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National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/14/2001 13:42 (Entered as : 14 Aug 200 1342 R)
Reported: 8/21/2001 09:04
Posted: 10/12/2001
Location: South Bend, IN
Shape: Rectangle
Duration:4 sec.
At 1342, a low flying, very fast, black coffin shaped UFO flys directly over my head and behind a treeline.

I was sitting on my back door step when I heard a whistle (like that of a hawk). I looked straight up, thinking to see a hawk when I saw a black, coffin shaped craft over head moving directly away from me, I heard the whistle 1 more time until it went behind a line of trees. My impression was that this craft was low, 800-1500ft. and moving very fast (could have crossed the entire sky directly overhead in about 7 sec.). It moved in a very straight line at a constant speed. It was sunny, clear, and about 75-80 degrees, with some high cumulus clouds. There seems to have been some heat distortion/haze at the rear of the craft. The craft seemed to be about 30 ft. long or the length of a Cessna 172. I like to watch and identify (with my field guide and binoculars) the aircraft, both private and commercial that fly over my house. I am very familiar with the types, their shapes, speeds, routes, and flight characteristics. This was no know aircraft, and other than the whistle, was silent.