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Summer 1979 - Bakersfield, Calafornia - Silver Disc UFO Formation Sighting

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Last Updated: 23/02/2012

Most UFO sightings tend to be of individual craft. However occasionally numerous UFOs moving together in formation are witnessed. This report covers an impressive sighting of a formation of UFOs that was seen in the skies over Bakersfield, Calafornia in the summer of 1979.

Sighting Details

At the time of the incident, witness Dave Ruhe was 15 years old. He used to go to Carden Private School on, which was situated on Columbus Street, South Bakersfield. The town lies at the southern end of the San Jaqin Valley.

Aerial map showing the sighting location:

It was around 3pm in the afternoon. It was a very bright sunny day with no clouds in the sky. Dave, about 80-100 other pupils, and some teachers, were standing at the edge of the road waiting for the school buses to turn up. Dave happened to look up into the sky to the South West. It was now that he noticed something very unusual. High up in the sky, at least 2000 feet up, and about a mile from his location, were what appeared to be five silver disc-shaped objects. The objects were arranged in a structured pattern like the 5-side of a dice. The underside of the objects was reflecting the light. They were not moving across the sky, but appeared to be wobbling slightly, which was noticeable in the light being reflected off them, It was hard to judge their exact size, but they must have been quite large due to the height they were at.

Witness drawing of the UFOs including notes:

Photograph of the sighting location in the direction the UFOs were seen:

Dave pointed the objects out to the other pupils and teachers around him. Word spread about the UFOs and soon everyone present were watching them and questioning what they were. There was some traffic on the road, but nobody else seemed to have noticed the objects as they were high up.

After a short while, the objects all suddenly vanished without trace! It was a clear day so there was no cloud for them to be hidden behind, they had just gone. Soon afterwards the buses turned up and people headed for home. Dave does not remember people talking much about the UFOs in the days following the incident, but he is sure some of them would remember what they had seen. Unfortunately he has not stayed in touch with any of the other witnesses, so at present we only have his testimony to go on.

Sighting Analysis

This is an impressive sighting of what I feel was probably genuine advanced craft, possibly of extraterrestrial origin, Due to the fact that there were many witnesses, any notion that the objects were a hallucination or issue with Dave’s vision can be disregarded. They were clearly visible in the sky. As it was a clear day they are unlikely to have been caused by an unusual cloud formation. The objects did not have the appearance of any known conventional aircraft. Due to their structured formation they appear to have been under intelligent control rather than randomly drifting balloons/inflatables.