UFO SIGHTING REPORT

TAMPA
FLORIDA

1961


Pilot Sighting Report

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 sighting, in the air

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 was.

I would really like to extend my deepest thanks to this fellow for his reports.

Take care

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research

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