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Occurred : 6/15/1996 13:00 (Entered as : 06/15/1996 13:00)
Reported: 2/21/2005 4:50:25 PM 16:50
Posted: 2/22/2005
Location: Van Nuys, CA
Shape: Other
Duration:2 minutes
3 Christmas Tree Cookie Cutters in Triangle Formation

It was a bright, sunny, windy day. I was mowing my backyard lawn and went to dump clippings into trash can. As I came up with the grass catcher I was looking due west. There were 3 black christmas tree cookie cutter crafts holding a triangle formation. I went quickly into my house and asked my wife to come outside. She asked me, "Why?" With a bit of aggrevation in my voice, I said, "Come on!" She came outside with me, I pointed in the direction they were and asked her what she saw. She said, "Christmas tree cookie cutters". I asked her if she could hear any noise emitting from the craft. She answered no. We watched them together for a few minutes. They were not rock solid in the sky. It was a windy day (10 to 15 knot winds with slightly higher gusts) and they were being knocked around a bit. Nevertheless, they held a constant formation. All at once, in formation, they quickly shifted to our left around 3 degrees then 6 degrees to the right (this is an estimate). They did this twice in about 3-4 seconds, stopped, and then accelerated at an unbelievable rate straight up and out of sight in around 2 seconds. My wife and I just looked at each other and I said, "Do you think they were ours?" My wife said, "I hope so." On that afternoon we could hear about 3 of the air national guards' C-130 cargo planes. They were on the tarmac warming up their engines in preparation for moving out of Van Nuys Air Port that they had used as a home base for many years. It looked like the UFOs were looking in that direction, toward the airport possibly watching troop movements. At this point the story is over, until. . .

Around 6 years later my wife, who is a teacher, and I were at a school function, sitting at the faculty table. The night's function was going fine and the kids wanted to play bingo. So they handed out bingo cards and they started playing. Those of us seated at the faculty table were not too intrested in the game and were just kind of playing along. All at once the gentleman next to me held up his bingo card, showed it to me, and said, "Look what I have". The card was a tan color with black plastic slides. With the center free slot filled and two black slides filled on either side of and one row below the center spot, the card's 3 black squares formed a triangle shape. I said "I have seen that before." He said "Around 6 years ago?" I said "Yes." I told him they were due west, he said they were north west of him. He lives 1/2 mile south of me. I don't know the math but such information means that the UFOs were not very far away. Later on, I asked my friend why he showed me his bingo card with that triangle shape. He said he did not know why. We now say with a smile that we have a "cosmic connection".

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. We will ask the witness to have the other witness submit a report, too, and will recommend they perform the triangulation on the event, in order to calculate the distance to the object. PD))