|Occurred : 5/24/2007 11:19 (Entered as : 05/24/07 11:19)
Reported: 5/24/2007 12:08:08 PM 12:08
Location: Henderson/Las Vegas, NV
|Recently retired airline pilot from Northwest Airlines. Saw the craft from my shower window and noticed it was not moving very fast. It was drifting westerly at no more than 20 knots. It appeared to be a cylinder but I thought it changed to have swept wings similar to a DC-9 for 5 or 10 seconds. However, it never gained any speed other than the 20 knots I mentioned. It was in the neighborhood of about 20 to 25,000 feet as it would be obscured by the cirrus deck directly above it for as much as 30 seconds at a time.
I watched a eastbound airliner go nearly over the top of it (separated by the cirrus deck) so I doubt that crew would see it. The east bound flight (I used to fly that airway a lot) should have been at FL 330 to 370 and moving at a normal speed and cutting a contrail behind it.
My wife verified what I was seeing though her eyes are not as good as mine.
I had her retrieve our digital camera, but the craft disappeared into the cirrus and never reappeared where I could photograph it. I have seen a number of craft over the years but have not previously reported them. This was definitely a UFO and no aircraft, balloon. To skeptics I would ask why it would drift against the prevailing wind if it was a balloon?