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Pilots sighting in Alaska, August 4, 1947

Captain Jack Peck and his Copilot Vince Daly stated that on 4 Aug at sunset they sighted and followed a "flying saucer" northwest of Bethel, Alaska. The object, which appeared as large or larger in mass than a C-54 and black in color appeared silhouetted against a brilliant evening sky. In order to avoid a possible collision (being unable at first to determine in what direction the object was moving) they pulled up to about 1200 ft in order to avoid a possible collision. The object crossed their path at right angle to them. Seeing that it was moving away from them at a very rapid rate and flying at an altitude from 500 to 1,000 ft they swung in behind it and followed it an at air speed of 170 MPH but the thing was out of sight in four minutes. They state that the object was smooth surfaced and streamlined and resembled a C-54 without motors (from the rear) and was without wings or any visible means of propulsion whatever. Wind was negligible and it was on a NW course.

Official in Charge of the Airlines for which Peck was working states that the pilot is not of the "imaginative type."

BETHEL, ALASKA

5 August 1947

Subject: Matters of National Interest

To: Commanding Officer, Alaska Communication System 550 Federal office Building, Seattle 4, Washington

1. Per AGAO-S 319.1 the following report is submitted on a matter which may become of National Interest. Captain Jack Peck and his Copilot Vince Daly have stated that on August 4, 1947 they sighted and followed a flying saucer Northwest of Bethel Alaska. This object was bigger than the Douglas DC-3 they were flying, crossed their course at right angles to them. It was flying at an Altitude of one thousand feet. They swung in behind it and followed it at an air speed of one hundred seventy miles per hour but it was out of sight in four minutes. They state the object was smooth surfaced and streamlined with no visible means of propulsion whatever.

2. It is realized that the Fourth Air Force claims there are no such things but Captain Peck is Chief Pilot for Al Jones flying services and is not a man given to exaggeration. In view of the excellent reputation of Captain Peck and the fact that no one there doubts the least but that he actually saw this object, this report is turned in for any action deemed necessary by your office.

August 5, 1947

Regional Director
Weather Bureau Regional Office
Anchorage, Alaska

Subject: Pilot's report of "Flying Saucer" vicinity UB.

Dear Sir:

I thought you would be interested in the attached report, even though it probably has no meteorological significance.

Mr. Peck related the following additional details in a conversation immediately after the reported flight. He and the Copilot first sighted the "saucer" ahead of them and at about the same altitude at which they were flying. It was in silhouette against a brilliant evening sky and they, being unable to determine at first in which direction it was moving, pulled up to about 1200 ft. to avoid possible collision. In this new position they could determine that the object was moving away from them and at a very rapid rate. It appeared to be as large or larger, in mass as a C-54 and black in color. It maintained the same altitude but soon disappeared from sight because of its superior speed, which the pilots estimated roughly to be three times theirs.

I know Mr. Peck well and he is not of the imaginative type.

Respectfully,

R. Allen Showalter
Acting official in Charge

KCWD V KNZI #10 D A EMSI 051112Z KCDN GR 101
75 IFN 1. FLWG RPRT BY PILOT J PECK OF PECK AND RIC AWTS AND COPILOT VINCE DALY COMMA SEVENTEEN AND SEVEN YEARS EXPERIENCE RESPY. AT 050820Z ABOUT 10 MILES NORTHWEST UB SIGHTED DISCUS LIKE OBJECT RESEMBLING REAR VIEW OF CHARLIE 54 WITHOUT MOTORS COMMA OR FLYING WING COMMA ALTITUDE 500 FEET. WIND NEGLIGIBLE COMMA CAVU COMMA TRUE COURSE NORTHWEST COMMA NO VSBL MEANS OF PROPULSION. AFTER DETERMINING NO REPRTD TFC AT UB PECK FLWD OBJECT IN DOG CHARLIE THREE FIVE MINUTES AT INDCD AIRSPEED OF 170 MPH BEFORE IT DISAPPEARED. WITH PECKS APPROVAL THIS IS FWD FOR YOUR INFN. JACKSON.

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