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Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/5/1996 21:00
Reported: 3/17/1997 20:44
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: San Diego, CA
Shape: Formation
Duration:60 seconds
Summary : Two military members sighted two red lights north of downntown San Diego.

The two of us were in a position on Fifth Ave in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter about two blocks from the convention center. We were on the first floor of a building on the south side of the street.>From our angle near the window, we could see over the top of the buildings to the north of our position. People on the street were screened by the opposite buildings, and people farther inside the room where we were could not seeout over the buildings due to the low overhang of the window.Both of us, at the time, were in the Navy base stationed in San Diego. Both of us held jobs in navigation. We were usedto using our eyes to identify far off lights. I have heard over the previous four yearsmany stories from veteran sailors, of many instances in the last few decades that ships have actually followed {or been followed)by UFO's on the open sea. Before this happened, though, I was unsure of the truth to many of the stories. Whilelooking to the north over the buildings across the street, I noticed two, bright red lights up in the sky. What caughtattention is that one of them moved back and forth across the sky in an extreme fashion, though the arc of movement wassmall, maybe two or three degrees. The speed with which the object moved was incredible. At this time I pointed it out tomy friend He also looked up and was immediately transfixed. I am unsure of the exact length of time that we watched the objects, because the event was eleven months ago, but it was probably about sixty seconds. During that time the two lights would hover for a few moments and then move in formation. At the end, they both accelerated away at a very high speed. Aftertalking about it for a few days, we soon dexcAfter we witnessed this, we looked around to see if anyone else had been watching. As mentioned before, we were the only onesthat had a vantage point. We tried to think of any possible explanation for the sighting. We quickly eliminated jets orhelicopters, celestial bodies, or reflected light. We had no idea what the lights were. At the time, I did not really know anybodythat we could tell. I recently bought a computer. I soon found this site. I decided to let you know about the event, albeit late.