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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/5/1999 00:15 (Entered as : 07/05/99 00:15)
Reported: 7/10/1999 07:52
Posted: 7/14/1999
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Shape: Light
Duration: 20 min
Characteristics: The object left a trail
((NUFORC Note: This report is consistent with the two missiles launched by the U. S. Navy at the Wallops Island, VA, Flight Test Facility. The first "Black Brant V" launch occurred at 2357 hrs. (EDT) on Sunday night, 04JL99, and the second launch occurred approximately five minutes later. Please see other similar reports for this date. The launch was reported to NUFORC from as far north as Pine Bush, NY, (!!), and from as far south, we believe, as Alabama.))

It looked like a thick glowing trail of an airplane. It took hard right angle turns. It was enormous and miles high in the sky.

This was witnessed by 5 professional people, none of whom are into UFO's or New Age things. We tried to figure every rational and logical explaination for what we saw. It was very extraordinary. It was a very clear night, not a cloud in the sky. We were outside on a deck talking. One person said, "What the *&%# is that?" When we looked there was a large glowing almost picture in the sky. It was miles and miles and miles up. It looked almost like thin clouds covering the moon, which would explain the glow. From the thin clouds there was a very thick glowing trail coming straight out. The trail made sharp right angle turns. It litterally looked like it was "connecting the stars" of the latle part of the big dipper. The whole thing was massive. As we watched and tried to figure out what we were looking at, we noticed it was adding on. There was a small light creating the glowing trail. The new thinner glowing trail was circling around back towards the glowing cloud like cluster we thought had to be covering the moon. It continued to make a large circle, then the light that was creating it vanished. When it vanished, the entire picture stopped glowing. It now looked the color of a normal airplane trail when a plane is gone. We watched as the sharp immage discipated. After about 10-15 minutes it broke up to an enormous circle that resembled a smoke ring. THE MOON WAS NOT IN THE SPOT OF THE GLOWING CLOUD!! It was just empty sky. The moon was a half moon that was hidden by the house of the deck which we were on. (We saw the moon when we left the home.) We all know we saw something incredibly unique and would love for someone to give rational explaination of what it could have been. An acquaintance of ours 20 miles away saw the same thing. On the same date and approximately the same time in Pennsylvania someone saw what seems to be, from their description, very similar.