- "They (USAF personnel) spotted six 'saucer shaped
flying objects' at an altitude of about 7000 feet at the base of a cloud
bank about 3:50 p.m. "
- WIDE AREA COVERED BY REPORTS Los Angeles Times Nov. 6,
- Those unidentified flying objects first reported over
Texas and Gulf of Mexico arrived over Southern California yesterday.
- Reports of unidentified flying objects cluttered police
switchboards in the west and southwest portions of the city. There were
two sightings in Orange County and a belated report of an early sighting
Monday at Borrego Springs, San Diego County.
- None could identify the objects, neither could they agree
on what they looked like.
- People living in the Hollywood Hills told of a "ball
of fire" in the sky. In the San Fernando Valley people saw "a
great green light". A housewife in Corona del Mar saw what looked
like "an orange jack-o-lantern."
- Hovers Over Ocean
- Mrs. Charles Weitzel, 243 Driftwood Drive, Corona del
Mar, said the object hovered just above the horizon, out over the ocean
in the south southwest quadrant. She had the exact time of her sighting
-- 6:04p.m -- because that was the time she put the corn-on-the-cob in
the pressure cooker, then stepped to her picture window to look out.
- The object vanished in the several seconds it took Mrs.
Weitzel to summon her husband, a Marine Corps flier, to the window. Although
most persons reported just fleeting glimpses of the extraterrestrial phenomena,
other observers claimed to have the objects in view for more than an hour.
- Personnel at Los Alamitos Naval Air Station reported
unidentified objects in sight almost continuously between 6:05 and 7:25
- Lt. Richard Spencer, a flying officer, saw the object
from the ground. "It was not a star and it was not an airplane",
he said. He admitted, however, that it appeared to be "starlike,"
and added that it glowed in varying colors, changing from bright to dim
and back again.
- Airport Tower Operator Louis D. Mitchell and a sentry
on duty, Hospitalman Charles Kreiger, also observed the object. Almost
all observers were agreed that the object moved slowly -- almost imperceptibly,
across the sky. Most were agreed that the direction of travel was north
- Lending credence to the reports was the fact that there
Air Force weather observers, including the commanding officer of the unit,
acknowledged sighting unidentified phenomena over Long Beach Municipal
- They spotted six "saucer shaped flying objects"
at an altitude of about 7000 feet at the base of a cloud bank about 3:50
- Larger Than C-46
- Maj. Louis F. Baker, commanding officer of the wearther
observation post, who sighted the objects with his assistants Airmen Joseph
Abramavage and William Nieland said: "They were circular and shiny
like spun aluminum changing course instantaneously without loss of speed
like planes in a dogfight," Maj. Baker said. he said the objects were
larger than a twin engine C-46 aircraft and were in sight for about a minute
and a half.
- The objects also were observed by 10 military personnel
waiting to board an airplane at the airport, the spotters reported. Maj.
Baker said he rejected the theory that the objects were sheet ice in a
cumulonimbus cloud because of their regular circular shape.
- Winked Slowly
- An electronics executive, Merlin G. Perkins, 1102 N.
Wright St., Santa Ana, said he observed an object though binoculars for
almost a half hour as it moved slowly overhead finally fading away into
the reflected light above the Santa Ana business district. It appeared
to be round and it winked slowly from dim to bright, with a reddish glow,
- Two residents of Borrego Springs, Mr. and Mrs. A. A.
Burnand Jr., belatedly reported "a powerful mysterious light in the
desert about 6 p.m. Monday. "It appeared to be about twice the size
of the moon," Burnand said, "and it flashed about eight times,
each flash being about two seconds duration."
- Reddish in Color
- "When it flashed the rays shot out in all directions
and it made you think of an explosion without sound," he added. It
was reddish in color, the couple said.
- U.S. Weather Bureau official here said last night they
knew of no atmospheric conditions which could account for the rash of reports.
One weather analyst did observe, however, that the objects sighted in Texas
last week end and appeared to be considerably larger than those seen here.
- Two brief related reports appear after this on the page
to fill out the columns:
- Mystery Object, Like A Planet, Seen Over Gulf
- New Orleans, Nov 5 (AP) -- The Coast Guard cutter Sebago
sighted an unidentified flying object over the Gulf of Mexico at 5:21 a.m.
today. The object, seen for about three seconds, resembled a brilliant
planet moving at tremendous speed.
- Coast Guard headquarters in New Orleans received a radio
message about the sighting. The message did not say exactly who on board
the cutter had seen the object.
- Air Force Alerts Its Radar Network By The United Press
- The Air Force yesterday alerted its radar network to
watch for strange flying objects which might approach the ring of stations
surrounding the United States and Canada. The alert followed a flurry of
reports of unidentified objects, some as long as 500 feet, mainly in the
South and Southwest. _____
- Quite a wild night out! Whatever happened to journalism
like this? Everyone appeared to be open to inquiry including military.
There are no reports from "prefers to remain anonymous" in these
articles. Something happened and a door was closed.
- Whatever happened on the beach in Playa del Rey that
morning so long ago was definitely a part of a larger flap. The tantalizing
details can be found in the research notes of Jim and Coral Lorenzen now
kept at some mid-west University according to one report and not readily
accessible. One day hopefully those will all be published in their unedited
format. They were the best researchers and compilers of UFO cases that
ever lived with an international network of field investigators called
the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO).
- If only those old lamposts on the highway could speak.
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