Category 11 Case Directory
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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.

Marine Fighter Asked To Check On Amber Object
Jan. 28, 1953
Eltoro Marine Base, California

9:00 p.m. PST
Duration 5 mins
aircraft marine fighter
United States
mult observers
No radar contact

Dan Wilson:
Jan. 28, 1953; El Toro Marine Air Base, Calif. (BB)
9:00 p.m. PST. A bright object was first observed at the El Toro Marine Air Base by a tower operator who said it was at about 1000 feet over the field and moving in a westerly direction. The tower operator then ordered an all weather jet fighter which was coming in for a landing to make an investigation. The pilot, Major Harvey N. Patton and his radar operator Sgt. Rothblatt began to chase the object. Just before getting this message Patton had seen the object which was moving at various elevations and was amber. The Marine jet chased the object described as a round amber light for approximately 5 minutes until the jet ran low on fuel and was forced to turn back to the base. Major Patton said that during the chase his altitude ranged from 3,000 to 4,000 feet. At first Patton sighted an amber colored object and turned to pursue it. Patton picked up speed toward Newport Beach and at this time the object turned and swung northwest toward Long Beach.  A few minutes later Edward S. Downs, Civil Aeronautics tower controller at the Long Beach Airport spotted what he described as a an orange object resembling a ball of fire at an altitude of several thousand feet near the airport. The object was traveling west out over the ocean. (Number of observers: Two in the air, (pilot and radar operator), and two tower controllers on the ground. Many others on the ground.)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/530128eltoro_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
articles/530128_newspaper.pdf (Dan Wilson)

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