Form 97-AR
Date: Saturday, 08 April 2006

From: Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist
Subject: Strathmore CA, June 15, 1976 (date estimated)

Cat: 4
To: NICAP

 

Animal Reaction:

Two boys had slept in their backyard.  At about 7 AM, their dog woke them by whining and then jumping onto their bed.  The dog was looking up, and then she yelped and ran for her dog box on the front porch and went inside.  The boys looked up to see what had disturbed her and saw a large cigar-shaped object.

 

The Sighting:

Looking west, with the sun rising behind them, the boys saw a huge cigar shaped craft that they estimated to be 400 feet long and 100 feet in diameter.  It was shiny metal and looked like an old dirigible with five tail fins but no basket.  It made a sound that was low but very steady (no variations) and was compared to the sound of a distant jet aircraft.

 

The object was low (no more than 1000 feet) and was gliding very slowly over the pasture next door.  After watching the object, the witness ran to wake his parents when his brother called him back.  The object was starting to move, then accelerated at “an incredible rate,” moving west, and just winked out of sight.  Upon acceleration, the sound did not change.

 

In 2002, the witness reported this to NUFORC, commenting that this was the only UFO he had ever seen.  Duration of the sighting was estimated as 10 minutes.

 

Sound was reported.  No EM effects or physiological effects were reported.

 

[A blimp seems a likely explanation, even taking into account the 5 tail fins and no cabin seen underneath, both of which would not be typical for a blimp.  However, the departure described makes the blimp theory hard to support, leaving this as unknown.—jw]

 

Source:

National UFO Reporting Center, on line at

www.nuforc.org/webreports/022/S22097.html

 

 

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