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1966 Portage County UFO chase by policemen:

These events have been the model for the scene of the UFO chase by the police in the world famous movie "Close Encounters of the third Kind" by Steven Spielberg. Yet, who knows that the scene was inspired by real events?

This case is Project Blue Book Record 10073.

"I've seen Venus many times, but I never saw Venus 50 feet above a road and moving from side to side like this was..."

(Portage County Sheriff Ross Dustman to United Press International.)

In this case file:

Click! The case: events, investigations.
Click! The report by Richard Hall of NICAP.
Click! The witnesses written statements.
Click! Article from the Ravenna, Ohio, RECORD-COURIER newspaper, April 18, 1966 (unreadable).
Click! Article from The Cleveland Plain Dealer Monday, April 18, 1966.
Click! Article from The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sunday, October 9, 1966.
Click! Air Force letter to Project Blue Book, May 17, 1966.
Click! William Weitzel letter to Professor William Powers.
Click! Letter to Spaur and Neff from Wm. T. Powers.
Click! References.

A letter from the US Air Force:

This is a letter from the US Air Force to Project Blue Book, May 17, 1966.

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
HEADQUARTERS 911TH TROOP CARRIER GROUP, MEDIUM (RESERVE) (CONAC)
GREATER PITTSBURG AIRPORT, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA 15231

REPLY TO
ATTN OF: CSS-I

17 MAY 1966

SUBJECT: UFO Statements


TO: Project Blue Book TDEW/UFO
Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio 45433

1. The attached statements are submitted as requested 16 May 66.

2. Mr. William Aber does not wish his signature associated with
his statement.
3. Patrolman Frank Panzanella will assist in any way he can.
However, he stated emphatically, he does not wish envolvment in
any way with the News Media.

4. Mr. Wayne Huston, formerly Patrolman Wayne Huston does not wish his name identified with his statement. He has been harrassed by
news media and private organizations also individuals. He has been
misquoted by news media and is constantly bothered by telephone calls.
Possibly the above mentioned may have been a deciding factor Mr. Huston
resigned his position with the police force and accepted employment in
another area.
4. All three individuals contacted were very cooperative. However,
Patrolman Pansanella and Mr. Huston are strongly opposed to the news
media and their misinterpreation of the incident.

FOR THE COMMANDER


EUGENE F. REHRER 3 Atch
Information Officer 1. Statement, Mr. Huston
2. Statement, Mr. Aber
3. Statement, Panzanella


USAF Letter scan

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