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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/30/2011 23:40 (Entered as : 04/30/2011 23:40)
Reported: 5/1/2011 6:43:46 PM 18:43
Posted: 5/2/2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Shape: Formation
Duration: 30 seconds
V-Shaped Formation of Objects Over Seattle

I'm a 43 year old graphic artist, and will email you my Photoshop interpretation of the sighting. Please note that this is NOT a real photo but was drawn immediately after the sighting while my memory was very fresh.

At 11:40pm I stepped out on my rooftop deck for a breath of air and to take in the view before bed. The deck faces south and offers a panoramic view of Seattle. As I am located about a half mile from downtown, the glow of the city lights gave a subtle pinkish hue to the few scattered clouds in the sky. There was no moon or wind of any kind, nor any sound except the faint drone of city traffic.

As my gaze drifted to the 40 degree Southwestern area of the sky I suddenly noticed a v-shaped squadron of about 8-10 pale whitish objects rapidly emerge from behind a cloud. They were flying toward the Northeast at a very high rate of speed for their apparent very high altitude. They caught my attention due to the oddly pale appearance, great speed and lack of any marking lights or sound. It was hard to tell whether they were self-illuminated or merely reflecting the glow of the city lights as they were so pale. The squadron was about the size of my index and middle fingers held at arm's length, from the tips to the knuckle. The point of the V was at the prevailing tip of the formation.

After about 10 seconds it reached the 90 degree position, so I turned to continue watching. At this point I noticed that there were two additional objects of the same color, size and brightness off to the right of the formation. These two objects were very close together and kept a perfect pace with the "main v", and were the distance of roughly five "squadrons" away. At about 140 degrees northeast the objects became obscured by a cloud and I lost track of them as they were already getting very far away anyhow. The time from the start of the sighting until the end was about 30 seconds.

The flight path was perfectly straight and unwavering. At no time did any of the objects deviate in position at all from the others, which indicated that possibly this could have been one gigantic triangle rather than separate objects.

At the exact moment that the formation disappeared, a passenger jet and small private plane came into view lower in the same section of the sky. It was instantly obvious that the formation wasn't conventional aircraft because the jet and plane had all the usual lights and obvious sounds coming from them, and they were far brighter and more yellowish in color than the pale and dim white hue of the formation.