Category 11 Case Directory
  SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT 
 
  Preliminary
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Three Aircraft Crews Observe UFO
June 24, 1950
Daggett, California

8:08 pm PST
Duration 3 min+
aircraft 3 different
United States
Commercial/Military
3 crews
No EMI
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
June 24, 1950; Daggett, California (BBU)
8:08 p.m. (PST). Numerous observers over Nevada and Calif. United Airlines Capt. E. L. Remlin, First Officer David Stewart, observer Capt. Sam B. Wiper, and crew of 2, plus about 25 of 50 passengers on an airliner at 290 mph at 14,000 ft saw a brilliant bluish-center cylindrical or dirigible-shaped object with orange-tint fly a parallel course with the airliner for 20 miles [3-5 mins duration] at about 20-30 miles distance at 20,000 or 60,0000 or 80,000 ft then fade in the distance. Navy transport pilot sighted dark gray or gunmetal cigar-shaped object 1/8 Full Moon angular size, with faint radiant exhaust at estimated speed 1,000-1,500 mph, altitude 50,000-100,000 ft, 3 mins, traveling N then turned W to disappearance. Lovelock, Nev., airport 30 pilots sighted vapor trail persisting for 20 mins. Witnesses in Ely, Pioche, and Briston Silver Mine, Nev., sighted vapor trail or smoke in a 3 shape to the W for hour. (Jan Aldrich; David Rudiak; Weinstein; UFO Evid.) 3 mins (1/2 hr duration of contrail)

Fran Ridge:
The crews of two commercial airliners and a Navy transport sighted a cigar-shaped object about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Calif. The pilot of the Navy plane (name confidential) spent 22 years in Naval aviation and later was a project administrator with a West Coast electronics firm. He was alerted by a United Airlines pilot who had seen the object and they both discussed the matter with CAA (now FAA) ground stations at Daggett and Silver Lake, Calif. The co-pilot of the Navy plane was the first to see it, and pointed it out to the pilot and navigator. The pilot described the object as cigar-shaped, dark gray or gunmetal in color and giving off a faint shimmering heat radiation appearance at the tail end. He judged its apparent size as about 1/8th that of the full moon. Estimated altitude 50,000- 100,000 feet, speed 1000-1500 mph. for the three minutes it was in view. At first it was traveling north, but then turned west presenting a tail end view as it sped out of sight. F/O David Stewart, United Airlines was identified at UFOE, 34 (Signed report on file at NICAP, case certified by Paul Cerny, Chairman, Bay Area NICAP Subcomrnittee, UFOE, 31)

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