|Occurred : 9/15/1966 23:00 (Entered as : 09/15/66 23:00)
Reported: 2/1/2003 11:23:35 AM 11:23
Location: Huntington, WV
|Triangular object with red lights, moved from hover to bullet speed in an instant. 2 observations, 2 different towns
I am a 54 year old licensed professional, with over 7 years in the USAF as a air rescue Corpman. I read of the sighting over Williamsburg, Virginia on November 1 with great interest, as I had a similar experience back in November 1966. Heading east on I-64 from Ashland, Ky to Huntington, WV, I took the(I believe) the 5th Street exit (may have been the 16th Street exit). The exit ramp was uphill to the stop sign at the end of the ramp. It was a weekend night, clear, and little/no traffic. At the top of the ramp, I had the need to relieve myself, so I stopped the car and got out.
While in the "process" I gazed to the sky. My father, a WWII AF vet, had instilled in me a very high interest in aircraft, space and the like. While standing there, I noticed an a triangular shaped object (almost exactly the same as described in the Williamsburg report) going straight over my car. If I had been holding a basketball at arms length, the craft was larger. I imagine that the shape was triangular, as there were around 7 to 9 red lights arranged in an error shape, point at the front, or at least the direction the craft was headed.
I also noted that there was no sound, and the speed of the craft was just over a hover - very slow. I had no fear, just interest. I noted the craft for approximately 40 to 45 seconds, in which time it was still in close proximity to me - again, it was moving very, very slow. Once I finished my "business" I sat down in the car, but did not shut the door. I thought to myself that that thing I just saw was just not acting right. I stepped back out of the car and the craft was gone. I did not sit in the car any more that 3 or 4 seconds. I had visibility for at least 5 miles in every direction, but the craft was gone. Returning home, I told my Dad about the incident, and he said, "you saw something, but who knows what it was".
The more telling part of the sighting happened the next weekend. My Mother and Father were not living together at this time and I took a trip the next weekend to see my Mom in Oak Hill, WV. Oak Hill is approximately 85 miles NNE of Huntington. While eating dinner, my Mom began telling me a story about seeing an odd aircraft the preceding weekend. She and some of her friends were driving from Oak Hill to Charleston, WV, which lies between Oak Hill and Huntington. Traveling down SRt 61, the road, which is very mountainous, opens up to a wide valley when it comes to the Kanawha River. Upon entering the valley, she and her friends noted an object on the north side of the river, moving SSW, at an extremely slow speed. From the distance they were from the craft (a marble held at arms length, about the same size), she could not determine definite shape or lighting, though she did say she thought the object had a faint red glow. She and her friends observed the object for a good minute, then the object gained a rate of speed, almost too fast to follow, and almost immediately (from almost zero to bullet speed in an instant) and disappeared from sight. Two points, (1) I had not told her my story yet and (2)this was the same day/evening I observed the craft in Huntington.
((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))
((FOLLOW-UP FROM WITNESS))
It was big and no sound at all. Must have been fast too; from right over my car to out of sight in 3 to 5 seconds.