Maybe.<br><br>I'll whip back in time to 1977. A bud and I were returning from a trip to the local off-license (bottle-shop, whatever) and as I turned the car into my driveway, both my friend and I saw it...the unidentified flying object.<br><br>Now, I am a sceptic. Anyone who knows me will attest to that, so that makes the sighting remarkable. And what we saw was something I have been unable to satisfactorally explain since.<br><br>As we drove down the driveway toward the garage, a bright light appeared to the south, (the car was facing west), and travelled north, at high speed, just above the roofline of the houses that backed on to my home. <br><br>When I say high speed, it took maybe 15 seconds to travel from the point we first saw it until it disappeared from sight in the north, presumably dropping below roofline level.<br><br>The reason the sighting is strange is that it doesn't conform to the behavior of any aircraft I know of and I am a commercially rated pilot. I wasn't at that time though, and I was convinced for a time that it must have been an aircraft. But there are numerous reasons why that is not possible.<br><br>For one, the speed across the sky was such that only a high performance jet aircraft would have been capable of such a feat, and the altitude was never any greater than 1000 to 1500 feet. The military does not allow such operations across built-up areas. Never has, never will.<br><br>The light source itself was not in keeping with a landing light, which invariably shines in the direction the aircraft is travelling. When the object was directly in front of us, and subsequently moving away, the light shone with an intensity that never seemed to diminish until it was finally lost from view.<br><br>And aircraft, even military aircraft, which are flying through control zones, have strobes and navigation lights which must be activated. The object, whatever it was, did not have the normal lights.<br><br>So it remains unidentified. Out of curiosity, the following day I spoke with the Christchurch controller who denied any knowledge of any high performance aircraft doing low-level operations that night, nor any other night, over the city.<br><br>Despite enquiries to the media during the next week, no other reports of UFO activity in the area surfaced.<br><br>So what was it? I'll never know. However, I should let you know that my bud and were sober at that moment, we were not on any pharmaceuticals, recreational or otherwise, and neither if us was suffering from illness.<br><br>So, anyone else out there as crazy as me? <br><br>
Oh, that was you in the car? I was with the secret Galactic police then, and I was one of the officers aboard the ship. We had information about a low-life martian hanging out at that watering hole, and came around to take him in if we found him there.<br><br>--<br>I am Dyslexic of Borg. Fusistance is retile. Your a$$ will be laminated.
Some time back, my Sister and I used to drive out to the back roads, and park the car in front of a dairy factory at around one in the morning to look at what appeared to be saucers floating above a huge tower. There were uplights that illuminated the whole tower from the gound, so it gave us a good view of the underside of these floating obects. They were simple oval shaped small, reflective objects that seemed to float in a figure eight, occasionaly intersecting eachother's paths. Sometimes there would be three or four. I think at one point we must have seen about 7. What is most peculiar about this, is that we never made a hooplah about it. We never went home and said, "Holy cow! We know where there's UFO's! Call the news! Call the Airforce!" It was just sort of normal. We would hardly even talk about it other than, "Let's go see the UFO's again." Eventually the interst began to wither and we forgot all about it. Have'nt gone back to that place since.<br><br>
You seem to have have had a feeling you were witnessing UFO activity even then. Which must've been exciting and even a little bizarre. I didn't really question what we were seeing until some time later, putting it down to an aircraft. Albeit a very low-flying, fast moving one. Not being a believer in flying saucers and extraterrestrials, the logical assumption, (it seemed), was military aircraft. With the benefit of hindsight, it obviously was not.<br><br>When I think of it today, I'm inclined to explaining it as some kind of weather phenomenon, such as the fabled ball lightning. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was not an aircraft.<br><br>
Loc: I am not Big Ben
OK, well I can verify that I saw something exactly as you describe, mr antipodean speed of sound. er .. mach one ;)<br><br>T'was not all that far away either<br><br>Given a bit of ocean that is.<br><br>It was brought to my attention by a friend.. Doug, a very sober type of friend not taken to being in hallucinations from any means chemical or otherwise. He and his girlfriend (equally sober) arrived at my door in a flush saying that they had been buzzed by a UFO while driving down the road to my house(I lived on a farm). They claimed in over excited voices that this spinning light complete with sound had hovered above their car for a brief period and then sped off, just before they arrived at my gate. This was just before dusk. Convinced that they had not swallowed something strange, I ventured out to see if I could catch a glimpse.. hastened by Doug, who was anxious to show me what he had seen.<br>he said "there" and pointed west, I said "that's Venus" he said "nope Venus is over there" I said "Mars then" he said "nope Mars is there" hmm .. and it moved* just a blink it was gone and reappeared some miles to the south that's how fast it moved * gone... had to actually wait until it stopped to catch up to it with your eyes I have never seen anything move so fast, just isn't possible. However move that fast it did. As we followed it around for a while in the car it seeming to be intent on playing the game of shooting over there,.. maybe twenty miles or more (who knows), then once we had turned that way..., moving again to another location.. always within our sight range though. This went on for maybe an hour I don't know .. At one stage we passed a car with a few people in it .. all out of their car and looking up.., maybe at our object, maybe not. Then the light just up and pissed off real fast... gone, never saw it again. Never saw anything like it before or since and living where I do, I see a lot of strange things. However one night, about 10 years later, I was invited to a fireside chat the subject beleive it or not.. flying saucers and do they exist and what was their relation to us.. sort of thing. At this chat I met a couple who had been quite obviously out on the same night and from their description of events, I calculated that this couple had been a part of the group in the other car we saw that night.. They had been doing exactly as we had been doing.., on parralel roads, we only passed them the once. In all the time we watched it, it never seemed to be more than say 2,000 feet high at the most, normally more like a low flying light plane would over open country at about 1,000 feet. Just like, light speed faster! When it left it did go higher but not a lot higher it just sort of faded into the distance rather than blink out but it faded very rapidly all the same. Interesting story?<br>Yours brought it to my mind immediately.<br><br> I have seen ball lightning and ground lightning both of which will have the shivers up your spine, I have seen St Elmo's fire... but this light that night was definitely none of those. <br><br>
Loc: I am not Big Ben
I am afraid I can explain that one away quite simply.<br><br>In my land we have lots of these events you describe.. but in fact nobody much noticed them until we built towers which were lit at night from below.<br><br>Yes the same can be seen in the light from the side or above, in a different fashion.<br><br>They are Moths in most cases but also could be Bats, collecting moths to eat.<br><br>The oval shape is cause by rapidly fluttering wings and reflected light. Moths tend to shed fine particles of waxy substance as they fly and also they spray pheremones in the air.. all of this can tend to make moths into a larger than life UFO.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>This was just before dusk<p><hr></blockquote><p>Steve and I saw our "UFO" as the sun was setting...ie, we were looking westward, the sun was in its last throes of disappearing, and was obscured by cloud in the distance.<br><br>The weather was fine but it was about this time of year; that is the beginning of winter (for any northern hemisphere types reading this), and twilight was in progress.<br><br>I sometimes wonder if the sunset had something to do with it but have not read anything that would suggest the setting sun was capable of producing that effect. But, who knows...<br><br>
One of 3 things.<br><br>Meteror day or nite can give that perception and due to its placement relative to the horizon, plus the factor of humidity and density of the atmoshere at that time. The illusion that those factors can create the effect that is seen by the human eye that the meteror was just above the city at a low altitude.<br><br>Satelites in low orbit at sunsets or sunrise can give off a reflection from the sun that would appear to be UFOs. Like above if the air has the right amount of water present it could act like a magnefying glass and cause that effect aswell.<br><br>Since "You" could not indentify the object it will remain as a UFO.<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by carp on 05/28/02 06:00 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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