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Occurred : 7/1/1973 21:00 (Entered as : 07/01/1973 21:00)
Reported: 12/21/2003 10:08:15 PM 22:08
Posted: 1/17/2004
Location: Richmond, CA
Shape: Other
Duration:20 seconds
Three differently shaped, silent UFOs during two events, northbound over Richmond, California in early 1970's

The date I've given is a rough approximation and represents two events fairly close in time; I saw these sometime in the early seventies and filled this form out as roughly as it would accept date data. In 1973 I would have been 10 years old.

To give some idea of my ability as a witness, I point out that as a child I was very well informed of then-current and past aircraft, both military and civilian, and kept my eyes to the skies eagerly watching the planes flying out of Hamilton Field using Richmond as a flight corridor. My dad took me to airshows and airports, and we even had a private tour of Moffett Field at one point.

During the course of two evenings, probably within a year or so of each other, I saw a total of three UFOs. All three were shaped differently, and one event included two of them close together. Unfortunately I cannot recall which two of the three described below were paired.

Both sitings were at dusk with enough light to illuminate the craft for visual observation. All aircraft were northbound and on the same path used by airliners northbound out of Oakland Airport. It is my impression that these may have been lower in altitude than the airliners typically flew, and that they may have had approximately the same maximum dimensions as airliners. None displayed lights in my recollection, and none were audible. In the case of the two which were paired, one UFO trailed the other rather closely - within a few craft lengths. Velocity of all three was similar to that of the airliners I often watched going the same direction.

UFO #1 was shaped like a hockey puck and reminded me of one of the circular ice cream sandwiches I used to eat as a kid. The outer edge exhibited some sort of framework or other features. Come to think of it, for those who may be familiar, it looked a bit like the Oakland Coliseum (the covered structure, not the adjacent ballfield stadium).

UFO #2 appeared simply as a pair of swept wings and was devoid of visible equipment or detail. I don't believe either of the prior "flying wing" bombers operated by the USAF was still active, and the B-2 was still a gleam in some engineer's eye.

UFO #3 gave the impression of a cigar or banana with an aft dorsal appendage. My thought, then and now, is that it was much like the fuselage of a conventional airliner - missing the wings and horizontal stabilizers.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))