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|Occurred : 10/9/2003 16:48 (Entered as : 10/09/2003 16:48)
Reported: 10/20/2003 5:44:03 PM 17:44
Location: Everett, WA
|Polished metallic cylinder stationary in daytime sky slowly rotates then disappears instantly
I was obeserving a Washington State Patrol light airplane circling the area. As it circled overhead I noticed what appeared to be a star 50 to 60 degrees above the horizon behind the airplane. I first thought it might be a balloon as the local automobile dealerships use allot of them. I noticed that it was not moving with the wind, which were 15 to 20 mph. I then observed the object through 12X50 Bushnell binoculars. Through binoculars the object resembled highly polished aluminum. I then thought it was perhaps a milar balloon and continued to observe it. It then rotated slowly in a clockwise direction to reveal that it was oblong. It was shaped like a cylindar bisected lengthwise, slightly flared at the bottom edges. I thought it might be a helicopter at high altitude but there were no rotors visible. While I was observing it it disappeared instantly. Weather was moderate winds and partly cloudy. I am a mechanical engineer and aviation enthusiast with 25 years experience in the technical field.