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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/1/1973 08:00 (Entered as : 7/1/73 0800)
Reported: 7/2/2000 07:23
Posted: 7/11/2000
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Shape: Disk
Duration: 30 seconds~
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
Black round obj with seq flashing green lights, 6-8 in wide viewed at arm's length, and seen in daylight -- and no wings!

I know this is an old sighting, but I've never reported it before and have to get it off my chest! ... I was driving south on Rt. 70S (now Rt. 270) and had just gone under the Shady Grove Road overpass. The day was gloomy, almost like a foggy-rainy day but it was not raining; the clouds just seemed to be very low. As I came out from the underpass, I saw this "big thing" above me. It had no wings that I could determine and I tried hard to speed up to keep getting a better look. I probably got up to about 80, but it was no contest. It was black (I could only see the underside at first), and at arm's length I would say it was about 6-8 inches in diameter, a real big-un as they say. As it continued south in front of me and drew away, I could see that it had green sequentially flashing lights along the rear (but I could not, of course, see whether these lights went all around the object). It then slowly changed course toward the East and I lost sight of it because I had to drive. I think the object was going about 300-400 mph -- it reminded me of the way a C130 had looked the day a friend said, "It isn't going that slow, it is just that big." I let it go out of my mind, but the next morning I heard on the radio that the Air Force had reported that the object seen by a number of people was an experimental plane they were testing. It did seem to me that something that size would have had a budget that people would be arguing about. If it was a secret, why were they testing it in broad daylight? And, most of all, why didn't it have any wings? I would love to hear from anyone else who has seen something similar.