Two US pilots saw a cigar-shaped UFO

Two US pilots saw a cigar-shaped UFO

Two American pilots saw on July 24, 1948, a cigar-shaped UFO over southwest Alabama. Why has the air force destroyed the report is a big mystery.

In an article of History, attention is again paid to this mysterious UFO case.


On a summer morning at around 2.45 AM, pilots Clarence S. Chiles and co-pilot John B. Whitted flew in their twin-engine propeller plane the Eastern Air Lines DC-3.

5,000 feet high, with 20 passengers on board, the pilots flew from Houston to Atlanta. But the routine flight becomes an unforgettable experience, according to the official story.

Cigar-shaped UFO

Southwest of Montgomery, Alabama, the two pilots and one Pole Vulture saw something that scared them.

The official statement of the pilot Chiles describes what he has seen.

“It was clear there were no wings present, that it was powered by some jet or other type of power, shooting flame from the rear some 50 feet. There were two rows of windows, which indicated an upper and lower deck, [and] from inside these windows a very bright light was glowing. Underneath the ship there was a blue glow of light, —Chiles said.

This description of the cigar-shaped UFO initially meets the description of a blimp until the next pilot left an official statement.

“The object was cigar shaped and seemed to be about a hundred feet in length. The fuselage appeared to be about three times the circumference of a B-29 fuselage. It had two rows of windows, an upper and a lower. The windows were very large and seemed square. They were white with light which seemed to be caused by some type of combustion, —said Whitted.

The passenger, Clarence L. McKelvie or Columbus, who was awake at the time, saw a bright object flying past his window.


Two US pilots saw a cigar-shaped UFO
Credit: The Project Blue Book Archive

Both pilots made a drawing of what they have witnessed that morning. In the drawing, you see a cigar-shaped UFO in the shape of a blimp, but blimps have as a propulsion a rotor no jet engine.

In The Atlanta Constitution newspaper with the headline “Atlanta Pilots Report Wingless Sky Monster” Chiles add even more mind blowing descriptions.

“We veered to the left and it veered to its left, and passed us about 700 feet to our right and about 700 feet above us. Then, as if the pilot had seen us and wanted to avoid us, it pulled up with a tremendous burst of flame out of its rear and zoomed up into the clouds, —Chiles said.

It was not one of ours

The president of Boeing Aircraft, William M. Allen, told the United Press that he was certain that it was not one of his planes and added that he is not aware of the fact that such a thing is being built in America.

General George C. Kenney, the chief of the Strategic Air Command, told the Associated Press that the army does not own a similar aircraft like that.

“The Army hasn’t anything like that. I wish we did, — Kenney said.

More UFO sightings

The UFO sighting of the two pilots and the passenger is just the tip of the mountain. More UFOs have been observed in recent years, but because this has been observed by pilots, this is taken extremely seriously.


This UFO observation was soon put under the carpet and received the label classified.
The report eventually reached chief of staff Hoyt S. Vandenberg, but he did not believe that they came from other planets.

“The general wouldn’t buy interplanetary vehicles, a group from ATIC went to the Pentagon to bolster their position but had no luck, the Chief of Staff couldn’t be convinced, —Rupple wrote.

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The reason why Vandenberg is skeptical is that UFOs were not interplanetary at all, but the handiwork of America’s Cold War nemesis, the Soviet Union, at least that is the theory of the Air Force.

Another theory blames the Soviets, but that has never been proven.

What did they see

Possible explanations are made. Some people suggest that the two pilots have seen a weather balloon. Others declare that the pilots have seen a fireball or a very bright meteor.

This does not explain the windows and that the cigar-shaped UFO disappeared right before their eyes.

What you can not answer must be portrayed with a rational explanation.