Sunday, January 29, 2023

Eyewitness Reported an X-Shaped UFO Flying Over Redwood Valley in Early October

Trees climbing toward the blue sky in Redwood Valley [Photograph by Monica Huettl]

On the morning of October 1, 2022, according to a report in the National UFO Reporting Center, an unidentified Redwood Valley resident saw something they’ll likely never forget. 

Around 9:50 a.m., they awoke in their RV and spotted something unusually large in the sky through a vent in the roof. The sight was so strange they jumped out of bed, shoved on their shoes, grabbed their cell phone, and hurried outside wearing only their boxers to get a better look. 

In the blue skies above Redwood Valley that morning, the witness described seeing a “very large huge (X) that was going in and out of the blue sky.” The large X seemed to be gleaming as it reflected the “morning sun rising in the east”. The witness noted the massive size of the object and said it left them in “aww!”

This sighting is reportedly corroborated by a neighbor. The witness who spotted the flying X from the RV stood approximately 100 feet from this neighbor and the pair watched it “from two different locations.”

The object seemed to keep a “steady path” moving east to west. As it flew towards the western horizon, the object reportedly “disappeared back into the blue.” Amazed, the pair kept searching for any sign of the flying X. Far off, the object seemingly reappeared in the form of a “sparking speck” caused by what the witness speculated was the sun reflecting off the object. 


The other-world glow of a Redwood Valley set [Photograph by Monica Huettl]

The author of this fantastical narrative is unknown. On October 8, 2022, the Redwood Valley resident who reportedly witnessed the Flying X filed a narrative of their experience with the National UFO Reporting Center

Founded in 1974, the National UFO Reporting Center has dedicated itself to “receive, record, and to the greatest degree possible, corroborate and document reports from individuals who have been witness to unusual, possibly UFO-related events.” Their archives included over 150,000 reports gathered from thousands of individuals.



This diagram was published in the November 23, 1973 edition of the Ukiah Daily Journal and depicts the UFO Coast Guard Chief William Acklen said hovered one hundred feet over his vehicle while driving home from Santa Rosa

In 1973, a rash of UFO sightings in the skies of Mendocino County caught the attention of local media after members of the Coast Guard, the Air Force, a Fort Bragg fireman, and officers from the Ukiah Police Department witnessed strange orbs glowing white and red in the sky.

Coast Guard Chief William Acklen recounted the night of October 5, 1973 when he and his wife were driving back to their Mendocino Coast home from Santa Rosa. He noticed “a bright object that looked like a star” seemingly following his car.

Read our coverage of the 1973 sighting spree here.


The Flying X seen above Redwood Valley this last October stands apart from UFO lore. X-shaped objects are anomalous compared to the flying saucers or glowing orbs of science-fiction.

Beyond that, who was the RV dweller that spotted the Flying X? Did they capture footage of the unknown object? Who was the neighbor who watched the alleged craft disappear into the horizon? 

If you have any information that could help us get in contact with these Redwood Valley residents, please email us at matthewplafever@gmail.com.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Saw something similar when I was 15 in Southern California. I was on the beach at a little party, standing by the water with a cute surfer guy. This was in 1966. We both saw these lights in formation, coming forward and receding at a rapid rate. We were, like Redwood Valley person, awestruck. Then, when I told my dad about it later, he said that was strange because a friend of his was staying at my parents’ beach house, about 40 miles south of where we were, on the same night, and had driven into the driveway when he also saw these lights out at sea, rapidly coming forward and receding. He was so excited he ran into the house and got binoculars but by the time he got back, the lights were gone. The lights must have been huge to be seen equally in places 40 miles apart.

  2. Oh, it was likely a “weather balloon”.

    Or perhaps it was a UFO from the “secret” underground military base near Orr Springs that I was told about 20 years ago, that could be it.

    I want to believe… NOT!

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I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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