Reported: 1999-04-14 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 10 minutes
No of observers: 3
Location: Dixon, IL, USA
Characteristics: Lights on object
saw what we thought was a helicopter in trouble. disk was approx 35feet above ground and sitting motionless making no noise approx 40 feet in front of us
On the way to work, traveling west, just on the outskirts of town next to a small airport, we saw what appeared to be a helicopter in trouble. The craft had blue and red lights, and came from the sky, settling over the highway, very close to the ground. It sat for a second then slowly moved south, moving into the yard of a small home that sits right at the end of the airport, and next to the highway. There was a thunderstorm beginning and there was alot of high lightening. Our community was also having their July 4th fireworks display. As i approached the spot where the craft had entered the yard, i stopped my vehicle right in the highway, opened my door and stood outside looking at the craft sitting just above an electrical or telephone wire that was going into the home from a pole next to the highway. My passenger stayed in the car and watched from the passenger side. The craft sat motionless above the wire. It was round and metallic gray in color (dark grey)with a smokey glass dome shape in the center bottom of the craft. It was no bigger than a large car in diameter, and it was not as thick as a car would be. It didnt look big enough for a human to sit in upright. The lights of the craft were pulsing from the edges of the craft, and appeared to be coming from inside. They did not look like they were like our lights would be like on a car. They were pulsing and growing dimmer. I was approx. 40 feet away from the object, and we watched it until the lights dimmed out completely. When they were completely out, if you didnt know it was there, it would have been extremely hard to see. My passenger began to scream and stomp her feet on the floor of the car, and I felt like i was coming out of a trance or something. I jumped in the car, had much difficulty getting it into gear, (it was still running) and left as fast as i could. We did not talk at all for most of the drive to work, (25 miles) and when we did, we were trying to explain it, trying to convince each other that it could be something from this earth. We both had been in a state of shock. Bye the time on my car clock, I knew we had watched the craft for approx 10 mins. My passenger and I both worked as machine operators for a major manufacturer in Rochelle Ill. 2 years later, I became a Training Coordinator for the plant, teaching trainers how to train properly, creating training manuals and training materials, and also taking care of any issues or problems that may come up during a training period. My passenger worked for approx 1 more year, then moved out of area.
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