|Occurred : 10/27/1975 (Entered as : 10/27/75)
Reported: 5/19/2008 9:42:26 AM 09:42
Location: Limestone, ME
|Loring AFB 1975 Sighting
http://www.nicap.org/ncp/ncp-loringafb.htm I was the Air Force Officer (rank of Captain and B-52 Aircraft Commander) in charge in the Command Post at the 42nd Bomb Wing at Loring A.F.B the first night of this sighting. Many of the details of the night have been forgotten, but I haven’t forgotten that it happened. I do remember being on duty and receiving a call from Security and was told that there was a bright white light hovering over the primary entrance to the base. Many of the typical calls that we received could be handled with the use of a binder full of checklist. That way the Wing Staff wouldn’t have to be disturbed in the evening and could be briefed in the morning. It didn’t take too long to realize that we didn’t have a checklist that applied to the information being given to us during this call. We were told that the bright white light was stationary and there was no engine noise. I promptly notified the Wing Commander and he appeared at the Command Post in a very short amount of time. These sightings went on for many of the following nights that I worked. Many of the following nights the Command Post would have the usual two Controllers plus several of the Wing Staff members. One night as I was getting off my work shift we received a call that another sighting had been made. We were not able to see these sighting ourselves because there were no windows in the Command Post. The Wing Commander asked me to take his Staff Car and take the Helicopter Pilot to his aircraft. That was the first sighting that I actually made of this bright white light. It appeared to be hovering over the runway from where I was standing but this also could have put it over the weapons storage area. I dropped off the Helicopter Pilot and watched him takeoff towards the object that we had been watching. I saw it leave very rapidly as he approached it. It left so rapidly that it almost would appear that it had simply turned its light off. That is not what happened because I could detect a very rapid motion from a standstill. This accelerat! ion was faster than any that I had ever seen before or since. I know there was much effort during the days that followed to try and gather information about possible landing sites in the area. Airports were checked for transient aircraft landings and fuel purchases. Fields and wide riverbeds were also considered. No information was ever collected that I am aware of that would verify that this was just some kind of aircraft/balloon/helicopter/hoax as we know it. Needless to say, I only had and needed access to information that pertained to the performance of my job as a Command Post Controller. I can say that as far as I know, this sighting remained Unidentified, it was Flying and it was an Object. So, I can refer to this as a UFO but I can’t make any conclusion of its origin/destination/intentions. I believe that Approach Control was able to track the object with radar as I recall. I can’t confirm much of the other information that I have read but I do know what took place where I was working. It was a very impressive sighting and would be quite hard to believe unless you were there and saw it.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of incident is approximate. PD))