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Air Misses:

Some of the skeptics are still making ironical comments about UFOs. One of the most frequent comment is "If there were UFOs, how do you explain that pilots do not meet them in the air?" Well, they do meet. Sometimes pilots wonder if they will not meet just a little too close...

Burbank - Hollywood, USA, October 1950:

When a California Central Airliner left the Burbank-Hollywood airport at 7:55 p.m. on October 5, 1950, neither captain nor co-pilot had any idea they were on a collision course with a UFO.

Five minutes after taking off for Oakland, the airliner was somewhere between Van Nuys and San Fernando, climbing at about 4500 feet. Suddenly Captain Cecil Hardin called his co-pilotís attention to a lighted object approaching head-on. Co-pilot Jack Conroy would later tell reporters that the UFO was only in view for a few seconds before swerving to pass below the airliner.

Conroy said:

"It was impossible to say exactly how fast it was going, or how big and far away it was, But it appeared to be large, quite speedy and pretty close, perhaps 500 feet away."

Hardin said:

"It was traveling at a terrific speed, and the thing that was really odd was that it didnít appear to have any fuselage. We also felt no propeller wash as the object passed under our left wing."

The co-pilot told reporters the next day that no plane could be expected to display lights in the manner reported by him and Captain Hardin. For both of them had said the object appeared to be approximately 85 feet long, with six to eight bright lights strung along the top, all of them blinking.

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