THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1953 UFO Sighting Over Lake Superior Makes Jet (and its crew) Vanish
Outside of the American Southwest, Michigan, and the Great Lakes seems to be a pretty big hotbed for UFO activity. We saw in a recent episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" that it MIGHT be Aliens' attraction to our massive freshwater lakes that keeps bringing them here.
In fact, they've been coming to Michigan for a LONG time, and November 23 happens to be the anniversary of one of the state's most notorious, and "classified" sightings.
In 1947, the U.S. got UFO fever after a "high-altitude balloon crash" landed in the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico. (They can say it was a weather balloon all they want... but we know... we know.)
Six years later, Michigan got a dose of Alien Fever in 1953.
A Schoolcraft History group on Facebook recently posted about the incident, saying RADAR picked up something over Lake Superior from Kinross Air Force Base. They weren't sure what it was, so an F-89 jet fighter was scrambled, and sent to investigate.
For those unfamiliar with Kinross, it was built during WWII to protect the Soo Locks at Sault Ste Marie. It was shut down in 1977 after the end of the Vietnam War, and a way for the military to save money... or was it to cover up what they had seen?
ANYWAY, back on November 23, 1953 - the jet was scrambled, and as the jet converged on the UFO... RADAR operators watched in horror as the F-89 closed in on the UFO... then disappeared.
BOTH blips on the radar were gone. Neither pilot Felix Moncla, nor radar operator Robert Wilson have been seen since.
When the incident happened, it was deemed "classified," and the government refused to provide further information.
But five decades after it happened, divers claim they discovered the wreckage of something strange. They described it as a "bubble, resembling the inside of a flying saucer."
Sadly, that internet posting was debunked as a hoax, but it DID restart the discussion on what happened that fateful night. What did they see on the RADAR? Where did the jet and its crew disappear to?