Fighter Pilot Dogfights With Flying Disk

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Los Angeles Times
October 3, 1948

FARGO, N.D., Oct. 2 (AP)--A National Guard fighter pilot today told a story of a 30 minute encounter with a mysterious flying object over this city in the darkness--and his account was supported by two control tower operators and another flier.

In a signed statement for Air Force Intelligence, the pilot, Lt. George Gorman of the 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, claimed he chased and did aerial maneuvers last night with a lighted, disk-like object which outran and outmaneuvered him.

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Watching him and the object with binoculars were Lloyd Jenson and H. E. Johnson, both of Fargo, control tower operators at Hector Airport here. Both said in statements today that no other aircraft had reported to the tower besides Gorman's F51 fighter and a Cub, whose pilot, Dr. A. E. Cannon of Fargo, also reported watching Gorman and the object dogfighting around Fargo.

Gorman attempted to intercept the object, making head-on passes, but it outturned and outran him for nearly a half hour until he lost it at 17,000 feet.