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Occurred : 9/19/1976 01:00 (Entered as : 19/09/76 1:00)
Reported: 3/14/2015 9:18:16 AM 09:18
Posted: 3/20/2015
Location: Tehran (Iran),
Shape: Light
Duration:5 minutes
I saw something in the sky over Tehran in 1976.

As a teenager, I was just 16 when this happened, in Tehran I had exceptional freedom. I roamed the streets after hours many, many times. My parents put me to bed around 10:00 PM and around 11:00 PM I took out of my room, down the wall and out on to the kuche to meet up with some friends.

After a couple of hours of, eh, recreation I headed home.

I hopped onto the wall that surrounded my home, from there up to my balcony and just before I opened the door to my room I heard the roar of afterburners overhead. I looked up and saw an F-4 full throttle screaming across the sky above me.

Thinking war was about to happen, I hunkered down, but continued to watch as this jet fruitlessly tried to follow a darting light in the sky. For the next 5 minutes or so I watched a light bounce and dart, like a pinball, around the sky while the Phantom doggedly tried to pursue. From east to west, north to south they played a game of tag. On afterburner, off afterburner, the plane was way more interesting to me than than its target.

The last view I had of the object it was chasing was when something split off from the light and dropped down, in the direction of the airport. The F-4 hit the gas, full afterburner, in that direction.

After a couple of minutes of silence, I gently opened the balcony door and crept back into my room hoping my parents were still asleep. That's the story....