Date: Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 16:48:59 +0100 (BST)
From: Fran Ridge <franridge@nicap.org>
Subject: June 24, 1947
To: CE, NICAP




June 24, 1947; Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Santa Rosa, California
<5:00 PM. The witness, a trained observer, said that from his location, it seemed to be about 1,000 feet above the main N-S runway at the airfield, and would judge that it was 10 to 20 feet in diameter. It was impossible to judge size and distance accurately, because there was nothing about the object that enabled him to make an accurate approximation of size. It was the shape of a giant pocket watch, without the stem, and it was covered by silver material that looked like airplane aluminum. There were no marks of any sort on the surface. It was perfectly smooth. The object was moving at about the speed of a glider in normal flight attitude, and indeed on his first glimpse automatically recorded it in his mind as a glider. But an instant later he realized that there was something strange about it and looked back, then noted that it had no wings, no apparent projections of any sort. It moved smoothly in northerly direction until it reached the N. end of the runway, then turned to the E., banking slightly and headed toward Santa Rosa. He was forced to turn his attention away from it for moment, and when he looked again it was gone. From his observation, he would believe that the object was controlled in its flight, either directly or by gyro-control. Its only deviation from straight path was for wind currents, and after tipping or rising with current it would recover its level flying position. The recovery was made in much the same manner as a glider appears to recover when thermal current forces one wing up or down. At the same time, the return to normal was accompanied by an overcompensation effect which is typical of gyrocontrol. 35. The witness would not say the .object was a  "flying saucer," just that it was something he had never seen before in all the years he had spent around airports. Although he was known to the Press-Democrat, he refused to let his name be publicized. Also, he said that he had not put any credence in flying disc sightings be cause he felt he was too intelligent for such nonsense, but after his own experien  (Santa-Rosa Press Democrat, UFOs: A History pg. 10, Loren Gross)