William T. Coleman
Colonel William T. Coleman is a retired Air
Force bomber pilot, former Public Information
Officer for Project Blue Book, and Air Force's
Chief Public Relations Officer during the early
1970s. He was also the Producer of a series called
"Project UFO" that ran on NBC for two
In June of 1978, while promoting his new TV
show on the Merv Griffin show, Coleman spoke about
a UFO sighting he had experienced while a bomber
pilot in the fifties.
"We were cruising at 10,000 feet when we
spotted a target somewhere around 20,000 to
25,000 feet. It was about seven miles in front
of us to our right, and we were overtaking it.
It then started descending across our flight
path, and I decided to check it out. So I
advanced power and began closing a little faster
and descending. We kept getting closer and
closer and pretty soon we were within a mile of
the object, flying over trees at 345 MPH."
(The plane closed to within an eighth of a
mile of the disc-shaped object.) "It was
about 60 feet in diameter and 10 or 11 feet
thick through the center," he said.
"It had what looked like a titanium-type
finish (silver gray). I pulled up and made a
hard turn that put it out of sight for roughly
four seconds. We whipped back to pull up
alongside of it and it wasn’t there. I zoomed
up to 1500 feet. `There it is!' I said. It was
about 2 miles in front of us going across a
field leaving a dusty trail behind it. I guessed
its speed at about 170 MPH." After another
dive, the crew lost sight of the object.
"We never saw it again."