NUFORC Sighting 179973

Occurred: 1976-11-13 22:00 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2024-01-09 13:13 Pacific
Duration: 10 - 20 minutes
No of observers: 2 - Military

Location: Hastings, MI, USA
Location details: Near the intersection of Prichardsville Road and Henry Road, Hastings, Michigan, US.

Shape: Circle
Color: white
Viewed From: Land
Direction from Viewer: South
Angle of Elevation: 80
Closest Distance: 100 feet
Estimated Speed: approximately 30 feet
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aura or haze around object, Possible abduction, Missing Time

A bright object hovered 100ft over my car with my pregnant girlfriend and myself for 10 minutes. Sped away at impossible speed.

I convinced my father to write his experience down which I've copied below. He is getting on in years and hasn't told anyone about it. I was the baby still in my mother's body at the time in 1976. My father and mother never married and separated soon afterwards. His experience includes a strange lighted round craft that became interested in his vehicle or the occupants, a dragging of time, it hovered over his car, and then it left at "astounding speed" and made a right angle change of direction without slowing down. He included a rough sketch of the locations of his car and the craft, and it's final trajectory. I don't know what to make of it, and I haven't had any such experiences nor do I want to. I post it here to add the the general body of knowledge.

My father's 1976 experience written in a letter to me, his son, on Nov. 18th, 2019:

In mid-November on a Saturday night about 10:00pm, your mother and I were driving out to visit some friends of mine when a peculiar thing happened! The leaves were off the trees and no moonlight. No wind. Very clear skies with many stars. You were there in the womb. I do not remember if we were living together at that time.

It took place approximately near the intersection of Prichardsville Road and Henry Road. Two dirt roads with very few houses. This particular piece of country was mostly woods with some fields intermixed with swamps and some small lakes.

I was driving an early 70s MG Midget. I was heading West on Prichardsville Road, as I crested a hill I looked off to my left and saw a round light rising out of the woods approximately a quarter mile away. I stopped the car on the crest of the hill to watch the light. The round light rose approximately 100 feet or so above the trees. It appeared to hover for a short time and then headed directly toward my car. I was fascinated, but a bit apprehensive. It continued in our direction and slowed down to hover above and just ahead of the car. It appeared to be a couple of hundred feet above us and about the same distance ahead.

At this point I was determined to see all I could. I shut off the engine to see if it made any sound. None. Total silence. At this point your mother was beginning to freak out and wanted to leave ASAP. I wasn’t going anywhere until I saw all that I could. At this point it just hovered for 5 to 10 minutes. It cast no light on the ground. It appeared to glow more than shine.

Ahead and down the hill in front of us was an old farmhouse with barn and silo. The top of the silo was a metal top and I observed no light reflecting off of the metal roof of the silo. Seemed odd to me that something that gave off that much brightness wouldn’t shine on the ground or reflect off the barn or silo. It just hovered and emitted light and no sound.

The car had a small windshield and I couldn’t see well so I exited the car to see better. There was a bank at the edge of the road and I took a few steps up it to see better.

It continued to hover for several minutes or more. I’m unsure how much time had passed. The reason I mention this is because time seemed to drag!? The whole experience lasted 10-20 minutes, it seemed.

As I was wondering what it was doing, it accelerated to an astounding speed heading in a northerly direction while going up at the same time. Then it abruptly changed direction and headed up and West at ever-increasing velocity. In a matter of a few seconds it disappeared among the stars. What bothered me most was when it changed direction, it did not slow down or turn, it just changed direction. To this day that change of trajectory without slowing down or turning bothers me. Nothing in my understanding of physics would allow that to happen.

After it left, I got back in the car and proceeded to where we were going. It was a small cabin in the woods about a half mile or less from where this took place. In fact, the cabin was within a quarter of a mile where I observed it rising out of the trees. When we arrived, the guy (Steve) was upset that he saw a light in the woods. He thought it was someone in the woods shining for deer. I explained what I saw and told him the light was no longer in the woods. He looked at me as if I was nuts and didn’t believe a word we said about it. We soon left and your mother started talking about a flying saucer. I told her I didn’t see a flying saucer, only a very funny acting something! A day or three later someone asked me about the flying saucer that Pam had told them we saw. I told them what I saw, but I didn’t agree with the flying saucer conclusion she came up with. So after that I just didn’t want to talk about it with anyone.

I felt I had experience something unknown, strange, and utterly confounding. To this day I get a funny feeling whenever I think about it. I have shared this story with very few people. Whatever or whoever it was had a definite interest in the car or us. Or maybe, you!

That is all I can remember, but I also have an excellent memory. Every detail of the experience is still with me and will be with me until the end of my life.
Whatever was controlling it was intentional in its actions. Was it interested in the car, or the occupants, or the fetus you, I have no idea. I do not even venture to guess. Now you know all that I do and it isn’t much.

I’ve never written this experience down and never would have except you asked me to. Besides, you were there and you deserve to at least know what happened.

I still think something was amiss in how much time elapsed during this encounter. I had no watch or clock in the car so I have no clear idea of how much time elapsed.

Also, at this time there was stories on the news about UFOs. I didn’t want to be seen as some nut that claimed to have seen a UFO! So, I decided I would not talk about it or share my story. I believe I discouraged your mother from talking about it because it seemed too incredible to be believed.

Well, here’s the recollection of my experience on that dark, cold November night so long ago. To me it seems like it happened just a little while ago, not 40+ years ago.

Love, Dad. 11-18-19

I have nothing more to add to the story. I stated exactly what I saw and you now know all that I do about the incident. An incredible, but true story.
That change of direction still haunts me!! Such velocity!!

Posted 2024-02-15

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