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Occurred : 10/20/1988 21:30 (Entered as : 10/20/88 21:30)
Reported: 11/28/2000 06:13
Posted: 2/11/2003
Location: Spokane, WA
Shape: Changing
Duration:15-20 minutes
A huge, sharp 'V' formation of apprximately 25 to 30 round white disks flies slowly over a suburban area

As I was walking out to my car at an apartment complex parking lot, my attention was drawn to a clear night sky full of stars. Standing by my car I looked directly above me as something caught my eye. A gigantic "something" was moving very slowly ( a person on a bicycle could have kept pace with it, or the traffic on nearby I-90 was moving at three times the speed)), heading due west toward the city of Spokane (my location was east of the city by approximately 10 miles in what is known as the Spokane valley). This is the best way to describe the object: take a very sharp, narrow " V ', lay it on its side so the apex points westward...and making up the 'V' formation were about 25 to 30 perfectly round, whitish disks. The disks were not bright but appeared as any white object would, in the sky at night, reflecting the glow of Interstate 90 and a busy shopping area. It is difficult for me to judge distance according to feet, but if you held your arms above your head and spread them a yard (36")apart, that was the length of the 'V'. As I observed the object at a distance of about 1/4 of a mile away, about 15 minutes later (described below)it appeared to be as high up as a 30 to 50 story building. There was absolutely never any noise, the object was moving much slower than, say, cars on nearby I-90, there were no lights observed at anytime. The craft was paralelling I-90 with apparently no need to let other flying objects (airplanes---there is a small airport nearby, not the Spokane International Airport) know it was there (flashing lights ect)?? I was, to say the least, dumb-struck, but remained still as I watched it slowly moving westward. At one point a man and his son walked to their vehicle across the parking lot, never looking up or noticing anything because there was no noise. I wish to this day I had spoken up and asked the man to look up. How can something that large move so slowly and not make any noise?? Anyway, the really strange aspect of the object was its BEHAVIOR. Several of the disks appear! ed to be slightly 'fluttering', as leaves on a Tamarac tree would flutter in a breeze. The other disks did not. As I continued watching, the 'fluttering' of some os the disks suddenly stopped and the top string of disks began to lengthen as the bottom string began to get shorter. I stared at the apex of the 'V' formation to see if I could observe each disk from the bottom string "round the corner of the apex", so to speak, and that was what was so weird. Each disk from the bottom just grew less in number as the top string grew longer in number, but I couldn't actually see the disks moving to and around the apex. The top string of disks was just growing in length but at no time did any disks appear to disappear, nor did they appear to flash on or off. I hope this isn't confusing. I find it difficult to explain this. I remained standing by my car for several more minutes and before I left I was able to see the actual object, I'd say, a good 1/4 of a mile away towards the west, as it was headed toward the city of Spokane. I was able to see the shape of the object because the city lights/sky glow from Spokane, further west and ahead of the object, provided contrast. What I saw shocked me. If you take two large plates and set one on top of the other so the rims meet, that's what I observed, but it was at least three times larger than the 'V' formation (which was apparently attached under it?)The entire mass was solid black. One more thing, which I think is worth noting; I finally got in my car and returned some rental movies to a business about a mile away and went about my evening. I felt stunned and said nothing to anyone. Three days later I suddenly felt scared over MY behavior, as I could not understand why I didn't at least follow the object(which would have been so like me to do). I had never witnessed anything like this and why had I been so cavalier about the whole thing.... It was as if I suddenly 'woke up' to the realization of what I had witnessed and my very unusual subdued reaction. ( I can easily draw ! what I o bserved and can snail-mail as I am a computer nerd and don't know how to send images by e-mail)