B-36 Close Encounter With a Craft Over Arizona
Date: May 1, 1952
Location: Tuscon, AZ
Major Rudy Pestalozzi, a base intelligence officer, along with an airman, looked up as a B-36 flew overhead and saw two shiny disks overtake the bomber, slow to its speed and position themselves alongside. The bomber crew, startled by the experience, made an unscheduled landing at the base and were interrogated at length by Major Pestalozzi, who happened to be the base UFO officer. Members of the flight crew had crowded into the starboard blister aft of the wing and looked down at a slight angle to see the closest disk, which was lens, or double-disk-shaped and about 20' - 25' in diameter. After about 20 seconds, the objects peeled off at an angle of 70º-80º from the flight path of the B-36 and sped away. Major Pestalozzi sent a comprehensive report of the incident to Project Blue Book. Within the next two months the summer 1952 UFO sighting wave reached a peak, generating national headlines and stirring up major Government interest, as radar repeatedly detected UFOs, and jet interceptors engaged in cat-and-mouse pursuits.