UFOs - Past, Present, & Future
The Chiles And Whitted Case-1948
by Robert Emenegger
Six months later, on July 24, 1948, a cylindrical object giving off a phosphorescent glow was sighted in the night sky over Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Forty minutes later, a pilot over Blackstone, Virginia, observed an object leaving a trail and traveling at a terrific speed in a southwesterly direction.
At 2:45 A.M., Captain C. S. Chiles and First Officer J. B. Whitted were piloting Eastern Airlines Flight #576 from Houston to Atlanta when, Whitted reports, "We sighted an object coming toward us... This strange object had a stream of red fire coming from its tail and I could see it was much larger than anything I had seen or read about."
It being a clear moonlit night, visibility was excellent. Chiles then noticed that the object had no wings supporting it. "It passed us on the right side. Its speed was about 700 miles per hour." And both men got a very good look at this unusual object: "It was about 100 feet long, shaped like a cigar," and as it passed they clearly saw "two rows of windows, an upper and lower, that were large and square." From inside the windows came "a very bright light glowing" and they could see that the underside of the ship had a "blue glow," like a fluorescent light. As it passed, it pulled up and into some broken clouds - and was lost from view.
"We heard no noise and felt no turbulence from the object," the men added.
The Air Force investigators checked out Chiles and Whitted: they found that Chiles, in the war, had been in command capacity with the Air Force, had vast experience in judging and identifying aircraft, and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Whitted's reliability was also found to be "excellent."
That night there was a third witness - the one passenger who was awake on that Eastern Airlines flight, Clarence McKelvie. In his signed letter, he describes it this way:
steward said to me, "I noticed you watching out the window ."
asked if I would talk to the pilot. Yes. The pilot came back
Oh, I was
interrogated by groups - Air Force Intelligence of Wright-Patterson
This object was witnessed by pilots of three aircraft and a passenger, and ground observers added even more corroboration. The conclusion of an Air Intelligence report was that the object remained unidentified as to origin, construction, and power source, and it went into the record classified as "unknown." In the early 1960's, the Air Force abruptly decided that Chiles and Whitted had seen a meteor.
But behind the scenes during that time, the Air Force had done some serious homework in an attempt to consider any and all possible explanations for what Chiles, Whitted, and McKelvie had seen. Here is part of an Air intelligence report on the sighting.
Tech Intel Div.
Apparently it is not of domestic origin since a thorough check of 225 flight
Objects similar in configuration have been reported as follows:
a. Rocket-like objects capable of immense speed were seen during the past summer
b. A wingless craft was observed moving at high speed at
Flying Fuselages (Torpedo of Cigar-Shaped Body)
a. While the cigar or torpedo shaped body represents a
sufficient form for the
b. Although the craft sighted by Whitted and Chiles was
reported to be without
c. While no stabilizing fins were apparent on the
"flying fuselage" reported by
That obviously doesn't
explain the UFO, but it shows us something other than
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