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Sighting Reports 2008

Pilot Sees Unknown Object on Approach to Airport

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Date of Sighting: July 18, 2008
Time of Sighting: 12:25 AM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: July 18, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 1 to 2 Seconds
Location of Sighting: About 6 Miles N. of Apple Valley, California
Latitude: 34.59 Degrees North (Position of Observation & Not Location of Object)
Longitude: 117.19 Degrees West (Position of Observation & Not Location of Object)
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the West at 10 MPH.

Description: The witness called and reported his sighting on the morning that it happened. He stated that he was on approach with his "Mooney" aircraft on a heading of 240 degrees (southwest) at 3,300 feet, and traveling at 145 knots. He saw a bright neon green object over the west valley near Magoo Naval Air Station in Ventura, California. He said that the object was moving at a heading of 270 degrees (west).

Comments: The witness is an accomplished helicopter mechanic and an experienced pilot. He has been flying for 25 years, has nearly 5,000 hours of flying time, is instrument rated, and he has a multi-engine rating. The only drawback to this sighting is that the witness only saw the object (light) for 1 to 2 seconds. This fact reduces the accuracy of his observation.