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Occurred : 8/15/1978 17:00 (Entered as : 08/15/1978 17:00)
Reported: 6/1/2004 2:32:31 PM 14:32
Posted: 6/4/2004
Location: Covington, WA
Shape: Disk
Duration:10 minutes
Flying Saucer seen in Covington / Kent, Washington 1978

I was sitting on the front lawn with my brother, we were teenagers. I saw a light in the Southern sky that looked like Venus to me and, as a joke, I told my brother "Hey, look! There's a flying saucer!" and I looked at him, waiting for him to call me a dork or something so I could tell him "I made you look!" But he didn't look back and his jaw dropped and I thought he was putting ME on so I looked and it looked like there was a black spot in the sky, about the size of a quarter at an arm's length.

It became quickly obvious that the object wasn't flying _over_ us but rather was coming _toward_ us, so we stood up. In a matter of 30 seconds from my first sighting the object (and maybe a minute or two from when I first pointed it out) the object was directly overhead. We instinctively got out from under it as it descended, walking about 50 feet so we could take in the entire sight of it. I thought it might just land on the lawn and squish the house, and us with it! I'd guess it was about 100-125 ft wide - it was wider than the house - and roughly six or eight feet thick. It hovered just a few feet over our parent's single story home, around 25 feet off the ground.

It had a small steady red light at the N by NE side of the ship and was aspirin-shaped, cobalt blue in color - like gun metal. It had what looked like an observation deck on top of it with what appeared to be smoked-glass panes, set at 15 degree angles, just slightly tilted. I tried to see inside but I couldn't. Well, we stood there for a few minutes and I turned to my brother and asked him "Is that a flying saucer?" and he said "what else could it be?" and we both laughed. Then a white light started flashing on us. That happened for roughly 20-30 seconds. I looked for a bulb after it stopped but I couldn't see one. I looked at the underside of the disc and didn't see any markings or rivets, welds, etc. My Father was a welder.

After a few minutes, the saucer started to hum like an electric motor and when the hum reached its peak or became in phase or whatever the whole disc sort of clicked visably - it moved just an inch or so and then started flying over the cow pasture next door. It was moving at a pace where anyone could walk along with it, 3-5 mph. After it flew over a few of the neighbor's houses it took off like a bat out of hell! It turned into a blur at a straight line toward the sea, to the West. After a couple seconds, it looked like someone drew a line of light from where it was on the horizon to the stars, roughly at a 45 degree angle and the end of the line eventually caught up with the point of origin and then it looked like a star for a second, and then the light went out.

It was silent except for the humming before it took off and it didn't glow or anything. I wonder if anyone else in the area saw this.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))