Sighting Reports 2011
F18 Aircraft Flies Overhead.
Then A Large Black Object Hovers Over Treeline & Zips Away.
Sketch of Object on Background of Photo Taken in Direction of Sighting.
(See Witness Explanation Below.)
Kenmore is a Suburb About 15 Miles Northeast of Downtown Seattle.
Date of Sighting: September 28, 2011
Time of Sighting: 2:15 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: Kenmore, Washington (See Map)
Description: I saw something at around 2:15 PM today. I was outside my home on the porch (front of home facing west) when I saw a fighter plane flying north to south. I am guessing that the aircraft was an F-18. I thought this was odd, but a military jet has flown over before so I thought nothing of it other than odd. About 2 minutes after the fighter plane had cleared my line of site on the south, I saw a black, round object hovering over the tree line to the Southwest. I can't quite estimate the distance and size because larger things appear smaller depending on height, but my guess is the object was smaller in size with a lower altitude as opposed to a larger object with higher altitude. It hovered over the treeline in the southwest for about half a minute from the time I spotted it and then flew east. When the object appeared to be hovering, it didn't increase or decrease in size for that period so I believe it really was standing still and was not moving toward or away from me. It took about 3 seconds for the object to cross out of my line of site which I am estimating the distance covered to by a minimum of 1/4 mile and maximum of 1.5 miles. (I am not good at distance estimation. Either way, it took off from a hovering standstill position and moved quick.) I believe that whatever object this was, that it was evading the F-18 which had flown by just minutes before.
Witness Explanation of Sketch:
I have re-created my vantage point outside my home with the following photo. It is 2 photos pasted together because my phone lens cannot capture the entire landscape, hence why one side looks darker than the other, and I have penciled in the object with MS Paint where I first noticed it was located and how large I remember it being in correspondence with where I was standing.
The photo is facing south, so the horizon moves east to west, the left side being east the right side being west. I first noticed it in the Southwest (shown in photo) hovering over the treeline. It appeared perfectly circular and black, with no extensions or lights and if I had to provide a further estimate, I would estimate that it was perhaps close in size to a Volkswagen Beetle. From it's origin where I first noticed it (depicted in picture) after spending almost half a minute hovering, it suddenly moved east (left) and crossed my entire vantage point in about 3 seconds. The large tree on the left of the photo (that goes pass the top of the photo) is part of a row of large cottonwood trees that runs behind our home, so once it passed that tree it was completely out of my visibility for good.
A friend of mine stated that a friend of his saw the F-18 fighter jet and had posted about it on his facebook, but did not see the object that I saw afterwards. So at least the fighter jet portion of my account has been corroborated, though I do not know where this person was located when they saw the jet.
Hope this helps.
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