As readers will be aware, recently I have been publishing material which I found in the Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) database on the phenonomainon.com website. Unfortunately, that database was subsequently removed from that website. Howver, before it disappeared, I made notes on a number of the cases mentioned in the BAASS database.
November 2004 USS Nimitz incidents
What did that database say about the 14 November 2004, USS Nimitz encounters? Here, are the details presented there.
14 November 2004
On the 14 November 2004, off the South California coast; a single, oblong shaped object was observed by military pilots, on a clear sky day. They reported that they saw an oval/oblong, "Tic Tac" shaped object.It appeared to be 14-15m in size, the size of an AV-88 Harrier jet aircraft fuselage. It hovered and had controlled movement in all planes. When initially seen, it moved both fast and slow. It's height was 10 feet AGL to 20,000 feet MSL. It was seen from above, level; and from below as it departed. The summary also mentions FLIR video; and multiple objects captured on military radar over several days.
Two other startling reports
However, also present in the database are two other, very interesting incidents.
1. 10 October 2002
In the W-291 OPEAREA, off the coast of California/Mexico, on a clear sky day, a military pilot experienced an unusual occurrence. Looking down at a 78 degree look down angle, and seen from a 7230 feet visual slant range, they saw a submerged (estimated 20-50 feet below sea level); opaque or white, egg-shaped object, stationary, below the sea surface. The estimated size of the object was 40 by 60m. There was no disturbance of the surface water. As regards to the surface features of the object, it was recorded as solid, with distortion blurrring around its edges. There were no physiological effects to the pilot.
Comment: When I first read the above details I thought I had mistakenly loooked at the 14 November 2004 Fravor encounter. A second look showed that it was a completely different incident, which very closely matched the event of 14 November 2004.
2. 27 October 2004
While in the R-2508 restricted airspace, near NAS China Lake, California., a military jet's air crew (one named Vieley) observed a high speed, highly manouverable object at high altitude.
The sky was clear, and it was daytime. The object was shaped like an egg, but had a more pointed nose than an egg. They estimated the dark grey/black, solid looking object to be approximately 19m in size. The look up angle was about 83.5 degrees. The estimated altitude of the object was around 45,000 feet MSL, and its estimated speed was in excess of 500 knots. The distance to it, at the closest point of the observation was 5.15 (KB-no units given-nm?) visual slant range.
It was tracking east, then made an aggressive turn into the vertical (arced turn profile with small radius compared to known fighter aircraft. The pilot thought it might have been an advanced US jet such as a F-22 Raptor, but didn't believe that fitted their observation.
Comment: As with the 10 October 2002 incident, I had never, to the best of my knowledge, come across details of either of these two observations before now. Has any blog reader either heard of them, or can provide further details?
In conclusion, it would be worth the time for other researchers to take a look at what is available on the phenomainon.com website.
Update: 15 May 2022
Following a comment from Robert, I revisited my notes on the three cases above. I incorrectly stated that restricted airspace R-2508 was over the Pacific, whereas the BASS database, states it was near China Lake, California. Likewise, I have deleted that the 14 November 2004 Nimitz incident happened in R-2508, when it actually happened off the California/Mexico coast in the Pacific. I have amended the blog post. I see no reference to South Carolina.
Although the BAASS database has gone from the phenomainon.com website; it has been captured at https://updb.app/reports where you can read the details of the three reports for yourself.