|Occurred : 8/30/2004 21:45 (Entered as : 08/30/2004 21:45)
Reported: 8/31/2004 8:46:09 PM 20:46
Location: Albuquerque, NM
|The object's lights were different and its rapid gyrations were most violent to be a normal aircraft.
This sighting occured 21 miles west of the I-25/I-40 interchange and 1 mile north of I-40 near Albuquerque, New Mexico in the Rio Puerco Valley. I was looking North out my bedroom window and saw an unusual light heading toward our ranch house. I retrieved my field glasses and observed a set of red, white, and blue blinking lights. The aircraft was traveling slowly from north to south and was at a 30 degree angle from where I was standing. I went outside with the field glasses and focused on the object. The aircraft was closer now, but I could only see the lights, not the aircraft. The lights began to blink and blink twice the rate of aircraft strobe lights. I lowered the binoculars and watched the aircraft begin to dart about much the way a hummingbird would. This activity went on for several minutes. The shape of the craft was not distinguishable. The rapid gyrations were covering about 10 degrees of sweep right to left, left to right and up and down. I hurried into the house and asked my wife to check out this object in the sky. When we went outside the object was gone. There were thin clouds near where I last saw the object. The total time of observation was approx. 3 minutes. The moon was nearly full and very bright. I am a EAA Ultrlight instructor. My wife and I own a Powered Paraglider School which we operate from ranch. I am also a licensed General Contractor.