I was born and raised in the Territory of Alaska.
And in 1949 I was a student at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
During the summer of 1949 I worked as a transit man on a survey line for the Civil Aeronautics Administration which was beginning the development of the Fairbanks International Airport.
On a clear day in July, in a sky void of sound or activity, there appeared an enormous metallic disk shaped object directly above my line of sight, but at a great distance from us.
I shouted to my 2 chainmen and pointed to the object which was approaching rapidly until it appeared directly above us, but still at an altitude higher than any airplane I had ever observed.
Its size was enormous.
I imagined it would cover several city blocks in size.
It was visible for about a couple of minutes before it made a sharp right angle turn and climbed out of sight.
Only one of the chainmen saw the object.
The time of the sighting was about 11:00 a.m.
At noon it was time for our break and we headed back to the survey station where the sighting was discussed with others.
By the end of the day our story had reached the military at Ladd Field and when we arrived back at the station we were approached by an Army officer who interrogated us separately regarding the sighting.
When I was asked how high it was I responded that it was at least at an altitude of 30,000'.
The officer asked why I would choose that altitude and I said it was because I knew of no aircraft that could reach that altitude.