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.

Orange Objects Fly Over & Under Aircraft
May 5, 1957
Nr. Santa Rosa Island, California

3:00 a.m. PST
Duration 30 secs
aircraft C-121
United States
1 observer
No radar contact

Dan Wilson:
May 5, 1957; 170 miles SW of Santa Rosa Island, Calif. (BB)
3:00 a.m. PST. Two round orange colored objects the apparent size of a basketball held at arm's length were observed by 2nd Lt. Leland M. Martin flying in an RC-121D aircraft. The RC-121 was at 9,000 feet on a heading of 80 degrees at 190 mph. One of the objects passed over the aircraft going E to W at 10,000 feet and the other passed under the aircraft at 8,000 feet going W to E. The length of the observation was 30 seconds.

Fran Ridge:
Though the objects might have only "looked" like afterburners, this was only a description with the pilot knowing very well that these objects were observed head-on and over and under his aircraft. Blue Book wrote these off as aircraft.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/570505santarosa_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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