|Occurred : 10/11/2003 13:00 (Entered as : 10/11/2003 13:00)
Reported: 10/15/2003 5:24:29 AM 05:24
Location: Nebraska (above?, or above South Dakota), NE
|rather large cigar shaped object photographed from airplane window
Saturday Oct 11 I was on a plane from Las Vegas to Minneapolis. About 1 pm the pilot put on the seatbelt sign and told us we were just on the edge of a cold front that was passing through Minneapolis and we may experience a "few bumps." I thought I would snap a picture of the clouds we were above just for a future screensaver. I must add that about 30 mins earlier I nudged my wife to see a passing airplane because I'm always in awe of seeing a plane pass in the opposite direction. The sense of speed one gets is amazing. The passing plane also produced a great contrail. Like I stated, I turned my digital camera to the window, and as I was framing the shot I caught a flash of what I thought was a reflection from the wing. I snapped the shot and immediately took the camera down and checked the shot in the camera's screen. The Sony camera (DSC-1) has a very small screen and since I was not wearing my reading glasses, I was only able to view the basic composition and exposure. Satisfied, I put the camera away and enjoyed the rest of the flight. The next day I downloaded all my shots from the trip (70+) with the flight shot being the last one. When it popped up on the screen I was shocked at what I saw. There in the distance was an object forward of the right wing. I describe it as cigar shaped, with 3 areas of brightness along its edge and what appears to be a darker area barely visible at its mid section along the top edge. The object also has a yellowish glow around it. For a fact I know there were no other aircraft (planes) within the area at the time, because after the few seconds it took to check the camera I returned to gazing out the window, I saw nothing. I have the shot. I am reluctant to show it beyond those I've shown it to already. I don't need to be suspect, however I would certainly rest easier if I knew what I captured with my camera. Thank you.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous. No contact information appears to have been provided. We would very much like to correspond with the witness, and review the video footage. PD))