Occurred: 1979-07-01 01:00 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2000-04-13 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 3-5 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Chico (Hwy 70 at 179 junction), CA, USA

Shape: Other
Characteristics: Lights on object

A large slow moving craft was observed, first at a distance as a bright light, then passing directly overhead.

Early in the summer of 1979, a friend and myself had just entered Hwy 70 from a back road and at the Chico cut-off. We noticed a bright light in the distance - I don't remember the color - moving oddly in some fashion. I am not sure what actually caught our attention. Perhaps the object was moving too slowly or in an unusual flight path. In any case we wondered what it was and pulled over to watch for a minute. The second we got out of the truck, the thing changed direction and came directly for us. It moved slowly, silently and steadily until it passed directly over our heads. Since we had no perspective for distance against the night sky, I cannot estimate the size or altitude. It appeared to be as large as 747 and flying at say 1000 feet. I clearly remember that it looked to be the shape of an eye with a hole in the middle where the iris would be. I can remember seeing stars right through the middle of the object. I clearly remember the thing looking to be diamond or eye shaped, however, with so many reports of wishbone or chevron shaped objects, I must admit that my own eye/brain may have filled in detail where no structure existed. No sound could be heard and it continued to move slowly into the SW until disappering. It appeared to be black and I think some lights could be seen...but not ordinary aircraft lights. I guess that it had a very bright light shining forward but I am not sure which lights had actually caught our attention. I am quite convinced that I saw an experimental [stealth] blimp or otherwise operating out of nearby Beale AFB. Maybe it was a stealth blimp piloted by aliens (-:

Posted 2000-04-15

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