Category 11 Case Directory
SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT
Preliminary Rating: 2
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|8:05 p.m. MST
No radar contact
Nov. 20, 1952; Salton Sea, Calif. 8:05 p.m. (BBU)
USAF pilot of B-50 saw a stationary light change color from white to red to green, then move SW. (Project 1947)
Nov. 20, 1952; 10 miles E of Salton Sea, California (BBU)8:05 p.m. MST. A USAF pilot flying a B-50 at 16,000 feet on a heading of 275 degrees sighted an object at 11 o'clock to his position. The object was stationary and was ranging in color from white to red to green. The object then started in motion in a NW heading and disappeared like turning out a light.
Case #2236 is listed as a "balloon" on the BB sighting list. The report synopsis itself says the object couldn't have been a star because it "went out". The movement from W to NW is a better reason to eliminate a star. There are many reports in the BB files describing objects with color changes from white to red to green and these rarely represent balloons. The unstated duration doesn't help in this case, either. Martin Shough presents a good argument in favor of Venus below.
Detailed reports and documents
reports/521120saltonsea_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/521120saltonsea_shough.htm (Martin Shough)