|Occurred : 6/7/2001 15:30 (Entered as : 6-7-2001 1530)
Reported: 2/8/2003 12:03:20 PM 12:03
Location: Newland (near), NC
|While photographing flowers on the Blue Ridge Parkway I was startled by the sound of a rocket engine...
I am a professional photographer and was on the Blue Ridge Parkway photographing wild flowers. I had parked my car at the side of the road and had walked down an embankment I had gone about 50 yards down the embankment when I heard what sounded like a rocked taking off and the sound was coming toward me..it sounded as if it was coming straight towards me and then the sound suddenly stopped. I had put the incident out of my mind and continued on with my photography. I began a northerly trek in the woods and what ever it was it was directly over the tree tops and it sounded as if it had taken back off in a very loud high pitched sounded that left my ear drums buzzing. By this time I was close to the roadway. I ran back to my car and drove approx. 100 yards to a opening in the canopy overlooking the valley..you could see at least 30 miles in every direction...there was no sign of any type of aircraft..civillian, military, or anything else even mechanized to make such a noise. I cannot submit my name or any information, I work for a county govermental agency where my credibility is an essentail part of my employment. I sware these facts to be true.
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