|Occurred : 9/20/2004 05:30 (Entered as : 09/20/2004 5:30)
Reported: 11/23/2004 7:08:26 PM 19:08
Location: Chandler, AZ
|I saw the low flying aircraft about 200 yards away flying at almost ground level and it had three filtered lights under the craft.
On the way to work at approximately 5:30 Am I saw an aircraft flying in a Westbound direction at a low altitude (Couple Hundred Feet). It was before sunrise and the sky was still somewhat dark but beginning lighten. The aircraft appeared to be similar in shape and 1/2 the size of a normal size airliner. I could see the left side of the aircraft and it had a shape of a tail section similar to a normal aircraft but I could not see any defined wings.The aircraft caught my attention because there were no aircraft running lights blinking on the craft and it appeared as though it was preparing to land.(No Airport in the area) The aircraft then made a move in flight where I was able to see several lights under the craft as it was getting farther away from me. I was approximately 1/2 mile from the craft as I was drivng my car Northbound in its direction.As I got closer to the area where I saw the aircraft, I lost sight of it. I looked to the West to see if the craft was actually making a landing in the desert to the West. When I looked in that direction, I saw for a brief second a large craft coming quickly in my direction from almost ground level and then swooping up in a upward direction back up to the sky. I could see what appeared as three dull or filtered circular shaped lights under the craft facing me as the craft darted back up in the sky. I believe there were two white lights with a red/amber light between them under the craft.I estimate the distance between the aicraft and me to be within a couple of hundred yards from my location and there was no engine or jet noise that I could hear coming from the craft.Because I was driving at the time of the sighting,I was unable to stop because there was other traffic at the intersection that I was approaching. It was my initial thought the aircraft that I had seen was sometype of test aircraft from some of the high tech businesses in the area (Orbital Launch Systems). I still cannot understand or identify what I saw as I was on my way to work.
((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))