Was it a UFO or an Air Force refueling operation?

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By David Davis

Between 1952 and 1969, the U.S. Air Force conducted a study of UFO sightings known as “Project Blue Book.”

Project Blue Book goals were to scientifically analyze UFO data and to determine if UFOs were a national security threat. In those 17 years, more than 12,000 reported UFO sightings were analyzed. Most of the “UFOs” were explained away as known aircraft or naturally occurring phenomenon.

The project ended in 1969, when it was concluded there was nothing anomalous or dangerous about the reported UFOs and that there was no evidence that any of the UFOs were in fact extraterrestrial, according to the history website Fold3.com.

One sighting was reported on a late Sunday night at about 10 p.m. Oct. 30, 1955, in Williston by a police officer whose name was redacted from the report. The officer was 40 years old and had attained a fifth-grade education.

The report noted the “Source gave much thought to each question and asked and seems fairly sure of his answers. In the opinion of the investigator, source was fairly reliable.”

According to the officer’s account, he saw the lights while making his rounds. “… They appeared to be bright, round lights about 12 inches in diameter. I then drove several miles out of Williston, stopped my car, and got out to scan the skies. At approximately 10:15 p.m., one of the lights appeared to descend to within 150 ft. of my car and at this time, the light was so intense that it was blinding. Then suddenly it disappeared leaving no trace of anything in the bright moonlight.”

Monday night, the police officer sighted three more bright lights in the sky at approximately 9 p.m. This time, the objects appeared to be no more than 200 ft. above the earth and as they passed overhead, “… the area lit up sufficiently enough to find a needle on the gravel road. They seemed to hover over Levy County until about 9:17 p.m. Then I saw nine bomber-type aircraft in ‘V’ formation at about 7,000 ft. with a passenger-type aircraft traveling about 3,000 ft. above these aircraft. At no time was any sound or vapor trails observed.”

Two police officers in Ocala also reported similar sightings at about the same time. One was a 25-year-old high school graduate who served in the military and had three months of technical training on the T-33 Radar. The second police officer had a high school education. The investigator said of both that, “It would be difficult to find a more reliable source.”

According to the report the night was clear, dry, no wind and cool.

In summary, the report stated Headquarters, 2nd Air Force, revealed that MacDill Air Force Base had 14 B-47 type aircraft and 14 KC-97 type aircraft refueling in central Florida at the time. During refueling operations, red, amber, green and white lights may be seen at night. Refueling operations were conducted at 15,000 ft.

The conclusion: Air Force refueling operations.

But was it, really?