish haze smaller than his T-28, all of which happened too fast for evasive action. Arnold in fear turned off running lights, spiraled down to 1,500 ft while keeping object in sight as object continued to head towards him in a dive then pulled up and climbed out of sight. 7 mins. 
Source: NARCAP


Date: Dec. 5, 1952
Location: Lackland AFB, Texas    BBU
Time: 8:48 p.m. 
Summary: USAF pilot of T-28 saw a blue light maneuver in a counterclockwise orbit then climb. 
Source: Project 1947


Date: 1952: B-29 Radar, Visual, Multiple Witness’s


Date: Dec. 6, 1952
Location: Angoon, Alaska   BBU
Time: 9:15 a.m. (AHST). 
Summary: Air National Guard pilot saw 2 shiny spheres connected by a solid rod heading S. 
Source: BB Status Rpt


Date: Dec. 8, 1952
Location: Ladd AFB, Alaska    BBU 2266
Time: 8:16 p.m. 
Summary: Pilot 1st Lt. D. Dickman and radar operator 1st Lt. T. Davies in USAF F-94 jet interceptor (s/n 49-2522) saw a white, oval light which changed to red at higher altitude, fly straight and level for 2 mins on 240° course, then climb at phenomenal speed on an erratic flight path. After landing object could still be seen moving erratically, no noise, for 3 mins then took up 160° heading gaining speed while descending, becoming brighter red. 10 mins.
Source: Berliner; cf. Hynek-CUFOS re-eval; Jan Aldrich


Date: Dec 8, 1952
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Summary: Aircraft paced by row of unidentified lights. 
Source: UFOE, V. Thorpe/Plowe 


Date: Dec. 9, 1952
Location: About 10 miles S of Madison, Wisc.   BBU 2267
Time: 5:45 p.m. 
Summary: Capt. Bridges and 1st Lt. Johnson in USAF T-33 jet trainer saw 4 bright lights, in diamond formation, fly at 400 mph heading 130° or about SW at about 8,000 ft. They followed objects at 450 mph until passing (overtaking) them near 10 miles NE of Janesville, Wisc. (at 42°47′ N, 88° 55′ W) at 5:50 p.m., at which time they radioed the ADC 755th AC&W radar site “Soapberry,” which could not detect objects, only the T-33. Objects continued on 90° E heading and T-33 followed until breaking off due to low fuel at 5:55 about 10 miles W of Racine, Wisc. (at 42°45′ N, 88° 0′ W). No silhouette visible even when objects seen against Milwaukee city lights. 10 mins. 
Source: Berliner; cf. Hynek-CUFOS re-eval; Jan Aldrich


Date: Dec. 10, 1952
Location: Pope AFB, South Carolina    BBU
Time: 9:20 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. EST
Summary: A bright circular object was observed on a PPI scope of a CPS/5D radar. It was also observed on height finding radars. The blip was detected at 155 degrees azimuth at 8,000 feet altitude.The blip was also observed on search radar and height finding radar at the 728th AC&W Squadron, Fort Bragg, N.C. The object showed a slight circular movement. An F-51 aircraft was directed to investigate. The pilot saw nothing unusual. 
Source: McDonald list


Date: Dec. 10, 1952
Location: Hungnam, Korea    BBU
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Summary: USN pilot flying aircraft in near-collision with orange fireball.
Source: Weinstein; BB files??


Date: Dec. 10, 1952
Location: Odessa-Hanford, Wash.     BBU
Time: 7:15-7:30 p.m. (PST)
Summary: F-94 crew spotted a light while flying at 26,000-27,000 ft and approached to identify it. Object appeared large, round and white with reddish light coming from two “windows,” came at F-94 on collision course, F-94 banked to avoid impact, radar contact and/or lockon made multiple times on airborne ARC-33 radar. 15 mins. 
Source: Ruppelt p. 43; NARCAP


 

Date: December 13 1952: Palomar Gardens, California Sighting


Date: Dec. 14, 1952
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia    BBU
Time: 11:45 a.m. (EST)
Summary:  Aeronautical engineer former test pilot saw a light orange elliptical shaped object, hovering then move NE at extreme speed, 1,000+ mph estimated. Object gave off discharge that changed brightness when object moved; debris lofted in the air apparently by the object. 
Source: Hynek-CUFOS re-eval; Jan Aldrich


Date: Dec. 15/16, 1952
Location: Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada    BBU  [CCL Item #7]
Time: 7:15 PM.
Summary:  Two Air Force crews got a momentary radar lock on a strange object. One pilot had seen similar object before, on November 26, 1952. Visual contact was made by two aircraft, a T-33 and an F-94, of an unidentified aerial object after being vectored to the target by Ground Control Approach (GCA). We had been seeking further details on this case and Dan Wilson located files in the Project Blue Book Archive (See below). This was a USAF Intelligence Report and was item #7 on the official clearance list of sightings to Major Donald Keyhoe from Al Chop, Air Force Press Desk.
Source: Fran Ridge


Date: Dec. 15, 1952
Location: Honshu, Japan     BBU
Time: 8:54 p.m.
Summary: An unidentified track appeared on the Early Warning Ground Radar Site #24. It was a large blip and estimated to be more than one target. The estimated speed of the target was 1320 mph. The radar being used was the AN/TPS-1C. The target was seen on the first, second and fourth sweeps of the antenna. The antenna speed was 2 rpm. 
Source: Dan Wilson, McDonald list


Date: Dec. 15, 1952
Location: Greensboro [Hartsville), South Carolina   BBU
Time: 9:15 a.m. 
Summary: USAF pilot of RF-80 saw a bright circular or spherical silvery object, losing and gaining altitude. 
Source: Project 1947


Date: Dec. 17, 1952
Location: San Diego, Cal.   BBU
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Summary: Four members of the U.S. Navy Electronics Laboratory at San Diego, observed two or more objects described as cigar or disc shaped that emanated bright light in smooth flight. The speed of the objects was described as being from the speed of a present day jet aircraft to 1500 miles per hour. One witness said he saw later five of six of these things orbiting in a small area
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Date: Dec. 18, 1952
Location: Itazuke AFB, Japan
Time: 8:28 a.m. local time.
Summary: Five plots were observed on an AN/MPS-5 radar scope with an average speed 710 knots. The course from initial plot was 270 degrees varying to 312 degrees. The target size was approximately that made by a B-29 type aircraft. Successive tracks indicated an increase of speed ranging from 300 knots on initial pickup to an estimated 1040 knots on the 4th pickup. The length of the observation was 9 minutes. 
Source: Dan Wilson


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Summary: ec. 18, 1952; Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Cat 9. Radar-visual (NICAP source)
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Summary: Dec. 19, 1952; Anderson AFB, Guam (BBU)
6:50 [8:50?] a.m. USAF crew of B-17 bomber and ground witnesses saw a silvery cylindrical object. (BB Status Rpt)
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Date: December 22, 1952: Technician watches UFO near Larson AFB


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Summary: Dec. 24, 1952; Camp Carson, Colorado (BBU)
4:17 p.m. MST. Three airmen observed a silver circular object hovering at an estimated altitude of 2,000 feet at an estimated 4 miles distance for approximately 2 or 3 minutes. The object then disappeared at a high rate of speed. All three airmen were assigned to the 3924 Air Police Squadron. (McDonald, Dan Wilson, BB files)
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Summary: Dec. 24, 1952; Dallas, Texas
At 12:15 p.m. CST, an object was observed on an AN/APG-41 gun laying radar and AN/APS-23 navigation radar on an airborne B-36 aircraft at 40 miles east to 80 miles NE of Dallas, Texas. The target was detected on both north and south headings at 40,000 feet and on a descent to 15,000 feet. The target was tracked at a distance of 2000 to 4000 yards. The AN/APS-23 presentation of the phenomenon was similar to recent release of PPI photographs of sightings made over Washington D.C. The AN/APG-41 radar was instrumented with an 0/15 camera. Film was taken, although not clear, it does indicated the presence and trackability of the phenomenon. The Air Intelligence Information Report on this incident states, “Its behavior of attempting to remain 2000 to 4000 yards in front of the B-36 during descent from 40,000 to 15,000 feet was unexplainable, and seemed to indicate that something intelligent was guiding it.” The total length of observation was 30 minutes. The operator of the AN/APS-23 radar said on several occasions he detected other targets and they were very sharp. (Dan Wilson, BB Files)
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Summary: Dec. 27, 1952; Borger, Texas & Albuquerque, New Mexico (BBU)
11:09 p.m. Military pilot saw an elongated cigar­ like object the size of a medium bomber traveling E to W. 12 secs. (BB Status Rpt; FUFOR Index)
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Summary: Dec. 28, 1952; Marysville, Calif. (BBU 2302)
Civilian witness(es). Case missing. (NARA)
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Summary: Dec. 29 [28?], 1952; Chitose AFB [Misawa AFB? Hokkaido?], Japan (BBU) [CCL Item#13]
7:30 [7:39? 7:48?] p.m. USAF crews of B-26 (Ashley and Wood) and F-84G (Col. Howard Blakeslee) saw object emitting 3 beams of light and tracked on airborne radar. 7 mins. (Weinstein; FUFOR Index)
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Summary: Dec. 29, 1952; 35 miles W of Amarillo near Vega, Texas and ESE of Tucumcari, New Mexico (BBU)
9:05 p.m. (CST). USAF Capt. William T. Bowley and Capt. Herbert T. Lange, both of Perrin AFB, Texas, piloting a B-26 on a training flight headed W at 257° at 6,000 ft altitude and 250 knots (300 mph) saw a extremely large and intense bright round bluish-white light with frequent green tints, no trail or exhaust or aerodynamic features, about 3x the size of a C-54 (or about 350 ft) at a distance of possibly 40 miles at their 11 o’clock position paralleling their course at about the same altitude 6,000 ft heading forward but closing with the B-26. After 5 mins object suddenly climbed vertically 7,000 ft in 5 secs [1,400 ft/sec average, or peak velocity about 2,000 mph at about 17 g’s] to disappear in thin broken overcast clouds at 13,000 ft and causing the clouds to glow as if lit by searchlight. Bowley radioed the CAA controller in Tucumcari, N.Mex. Shortly after, the object reappeared under the clouds, the CAA controller was told to look for it but couldn’t see it [probably because he was told to look in the wrong direction, to the SW, or it was obscured by clouds], after 2 mins it climbed to the W and disappeared. 7-10 mins. (Jan Aldrich)
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Date: Dec. 30, 1952
Location: Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia   BBU
Time: 12 noon.
Summary: RAAF Wing Commander Tomkins and wife and child [Alexander?] saw an extremely brilliant carbon-arc bright object to the E about 7.5° elevation in very slow level flight to the left or N for about 1 min over about 8° of arc, estimated at about 2,000 ft height and 2 miles away. Object suddenly turned E and departed away from the observers at high speed disappearing in about 20 secs. 1 min 20 secs. 
Source: Jan Aldrich; FUFOR Index


Date: Dec. 31, 1952
Location: NE of Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico.    BBU
Time: 4:45 a.m. local time.
Summary:  An Aircraft Commander, Capt. Robert P. Gennrich, the First Pilot, 1st Lt. John C. Moore, and the left scanner, A/1C Anthony A. Eakovich, of RB-36 #2007, sighted an unidentified flying object. The object was first seen by the Aircraft Commander and First Pilot on the horizon and was observed to approach the aircraft which was flying on a course of 73 degrees at 8,000 feet altitude. The object was spherical in shape and reddish-orange in color and approximately 8 feet in diameter. It appeared to pass over the the left wing of the aircraft at a distance of approximately 300 feet or greater and travel away from the tail of the aircraft at a high rate of speed and then commence to climb until out of sight. The left scanner, A/1C Anthony A. Eakovich, stated then when he saw the object it was directly behind the RB-36 at a distance unknown, and it veered off to the right and began to climb sharply at a high rate of speed until it was out of sight. At the time of the sighting the aircraft was flying straight and level. 
Source: Weinstein; FUFOR Index

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