|Occurred : 7/15/2000 18:00 (Entered as : 07/15/00 18:00)
Reported: 8/13/2007 1:22:44 PM 13:22
Location: Los Angeles, CA
|Brief sighting of a group of black triangles that suddenly disappeared.
Appearance / Description of Object(s): Black triangular objects with no markings, lights, reflections or familiar aircraft features (stabilizers, etc.).
Size of Object(s): At arms length, the objects appeared to be less than 2 inches across. The actual size appeared close to that of a private or fighter jet. The objects appeared to be equilateral triangles with less than 100 feet per side.
Distance to Object(s) & Altitude : Directly overhead. My guess would be around 7500 feet in altitude.
Description of Area / Surroundings : West Los Angeles (urban) just west of the intersection of Pico & Sawtelle Blvds close to Santa Monica airport.
Full Description & Details : In the summer of 2000, I was driving with my then girlfriend late one afternoon before sunset westbound on Pico Blvd. just west of Sawtelle Blvd.. While stopped at a traffic light, she pointed to something she saw in the sky which was almost directly over us. I had to lean forward to be able to see up through the windshield to observe 3 identical black triangular objects. I observed them for less than 30 seconds. The objects were motionless and we could not hear any noise from the objects. There were no markings, lights, reflections or familiar aircraft features (stabilizers, etc.), just a solid black object. The objects were in a loose triangle formation separated from each other by a distance of approximately 5 times their individual width. What struck me most was their stillness and almost silhouette-like appearance.
My impression is that the objects were the size of private jets or fighter planes. They were significantly higher in altitude that the normal Santa Monica airport traffic that occurs regularly in that area, enough so that a closed fist at arms length could have covered two of the objects (were they spaced tip to tip).
While observing them, I moved my head to change my viewing angle so as to verify that this was not caused by debris on the windshield or reflections. These were definitely airborne objects.
Once the traffic light changed to green, I resumed driving, but was unable to see the objects again since they were nearly directly overhead. Once we had driven a few blocks so that the objects should have been easier to view from a shallower angle, the sky was empty where they had been.
Given the shape of the craft, their hovering behavior and sudden apparent disappearance, I assume that these were solid objects under some sort of control, though not any type that I am familiar with nor aware of.
Witness Background: At the time, I was working in the entertainment industry as an artist for an internet animation studio. I have a bachelor's degree in Fine Art and am currently self-employed as an illustrator.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting: I have a strong interest in UFOs, both before and after my sighting. I have read several books on the subject and seen several documentaries, as well as listened to the Coast to Coast, the Paracast and other paranormal-related radio programs. I have found that this interest and the knowledge I have acquired has made me more of a skeptical observer than I was before since I am more aware of the conventional sighting explanations.
Other Comments : My sighting is consistent with other "Black Triangle" sightings listed here and on other UFO sites.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))