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Files obtained from the National Archives of Canada:

The following account is from the actual transcripts of sightings filed with, first, the National Research Council, and finally, archived and microfilmed by the National Archives of Canada. The National Research Council maintained a file of unidentified aerial phenomena (UFOs) under a category titled: "Non-Meteoric Sightings". UFOs referred to below are "unidentified flying objects"... unidentified to the observer. They may be nothing more than misidentified natural objects, but read these accounts and try to imagine what kinds of natural objects could lead to the following reports.

Aircraft Reports UFO To Air Traffic Control (ATC), 1973:

P 262059Z JUL 73
FM MARCOM HQ HALIFAX
TO NDHQ OTTAWA FOR CFOC AND NRC
FM MILITARY COMMANDER DYE MAIN CAPE CYER NWT CAN
TO 22ND NORAD REGION OCC NORTH BAY CAN
CANNARCON YELLOWKNIFE NWT CAN
CANLIFTCOM TRENTON ONT CAN
UNCLAS

SUBJECT: UNUSUAL SIGHTING

26/1735Z EMPRESS 381 reported a large balloon in close proximity. ATC had no info on any balloons in the area.

26/1739Z EMPRESS 381 stated balloon was approx 200 ft. in diameter and approx. 3 miles from aircraft. Position: 7100N - 6000W.

26/1741Z EMPRESS 381 advised that it was not a balloon because it had been paralleling their course for 5 to 6 minutes. Course 260 degrees, altitude 31,000 ft., position 7034N - 6818W, speed 500 knots.

EMPRESS 381 reported two pictures were taken with small camera.

BT
Report NRC N73/071 000032 Reel T-1742


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