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Occurred : 8/15/1996 23:30 (Entered as : 08/15/1996 23:30)
Reported: 12/22/2004 1:56:32 PM 13:56
Posted: 1/19/2005
Location: Plattsburg, NY
Shape: Triangle
Duration:20-30 minutes
High altitude high speed triangle with red light on each tip performing complex geometric maneuvers.

Laying on my back, and being quite familiar with the night sky, I observed hazy summer conditions with only the brightest stars showing. My feet were pointed to the east, and I noticed in looking back towards the west what I first thought was a meteorite approaching from the west traveling east. I sat up to watch, and mentioned to my friend that this meteor is just going and going and not burning out. I watched it fall far below the horizon, and thought it might actually make a landing in the Atlantic ocean. I laid back down and began scanning for meteors, satellites, jets, etc. when it approached from the east moving to directly overhead of me at a tremendous rate of speed. Quite abruptly, and with perfect precision and no change in speed, it performed a maneuver and changed course at about a 45 degree angle. I remember feeling ecstatic, and had quite a surge of adrenaline. I told my friend what I'd just seen, he seemed disinterested. Within a minute, the object moving at the same speed began to approach from the west. This time it performed more high speed perfect maneuvers, zig zagging directly overhead and continuing east. It was at this time that I began to percieve that it looked like a very tiny triangle with a red light at each point. It seemed to be at a very high altitude and made no noise like a turbine engine. The maneuvers were impossible for a fixed "lift" type wing, and too perfect and quiet for turbine thrusters. If It came back from the east I don't remember because eventually it began doing the same thing but in a North south, south/north flight path. Every time it passed, the maneuvers became more complicated, and I witnessed it at least ten times or more flying back and forth. Again, I stress that the maneuvers were geometrically perfect. My friend is not as familiar with the sky as I am, and it took a few passes for him to actually detect the craft, but what turned out to be it's last pass, he described to me the maneuvers as I had seen them. He doesn't talk about it to this day. As a matter of interest, the last maneuver that it performed actually included a full and abrupt stop, followed by a faint burst of light as it took off again towards the south. It did not accelerate...It went from zero to full speed instantaneously. The whole event left me feeling satisfied but puzzled, a bit frustrated but elated, and I can't just tell anyone, because humans live in darkness. But let those who are wise understand this...A light has shown in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it; I'm not worried about what I saw, just blessed. And someday I'll know the answer when I look not through the darkened mirror, but meet the Perfect face to face.