Dr. Seff Conclusions
James MacDonald, far left, a UFO expert from the University of Arizona, joins -- left to right -- Philip Seff, Judson "Sandy" Sanderson and John Brownfield, three University of Redlands professors, in an NBC-TV panel discussion of a 1968 UFO sighting in Redlands.
Over three months Dr. Seff with the other professors investigated the incident. He said each of the witnessed were interviewed separately and were subject to relentless cross-examination.
Dr. Seff commented, "In my discussion with the Air Force, they informed me that the object was not detected on radar. However, since the installation is at March Air Force Base, a range of mountains stands between Redlands and the Air Base. Therefore, to quote them, they would be scanning above the object and it would be impossible to detect.
He added, "The main controversy is in the sound which was reported by both visual observers and many others. At precisely the same time that the object appeared, the Redlands Emergency Rescue Vehicle left its garage and traveled along Lugonia Avenue. The sound its siren emits is very weird and loud. I believe the sound it made was mistaken by the witnesses to be coming from the UFO. The original sound was recorded on tape. I had the ambulance drivers run the same route and re-taped the sound. Witnesses agree it is the same. However. the time I recorded the sound it was very low. I was standing in the church where it was originally taped (by accident by a minister who was taping his sermon) and had to open the door so that our recorder could pick up the sound.”
1. “I can attribute the object sighted to no known type of aircraft. Since the atmosphere was clear and the object was low, witnesses obtained a clear view, also, no known aircraft was over Redlands at that time.”
2. “To my knowledge and that of my colleagues, we can attribute the object to no known natural phenomenon.”
3. “The sound heard was that of the emergency rescue vehicle. In the excitement of seeing a UFO, witnesses naturally assumed it was coming from the object overhead.”
4. “The composite painting was obtained from witnesses seeing the object at different angles. Therefore, the conclusion is probably a very accurate representation of the object. “Classification: UFO” - Philip Seff, Ph.D.