|Occurred : 7/15/1963 21:00 (Entered as : 07/15/63 21:00:00)
Reported: 5/31/2003 6:16:19 AM 06:16
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
|4 glowing circles 40 ft in diameter flying in rigid formation - aerial acrobatics 100 ft off the beach for > 15 minutes -many witnesses
I was on the beach, in the summer, with a close friend and his family after eating a buffet dinner at the Sea Horse Inn off 79th st and Atlantic Ave.. It had just become dark out, and we all watched 4 circular completely silent objects about 40 feet or more in diameter (along with all the others on the beach at the time -people were basically just quietly standing and gawking at these objects) and only about 100 feet offshore. They flew in rigid formation, straight up to an altitude of several hundred feet and then dipped to about 50 feet and would go straight up again. They kept this up almost as if they were doing yo yo tricks which no known aircraft I knew of could possibly do. Again they were completely silent. My friends mother suggested we leave the beach because she thought they could be UFOs and we could be in danger despite the wonder of it all. We did leave. My friend's mother said she saw the glowing objects the following night as well but I wasn't on the beach with her at that time. My eyes were excellent and though I was only about 11 at the time, I strained to get some detail because they were so close, but all I could make out was that the bottom of the craft emitted a white light, like the surface was emitting the light but it was a diffuse light and not directed like a beam. They light was not brilliant, but about as bright as a white screen on a modern day CRT. We discussed afterward what was unusual, which was that they were totally silent (we were only a 100 feet away from these aerial acrobats) and that they glowed, and that they were able to stay in such rigid formation while maneuvering vertically, like a yo yo, even when they would hover, start and stop abruptly, drop and rise again and hover, almost as if they were part of the same object. But we all agreed they appeared to be separate objects. We also felt it was unusual because this sighting was not far from the Naval base down the beach (which my friend and I once walked to from this location). There were no j! et intercepts and there was nothing in the paper the next day either. It must have been witnessed by at least more than 50 people. I know these were not moons or satelites etc. I owned a telescope at the time and would easily be able to identify such objects. They also did not have qualities I would associate with mirages. The edges of the objects were crisp and did not wobble. You could see the normal effects of size change with distance as well as they came close and moved away (perspective indicated these objects were probably within 100 feet of the beach). The experience itself is clear enough in my memory, but I would have to really do some digging to determine the date. It was either 1962 or 1963 and it was definitely either July or August. Those are the times I visited my friend in Va.. This report is factual and true in terms of what happened and what I saw. I am not speculating as to what the objects were, but did try to indicate what I knew they clearly were not as I thought this could help in terms of accuracy.
((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. One of two seemingly credible reports submitted by the same source. PD))