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‘California Sightings’

1896: An Apparition Wandering Through The Atmosphere

From Frank Warren frank-warren@pacbell.net 8-30-1 Sacramento Record Union September 18th, 1896 What Was It? An Apparition Wandering Through the Atmosphere Several persons last evening, between 6 and 7 o’clock, saw a big ball of fire, like an electric light, pass over the city going in a southwesterly direction. It moved slowly and was in sight for more than a half-hour, finally disappearing in the mist and darkness. More than one person was heard to declare that he distinguished human voices engaged in song and mirth coming from above , but could discover no out line of a balloon-nothing but a large ball of light. One man in the suburbs declares he heard a voice warning “the man at the… Read More

1896: Saw The Mystic Flying Light – Newspaper

People Declare They Heard Voices And Saw A Light From Frank Warren The Evening Bee – Sacramento November 18th,1896 Last evening between the hours of 6 and 7 o’clock, in the year of our lord eighteen hundred and ninety six, a most startling exhibition was seen in the sky in this city of Sacramento. People standing on the sidewalks at certain points in the city between the hours stated, saw coming through the sky, over the housetops, what appeared to them to be merely an electric arc lamp propelled by some mysterious force. It came out of the East and sailed unevenly towards the southwest, dropping now nearer to the earth, and now suddenly rising again as if the… Read More

1904: Circular UFOs Maneuvered Near Ship

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT Date: February 28, 1904 Sighting Time: 6:10 a.m. Day/Night: Day Location: Pacific Ocean off San Francisco, California Urban or Rural: – Hynek Classification: CE-I (Close Encounter I) Observation of an object in close proximity to the witness (i.e. within 500’) Duration: No. of Object(s):  three Size of Object(s): about the size of six suns, and the other two were smaller and round. Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): egg-shaped Color of Object(s): Number of Witnesses: Multiple Source: NICAP / Richard Hall (1964) citing “Monthly Weather Review” (1904) Summary/Description: One of the earliest formation cases was reported February 28, 1904, by a ship in the North Pacific off San Francisco. Three members of the crew of the… Read More

1930?: Fontana Sighting

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT Date: Late 1930’s Sighting Time: Day/Night: Night Location: Fontana, California Urban or Rural: Rural Hynek Classification: NL (Nocturnal Light) Point or extended luminous source observed at night. Duration: No. of Object(s): 1 Size of Object(s): Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): Color of Object(s): bright shaft of light Number of Witnesses: Three Source: Summary/Description: Three young boys, returning from the local movie theatre, are suddenly illuminated from above by a very bright shaft of light.  They run to a nearby orange grove to take cover. Related articles Montauk Air Force Station == Active or Not? How 9/11 Truth Looms in the Background of the CIA Torture Stories University of California Scientists: ‘Camouflaged’ Aliens Live Among Us… Read More

1941: City’s Black-Out Called Success – Newspaper

Los Angeles Times December 11th, 1941   Southland Plunged Into Darkness as Army Reports Presence of Unidentified Aircraft; Searchlights seen and gunfire reported  A gigantic black-out, covering the area from Bakersfield south to San Diego and eastward to Boulder City and Las Vegas, Nev., went into effect shortly after 8 o’clock last night on orders from the Army Fourth Interceptor Command. It continued until 11:03 p.m.  As Los Angeles went dark amongst considerable confusion and uncertainty, The Interceptor Command announced, “this is not a practice black-out.”  A yellow signal, indicating the approach of enemy air raiders, was flashed on the statewide teletype at 7:35 p.m.. Police said the signal indicated the presence of unidentified airplanes approaching Los Angeles from the… Read More

1941: Three Naval Craft Sent Out To Hunt Plane Base

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT Date: December, 9th, 1941 Sighting Time:  Day/Night: Location:  San Francisco, California Urban or Rural: – Hynek Classification: Duration: No. of Object(s): Many Height & Speed: Size of Object(s): Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): Color of Object(s): Number of Witnesses: Many Source: The Times Union December, 9th, 1941 Summary/Description: Regarding the invaders Ryan said: “They came from the sea, were turned back, and the Navy sent out three vessels to find out where they came from,” General Ryan said. “I don’t know how many planes there were, but there were a large number.” “They got up to the Golden Gate and then turned about and headed southwest.” General Ryan was asked whether he thought they were Japanese bombers. “Well they weren’t Army planes,… Read More

1942: Battle Of Los Angeles

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT Date: February 25, 1942 Sighting Time: 02:25am Day/Night: Night Location: Los Angeles, California Urban or Rural: Rural Hynek Classification: ND Duration: 109 minutes No. of Object(s):  at least 2 different types of machines, small objects flying at high altitude, of red or silver plated color, moving in formation at high speed Size of Object(s): Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): disc Color of Object(s): red or silver plated color Number of Witnesses: Multiple Source: Summary: Imagine a visiting spacecraft from another world, or dimension, hovering over a panicked and blacked-out LA in the middle of the night just weeks after Pearl Harbor at the height of WWII fear and paranoia. Imagine how this huge ship,… Read More

1949: Death Valley California UFO Crash

THINK ABOUTIT CRASH REPORT Date: August 20, 1949 Sighting Time: Day/Night: Location: Death Valley California Urban or Rural: -rural Entity Type: Humanoid Entity Description: 2 little humanoid creatures Hynek Classification: CE-III (Close Encounter III) Close observation with animate beings associated with the object. Duration: No. of Object(s):  Size of Object(s): 24 feet in diameter Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): Disc Color of Object(s): Number of Witnesses: two prospectors, Buck Fitzgerald and Mace Garney Source: The Bakersfield Californian, of Bakersfield, California, page 13, August 21, 1949 Summary/Description: The Bakersfield Californian newspaper recounted on page 13 that two prospectors, Buck Fitzgerald and Mace Garney, saw a UFO measuring approximately 24 feet in diameter speed by them at approximately 300 mph and crash in the desert. They then observed 2 little… Read More

1950: Above Van Nuys and San Fernando Aircraft Sighting

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT Date: October 5, 1950 Sighting Time: 7:55 p.m. Day/Night: Night Location: between Van Nuys and San Fernando Urban or Rural: Rural Hynek Classification: CE-I (Close Encounter I) Observation of an object in close proximity to the witness (i.e. within 500’) Duration: No. of Object(s):  1 Size of Object(s): 85 feet long Distance to Object(s): 500 feet away Shape of Object(s): Color of Object(s): Number of Witnesses: Source: Summary/Description: When a California Central Airliner left the Burbank–Hollywood airport at 7:55 p.m. on October 5, 1950, neither captain nor co-pilot had any idea they were on a collision course with a UFO.  Five minutes after taking off for Oakland, the airliner was somewhere between Van Nuys and San… Read More

1952: 4 foot alien spotted

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT Date: January 1952 Sighting Time: Day/Night: night Location: Oakdale California Urban or Rural: Rural Hynek Classification: CE-III (Close Encounter III) Close observation with animate beings associated with the object. Duration: No. of Object(s): 1 Size of Object(s): Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): Color of Object(s): Number of Witnesses: family Entity: 4 ft tall man-like figure Source: Ian’s UFO Page Dream book And direct communication from witness’s son Summary/Description: After seeing a bright object hovering over a road a family drove home to their farm to be later awakened by a bright white light that surrounded the house. The pet dogs became very quiet. A little man-like figure then approached the window and knocked on the glass.… Read More

1952: Aliens and Abduction in Redding, California

THINK ABOUTIT ABDUCTION REPORT Date: Fall 1952 Sighting Time: Day/Night: dusk Location: Redding California Urban or Rural: Rural Hynek Classification: CE-IV (Close Encounter IV) Abduction of the witness or other direct contact Duration: No. of Object(s):  1 Size of Object(s): Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): oval shaped Color of Object(s): silvery Number of Witnesses: Family Entity: tall figure – The figure had a large hairless head, large black eyes, and very pale skin, he was also very thin. He wore a black cape that hung down to his knees. A female and communicated with the witness by using telepathy and was able to calm him down. The female being had an egg shaped head with a pointed chin, a small… Read More

1952: Edwards AFB

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT Date: 1952 Sighting Time: Day/Night: Location: Edwards AFB California Urban or Rural: Rural Hynek Classification: CE-III (Close Encounter III) Close observation with animate beings associated with the object. Duration: No. of Object(s):  1 Size of Object(s): more than fifty feet in diameter Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): Disc Color of Object(s): Number of Witnesses: Many Special Features/Characteristics: contained a crew who were approximately four and a half feet tall. Source: Kevin D Randle, A History of UFO Crashes Summary/Description: A “reliable” person in a technical position was on radar duty when he saw a UFO descending rapidly across his radar screen. When it was confirmed that the UFO was down the captain on duty told… Read More

1952: Engineer observes object over National City, California

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT Date: May 13, 1952 Sighting Time: Approximately 8:55 p.m. PDT Day/Night: Night Location: National City, California Urban or Rural: – Hynek Classification: NL (Nocturnal Light) Point or extended luminous source observed at night. Duration: No. of Object(s): 1 Height & Speed: Size of Object(s): Distance to Object(s): Shape of Object(s): Color of Object(s): Number of Witnesses: Donald R. Carr, aeronautical engineer, and at least six others in separate locations, including a teacher who is a former Navy pilot. Source: Richard Hall, UFO Evidence, 1964 (NICAP – National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon) Original Source Summary/Description: From the witness: “To the naked eye the object appeared as a sphere of about 1/16 inch diameter… Through the [6 power] telescope the object presented a larger… Read More