George F. Gorman

Fighter Pilot, WWII
Lieutenant colonel
Source: The U.S. Sun

Second lieutenant and pilot with the North Dakota National Guard witnessed a UFO in 1948 which became known as the Gorman Dogfight.

George Gorman, a second lieutenant with the North Dakota National Guard was flying a P-51 On October 1, 1948, when he spotted a bright object with blinking lights. After reporting the unusual object to traffic control, he was told there were no other aircraft nearby. As Gorman approached the object to get a better view, it took evasive action. This continued multiple times until the UAP eventually took off.

Project Blue Book investigated the sighting and eventually reversed their initial assessment of an unidentified phenomena and asserted that it was either a weather balloon, Jupiter, or disorientation on the part of the pilot. Gorman later asserted, "I am convinced that there was definite thought behind its maneuvers. I am further convinced that the object was governed by the laws of inertia because its acceleration was rapid but not immediate and although it was able to turn fairly tight at considerable speed, it still followed a natural curve. When I attempted to turn with the object I blacked out temporarily due to excessive speed. I am in fairly good physical condition and I do not believe that there are many if any pilots who could withstand the turn and speed affected by the object, and remain conscious. The object was not only able to out turn and out speed my aircraft ... but was able to attain a far steeper climb and was able to maintain a constant rate of climb far in excess of my aircraft."

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