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In 1954, he ordered the USAF Vixen 03 to go on a secret mission at NAS Buckley near Aurora, Colorado. After the Vixen 03 went missing soon after take off, he ordered a massive search that was conducted by naval units, Air Force units, and land units from the Army. He called off the search after no leads were found on the missing aircraft. He informed President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Secretary of Defense, Charles Wilson, of the aircraft's status. President Eisenhower ordered Bass to bury the mission and the aircraft.