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Bill McNeff / Special to The Forum This is a photograph of a radar screen on a B-52 bomber that was recorded early in the morning of Oct. 24, 1968. The white blip to the left of the central light is the UFO.

'68 UFO run-in at ND air base still unresolved

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A routine bomber flight in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 24, 1968, turned unforgettable for navigator Patrick McCaslin.

McCaslin and his B-52 crewmates were practicing maneuvers in the skies above Minot, N.D., when officials at the nearby Air Force base radioed a request.


"The tower called and said, 'Could you guys keep your eyes open for anything unusual?' '' said McCaslin, recalling that flight four decades ago.

"We asked, 'What are we looking for?'

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