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GROUP

2. LOCATION

2.3 Jan~ry 65

28/17332

3, SOURCE

I-!ar.1pton, Vir ginia


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10. CONCLUSION

Civilie.n

BALLOON

4. NUWBER OF OBJECTS

Probable balloon observation . ::o r cport.s f::o:n a/c in the 3.rea .


:otion arrl descripti on in as;cor d .d.th Balloon analysis .

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5. LENGTH OF OBS!RVATION

11, BRIE, SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS

Lar ge object larger on one end than the other. Too hi!?):l to
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detemine other features . Aluminum bright ora.'1.ge or r ed
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ro l or. Shaped like a/c :lithou t ~dngs : Ini"c;ia.l observation
object hov eriP.g dt hi.Jl a lti tude sli.;htly i.f.l of ov er hc:ad XX
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k'QJIXI position . Slmo~ly d rifted Hest a rrl disapJ=e ared . l-ioveJ ~
i..:g consumed 2- 3 min utes motion to ~ies t , then obj e ct r eturnee
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to origin.:ll pos i tion , hovered once more for ?-3 w.inutes and
t;1m dri f t cd ~Jesbt~rd as~in . i-; umerous jet a/ c observed :L'1
area of obj e ct dur~ si.:;hti ng . Object appear ed to be a'oove
a/c contrails .

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6. TYPE OF OBSERVATION

Ground- Visual
7. COURSE

8. PHOTOS
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9. PHYSICAL EVIDENCe

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HEADQUART ER S
4500 TH AIR BASE WING
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BA St; , VIRGI NIA 23365

R E PL. Y T O
ATTN OF :

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sueJEcT,

Initial Report of Inves tigation of UFO

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AFSC (FTD)
Wright-Patterson AFB, Oh i o 45433

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1. The following infonnation is presented as directed by paragraph 4,


AFR 200-2:
a.

Description of the object:

(1)

Shape:

Longer on one end than the other ( a ircr af t without

wings ).

( 2)

Size:

Too hi gh to determine.

(3)

Color:

(4)

Number:

Aluminum - bright orange or red.


One .

b.

(5)

Formation:

None.

(6)

Discernible features:

(7)

Tail:

(8)

Sound:

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None.

None.

None.

Description o f course of object :


(l)

Mrs

a low-fl ying jet,

(person interviewed ) was hanging clothes, heard


oo ked up and noticed this hovering objec t.

(2) Ob j ect was first observed hovering a t a very high altitude,


slightly northwest of her overhead pos ition.
(3) Object maintained same appr oximate alti t ude , slowly dr ifted
wes tward a nd disappeared .
( 4 ) Flight path cons i s ted of drifting to west , r e t urning to
orig ina l position for a s hort t i me , then drifting t~e s tward again .
(5) Ob j ect hovered 2 - 3 mi nutes , d rif t ed to t he we s t and d i s appear ed fo r a few moments; returned t o s ame approximate pos i tion for 2-3
minuta s the n d rifted wes tward a nd d i s a poe nr ec.l .

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10 minutes.
c.

stated she observed the object for approximately

Mrs.

Manner of observation:
(1)

Ground v i s ual.
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(2)

None .

(3)

Not applicable .

d : Time and date of inc ident:


(1) l734Z - 28 January 1965.
(2)

Light conditions: day .


, Hampton, Virginia .

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Location of observer :

f.

Identifying information ob observer :


(1)

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civilian,housewife ,

Mrs.

Hampton, Virginia .
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Weather and winds: Aloft conditions at time and place of s i ght ings :
(1)

Observer's account of weather conditions:

clear- windy.

(2)

Wind direction and velocity (Norfolk Weather Bureau) 1200L

(1700Z):

260/15-25
260/35
260/47
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250/79
16M
260/86
20M
260/118
30M
50-80 M winds were too high fo r balloon reading.

Sur f ace :
6000

(3)

Ceiling : clear.

(4)

Visibility: 10 miles .

(5)

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(6)

TRW: None .

of cloud cover : None.

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(7) Vertical temperature gradient :


0600L, figures below:

Not taken except at

0600
28 January 1965
Surface temperature: 4.4C
300 meters (900')- 2.8C (This is a small inversion that
would d i sappear before 1200L)
1300 meters - 5.3C (An inver s i on at this altitude)
4100 meters - 14.8C
4300 meters - 18.5C
Then normal rate to 8360 meters (25,000' ).
h.

No unusual meterological activities or conditions were reported.

i. There was no interception or immediate identifica tion action taken


because the object had disappeared prior to the r eporting time.

j. Norfolk Weather Bureau stated that a balloon had been launched


from their facility a t 1215E (19 minutes prior to the s i ght ing). However
their balloon drifted rapidly eastward and should not have reached the
pos ition of the sighting a t any time.

k. This report was prepared by Captain Page G. Brake, USAF, 4500


Air Base Wing (DOO-R), Langley AFB , Virginia. The description of this UFO
sig hting was given by Mrs.
to Captain Brake via telephone conversati on o n 28 January 1965. No personal interview was accomplished as
Mrs .
tated she was leaving town that evening for a few days . Several
possible explanations can be offered; however, no single item can be pointed
to, and a definite stateme nt made that this was what was seen. Mrs.
stated r epeatedly that numerous jet a ircraft were observed in the immediate
vicinity of the sighting . No aircraft reported any unusual events or
s i ghtings during the period. She also s t ated the objec t seemed to be higher
than the con~rails the aircraft were leaving . At certain high altitudes it
i s possible for an aircraft to leave an intermittent contrail which a g round
observer could possibly identify as a hovering or slow-flying craft. Due
to the large amount of jet traffic at the time of this sighting and due to
the fact that no airborne craft reported this phenomena I feel this to be
the most probable cause of the reported inc ident.

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(1)

No physical evidence was r eported to exi st .

(2 ) The observer stated she probably would not have reported thi s
inc i de nt if there had not been so many UFO reports ot lut~ and t~at she
wanted to do ~11 she could to help.

'R TH.E COMMANDER

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-\\ Lt Col, USAF


~Dep uty Commander for Operations

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