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The first episode of “Project Blue Book” premiered Tuesday. It focuses on a then-25-year-old National Guard lieutenant’s encounter with an unidentified flying object in the skies above Fargo in the 1940s.
According to the archived Forum article:
After Gorman decided to investigate the disk, a 27-minute chase ensued in the Fargo night sky.
His story was corroborated by another pilot flying in Fargo that night and two air traffic controllers who Gorman relayed information to regarding the disk’s antics.
Maj. D. C. Jones, commander of the 178th fighter squadron at Hector International Airport, said Gorman was so shaken by the experience that Gorman had difficulty landing that night.
The U.S. conducted Project Blue Book between 1947 and 1969 to determine if UFOs were a national security threat. Documents on the project are now declassified and can be viewed online.
There were more than 12,500 sightings reported to Project Blue Book, according to the National Archives. Investigations found no evidence that UFOs were “extraterrestrial vehicles” or a security threat.
In looking through a collection of UFO news clippings from 1947 to 1995 at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, such sightings back then were a dime a dozen.
But still the Fargo-Moorhead area welcomed “ufologists” for lectures over the years, and officials investigated reports made by children, adults and law enforcement alike.
As for Gorman, he carried out his career in the Guard quietly, never again speaking publicly about his UFO experience. He even denied Life magazine an interview in 1952, according to a 2011 Bismarck Tribune column.