While we’ve ragged on Paul Kimball for his filmed list of the best UFO sightings ever, we came across a list by former flying saucer “expert” William Spaulding, who provided his take on some top UFO sightings and events for The People’s Almanac’s The Book of Lists #2 by author Irving Wallace and family [William Morrow and Company, NY, 1980, Page 417 ff.].
His first offering was the McMinnville/Trent photos which we deem as bogus.
His next sighting was the 1952 Nash-Fortenberry Pan-Am encounter, over Norfolk, Virginia.
The third listing was the 1952 Washington D.C. incidents.
The fourth episode was the Ralph Mayher [sic] film of 1952.
Fifth was (another) 1952 radar/visual sighting of a USAF B-29 training crew over the Gulf of Mexico
Six on Spaulding’s list was the Kimball/Sparks B-47 incident, so there is some consensus that the sighting was and is significant.
Seventh in Spaulding list of eight is a November 1957 on the outskirts of Levelland, Texas where witnesses had encounters with a large UFO.
And eighth on Spaulding’s list was the 1976 Iranian encounter.
We won’t elaborate on Spaulding’s list, as we see lists as entertainment rather than edifying information.
But we note that Kimball and Sparks are not the only UFO aficionados to see the RB-47 event as a significant UFO encounter.
Again, the RB-47 sighting is interesting, but so are dozens of other sightings, including the B-29 sighting (number five, above) which has as many or more technical accoutrements as the RB-47 incident.
UFO hobbyists, each, have their favorite UFO sightings or stories – mine include the 1966 Ann Arbor/Dexter/Hillsdale sightings; the infamous “swamp gas” sightings.
But have any of these classic sightings given us a clue to the UFO enigma? Nope. So listing them is a futile, silly endeavor, that passes for research for some “ufologists” but they are fun to read, right?