|Occurred : 8/20/1980 21:00 (Entered as : 08/20/1980 21:00)
Reported: 8/1/2004 7:26:58 PM 19:26
Location: Gifford Pinchot National Forrest, WA
Duration:two or three minutes
|White Saucer in the Gifford Pinchot National Forrest
I was working for the forest service at the time, right before going into the US Army. We (the work crew) was camped out about seven or eight miles in from the road, up in the mountains. After eating, and after sitting around the fire and talking, I stayed up while the others crawled in their tents and went to bed. I went out to the edge of the meadow, to where my tent was pitched, to watch the stars for a while before crashing myself... After a while standing there, I saw a very bright/white saucer-shaped object come flying slowly over the tree line at the East side of the clearing, moving from North to South. I was facing East, and the Moon was to my rear... I couldn't really tell how big it was, because there wasn't really anything to judge it by...I couldn't tell how far off it was, only that I saw it over the tree line. It was bigger than the moon in my field of vision though... When I first saw it, I started yelling for the other guys on the crew to get out of their sleeping bags and get outside...I didn't want to be the only one to see it. They just started yelling back "what...what"...and I just kept yelling "get out here now"...by the time they got out...it had already flown South down below the tree line...so I had them stay out for a while to see if it would take off again...but we didn't see that happen. It was totally silent...no engine noise or anything... The object was white...white like a florescent light...with clear/sharp edges. Curved on top and curved on the bottom, lines meeting at each end to form sharp points. The next day, I asked the trail crew chief if I should file a report and he said "no"...so I didn't.
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