The Hudson observation is a sworn statement by James H. Hudson who gives his observation of the scene of the P-51 crash in the death of Thomas F. Mantell, associated with a UFO encounter. Note Hudson’s conclusion, “The object is not a comet or star, but was man made. It was not a baloon, comet, star, aircraft of known type.” The following is a transcript of the statement ( See image here ):
State of Ohio
Before me, the undersigned Authority for administering oaths of this kind, personally appeared one James H. Hudson, Cpl, ASN 13220873 who, being first duly sworn by me, desposes and says;
The following information came over Plan 62: This observation was made in Kentucky at the scene of the P-51 crash with an 8" telescope:
1. Height, 4 miles.
2. Width, 43 feet.
3. Height of object, 100 feet.
4. Speed at time, 10 mph
5. Shape, Cone.
6. Color, red with green tail.
This observation was taken at Godman Field, Kentucky, with a theolite:
Elevation, 2.4 Azimuth 254.6
Elevation, 2.0 Azimuth 253.9
Elevation, 1.2 Azimuth 253.0
The following is my opinion:
The object is not a comet or star, but was man made. It was not a baloon, comet, star, aircraft of known type. The light did not come from an aircraft's running lights. The whole object appeared to be surrounded with a burning gas or something that gave a light.
Further the deponent sayeth not,
JAMES H. HUDSON, Cpl
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th day of January , 1948
GEORGE W. HOHANNESS