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Re: 60's Pilot Sighting Reports - Hatch

From: Larry Hatch <larryhatch.nul>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 03:25:18 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 16:34:05 -0500
Subject: Re: 60's Pilot Sighting Reports - Hatch

>From: Brian Vike - HBCC UFO <hbccufo.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 13:55:39 -0800
>Subject: 60's Pilot Sighting Reports

>Hi List

>I have a couple of new reports to type up, just received
>February 16, 2004. But below are two interesting pilot reports I
>received today. Enjoy.

>Pilot Sighting Reports

>Hello Brian,

>The gentleman wishes to remain anonymous, which I always
>respect. Please do not ask me for the fellows contact
>information as I will not be giving it out. Thank you, Brian

>Here is a report on my sightings, in the air and on the
>ground.You may use them as you wish.

>My first sighting happened in 1961, on a trip from Tampa, Fla.
>to Atlanta, Ga. It was a night flight and we had leveled off at
>our assigned altitude and were approximately 40 miles north of
>Tampa. We suddenly observed a flight of four star-like objects
>heading south, high above us and to the east, going very fast.
>They were in tandem and were surrounded by a bluish-white haze
>or glow.We called on Miami Center frequency and asked if anyone
>else was seeing these objects. Immediately, an Areo Commander
>aircraft crew said, "Yes, we are over Vero Beach and we have
>them in sight". Miami Center switched us over to Jacksonville
>Center at this time. After our initial call into Jacksonville
>Center, we asked if the controller had been getting any reports
>of UFOs. He replied that he had numerous reports and that the
>Air Force had scrambled jet fighters to attempt to catch
>them,but had failed to get close to them. He also mentioned that
>there had been many sightings all along the east coast of the
>U.S. from as far north as Richmond,Va. My estimate of their
>speed was something over 2000 mph and their altitude above
>35,000 ft. We observed them about 30-45 seconds. After
>completing the trip and driving home, I turned on the radio to
>hear the latest news. The announcer said that according to a
>U.S. Airforce report, the mysterious objects seen in the eastern
>and southern states tonight, were meteors. I say, "Meteors, they
>were NOT". I knew I had seen my first UFOs and what a thrill it


Hello Brian:

How very strange!

With only 120 events listed worldwide, 1961 is the slowest year
in my *U* Database between 1947 and the trough of the mid 1980s.

Even so, there are 6 listings for Florida in 1961, the most of
any state in the USA. California came in second with 5, half the
states had none at all.

While none of these are in the Tampa area, they show up in a
dog-leg pattern from the western panhandle of Florida (Eglin
AFB) over to Palatka, then down the east coast. One was near
Cape Canaveral. Neighboring states show nothing.

The only thing resembling a concentration is a thin belt of
events from Wisconsin generally SE to the Washington DC area.

Others are very loosely scattered. There is one strange report
from Wetaskewin, Alberta.

Best wishes

- Larry Hatch

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