Location: Sioux City, IA, USA
Duration: 30 seconds
No of observers: 5
Reported: 2005-04-15 16:10:38 Pacific
Posted: 2005-04-16 00:00:00
1954 Radar sighting, Air Force base in Iowa - 50000 - 80000 feet 1,200 - 1,800 miles per hour.
This is a story my dad told my brother and I in 1975, about a year before he died. He joined the Air Force in 1950 after 2 years at the University of Minnesota and spent some time in Korea as a jet mechanic and then came stateside and was stationed at Souix City Iowa, were he was trained as a radar technition.
One night in 1954 the whole base went on alert suddenly and they were told there was an unknown object coming from the north. They got a radar reading that it was at 50000-80000 feet and traveling in excess of 1,200 mph (I recall him saying 1,800 mph but my brother said 1,200 so we'll go with that). It went off the screen to the south, and everybody in the room was told to forget it even happened. He never told us or anybody else about that before, but my mom confirmed today that he told her about it the next day (he was on the overnight shift). Anybody who has or had a father who was a Korean war or WWII vet, knows what kind of men they were, he didn't tell us this story lightly.
The witness indicates that the date of the event in 1954 is approximate, and we have invited him to attempt to establish a more accurate date. We have corresponded with this witness, and he seems quite credible to us. This is one of two sightings he may report, the other being in 1975. PD
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