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Sighting Reports 2006

Man Sees Large Flying Object That Resembled a "Flying Cinder Block"

Date of Sighting: July, 2006
Time of Sighting: About 11 AM PDT
Duration of Sighting: Unknown
Location of Sighting: Kirkland, Washington (Suburb of Seattle)
Latitude: 47.63 Degrees North
Longitude: 122.2 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: Two
Weather: Clear Skies. (Per Witness Observation.)

Description (In Witness's Own Words): This one happened last year and did not involve powerlines. I wish I would have known about this site back then, I would have sent it then. This sighting was in July in Kirkland. There is a Park and Ride on NE 38th street. That is roughly where I was. The sighting happened at about 11:00 in the morning. I was driving east on NE 38th when I saw something weird in the sky. I pulled into the park and ride so that my view would not be blocked by trees. The object looked like a flying cinder block. It was rectangular and did not have wings. It looked like it was pretty close, as though it was flying west over downtown Kirkland and it was actually moving pretty fast. So if it was far enough away that I would not recognize the appropriate detail, then this thing was enormous and moving VERY fast. As I saw it, it was about a rectangular inch and moving quickly toward the water. If you would like I will provide a sketch. I didn't see any wings, and really don't think it was a plane. It could have been a helicopter but I didn't see a rotor and it did not have a tail. It could have been some sort of blimp, but it really moved quite a bit faster than I am aware blimps can travel. Please contact with questions.

Report by Another Witness: I had the exact same sighting, and can identify the object. It might have been on the same day, in fact. I was on Bainbridge Island, which as you probably know is across Puget Sound to the West of downtown Seattle. I was riding in the back left seat of a four-passenger car traveling south, so I had a good view of Seattle in the distance (~8 miles). Suddenly I saw a gigantic grey rectangle flying over downtown Seattle! Comparing it to the buildings, I could see that if it was in fact over downtown it might be several blocks in length! Unfortunately as I shouted out to the three others in the car, we passed behind trees that blocked our view out over the water. I told them where to look, but as we emerged from behind the trees perhaps 20 seconds later, it had vanished! I took quite a bit of ribbing from the others (my wife, and brother- and sister-in-law!). We arrived at our destination, a small waterfront park with a clear view of Seattle, and began to unpack our refreshments at a picnic table. As I was enduring the guffaws of my skeptics, my wife pointed out across the water and screamed "Oh my god, there it is!" We all turned and stared in amazement at the exact object I had just described. It was now moving north over Seattle downtown, in the opposite direction from when I first saw it. As I was crowing about "Who's a nut now, hey?", we all saw the object begin to get shorter, and then completely disappear! I remembered I had a small pair of birding type binoculars with me (amazing how the mind can freeze in that kind of situation), and dug them out of my pack. I scanned the Seattle skyline, but saw nothing. Then as I watched, a rectangular form began to grow in the sky north of town, and lengthen into another huge rectangle. But this time I could see a small aircraft in front of it, and realized it was a towed advertising banner. At our distance, the plane was not visible without binoculars unless you knew to look exactly where to look, and the block letters (red on grey if I recall correctly) were not discernable either. The disappearing and reappearing occurred when the plane turned directly toward or away from us as it was flying a "racetrack" pattern over a Mariner's baseball game at Safeco Field, just south of downtown. If I had not had the binoculars, and had only seen it once and then lost track of it, I would have described the experience exactly as your witness did. I can only assume that his impression of high speed came from his misapprehension of its size and distance. I am told that due to their large amount of drag, such banners can only be owed at a rate of 70-80 mph, and the aircraft must deploy its flaps to fly safely at that speed. I am actually impressed at how accurate your witness's report was. I have analyzed several UFO reports that I was able to identify as "NOSS" satellites or daytime sightings of Venus, etc. by virtue of being an amateur astronomer and a pilot. In these cases I am struck by how faithfully the witnesses reported what they must have seen, even though they could not interpret it. When I hear UFO reports dismissed with the assumption that people are unable to accurately recount what they saw, these cases remind me that many people are in fact very good observers.

Investigator's Notes: Both witnesses have provided explicit descriptions of what they saw. Given the weather conditions and day light hours means that the witnesses had a clear view of the object. The first witness's argument that the object could not have been a blimp is valid. The subsequent report by the second witness provides a likely explanation for what the first witness saw. (We don't know for sure if these occurrences were on the same date. The first witness sighting was around 11 am, while the second witness said that his sighting was in mid afternoon. Of course this doesn't discount that the first sighting could not have been the banner because the aircraft could have flown in the morning and again in the afternoon.) The second witness reported that the object was an advertising banner towed behind an aircraft. It sounds like the advertising banner must have been quite large which would explain why the advertising banner would be visible from a long distance and the aircraft would be quite small in comparison and thereby invisible. I believe it likely that the first witness and second witness sightings were of the same object. However, some doubt exists because the exact date of occurence of each sighting is not known. UFOS Northwest appreciates witnesses coming forward and sharing their experiences. Many UFO reports could likely be explained if more information were available.

October 26, 2007 Update: We have received another report from a gentleman in Kirkland, Washington that occurred in the summer of 2006. It is believed that this sighting may involve the same object (advertising banner). Click here to read about this sighting.

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