An amazing UFO incident happened on the night of October 1st, 1948 in the skies over North Dakota. Lieutenant George F. Gorman, a seasoned flight instructor and World War II veteran had just returned with his squadron and was circling his F-51 Mustang above Hector Airport in Fargo, ND when something odd happened.
A small bright object flew by his right side at high speed and he first believed it was the tail light of another airplane. He radioed the airport’s control tower but they notified him no other aircraft appeared on their radar. Lt. Gorman decided to investigate and began pursuing the object. As he got closer, he saw the object he had been following was in fact a small sphere about six to eight inches in diameter.
It was about six to eight inches in diameter, clear white, and completely round without fuzz at the edges. It was blinking on and off. As I approached, however, the light suddenly became steady and pulled into a sharp left bank. I thought it was making a pass at the tower. I dived after it and brought my manifold pressure up to sixty inches but I couldn’t catch up with the thing. It started gaining altitude and again made a left bank. I put my F-51 into a sharp turn and tried to cut the light off in its turn. By then we were at about 7,000 feet. Suddenly it made a sharp right turn and we headed straight at each other. Just when we were about to collide, I guess I got scared. I went into a dive, and the light passed over my canopy at about 500 feet.”
Gorman went back to pursue the object and found himself once again heading straight for a head-on collision. In the last moment, the object shot up at high speed and disappeared. Attempting to follow it proved unfruitful as Lt. Gorman’s F-51 stalled as he was climbing and he was forced to return to the airport. He was visibly shaken and had trouble landing his plane.
Lieutenant Gorman was an experienced pilot and had flown under enemy fire during WWII. Is it reasonable to believe he had been following a lighted balloon or an optical illusion caused by Jupiter, as skeptics have suggested? These explanations are insulting, to say the least.
This famous case remains unexplained.