On Monday, the 4th, the "Levelland Thing" struck again near the White Sands Proving Ground. James Stokes, a 20-year Navy veteran, and an electronics
engineer, had the engine of his new Mercury stopped as "a brilliant, egg-shaped" object made a pass at the highway. As it went over, Stokes said, "it
felt like the radiation of a giant sun lamp."
Stokes said there were ten other carloads of people stopped but if this is true no one ever found out who they were.
The Air Force wrote off Stokes' story as, "Hoax, presumably suggested by the Levelland, Texas, reports."
Maybe the Air Force didn't believe James Stokes but when the Coast Guard Cutter Seabago radioed in their report from the Gulf of Mexico wheels began to turn--fast.
On Tuesday morning, the 5th, the Seabago was about 200 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River on a northerly heading. At 5:10A.M. her radar picked up a
target off to the left at a distance of about 14 miles. This was really nothing unusual because they were under heavily traveled air lanes.
The early morning watch is always rough and as the small group of officers and men in the Combat Information Center quietly watched the target, with a noticeable lack
of enthusiasm, it moved south, made a turn, and headed back to the north again. A few of the men noticed that the turn looked "a little different," but this
early in the morning they didn't give it much thought.
At 5:14 the target went off the scope to the north.
At 5:16 it was back and the lassitude was instantly gone. Now the target was 22 miles south of the ship. No one in the CIC had to draw a picture. Something, in two
minutes, had disappeared off the scope to the north, made a big swing around the ship, out of radar range, and had swung in from the south!
Word went up to the lookouts. They tensed up and began to scan the sky.
The radar contacts continued.
This second contact, south of the ship, was held for two full minutes as the target moved out from 22 to 55 miles. Then it faded.
At 5:20 the target was back but now it was north of the ship again, and it was hovering!
Again the lookouts were called. Could they see anything now? Their "No" answers didn't hold for long because seconds later their terse reports began to come
into the CIC. A "brilliant light, like a planet" was streaking across the northwest sky about 30 degrees above the horizon. Unfortunately the radar had lost
contact for a moment when the visual report came in.
At 5:37 the target disappeared from the scopes and was gone for good.