posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 01:25 AM
The Redlands, California, mass UFO sighting of 1968 is one of forty-one cases
detail in the prepared statement that Dr. James McDonald
submitted as part of his
testimony before the United States House Committee on Science and Astronautics
On February 4, 1968, from approximately 7:20 to 7:25 P.M., about two hundred residents of Redlands, California, either saw or heard what was
apparently the same huge, low-flying, disk-shaped object as it passed overhead. The object apparently came down just west of Columbia Street and north
of Colton Avenue, then proceeded slowly in a northwestern direction for about a mile or less, at an altitude of about 300 feet. Coming to a stop, it
hovered briefly, jerked forward, hovered again, then shot straight up with a burst of speed. (Total time of the sighting must have been less than five
This sketch was made by one of the four principle investigators of the case based on the descriptions of numerous witnesses who later verified that
this was indeed what the object looked like:
The lights on the base appeared to expel jets of bright orange flame and were seven in number. The light on the top (eight to ten in a row) were
alternating in color (red and green), giving the impression that the object was rotating.
When McDonald discussed the case in Congressional hearings approximately six months after the incident, he said:
At 7:20 p.m.. many persons went outdoors to investigate either (a) the unusual barking of neighborhood dogs. or (b) a disturbing and unusual
sound. Soon many persons up and down several streets were observing an object round in planiform, estimated at perhaps 50-60 feet in diameter, moving
slowly towards the east-northeast at an altitude put by most witnesses as perhaps 300 feet. Glowing ports or panels lay around its upper perimeter and
"jet-like" orange-red flames or something resembling flames emanated from a number of sources on the undersurface.
McDonald goes on to note that Dr. Philip Steff - professor of geology and one of the principle investigators in the case - "told me just last week
that he had encountered a Redlands University coed who had seen the object (he hadn't interviewed her previously), and she seemed still terrified by
After the publication of the Condon Report, the Redlands case was specifically mentioned in McDonald's critique of the University of Colorado
It omits consideration of some of the most puzzling cases on record, famous cases that persons such as myself specifically urged the Condon
Project to study. It even omits discussion of certain significant cases that Project staff actually investigated (e.g., Levelland and
Dr. J. Allen Hynek - scientific adviser to the U.S. Air Force's Project Blue Book for the past two decades - had this to say about the case in a
letter to Colonel Raymond S. Sleeper:
"It was investigated by no one at Blue Book, superficially by a member of Norton AFB, and for a total of three months by Dr. Philip Seff,
professor of geology, Dr. Reinhold Krantz, professor of chemistry, Dr. Judson Sanderson, Professor of mathematics, and artist John Brownfield,
professor of art (who drew an artist's conception from the descriptions given independently by the witnesses and whose composite painting was
verified by the witnesses), all of the University of Redlands. It is of interest to note that no one at Blue Book has seen fit to contact these
investigators and discuss their investigation at least over the phone.
And the kicker:
You will undoubtedly be interested to know that Blue Book classified this object as 'probable aircraft.' How this was arrived at with no
investigation is, of course, a striking example of methodology of Blue Book.
In the interest of full disclosure (no pun intended), while the accounts linked mention that the object was viewed by between 100 and 200 people, I
don't think all of them were interviewed by the four primary investigators.
Nonetheless, their conclusions were:
The object sighted can be attributed to no known type of aircraft. Since the atmosphere was clear and the object was low, witnesses obtained a
clear view; also, no known aircraft was over Redlands at that time. As far as is known, the object cannot be attributed to any known natural
The sound heard was that of the emergency rescue vehicle. In the excitement of seeing a UFO, witnesses naturally assumed that it was coming from the
object overhead. The composite painting was obtained from witnesses seeing the object at different angles. Therefore composite is probably a very
accurate representation of the object.
Here are a couple articles from the Redlands Daily Facts
So what are we to make of this? Experimental military craft? Swamp balloon? Mass Hysteria?