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Kinross F-89


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


Shortly before 7 PM, on November 23rd, 1953


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.



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