Reported: 2002-03-04 22:47 Pacific
Duration: 40 sec.
No of observers: 2
Location: Valencia, CA, USA
Characteristics: Lights on object
Although this sighting occurred 22 years ago, it is an experience my wife and I cannot forget and considerably a closer experience that is reported at the UFO Reporting Center.
Becaue of the close experience, I conclude that persons seriously interested in subject matter may gain from our report.
It was a warm Friday evening at around 09:00 PM in Valencia California (Old Orchard II). I was cleaning swimming pool because our children would swim the next day. To clean the pool I used a long pole with an attached brush.
As I moved my arm up the pole I turned my head to the rear and saw a craft headed in my direction at a low altitude and with lights on the front. What caught my attention was the width and pancake layout of the lights. As I stared at it for about 8-10 seconds, I realized it was not a helicopter (I have group propulsion systems background and aeronautical engineering studies). I ran toward the back patio door (about 20 feet away) and called to my wife and children to come out and see it. My wife was the only one who did. As I turned with her to look, the craft was now directly over our house and stationery. Perhaps, the swimming pool lights attracted it. It was about 75 feet above us for 40 seconds. It made no sound, had circular windows in the lower portion of the upper dome, it had no visible connections and appeared as it were one solid piece, the skin was metallic, silver and shiny.
We noticed a rectangular window about 8-10 feet long and 4 feet wide in the frontal leading edge but just beneath the front circular edge. There was an orange, redish light emanating from inside but could not see any occupants. The craft moved as if it were caught in a slight breeze but made no sound. It angled forward and downward for a few seconds. We could see rectangular shapes (2) that ran the diameter of the craft under the concave bottom. We also saw two ski like devices in the front lower side that seemed as hanging or docking devices rather than skis because they were to far in front of what I considered a center of gravity of the craft. The craft had a diameter of at least 75-100 feet with a height of at least a 1.5 story house.
My wife kept repeating "oh my god" over and over again while I kept thinking take me with you! We decided not to discuss it but to draw what we each saw and then discuss it.
I know this craft did not apply earthly technology. We will never forget the experience and continue to search the skies.
Date in 1980 is approximate. Minor typos corrected at request of witness. Witness, who chooses to remain semi-anonymous, describes self as having held positions of responsibility in a technical field in industry. PD
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