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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/4/2011 22:30 (Entered as : 07/04/11 22:30)
Reported: 7/9/2011 6:04:36 PM 18:04
Posted: 7/17/2011
Location: Flint, MI
Shape: Sphere
Duration: 15 - 20 minutes
I was sitting in my backyard facing north at about 22:45 hours on July 4th, 2011.

In the sky to the north of where I was sitting, a large orange spherical shaped object was travelling very slowly from east to west. It did not appear to be burning or fiery, just a glowing orange color.

My family has a history in avionics (my father flew a B-17G in WWII and I flew cargo with him for years after the war) and, from my own personal experience, I would have to estimate the size at about 75-100 feet in diameter, about 1,000 feet up in the air and travelling at about 2-3 knots.

The object travelled about 75-100 yards at this speed then immediately ascended in a northerly direction at a highly accelerated rate. It did not "bank" like you would expect from an aircraft, it immediately switched directions.

I could not detect any sound coming from the object or its flight.

I watched it travel in this direction until it was out of my line of sight.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with this witness on three occasions, and we consider him to be an exceptional witness. He has flown aircraft, since boyhood, and he reports that he has never in the past been witness to a UFO. We suspect that his report is exceptionally accurate, and reliable. PD))