Taking an aside here, I went to a presentation of a Ufologist the other day who talked about the Roswell incident, Area 51 and other such things and decided to see if Recruit was in any danger of being abducted by someone otherworldly. I found that indeed, Camp Pendleton has had it's share of possibilities over the years....
1951 - On this morning a total of seven F-86 fighters were scrambled to chase a UFO that remained over southern California for nearly 90 minutes. Two F-86 jet interceptors were scrambled from George AFB near Victorville, California then vectored by air defense GCI radar to a target off the Pacific Coast 30 miles west of Long Beach Airport, where the jets circled and then headed east toward Long Beach when the object was seen at 7:55 a.m. PDT at the 12 o'clock high position. It was in a left orbit at about 50,000 feet, above the F-86's. It appeared to be a bright silvery aircraft with highly swept back 45° wings. The F-86's tried to climb to intercept the object but it climbed away in response. Another two F-86's were scrambled from George AFB at about 8:00 a.m. as the first two were running low on fuel and broke off pursuit. The second pair of F-86's was vectored by GCI radar to Camp Pendleton, arrived there at 8:10 a.m. at 43,000 feet, and spotted the object at the one o'clock high position back to the north toward Muroc/Edwards AFB, appearing to be at about 50,000-55,000 feet in a controlled orbit. It looked like a swept wing aircraft that sped up when the F-86's tried to
1970 - March 21, 8:00 p.m. - 15-20 minutes While using night vision scopes, Marines witnessed three saucer craft hovering near Camp Pendleton rifle range during night firing exercises. (NUFORC)
1995 - July 20 - Mother and son see 4 pairs of paired lights hovering motionless in formation. 5th craft streaks up, hovers. Near Camp Pendleton.
2002 - June 11, Approx 3 minutes after sunset - Object emitting light at magnitude equivalent with that of venus, appeared WNW of MCAS. The object remained stationary for 30 seconds then nosedived for the deck. Traveling approx 20 deg. in 3 seconds. Object distance was 12-15 miles WNW from observer. Distance was determined by using cloud distances on radar. Object passed behind on layer, and in front of another layer. Object was invisible on radar. Object was not seen again after it dissapeared below horizon.
2007 - November - Coach Tony Paopao, along with his wife, was driving south on Interstate 5 at about 10:45 PM, when they saw a large, bright object which passed over their vehicle, and hovered momentarily. It then headed in the direction of Camp Pendleton. It was quickly out of sight.
Coach Paopao made this statement about his sighting: "It was about 100 yards up. It was too low to be a plane and it was too fast and too quiet to be a helicopter."
2009 - October 5, 8:15 p.m. - We were driving north on the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 5) through Camp Pendleton when all of a sudden a bright red light caught my attention to the left out over the ocean, maybe about a mile or so ahead of our car. It was so unusual I could not stop staring at it. I did not know what it was and it did not appear to be like any aircraft such as a helicopter or plane of any sort. It glowed very intensely and pulsated at a regular interval, maybe 1 or 2 seconds apart. The intensity of the light was strong and constant. The color was ruby-like or light reddish.
2011 - January 12, 9 p.m. - Last night I came home with my daughter and I slept on the couch. I have a view of the valley I am on a hill in Vista. I saw 2 huge balls of fire, at least that’s what it looked like in the sky over the mountains of Camp Pendleton. They moved very
2011 - March 6 - I was driving down the main road leading on and off the military base in the early afternoon when to my left in the sky I saw a bright