Category 11 Case Directory
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Piper Archer II Encounters "Bullet" & EME
April 8, 1981
San Luis Reservoir, California

aircraft not given
United States
1 observer
Radar contact

Fran Ridge:                                                                                                     
April 8, 1981; San Luis Reservoir, California
2:30 GMT.  Mr Dennis was flying his Piper Archer II from Palm Springs, California to Novato, California. He was just above San Luis Reservoir, 45 miles SE of San Jose, when he saw the same object that he had seen in November 5, 1980. It pulled alongside his 3 o’clock position. At the same time his DME (Distance Measurement Equipment) went out, and then his navigation and communications radios. When his transponder went out, this caused some concern at the tower for he had disappeared from their scope. Now the object shot forward of the aircraft some 500 yards, the pilot estimates, and executed some very erratic motions. Then, slowly drifting backwards until it was at his 9 o’clock position, it paced him, "obviously looking me over", maintaining a steady course. He drifted behind and somewhat below it, as close as 500 ft to it at one instant. The pilot continued to drop back, placing the object first at his 1-2 o’clock position and then finally at his 11 o’clock position. The object was bullet-shaped emitting an orange glow with a whirling bluish ring. This bluish ring started close to the body of the craft, whirling at right angles to it, and then, as it whirled faster and faster, it expanded, becoming thinner and finally dissipating. Then the front part of the object began to pulsate, faster and faster, and now appeared as a bright solid intense red-orange glow. It then shot forward to about four or five miles ahead of the plane, about twice as far as the first time, then made an instantaneous right-angle turn upward, and in 4 or 5 seconds it was lost in the black sky above. At the same time all the radios came back on again, by themselves, and the pilot could hear the Center frequency talking and called them up. They had been concerned since they didn’t have a primary target on him. (From International UFO Reporter – IUR – CUFOS, Janvier 1982 and Dr Richard F. Haines’ Files, Case 48)

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