|Occurred : 7/15/1985 07:15 (Entered as : 07/15/85 07:15)
Reported: 5/4/2007 9:29:26 PM 21:29
Location: Greenville, VA
|I was working as a contract security officer at DAYS INN - A weekend "party" hotel for VMA alumni in Lexington, VA. I worked the 11pm to 7am shift.
At 7 am approximately July 15, 1985 I got off work and headed home to Greenville VA. It’s about a 30 minute drive north on Rt11.
At about 10 miles from home - looking to the east I saw what looked like a small skinny cloud (cigar shaped) in the orange yellow sunrise. There were 3 or 4 small clouds.
A few minutes later as I got closer to home, what I thought was a cloud grew in size and was moving east to west back to east. Upon arriving home the object was still moving east to west and back east.
I immediately woke up my parents who were still sleeping in. I called them out to the front porch of the home we were living.
As my parents were trying to figure out what I was talking about, the object continued to move east to west back to east. The object seemed to concentrate its path over a small minimum security work release correctional facility that is 1/2 mile directly east of our house. Our house is on a small hill west of the correctional facility, so we had an unobstructed view. The prison does farming and some small level cattle work (1985). The prison has open fields on the east and west side of the property.
Almost at the moment my parents realized this was no joke and started observing this strange event themselves the object came nearly over the house and slowly rolled its belly side for us to see. Basically went from horizontal movement to a banking position.
I was so shocked I could hardly move or say anything. To describe the object as unbelievable is an understatement. First of all it was immense in size. I would estimate the size somewhere between 1000 and 2000 ft in diameter. Grey in color. It had detail and ridges on the underside and it looked like it was intelligently built. It was dead silent, no lights and at about 1000 ft in altitude.
The remarkable thing I did noticed from the belly view was it was trailing sparse clouds off the edges of its disk shape. It looked much like the arms of clouds in a hurricane seen from space.
The object then slowly flattened out and disappeared in the eastern horizon. I witnessed the object for about 10 minutes in the car while driving, and about 10 minutes at home.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))