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The Gorman UFO Dogfight was a widely-publicised UFO incident. It occurred on October 1, 1948 in the skies over Fargo, North Dakota, and involved George F. Gorman, a pilot with the North Dakota National Guard. In 1956, USAF Captain Edward J. Ruppelt wrote in his best-selling and influential The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects that the Gorman Dogfight was one of three "classic" UFO incidents in 1948 that "proved to [Air Force] intelligence specialists that UFO's were real." In 1949 the US Air Force labelled the Gorman Dogfight as being caused by a lighted weather balloon. 
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An aerial dogfight between a pilot of the North Dakota Air National Guard and a UFO took place in the skies over Fargo on Oct. 1, 1948.
The Air Guard pilot, George Gorman, was a seasoned flier. Not knowing the intention of the pilot of the object, Gorman, in his P-51 Mustang, decided to engage the object. The 27-minute dogfight between the P-51 and the UFO was witnessed by two air traffic controllers in a tower at Hector Airport in Fargo and the pilot of a Piper Cub who witnessed it.
The Air Force concluded that the object was a weather balloon with a candle in it that had earlier been released from the airfield. Gorman later found out from weather observer George Sanderson that "the time and altitudes didn't fit, and the wind direction was wrong." With this evidence, Gorman insisted that it was not a weather balloon. The Air Material Command then warned Gorman not to divulge any more information or he would be subject to a court-martial.

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