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Occurred : 8/12/1965 01:00 (Entered as : 08/12/65 01:00)
Reported: 9/10/2002 12:41:19 AM 00:41
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Shape: Disk
Duration:4 seconds
My father and I saw a domed flying saucer very clear whizz directly in front of us on the oceanfront

My father and I read in the newspaper about a Japanese named comet visible from around 10-11 pm-the tail progressively lengthening as the head neared the horizon of the ocean at Virginia Beach,it met the sun rising.My father came home from work around 10(he owned a restaurant/tavern) and said "let's go,we're going to see the comet." I was 11 or 12 at the time,he was 42.This happened over 35 years ago.

First,none of us were on anything.We drove to the beach and parked in the tourist parking lot next to the statue of the Norweigan lady.If you've been to Va Beach you know what I'm talking about.We walked across the boardwalk,a few folks walking by,we walked down the stairs and hit the sandy beach.At this hour the beach almost vacant.We saw 3-4 stragglers and a guy surf casting.We could barely make out the comet.The fisherman cranked in his line and left.The wind barely blowing,calm,the ocean almost like glass.Soon the beach emptied and around midnight even the boardwalk emptied.We were standing on the beach alone.The comet grew in length and brightness and my father remarked we needed to move further north up by Cape Henry to lose the lights of the boardwalk.I reckon it was 1 AM.The lights were shining a good 50 to 100 feet out into the ocean a ways past calm surf.All of a sudden I saw a movement to the north came down from the sky,an object angling down and towards us.It was a flying saucer as clear as could be seen lit up in detail by the bright lights glowing off the boardwalk.The saucer was about 40 feet across and metallic grey but not shiny.

It then veered out straight and leveled out less than 10 feet over the waves and continued past us no more than 30 feet eyeball to eyeball in front of us,kind of wavered a bit,I estimate the domed saucer was streaking by at 100 miles an hour,Zip! to the south towards the Virginia Beach fishing pier and about 30 feet to our right,kind of wavered up and out to sea,rose into the dark sky out of the shining boardwalk lights now masking our view of it's climb away.I wanted the dome to be lit up and looked as quickly as i could for objects in the dome and saw nothing.

It was dark in there.

We were looking right at it,our heads twisting like at a tennis tournament.I said "did you see that?" and my father asked the exact same thing "did you see that?" We both acknowledged each other that we had.So I was not dreaming (hallucinating it) nor was he.I said "it was a flying saucer!" and he repeated the same thing.We were very excited and the Japanese comet took an abrupt back seat.Now I have read about strange lights way up in the sky and objects and I understand why they are called UFO's but this was like wilderness camping and having Big Foot come over and take a steak off the grill.I mean this was not a UFO,this was a flying saucer.I do not remember the exact year I was 12 or so but it was mid-60's.Oceana Naval airstation you might say but I am a very logical person and no way back then they would have a flying domed saucer object come from Oceana and not be heard at some point.Their jets are loud,still are.

I am about to describe to this day is what we saw may be deemed as unidentified.This puzzles me and will until I die.

The object was absolutely silent.Nothing.The waves were not crashing to drown out anything,it was quiet at 1 AM then in Virginia Beach,only a car or two going by every minute or so.What could have propelled an object at 100 miles an hour silently? It shot past us and we felt no air current off it and we saw no ripple on the ocean from it's passing.As it was climbing away from us,no noise at all.Nothing, like we were deaf.How's this possible? We stared up for lights,propulsion,anything.We saw no more,heard no more.

I can only say it was like we were seeing it in a dream but we were wide awake and backed each other up what we had just seen only feet away lit up.In my mind I can see it as clear as the night we saw it.My father is now 79 years old and we talk about it every once in a while.We were very lucky to be standing at the right place at the right time.We eventually moved down the beach to the north into darkness and watched the comet's crash into the horizon of the ocean as the sun rose.

It was an eventful night.

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