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.

Commercial Pilots Report High Speed Object
Sept. 13, 1956
Stockton (nr. Santa Barbara), California

9:34 p.m. PST
Duration 1 min *
aircraft DC-4
United States
observers: several
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
The case was written off by Blue Book as a balloon, at least in the sighting listing. Hardly a valid explanation if one looks at the details by these commercial pilots who are familiar with balloons and what they can and can't do.

Brad Sparks:

Sept. 13, 1956; S Calif., near Santa Barbara (BBU)
9:35 [9:34?] p.m. United Airlines Flight 459 crew saw a star-like object stationary then moving. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
Sept. 13, 1956; Stockton, California
At 9:34 p.m. PST, the pilot of United Airlines Flight 459 (DC-4) flying at 9,000 feet observed a star-like object that appeared to be stationary directly over Stockton, California. The object then began to move east at a high rate of speed. The Captain of United Flight 736, Stockton Radio and Monterey Navy also reported the sighting, all giving a similar description. Two F-86D's were later scrambled with negative results. Duration: 1 minute. Perhaps longer, according to the JOINT MESSAGE FORM which says the pilot first observed the object over Santa Barbara which is nearly 300 miles to the south of Stockton.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/560913stockton_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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