The Tragic Tale of Captain Thomas F. Mantell

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Just six months, three days, and 1200 miles removed from the infamous UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico, on January 7th, 1948, something tragic happened in the skies over Franklin County, Kentucky, that would change the face of UFOlogy forever. At 2:30 in the afternoon, After repeated and coinciding reports around the region of a massive, white, circular object overhead, Twenty five year old Kentucky air national guardsman, Thomas F. Mantell, was dispatched to observe the unknown craft and report back to Godman Army Airfield, at Fort Knox. Around 3:15, Captain Mantell’s P-15 Mustang would come crashing down, into the Franklin County bluegrass below, ending the pilot’s life. What happened over the course of less than an hour on that January day, early in 1948, would redefine the golden age of the flying saucer phenomena and introduce a terrifying element of danger into the mystery that had come before. Tonight, on our first episode of 2021, and in commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of the unexplained and tragic death of Captain Mantell, we examine the series of events that led up to the crash, as well as the possible cover-up that began even before Mantell’s P-51 hit the ground. So keep a check on your altimeters, Nightowls, tonight we’re flying high into unknown skies, with all that and more, on Midnight in Kentucky: The Tragic Tale of Captain Thomas F. Mantell!

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Mysterious Kentucky

Mantell UFO Incident

Gorman Dogfight

When a U.S. Fighter Pilot Got into a Dogfight with a UFO

The ‘Pentacle Memorandum’


Truckstop Dave