NUFORC Sighting 13697

Occurred: 2000-08-07 12:45 Local
Reported: 2000-08-07 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 1+min.
No of observers: 1

Location: Molalla, OR, USA

Shape: Disk
Characteristics: Aura or haze around object, Aircraft nearby

observed a disc shaped object hovering above me, which accelerated to the East at a highe rate of speed covering 140 degrees in 3 secon

At 1245hrs. on 8/7/00 I was watching a jump plane circling to gain altitude for a jump at the Oregon sky dive center just west of Molalla. I was looking almost directly up trying to track the sound of a very highe light plane. I saw a disk like light greyish/white object hovering. The object was somewhat hazy or fuzzy appearing because of the altitude and the vapor and smke haze in the sky. As I was watching this object trying to rationalize why it was their the jump plane apperd from my right side entering my circle of vision traveling North to South. I passed beneeth the disc and the tail of the light aircraft obscured the disk momentarilly. The disc continued to hover for another secondor two, the jumpers were exiting when the disc accelerated from the position obove me towards the NE. From Molalla towards the Mount Hood area, approximately 140degrees of sky, in about 3seconds. Some rudimentary calcs placed the disc above 45000 feet. I am a retired Air Force Officer, with 20000 flight hours, I hold a Ph.D. in Physics and I carry a current flight rating and physical.

Correction as to the arc of travel of the sighting. Using a Spi-TRONIC Pro360 Digital track device. The object traveled from - 11 degrees of vertical to + 82.9 degrees of vertical, and arc of 93.9 degrees in just under 3 seconds. PhD

Posted 2000-08-19

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