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This Wiki is a compilation of notes about the California drones case, aka PACL CARET case.


Starting in the spring of 2007, pictures and stories emerged from apparently various sources. Despite much investigation, the submitters of these photographs could not be traced further than the original anonymous emails. Each case is listed in the History section.

The entire case has created quite a stir on Internet forums between people who declared it a hoax from the beginning and those that believed there was some merit to part or all of the supplied information.

The following is a map showing the locations of each sighting/report:

<googlemap version="0.9" lat="41.771312" lon="-104.414062" zoom="4" controls="large"> 37.441382, -122.143221, PACL Reported by Isaac on June 25 2007 PACL CARET Exact location unknown 37.130322, -121.979704, Chad Details 37.281872, -121.946992, Raj Pole from photo #16 Details 37.282008, -121.946160, Raj Pole from photo #15 Details 37.281885, -121.946299, Raj Lamp from photo #15 Details 37.279242, -121.947897, Raj Photo #13 and #14 Rajinder Satyanarayana 37.279834, -121.946939, Rajinder Satyanarayana Photo #18 37.259702, -122.098941, Stephen Details 32.380195, -83.347778, Mr Smith Photo #1 Details 32.385669, -83.353763, Mr. Smith Photo #2 Details 45.587063, -122.399536, Brent Camas, WA Details 48.4275, -123.367259, Victoria BC area Reported to DRT, unpublished. Looked like "Alabama/Cochran drone". Followed by crop circle at later date. 38.915649, -120.039139, Tahoe May 5, 2007 Woman and husband submit images. Details 36.496536, -118.577458, Shirley May 2005 Sequoia National Park Details 34.423975, -110.419492, Ned White October 1995 Details 32.379166, -86.362503, Ted Connors Within 6 miles of Maxwell AFB. Details 32.500625, -93.560688, Barksdale AFB 1987 Details 37.747539, -119.583742, Yosemite National Park June 10 2006. Details 35.385924, -94.398547, Melody Fort Smith, AR. Details 36.304773, -86.619996, Hendersonville TN 4/8/2008 Details 30.097162, -95.616055, Tomball, TX 7/19/2007 Details 39.203074, -84.507465, Ohio 1hr North of Cincinnati Ohio mid-December 2001, Details </googlemap>


For the purposes of understanding how things have unfolded in the case, please read the timeline.

Current Status

Some people believe the entire case is a hoax [1], others believe it is all real [2], and still others believe somewhere in between. You must decide for yourself.

Because none of the original photo witnesses are making themselves available, much of the investigation relies on analysis of the presented data; photographs, and the stories.

Here are some current problems with the case:

Location issues

  • The Chad photo site was discovered along Highway 17 [3], not Bakersfield as implied to LMH.
  • The Rajinder Satyanarana photo site was discovered in Campbell CA [4], not Capitola as described by Raj.

Photograph analysis:

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