NUFORC Sighting 34258

Occurred: 1977-06-15 21:00 Local
Reported: 2004-01-02 06:58 Pacific
Duration: 3 seconds
No of observers: 2

Location: Auburn, CA, USA

Shape: Triangle
Characteristics: Left a trail

UFO momentaily flies 50 to 60 feet above street, seemingly out of control, then flies off.

In the summer of 1977, I was living in Auburn, California. My wife-to-be (let’s call her Jan) and myself were out taking an evening walk by Lincoln High School (on Lincoln Way). We both sighted a UFO within 150 feet of our position. These are the details.

Environmental conditions: The evening was clear with very few, if any clouds. The sun had set about 15 minutes previously. Only the brightest stars were beginning to show. There was no wind that I can recall; it was very still.

The story: Jan and I walked by the high school and noticed that it had a fountain in the center of the group of buildings which were in a "U" shape, open to the street. We went to the fountain and were looking into it. I was saying something to Jan and she interrupted me by simultaneously nudging me in the ribs with her elbow and saying "look at this." I looked up and saw a large white triangular shape shoot over the roof of the west wing of the building traveling at a slightly upward angle (the ship was travelling southeast, almost parallel to Lincoln Way). Almost immediately the ship nosed downward at about a 20 degree angle and looked like it was going to dive into the street. As it passed the corner of the High School’s west wing, a very large "spark" shot out of the back and almost immediately dissipated, the way plasma dissipates. The ship left a light (perhaps even slightly bright) well-defined vaporous trail as it moved through the air which dissipated almost immediately as it came out the back. At it’s lowest point I estimate that the craft was flying about 40 to 50 feet above street. As the ship continued to move on its path, I could see the back side of it. There was a diamond-shaped opening from where the vapor trail was coming and it was brilliant. A moment later and the ship dissappeared behind a large tree. With the sky dark enough to see a few stars, I knew that I would be able to see anything bright. I ran quickly to a place where I could get an unobstructed view of the horizon or at least as unobstructed as I could manage, and I still saw nothing moving in the sky. The ship had vanished. See diagrams below.

Final details.

·The "fly-by" of the ship took about 2 to 3 seconds.

·The ship was white but not glowing.

·It flew in a "wobbley" manner as if it was almost out of control ·This craft was TOTALLY silent.

·I was vaguely aware of seeing small details on the hull; my impression was that it was like the lines formed by plates fitting together on the fuselage of an aircraft but I could be wrong on that description. I was not focussed on such small details at the time.


Date may be approximate, although the witness does not indicate that fact. PD

Posted 2004-01-17

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