Orfeo Angelucci

Orfeo Angelucci 1959

Lockheed Star 1953


At last an authentic photograph. There can be no denying this one.

There are too many pictures in saucer history to reproduce in even a large book. Many of them are doubtful from the very start. Others do not measure up to complete authenticity for many reasons. Often they were taken by one person, and the nature of the pictures usually could be either reproduced by others or shown up with features that could mean hoaxing. Of the hundreds of photos very few could pass the test of close scrutiny. The major sightings, strong in themselves, produced no photos for unknown reasons.

The picture appearing in this booklet passes every test of authenticity. There were a half dozen planes chasing the object, and the Air Defense Command had it on its radar scope, It stayed directly over Victorville, California, for three hours, But let us hear it word for word from the "Lockheed Star," official publication of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation:


"Lockheed planes recently fought a no-decision bout with one of the mystery objects’ in the skies over Southern California.

"Pilots involved in the fracas requested that they remain anonymous, even though they backed up their story with photographs - but therin lies the tale:

ROUND ONE "It started with a T-33 pilot who was making a run out of Paimdale at 40, 000 feet. He observed a white shining object far above him in the sky north of Paimdaic and set out after it. He pursued it as far as Victorville without gaining on it, when it suddenly halted,

"The pilot radioed B-9 a description of what he'd found and ships in the air at the time headed that way to heip investigate.

"Another pilot on the ground quickly telephoned a friend who owned a movie camera with a telescopic lens and told him to hustle out to the airport with it.


"Here's where the comedy of errors began" said the pilot. "My friend, being in a big fuzzy rush to shoot pictures of this thing, snatched up a long lens shade, thinking it was his telescopic lens, and came rushing out to the field."

"Armed with the camera, the two jumped in a T-33 and whistled out over Victorville to have a look at the strange intruder.

"It hung up like a signboard in the sky - you couldn't miss it from 20 miles away,"said the pilot," so we began to climb to have a look at it. The other boys were out there trying to climb up to it also."


"Nobody could reach the mysterious white object's altitude. At the T-33’s ceiling, the man with the movie camera started shooting. Not knowing that he wasn’t equipped with a telescopic lens, lie didn't get rnuch.

"The Air Defense Command had the object on its radar, so there must have been some metal in it," said the pilot, "but it was 65, 000 feet. We couldn’t get to it."

"The pilot who'd first sighted the object returned to Paimdale, obtained an F-94C Starfire and made an afterburner climb trying to reach the intruder."

Even the Starfire couldn’t get up to it.


"Finally the half-dozen planes involved gave up and went home, leaving the white object still shimmering in the sky.

"We think it might have been a weather balloon," said one pilot. "Except for a couple of little oddities, we'd be certain."

"One fact that didn’t jibe with the weather balloon idea was the size of the object. "To be as conspicuous as it was, the thing would have had to be about the size of an airplane hangar, as high as it was above us, said the pilot."

"Another thing that was peculiar was the way it zipped along and then stopped," he said, "And it stayed stopped, directly over Victorville, for three hours, It didn’t move.

"We could clearly distinguish its shape. It was roughly oval, rounded on top. It just sparkled in the sunlight - maybe next time we see one, it will be lower. Then we’ll find out."

About 50, 000 copies of the Lockheed Star were put out twice a month at the time, Almost all employees pick up a copy.

Here was a real. test to see how the public at large would react to flying saucers when almost proven beyond a doubt. By publicizing an account of the incident, the Staff of the Lockheed Star presumably verified the authenticity of the sighting, and certainly the integrity of Lockheed at large is above reproach. The reaction materialized rapidly.

Within rninutes the grounds of the sprawling plant were strewn with intact copies of the "Star." Litter cans were filled. The story was answered with a deep silence by most of the ernployees. There was a deep resentment of some peculiar nature. I felt that if Space Visitors should land among us then they would be met with hostility. No one ridiculed this authentic story. But only a few received it favorably.

I could have cited this to my fellow employees at the time, and truly wanted to, However, the morose faces, the resentment - so thick you could have leaned against it - and the general mood were such that silence was prudent at the time.

That photo never made the newspapers. It was too real, It was one of the concrete evidences.

The very same people smugly kept asking why the Air Force and government officials did not release evidence. What better evidence could be released than that which they threw away in disdain?

No Air Force in the world, no official on earth, no leader of any kind could produce evidence superior to that story in the Lockheed Star. True, in the palling darkness of widespread prejudice there pierced rays of light and hope here and there. There were many who took the publication home and treasured the report. Lockheed merits high commendation for its spirit of public service, and its lack of bias and prejudice.

Lockheed Star Mysterious Object


Too many are badgering the Air Force for the release of data on file in the flying saucer archives. So-called investigators do nothing but persist in annoying the Air Force in this respect. Just what caliber of investigators the se are is difficult to say.

The evidence has been abundant for those who have broad concepts. The little mind sees with little eyes. A religious leader cannot evaluate something that goes into astrophysics and something that may take him into subjects somewhat divergent to his creed.

Neither can an Air Force official fully evaluate something that goes beyond his aero-dynamics, and onward into the higher estates.


To repeat, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation deserves commendation for its educational efforts. Its courage is unusual - and most welcorne - in this day of stifling suppression.

Some time after the Lockheed Star appeared with the photo and the story, I gave a copy to Harold Sherman, author, who was in Los Angeles lecturing at the time. He asked me to get the negative of that particular frame from the motion picture film. On that suggestion, I called the publication office and was assured that I would get it by mail.

Fully two weeks went by and nothing came. I called Mr. Sherman, telling him it was not my fault but that I would call the "Star" again. I did so the very same day. This time the reply on the other end of the line not so obliging. The man merely said he would look into it and see what he could do in the way of sending the negative.

Sherman, who is a very well known writer, had sold material to Warner Brothers and others, and at this particular time was collaborating with R.K.0. on one of his own stones, in addition to lecturing. Again I waited hopefully for the photo, for I felt he might think me unreliable,

Within three days after my call to the "Star" I received my reply. It was not a photo, but a letter, The entire film had now become the property of the Air Force.

For the first time I learned that the Government does take pictures, refuses to release them to the public. This is one rare film never publicly reported.

The letter is probably the only one of its kind in the posses sign of a ari, and there is every reason why we must reproduce it here.

Certainly, nothing today compares with the Flying Saucer episodes.

Letter from Lockheed

From the book Concrete Evidence by Orfeo Angelucci - 1959

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