UFO News Article: “Late astronaut wrote of ’51 close encounter”

19 September 1994
(Milwaukee Sentinel, Wisconsin)
Quote from the article:
“The late astronaut Donald “Deke” Slayton had a close daylight encounter with a disc-shaped UFO in 1951 while flying an Air Force fighter plane 
 (F-51 Mustang) out of a base in Minneapolis-St. Paul at speeds close to 300 mph.
The ground crew, Slayton wrote, tracked the object with an instrument and ‘computed the speed at 4,000 miles an hour.’ ”

Slayton recounted the UFO incident in a letter to Dr. J. Allen Hynek. The Milwaukee Sentinel presents a partial text of the letter.

The UFO incident occurred on 12 December 1951, according to NICAP.org.














The late Major Donald Kent “Deke” Slayton (U.S. Air Force), Aeronautical Engineer, Test Pilot & NASA Astronaut
(wikimedia.org photo)

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