|Occurred : 9/12/1998 16:00 (Entered as : 09/12/1998 16:00)
Reported: 2/9/2004 12:27:51 AM 00:27
Location: Harris Ranch, CA
|Faster than the speed of life.
I was a hot summer day, right in the middle of the harvest season. We have been running up and down I-5 like a yo-yo since the 4th of July. North bound on I-5, bright happy sunny day, load of tomatoes behind my 18 wheeler.
Suddenly as I aproach the intersection of 198 and I-5 (Harris Ranch), oh say a few miles south of the air field, I see clearly thru the bug spattered windshield, an airfoil of some kind apparently taking off from the runway at the Texaco station of Harris Ranch Inn. I say to him "get it up, get it up, get it up" becuase his angle of attack is nearly paralell to the ground to gain sufficient speed for take-off. The wing-like aeroplan-apparition, white or silver in color then lifted at a very shallow angle and accelerated to an incredible speed directly northbound over I-5, I noticed that his wing-tips grew smaller and smaller, closer and closer together untill it was just a dot that disapeard within 5-6 seconds. At first I thought it was a Cessna or Beech or duster on the field. Cant say weather it took off north or south of 198, but is was no jet and thats for sure. A crop cirle was reported in Fresno believed to be a hoax made by a crop cirlce company. ((identifier deleted here))
((NUFORC Note: Date may be approximate, although the witness does not indicate that fact. Witness elects to remain totally anonymous. PD))