1955 - RNZAF Navigator Sights Speeding Blue UFO

Date: April 1, 1955
Time: 19.50
Location: Vicinity of Gisborne, North Island
Aircraft: NZ 5904
Witness/es: Sgt/Navigator Ian McMurtrie
Formal Letter
R.N.Z.A.F. Station
1st April 1955
After Flight Report

I have the honour to report that while acting as navigator on NZ 5904 (Capt. F/O Cheal) on a flight cross country, which departed from Whenuapai at 19.50, I sighted an unidentified object flying on a course of 270° T, and at about 12,000 feet in the vicinity of Gisborne. We were at 9000 feet on a course of 037° T, and that whilst taking a relative bearing on Gisborne at 2135, I noticed a large blue light approaching from 045°REL. There was 8/8 altostratus cloud base at about 15,000 feet and the object crossed our bow at considerable speed in a flat flight path. The Captain was adjusting the auto-pilot at the time of sighting, and by the time I had drawn his attention to the object, it had vanished towards Lake Taupo.

I have the honour to be,
Your obedient Servant

Ian McMurtrie Sgt/Nav
(Signature and Rank)

The Commanding Officer,
R.N.Z.A.F. Station,

Section Commander’s Remarks:

1000 MPH.

Source: Official RNZAF After Flight Report document from the late Harold Fulton's files.


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