Check-Six.com
Offering Aviation History & Adventure First-Hand!

Home
Up

Kinross F-89

Who: 

An Air Force F-89C jet interceptor and its crew 

 

Total Persons on Board:

Two - Pilot 1st Lt. Felix Eugene Moncla Jr.,

         Radar observer 2nd Lt. Robert L. Wilson

When:

Shortly before 7 PM, on November 23rd, 1953

Weather:

Low clouds at 4000 feet, visibility of 8 miles, and light snow

Flight Route:

From Kinross Air Force Base

Area Believed Crashed:

Around coordinates 48° 00' North, 86° 49' West.

Reason for flight:

Scrambled to intercept an unknown aircraft approximately 160 miles NW of Kinross AFB

Type Plane:

US Air Force F-89C "Scorpion", Serial No. 51-5853, assigned to the 433rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron

Search efforts: 

Nearly 30,000 square miles were covered searching for the Scorpion, with no results, as the search was hampered by heavy snow.

Controversy, Theories, and other Trivia: 

Radar and Ground Control personnel tracked the Scorpion and the unidentified object as two "blips" on the radar screen. The two blips on the radar screen grew closer and closer, until they seemed to merge as one return.  But then, the single blip disappeared, as if they collided

The unknown aircraft being intercepted by the F-89 was found, according to the US Air Force, to be a Royal Canadian Air Force Dakota (C-47), Serial No. VC-912, flying from Winnipeg to Sudbury, Canada, and being piloted by Flight Officer Gerald Fosberg.  But, the Canadian Air Force stated the C-47 was not involved.

However, UFO researchers have associated the disappearance of Moncla and Wilson with possible "flying saucer" activity, and coined the term "The Kinross Incident" in reference to the event.

 

 

Click here to visit Check-Six.com, Offering Aviation History and Adventure First-Hand

Home Up Matías Pérez l'Oiseau Blanc ("White Bird") Charles Kingsford Smith Amelia Earhart Sigismund Levanevsky A. C. Whitfield Hawaii Clipper Amy Johnson Glenn Miller Flight 19 Miami DC-3 USAF #2469 Northwest #2501 Kinross F-89 Mon River B-25 Broken Arrow B-47 Camilo Cienfuegos DC-4 N4726V 'Rivet Amber' 'ARIA 331' Hale Boggs Army U-21 #081 Argosy Flt 902 Frederick Valentich Ian Mackintosh KAL Flight 007 George Cogar Art Scholl Steve Fossett

Make Custom Gifts at CafePress

Send mail to webmaster@check-six.com with questions or comments about this web site.

Copyright © 2002 Check Six
This page last updated Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Official PayPal Seal

Hosting by:

GoDaddy.com

Avitop.com