BOAC’S Flying Jellyfish
We informed Goose Bay that we had something odd in sight and they made arrangements to vector a fighter on to us. Later I changed radio frequency to contact this fighter; the pilot told me he had me in sight on radar closing me head-on at 20 miles. At that the small objects seemed to enter the larger, and then the big one shrank. I gave a description if this to the fighter and a bearing of the objects from me. I then had to change back to the Goose freq for descent clearance. I don't know if the fighter saw anything as he hadn't landed when I left Goose for London. We were interviewed by USAF Intelligence at Goose, who seemed quite accustomed to such sightings in that area . . .
One object much larger than other six. All opaque, sharp-edged in silhouette. Position of small objects always in line with large one but moved about so that sometimes three either side, sometimes 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 ahead, rest behind. Never more than seven total. Shape of small ones always globular but larger constantly, slowly changing shape. No colours or lights seen. . . . [Appeared] either solid or thick opaque gas.
When first sighted (my aircraft was at 19,000 ft which I maintained) the objects were approx. on my port beam but perhaps 10,000 ft lower. Maintaining their position laterally they climbed until they appeared to be at our altitude. Later, I think they climbed slightly before disappearing. When first seen the background was part cloud (3/8ths St.Cu) which they appeared to be moving through. Later the background was bright sky just before and after sunset.
[Speed of objects] 230 KTS (...) Same speed as airplane.
Small objects appeared to enter larger, then larger dwindled away to a pinpoint and disappeared.
A US Air Force Intelligence Officer met us and we gave him the story. I spoke to Fighter Control and he said he picked us up at 0113 G.M.T. (when we had the object in sight), but had nothing else on his screen but us.
All who watched the objects are sure that the large one at any rate was no sort of winged aircraft. The small ones were just dots. They left no vapour trails. No lights were seen, just black silhouettes. The visibility at this altitude was unlimited with no cloud other than low overcast. The sun had just set. A large flock of birds might explain it if they were birds that could fly at a true airspeed of 238 knots at 19,000 feet formating on a Boeing for about 80 miles."
|Capt. James Howard records the story of his unusual UFO sighting for a British|
Broadcasting Co. representative as his wife looks on.
Capt. James Howard records the story of his unusual UFO sighting for a British
At first my co-pilot, Lee Boyd and I thought the big machine might be a delta- or swept-wing bomber, but it changed shape several times. I'm quite sure that it was a three-dimensional object and not a mirage. I'm still skeptical of the flying saucer theory, or piloted aircraft from other planets, and all the other tales. All I am willing to believe is what I saw and what my crew saw. Whether these objects were piloted craft or what they were I cannot speculate.
by Captain James R. Howard
This is undoubtedly one of the finest sightings ever recorded from the he viewpoint of the authenticity of the witnesses. However, the objects were obviously not solid bodies and there are so many various types of mirages that speculation is fruitless. If the true explanation of this sighting could be established it would probably clear up much of the ‘flying saucer’ mystery.
by Arthur C. Clarke