June 21, 1950; Hamilton AFB, California
Flying Disc Spotted at Bay Air base
On June 19, 1950, a flight of 10 B-36 bombers cleared Carswell AFB, Texas, for Fairfield Suisun AFB, California, just east of Fairfield. The B-36's landed approximately 7 hours later at Fairfield-Suisun AFB.
On June 21, 1950, these 10 B-36 bombers were poised for a flight over the Pacific Ocean to train crewmen how to navigate these large planes over water on 10,000 mile junkets. This was the first time that so many of these huge bombers were to be in the air at one time in the same area.
At around 1:35 a.m. on June 21, 1950, at Hamilton AFB, a mysterious object spouting a blue flame and giving off a loud roaring sound overflew the base at least five times. There were at least 3 trained Air Force men as witnesses including Staff Sgt. Ellis Lorimer, who was in the control tower. The object was described as disc-shaped and moving at speeds estimated to be between 1000 and 1500 mph. The object was first seen by Corp. Roger Pryor, a control tower operator, who said he saw the object travel from the southwest to the northeast. It returned from the same direction in which it disappeared, roaring like thunder. The strange object was flying at between 2000 and 5000 feet altitude in a controlled flight. The whole affair lasted for approximately 25 minutes.
Hamilton AFB is approximately 32 miles southwest of Fairfield-Suisun AFB.
The object traveled from the southwest to the northeast at speeds of 1000 to
1500 mph. This could have carried the object very near Fairfield-Suisun AFB.
Hamilton AFB was the headquarters of the Western Air Defense Force (WADF)
In 1949, the ADC Western Air Defense Force (WADF) was established at Hamilton on September 1 and the 28th Air Division (28th AD) was activated December 8. The WADF was responsible for the air defense of the Western United States, and controlled air defense units in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. Its subordinate 28th AD controlled the operational air defense Groups and Squadrons.