|Occurred : 3/12/1998 02:30 (Entered as : 03/12/98 0230)
Reported: 8/18/2002 8:55:58 AM 08:55
Location: San Antonio, TX
|Scanned by an unusually large scanner
I was involved in a UAV (unmanned arial vehical) developement program west of San Antonio about 70 miles. The company I was employed by had a rather large Government contract to build the first fully atonamous UAV. Over a two year period others involved had seen strange metallic balls during the day and red orbs at dust during the course of the program. My personal experience took place on night while we were planning to launch the vehical. My flight crew duties that evening was OB1 (ground observer 1), I was tasked with driving a Hummer (Hum V) on a specified course while the plane would lock on and track me while driving with various systems we were developing. I and our chase acft. had just cleared the crew for take off when I noticed a light at eye level out in a field to the left of the hangar and runway. The light sort of wiggled and then disappered as I asked one of the other pilots with me in the hummer if he had seen it. He responded by saying see what, of course it was gone and I just blew it off, when suddenly the light appeared agian and I once again said to my freind what is that when simultaneously a huge what looked like lazer light very white almost blue colored shot out in a giant fan configuration such as maybe a giant scanner. I remember the light slowly crossing the two GCS's (Ground Control Stations) and eventually slowly scanning everything on the filed with one slow mechanized sweep. When it finally got to us my partner had ducked under the dash of the Hum v and was trying to stay out of the scanner? If that is what it was, I thought well it can't be harmful so I held on to the steering wheel and let it scann me, I don't think it did any perminant damage, but it was very interesting it closed after it past us and it wiggleda bit and disappeared. My freind and I were the only two to see it because we were the only two facing it, although it did scann everyone on the field. Before the post flight debrief I asked him if we should mention it his response was "what are you c! razy, I don't want to lose this job". So neither of us spoke of it again. I am a college graduate, commercial pilot, mechanic, electrician, jack of all trades master of none and this is not the only sighting I have had.