The Kelly Johnson UFO Sighting
Without question one of the most credible UFO sightings of all times is the sighting of a dark elliptical craft on Dec. 16, 1953 by one of the world’s leading aircraft engineers, Clarence Leonard “Kelly” Johnson, who designed the U-2 spy plane for the CIA.
In addition, what makes this sighting so credible is that unbeknown to Johnson, a Lockheed test pilot on a flight along the Los Angeles coastline corroborated Kelly’s sighting.
Johnson spotted the craft from his Lindero Ranch near Agoura, Calif. at about 5 p.m. and at first thought it was a lenticular cloud, or the vapor trail from some sort of aircraft.
“When it did not move or disintegrate, I asked my wife to get me our 8-power binoculars, so I could not have to take my eyes off the object, which by now I had recognized as a so-called saucer,” Kelly wrote in this Dec. 18, 1953 letter to the United States Air Force. (See copy of letter below)
Johnson then ran outside his house so he could focus better on the strange object.
“The object even in the glasses, appeared black and distinct, but I could make out no detail,” Johnson wrote.
As Johnson watched for about five minutes mesmerized — this is a man who was at the cutting edge of top-secret aircraft technology — when the object suddenly climbed and sped away at a speed Johnson estimated as impossible for any earthly technology.
The next day when Johnson reported for work at Lockheed, he found that one of its test pilots had seen the same UFO at the same time while testing the Constellation airframe 4301, which was a prototype for the Navy Airborne Early Warning aircraft.
The test pilot, Rudy Thoren, also documented his experience with the Air Force, which investigated the case as part of its Project Blue Book, only to conclude that both men had mistaken a cloud for a UFO.
Here Are the Declassified Documents Confirming the sighting:
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