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Sighting Reports 2001

Man Recalls Sighting of an Object the Size of a "Skyscraper"

Sketch by Witness of Different Views of Object.
Sketch by Witness of Different Views of Object.

Witness's Sketch of Object Showing Windows.
Witness's Sketch of Object Showing Windows.

Lava Beds National Monument is in Northern California Near the Oregon Border.
Lava Beds National Monument is in Northern California Near the Oregon Border.

Date of Sighting: August 18, 2001
Time of Sighting: 7:55 PM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: November 28, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Unknown
Location of Sighting: Lava Beds National Monument (See Map)
Latitude: 41.71 Degrees North
Longitude: 121.51 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: Two
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds From the North-Northwest at 9 MPH.

Description: I just got through setting up camp at Lava Beds National Monument in Northeastern California just south of Klamath falls, Oregon. I was sitting down to relax and have cold one, no sooner did I do that and out of the north appeared a large brightly lit ball with several rectangular windows clearly visible and was covered in lights(white). The object was slowly approaching. As the distance closed I heard a very quiet noise kind of a shhhh type of sound. I instantly reacted to grab my camera and ran into my RV to get it. As Ii ran back out I noticed the object was now completely above us. I looked at my friend and said what the heck is that? He looked at me and said its a UFO! I replied, yes, and proceeded to attempt to take photos, but it was dusk with a clear blue sky and my camera was set on automatic so it kept shooting the little focus light and it wouldn't focus. I'm not used to using my camera in manual mode so I didn't get any photos. I noticed it was not just a ball. It had a long neck attached and a triangular section in the rear section. Just then the focus light on my camera caused a reaction and just off center toward the front of the craft a very bright light came on in response and lit up the area where we were camping then turned off and just cruised along like it owned the place. I ran after it and watched as it slowly kept cruising. It seemed to follow the road due Southeast. As I watched it leave that is when I saw the rear section. The ship was a dark black very similar to stealth jets, but this object was huge like the Columbia Tower (tallest building in Seattle, Washington) in the sky laying on its side with a huge ball on the front maybe 15 stories in diameter. the rear section had 3 distinct triangular kind of tails like on a plane, but different (see drawings attached) that seemed to glow a very soft red. Then it just kept going. I went back to camp wondering what it was that I just saw. I've been trying to figure it out ever since. I have excellent eye sight and was a visual look-out in the US NAVY stationed aboard the USS Guadalcanal.

Comments: I talked to this witness before he submitted his written report above. He seemed sincere and vividly recalls this sighting after more than 7 years. He feels that the object responded to his camera focus light. Given his description, sketches, and apparent truthfulness this sighting fits firmly into the "unidentified category."