Greenish/Orange Light Moves Rapidly

Greenish/Orange Light Moves Rapidly

Date: November 21, 1953

Location: Pendleton, IN

The night is absolutely clear, very dark, and moonless.

Out in the rural country with no city lights, farm lights, vehicles, nothing but black sky populated with thousands of stars all a twinkle.

Hearing a piston engined airplane flying towards the South, I looked up.

Almost immediately noticing a greenish/orange or yellowish light meandering along soundlessly, first heading in one direction then another.

Quite unlike any conventional aircraft of the time.

I know what it is, UFO.

Calling my friend, we watch for perhaps 30 seconds what appears to be a seemingly aimless flight pattern.

Then, another night traveller arrives on the scene.

I hear it, then see its navigation lights.

A jet, a military plane, has to be, for at this time in 1953 there are no civilian jet powered aircraft of any kind.

At almost the same moment that I see the newcomer, its pilot spots the UFO light, immediately changes course, and makes a bee line for the thing.

Thereafter, what follows is a cat an' mouse game of catch me if you can, between the light and the plane.

The UFO zips ahead, the jet falling behind, then slowing nearly to a stop, the chased allows its pursuer to close.

Once the separation is minimal, away it goes at an unbelievably high speed, sometimes executing angle maneuvers of less than 90°, with little or no slowing, until ready to once again tease the adversary.

For its part, the jet is able to make only gentle, sweeping turns; as its prey, in ghostly silence, traces various geometric figures in the night sky.

Only the roaring and panting of the military aircraft's heard in its utterly futile attempt to catch the soundless speck as it continues its Will-O-The-Wisp dance.

It is quite a show.

And, after some 2½ minutes or so, the participants disappear in a southwesterly direction, still engaged in a one sided midnight game of tag.

It is my opinion that the military plane was a Northrop F89 Scorpion, because few, if any, single-seat jet fighters were flown at night on missions such as this.

The Scorpion, a 2 seat, radar and rocket equipped aircraft, was used in the interceptor roll.

And, on this night, it definitely appears that one was trying to catch a boggy.

There is a possibility that the chase plane may have been a Lockheed F-94 Starfire.

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