6/7/2012 4:55:29 PM
Appearance / Description of Object(s)
All I could see were five or six lights in more or less of a circle. Their brightness and size were somewhere between that of a star and the light reflecting off of Mars or Jupiter.
Size of Object(s)
The diameter of the circle of lights was less than two hundred feet. This is a guess that feels right to me.
Description of Area / Surroundings
I was in an urban setting. The lights were over a military base. Three military bases were fairly close to me: Point Mugu naval air station located six miles southeast of where I first saw it. Port Hueneme Seabee Base Located three miles northeast of where I first saw it. Camarillo AFB located eleven miles northwest of where I first saw it. Ormond Beach Electric Generating Station located five and one third miles north-northeast of where I first saw it. Oxnard Airport was located five and a half miles northeast of where I first saw it.
Full Description & Details
This one happened in about 1962 or 1963 around nine p.m. My wife and I were in bed, but not asleep, in our apartment in Oxnard, California, when the sky outside our south-facing window lit up. We jumped out of bed and went to the window to see what was happening. It was dark outside, but I could see a cloud of smoke in an otherwise cloudless sky. I could see several lights above the smoke. At first I thought they were stars, but as I continued to watch the smoke cloud, all the lights moved together as one unit to the north. It was as though there was no time for acceleration; they were just instantly going fast. They went out of my view through the window and were headed straight over our apartment. Disturbed by what I just watched, I turned around to run to the other side of the house, knocking my wife down in the dark room as I ran. I wanted to know where they went but the lights were gone by the time I picked my wife up and got to the other side of our apartment.
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
No! I don’t know of anything that can go six miles in three seconds from a dead stop.
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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 this sighting.
The next day the Oxnard Press-Courier quoted the naval authorities at Point Mugu as saying that they had to destroy a scheduled missile launched that night because of a guidance malfunction.
Reported To:I only shared it with friends.
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