|Occurred : 7/23/2001 20:27 (Entered as : 07/23/01 20:27)
Reported: 7/25/2001 16:21
Location: Wilsonville, OR
|Slow moving, quiet, dark object wandered up and to the South, avoiding a big cloud.
My friend had just left my house a few minutes before, and then called me from his cel phone. He said, "I don't know how far South you can see, or if you can see this. I'm looking at some sort of object in the sky." He told me that he was in the Les Schwab parking lot which is about 3/4 of a mile from my house. He said it was a huge black triangle shaped thing with rounded corners, no lights, no wings, no landing gear, no rotor, no other visible details. I said that I was carrying my cordless and was running down the street, that I'd keep talking as long as I could. He said that it was moving very slowly, and that it changed directions, then started moving up. Then I lost contact with him. I ran a total of about 2.5 blocks from my house into the parking lot of a retirement home. I looked toward the South and saw a black object in the sky. It was still daylight, clear sky overhead with a few clouds to the South and West. It was far enough away from me that I couldn't make out whether it was a triangle or a squashed diamond, but I could make out that it had corners at the widest part (wasn't a round ball and wasn't flat). I watched the object move very slowly up and to the South (a little bit East). It seemed to be heading into a big high flat cloud. Then before it entered the cloud, it changed directions. It seemed to come back toward me and a bit to the West. Then it went up and over the cloud, not through it. Then it continued to move South and up, very slowly. I watched it for a long time, probably at least 5 minutes, during which time my friend drove by looking for me. He went to my house. I walked backward through the parking lot to the street, keeping my eye on the object. By the time he came back up the road from my house, it was almost too small to see. I called KEX radio in Portland to report it. I was surprised that no one else had. It was right over I-5 most of the time. I also called the Oregonian news paper. They also said that no one else had reported anything. My house is on several flight paths. Small planes land and take-off from the Aurora airport to the South. There's a helecopter company there too. Also, jets fly overhead many times each day on route to/from the Portland International Airport, about 30 miles away. So I'm used to what aircraft and helecopters look like, how long they stay in view, and how they sound. This thing stayed in view far longer than anything else I've ever seen. It left no trail, and did not move in a straight line, but rather kind of wandered a bit. I heard no sound at all, but I would have expected to, if it were a plane or a helecopter.
((NUFORC Note: We have talked to the other witness to the same event, who was in a different location at the time of the sighting. However, the two witnesses were communicating by telephone. Triangulation on the location of the object may be possible. PD))