The year is 1957 four years after the armistice in Korea and five years after the 1952 UFO flap. The United States is undergoing an unprecedented period of prosperity and peace. Housing is soaring, wages are up, and jobs are steady. Yet, one mystery remains to stir the pot-the ubiquitous UFO. Unlike previous concentrations of flying disk sightings the year of 1957 features the appearance of the phenomenon all over the world compelling the air forces of several nations to scramble their jet fighter squadrons.
While the general consensus of the Pentagon and CIA is that the UFO paradox is impenetrable but does not pose a threat. That intelligence estimate proves incorrect and a potentially destabilizing element. With scientists warning that a hostile act by USAF interceptors could start a war mankind would regret with a technologically superior civilization, internal directives have changed. Now it becomes a question of which super power can capture the precious secret of flying saucer propulsion. In all likelihood this will lead to aggressive air to air tactics. Little does the public know that attempted shoot downs have already transpired as early as 1950.
The Kouril Islands off the Pacific coast of the Soviet mainland are the scene of anti aircraft fire directed at fast moving aerial objects in the night sky. According to Donald Keyhoe, even though all artillery is in action and munitions are being rapidly expended no effect is observed upon the elusive UFO's. Apparently Mig-15 fighter jets don't arrive on the scene soon enough to pursue and silence descends over the shocked personnel of the anti-aircraft batteries in the aftermath of the vicious firefight.
In that same year a legendary incident occurs in Levelland, Texas as UFO sightings permeate the normally uneventful South Texas woodlands. However on this fateful night low flying airborne disks will terrorize the local people! In one encounter a State Trooper cruiser is forced to slam on its brakes as the two officers exit the vehicle and cower behind their squad car while the unidentified object swoops down below tree top level and makes several passes at the State Police vehicle! Motorists report mechanical difficulty as their electrical systems fail and their engines lose electrical ignition. Others on foot by the roadsides reportedly dive to the ground in order to keep from being struck by the unknown flying crafts that are possess unconventional flight characteristics. It seems UFO's have now become aggressive.
More mysterious losses
Among these two disturbing incidents are rumors of several more attempts by the USAF to intercept flying saucers at several locations over domestic air space resulting in disappearances, crashes, and bizarre electronic effects upon military radar and instruments. The public is kept unaware as many sightings that do reach newspaper headlines in local towns are debunked by the now impotent incarnation of Project Blue Book and its star scientific consultant J. Allen Hynek who uses an assortment of ridiculous explanations ranging from the Planet Venus to marsh gas! As encounters intensify only the illusion of a truthful Air Force response is fabricated to placate those who ask what, who, and why.
Included in this malaise of incredible UFO reports in sheer volume is the account of Lieutenant Newhouse who intercepted an aerial light in Fargo. Here in his very capable F-51 Mustang aircraft he made a great effort to intercept an unknown object as he used every acrobatic maneuver he could to identify the UFO. Later after supposedly careful investigation the USAF declared that the UFO was a lighted balloon! Of course the pilot was angry over their verdict! He was not convinced nor were the traffic controllers on duty at the time! The pilot went through crucial attempts at intercepting an unknown visual and radar target.
Below are the complete known log of UFO sightings over US military air bases in 1957:
4 November 1957 - Selma, Alabama, USA - Pilots incident.
4 November 1957 18:00 - Salton Sea W, California , USA - An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by two witnesses, a married couple, in the desert. Salton Sea Air Station
5 November 1957 02:30 - White Sands, New Mexico, USA - An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object, about 80 feet across, was observed..
5 November 1957 05:10 - Gulf of Mexico - A meteor-like object was observed. Nocturnal lights were observed by military witnesses in a warship. Explanation: Meteor.
5 November 1957 - Finland Air Force Station, Minnesota, USA - An unidentified object, later identified as a planet, was observed. An unidentified object, later identified as a planet, was observed. An object which flew in a straight line across the sky was reported at an airfield.
5 November 1957 16:34 - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - Hovered. Holloman AFB
5 November 1957 19:45 - Albuquerque Sw5M, New Mexico, USA - Landed remotely. Kirkland AFB
6 November 1957 - Laredo AFB, Texas, USA - An object was tracked by radar. An unidentified object was tracked by radar only by military witnesses at an airfield. Explanation: Mirage.
6 November 1957 - Turner AFB, Georgia, USA - A meteor-like object was observed. Nocturnal lights were observed by military witnesses at an airfield. Explanation: Meteor
6 November 1957 - Houston, Texas, USA - Car motor stalled, radio blanked with static, during UFO sighting Ellington, Army Base
6 November 1957 04:20 - Whiteman AFB, Missouri, USA - An object was tracked by radar. An unidentified object was tracked by radar only by military radar at an airfield. Explanation: Mirage
6 November 1957 13:10 - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - Engineer incident. Holloman AFB
6 November 1957 19:30 - Edwards AFB (Muroc AFB), California , USA - USAF MP incident
8 November 1957 13:00 - Cannon AFB, New Mexico, USA - Bus Driver incident.
9 November 1957 08:00 - Pueblo N US 85, Colorado , USA - A hovering cigar-shaped object was observed. One cigar-shaped object was observed for five minutes. Peterson AFB
9 November 1957 19:15 - White Sands, New Mexico, USA - An object was observed. Electromagnetic effects were noted. Multiple independent witnesses. One object was observed by three witnesses.
10 November 1957 - Bellefontaine AFB, Ohio, USA - An object, later identified as the planet Venus, was observed. Nocturnal lights were observed by military witnesses at an airfield Explanation: Venus.
12 November 1957 - Clark AFB, Philippines - Balloon-like object observed. One ball was observed by military witnesses at an airfield. Explanation: Balloon
13 November 1957 - Reese AFB, Texas, USA - Balloon-like object observed. One ball was observed by a male witness at an airfield. Explanation: Balloon.
13 November 1957 09:10 - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - UFO explodes over State Hospital, fragments analyzed by USAF. Explanation: Meteor.
16 November 1957 - Holloman AFB, New Mexico, USA - Photo. Explanation: Cloud.
17 November 1957 - Norton AFB, California , USA - A meteor-like object was observed. Nocturnal lights were reported at an airfield (Lang). Explanation: Meteor.
20 November 1957 22:20 - McMinnville, Tennessee, USA - An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed. Although this was not observed over a military base it is a historic UFO report!
25 November 1957 22:00 - Eglin AFB, Florida, USA - An object was tracked by radar. One ball was observed by witnesses and by radar at an airfield. Explanation: Aircraft.
30 November 1957 - Minot, North Dakota, USA - An object was tracked by radar. An unidentified object was tracked by radar only by military radar. Explanation: Mirage. Minot AFB
30 November 1957 - Southern Part, California , USA - 7 reports of same UFO. Explanation: Meteor. Vandenberg AFB.
The above mentioned sightings do not include police incidents, police chases,towns where military bases reside but did not join in the report as well as observations made by military personnel not officially recorded on base. Also, to be fair there were hundreds of civilian observations not included in this massive data dump of UFO reports due to the need for expert witness files. So the incredible influx of UFO reports cannot be limited to military files. Courtesy of thecid.com.