During the early evening of 23rd November 1953 personnel at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan noticed a strange radar return seemingly over the Soo Locks area of Lake Superior. This region of the upper Michigan area borders Canada, and as such, is strictly restricted air space.
With that in mind, shortly after the anomalous object was picked up, First Lieutenant Felix Moncla was sprinting to his F-89C Scorpion fighter jet on the runway of Kinross Air Force Base to investigate. It would be a mission he wouldn’t return from.
With Moncla on the mission was Second Lieutenant Robert Wilson, who would operate the radar of the jet fighter. However, constant trouble by Wilson to accurately read the radar readings would mean that radar operators in the control tower on the ground would relay information to Moncla during much of the flight.
As respected UFO researcher Nick Redfern writes:
Available USAF records demonstrate that the F-89 was vectored west-northwest, then west, climbing to 30,000 feet. While on its westerly course, the crew received permission to descend to 7,000 feet, turning east-northeast and coming steeply down on the target from above!
Moncla would begin to descend, and with the F-89 approaching in excess of 500 miles per hour, the object would suddenly change course. The jet would do likewise, engaging in a cat and mouse chase, assisted by the radar operator at the control tower. This would continue for around half an hour. Then, it appeared the F-89 was finally closing in.
Two “Blips” Become One – Then Vanish!
In the control room at Kinross Air Force Base, radar operators and other on-duty personnel watched the screen as the blip representing the jet got closer and closer to the unidentified blip. They then became one. Those watching braced themselves for some kind of engagement or for the F-89 to fly past the object and appear on the screen on the other side of it.
However, before any engagement could take place, the object would vanish from the screen. At the same time, though, so did the F-89 Scorpion. And the two pilots.
Radar operatives would attempt radio communication with the F-89 jet, and an immediate search of the area went ahead. However, nothing at all came to light. For all intents and purposes, the two pilots had completely disappeared. Vanished, completely into the air.
According to the aforementioned US Air Force records, the object was last confirmed at 8,000 feet and around 70 miles from Keweenaw Point.
The search would continue right through the night and into the following day. However, not a trace was discovered of the plane or the two pilots – not to mention the still unknown object.
Given the strange circumstances of the incident, and the climate of the era with regards to UFOs and “flying saucers” it wasn’t long before the incident came to the attention of UFO investigators and organizations. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
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