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Everybody Saw Something After Sputnik Launch

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 07:38:34 -0500
Archived: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 07:38:34 -0500
Subject: Everybody Saw Something After Sputnik Launch

Source: The Daily Advertiser - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA


Nov 4, 2007

Acadiana Diary: Everybody Saw Something In Sky After Sputnik Launch
Jim Bradshaw

Fifty years ago, in November 1957, the Russians had scared us
silly by launching Sputnik I and, just months later, the dog-
carrying Sputnik II.

A nation that had never thought much about space suddenly began
to panic, and folks with overactive imaginations began to talk
about the dangers of a Russian attack from Out There, but also
about Superior Intellects from Outer Space.

In fact, the month of November 1957 was the single most active
period so far recorded for UFO sightings ever. In that one month
the Air Force acknowledged 414 reports of sightings and admitted
that there were probably many more that were not reported.

Some of the sightings came from fairly reputable people.

Two reports scared the bewhillikers out of us on Nov. 6. The
first came from a missile engineer named James Stokes, who
reported seeing a "brilliant colored, egg-shaped object" that he
said stalled cars in New Mexico.

According to the Associated Press, other reliable witnesses
reported the same, including "startled citizens, peace officers,
and servicemen." They said that 10 cars were stalled on U.S. 54
between White Sands Proving Grounds and Alamagordo, N.M.

The account said this object resembled a "big ball of fire" that
had been seen flitting around west Texas a few days earlier.
But, even scarier, that same day a Coast Guard cutter reported
tracking a UFO that hung over the Gulf of Mexico for more than
10 minutes. The radio report from the Cutter Sabago described
something brilliant in the sky moving at "a tremendous rate of
speed." It was 300 miles out into the Gulf, due south of the
mouth of the Mississippi River.

We got more details the next day, when the Coast Guard ship
returned to its base in Mobile.

The navigator of the ship said he estimated the UFO's speed at
between 1,000 and 3,500 miles per hour - pretty fast for
anything in 1957.

The commander said that there might have been more than one of
whatever it was, because the "target" appeared on the radar
screen speeding in one direction, then reappeared, speeding in
the opposite direction, then appeared to hover near the ship.

The radar operator said that whatever it was appeared on his
screen to be about the size of a 10,000 ton ship. (By
comparison, Sputnik II, the biggest man-made object launched
from Mother Earth, weighed about 1,000 pounds.)

A crew member described the object as brilliant white, with a
glow so intense that he could not see its shape.

Nobody heard any sound as it passed nearby. Officials have
officially debunked the idea that this was a UFO, but nobody's
said what it really was.

It might be worth mentioning, though, that on that very same
day, a handful of people in Sarasota, Fla., reported a strange,
round, orange-colored object that hovered over land for a few
seconds before speeding away.

Contact Jim Bradshaw at 289-6315

[Thanks to Chaz Stuart for the lead]

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