THE SUPERSONIC CYLINDERToronto, London, Windosor, OntarioDate: Sunday April 20, 1952
UFO Streaks Over Western Ontario
Vapor Trail Only Clue to Object
An unidentified aircraft streaked across the northern section of Western Ontario shortly before noon yesterday at a speed estimated by experts as "in excess of 1,000 miles an hour." Left Vapor Trail
Left Vapor Trail
It left a vapor trail from horizon to horizon and aroused the curiosity and speculation of thousands of residents. It was sighted first in Toronto and a few minutes later over Detroit suburbs.
Fighter aircraft from No. 420 City of London Squadron, which were aloft at the time, were directed by civilian aircraft central offices to intercept the object. The Mustang pilots reported they could not come "anywhere near the vapor trail origin. although they pushed their planes up to 450 miles an hour." At 30,000 Feet
At 30,000 Feet
Its height was estimated at 30,000 feet by several aviation officials who saw the vapor trail individually. This height was borne out by actual bearings taken from several points in London.
No high speed jet aircraft of the R.C.A.F. or the United States Air Force were reported in the vicinity. No known aircraft now in service have speeds as high as this object appeared to have.
Spotted in Toronto
The vapor trail led by a "dark cylindrical object" first was seen by Department of Transportation airport officials in Toronto.
By the time these observers had called London City Airport on direct telephone connections, the trail was seen streaking from east to west, north of London.Before local airport officials could make any report to Toronto, the Detroit airport control tower messaged on the airways communications system the trail was visible north of that city. Offer No Solution
Time between the first Toronto report and the Detroit sighting was estimated at 12 minutes. Department of Transport officials at London airport said they had no report of any aircraft which could clear up the mystery nor had they any solution to suggest.An R.C.A.F. airwoman on duty in the London airport tower during flying operations of No. 420 Squadron said she could see "a dark cylindrical object" at the lead end of the vapor trail.
Viewed by Pilots
Reports flooded in from dozens of
district centres where residents were sure they had seen an authentic
These impressions varied in almost every detail except
for the long white trail of vapor of smoke and the speed with which it
These impressions varied in almost every detail except for the long white trail of vapor of smoke and the speed with which it moved.
A report from Goderich said the trail headed west across
Mac Baulch, of Lambeth, a war-time R.C.A.F. navigator who was
at Bayfield at the time, said he saw an aircraft flying "very high and
leaving a spectacular white trail."
He thought it was a normal jet
Mac Baulch, of Lambeth, a war-time R.C.A.F. navigator who was at Bayfield at the time, said he saw an aircraft flying "very high and leaving a spectacular white trail."
He thought it was a normal jet aircraft flight.
George Brown, of London, said he saw the vapor trail at Goderich leading toward Michigan at a west southwest angle.
High Speed Craft
It is possible, It was stated, that the United States may be testing a jet bomber and not wish it known.
So no normal radio reports would be given.
High speed winds at seven or eight miles altitude could easily push a supersonic (above 750 miles per hour) aircraft along close to the 1,000 MPH mark.
London Free Press, April 21, 1952