|Occurred : 2/5/1998 00:45 (Entered as : 02/05/98 0045)
Reported: 12/17/2001 10:56:33 PM 22:56
Location: Memphis, TN
|Black triangle near I-55 south of Memphis, observed for 10 minutes by two people.
Approx 30-40 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee along Interstate 55. Observed lights crossing a few miles ahead moving from west to east. Assumed that it was a commercial aircraft making approach to Memphis airport. After traveling about 3 to 5 miles, the shoulder of the highway widened, allowing a better view of the eastern sky. Observed a black triangle with white lights near each tip and a red light in the center. Object was estimated to be 300 yards from the highway at an altitude of 4 to 5 hundred feet. It was moving Northeast at a speed slower than traffic on I-55. Two witnesses observed object for approx 10 minutes until it slowly passed out of sight behind the treeline. NO sound was noticed, however the vehicle was never stopped to listen for noise. Sighting was not very exciting to view. Observers were amazed at how much like the computer generated models from televisions program recreations of past sightings. Witnesses were a police officer and an accounting clerk(! Husband and Wife) Husband had 20/20 vision and is former military, familiar with aircraft types.
Wife was driving as husband rode in front passenger seat. Husband assumed that it was a commercial aircraft and the appearance was a trick of light and shadow created by the landing lights. Made comment to wife to the effect, "That's what these people have been seeing". Wife commented, "How fast do commercial aircraft fly, because we are going 70 mph and we are passing it".
((NUFORC Note: Date and time are approximate. PD))