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Sighting Reports Previous to 1990

Man Recalls Seeing Large Triangular Object Near Missile Silos

Map Showing Location of Sighting Which Was 50 to 60 Miles East-Northeast of Whiteman Air Force Base.
Map Showing Location of Sighting
Which Was 50 to 60 Miles East-Northeast of Whiteman Air Force Base.

Date of Sighting: Fall, 1984 (Exact Date Unknown)
Time of Sighting: Early Evening (About One Hour After Sunset)
Location of Sighting: Pilot Grove, Missouri (About 50 to 60 Miles East of Whiteman Air Force Base Which is Located in Knob Knoster, Missouri)

Description: I was married with two children. They were young and that's why I think the
year was 1984. We were renting a farm house at the end of a gravel road near Pilot Grove, Mo. (50-60 miles east of Knob Knoster). The community was surrounded with Minute Man missiles located in underground bunkers. It was the height of the Cold War and the Air Force used to play the "shell game" with the Russians moving the missiles around from bunker to bunker. We often saw a large parade of armored personnel carriers, Missouri State Highway Patrol cars, and unusual-shaped tractor-trailers hauling nuclear missiles.

I think someone out there was just as interested in what was going on as we were.

One evening in late fall, I got home from work with the moon fairly high in the sky. It had been dark about an hour. There were low-lying wispy clouds overhead but the moon could be seen. I came out to get the groceries from the car and noticed a bright white light moving slowly back and forth in the sky. It was moving from the south and heading straight over our house. We were used to military aircraft of all kinds doing reconnaissance over the missile silos. I thought it was a helicopter because it was moving so slowly, but there was no sound and no rotor blade noise. As it got closer, I called to my wife and the two of us stood there in the driveway absolutely stunned while a 500-800 foot triangular-shaped object flew at about 150 mph over our heads at 1000 feet. Other than a slight whooshing sound, there was no noise. The most amazing thing about it was that the bottom had so many lights that it looked like a Christmas tree. It had red, yellow, green and blue lights that
were arranged like rivets in a pattern that resembled an airport landing field.

The next day, I called Whiteman about this and they said they had no radar sightings. Then I realized that at 1000 ft. it probably wouldn't show up. Then I called the Columbia Regional Airport to get a reading on the cloud height that evening. It was 1,200 ft. I asked them if any unusual aircraft
were in the area. They said that the "Spruce Goose" built by Howard Hughes was supposedly being flown to a museum up east, BUT THIS WAS NO SPRUCE GOOSE.

It was the most incredible experience I have ever had (or ever will have). My wife and I are divorced now, but I'm sure she would back me up. I have a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and was taught how to analyze and describe, but this experience goes far beyond description.

I run into people all the time who do not believe (mumbo-jumbo, hocus-pocus) but, I saw what I saw and it was fantastic!

Note: We have previously received two UFO sighting reports from the Whiteman Air Force Base area. The first sighting was in the summer of 1983 and the second sighting was in December of 1998. Both of these sightings were by security personnel at the base. The sighting by the above witness and his family could not have been of a conventional low flying aircraft because the sound would have been "deafening." The witnesses only heard a "whooshing" sound. The UFO literature is full of sightings in and near nuclear facilities. The above sighting falls into this category.