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UFO Sighting Report


1962 and 1972


Oxnard and Ventura, California, United States


Both of these occurrences, even though separated by ten years, started and ended in the same locations and followed similar descent paths and speed. They were orange glowing orbs descending to Earth.

Date Reported:

6/7/2012 4:34:13 PM

Sighting Time: 

Both sightings were about 8pm.



Appearance / Description of Object(s)

They were orange glowing orbs.

Size of Object(s)

They were about ten feet in diameter.

Description of Area / Surroundings

I was in an urban setting during both sightings. The orbs were both over the Pacific Ocean when we first saw them and then moved north over the California coastal mountains. There were three military bases fairly close to me: Point Mugu Naval Air Station, Port Hueneme Seabee Base and Camarillo Air Force Base. There is also Mandalay Beach Electric Generating Station and Oxnard City Airport in this area.

Full Description & Details

In about 1962, my wife and I were standing on the sidewalk in front of our apartment in Oxnard, California. We were talking to friends when we noticed a large orange colored, orb shaped object in the sky off to the west of us. It was fairly high, but descending rapidly out of the southwestern sky and moving north. As a rough estimate, it was about six miles from us when we first saw it. We didn’t hear any sound coming from it. We watched it for a few seconds, until it went out of sight behind the hills north of Ventura. At the angle of descent and its high rate of speed, I expected it to hit the ground and explode. We waited to see if it would make any flash as it collided with the earth, but we didn’t see anything. Because it had passed over the hills, we couldn’t see exactly where it would have touched down. This event was very anticlimactic. That was all that happened at this sighting.

About ten years after that sighting, I saw the same thing happen again, only this time I was in my car on highway 101 in Ventura, on my way to a meeting. When I got to the meeting hall I asked another volunteer, if he had seen the orange ball-like object. I knew he was just seconds ahead of me on the same freeway. He said that he had seen it, but he didn’t have any more idea what it was than I did.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

No, unless someone, in the 1960s and 1970s had the technology to fly an orb very fast at tree top height, in the mountains, at night, without wings.

Witness Background

I am a retired pipefitter with a highschool diploma and instructor credentials from UCLA to teach my trade to other fitters. During my working years I installed mechanical system controls on electrical generating plants, rocket engine test facilities, paper making plants, various science laboratories and a space shuttle launch, recovery and payload preparation facility. My hobbies are building and flying radio controlled gliders, riding my bicycle and flying single engine, fixed wing aircraft. I have a wife, two children and two grandchildren.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I know things are flying around out there that I can’t explain. I read next to nothing about UFOs before these sightings.

Other Comments

My friend thought, and still thinks, we were watching a jet plane with its afterburners on. (Descending toward earth for forty-three plus miles? Well, maybe, but I don’t think so. He still gets frustrated with me for disagreeing with him. I watched too many jets with their afterburners turned on, leaving Camarillo Air Force Base in pursuit of unidentified aircraft in their air space. This orange orb didn’t look like an Air Force jet with afterburners turned on.

In the 1990s I was telling a fellow worker the stories. He got very excited and told me he was camping at Ballinger Camp (a camp in the area where we saw these things go out of sight) with his parents and friends, when an orange object came down and leveled out at tree top height just over their heads. He said it was making a great amount of noise and it scared the c#%* out of all of them. (They were telling ghost stories around a campfire at the time.) He then asked me what I thought it was. I told him I had no idea what it could have been. He also said it wasn’t an airplane, as it had no wings or fuselage. He said it was just a large glowing ball. As far as I know, and have researched, in those years we (the United States—or any other country for that matter) didn’t have the technology to fly that fast and that low in the mountains at night, and having no wings to maneuver.

Reported Sighting? 


Reported To: 

I only shared it with friends.

Your Location: 

Boulder Creek, CA, USA