|Occurred : 7/2/2002 02:15 (Entered as : 07/02/02 02:15)
Reported: 7/5/2002 9:44:03 PM 21:44
Location: Kansas City, MO
|Freight Pilot Sees Rapidly Moving Oval Object Near Kansas City, MO.
I am a air freight pilot that flies smaller, twin-engined aircraft at night. I am building experience to fly for the airlines. I saw something strange on my way out of Kansas City International Airport the other night, July 2nd, delivering my load of freight. I have ALWAYS been one of skeptism and thought UFO's were bogus lies from people with nothing better to do....until now.......
I saw a solid oval, NO blinking lights, or colored lights, moving rapidly across the sky from EAST to WEST. I've seen thousands of satelites before and I know for sure this was NOT a satelite. Why?? Because this object was about the size of a dime moving across my windscreen/windshield. Also, it travelled from directly overhead (where I intially saw it on climb-out), to slightly above the horizon (about 1 thumbs width with your arm stretched outward) before I lost it in the haze. The object travelled this total distance in less than 3 minutes time. My estimate - 250 to 300 miles. It had a soft, medium, white silouette light which illuminated the entire object. I was climbing out of 4500 feet at the time......my guess was that the object was in excess of 50,000 feet. I inquired with ATC, to see if I had any potential conflicting traffic, he panned his radar out to include all altitudes, and then he said nothing was on his scope execpt for "a few low altitude targets that were in bound to K.C. International." The ATC controller and I both laughed a bit over the frequency about it and then nothing was said. It has been at the front of my mind, each day, since I saw the object.