|Occurred : 7/26/2001 19:50 (Entered as : 07/26/01 19:50)
Reported: 7/27/2001 11:54
Location: Denver, CO
|Two solid ovoid objects with occasional light flashes drift like balloons overhead, but against the wind
Several friends and I were taking a break from remodeling a newly-purchased duplex in northwest Denver, standing on the porch and chatting. I am a sales professional and the other witnesses are business owners and real estate investors, all in our mid-thirties. There had been some nearby thunderstorms during the afternoon and early evening, with sporadic sprinkles and a cool breeze. At 7:20 the sky was partly cloudly, with more storm clouds beginning to develop and move in from the mountains. As I was facing east, I noticed a tiny black dot in the sky about 20 or 30 degrees above the horizon, and appearing to move west very slowly. I observed that it was not a bird, so I said to my friends, "Look, there's a UFO" and pointed. I said it was probably a helicopter, but whatever it was, at this point it was a UFO, and my most skeptical friend said, "Yes, exactly, it's an 'unidentified flying object," with a little laugh. It "drifted" our direction much like a balloon would, and initially, that's what I judged it to be. As it got closer to being overhead, I could see that it was actually not a balloon. It was moving in a very deliberate fashion against the wind. The clouds were not moving fast by any means, but they were slowly drifting eastward, while this object moved steadily westward. I grabbed some binoculars from inside and another of my friends had binoculars in her car, so she ran and grabbed them, and we watched as the object flew directly overhead. Only two of us were incredibly interested in the sighting, so we looked at it through our binoculars. I considered it to be football-shaped, and she thought it oval. It was a dark reddish-brown colour -- very solid and not self-luminous. But as it went over, we both saw a pinpoint light flash on the middle of the bottom surface a few times. "Did you see that flash?" I yelled, still looking through the binoculars, and she said, "Yes, I definitely saw a flash!" At that point, we both felt sure that this was not an explainable event. We cou! ldnt' fi gure out, of all things, what would present itself like this. Not a plane, not a helicopter, not a balloon, not a blimp, but an apparent ovoid-type craft with a single light which flashed just a few times, which we could only see when it was overhead. It still appeared to be "floating" like a balloon, without slowing or changing directions, but more with intention. From the time I spotted it to the time it disappeared into the clouds to the west, it was probably close to 5 minutes, though we didn't keep track on a watch. We both estimated the altitude of the object at between 1 to 2 miles, but it was hard to judge. I figured it must have been about 20 to 30 feet in length and probably 2/3rds as wide, and it was traveling in the direction of it's longest length. Again, the true size is hard to judge, but the apparent size was approximately one centimeter at an arm's length as it flew overhead. When we lost sight of it, we both chatted excitedly about what we had seen for a few minutes, and then I spotted another apparently-identical craft directly south of our location, moving west. It was on a trajectory about 20 degrees south of the first object, so it did not pass directly overhead as the first one did. We lost sight of it within a minute as it flew right into a cloud, and never did catch this one through binoculars. But it looked like the same type of object and it was moving at the same apparent speed as the first one, and in the same direction. Once again, I looked at the clouds to confirm their movement, and they were driftly slowly eastward. So whatever these UFOs were, they were deliberately flying westward at a steady rate of speed.