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Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/1/1970 23:00 (Entered as : 1970 23:00)
Reported: 1/29/2007 7:30:39 PM 19:30
Posted: 2/1/2007
Location: Russia, OH
Shape: Unknown
Duration:5 minutes
One "starlike" light observed making rapid turns, accelerating and decelerating.

I am ((xx)) years old now. I am a licensed private pilot. I am a ((title deleted--public employee)) for the ((public agency deleted)) and have been with the ((deleted)) for ((xx--several decades)) years. I have lived in the same area all my life. I have served as ((second public role)) for ((xx)) years.

I am not saying this is a UFO in the normal sense of the word. We never saw an object, just the single light. I would just like to know what it was we saw. I have told this story to many people and have never gotten any satisfaction.

During the summer of 1969 or 1970 when I was about 15 years old we (about 5 friends) were camping out in a rural area in West-Central Ohio at a friend’s house. We were preparing to sleep under the stars at his farmhouse.

At about 11:00 PM, we were all laying on our backs looking at stars under a clear moonless night. One of my friends pointed out a bright "starlike" light at about the zenith. It was about the brightness of a zero magnitude star. It was a single steady white light. There was no apparent sound. The light appeared to be a great distance away.

As we watched it, the light moved around the central part of the sky in a random path. It sped up and slowed down. It made abrupt turns at about 90 deg. It moved around an area of sky about 10 degrees. We watched it for a few minutes.

My friend ran into his house to bring out his telescope which was a department store 2 or 3 inch refractor. Once he got the scope out and set up we lost the object in the sky. We watched it for about 5 minutes total time. Its brightness did not change. Its movements were erratic and unlike an aircraft would make. The turns were sharp, not like an aircraft.


((NUFORC Note: Source of report indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))