|Occurred : 4/2/2005 10:30 (Entered as : 04/02/2005 10:30)
Reported: 4/25/2005 2:50:53 AM 02:50
Location: Aviano (Italy),
|Arrow or Diamond shaped object observed near Aviano AB, Italy 2 April 2005
((NUFORC Note: We corresponded with this witness on several occasions, and he seems remarkably responsible and credible to us. PD))
I was taking in the day looking over a field from the golf course on Aviano AB, Italy, when suddenly an object appeared to be hovering at approximately 200 feet in the air. I would estimate the distance to be about 2 to 3 miles away, between the base and the town of Pordenone.
The shape was slightly triangular to diamond shaped on top, with a cylindrical extension coming from the bottom. It almost had the appearance of a very rounded, exaggerated arrow. The top portion consisted of distinctly separate tubes or cylindrical elements connected together, and rounded on the ends. The color was off white, like a white car that hadn't been washed in a while.
It seemed to shimmer in the sky like heat waves coming off of a hot road would shimmer. Size wise, it was if I was looking at a traffic cone in the sky. I have no idea how this relates to the actual size of the object in relation to the distance I presumed I was observiting it at, but that is the closest comparison I can make.
I was so amazed by what I saw, and was so intent on capturing as much detail in my mind as possible that I neglected to alert anyone in my group as to what I was witnessing. After what seemdd like 5 to 7 seconds, it simply vanished, and I had not looked away from the object even for a split second.
The day was sunny with near perfect visibility, the temperature was near 60 degrees F.
((ADDENDUM #1 FROM WITNESS))
Dear Mr. Davenport,
Thanks for your quick response. I actually ((athletic activity deleted for anonymity sake)) with someone who works in the tower, and sort of tried to ask in a roundabout way if he had heard of any strange blips on the screen lately, but he said no. I mentioned my sighting to a few folks, and I can understand why so many people are hesitant to report their sightings, and especially those that feel they may have experienced abduction. I must say, it was infuriating and embarrassing at the same time listening to them make jokes about it. I dare say they
would change their tune if they had seen what I had seen.
I read about a very dramatic UFO event here in Aviano which occurred in 1977. Is that the one you are referring to? Supposedly all the power on base got knocked out for about an hour until the craft slowly crept away over the mountains. There were both American and Italian witnesses. I read it in a
big blue book about UFO's and an alleged worldwide governmental cover-up (Goodwin as the author, maybe?). There are some amazing stories in that book. I also read the book about the incident at Bentwaters, and many others on the subject.
I experienced one other sighting which I believe is worth mentioning. Would you like me to describe it in a reply E-mail, or would you like me to submit it on the website again? Also, I would have no problem with being contacted by the retired officer.
Sir, my wife and I are both keenly interested in the UFO phenomenon. What kinds of employment opportunities are available in the field? Thanks!