50 Years Ago on this Day a UFO was spotted in Shreveport

By: Lisa Baca

Strange Times USA Staff/writer 

No one heeds the Air Force creed of fly, fight and win better than the airmen at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Their inventory of B-52H Stratofortress bombers are designed to devastate, and have done exactly that in years past.

But, Barksdale’s infamy for their incredible arsenal of aircraft goes far beyond their man-made planes—in 1962 pilots from two separate C-46’s spotted a disk-shaped craft while flying above the airbase, a disk that was later filed in official reports as a ‘balloon’.

According to AF Form 329, all pilots involved report the craft being seen at 1430 (2:30 p.m.), flying at an altitude of around 4,000 feet and going approximately 300-400 mph.

AF Form 329, Record Card
 In attempts to detect what the object could be the airmen tried a series of maneuvers, a tactic which determines if the other unidentified craft is friendly. 

At one point the UFO mirrored the C-46’s 360 degree turns, but disappeared shortly after.

A second team of officers flying in the air that day observed the disk about 15 minutes later– after heading straight for them it veered underneath the C-46 and vanished.

I’m no expert on balloons, but the maneuvers made by the craft seem a little out of character for a piece of helium-filled latex.  

Official Report
Later it was argued that rawinsonde balloons (instruments used to meteorically observe the upper-atmosphere by means of radio-waves) were released the same day, possibly explaining the sighting but were ultimately dismissed. 
Fifty years have passed and we are still witnessing the strange occurrence of UFO’s with similar explanations. 

Weather balloons have been used as a scapegoat throughout history, and just as the possibility of UFOs are scoffed by non-believers it is the same way believers feel about thoughtless answers to sightings.

Will we ever know the truth? 

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