Go Back Report # 732
09-21-1961

09-21-1961
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       Pacific Ocean—In the pre-dawn sky, a round object like a bright "ring" in the sky, with sharply outlined edges and a "very clear hole" in the center, quickly outdistanced two Boeing 707xx jet airliners, as well as many other planes, between Wake Island and Honolulu. The report said it came from the ocean, but the description is very similar to other reports of objects being seen over, near, or under the seas.                                                                                                     

This reference: George D. Fawcett, Psychic Observer, Vol. 3, No. 11, Southern Pines, N.C., November, 1962. [Reference in Psychic Observer for the above text not given]         
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Note: Not since I saw the brief document above have I found another article which states "it came from the ocean," which could also be interpreted as a direction, however, it is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is too good to ignore, given the text below. So we save this along with other stories too good to overlook. –CF-  
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TWO JET AIRLINERS ENCOUNTER UFO FLYING DISC       
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AF Admits Flood of Reports     
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       BULLETIN. The Federal Aviation Agency has just confirmed to NICAP the sighting of a large, round, flying object by two jet-airliner crews. Encountered over the Pacific, Sept. 21, the mysterious device swiftly outdistanced the Boeing 707's.

       Reports were radioed to PAA towers at Wake and Honolulu by Capt. R. F. Griffin, commanding a British Overseas Airways Corporation plane, and by a Pan American Airways captain. Details indicating a space machine much larger than any now possible on earth were relayed to AF Intelligence.

       (On Sept. 25, in a surprising press statement, AFHQ admitted being flooded with reports of "flying objects" near Wake Island.)

       Capt. Griffin said the BOAC jet was at 37,000 feet, in a gray, pre-dawn sky, when the UFO appeared.

       "Suddenly we saw this bright ring in the sky, about 50 degrees up." The British pilot described the object as round, with sharply outlined edges and a "very clear hole" in the center. "It was traveling in our direction but at far greater speed. There appeared to be reflected light coming down from it. The object went over the horizon in seven minutes."

       The confirming Pan-American report also was logged at Honolulu. The FAA has sent for both reports, to be released to NICAP if there are no official objections.

       Based on first reports, these points seem evident:

            1. The object was not an ICBM missile. Nor was it a satellite re-entering the atmosphere. These appear only as small balls of fire, briefly visible.

            2. The reflected light was from the sun, which was an hour below the horizon. The UFO had to be very high to catch its rays.

            3. At such a high altitude, the unknown device had to be extremely large (at least several hundred feet in diameter) for its edges and the hole to be so clearly seen by the BOAC crew. The size and description rule out all earth-made rockets, satellites, or Echo-type balloons.

       The "doughnut" shape the jet crews reported is similar to the future space-base proposed by rocket expert Wernher von Braun--a huge doughnut-shaped ring containing compartments for crews and equipment and rotating to create gravity. At a distance, the connecting framework would be invisible, and from far below, the space-base would appear just as Capt. Griffin described the UFO.

       More advanced space engineers, experimenting on another planet, could have evolved the same type of space-base. It is possible that what the jet crews saw was such a spacecraft from another world.                                                                                                                            

This reference: UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, Vol. 2, No. 2, October 1961, p. 1-2    
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And in Conclusion:     
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Section 10, Foreign Reports, Part C – Ocean & Antarctica 
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       For about 10 minutes at 7:00 a.m. (Honolulu time), September 21, 1961, two airliners and a U.S. ship at sea observed a UFO simultaneously. The object passed overhead, apparently at extremely high altitude, angling southeasterly above the North Pacific. (See map.)

       Reports from the Federal Aviation Agency and the U.S. Navy Oceanographic Office publication Notice to Mariners establish the following facts:

       At 1700 Greenwich Mean Time, the S. S. Iberville, north and east of Midway Island, [“A” on map.-CF-] noticed a white object about 20 degrees above the NW horizon. Its apparent angular size was about 1 degree (twice the apparent size of the full moon). For about 10 minutes, the UFO was observed passing over the ship headed southeast. As it neared the ship's meridian, it resembled a huge halo with a bright object in the center. The apparent size increased to over four times the size of the full moon. [See Notice to Mariners report, reproduced below.]

       At the same time, a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) airliner about 800 miles northeast of the ship [“B” on map.-CF] saw the object overtake the plane. From a steep angle above the plane, the UFO continued southeasterly and disappeared over the horizon. Capt. R. F. Griffin described the UFO as "like a large smoke ring about 2 degrees in diameter [about 4 times the size of the full moon]." He said the center of the ring was clear sky, and once a star was visible through it. A ray of light seemed to project downward from the object.

       A Pan American Airways plane, about 400 miles southeast of Capt. Griffin's position, [“C” on map.-CF-] confirmed the report. The pilot reported a doughnut-shaped object moving easterly about 10 degrees above the horizon.   [66.]

       The Soviet Union announced a few days later that they had successfully test fired a multi-stage carrier rocket over the Pacific (exact date not on record). However, the reported size of the UFO was far too large to be explained as a rocket payload.        
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[Notice to Mariners]

NORTH PACIFIC
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       Second Officer William C. Ash of the American S.S. Iberville, Capt. M. O. Vinson, Master, reported the following:

       "At 1700 G.M.T. on September 21, 1961, while in lat. 31° 30’ N., long. 175° 30' E., a few minutes before morning twilight, a white opaque mass about twice the size of a full moon appeared in the northwest at an elevation of about 20°. It continued to climb toward the zenith and at about an elevation of 40°, the mass opened gradually to appear as a huge halo with a satellite in the center having very nearly the brightness of a first magnitude star. By the time it reached the zenith, it had more than doubled in size reaching its maximum at the zenith and then diminishing as it proceeded to the southeast. As it diminished it continued to decrease in size but did not appear to shrink into a corona as it had appeared but rather faded out completely at an elevation of approximately 20°. The entire mass was in view for approximately 8 to 10 minutes."

       Weather partly cloudy, wind NW force 2, slight sea and small NW swell, temperatures: dry 74° F., wet 67° F., sea 79° F.

(N.M. 43/61.)
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This reference: The UFO Evidence (Vol. 1) by Richard H. Hall, pp. 125-126, © 1964.

Note [66]: Reports on file at NICAP.

With thanks to Richard H. Hall of the Donald E. Keyhoe Archives: http://www.hallrichard.com/ for permission to post to this website.-CF-     
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Note: in the URN’s below there are two sets of times, which are the same but reference by different locations: 7:00 a.m. (Honolulu time) and 1700 Greenwich Mean Time.-CF-  
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UFOCAT PRN – 108328 [DOS: 09-21-1961]

UFOCAT URN – 108328 UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, November 1961, p. 1           
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UFOCAT PRN – NONE     [DOS: ??-??-1961]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    George D. Fawcett, Psychic Observer, Vol. 3, No. 11, Southern Pines,

                                        N.C., November, 1962         
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UFOCAT PRN – 34724   [DOS: 09-21-1961]

UFOCAT URN – 034724 The UFO Evidence (Vol. 1) by Richard H. Hall, pp. 125-126, © 1964  
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UFOCAT PRN – 88099   [DOS: 09-21-1961]

UFOCAT URN – 088099 Flying Saucer Review, p. 27 by Brinsley LePoer Trench, July 1967
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UFOCAT PRN – 34722   [DOS: 09-21-1961]

UFOCAT URN – 034722 (USAF) Blue Book files counted in official statistics, #447
UFOCAT URN – 034723 (USAF) Blue Book files counted in official statistics, #447
UFOCAT URN – 122049 Aircraft UFO Encounters by Dominique Weinstein, #033-18, © 1999
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Central Pacific Ocean

Wake Island    Latitude 19-16-55 N, Longitude 166-39-01 E (D-M-S)

Honolulu          Latitude 21-18-25 N, Longitude 157-51-30 W

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/redirect.html  
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From text above

Ship’s positionLatitude 31-30 00 N, Longitude 175-30-00 E 

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