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.

Pencil-Shaped Object Encountered By B-25 Crew
July 30, 1954
15 miles SE of Los Angeles, California

11:15 a.m. PDT
Duration not reported
aircraft B-25
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
July 30, 1954; About 15 miles SE of Los Angeles, Calif. (BBU 3140)
11:15 a.m. (PDT). Hughes Aircraft test pilots Englert and Peterson, flying a B-25 bomber on a maintenance test hop heading ESE airspeed 170 mph [true airspeed about 200 mph] at 7,000 ft, saw a metallic, pencil-shaped object in horizontal orientation hover at above 30,000 ft for an unstated length of time while they climbed to 11,000 ft and made 30° turns to try to get a better view of object [over 4+ mins at max climb rate of about 1,000 ft/min]. Peterson, also a National Guard F-86 jet pilot, attempted to scramble jet intercept from Van Nuys National Guard Ops but could not establish radio contact (EM??). USN aircraft from the S seemed to pass under object without noticing it. (Jan Aldrich)

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reports/540730losangeles_report.htm Dan Wilson)

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