Go Back Report # 924


Balloon ‘Saucer’ Mystifies Morro Bay Area Residents         

MORRO BAY — A large "saucer-like" object, seen landing gently upon the ocean and described by residents in the Cayucos and Morro Bay areas as being over 20 feet long, silver colored and as having a bubble-like covering, has been identified by a Coast Guard official as a weather balloon, possibly from Vandenberg Air Force Base.    

       Chief Alex Alker1, U.S. Coast Guard at Morro Bay, estimated the balloon as 10 feet in diameter and of aluminized material. He said it had a clear plastic covering hood to protect the single frequency radio transmitter used to report upper wind conditions.

       Walker2 said the balloon was deflated and retrieved by fishermen, who delivered it to the Coast Guard in Morro Bay.                                                                                                      

This reference: News clip Fresno Bee, Fresno, Calif., July 26, 1969

Notes 1 & 2: It would seem that there was a typo here as Alker/Walker are evidently the same person.-CF-     

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

North America – United States, California, San Luis Obispo

Cayucos           Latitude 35-26-34 N, Longitude 120-53-32 W (D-M-S)

Morro Bay        Latitude 35-20-16 N, Longitude 120-51-05 W

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic 


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