On February 4, 1968, from approximately 7:20 to
7:25 P.M., about two hundred residents of Redlands, California, either saw
or heard what was apparently the same huge, low-flying, disk-shaped object
as it passed overhead. A minister conducting services in a church in
Redlands was recording his sermon at the time and obtained a recording of
the sound, which many people present described as a high-pitched, modulated
whining sound much like that of the “FLYING SAUCER” seen on TV program, “The
Invaders.” An investigation was conducted for the AERIAL PHENOMENA RESEARCH
ORGANIZATION by four University of Redlands professors: Dr. Philip Seff
(geology), Dr. Judson Sanderson (mathematics), Dr. Reinhold Krantz (chemistry),
and John Brownfield (art). The following information was obtained by
The object apparently came down just west of Columbia
Street and north of Colton Avenue, then proceeded slowly in a northwestern
direction for about a mile or less, at an altitude of about 300 feet.
Coming to a stop, it hovered briefly, jerked forward, hovered again, then
shot straight up with a burst of speed. (Total time of the sighting must have
been less than five minutes).
The object’s size and altitude were estimated
by Dr. Sanderson. The object seemed (if at 300 feet altitude) to be
around 50 feet in diameter.
The artist’s conception (see accompanying illustration)
was based on a series of interviews with witnesses by Professor Brownfield.
His composite painting was verified by witnesses. The lights on the
base appeared to expel jets of bright orange flame and were seven in number.
The light on the top (eight to ten in a row) were alternating in color (red
and green), giving the impression that the object was rotating.
The object was not detected in RADAR, by the nearby
Norton air Force Base, but a USAF spokesman admitted that their radar was
not the type that would have spotted it anyway. The closest radar that
might have detected the object was a March Air Force Base near Riverside,
but a range of mountains stands between Redlands and the location of the base.
Professor Philip Seff, who headed the investigative
team, reached the following conclusions:
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