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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/4/2003 08:35 (Entered as : 06/04/03 08:35AM)
Reported: 6/4/2003 9:18:35 AM 09:18
Posted: 6/10/2003
Location: Tampa, FL
Shape: Other
Duration: 10 - 20 seconds
What was thought to be a released childs balloon suddenly becomes extremely fast round black object that dissapears out of sight.

I am a retired Special Operations NCO. I retired April 22, 1995 with over forty five years of military service. I would be only too happy to take any test ou desire to prove I am not fabricating.

At work where I field incoming calls all day, I sit directly in front of a wall of windows on the third floor of our office building, facing directly East. I keep my binoculars on my desk because I like to watch birds and airplanes landing at Tampa International Airport which is just South of my location.

It was quiet and I had no calls when I observed a round black object that appeared to be a childs balloon that had gottern away and was floating in the air. It was black but not dull, but also not shiney. However, it seemed to reflect some light. As I watched the object I relized it was not a balloon because it was moving Northward faster than the wind was blowing. At the same time, I realized I was not able to establish a distance either from the object or the altitude of the object. While maintaining what appeared to be exactly the same altitude, the object began to rapidly accelarate and in an instant dissapeard beyond my visions ability to maintain contact. It never appeard to change altitude or color. In my many years of military service I have witnessed planes, rockets and many other airborn objects but never, have I observed an object travel at such a high rate of speed so quickly and effortlessly. I haver no way of knowing how far it was from me but I could see it clearly till it went out of sight. I wold be most happy to submit myself for any and all testing you may desire. I did report the event to the Miitary.

((NUFORC Note: We have corresponded with this witness, and we deem him to be exceptionally credible. PD))