The Chiles-Whitted Encounter


I don’t like aliens. I don’t like UFOs. I’m not a fan of other planets. I don’t really care about the Hubble Telescope. I’m not really a Trekkie (except for the Borg). I do however like weird history and I like cases of ‘we don’t know what’s going on but we know that you’re too credible to just be making stuff up’-especially when they come out eras that didn’t have the lure of social media involved.

The Chiles-Whitted Encounter is a situation where a UFO was spotted by two men who really would have known if they were looking at a meteor or a weather balloon. Named after the pilots involved, the encounter took place on July 24, 1948 over Mobile, Alabama. Clarence Chiles and John Whitted, both with military flying experience from World War II, were piloting the plane. They both witnessed a flying object that was described as torpedo shaped with two rows of windows and some unidentified light source for up to 15 seconds.

The same craft was witnessed by passengers of the flight. To make the situation stranger, the same craft was described by witnesses on the ground-prior to the pilot’s reports-and by individuals in other countries several days before the pilots had their encounter. The men asked if testing was taking place in the area. It wasn’t.

Eventually the Air Force would declare the craft to be a UFO, from the standpoint that it was in fact unidentified. They refused, however (and probably understandably) to label the craft as alien since there was no indication that it did in fact originate from somewhere other than Earth.

(Photo is from Morguefile)


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