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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.

Lights Pass In Front & Below RC-121
May 4, 1957
Nr. California Coast

2:25 a.m. & 2:43 a.m. PST
Duration 5-8 secs
aircraft RC-121
United States
1 observer
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
May 4 [5?], 1957; Near Calif. coast ( (BBU)
3:25 a.m. (PDT) [4 a.m. PDT?]. USAF copilot of radar patrol aircraft with 552nd AEW&C Wing saw a yellowish-red light at 10,000 ft pass in front of aircraft. (Weinstein; FUFOR Index) 30 secs

Dan Wilson:
May 4, 1957; Approx. 240 miles West of Los Angeles, California (33 degrees 52' N 123 degrees 25' W; 32 degrees N 122 degrees 55' W)
2:25 a.m. PST. A meteor-like object was seen to pass in front of an RC-121 aircraft flying at 9,000 feet going east to west. The yellowish-red colored object was observed by 2nd Lt Leland M. Martin, the co-pilot. The object was estimated to be at 10,000 feet altitude. A second sighting of a similar object took place at 2:43 a.m., and this one passed below the aircraft at approximately 8,000 feet. The objects appeared to be as large as a baseball held at arm's length. The length of observation was 5-8 seconds. (Dan Wilson)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/570504califcoast_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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