Two More Eyewitnesses of Aerial “Drones” in 2005 and 2006

“I’m told it’s some kind of communications device. It’s supposed to help the Park Service to monitor any possible problems like fires and such.”

– Sequoia National Park Ranger in Uniform, May 2005

Odd, aerial object above power poles near construction site in May 2006, in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Mr. Smith.
Odd, aerial object above power poles near construction site in May 2006, in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Mr. Smith.

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May 25, 2007  Sequoia National Park, California, and Birmingham, Alabama – As the intensity has risen this week to explain away the Lake Tahoe, Capitola and Central California Chad images as Photoshop and/or “viral promotional films,” I have interviewed a California resident who worked for the state government in the Department of Developmental Services in mental health for twenty-five years before recently retiring in 2006. Shirley was born in Ventura County, California, and earned her Psychiatric Technician degree from Ventura Community College in 1978. I have her full address, contact information and academic background, but she has applied to work in another state agency, so has asked to simply be identified as Shirley from the Central Valley of California. She does not want the chaos surrounding the images to affect her new employment. But she wanted the public to know that the Chad photos match a dragonfly-like aerial object she saw two years ago.

In May 2005, she went on a weekend trip with her father to visit Sequoia National Park. Shirley and her father were near the center of the large Sequoia park and monument where they had planned to camp. But Shirley began feeling nauseous with a bad headache and decided she needed to go home and rest. It was late afternoon between 3 to 5 PM, when she realized she was lost and did not know what road to take out of the park. She had stopped at a park ranger station to ask a uniformed ranger for directions when she was shocked to see what looked like a big dragonfly moving in the sky. When Shirley saw Chad’s photos at Earthfiles.com and the Coast to Coast AM website, she recognized the object as what she had seen.


Interview:
May 2005, Sequoia National Park, Tulare County, California

Red dots mark on far right, the Sequoia National Park and and far left, Capitola, California, both locations of the aerial "drone." Other reported locations are in Lake Tahoe and Central California further south towards Bakersfield, and Birmingham, Alabama. See other maps in More Information below.
Red dots mark on far right, the Sequoia National Park and and far left, Capitola, California, both locations of the aerial “drone.” Other reported locations are in Lake Tahoe and Central California further south towards Bakersfield, and Birmingham, Alabama. See other maps in More Information below.

Shirley, Retired California Department of Developmental Services Mental Health Technician, Central Valley, California:  “It was around May of 2005. And we had gotten lost about what road to take out of the Sequoias to get back on the right road heading home. I told my dad (now deceased), ‘Pull over. I’m going to talk with the Park Ranger and see if he can help us.’

Came over talking to this ranger. And while talking, this weird thing flew overhead. Never seen anything like it in my whole life!

I asked the Park Ranger, ‘What is that?’ And he very casually just went, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m told it’s some kind of communications device. It’s supposed to help the Park Service to monitor any possible problems like fires and such.’ That was pretty much his total explanation of what it was.

CAN YOU GIVE AS MANY DETAILS AS POSSIBLE?

What I saw that struck me right off the bat was that it had a shape like nothing I’ve ever seen. The body of the thing looked to be like a circle, like a metal circle, but the three things body-shape wise that made it look so weird was the shape itself, for lack of a better description, reminded me of a dragonfly. It had an extended – I’ll call it an ‘arm,’ a thin extension at the back. A circular body. It had three or four shorter extensions that looked like they were between the side of the thing and the front of the thing. And it had these weird like wires that were coming out of the top of the thing, but you could tell that they were bent. They weren’t straight. They were like curving. I had never seen anything shaped like that before that was flying around.

The second thing about it was just the way it moved. I mean, at first I thought it reminds me of a helicopter. But it had a much smoother, quicker movement to it that what I’ve seen in any helicopter.

The third thing is when I spotted it again later – we stopped to get directions again because we were still lost even after talking to the park ranger – and we pulled over and talked with one of the road crews that were out there. They were doing a lot of road repair. That’s when I saw the thing again and it was off further in the distance by that time. But it did give me a better chance to look at the way the thing itself moved. That’s when I could see that at one point the thing backed up. And that’s when I said, ‘Oh, look, it can go backwards just like a dang helicopter!’ Then it just kind of reversed itself again and headed off in another direction and I thought, ‘Well, that’s a nifty contraption.’

Like a dragonfly, the way they are able to kind of hover and they’ve got real mobility, like whatever direction they are going to point themselves at, they are going go with no problem. The thing did not move anything like an airplane. It had mobility closer to what I’ve seen in a helicopter. That’s the only other thing I can liken it to in that kind of mobility. But it had a smoother move to it. It had a quicker, smoother move than what I’ve seen with a helicopter.

Sequoia Aerial “Drone” Most Closely Matched Chad Photos

OF THE IMAGES THAT HAVE BEEN SHARED NOW ON EARTHFILES AND COAST TO COAST AM AND OTHER WEBSITES FROM LAKE TAHOE, FROM CHAD IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AND FROM THE CAPITOLA, CALIFORNIA, IMAGES, WHICH IMAGE SEEMS THE VERY CLOSEST TO WHAT YOU SAW IN MAY OF 2005?

Oh, no doubt about that – the Chad photos. The Chad photos are just about exactly what I saw that day in the (Sequoia) park.

THE OTHERS ARE DIFFERENT IN WHAT WAY?

The Capitola photos, which I hadn’t looked at until last night, right away I’m going: what is that thing that is sticking out from the side of the circular main body? I don’t remember apertures sticking out of the side of what I saw that day and frankly, I did not notice them in the pictures Chad took either.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE MOTION. WHICH PART OF THIS SEEMED TO BE GOING FORWARD – THE RING? OR THE LONG TAIL?

I recall the longest extension (tail) moving like it was the tail of this craft, again much like when you see a dragonfly move. I mean, a dragonfly does not move with its tail to the front of it. No, its tail follows it. That’s how I recall.

WHAT ABOUT THE COLORS IN CHAD’S PHOTOGRAPHS COMPARED TO WHAT YOU REMEMBER?

Yeah, the colors looked right on – just kind of a buff gray (not shiny).

COULD YOU SEE ANY LETTERS, NUMBERS OR WHAT APPEARS TO BE DESIGNS?

No, I didn’t.

FROM WHERE YOU WERE, HOW HIGH WOULD YOU ESTIMATE THIS OBJECT WAS ABOVE THE TREES AND HOW BIG WAS IT?

If I just extend my arm straight out in front of me and used my fingers as an indication for how large that thing appeared in the sky, I’d say it looked about as large as in between my first (index) finger and my thumb.

I wish I could say that was 150 feet or 300 feet (altitude) or whatever, but I just don’t know. I can tell you that where we were at, anyone knows the Sequoias are a very high elevation. So obviously it was flying a whole lot higher that day in the Sequoias than it was in anything that has been photographed since.

IN TERMS OF ANY ELECTROSTATIC HUMMING SOUND LIKE CHAD DESCRIBED?

Oh, I didn’t hear a thing.

THAT WOULD BE CONSISTENT IF THE OBJECT WAS HIGHER ABOVE YOU THAN IT WAS ABOVE CHAD.

Oh, yeah. I’m positive it was higher than how it appears in Chad’s pictures.

Could Sequoia Park Ranger Also Work for Black “Drone” Agency?

WHEN YOU THINK BACK TO THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU STOPPED TO ASK THE SEQUOIA PARK RANGER FOR DIRECTIONS AND THIS OBJECT MOVING IN THE SKY SO ODDLY CATCHES YOUR ATTENTION, AND YOU ASK THE PARK RANGER, ‘WHAT IS THAT?’ DID HE LOOK UP?

I don’t recall him looking up. I can recall him answering the question – he did not appear to be trying to hide anything or did not seem to be the least bit surprised to be asked about it. No, I don’t remember him pausing and focusing on what I was asking about.

AS IF HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS THERE?

Yeah.

ISN’T THAT PECULIAR SINCE NOT ANY OF THE REST OF US IN THE WORLD SO FAR – NO ONE HAS COME FORWARD TO SAY, ‘I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THAT IS’?

Yeah, now it does seem strange. But back then at the time, I didn’t have anything to make me think how strange it was that he didn’t even look at it. At the time, his reaction just didn’t seem like – it didn’t set off any alarm bells.

BUT WHEN YOU SAW THE CHAD PHOTOS AT COAST TO COAST AND EARTHFILES. COM, WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND IMMEDIATELY?

When I looked at them, I just went, ‘Wow, I remember that thing!’ I just thought, ‘Wow, isn’t that interesting! We just keep coming up with better and better technology.’ That’s honestly what I thought that day (laughs). I was impressed. I walked away thinking, ‘How nifty. Isn’t our government amazing? We’re just coming up with bigger and better things all the time.’ That’s honestly what I thought and all that I thought. I didn’t walk away thinking, ‘Oh, what are they trying to hide?’

AND THAT’S BECAUSE THE SEQUOIA PARK RANGER DISMISSED IT SO CASUALLY, RIGHT?

Absolutely! If he had looked startled or had fumbled like people do some times when you catch them off guard and they don’t expect to be questioned about something. But no, his demeanor was nothing like that. He didn’t act like it was anything to be concerned about. He didn’t act like he was trying to hide anything. He didn’t act like he was trying to come up with a good story. Nothing like that.

Sequoia Park Ranger Public Officials Deny Any Knowledge of “Drone” Aerial Object

BUT NOW I HAVE COMMUNICATIONS WITH PARK RANGERS SUCH AS THIS EMAIL:

‘I have been a park ranger for 30 years and I have never seen or heard of such a device. The park service can barely afford regular helicopters, much less highly secret craft like this.’

Carol McElheney, Sacramento County Park Rangers

[ Editor’s Note: I also contacted Alexandra Picavet in Public Information in the United States Department of Interior Sequoia National Park Rangers office. We discussed the images and Earthfiles reports and with her request, I sent her  05/15/07 Earthfiles for her official comment.

Since two federal agencies manage the park, Alexandra Picavet also asked me to contact Denise Alonzo, Tule River District, U. S. Department of Agriculture, United States Forest Service Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest Public Affairs Office. I did, had the same discussion and also sent to her 05/15/07 Earthfiles for her official comment.

Within a day by phone, Denise Alonzo told me neither she nor anyone in her office had any knowledge or information about the object in the photos. To date, after repeated phone voice mail and email requests for comment by Alexandra Picavet, I have not received any further communication.]

IF A PARK RANGER WOULD TALK TO YOU SO CASUALLY ABOUT AN OBJECT IN THE SKY THAT NONE OF US HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE, THEN DOESN’T IT MEAN THAT HE IS PRIVY TO INFORMATION THAT NO ONE ELSE IS PRIVY TO? THAT RAISES ANOTHER QUESTION IN MY MIND:  WAS HE A SEQUOIA PARK RANGER ALSO DOING DOUBLE DUTY FOR ANOTHER AGENCY OR THE MILITARY?

You know, Linda, yeah – all I had to go by was what I was told. You know what, anything is possible, Linda.

WHEN YOU SEE ALL OF THE CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE IMAGES, THAT THEY MUST BE PHOTOSHOPPED, WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT TO VIEWERS AND LISTENERS?

Well, I can tell you right now that what I saw that day – that was not a Photoshop! I mean, I saw that in the real world!”

[ Updated Editor’s Note:  See More Information below about Beale AFB and China Lake Naval Weapons Center.

Short CGI creation animated Chad object in a military environment, an example of what can be done with digital manipulation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRv3WAEnHMc

But the brief CGI demonstration does not contradict in any way the two solid eyewitness reports in this Earthfiles and the Chad photos. Whitley Strieber has had a professional image expert in Los Angeles examine the Chad photos who concluded the frames were made on a digital camera, not Photoshop.
See:  http://www.unknowncountry.com/ ]

May 2006, Birmingham, Alabama

On May 23, 2007, Mr. Smith wrote:
(name and contact information on file, but withheld by request.)

Odd, aerial object above power poles near construction site in May 2006, in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Mr. Smith.
Odd, aerial object above power poles near construction site in May 2006, in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Mr. Smith.

“I took this picture sometime in May of 2006 in a residential section of Birmingham, Alabama, where I had some business. The camera was a Canon Digital Camera. I was looking at some new construction when I heard a low buzzing sound like a transformer. I looked around and finally up. I saw what looked like an electrical device sticking out of the electrical pole. When I moved to get a better look, the thing seemed to be floating. I decided this was an optical effect and thought that it was probably attached to the wires and was some sort of device being used at the construction. I took a picture and then walked away to get someone to tell me what it was. When I looked back, it was gone. The time was around 3:00 PM, I think. It was strange, but I did not want to get involved in anything, so I let it go.

“I remembered the device when I saw the photo on Coast to Coast WebPage. That is all I know, except one other odd thing that same day. I saw two identical new pickup trucks with new box-like trailers behind them near the construction site. The trailers were like small mobile homes with thick wires running from them. The trucks and trailers looked oddly new and clean with no markings on them at all. One truck was black with a white trailer and one was white with a white trailer. They really looked odd. Dodge ram trucks, I think. They stood out at the dusty site. I don’t know if they had any connection with the device, but it stuck in my head for some reason.”

On May 25, 2007, Mr. Smith wrote:

“Thanks for your interest. I now read that some are saying the other photos are fake, so I guess people will think this of mine. Well, what can I say? I did find a cell phone photo I took of one of the trucks and trailers I mentioned.

White, unmarked pickup truck towing white, unmarked trailer with cable coming out of trailer's open door in May 2006, near Birmingham, Alabama, construction site where Mr. Smith saw and photographed odd, aerial "drone" above power pole. Image by Mr. Smith.
White, unmarked pickup truck towing white, unmarked trailer with cable coming out of trailer’s open door in May 2006, near Birmingham, Alabama, construction site where Mr. Smith saw and photographed odd, aerial “drone” above power pole. Image by Mr. Smith.

“Notice how new it is down to the tires and no markings. I am hesitant about giving out my name and location, because I work for the military and am afraid of loosing my job. I trust you with my info, but please keep my name private. I really wish I could help more – I saw what I saw. It could be a military operation and I have to stay out of that. Do whatever you want to with this info, but please keep my name out of it.”

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

United Kingdom Police

The 'spy drone' was originally used for military reconnaissance and will now be used by civilian police in Liverpool, England, this 2007 summer for the first time. Merseyside Police hope it will reduce their manned helicopter costs which support their police mobile CCTV vans on routine patrols. Image © 2007 by UK Daily Mail.
The ‘spy drone’ was originally used for military reconnaissance and will now be used by civilian police in Liverpool, England, this 2007 summer for the first time. Merseyside Police hope it will reduce their manned helicopter costs which support their police mobile CCTV vans on routine patrols. Image © 2007 by UK Daily Mail.

US Air Force Website

USAF Drone Images

MQ-1 Predator, Nellis AFB, Nevada - Armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile on a training mission. Photo courtesy USAF.
MQ-1 Predator, Nellis AFB, Nevada – Armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile on a training mission. Photo courtesy USAF.
Predator, Operation Iraqi Freedom - A high-altitude aerial reconnaissance plane used for surveillance for ground forces. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock, USAF.
Predator, Operation Iraqi Freedom – A high-altitude aerial reconnaissance plane used for surveillance for ground forces. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock, USAF.

Army Website: https://uav.peoavn.army.mil/

“Public Viewing of Website

Due to the threat against our nation, portions of the UAVS homepage have been temporarily blocked from Public viewing. Additional information will be added in the future as it becomes available.
This Page Last Updated: June 24, 2002.

Army Drone Images

     

 

 

If any Earthfiles viewers or Coast to Coast AM listeners have seen a similar aerial craft or have any information about it, please email me at: [email protected]

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More Information:
Beale AFB, Yuba County, Marysville, California
Red dots mark Beale AFB on left, straight west of Lake Tahoe, California, the alleged location of another aerial drone on May 5, 2007.
Red dots mark Beale AFB on left, straight west of Lake Tahoe, California, the alleged location of another aerial drone on May 5, 2007.

http://ludb.clui.org/ex/i/CA3097/:  “Beale AFB is a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft base. Located in the Sacramento Valley, it is home to the only stateside reconnaissance wing, which recently flew the SR-71 Blackbird and still flies the nation’s fleet of U2 spy planes. Beale is also one of four U.S. locations for the Phased Array Warning System, a unique radar system housed in a large pyramidal building. Also called PAVE-PAWS, the system tracks airborne and space-borne objects over the Pacific Ocean (there is a similar PAVE-PAWS on Cape Cod that looks out over the Atlantic). The base covers 23,000 acres and employs around 4,000 people. Location: 40 miles N of Sacramento, 6 miles E of Marysville, California.”

China Lake Naval Weapons Center
Red dots mark Sequoia National Forest and Park and China Lake Naval Weapons Center to the east.
Red dots mark Sequoia National Forest and Park and China Lake Naval Weapons Center to the east.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/china-lake.htm:  “Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the high desert home of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, is where the Navy and Marine Corps have developed or tested nearly every significant airborne weapon system in the past five decades. China Lake is located 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles on the western edge of California’s Mojave Desert. If you are arriving by air, you may fly from Los Angeles International Airport to the Inyokern Airport, about 10 miles from the main gate. There is no public transportation between the airport and China Lake.  Also see: http://www.nawcwpns.navy.mil/

 

For further information about other unusual aerial craft, please see Earthfiles Archive, such as the brief excerpt of reports below:

  • 11/05/2007 —CIA Origin of National Enquirer?
  • 16/03/2007 —Tenth Anniversary of March 1997 Phoenix Lights: What Was the 2-Mile-Long Triangular Craft?
  • 13/03/2007 —Part 4: Mysterious Events At 2005 Tawsmead Copse “Insectogram” Crop Formation
  • 09/03/2007 —Zones of Fear and Diamond-Shaped Aerial Light
  • 04/03/2007 —Part 2: Mysterious Events At 2005 Tawsmead Copse “Insectogram” Crop Formation
  • 18/02/2007 —Part 4: Tappen, North Dakota, High Strangeness Provokes Many Emails from Viewers and Listeners
  • 14/02/2007 —Part 3: Tappen, North Dakota, High Strangeness Provokes Many Emails from Viewers and Listeners
  • 12/02/2007 —Part 2: Tappen, North Dakota, High Strangeness Provokes Many Emails from Viewers and Listeners
  • 11/02/2007 —Part 1: Tappen, North Dakota, High Strangeness Provokes Many Emails from Viewers and Listeners
  • 10/02/2007 —Part 12: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 07/02/2007 —Part 11: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 02/02/2007 —Blue Metallic “Blimp” Seen Over O’Hare Airport
  • 30/01/2007 —Part 10: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 16/01/2007 —Part 9: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 02/01/2007 —Grey Aerial Disk Reported by Chicago O’Hare United Airlines Pilots and Mechanics
  • 31/12/2006 —Part 8: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 27/12/2006 —Part 7: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 18/12/2006 —Part 6: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 11/12/2006 —Part 5: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 06/12/2006 —Part 4: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 29/11/2006 —Part 3: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 28/11/2006 —Part 2: Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue
  • 27/11/2006 —Inside Saucer Post …3-0 Blue © 1957 by Leonard H. Stringfield
  • 03/11/2006 —Another UFO Retaliation to Radar Lock On – 2003
  • 28/10/2006 —Close UFO Encounter by USAF Eyewitnesses
  • 26/10/2006 —Norwegian Crashed Disc and Other High Strangeness
  • 19/10/2006 —UFO Retaliation to U. S. Army Radar Lock On in Florida, 1967
  • 13/04/2006 —High Strangeness In Skies Near White Sands Missile Range
  • 12/04/2006 —Part 18 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 11/04/2006 —Part 17 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 05/04/2006 —Part 16 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 03/04/2006 —Genetic Harvest in Cimarron, New Mexico?
  • 05/02/2006 —Mysterious Dark Helicopters Over Comal County, Texas
  • 29/01/2006 —Part 10 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 27/01/2006 —Part 2: Navy Physicist and USAF Geophysicist Discuss UFOs and ETs
  • 20/01/2006 —Part 1: Navy Physicist and USAF Geophysicist Discuss UFOs and ETs
  • 17/01/2006 —Part 9 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 13/01/2006 —31st Cattle Mutilation on Red Bluff, California Ranch
  • 09/01/2006 —Part 8 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 03/01/2006 —Part 7 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 31/12/2005 —Part 6 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 27/12/2005 —Part 5 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 24/12/2005 —Part 3 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 24/12/2005 —Part 4 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 21/12/2005 —Updated: Part 2 – Peculiar Phenomenon, Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 19/12/2005 —Part 1 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
  • 21/09/2005 —Silent, Unidentified Aerial Triangle Entered Thunderstorm Over Fairborn, Ohio
  • 17/04/2005 —1949 Aerial Disc Covered-Up By Project Blue Book As “Kite”
  • 14/04/2005 — “Battle of Los Angeles” On February 25, 1942: When America’s 37th Coast Artillery Brigade Fired Off 1,430 Anti-Aircraft Shells At A UFO

Websites:

NASA Drones:  http://uav.wff.nasa.gov/relatedlinks.cfm

Ion Propulsion, NASA:  http://nmp.nasa.gov/ds1/tech/ionpropfaq.html

High Power Electric Propulsion Program (HiPEP):  http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/ion/present/hipep.htm

Coast to Coast AM Website:  http://www.coasttocoastam.com

UFO Casebook:  http://www.ufocasebook.com/strangecraftlaketahoe.html


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