Six days after WFTM radio went on the air, on January 7, 1948, an incident occurred over Maysville that also lives in extraterrestrial lore.
Often known as the Mantell Incident, the story includes pilots, UFOs, and town of Maysville. In accordance with stories, 25-year-old Kentucky Air Nationwide Guard Pilot Captain Thomas F. Mantell, Jr. was piloting an F-51 when his airplane crashed southwest of Franklin, Kentucky.
That is how the story unfolded. In accordance with Godman Discipline tower operator T/Sgt. Quinton Blackwell, Navy Police known as him with an alert from Kentucky State Police. KSP had acquired calls of “an uncommon aerial object” over Maysville.
Blackwell contacted Flight Service at Wright Discipline in Dayton, Ohio, to find out if there have been any plane within the neighborhood. There have been none.
State Police known as again to report incidents from Owensboro and Irvington. Witnesses say they noticed a round object 250 to 300 ft in diameter heading westbound. At 1:45, Blackwell stated he noticed one thing attention-grabbing within the southern sky.
A number of witnesses, together with the commanding officer, noticed the thing. It was described as resembling a “parachute with the intense solar shining on prime of the silk,” and “spherical and whiter than the clouds that handed in entrance of it.”
In the meantime, 4 F-51s approached, led by Captain Mantell, who had taken half within the Normandy invasion in 1944. Blackwell requested Mantell and his companions to see if they may get near the thing.
Mantell noticed it and radioed Godman tower, reporting it was “in sight above and forward of me, and it seems to be shifting at about half my velocity or roughly 180 miles an hour.”
He went on to explain it. “It seems to be a metallic object or presumably reflection of solar from a metallic object,” Mantell reported, including “it’s of great measurement.”
With out informing his fellow pilots, Mantell abruptly turned proper and climbed sharply. At 20,000 ft, his wingmen needed to peel off, however not earlier than Mantell pointed it out to them over Bowling Inexperienced, saying, “Look, there it’s on the market at 12 o’clock!”
Mantell signaled that he needed to comply with it as much as 25,000 ft for 10 minutes; then, if he bought no nearer to it, he would abandon the chase. It was about 3:15. Round this time Mantell advised Godman Discipline that the thing was “immediately forward of me and barely above and is now shifting at about my velocity or higher. I’m attempting to shut in for a greater look.”
Everybody within the tower agreed on this one final little bit of Mantell’s transmission, “I’m going to twenty,000 ft.” He by no means talked to anybody once more.
William Mayes, a resident of rural Franklin, stated he “heard a humorous noise as if (the pilot) have been diving down and pulling up, however (the airplane) wasn’t, it was simply circling. After about three circles the airplane began into an influence dive slowly rotating. It began to make a terrific noise, ever growing, because it descended. It exploded midway between the place it began to dive and the bottom. No hearth was seen.”
Reported sightings of an obvious UFO, or UFOs, continued into the night. The night version of the Louisville Courier learn: “F-51 and Capt. Mantell Destroyed Chasing Flying Saucer.”
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