Mantell Incident: When a USAF pilot died chasing a UFO

One of the best-known UFO events in the United States was the accident that Captain Mantell had while chasing a UFO.

Captain Mantell’s accident in 1948 is believed to be recorded in an old film. Captain Mantell’s accident On January 7, 1948, Captain Thomas F. Mantell, 25, a pilot in the Kentucky Air National Guard, was killed in an accident. He was flying his P-51 Mustang fighter plane in the vicinity of Franklin after being sent to search for an unidentified aircraft. This event was one of the first and most publicized UFO-related incidents in the United States. Additional investigations by the US Air Force’s Project Blue Book showed that Mantell may have been killed during a Skyhook balloon chase, which in 1948 was a secret project of which he was unaware. The captain chased the UFO up a steep climb and ignored warning calls to level his altitude. His height reached a point where he passed out from lack of oxygen. His plane went into a downward spiral and crashed. In 1956, Air Force Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, the first director of Project Blue Book, described the Mantell crash as one of the 3 “classic” UFO cases in 1948.

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UFO cases These helped establish the phenomenon in the public mind, as well as convincing some intelligence experts that these events were an actual aerial phenomenon. Somewhere in the archives of the Air Force or the Navy there are records that would confirm whether or not on January 7, 1948, it was launched from the Clinton County Air Force Base, Ohio. However, Captain Edward J. Ruppelt was never able to find these records. People who worked on the first aerial hook projects “remember” operating at the Clinton County Air Force Base in 1947. However, they refuse to limit themselves to one flight on January 7. This case continues to generate controversy within the United States Air Force, as some experts assure that there is footage of the incident. However, Captain Ruppelt’s words about the lack of records totally contradict this reality. What really happened to Thomas F. Mantell in 1948?


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