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Occurred : 8/31/2004 15:39 (Entered as : 08/31/1904 15:39)
Reported: 8/31/2004 1:28:21 PM 13:28
Posted: 9/1/2004
Location: Washington, D.C., DC
Shape: Cigar
Duration:Five seconds
Cigar-shaped craft over Washington, D.C.

Witness One: At 3:39 pm on August 31, 2004 I was out on the balcony of my sixth floor residence in a large building inside the no fly zone in Washington, DC. The day was perfectly clear and I was looking at a contrail in the sky attempting to determine if the contrail was currently being formed. My sister joined me on the balcony and I pointed to the contrail and told her what I was trying to determine. She looked away and started to sit down and I saw a large object appear out of one cloud.

I looked at it for a second or two, realized that I could not distinguish any features that I would normally recognize in a plane. I immediately said to her "what's that". Both of us watched it for approximately three to five seconds until it disappeared into another cloud.

The diameter of the object was slightly larger than a full moon appears in the sky. It was flying in a south-easterly direction and ascending slightly. There was no sound. The object was not shiny and had texture to it; it was not completely flat; and was a sort of gunmetal color, maybe bordering closer to gold than silver. There was no sound and there were no lights.

My sister said immediately, "that was the classic cigar shape". She was right.

This object was flying well within the no-fly zone and away from the traditional flight paths that we observe from here which are well to the north. The object was flying at an altitude common for helicopters.

I got my camera immediately afterward and got a photograph of the two clouds, the one from which it first appeared and the one into which it disappeared.

On May 21 of this year, my sister and I saw balls of light moving furiously in a counter clockwise circle from windows about 10 feet from the balcony where we were today. Though those balls were much lower in the sky, the location of that incident and this one are almost identical.

Witness Two: It was flying at about the speed I would expect of a commercial aircraft, although it was far, far off the usual commercial flight path. The thought that kept going through my mind was "that's not a plane, it's not a jet". It was a classic cigar shape, no wings or markings other than what appeared to be a dark band about one third of the length from the back end. It's difficult to judge size based on distance, but my impression is that it was extremely large, that it was double or more the size of a commercial airliner.

It moved very smoothly and silently. Color was a dull metallic gunmetal and there were no visible lights on the craft. I agree with everything in my sister's report.

((NUFORC Note: This appears to us to be a high-quality report, and it is submitted by a witness who has submitted another credible report, in the past. Based on her description, we do not see how the object could have been any type of conventional aircraft. We would welcome reports from any other witnesses, who may have witnessed the same event. PD))