The Smoak Road Incident
In the early summer 1952, near the Henry-Spalding County border an unusual event occurred. Where the
marshy land south of the Towaliga River site there was a USAF plane, a new jet fighter crashed. The plane was
called out to investigate one of the many unidentified flying objects being reported at the time. When the plane
hit the ground it buried itself in the marshy ground and water filled the pool. From eye witness accounts of
some people nearby working some farmland, the jet encountered a bright flash of light high up and then came
straight into the ground. The eyewitness’ said they went to see if they could help, but the scene was one of
terror as what remained of the jet sank into the water. A fragment was found and the eyewitness said that the
piece of metal was riddled with small holes. He said it wasn’t long when the Sheriff arrived and called the
They came in and secured the area. He said they wore strange clothing to remove the remains. There was a
write-up in the paper of Spalding County and then the event was forgotten for over thirty years. When
someone known to this writer tried to gain information from the military. It was deemed to be of national security
and could not be released. So what really happened on that early summer’s day over a half century ago?
1. Reprint Spalding County Paper, 1972.
2. Eyewitness Account, Bostwick, 1982.
3. USAF Records, Sealed.
The North American F-86
Sabre was a single-seat,
fighter-bomber that served
with the US and South
African Air Forces during
the Korean War. A
prototype of the F-86 first
flew on 1 October 1947,
the first production F-86A
flew on 20 May 1948, and
the Sabre entered US Air
Force service during 1949.
The F-86A had a 5,200-lb
thrust engine, giving it a
maximum speed of 679
mph. It was armed with six
and could carry either
sixteen 5-inch rockets or
up to 2,000 lbs of bombs.