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Occurred : 6/1/1954 03:00 (Entered as : 1954 3:00)
Reported: 6/17/2016 8:13:40 PM 20:13
Posted: 6/24/2016
Location: Hawthorne, CA
Shape: Other
Duration:5 minutes
It was 1954.

Background. I was 24, busy building our young family, had never heard of the 1947 Saucers by Mt. Rainier, never even heard the term UFO.. but rockets etc belonged to my little brother: Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers... all for the entertainment of young boys!! Also had never seen a SciFi movie!!

We lived in Hawthorne CA, just down the street from Northrup Aviation (on Doty ave. if you want to verify). As a teen during the war in SoCal we were trained to be "spotters" of planes... ours and foreign, and I became enamored of B36s... they had a flight pattern over our house in Hawthorne, and I could feel the low vibration of those suckers before they were visible. I'd actually race outside and stand watching, then thrill to see those giants overhead.

So, I was watching that quadrant of the sky (no idea what direction... I was directionally impaired all those years in CA, but WA is easy somehow!). I noticed a star... in broad daylight! It was far away, as I could feel my eyes focusing on distance. I'd heard that some had seen stars during the day, but this was my first. I had a "bead" on it with the telephone wires, and stood gazing at the stationary object, tickled to have seen a star in the day! Still awaiting the B36. When suddenly the star took off like a shot heading left and out of sight.

I just thought it was interesting. It was years before I understood what I had seen.

((female's name deleted)), Bellevue, WA


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