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|National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report|
|Occurred : 9/11/1995 16:30 (Entered as : 09/11/1995 16:30)
Reported: 11/20/2003 2:07:03 PM 14:07
Location: Pierce City, MO
Duration: few seconds
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, There was an aura or haze around the object, The object emitted beams
|update 9/11/95 ufo Pierce City
I am adding to my report of a sighting near Pierce City, Missouri on September 11, 1995.
I first posted my account online in 1996 or 1997, but Iím not sure where I posted it, and have not found any record of the report to date. My original report may have been written better than my recent one. To the readers, I apologize for this shortfall.
I spoke recently with the other witness and I have made a composite drawing of our accounts. I neglected to describe the presence of "portholes" or windows in the side of the UFO. The oversight is the result of poor preparation. I apologize.
Perhaps a more personalized account of the event will shed some additional light on the event.
The sighting occurred on September 11, 1995, the day after my father-in-law died. My friend and I were traveling in my 1985 Pontiac Sunbird south along highway 97. The time was certainly between 4:30 to 6:00 pm because the sun was still fairly high in the sky, but was beginning to cast long shadows.
The sky was clear, but there were high clouds, the air was fine and all things considered, it was a fine day for a drive. Iíll recount the thoughts in my head in italics as the event unfolded: " JUST DRIVING. Great weather, nice drive; dry pavement, sunshine, cool breeze As we headed south towards Pierce City, I was driving 50-55 mph and was getting prepared to slow down in a few moments, the edge of town was in sight from the hilltop and we began to crest down it.
A BLIMP? Whatís that to my left? Big Silvery metal-looking thing. Floating just above the trees.
On down the hill, in a field to my front and left I noticed a cigar shaped object with bright lights coming from the center below it. I assumed it was a blimp with a flashing advertising sign underneath it.
WHATíS TO ADVERTISE? What are they trying to sell? Thereís just trees and squirrels out here. Whereís the gondola (where people ride).. Oh portholes! how weird, retro, looks like something from a Jules Verne novel! Cool! HAH At this point, I had noticed that there were porthole windows inside the object itself. That is odd, blimps have big windows on the little gondolas that hang beneath it. I remember seeing a single row of about 10 little glassy portholes along the side. The lights below it were very bright, which I expected were just advertising lights. Then I laughed out loud and pointed the object out to my friend. I said, "Look at the blimp!" He knew I was wrong immediately.
In a later conversation, we discussed the number of portholes, I thought there were between 7 and 10. My friend said there were twelve. When I asked him if there could have been 9, he said in a very matter of fact tone, "There were TWELVE." Rather than get beat up over the matter, I dropped the topic, and now that I think about it, 12 seems about right.
THOSE ARE BRIGHT LIGHTS! Those are bright lights on that thing. Ow they stab my eyes. Maybe itís just a reflection from the sun. "Damn that hurts, why is the car all lit up?? Why is he being so quiet? In this very short time I found myself being confronted with bright lights, an awestruck passenger and a UFO, even though I still thought it was a blimp. My laughter died when I was being "flashed" by the lights. If youíve been flashed by a car on the highway at night, you can begin to understand the annoyance I was going through. The car had a reddish-yellow glow on the inside from the lighting and I could see my own shadows in the back and passengerís seats. My friend was absolutely catatonic with his stare at the craft. It was only then that I began to realize what was going on.
NOT A BLIMP AT ALL Whatís he gawking at? Thatís no blimp. Thereís no tail on it, no writing. No gondola. No propellers!! No tail fins!! crap. As soon as I pass this tree, we can get a good look at this thing." At the point I realize it is not a standard blimp is the point where my mind begins to race. It should be noted that my eyes had a burning sensation. And we both felt a strong "current" going through us. The current is no more than that weird feeling you get by standing to close to a microwave or watching tv from less than a foot. (We both agree that there was nothing to get excited about) "Because I am an avid reader and a speed reader, I have terrific eye speed. I was able to search the craft for humans, writing and propellers. It had none of them. As we began to approach a roadside tree, we were on pace to be alongside the craft in a matter of seconds.
A SILVERY STREAK Alright letís see what this is. Around this tree. What? Where is it? A streak, going up and right. IT'S OVER THE ROAD " Gone! Gone GONE.
I wouldnít know it was a UFO until the thing just vanished! As I prepared to look as the tree passed from view, it plainly wasnít there. My friend just made a weird "huh?" noise and I noticed it was streaking up and to the right.( for you geometry people the rate of angle was 60 degrees, straight and at the speed of a blur). When I say blurred, I mean the craft flashed like a strobe light and at a high speed. It was quickly overhead and then disappeared completely. The object had moved from a hover to a speed I would estimate as a little faster than the speed of aerial rockets in fireworks displays.
What WAS that? I didnít know then and I still donít know now. But I have happily reported all I know to the people of the world. My friends have seen UFOs but they wonít report them. Thatís too bad. But it is their own business, and I respect it. I encourage others to report what they have seen. Itís doubtful that the government will send thugs to your house, or aliens will abduct you for talking. I donít really believe in either entity much.
I was moved by my sighting, as was my friend. He would see another one later. I know I shouldnít tell his story, itís not mine to tell, but Iíll share it anyway.
After we saw the UFO in 1995, we searched the skies looking for another. I havenít seen one since, but in June 2003, my friend saw his SECOND UFO.
He had been waiting for over 7 years to see one again. He calmly pulled over to the side of the road, parked his car, and reached into the back seat. What he was reaching for was his camera. He had it handy. He pointed and clicked. But he had forgotten to wind his film. He quickly wound his film and aimed. As he got the UFO in the viewfinder, it disappeared! Now he keeps his camera wound and ready. Heíll get them next time Iím sure! It might sound like a made-up story, but I believe it, heís not the type to kid around. He just sighed and laughed, because he knows I believe him, weíre not crazy, and life is still too good to worry about things like that.