|Occurred : 8/5/2004 22:08 (Entered as : 08/05/2004 22:08)
Reported: 8/5/2004 10:36:40 PM 22:36
Location: Reno, NV
|Possibly huge craft, two red lights, flying over Reno.
Just back from walking the dog around the block for the usual 10 p.m. jaunt. I live on the eastern edge of Reno, along the Virginia mountain range. A few commercial planes in the sky, as I'm about two miles east of Reno Tahoe Intl Airport.
But coming from the northwest was a strange thing. Two reddish blinking lights seemingly connected, but at a distance that would fit maybe four commercial planes between them. No sound, either with or following the pair of lights. I *think* I could make out dim stars between the lights, but I'm not sure.
It covered the sky at a lazy speed. (One commercial jet was at about 7,000 feet moving in for the landing loop they do from the south, and the jet was moving faster. Reno is at 4,500 feet elevation.) This was a weird one. I guess it could've been some sort of military jets flying at very high altitude in perfect time with each other, but if so I've never seen such jets before. (We've got a big Naval Air base about an hour away, and every now and then we see/hear a fighter jet over Reno.) I watched it for the second half of the walk around our very long rural block, and stood outside my house watching as it disappeared over the Virginia range.
It appeared to be *huge.* And, to clarify the direction in case anybody else saw this thing, it went from the northwest to the southeast. (Not a satellite -- we have a pretty clear sky here and enjoy watching the space station when it comes over our part of the world, especially in the summer when my family is out on the deck.) A pair of blinking aircraft-style lights, but very erratic in the flashing. I held my hand up and the distance between the lights was about four fingers wide.
I'm very interested to hear if anybody else saw this thing. It is still fairly early and lots of people are out for the famous Reno old-car show, Hot August Nights.
My dog didn't care. He was sniffing the garbage cans & such, as tomorrow is garbage day. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture. It wouldn't have been much of a picture from our cheapo digital camera, but anyway it was headed over the mountains as I got back to the house.
I've seen one thing previously that might have been a "UFO." That was about three-and-a-half years ago with my wife, driving up the 395 between L.A. and Tahoe. And that was one of those very low-flying "triangle" things, which we figured was some sort of test plane flying from one of the many air bases in the Mojave. But it was still exciting to see it.