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California residents catch blue UFO on video

Several Californians in a neighborhood in southwest Bakersfield have reported spotting a bright blue UFO at night. They say they have seen it twice, once on February 14, and then again, a month later, on March 14. Some of them have even got video of the object.

23ABC news reporter Lindsey Adams in the Bakersfield neighborhood where the UFO was spotted. (Credit: 23ABC)

23ABC news reporter Lindsey Adams in the Bakersfield neighborhood where the UFO was spotted. (Credit: 23ABC)

Witnesses described the mysterious light as very bright and blue. Some said it made weird movements in the sky before disappearing. Several witnesses also saw what appeared to be a flash of light near the object. The flash was described as looking like lightening, but one witness says he and his wife captured the flash of light on video (seen in the 23ABC news report above) and it does not look like lightening to them.

Kelly Castruita says she first spotted the light when she was taking out the trash. She told the local ABC affiliate, 23ABC, “I thought, that’s kinda bright to be a star, I’ve never seen a blue star be that bright.”

Her husband, Jeff, also witnessed the light. He says he watched for 10 minutes, while it was “doing weird stuff.” He added, “it would turn on and off and it would disappear.”

UFO witnesses Jeff and Kelly Castruita and their children with 23ABC news reporter Lindsey Adams. (Credit: Lindsey Adams/23ABC/Facebook)

UFO witnesses Jeff and Kelly Castruita and their children with 23ABC news reporter Lindsey Adams. (Credit: Lindsey Adams/23ABC/Facebook)

Another witness, Randy Gabriel, told 23ABC, “It pretty much flew, stopped, then started doing some upward motion and downward motion, so I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Witnesses described the object as moving just above the skyline to the northwest, stopping occasionally to make strange movements. Movements that the witnesses say are unlike anything they have seen before.

“We’ll see the police helicopters once in a while, or an airplane go by, but nothing like this,” said Ricardo Pantoja, another Bakersfield resident who spotted the object.

“It wasn’t a regular airplane or a drone, it was much bigger than what a drone would be, especially at that distance,” Pantoja added.

Kelly Castruita agreed with Pantoja. She says, “It looked way too high up in the sky to be a drone.”

23ABC reporter Lindsey Adams says the neighbors believe the blue UFO is extraterrestrial.

Blue UFO seen over Bakersfield, CA. (Credit: 23ABC)

Blue UFO seen over Bakersfield, CA. (Credit: 23ABC)

In the videos, a blue light can be seen, but the video is shaking, so the movement of the UFO is difficult to determine. The flash of light can also be seen in one of the videos. It appears to the left of the object, and also appears to be blue, although witnesses described it as white.

Jeff Castruita told 23ABC, “It looked like lightening, but there were no clouds in the sky, then all of a sudden we just didn’t see it anymore and it was gone.”

Adams took the videos to the Kern County Sherriff’s Department, who works closely with the local airport.

Senior Deputy Victor Keesey told Adams, “I’m not aware of any calls that we’ve received regarding any blue lights, or strange lights in that area. Very seldom, if ever, have I seen anything like it. However, we are in the age of drones now, obviously we have military drones, but we have civilian drones now and drones for purchase, so that is a possibility.”

23ABC says they also got in touch with Edwards Air Force Base, which is about 80 miles southwest of Bakersfield. They were told that the base had “not received any calls about the light, but officials mentioned it could be a possible aurora in the sky, or possible testing from Vandenberg.”

Map showing Bakersfield in relation to Lod Angeles and Edwards Air Force Base (red marker). (Credit: Google Maps)

Map showing Bakersfield in relation to Los Angeles and Edwards Air Force Base (red marker). (Credit: Google Maps)

UFOs are no strangers to Bakersfield. In fact, President Ronald Reagan said he saw a UFO over Bakersfield when he was still governor of California in 1974. Reagan told Norman C. Miller about the incident. Miller was then Washington Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal and later became editor of the Los Angeles Times.

“I was in a plane last week when I looked out the window and saw this white light,” Reagan told Miller. “It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, ‘Have you seen anything like that before?’ He was shocked and said, ‘Nope.’ And I said to him: ‘Let’s follow it!’ We followed it for several minutes… to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens.”

This was one of a couple UFO sightings Reagan claimed to have had.

We’ll keep an eye on news coming out of Bakersfield to find out if the object is spotted again next week, on April 14, and let you know if we find anything. No doubt the locals will be keeping their eyes on the sky.

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Multiple witness UFO sighting by Top Secret aircraft engineer in 1953

Clarence “Kelly” Johnson

One of the UFO cases investigated by the U.S. Air Force was a sighting by famous aeronautical engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson. Johnson was the first team leader of Lockheed Skunk Works, the team responsible for developing super secret high tech airplanes, who eventually took up residence at Area 51. In fact, Johnson helped scout out the location and was responsible for the initial construction of Area 51. He was key to the development of many airplanes, including the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. Both of which have been frequently mistaken for UFOs.

However, unlike others involved with Skunk Works who have credited their aircraft as the cause for the furor over UFOs, including the CIA, Johnson said he had seen UFOs on at least two occasions, and he believed the phenomenon to be real.

In his report to the U.S. Air Force, which can be found in the Project Blue Book files, he wrote:

I should state that for at least five years I have definitely believed in the possibility that flying saucers exist — this in spite of a good deal of kidding from my technical associates. Having seen this particular object on December 16th, I am now more firmly convinced than ever that such devices exist, and I have some highly technical converts in this belief as of that date.

Some of those converts were the crew of a Navy Super Constellation WV-2 who also witnessed the UFO seen by Johnson and his wife on December 16, 1953. Johnson’s report, along with several from the crew of the Constellation, are in the Blue Book report.

Johnson says the sighting took place at his ranch, which was three miles west of Agoura, California. He and his wife had just arrived at the ranch, and it was approximately 5 pm when he spotted something odd over a mountain to the west. He says at first he thought it was a black cloud, but then noticed it did not look the same as the other clouds, so he thought it might be an aircraft. Curious, he studied the object more closely.

He considered the possibility that it could be a lenticular cloud. This is a type of cloud formation that can develop over a mountain. They are disc-shaped and often mistaken for UFOs. However, Johnson says it did not move or disintegrate. He asked his wife to bring him his binoculars. He did not want to take his eyes off the object.

Stratocumulus lenticularis forming at the top of Mount Mikeno in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Stratocumulus lenticularis forming at the top of Mount Mikeno in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

He ran out to the balcony to train the binoculars on the object just as it began to move to the west. He said he could see the object was black and distinct as it moved off at a very high speed. He wrote, “In 90 seconds from the time it started to move, the object completely disappeared.”

He estimates that he and his wife watched the object hover stationary for 3 minutes before it began to move. Although he was reticent to guess the object’s dimensions due to having no reference to make an estimation, he says he believes it was very large.

Johnson had been out of the office for a few days, so the morning after the sighting he met with some of his engineers to be brought back up to speed. During the meeting, the Chief Flight Test Engineer Rudy Thoren mentioned he had seen a UFO the night prior. In his report Thoren wrote, “Upon completion of the technical discussion, I casually mentioned (for fear of being ridiculed) that I had been chasing a flying saucer last night.”

He then said Johnson interrupted him and described the sighting that Johnson and his wife had. Johnson felt it was important to interrupt to confirm whether or not Thoren had seen the same thing. Thoren was shocked at how similar Johnson’s description was to what he had seen.

Thoren’s sighting took place while he was piloting the Navy Super Constellation. He was the co-pilot. Onboard were Roy Wimmer, an engineering test pilot; Joe Ware, a flight test engineer; and P.A. Colman, the chief aerodynamics engineer. All of whom wrote reports on their versions of what happened.

An Atlantic barrier U.S. Navy Lockheed WV-2 Warning Star overflies USS Sellstrom off Newfoundland in 1957. (Credit: Mahlon K. Miller/U.S. Navy)

An Atlantic barrier U.S. Navy Lockheed WV-2 Warning Star overflies USS Sellstrom off Newfoundland in 1957. (Credit: Mahlon K. Miller/U.S. Navy)

Their accounts are very similar. After completing their tests, the pilot, Wimmer, handed the controls over to Thoren. They leveled off at around 20,000 feet when Wimmer spotted something odd. He called out, “Hey, look at the flying saucer!”

Wimmer says he called out more for fun. Ware noted in his report that they all often made fun of Wimmer about UFOs. Wimmer had a UFO sighting with another colleague of theirs two years prior over Catalina.

At first they thought it was a cloud, but as they examined the object they became more convinced that it was actually a solid object. They said it was crescent shaped, or possibly a flying wing. Wimmer estimated the object was at least 50 or 60 miles away. He says after five minutes he noticed it was flying away from them to the west. A minute or two later it grew smaller then disappeared.

Wimmer  reported:

I might add that I have had considerable experience, while doing radar bombing on P27′s, of estimating distances where there is very little to judge by and I am convinced this was a large object some distance away.

Colman agreed it was odd and noted, “The difference in the positions, both horizontally and vertically between [the two groups of witnesses], indicate that the object had sufficient depth to eliminate the possibility that it was a cloud phenomenon.”

Excerpt from one of the Lockheed UFO reports. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Excerpt from one of the Lockheed UFO reports. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Although Ware says they made fun of Wimmer for his UFO sighting two years ago, in his report, he admitted he also had a UFO sighting a couple of years back. He wrote, “I’ve been interested in flying saucers ever since one evening during the 1951 Christmas holidays. I was putting up a TV antenna on my roof when I looked up towards the north over the hills behind our home and saw a large circular object, apparently stationary. The time of day was about dusk and I watched the object for several minutes and called Leslie and a neighbor, Mr. Murphy, who also looked at it. I continued working on my TV antenna, glancing at the object now and then, with more and more time between glances, and finally the object was gone.”

He continued, “There is a small airstrip at Giant Rock, and I have visited the group of people there who have devoted their life to flying saucers. They have many photographs and books on the subject, and figuratively eat and sleep saucers.”

Thoren ended his report adding that he has not been so interested in UFOs, but this sighting was not an “illusion.” He writes, “I might mention that I have been very skeptical of flying saucer stories, and have never even imagined seeing an object in the sky that I was not able to identify. The three of us who watched it from the airplane are all pilots who have been flying for many years on experimental test work, and are trained to make accurate observations. Kelly also has had a lot of experience in flight test work, and has been flying for many years and is also a very trained observer. The fact that what he saw and what we saw appears to be identical, and the time and place identical, leads me to believe that it was not exactly an illusion that I observed.”

Map of the positions of the witnesses created by The UFO Partisan. (Credit: The UFO Partisan - ufopartisan.blogspot.com)

Map of the positions of the witnesses created by The UFO Partisan. (Credit: The UFO Partisan – ufopartisan.blogspot.com)

The Blue Book file includes a drawing from Johnson of the object he saw in December of 1953, and the object he saw in a prior sighting in November of 1951. His report also included some information about this first sighting. He says his wife also witnessed this object.

The first sighting was in Brents Junction, California. He says it was a dark night, but he could clearly see a “defined flame or emanation.” He said the object moved very quickly from the east to the west making no noise. Johnson says at first he thought it was the afterburner from a jet, “but the lack of noise and the pure spread of the flame eliminated that possibility completely.”

Johnson's UFO drawings. The top image is a drawing of the sighting from December 1953, the bottom is his first sighting in November 1951. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Johnson’s UFO drawings. The top image is a drawing of the sighting from December 1953, the bottom is his first sighting in November 1951. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Image from the UFO Partisan website demonstrating the similarity to the UFOs Johnson saw and the stealth bomber. He questions whether Skunk Works was influenced by the sightings. (Credit: The UFO Partisan - ufopartisan.blogspot.com)

Image from the UFO Partisan website demonstrating the similarity to the UFOs Johnson saw and the stealth bomber. He wonders whether Skunk Works was influenced by the sightings. (Credit: The UFO Partisan – ufopartisan.blogspot.com)

The Blue Book files consists mostly of these reports by the witnesses. There is no indication an investigation took place. Even though all of the witnesses were pilots, and all had considered and ruled out a cloud as an explanation for what they saw, the cover letter for the file lists the conclusion as a lenticular cloud.

Cover page to the December 16, 1956 Agoura, CA Blue Book file. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Cover page to the December 16, 1956 Agoura, CA Blue Book file. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Despite the U.S. Air Force conclusion, due to the high credibility and expertise of the witnesses, many UFO researchers regard this as one of the best UFO sightings. It is also great for UFO researchers to list the man who scouted out the location for Area 51 and was the first team leader of the famous Skunk Works organization as someone who took UFO sightings serious.

It must have been comforting for Johnson to have shared this sighting with some of the very colleagues who probably made fun of him for his interest in UFOs. At least he would no longer have to suffer ridicule alone.

And although the U.S. Air Force didn’t seem impressed, a sighting report like this begs the question, who is the real authority here anyway? The Air Force investigators, or some of the top engineers and test pilots of the time who were working on the most advanced aerial vehicles known to man.

For more analysis of this sighting visit the UFO Partisan. The U.S Air Force files can be found at the Project Blue Book Archive and Fold3.

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Case solved: CA MUFON finds military connection to UFO reports (Videos)

Ten UFO cases were reported to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) from both Orange and Riverside counties June 18, 2014, where odd lights in the sky were seen. We previously reported on Cases 57165 and 57166 where objects were reported near ground level.

California MUFON revealed today that they now believe all 10 cases were the result of military live fire training excises, according to Chief Investigator Cinde Costello.

“We are actually dealing with 10 reports involving this same event on the night of June 18, which was due to a routine military live fire training exercise at Camp Pendleton, situated in their Whisky/Zulu Impact areas – located approximately in the middle of the base.”

Camp Pendleton Front Gate.

Camp Pendleton Front Gate.

The Orange County Cases included: 57159; 57160; 57162; 57163; 57164; 57170; 57184. The Riverside County Cases included: 57165; 57166; 57195.

Costello, who is also the Southern California Assistant State Director, described the area and conditions.

“Camp Pendleton is bordered by San Diego County in the south; Orange County to the north, and Riverside County to the east.  Due to the weather conditions at the time – 65-degrees F with clear skies; winds calm to light, with wind direction from the south – people were able to see some of this action from all three counties.  Incendiary rounds, flares, etc., are extremely bright – so bright that, under the right conditions, they can be seen from a distance of 40 miles or more.

Costello said the same exercises are continuing.

“The exercises are scheduled to take place all week from 6 a.m. to midnight.  Wednesday’s training utilized mortar and artillery fire – high explosive munitions. This was not an air training exercise; it was a ground training exercise, so all of their ‘orbs’ were launched from ground to air.”

The investigator did speak with a military spokesman about their activities.

“I placed a call to Camp Pendleton and spoke with Sgt. Christopher Duncan. As per their normal military protocol, he was unable to tell me exactly the types of explosive munitions that they were using, but he was able to confirm that they were definitely using incendiaries, and did confirm that their exercises took place until midnight.  He was also able to confirm for me that no soldier reported any unusual (to them) air objects over their base or military operating areas during their exercises.”

The witness reports indicated to Costello that what they were seeing was base related.

“No matter the witness’s location, all of the sightings of these objects or ‘orbs’ that were reported to us, were observed to be in the same direction as Camp Pendleton. In my opinion, and from my own personal experience of observing many military training exercises over the years, these objects were 100 percent consistent with military incendiary (illumination) rounds, with target flares, and were entirely consistent with viewing Military “Live Fire” Night Training exercises.”

Costello recommends the following video list.

“I have included some YouTube video links so that you can also see what these incendiaries look like. In some of the videos you will see that these ‘orbs’ don’t last too long, and once extinguished it is quickly replaced by another in the same general location.”

 

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