It’s October 1, 1948, and Lieutenant George Gorman of the North Dakota Air National Guard is piloting his P-51 Mustang through the night sky over Fargo, North Dakota. Gorman’s airborne buddies subsequently peel off, but he instead decides to spend a little more time up in the heavens. So far, so routine – but what’s about to happen will put Gorman on the world’s front pages.
Now flying alone, Gorman spotted something strange in the sky. He thought it might be the light of another plane. In fact, there was another aircraft traveling near Gorman, a Piper Cub light plane. But the control tower at Gorman’s base, Hector Airport, had already informed him about the Piper. And Gorman could see it flying about 500 feet beneath him.