|Occurred : 3/7/2011 21:05 (Entered as : 03/07/2011 09:00)
Reported: 3/20/2011 6:51:43 PM 18:51
Location: Yakima, WA
|March 7, 2011 Yakima, WA West Valley UFO Sighting
RE: Questionable-UFO SIGHTING
I am a 59 year old male. Mentally and physically stable and retired.
On March 7, 2011 at @ 9:05 p.m. I was proceeding in a WESTERLY direction on TIETON DR. I got to 60th AVE and turned right. After making my turn, about ½ block, I stopped my car and called my wife who works 1 block away, on 60th Ave. The evening sky was clear and the stars were clearly visable.
As I looked up in a SOUTH-WESTERLY direction I saw some amber lights coming in my direction. There were 9 Circular Amber Lights coming towards me. At first sight they were coming at a sloping down-ward direction in a uniformed manner. There was one at the front and 4 rows of two in each row. They were moving in a SOUTH-EASTERN DIRECTION toward Ahatanum Ridge and toward the lower Yakima Valley. They seem to be on a landing position in a down-ward direction, as if a plane was about to land at our airport. It was just in front of me when they leveled out and all began to fly, in unison, straight towards Ahtanum Ridge. The one thing I took note of was the fact that I could hear NO sound. I have heard a lot of Jets fly over and a lot of helicopters, since we are so close to the Yakima Pomona Military Firing Center. I did not hear the roar of jets or the rotor sound of a helicopter. It was silent with no noise before, during or after seeing them.
The end object (looking at the formation to the right rear of my sight) veered off slightly and came in my direction. It veered off for no more than to the count of 5 when it resumed its position of the formation. The formation then continued straight toward Ahtanum Ridge. As it got past the ridge the formation, in unison, began to move in an upward direction and in a matter of seconds they, one by one, began to disappear. They all maintained speed and direction in unison. I was trying to approximate their size and distance and thought them to be over the lower valley before they disappeared from my sight. I held my fist up to them, as they were in front of me at the initial sighting. With my arm extended and my fist in a ball they all disappeared, as they did with each appendage. As I put up the small pinky finger it barely covered the front object allowing me to see the rest of the formation, a trick I learned in the Army.
I contacted my wife, by cell, and she saw the whole scenario. I tried to get my new cell phone activated to shoot a picture or movie but was unable to do so before it disappeared.
I got into my car and it was about 09:15 ((sic. 21:15 hrs.)). I called 911 and they said there were no other reported sightings called in and they advised me to call the UFO CENTER. I called the local paper, the Yakima Herald Republic, and was told that there were no other reports, like mine, and that they found it "Not News Worthy."
((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with this witness, and we found him to be quite serious-minded and credible. PD))