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Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/1/1966 22:00 (Entered as : 09/01/66 2200)
Reported: 9/8/2001 16:08
Posted: 10/12/2001
Location: New York City (Queens), NY
Shape: Sphere
Duration:45 MINUTES
SITING OF A MASSIVE UFO ABOVE THROGS NECK BRIDGE SEPTEMBER 1966

I HAVE TOLD THIS STORY SEVERAL TIMES, AS HAS MY YOUNGER BROTHER WHO ACCOMPANIED ME.

UPON OUR RETURN TRIP FROM ALBANY NY, OUR GROUP WAS APPROACHING THE THROGS NECK BRIDGE FROM THE NORTH (BRONX) SIDE. WE ALL NOTICED SOMETHING FROM A DISTANCE OF 5 OR SO MILES AWAY WHICH APPEARED TO BE HOVERING OVER THE BRIDGE. I SAID IT MUST BE A ZEPPELIN BECAUSE OF ITS HUGE SIZE IN RELATION TO THE BRIDGE, WHICH IT APPEARED TO BE DIRECTLY OVER.

AS WE APPROACHED THE BRIDGE, THE WHITE LIGHTS AROUND THE CENTER GIRTH OF THE OBJECT MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT THE SHIP WAS SPHERICAL AND IN SOMEWHAT OF A SUSPENDED STATE. THE LIGHTS WERE CLEARLY OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED TYPE THAT SURROUNDED THE CENTER, AND WIDEST PART OF THE OBJECT, LIKE A STRING OF PEARLS.

AS WE WERE ABOUT TO ENTER THE BRIDGE RAMP ALL THE PEOPLE IN EVERY CAR HAD THEIR EYES FIXED UPWARD TO THE SHIP THAT WAS JUST UP AHEAD, HOVERING. WE LATER REMARKED THAT IT WAS A WONDER NOBODY GOT INTO AN ACCIDENT THAT NIGHT SINCE NO ONE WAS WATCHING WHERE THEY WERE GOING. WE WERE HONKING OUR HORNS TO GET OTHER CARS' ATTENTION AND WHEN WE DID THEY WOULD LOOK AT US WITH THE SAME TERRIFIED FACES WE PROBABLY HAD ON OURSELVES AND WE WOULD NOD TO EACH OTHER THAT SLOW KIND OF UP AND DOWN 'YES RESPONSE' THAT CLEARLY CONVEYED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND FEAR.

THEN THE CENTER OF THE SHIP STARTED TO SPIN, WHICH WE COULD CLEARLY SEE BECAUSE THE RING OF LIGHTS WERE MOVING IN A COUNTERCLOCKWISE DIRECTION.

AS WE DROVE CLOSER TO THE MIDDLE OF THE BRIDGE THE SHIP'S SIZE WAS HARD TO COMPUTE: WE COULDN'T TELL IF IT WAS 100 OR 1000 FEET ABOVE THE TOP OF THE BRIDGE BUT WE KNEW IT WAS HUGE AND IT WAS DIRECTLY OVERHEAD.

THE DISAPPOINTMENT THAT I FELT BECAUSE WE WERE DRIVING OFF OF THE BRIDGE, ONTO THE CLEARVIEW EXPRESSWAY AND AWAY FROM WHERE THE SHIP HAD STATIONED ITSELF, WAS QUICKLY CHANGED TO JOY AND WONDERMENT BECAUSE THE SHIP BEGAN FLYING ALONG THE SAME ROUTE, AND QUICKLY MOVED AHEAD OF US.

WHEN WE GOT ONTO THE LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY (LIE)THE SHIP WAS JUST IN FRONT OF US AND WAS DARTING FORWARD AND BACK! , UP AND DOWN AND SIDEWAYS ALMOST SIMULTANEOUSLY. AT ONE POINT IT WAS JUST A FEW HUNDRED FEET ABOVE US AND WE COULD SEE HOW HUGE IT WAS: IT EASILY SPANNED THE WIDTH OF THE LIE-WHICH IS 6 LANES WIDE AND HAS A ONE-LANE WIDE DIVIDER BETWEEN THE EAST AND WEST TRAFFIC LANES AS WELL AS BETWEEN THE MAIN LANES AND A SERVICE ROAD OF 2 LANES ON EACH SIDE OF THE EXPRESSWAY.[13 LANES IN ALL] IF WE HAD TO GUESS, IT WOULD BE THAT THE SHIP'S SPAN WAS AT LEAST 200 FEET AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

THE SHIP LITERALLY FOLLOWED THE LIE WHICH WAS HEAVILY TRAFFICKED, ESPECIALLY IN OUR DIRECTION. WE WERE ABLE TO WATCH IT UNTIL IT LITERALLY MADE A RIGHT TURN SOUTHWARD AND FLEW ABOVE THE SEAFORD-OYSTER BAY EXPRESSWAY, UNTIL IT SHOT AHEAD WITH SUCH AMAZING SPEED THAT IN AN INSTANT IT WAS A MASSIVE UFO THEN A BLIP THEN GONE.

WE HAD CAMERAS WITH US BUT THEY DID NOT SHOW ANYTHING WHEN WE DEVELOPED THE FILM, WE CALLED UP THE THEN-ACTIVE A/F BASE IN WESTHAMPTON BUT THEY DENIED SEEING ANYTHING OR THAT ANYBODY ELSE HAD CALLED WITH SUCH A SITING. THE SAME THING HAPPENED WHEN WE CALLED THE LOCAL PAPER, NEWSDAY, THE FOLLOWING DAY. SO, OVER TIME IT HAS BECOME A STORY WE HAVE TOLD OUR CHILDREN AND VERY FEW OTHERS BUT BOTH MY BROTHER AND I KNOW WHAT WE SAW AND ALTHOUGH OUR OTHER PASSENGERS HAVE GONE THEIR SEPARATE WAYS, I KNOW THEY TOO WILL NEVER FORGET THE EXPERIENCE.

I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THE DATE BUT IT WAS JUST BEFORE THE START OF COLLEGE FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS AT ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY FROM WHICH WE WERE RETURNING. I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN LEARNING WHETHER, OVER TIME, OTHER NEW YORKERS HAD THIS EXPERIENCE AND COULD CONFIRM THAT IT WASN'T JUST A DREAM OR A FIGMENT OF OUR COLLECTIVE IMAGINATIONS.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))