|Occurred : 9/28/2002 17:30 (Entered as : 09/28/02 17:30)
Reported: 10/2/2002 8:49:36 PM 20:49
Location: Mesa, AZ
|Observed a dark, oblong craft fly over Mesa, AZ approx. 5 minutes after watching Air Force One pass by.
I was playing ball in the yard with my children and some neighbors late in the afternoon of 9/27.02. Pres. Bush was in town that day for a fund-raising dinner. I live approx. 10 miles due east of Sky Harbor Intl. Airport. Air Force One had taken off to the west and we were watching it climb as it swung around to the east. I had called my wife outside to watch it with us. Shortly after Air Force One went out of site, I noticed a dark shape that appeared to be drifting across the sky. At first, I thought it was a black or dark-colored party balloon. Then we noticed it was larger than a balloon and was not drifting, but seemed to be moving under its own power. The shape was oblong, like two spheres joined together. There was no observeable texture to the surface or any reflections. I estimate the size at 8 to 10 feet long, and 2 to 3 feet tall. It appeared to be at about 300 to 500 feet in altitude and moved steadily at approx. 50 mph. It made no sound as it flew in a straight line to the southeast. The altitude and speed never seemed to vary. The craft would have passed almost directly over the downtown Mesa area during rush hour and would have been easily observed by hundreds, if not thousands, of people (if they cared to look up). There were other aircraft in the area, as we are directly under the glide path for planes landing at Sky Harbor. Airliners pass over our house every 20-30 seconds at that time of day. I'm interested to see if anyone else observed this craft at that time.