Ground Observer’s View: 5:18 at November-1
SSgt. James Bond, A1C Joseph Jablonski, and A1C Gregory Adams
November-1 LCF at 5:18 am, 24 Oct. 1968
N 48° 45’ 34.00” / W101° 35’ 30.99”
SSgt. James F. BOND, (November-Flight Security Controller, 862nd SPS).
According to his AF-117, the object was last observed at 05:00 (however, he indicated a length of time of 2 hours and 26 minutes that would establish his final observation at 5:34). He provided a drawing of the large circular or oblong CCW movements of the object across an area subtending an angle of over 65°, indicating “first seen,” and “disappeared near, or on the ground.” His final observation was in the southwest just a few degrees above the horizon. “Appeared to land and slowly changed to a dim green, after about 15 minutes it disappeared (gradually).”
A1C Joseph JABLONSKI, (November-Security Alert Team, 862nd SPS).
According to his AF-117, the object was last observed at 05:18 in the west-southwest at 15° altitude. It finally disappeared: “Prior to return to N-1 it caught our attention again, this time WSW in location. It had appeared as before starting bright, orange-red, to white and finally green. The object was stationary at the time and appeared approx. 1000 feet above ground. The green light started to diminish slowly till no longer seen. ”
“As previously stated, although the object appeared to be solid matter, the illumination rendered no logical shape to be determined. It had appeared quite slim and not very wide. [He includes a drawing of a long oval about 35 x 4 mm.] The object appeared to move more westerly each time but never could be seen in the westerly direction until the last and final illuminations at 05:10 lasting until approx. 05:18 when it could no longer be seen.” “When the plane had started to travel to the base and after it was out of sight we had also started back to N-1. Our attention was again caught when it appeared approx. 5 miles due west where it remained until it finally disappeared about 15 minutes afterwards.”
A1C Gregory ADAMS, (November-Security Alert Team, 862nd SPS).
According to his AF-117, the object was last observed at 0518 in the west-southwest at 15° altitude. It finally disappeared: “The last I saw it it appeared to be hovering over the ground approximately 1000 ft above the ground. You could see a green light for about 15 minutes. The light seemed to be getting smaller until you couldn’t see it.”
According to the Base Operations dispatcher’s log the November security personnel continued to report observations until 5:10:
0926 (4:26). Object [S]/W of N 1 moving north then lights went out. A B-52 went out to location of sighting and saw object and had on radar 20,000 feet. Object followed B-52 to fifteen miles from base. During this time B-52 lost radio contact on all frequencies. At this time N-7 lost sight of object. B-52 went around again and negative contact.
0940 (4:40). B-52 landed.
0940 (4:40). N-7 picked up object again 3 miles west of site. Stationary – seems to be on the ground– lights bright orange then illuminated to white then white disappeared and green came on.
0944 (4:44). Disappeared.
0945 (4:45). In sight – stationary position.
1004 (5:04). Object has moved – still west of N-7. Now stationary once more.
1010. (5:10). 2 miles E of N-7 – object still 5 miles west of him approximately 50 feet off ground stationary green lights.