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Occurred : 10/20/2003 13:00 (Entered as : 10/20/103 13:00)
Reported: 10/22/2003 1:03:47 AM 01:03
Posted: 10/31/2003
Location: Austin, TX
Shape: Teardrop
Duration:3 to 5 minutes
Teardrop/triangle silver and shiny object moving at slow steady speed in perfect weather during broad daylight in Austin, TX.

A friend and myself were driving to lunch around 1:00 pm in northwest Austin, TX. As soon as we made a righthand turn onto the frontage road along 183 N., I noticed what appeared to be a teardrop or possibly a triangular silver object that was reflecting sunlight approximately 3000 to 5000 feet (it could have been as low as 1000 feet) above the surface looking to the south/southwest. My buddy noticed it as well to confirm that I was not seeing a reflection in his side door window. The sky was perfectly clear, so we were not mistaking a cloud formation, nor were we mistaking this for man made utility infrastruture because it was well above these in the sky.

We were about 1000 yards from the intersection and my buddy decided to make a u-turn to get on the other side of the expressway to get a better look. As we were heading towards the u-turn, the object appeared to be heading at a slower speed than usual for any type of aircraft that I know is possible barring a helicopter. It was moving steady from south/southeast to north/northwest. At times, it appeared to be actually hovering. It also appeared to be vectoring in about a 30 degree slow and steady ascent. There appeared to be no wing or tail structure of any kind that I could detect. The skin was smooth with no identifying features (windows, ports, markings, etc). No propulsion of either propeller or jet type was visible. There was no sign of a contrail or any kind of exhaust or distortion in the sky from the leading or trailing edges of the object. Since we were in the car at the time of indentification, we could not determine if any sound was coming from the craft. I am former military in communications/intelligence with top secret, so I DO know my aircraft recognition.

By the time my buddy made his u-turn and we got to the other side of the expressway on the opposite frontage road, the object was nowhere to be seen in either direction of it's vector for next 3 to 5 minutes after making the u-turn. It appeared to had just vanished without a trace. There were other aircraft (commercial and private) in the nearby vicinity, but these were clearly recognizable as man made aircraft; and did not appear to be evading the object.

This is very interesting, because this sighting is very similar to the sighting in Houston on 10/07/2003. If I had to guess if this craft was noiseless, then I would say that it was. A very interesting day for us indeed.