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Occurred : 8/3/2016 22:00 (Entered as : 08/03/16 22:00)
Reported: 8/11/2016 10:15:07 AM 10:15
Posted: 8/16/2016
Location: Philmont Scout Ranch, NM
Shape: Unknown
Duration:15-30 seconds
Matrix of bright green lights with loud whirring noise moving slowly above Boy Scouts at Philmont Scout Ranch Elk Horn camp.

UFO Sighting: We were a Philmont Boy Scout crew of 8 hiking 2016 Itinerary 20 which included an overnight stay at Elk Horn camp (not staffed).

At about 10 pm, after most of the crew had gone to bed in their tents, we all heard a loud whirring noise; 3 of us that were still out of our tents looked up to see what was making the noise. About 75 to 100 yards away was a matrix of green lights, some in evenly spaced square formations and some appearing in diagonal formations; we estimated 15 to 20 lights were visible. The slowly moving object appeared quite large as the wall of green lights passed over the trees.

Our view of the object was at about 20 to 30 degrees from horizontal. My headlamp was pointed directly at the object, but no form could be seen other than the wall of lights.

There was no wind or air disturbance which might have been evident if a conventional aircraft or turbine powered hovercraft were taking off or passing over. After about 15 to ! 30 seconds the wall of lights and whirring noise vanished.

The U.S. military is known to conduct exercises in the Philmont Scout Ranch so there is a possibility that this was some type of military hovercraft, but nothing like I have ever heard or seen.