On November 23, 1953, an F-89 Scorpion jet was scrambled from Kinross AFB in Michigan to intercept a UFO. The fighter was observed on radar to merge with the UFO. It then disappeared from radar. In 1968, parts that might have come from the plane were found on the Canadian side of Lake Superior. Now the Great Lakes Dive Company believes that it has not only found the jet, but also possibly part of the object it was pursuing. The remains are in the waters off Michigan's Keesaw Peninsula, and are being investigated by the dive company. David Helwig writes in SooToday.com that at 6:22 p.m. on November 23 1953, an F-89 Scorpion jet was scrambled from Kinross Air Force Base near the Michigan Soo to intercept an unidentified object detected in restricted airspace over the Soo Locks.
The U.S. fighter was seen on radar over Lake Superior, merging with the craft it was pursuing. Then, it disappeared from radar, never to be seen again. Ever since, the UFO-theorist circles have been speculating what might have happened.
In October 1968, the Sault Star reported that aircraft parts believed to have come from a "high-performance military jet aircraft" had been discovered by prospectors on Lake Superior's Canadian side. The dive company's website indicates it is currently involved in a forensic investigation of the Canadian wreck site. A company map shows the search area as being in Ontario waters off the tip of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.
The dive company also intriguingly indicates that its sonar detected another "interesting" object near the sunken aircraft, that might be part of whatever it was that the jet was pursuing.
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