|Occurred : 6/18/2007 12:00 (Entered as : 06/18/2007 12:00)
Reported: 6/20/2007 1:25:42 PM 13:25
Location: Shafter VOR (in flight), CA
|While flying at 8500' Object appeared at my 11 o'clock position and moved at a high rate of speed to my 5 o'clock position beyond my vi
I was flying 310 degrees just SE of the Shafter VOR, coordinates 35:29.07 119:05.84.
I observed a bright magenta colored cylinder spinning vertically moving at a high rate of speed in the opposite direction. It appeared to pass me from 11:00 o'clock to 5:00 o'clock at my altitude at approximately 1/4 mile when at my 03:00 position.
I realize the actual distance would affect my perception of size. If the distance estimate is correct, It would be about 6-12' in diameter - thinking back, at that distance, it would have to be larger than that. All of this is guess work because I doubt I saw it for more than 10-15 seconds.
The object was not hazy. It was very bright and clear. It appeared to me to not be very wide on its circumference, to have a slightly angled up surface about 1/3rd of the way toward the center and then flat to the center.
At the time I exclaimed about it to my wife who was riding in the back seat of our C177 TRG. I didn't think she had time to see it but when I asked her the next day she said she did see it. When she writes up what she saw, I will send it to you.
((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness via telephone, and we found him to be exceedingly sober-minded about the sighting. He stated that he had never seen a UFO before, and that he hesitated to talk about the incident.
We express our gratitude to the FAA for forwarding the case to our Center, and for providing the pilot with our telephone Hotline number. PD