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Occurred : 3/17/2004 22:22 (Entered as : 03/17/2004 22:22)
Reported: 10/24/2004 9:45:31 PM 21:45
Posted: 10/27/2004
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Shape: Sphere
Duration:45 minutes
Feel crazy, but true

Was on vacation in Florida to see a girl I as seeing there. I am from Chicago, and live in a flight line for Midway airport in Chicago all my life, so I know planes, hellicopters, etc, from other things. Plus, have spent the last 12 years in Special Forces in the Navy, so I know that too.

We were at the beach late, waiting for the time for my flight out of Ft. Lauderdale, just relaxing and spending time together before I had to leave at 01:30 hours. We were laid back on one of the life guard tower platforms which are closed and on an angle, unlike those in Chicago, Cali, and other places, where there are stairs.

Anyway, we had not been drinking; she was just asking when I would make another trip back. We were looking east across the ocean, talking and thinking, and that's when a single, orange light caught my eye in the distance. I asked her, "Is that a light house of some kind?" But it did not move at all like one would.

She looked and we stared at it, and she wondered as well. It appeared to be off the coast about 3 miles, maybe less, maybe more, but from projection, about 500' to 1000' off the surface, perfectly static in station. We watched for a good ten minutes when a spot light projected across the water. I thought first, police, because parks and lake fronts in Chicago close at 11:00PM, and we were going to be forced off.

YES...I looked or trailing and guiding lights, there were none. It moved slowly and quietly towards us and to the south of us and then just went blank. We looked at each other and laughed, almost dismissing it, until she looked north along the beach and we saw 5, yes five more of them just hanging there, north, off the ocean coast, and yes, the city was still alive, espcially since spring break for colleges in the country was just starting. They too hung there, quiet, motionless, however, none shown direct light, only an ambient glow. 3 faded out!!! Just there, then gone, and then approx. a mile or less away, one appeared and then the other. No speed, no streaks, just there one moment and then gone.

We were freaked. We walked up the beach a bit to see; each one looking at the other in quiet wonder and disbelief. In 10 minutes they were all gone....no flashing lights, no tail rudder lights, no sounds. Just there and then nothing. We spent the next 45 minutes in travel, plus the next days via cell phone conversations asking each other, "Did you see what I saw?" We both agreed that we did.

I am not crazy...don't do drugs, quite intelligent, and however I DO believe in other life out there (only a fool would think this would be made for just only us [hence a lot of wasted space]), but I cannot ignore what I saw. This to me was a change, and when I would read other people's stories about sightings and think they were crazy, well, then I must be just as well.

Take it for what you want, but I was an aero-structural-mechanic in the miitary originally, and did the other thing later...I know aircraft, this was none we have, or anything else.

Well, that's it...I don't know what IS out there, but something more than we are is truly there. Resubmitting for spelling errors, because when you talk about something most won't believe or be in an agreement of such, well, once types faster than the words can keep up with. Thanks, ((name deleted)).