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Sighting Reports 2007

Man Sights Slow Moving Silver Object

Date of Sighting: April 20, 2007
Time of Sighting: Between 6:15 to 6:30 PM PDT
Duration of Sighting: 6 Minutes
Date Sighting Reported: April 20, 2007
Location of Sighting: Portland, Oregon
Latitude: 45.5 Degrees North (Airport)
Longitude: 122.9 Degrees West (Airport)
Number of Witnesses: Three
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Few Clouds at 6,500 Feet. Scattered Clouds at 25,000 Feet. Visibility 10 Miles. Winds were from the Northwest at 7 MPH.

Description (In Witness's Own Words): On Friday, April 20th, some time between 6:15 and 6:30 PM, not sure exactly because I didn't have a watch or cell phone handy. I have just arrived home moments ago to report it. It looked exactly the same as last time when I emailed you about possibly seeing the same thing as the guy who sent in the video. (See previous report that witness is referring to.) I watched it for about 6 minutes, at first thinking it was a slow moving blimp. Then I thought: wait a second, blimps don't fly that high. It was about cloud level. I could tell it was in front of the clouds because I could still see it when they passed behind. It looked round and silvery. Did not fly too fast at all, very slow moving, almost hovering. I pointed it out to a couple and their young child, they all saw it, too. The woman said it was a balloon but her husband disagreed, thinking it was a UFO. The child was too young to know what was going on. The next moment it was gone.

Second Report by Witness (In Response to Investigator Questions): The object was moving horizontally towards my right, which I guess would be eastward.  It got slightly larger before I lost sight of it.

Investigator's Notes: I don't believe that the witness saw a balloon although the direction of movement (eastward) was consistent with something that would drift with the wind. Given that the object grew larger as the sighting progressed is inconsistent with a balloon. (The balloon should be rising and getting smaller. Of course a hot air balloon would be a possibility, but generally one sees flashes generated by bursts of hot air associated with hot air balloons.)

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