|Occurred : 5/20/2006 15:00 (Entered as : 05/20/06 15:00)
Reported: 2/26/2007 8:46:13 PM 20:46
Location: Torrance, CA
|Cloaked UFO shadow seen on low cloud layer
In mid May of 2006 while watching light aircraft on low final approach to Torrance airport from my location about 2 miles East of the airport, I suddenly noticed a blimp sized shadow on a low layer of clouds a few miles to the West moving slowly.
Since the Goodyear blimp operates in the South Bay area of Southern California I started looking for it between the sparse cloud layer and the sun that was visible above and to the left of the clouds from my position.
To my surprise, nothing was there. Since the sun was fully visible and the clouds were thin I couldn't understand how the blimp was casting a shadow if it itself wasn't visible where it should be located.
As I watched the shadow, it headed slowly to the North changing shape as it moved over the edges of the scattered clouds as one would expect to see from a large moving object above them creating the shadow.
The cloud layer wasn't too large so the shadow finally disappeared as it left the layer on the right after about 30 seconds. I continued to watch for anything that could have created the shadow thinking it would appear out of the sun maybe or was obscured by the clouds. Nothing was ever seen in the sky for the 15 or so minutes I continued to watch and no other clouds were in the sky that afternoon at any level that could have caused the shadow.
No sound was ever heard and considering the size of the shadow and the estimated four to five thousand foot cloud layer, from past experiences if it had been the blimp I'm sure I would have heard it as it would have been upwind of my location and not all that far away.
This "sighting" has haunted me for months now without an explanation and I am submitting it in the hopes that someone else around this time period may have witnessed it as well.
I consider myself to be a credible witness being a private pilot with a passion towards anything that flies. I've seen lots of "strange" things in the sky but can usually figure out what they are with some time and logic. This one has me totally baffled however.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))