Category 11 Case Directory


AVCAT is a special project being conducted by NICAP, with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of AIRCAT, Dr. Richard Haines, and other sources, to create a comprehensive listing of sightings from aircraft with detailed documentation from these sources, including Projects SIGN, GRUDGE & BLUE BOOK.

B-50 Pilot Spots Object Changing Colors
Nov. 20, 1952
Salton Sea, California

8:05 p.m. MST
Duration ?
aircraft B-50
United States
1 observer
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
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)

Dan Wilson
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.

Fran Ridge:
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)

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