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Atomic plant UFO case, 1950:

Interest:

These are the last in a series of incident reports about unidentified flying objects over the AEC facility in Oak Ridge. This report comes from the AEC itself and gives the accounts of security personnel who witnessed the incident on the day they witnessed it. There is nothing ambiguous about their report. For example,: "On October 16, 1950, at approximately 2:55 P.M., Trooper Isabell stopped us at this Installation and showed us an object in the north that was traveling toward the northwest. It looked to be about 2,000 feet in the air and a white-silverish looking color, rotating in a counter clockwise manner. It was round in shape and going in a rather fast motion..."

Some of the reports are really bizarre, such as Ed Rymer's indication that the object must have changed size to appear so small at 50 feet and still be visible with the same apparent size at one mile distance. This incident has never been resolved or explained. 4 pages of the full document can be viewed underneath.

Document references:

Title:Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Incident Report, re: Flying Object
To:Not noted
Authors:(Troopers) Lendelle Clark and Hank M. Briggs, AEC, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Date:October 16, 1950
Length:4 pages
Classification:Special note on the classification on top of page 1 (*).
CC:1 – Callaghan, 2 – Chief Davis’ File, 3 – Mail & Rec. File

(*) Classification: None noted, except for this declaimer: "This document contains information affecting the National Defense of the United States. Its transmission or the disclosure of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited and may result in severe criminal penalties under applicable Federal laws."

Transcription:

Page 1:

FROM OR-514

Incident Report
AEC Patrol

CAUTION

This document contains information affecting the National Defense of the United States. Its transmission or the disclosure of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited and may result in severe criminal penalties under applicable Federal laws.

Closed Supplement
Date Incident Report No. 1424-50
By
W.R. Date: 10/16/50
N.E. Time 2:55 P.M.


CLASSIFICATIONTROOPERLOCATION
Flying ObjectJohn L. IsabellBlair Gate
PERSON INVOLVEDADDRESSBADGE NO.
Trooper Lendelle Clark212
PERSON INVOLVEDADDRESSBADGE NO.
Trooper Hank M. Briggs156

REMARKS:

On October 16, 1950, at approximately 2:55 P.M., Trooper Isabell stopped us at this Installation and showed us an object in the north that was traveling toward the northwest. It looked to be about 2,000 feet in the air and a white-silverish looking color, rotating in a counter clockwise manner. It was round in shape and going in a rather fast motion. This object was at a high altitude and seemed to come in sight and then disappear. It looked about the size of a ball and round at every angle we looked at it.

/s/ Lendelle Clark
/s/ Hank M. Briggs

DISTRIBUTION:
1 - Callaghan
2 - Chief Davis' File
3 - Mail and Rec. File

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:
/s/ W.B. Gray
SAC, Knoxville

Page 2:

[Unreadable]
(April 1950)

Incident Report
AEC Patrol

CAUTION

This document contains information affecting the National Defense of the United States. Its transmission or the disclosure of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited and may result in severe criminal penalties under applicable Federal laws.

ClosedSupplement
DateIncident Report No. 1424-50
By
W.R.Date: 10-16-50
N.E.Time 1:30 P.M.


CLASSIFICATIONTROOPERLOCATION
Flying ObjectJohn L. IsabellBlair Gate
PERSON INVOLVEDADDRESSBADGE NO.
Trooper Lendelle Clark212
PERSON INVOLVEDADDRESSBADGE NO.
Trooper Hank M. Briggs156

REMARKS:

At approximately 1:30 P.M., October 16, 1950, while working at Blair Gate, I saw an object in the air over E-25 traveling in a northwest direction from the southwest. It was traveling in a straight line and going very fast. The object was white or silvery in color and round like a ball and was about the size of a baseball as seen at the distance it was from me. It seemed to be very high.

At exactly 2"55 P.M., October 16, 1950, this object reappeared from the northwest at a considerably lower altitude and traveling a lot slower than before. It [I] stopped a car that was coming in the gate in order to have witnesses to what I saw. The occupants of the car were Trooper Landelle Clark and Hank M. Briggs going in to work. I pointed out the object to Troopers Clark and Briggs and we watched the object for several minutes. This object was slowly circling in a wide circle and spinning very fast, that is, the object itself was spinning around and around. The object drifted toward the southwest and in just a few minutes it reappeared at a very high altitude going back into the northwest and going very fast. We watched the object disappear into the northeast.

This information was phoned in to Headquarters immediately by the undersigned. About fifteen minutes after the object reappeared into the northeast, an F-82 Fighter plane showed up in the area where the object was last seen but appeared to be thousands of feet lower than the object Troopers Clark, Briggs, and the undersigned saw and reported.

/s/ John L. Isabell, Trooper
Oak Ridge Patrol Force

Distribution:
1 - Callaghan
2 - Chief Davis' File
3 - Mail & Rec. File

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:
/s/ Vm B. Cray
SAC, Knoxville

AEC, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 4/12/50
--5,000-A17622

Page 3:

16 October 1950

Description of object seen by Atomic Energy Commission Security Patrol Trooper Edward D. Rymer; who approached the object as close as Fifty (50) feet, at about 1520 hours on 15 October 1950, is substantially as follows: When first seen at an estimated altitude of twelve (12) to fifteen (15) thousand feet, the object appeared to be an aircraft starting to "skywrite". The "streamer" left behind is estimated to be approximately one fourth (1/4) of a mile long. The object then started a controlled descent, almost vertical, at a slower speed than an aircraft would dive, and the "tail" followed the object. "It" then appeared to take the shape of a large bullet with a streamer, or ribbon, as thick as the bullet, trailing in the path of the object but connected to it. The object then leveled off parallel to the horizon, deceased its speed, and passed within seventy (70) yards of Rymer and another observer whom Rymer had stopped (John Moneymaker). Rymer had reported via telephone that this object was a "falling object". As the object decreased its speed to less than a man's normal walk, Rymer attempted to approach the object, but when he got within fifty (50) feet of it, the object moved toward the Southeast at about six feet altitude above the terrain; made almost a mechanical manoeuver to go over a nine (9) foot cyclone chain link fence; then another similar manoeuver to pass over a willow tree and a telephone line; and finally gained altitude and speed and went over a hill about one mile distance.

When Rymer was within fifty (50) feet of the object it appeared to be a two (2) by five (5) card (similar to the one issued to vehicles entering the "Control Zone" at Oak Ridge) with a twenty (20) foot ribbon tail, the first two feet of which were easily visible and the last eighteen (18) feet of which was almost transparent and divided into several sections. The sections of the tail would pulsate a dim "glow" alternately. Through the entire length of the tail, was a black line which might be described as a "wire". The entire color was bluish-gray similar to the color of the "wood cooking range". The "body" of the object was gently moving up and down, and the tail waved in the breeze like a ribbon or a worm and followed the path of the "body" of the object. There was no breeze at the time! (Knoxville Airport reports a high breeze of eight (8) miles per hour). Further, from fifty (50) feet away, the object looked no bigger than it did from the two hundred and ten (210) feet away, and when it disappeared over the hill, one (1) mile away, it still looked the same size that it had appeared at only fifty (50) feet, but the body was then "bladder" or "pear-shaped."

When questioned further, Rymer stated that the object had to change size from the time they first observed it until it came near the ground; and it had to get larger as it went over the hill or they would not have been able to see it at such distances.

The object appeared two more times within the next ten (10) minutes and Rymer was able to get two other observers to verify that they could see the same "thing".

The three observers, other than Rymer, [three lines are blackened out]

(Page #1 of Inclosure #3)

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The files

16 October 1950

[Blackened out] stated that as far as he knows his eye-sight is good and that he only had to use glasses for reading purposes. He had his eyes tested about 4 years ago by [Blackened out], at which time the reading glasses were prescribed. He also had taken a pre-drivers licence eye test about three weeks ago at the Maron First Aid Station.

[Blackened out] stated that the only other person to whom he mentioned seeing the object was a guard stationed at Gate Two to the K-29 Plant.

Note:

The Maron Guard was later identified as being Jack Larton, who was interviewed at approximately 11:15 P.M. Larton stated that a man was driving through the portal shortly after 3:00 P.M. and stopped to chat with him for about 5 minutes. The man [blackened out] stated that he had a headache and that he had been observing an object in the sky which was called to his attention by a guard at the Kerr Hollow entrance. According to Larton, the man further related that the object was so high that he didn't know what it was, but it looked more or less like a toy balloon. Larton stated that he was not excited by this report; however he did mention something about flying object to a fellow guard about two hours later when they observed aircraft which they believed were F-38's flying over the plant areas.

Note:

Other individuals who had observed the object were identified as AEC Patrolman Edward Dean Rymer and [rest of sentence blackened out]

A.L. Rydzewski

Rydzewski:ks

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:
By: /s/ Wm. B. Gray
SAC, Knoxville

(Page #2 of Inclosure #10)

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