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Sighting Reports 2008

3 See Large Object Change Shape, Direction & Then Streak Upward.

Red Dots Represent Radar Returns From 3 to 3:30 PM on Feb. 24, 2008. Radar Map Shows no Returns in the Area Where the Witnesses Saw the Objects.
Red Dots Represent Radar Returns From 3 to 3:30 PM on Feb. 24, 2008.
Radar Map Shows no Returns in the Area Where the Witnesses Saw the Objects.

Doppler Radar Image - 3:08 PM CST.
Doppler Radar Image - 3:08 PM CST.
Note: Yellow Images Near Witness Location
Indicate Stronger Radar Returns.

Doppler Radar Image - 3:18 PM CST.
Doppler Radar Image - 3:18 PM CST.
Note: Yellow Images Near Witness Location
Indicate Stronger Radar Returns.

Doppler Radar Image - 3:29 PM CST.
Doppler Radar Image - 3:29 PM CST.
Note: Orange Images Near Witness Location
Indicate Stronger Radar Returns.

Date of Sighting: February 24, 2008
Time of Sighting: 3 to 3:30 PM CST
Date Sighting Reported: February 27, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 2 to 5 Minutes
Location of Sighting: San Antonio, Texas
Latitude: 29.54 Degrees North
Longitude: 98.65 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Three
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Clear Skies. (Per Witness Observation.)

Description: Listen to Taped Interview With Witness (MP3)
The Witness phoned in his sighting 3 days after it happened. He stated that two family members and himself were outside and saw a white object that at first seemed to be a paper bag drifting in the wind. The object was white and was tumbling. However, the object flew right overhead and appeared to in the shape of a "guitar pick" and that point the witnesses knew that it wasn't a paper bag. The object made a lazy "U turn" from an east-northeasterly direction to a south-southwesterly direction, rapidly ascended (4,000 in 30 seconds), became encircled by several "white orbs" and then disappeared.

Comments: Quite obviously the witnesses did not see a balloon or a white paper bag. A check of the winds aloft for San Antonio on the date shows that the object would have been "flying into the wind" as it ascended. The appearance of white orbs also is strange. More investigation of this case is necessary. I hava analyzed FAA radar and doppler radar returns for the area (see comments below). Anyone in the San Antonio area who saw anything strange on the above date is urged to file a report.

FAA Radar Analysis Notes: The first map above displays primary returns (aircraft with no transponder beacon) from 3 to 3:30 PM CST. The radar map shows no returns in the area where the witnesses saw the objects. This lack of returns does not mean that the objects could not have been in the location of the witnesses. It only means that radar did not detect the returns. One reason for this could be the slow movement of the returns. Most FAA radars are set to pick up an object moving at a minimum speed (e.g. 30 MPH). The doppler radar did pick up some returns in the general area. (See discussion below.)

Doppler Radar Analysis Notes: The above 3 doppler radar images cover the time period when the witness estimated that he saw the object (3 to 3:30 PM CST). As one moves farther from the radar antenna the strength of radar return weakens. The radar images above do show some concentration of stronger reflectivity (reflected signal strength) near where the witness saw the object at the given distance from the radar antenna. This is suggestive that radar may have detected the objects. However, it is not concrete proof of a radar detection. Doppler radar is designed to pick up precipitation and wind fields. However, on this afternoon in San Antonio the doppler radar was running in "clear air" (non-precipitation) mode. In this mode the radar is more sensitive and can pick up birds, insects, and even atmospheric particulates.

Comments Received From Primary Witness on February 8, 2010: The top map displayed seems a little off the location where I saw the objects. The object was moving initially into the Southwest before it turned. After it's turn it was in the Southeast direction. Sometimes its difficult to describe something that you are excited about seeing. I was in the Army for three years with Air Defense Artillery. I'm actually pretty good in aircraft recognition having been part of a MANPADS unit. Everything that happened that day is burned into my memory as being the most bizarre occurence I've ever experienced. Since then I've seen pictures on your site that seem eerily similar but are much further away in the pictures then what we saw. The object in our case was roughly 30-50 feet away and was probably about 5-9 feet long, 2-4 feet across. "Guitar Pick" oval was as good as a description as any. We mistook it for a large plastic bag (garbage bag) because of it's color and motion. As it came over the house, it was very clear this was not the case. The color was very cloud-like and as I reported before it made no sound. If you bring up Google-Earth, you can see the house behind me. It was at that point just a bit over and past that house that it ascended without a noticeable increase in speed, but still quite rapidly. The appearance of the orbs in a meteor-shower-like phenomenon was a spectacularly bizarre finish I can't find a comparison to. My mother found this site after I called her and told her what happened. We had lived in the house for only a few weeks. There wasn't a camera readily available otherwise you would have probably seen this object make the news, it was so close to us.

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