NOVEMBER 8, 1956 ……..COCO BEACH FLORIDA
About 9 a.m. on November 8th, several witnesses in Coco Beach observed two UFOs move in behind an F-l00 jet fighter. Through 7X50 binoculars, and also with the naked eye, they watched as the jet moved across the sky at about 1250 miles per hour. The UFO came up fast and the jet pilot made a tight turn, but couldn’t catch the object. It was learned later that the same object was seen earlier pursuing a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral.
About two hours after the UFO pursued the jet and rocket, a mysterious object which apparently played aerial tag off the tip of Florida for several minutes before shooting into space at 4000 miles per hour was reported by a Pan American World Airways radar expert. Donald Freestone said he picked up the UFO while testing weather radar equipment in the FAA shops at Miami International Airport. Surprised by the unexpected target return on the screen, he called fellow employees. Six of his colleagues confirmed the finding. None knew what it was. “I didn’t believe in such things before,” said Freestone. “But after this happened, I got some books and read up on it. Now I’m convinced it was something that is out of our experience, so far as aircraft is concerned.”
Freestone said the UFO was “four to five times larger than any aircraft observed in the past.” It appeared to be egg-shaped or oval-shaped, and to have a double pattern resembling an hourglass or figure eight. The radar expert said he was working on a Bendix RDR-lA weather radar which FAA uses in some planes to spot bad weather ahead. It is capable of “seeing” storms and thunderstorms 150 miles in the path of planes. With the radar at “zero tilt” – that is, pointed straight out, Freestone first saw the UFO. “It appeared at approximately 65 miles southwest of Miami, at an altitude of between 7000 and 8000 feet. It disappeared and reappeared several times. I found that by turning the antenna tilt up, it could be brought back on the screen. It disappeared once at 70 miles and reappeared at about 55 miles, then moved back to 70 miles. The speed was estimated at 550 to 650 miles per hour.”
“It then moved in to 50 miles and remained stationary for two to three minutes. Then it began going off in the south-southwest direction it had come from. One time it was noticed that the target moved 20 miles in about six sweeps or rotations of the antenna, which rotates at a speed of 20 times a minute. (Calculations indicate that this showed a flying speed of about 4000 miles per hour.) The object was last observed at about 100 miles from Miami, still moving south-southwest. It was watched on the radar screen for about 20 minutes by six other people, from 1l:l5 a.m. to ll:35 a.m. From returns, the target was fairly large, being four to five times larger than any aircraft observed in the past. It had a definite shape and moved on a definite course.” While the UFO activity was in progress in southern Florida, Homestead Air Force Base, south of Miami, was placed on an “alert status.” NOTE: The above image is CGI.
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