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👯 September 7, 2015
Tonight we will be discussing The Del Rio, Texas UFO Crash. It is a 1955 UFO case reported by a former jet pilot in the United States Air Force Reserve, Robert Burton Willingham, who died last month. While flying a North American Aviation F-86 Sabre jet on a bomber escort mission over West Texas, Willingham observed a large, highly luminous orb moving toward him from the northwest at about 2,000 miles per hour.
At one point, he saw it execute a sudden 90-degree turn without slowing. As the object moved past his aircraft, Willingham gave chase and later saw it fall to the ground and crash near Del Rio, Texas. After switching planes, Willingham returned to the crash site later in the day and was confronted by Mexican soldiers who were guarding the wreckage while waiting for the arrival of the U.S. Air Force. Before being forced to leave, Willingham observed the crashed object at close range and also took a metallic UFO fragment with him.
Our guests tonight are Ruben Uriarte and Noe Torres, authors of the books Mexico’s Roswell, The Other Roswell: UFO Crash on the Texas-Mexican Border, and Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter.
Here is the Wiki Sandbox link we talked about on the show.
Colonel Robert Burton Willingham received his heavenly wings on August 27, 2015. The Colonel was born August 15, 1926 in Holliday, Texas to John Robert Willingham and Bessie Lois Miller Willingham. Burton grew up in Archer County, Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 8, 1945 and served in Europe at the end of World War II. After the war, he was discharged from the Army and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was also a veteran of the wars in Korea and Viet Nam. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a full Colonel on June 1, 1966. The Colonel also served with the Civil Air Patrol and was an avid ham radio operator.
The Colonel was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he received in Korea. Burt was at the front visiting friends when the Chinese Communist attacked. He and everyone else there was given a rifle and ordered into foxholes. A mortar shell landed in his foxhole and seriously injured his legs. He spent much time convalescing in hospital in Japan and San Antonio. Burt was also awarded a Bronze Star and many other medal for his service.
The Colonel also was a witness to a UFO in about 1955 when he was piloting an F-86 Sabre jet escorting a B-47 Stratojet Bomber over West Texas. They were flying a cold war simulated bombing run on the Soviet Union. This incident was memorialized in the 2008 book, The Other Roswell, UFO Crash on the Texas-Mexico Border, written by Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte.
Burt was an accomplished musician who loved to play guitar and fiddle among other instruments. He was a fixture at area jamborees and pioneer gatherings at the rodeos. Burton also repaired guitars and fiddles.
Burt was preceded in death by his parents and dear friend Jane Seay. He is survived by his son Robert B. Willingham in Enola, Pennsylvania, and daughter Peggy Willingham Hunter of Middleton, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by several cousins and many friends and comrades from Ira Jones Post 198 of the American Legion in Archer City. The Colonel had been a member of the post for over 50 years.
Graveside services with full military honors was held at at the Archer City Cemetery Pavilion with Dan Reddick, Pastor of Archer City Church of Christ, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Archer City. The family suggests memorials to the American Legion Post 198, P.O. Box 1001, Archer City, Texas 76351 or the Archer Service Center, P.O. Box 578, Archer City, Texas 76351.
Here are some additional shows in which we discuss this case: (8.18.12) 🚀 (3.16.13) 🚀 (12.7.13) 🚀