NUFORC Home Page
Web Report Indexes : by Event Date | by Location | by Shape | by Posting Date

National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 5/15/1952 10:15 (Entered as : 5/15/52 10:15)
Reported: 7/7/2007 8:19:37 PM 20:19
Posted: 8/7/2007
Location: Pittsburgh (110 mi. E of), PA
Shape: Cylinder
As Chief Pilot for ((name of major company deleted)), I flew a group of their top scientists from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Wright Field, Ohio, on May 15, 1952.

We were in a DC-3 at 8,000' on an IFR flight plan and about a thousand feet on top of all clouds.

Around 10:15 and about 110 miles East of Pittsburgh, my copilot spotted a strange object flying with us and about 500 feet off our left wing. It was a black, shiny cylinder round on each end and it had no wings, empennage, engines or windows.

We called Pittsburgh Radio and asked if they had any aircraft in sight near us. They reported none.

We called our passengers up. one by one, and asked if they could see anything. They were shocked to see the object flying beside us.

The object shot ahead of us and waited for us to catch up. It zig-zagged across our course for half an hour. One of the scientists calculated its speed at 1,500 mph. It ultimately disappeared ahead of us.

We were all sworn to secrecy by the ((senior company officer)) on board, ((officer's name deleted)), because we were on our way to secure the largest research contract in ((company name deleted)) history from the Air Force and, at that time, just about anyone reporting an UFO was considered to be a wacko. We couldn't even discuss the event with our families.

I am now ((age deleted--eighties)) and retired after 17,500 hours of flying for the Air Force and for corporations. My copilot and passengers are all deceased. I simply want to go on record that I and seven cool, competent observers calmly observed this object and never reported it.

Incidentally, while I was at Wright Field I asked one of their senior pilots what the fastest USAF plane could fly at. The answer was: around 500 mph.

I prefer to keep this report confidential.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate, and that he will check his flight logs for the precise date. We spoke with this witness via telephone during a lengthy conversation, and we found him to be sober-minded, and we suspect that he is an exceptionally good witness. PD))