UFO likely a remote-controlled airplane
by TP staff
Nov 24, 2009 | 6178 views | 28 28 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One man swears his friend walked out to a field and saw for himself that a large, noiseless remote-controlled plane was responsible for the blue lights in the sky that brought traffic to a standstill Monday evening on MacArthur Drive.

Monday night’s 7 o’clock sighting was the second time mysterious blue lights were spotted maneuvering around the sky in southeast Tracy. The first was Nov. 9, also a Monday evening.

Tracy resident Jay Moini, 20, declares he has no fondness for conspiracy theories, nor a belief in UFOs.

Yet his mother pounded on his bedroom door Monday night, urging him to take a look up in the air, where a deep blue light about a mile away moved around in ways no airplane or helicopter could, he said.

Traffic on MacArthur Drive was stopped in its tracks in the middle of the road as the lights caught the attention of motorists.

The fact that a military helicopter and two others were seen flying around the area Tuesday morning seemed to fuel speculation that the lights were part of a secret government experiment — or, perhaps, that space aliens were in our midst.

“It’s an unexplained phenomenon,” Moini said Tuesday.

But then he talked to a friend, whom he declined to name because the friend wants to remain uninvolved in case the police launch an investigation into the blue lights that have gotten so much publicity.

Moini said his friend followed the lights to a field near MacArthur Drive and Schulte Road, where he saw a man carry away a remote-controlled plane.

Tracy police also have speculated that the lights belonged to a radio-operated plane, some of which come equipped with LED lights for night flying.
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Gramma1
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December 01, 2009
AIG!!! Wow learn to spell before you start being so judgemental of other people's intelligence! Your grammer is horrible!
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November 30, 2009
Update!

Conspiracy Theory Debunked:

While on routine night patrol; a local dairy farmer came across part of a herd of Holstein cows which had strayed off into a little known valley out in S.W. Tracy all belching uniformly "White Christmas."

Rather coincidently an alleged phosgene gas leak from approx. area 'Site Three Hundred' had managed to accumulte within the above same valley during the crossing-pattern flight path of a flock of Candian Geese.

*Noted

No injuries to animals, et-al, occured during this rare phenomenon.

Permits still pending...

mayhemprincess1
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November 29, 2009
Sorry guys but by looking at those pics I can tell you that it is a remote control airplane that is approx 6 foot wide made out of styrofoam. They can fly extremely high and manuever pretty cool. They can hoover for a long time also. There is a group in Modesto that fly them at night and I myself at first thought that it was a ufo until I followed it to a field. Even called the police dept and they told me that they had been getting tons of calls regarding them. Ended up taking the kids to go and watch. They said people from Ripon had came out to investigate. Thats how far away they can be seen. We watched all the cars pull over. Lots of people came to investigate our Modesto UFO and it even made KCRA news broadcasts also. Just some really cool modestl remote control planes that cost about $350.00. They are pretty awesome and They put on a pretty good show. The kids love the lights. Just for your knowledge they also have white, red , green, blue and purple lights that they can place on them.
sillygirl
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November 29, 2009
You know - the only ignorant thing I am hearing is the people that are so closed minded that they cannot even conceive of the possibility that there might be some other form of intelligent life out there besides us! There is nothing wrong with being openminded, does not mean people are gullible - quite the opposite in fact! I'm sure people thought Christopher Columbus & Einstein were crazy too though...The only reason I would maybe doubt Aliens want to visit our planet is the simple fact of how arrogant and narrow minded so many of it's inhabitants are...all I can say is if we are the only intelligent life in all of the universe that would be kinda sad since humans are not all that great...written proof here in some of these very posts!!
Camp_Meat
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November 29, 2009
My family and I also witnessed this blue light in the sky and I must say I have no idea what it was. At one time, it did fly directly overhead and to me, it appeared to be shaped like a plane. No noise at all. We did witness this object circling the field mentioned. I did manage a few photos and some video from my digital camera. Two of the four photos I shot looked like the object, the other two looked weird, maybe from not being still when the photo was taken. From where I was standing, it appeared that this object did indeed come down near Shulte, just east of Macarthur, we immediately drove to the house mentioned and noticed others in the area but we saw nothing.
HawkEyes2see
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November 28, 2009
Maybe he went to a Jag or Star Trek convention or something. The rest of us watched the evening news just weeks after the herioc landing on the Hudson river. A helicopter collided with an airplane proving there's no such thing as "controlled airspace". Except maybe in the movies.
515050
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November 27, 2009
I'm confused by pelican64's post also.

"Experimental aircraft fly under the same set of regulations as do commercial aircraft and must have a licensed pilot in control. Even ultralites pilots must have training and are forbidden to fly these things at night unless they have a full private pilots license with a night rating and proper IFR instrumentation and lighting and the conditions are such that they are even able to fly.

No aircraft is permitted to fly in controlled airspace without permission and constant supervision, including the military never mind testing aircraft in commercial airspace. that would be insane. It would be like giving one sector of the driving population the right to ignore traffic signals or any other rules governing safety on the highways and bi-ways."

This statement means what?? Do we have folks still using their cell phones while driving? Better yet, do people drive without a license or with a suspended one?

Why can't someone (against the law or FAA regulations) fly at night or any other time without a license? Trust me, they do. Especially at night when you can't see a tail number. Look at the guy in Concord who stalked his ex-girlfriend from the cover of darkness and from the air (http://www.wcbs880.com/Police-Say-He-Was-a-High-Flying-Stalker/5293222).

And whats this controlled airspace stuff you speak of?? Tracy sits in class Echo airspace, and it's not controlled below 3000 mean sea level.

If you going to talk the talk, you better be ready to walk the walk.
FrostySnowball
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November 27, 2009
First, when you say "first" and the definintion of "unidentified" has already been given several times it shows you really didn't read.

Second, what "controlled" airspace? It only says there was a radio controlled aircraft? And you say it was poorly written?
pelican64
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November 27, 2009
It never ceases to amaze me how stupid the lay public is about aviation and how it works. If this sounds harsh, that is too bad, but when it comes to the subject of unidentified flying objects mixed with aviation the public pretty much goes off the rails in it reasoning. The problem is it relies on movies and TV shows to get its information about aviation, another aviation illiterate.

First if no one knows what was flying over Tracy that evening then it is automatically classed as a UFO or UFOs-if more than one; that's what the initials stand for.

Experimental aircraft fly under the same set of regulations as do commercial aircraft and must have a licensed pilot in control. Even ultralites pilots must have training and are forbidden to fly these things at night unless they have a full private pilots license with a night rating and proper IFR instrumentation and lighting and the conditions are such that they are even able to fly.

No aircraft is permitted to fly in controlled airspace without permission and constant supervision, including the military never mind testing aircraft in commercial airspace. that would be insane. It would be like giving one sector of the driving population the right to ignore traffic signals or any other rules governing safety on the highways and bi-ways.

Try to use some sense when you make these statements in the comments section. You may take comfort in the fact that many hardened and so-called experienced UFO researchers are pretty dumb when it comes to this area of the phenomenon and often try to explain it away with ignorant pronouncements of a sector they know little about.

A simple call to a control tower in the area might have eliminated conventional aircraft had the reporter taken the time.

Finally, never take the word of any press or media reporter about what might have caused the event; the media is the least experienced in this area. Since they are as clueless as the public in these matters they should not make inane statements without doing at least a modicum of investigation.

This piece was poorly written and lacked any facts about the event.
shelly13
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November 27, 2009
Really Al? I've met many wonderful and smart people here in Tracy (too bad their all not on the city council, hee hee). Anyway, you really do need some help, some love, some compassion. But I think at this point you may have scared a lot of people away from you. Self-defeating behavior and a vicious cycle of hatred aimed in the wrong direction can only mean continued unhappiness for you. Maybe that is what you want? So sad. I wish better for you. Hate is very strong and you say it keeps you going, but I think it is actually keeping you stagnant and you are afraid to be happy.

I have an open mind and I hope you open yours too. Oh, and I do not drive a truck or a tractor:)
AlG
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November 26, 2009
Hello Al Galaviz;

These folks saw something that evening, it may be been a man made aircraft, a air force project. Then it coukld of been a real UFO.

However sadly, these vistors from another planet, where to land in Tracy, they would find little to none of intelligent life in Tracy.

They would find a small town with smaller minds, that have no souls, or hearts, driving pick-up trucks and tractors. With a word spand that included and limted to (Beer, football, beef jerky).

So these vistors would move on seeking more intelligent life.

I wish them well in their search for human intelligent life. Because here in Tracy, we anit got none, of them dar things called brains or was it trains.

FoxMolder
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November 26, 2009
Personally, I wouldn't be surpised if it was a UFO or an experimental plane. First, please define exactly how big is a UFO? How big is an experimental plane?

If you can't answer either question then who cares?

People just want to call it a UFO. All that means is they haven't "identified" it. Maybe it was Elvis speaking to us?

"I'm all shook up! Ahaahuuh-huh-yeah!"

The point is the TPD don't need to waste their time.
........"V".......
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November 26, 2009
with all the reports of a ufo its funny how people would think that it is a r/c plane..considering the size difference of a ufo and a r/c plane...big difference..so a r/c plane i think would be out of the question...experimental plane??? maybe or on the other hand a ufo drone??? anyhow to the person who says that a friend saw a person catch this so called r/c plane, does anyone have pictures of this??? it sounds like this guys friend might be under the influence and should stay off the meds or the booze...maybe someday this misterious object will be known....
HawkEyes2see
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November 25, 2009
I can't open the video on my iPhone because the TP made links not clickable. Darn I wish they'd fix that.

I will look at it after preppin the turkey for tomorrow.

But I would like to respond to a comment about these "toys".

RC planes are not all toys. Some of them cost more than most people are prepered to spend. Lighting and cameras and lots of bells and whistles beyond the toy category.

You can even custom build your own out of balsa and Mylar.

They can be bought/built to any size/scale with additional lighting.

I wouldn't be surprised if it was experimental RC aircraft.
shelly13
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November 25, 2009
Well, I would not say gullable, just open minded. Also the term UFO means unidentified flying object (not alien spaceship), which it is until we find out for a fact what it was.

Maybe our country is a mess due to the population of people with "tunnel vision".
Mike77
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November 25, 2009
People are so quick to believe that it's a UFO when if you just took 5 minutes and searched the web you would see this is quite common with RC gliders (no noise)and planes.

Really, a UFO??

People are so gullible. No wonder why our country is such a mess.

ataylor31420
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November 25, 2009
this is the video that we got on that night we saw the blue lights in the sky...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT0Mai5ODsk
there are more videos on youtube that i have of the same night.

also compare the videos i have to the LED night flyer r/c planes...lemme know what you think?
ataylor31420
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November 25, 2009
this is the video that we got on that night we saw the blue lights in the sky...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT0Mai5ODsk
there are more videos on youtube that i have of the same night.

also compare the videos i have to the LED night flyer r/c planes...lemme know what you think?
Nicki2
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November 25, 2009
I still don't believe it can be a little plane. The reason being is I have a friend that lives close to Stockton and she also saw it. I was trying to find out how far you could see a small plane like that, but I am guessing it isn't going to be 20 miles. Also wouldn't it have to be way up in the air for people all over Tracy to see it?
mnwild
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November 25, 2009
You Tube has videos of night flying RC airplanes. Maybe those who saw the lights can compare what they saw with these videos to see if they can confirm or rule out the RC airplane explanation. (Think I'd be "visiting" a few really tall "cold ones" when I got home if I'd seen those lights!)


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