The Pittsburgh Press
December 28, 1979
|... There's no doubt about it, we do need watching--and since the advent of our discovery of atomic and hydrogen power, the vigilance of the "eyes in the sky" has apparently increased.
An example of this constant surveillance was reported last Nov. 14. It wasn't given great prominence, but it happened in Spain:
"An airline pilot who made an emergency landing after reporting his plane was being followed by objects in the sky said it was one of the most frightening experiences of his life.
"The Spanish commercial jetliner with 199 passengers landed in Valencia after Capt. Javier Lerdo-Tejeda said he was being chased by unidentified flying objects. The plane was flying from Majorca to the Canary Islands.
"Lerdo-Tejeda, who has been a pilot for more than 15 years, said two bright red lights followed his plane for 15 minutes.
Kept closing in
"'I have nevr seen anything like it before,' he said. 'They kept closing in all the time.'
"He said he immediately descended from cruising altitude but the UFO stayed on his tail.
"The objects disappeared before Spanish Air Force jet fighter planes were sent up to investigate, Lerdo-Tejeda said." ... [Disagrees a little with original report, in which the UFOs only left after the first jet fighter arrived. His cred backed him up on this.]
An incident which almost duplicates the recent Spanish case occurred 35 years ago during World War II. It was related by a veteran pilot of the 415th Night Fighter Squadron after a mission over Germany on Dece. 22, 1944.
At 6 a.m., while flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the pilot and his radar operator were astonished tosee "two large orange glows" climbing rapidly toward them.