UFO Chase that Led to Pilot’s Death Proved to Be Balloon

Some sad news from the world of UFOlogy: it turns that a Kentucky National Guard pilot who died while chasing a UFO was actually just chasing a skyhook balloon.

According to WFIE Channel 14 in Evansville, In., Thomas Mantell died in 1948 after his plane crashed in a field in Simpson County while he was chasing “a metallic object…of tremendous size.” But the military uncovered new evidence that said it was just a skyhook balloon that other people mistook for a UFO.

Of course, the UFO aficionados reopened the case and said the balloon theory was impossible because bluebook records show the balloon was in Nashville, over 150 yards away from where anyone could have seen it. So folks, who’s right here?


  1. January 10th, 2007 | 10:11 am

    i told you alines was fake.plus i love farts

  2. May 7th, 2007 | 4:49 am

    Bullshit. How could an Air Force captain not know what the hell a weather balloon looked like. He was chasing a solid object that was seen on radar, and by the other pilots in his squad. How stupid does the US Government think we are. They probably think we’re as stupid that idiot farts who posted.

  3. John
    May 21st, 2007 | 1:09 pm


    You’re quite wrong. USAF & National Guard pilots, who barely flew at more than 25,oooft (and never without oxygen) were unaware of the Navy secret Skyhook project. Mantell would have seen something large, silver & unfamiliar at an altitude way beyond his capabilities (100,000ft+). His fruitless pursuit without oxygen killed him. This balloon would have been visible over an extremely wide area.

  4. kakinada rambabu
    September 17th, 2007 | 9:00 am

    it may be true that the ballon coul be an ufo and could have been mistaken by the us governament

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