Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell chases a flying saucer
John F. Kennedy
Antonio Villas Boas
CHASING A FLYING SAUCER
Times, January 9, 1948.
This case involves the circumstances surrounding the death of Kentucky
Air National Guard Captain Thomas F. Mantell, Jr. Mantell was flying in
an F-51 fighter plane along with two other air national guard planes.
All three pilots spotted a large UFO moving slowly overhead. It was
also reported by the Kentucky state police and many citizens on the
Pilot Thomas Mantell
in for a better look." These were the words Mantell
radioed in as he and the other three pilots climbed to intercept the
UFO. None of the planes were equipped with oxygen, and the planes were
running low on fuel. The other two pilots turned back after reaching
22,000 feet. At the time Air National Guard regulations stated you had
to have oxygen on board to exceed 14,000. Mantell continued to climb
until 30,000 feet.
Pilot Thomas Mantell spins out of control
Pilot Loses Consciousness
Mantell's plane then went into a spin. The plane crashed and Mantell
was killed. Mantell was still strapped to his seat and his watch had
stopped at 3:18 p.m., the time of impact. It was well known that
weather balloons were often flying in the area. Initially, it appeared
Mantell had simply chased a weather balloon too high, lost
consciousness from a lack of oxygen, and crashed.
Now, as radio announcer Paul Harvey used to say, "Here's the rest of the story."
commander of Godman Air Base was personally watching the UFO through
his binoculars for over an hour during Mantell's flight. This guy knew
weather balloons and as the commanding officer for an entire air base,
he didn't have time to stand around observing a weather balloon. What's
important here is the behavior.
last radio transmission was: "My God, I see people in this thing!"
to Mantell's instrument panel, he had stayed up for over an hour after
his plane had run out of fuel.
* A farmer
who witnessed the crash said that as the plane fell and reached about
forty feet, it was suddenly enveloped in a bright white light. Then the
plane fell out of the light, flat, no longer spinning as before.
Thomas mantell's crashed plane, January 9, 1948
died because his shoulder straps broke. He was thrown forward and the
control stick punctured his chest. Had the straps not broken, judging
from the remarkably undamaged condition of the plane, Mantell might
* There was
no damage to surrounding bushes, trees, or ground. There were no
scrapes on the bottom of the plane. Clearly there had been no forward
or sideways motion. The plane had been rather gently dropped from a
height of about forty feet. A plane spinning down from 30,000 feet
would have been completely demolished along with Mantell and the
Extraordinary sightings of similarly shaped UFOs were seen throughout
the next several days over adjoining states. Some of the objects were
seen traveling at incredible speeds.
* The events
of this case are well documented in public and military records.
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