Just after 10 pm, on the 13th July 1979, in Santa Clarita Valley, California, a married couple would witness a strange low-flying disc-shaped craft fly over a young couple’s home.
The unnamed and anonymous family were preparing to settle down for the evening when the night would take a dramatic turn. The husband of the household (Mr. Towers) was cleaning the swimming pool area ready for the next day, so the children could get straight in the pool upon waking. As he was doing this, he would notice a bizarre disc-shaped craft, around 100 feet across, approaching the house from the west.
From how “flat” the object appeared, he knew right away it was not a helicopter or even an airplane making its way towards them. He ran back towards the house, calling out to anyone from inside who wished to see this strange aerial anomaly. His wife would appear a few seconds later. By this time, the huge circular object was directly above their garden, hovering and at a complete stop. Each noticed instantly that the strange craft was completely silent.
The couple would later estimate the object to be around 75 to 100 feet above them. They could clearly see a “dome” on the upper section of the craft, as well as portholes and lights which flashed seemingly in sequence. The object was most definitely solid, with a metallic and shiny finish to it. Bizarrely, and something that comes up repeatedly in UFO reports, the craft appeared as though it was made from one piece of molded metal, with no apparent joins or seams visible anywhere. On the underside, it would appear to “concave towards the center” where two “rectangular shapes” were visible.
As the couple continued to watch this amazing incident unfold, the craft would tip forward slightly. When it did, the couple would witness something akin to a cockpit behind a longer window. They could see a combination of an orange and blue glow from inside. Neither, however, could see any activity or movement behind the glass. It would remain at this “forward angle” for around ten seconds. Each of the witnesses would later declare the feeling of being watched by whatever intelligence was behind this mysterious vehicle.
In all, the glowing disc remained over the couple’s property for around forty seconds. Then, it would calmly move away at a pace no faster than forty miles per hour. They continued to watch it until it disappeared from their view approximately seven miles away. Each of them would sketch drawings of what they remembered, separately so they could compare them. Aside from small details here and there, they were by and large an exact match.
Much like Taff, the main witness had a background in propulsion systems, later in several high-ranking positions. His understanding, then, of aeronautics, much like Taff’s, was much better than most. He would state that “from my aeronautical engineering background (I know) that mankind has no such technology.
The Hallstrom Incident
Eighteen months prior to the Santa Clarita sighting came another incident. The similarities of which again may indeed suggest a connection to the two cases mentioned above. On New Year’s Day 1978 at around 12:35 pm, experienced military air veteran, Floyd Hallstrom, was flying his Cessna 170A over Santa Monica, California. He was trailing his friend and fellow pilot, Jim Victor. They were on their way from Oxnard to San Diego, with a stop at Los Angeles to refuel. Victor was delivering a plane to Brown Field in San Diego, whereupon, Hallstrom would transport them both back home.
As he began his way over Santa Monica at an altitude of around 7,500 feet with the sight of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the distance, he noticed something strange “just on the edge of the horizon”. At first, he thought it was his friend. Then, however, the object began to grow larger. And did so at an alarming rate.
As it approached, he could see no wings at all. It appeared to be disc-shaped, made of metallic silver which shined brilliantly in the bright afternoon California sunshine. He could, though, make out clear windows in the craft, similar to normal passenger windows in a standard aircraft. Whatever the strange craft was, it continued in his direction with great speed. It would pass him and head south of his position and to his left. That’s when Hallstrom was able to look down on the craft and gain a bird’s eye view. And what he saw was an object that wasn’t “conventional” by any stretch of the imagination.
It was most definitely a “saucer-shape or round object” with “a dome” on the top and with windows around it. From above, the metallic surface seemed to glow even more brightly. He would describe the surface as “more of a nickel or highly polished chrome, or stainless steel”. This, he would offer, would explain the “mellow glow” that would resonate from its surface.
He would later estimate there to be around twenty windows around the dome part of the craft. An even gap would separate them. Apparently uninterested in Hallstrom or his small passenger plane, the strange craft would continue in the opposite direction. It would remain in his sight for around a minute before disappearing. This would lead Hallstrom to estimate that it was traveling at around 650 miles per hour.
He would inform Victor and then the Federal Aviation Authority of the sighting. And that would, he believed, be the end of it. However, in the days and weeks following the incident, Hallstrom would suffer from several strange dreams. These would involve strange silver discs, but would also feature even stranger alien entities. The dreams would eventually settle down the more he researched the UFO phenomena. A subject he had previously had little to no interest in. However, in the years that followed the aerial encounter, Hallstrom would claim that it had “altered his entire life”.