Go Back Report # 873
07-10-1955

07-10-1955  
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       A large number of "USOs" have been seen in the Santa Monica Bay and Santa Catalina Channel. A particularly compelling case occurred on July 10, 1955, and involved numerous independent witnesses.

       It was a bright, sunny day at around 11:00 a.m. when fishermen off the coast of Newport Beach reported seeing a cigar-shaped object which was blue on top and silver on the bottom. As they watched, the object flew overhead at a "moderate speed and medium altitude."

       Later that afternoon at around 2:30 p.m., Mr. & Mrs. George Washington and their eleven-year-old daughter were thirteen miles off the coast of Newport Beach on their way to Catalina Island on their yacht when Mrs. Washington spotted the strange object hovering at about 2,500 feet.

       Mr. Washington stopped the boat so they could better observe the object. Using binoculars they saw a "perfectly round, gray-white" craft. It appeared to be rotating and was surrounded by a strange "haze." After about six minutes of observation, the Washingtons restarted their boat and continued their journey. To their amazement, the object maintained its position directly over their boat. Mr. Washington radioed the Coast Guard and explained their situation. The officials at the Coast Guard told Washington to keep the object in sight, and they would launch a plane to investigate.

       Suddenly, the object rose upward in a zigzag maneuver and disappeared into the clouds. By the time the Coast Guard plane arrived, the object was long gone.                                             

This reference: UFOs Over California by Preston Dennett, p. 84, © 2005        
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UFOCAT PRN – 25531 [DOS: 07-09-1955]

UFOCAT URN – 025531 (USAF) Blue Book files counted in official statistics

UFOCAT URN – 059840 The UFO Annual by MorrisJessup, p. 225, © 1956    
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UFOCAT PRN – 25531 [DOS: 07-10-1955]

UFOCAT URN – 122589 CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind by Richard Haines, p. 167,

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UFOCAT URN – NONE    UFOs Over California by Preston Dennett, p. 84, © 2005      
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North America – United States, California. The body of water is the San Pedro Channel.

Newport Beach            Latitude 33-37-08 N, Longitude 117-55-41 W (D-M-S)

Catalina Island            Latitude 33-23-00 N, Longitude 118-25-00 W

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.
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UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 33.61 N, Longitude 117.93 W (D.%)           

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