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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/17/1978 23:00 (Entered as : 9/1978 23:00)
Reported: 7/11/2010 9:54:54 PM 21:54
Posted: 7/19/2010
Location: Ridgecrest, CA
Shape: Disk
Duration: 10-15min.
Characteristics: There was an aura or haze around the object
To Whom It May Concern:

7/11/10 As many people do I did not talk about what I saw for fear of being classed as nuts. After so much information became public I started to mention it.

In the fall of 1978 I was working at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center and living on the military base. As a friend and I were entering the rear gate, I looked over at him and something caught my eye. I told him and he looked over and saw it too.

We pulled off the road onto the dirt shoulder and saw a car behind us also pull over. We sat there for maybe 10 min. and watched this saucer type UFO (rounded dome on both top and bottom and the saucer type middle) hanging over the middle of town. An illuminated cloud surrounded it.

After a while, it all of a sudden swooshed back really fast heading south west it just flew faster than anything we had in 1978 or now. The illuminated cloud hung there for quite a few minutes the cloud dissipated and was gone.

The Gentleman I was with and I talked about what we saw. We both saw the exact same thing. Im assuming the car behind us saw the same thing since we both did.

Being a small town I expected something would be published in our local newspaper but it never was. After so long of not finding it in the newspaper I decided to put aside and not mention it. Our town at that time had maybe 12000, 13000 people and some one other than us must have seen it.

In 1996 while still living in Ridgecrest I was headed west on hwy.178 and then south on hwy.14 to pick up 178 again after a few miles. While I was climbing up the hill a light caught my eye. It was speeding fast and was a completely round bright light. I watched as it went behind the peaks and then into the clear and then back behind the next peak.

OK, I feel really stupid seeing two UFOs in my lifetime but I did. I still remember the name of the man I was with and know where he went back to his hometown. He was a very nice honest person and so am I. I would even be willing to take a lie detector test.

I visited Roswell NM in April and after seeing all of the information there I decided to inform someone.

I'm 65 yrs, old and not in great health. I would like to find out what professionals like you think of it, especially since we were on a military town. The object was not over the base.

Thank You,


((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))


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Ok I corrected the date for you on my form I even looked up what that saturday date was


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