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The Bethune Flight 124 airmiss in 1951:

U.S. Naval Reserve Lieutenant Graham Bethune, co-pilot on Flight 125 from Keflavik, reported:

"While flying in the left seat on a true course of 230 degrees at a position of 49-50 North and 50-03 West, I observed a glow of light below the horizon about 1,000 to 1,500 feet above the water. We both observed its course and motion for about 4 or 5 minutes before calling it to the attention of the other crew members... Suddenly its angle of attack changed, its altitude and size increased as though its speed was in excess of 1,000 miles per hour. It closed in so fast that the first feeling was we would collide in midair. At this time its angle changed and the color changed. It then [appeared] definitely circular and reddish orange on its perimeter. It reversed its course and tripled its speed until it was last seen disappearing over the horizon. Because of our altitude and misleading distance over water it is almost impossible to estimate its size, distance, and speed. A rough estimate would be at least 300 feet in diameter, over 1,000 miles per hour in speed, and approached to within 5 miles of the aircraft."

Table of content:

Click! The case, general information.
Click! The Air Intelligence Report page 1 of 2.
Click! The Air Intelligence Report, page 2 of 2.
Click! Project record card.
Click! Fleet logistic report by witness Fred W. Kingdon.
Click! Letter to CG, AMC, by Colonel S. Harris.
Click! Letter from North East Air Command: all experienced North Atlantic flyers.
Click! Radio Note from J.J. Rogers to Colonel Harris of Wright Patterson AFB..
Click! Major Keyho of NICAP's story.
Click! Dominique Weinstein's case summary.
Click! Graham E. Bethune's public testimony at Washington Disclosure conference 2001.
Click! Other sightings in that area.
This page Letter from North East Air Command: weather clear, no planes (This page).
Click! The Parrot letter; explaining it away: it was a meteor, or Northern Lights (This page).
Click! Drawings by witnesses.
Click! References.
R5D

Picture of a Navy R5D transport. The R5D is a variant of the C-54 transport, whose civilian version is known as the Skymaster.

The transcription of the NEAC note about the weather:

This letter from Lt. Col. Parrot to Col. Feiling indicates that the weather was clear and the visibility from 15 miles to unlimited. It also indicates that the Gander Air Traffic Control did not know of any other plane in that area.

FROM: NORTH EAST AIR COMD, PEPPERRELL AFB, NFLD
TO: CSAF WASH D C
NR: EN 0215

10 Feb 51 (DTG 101500Z)

Reference NEAC EN 0212 DTG 100400Z. Additional info on unidentified object, wea clear, visibility from 15 mi to unlimited, Gander Air Traffic Control reports Navy 650I only acft in area, Evaluation B-2. Suggest any additional info be secured fr Navy Officers concerned at VR1 Sq Patuxent River, Maryland.

ACTION: OIN
CAF IN:
97697
(11 Feb 51)
SER/ref

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Fac simile of the NEAC note about the weather:

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