|Occurred : 7/18/2007 12:45 (Entered as : 07/18/07 12:45)
Reported: 7/19/2007 5:07:10 PM 17:07
Location: El Paso, TX
|Delta-shaped metallic object observed for about a minute, and then disappeared.
Report on UFO Sighting 18 July, 2007, 12:45 P.M. M.D.T.
El Paso, Texas At approximately 12:45 P.M. local time on July 18, 2007, I was riding my motorcycle north on Hueco Tanks Road in far-east El Paso County, Texas. Visibility was unlimited to the north, ahead of me. The sky was perfectly clear with no clouds visible in that area at all. About forty degrees above the horizon and slightly to my west I saw a flat, disk-shaped object. It appeared to be immobile, and that is what attracted my attention. It was precisely on the glide-path to El Paso International Airport, and at first glance, I assumed it was a traditional aircraft. But after watching it for perhaps five seconds, I decided that that was not the case: it did not appear to be moving, though I cannot swear to that, since I myself was traveling at sixty miles per hour. Its shape—a disk, flat top and bottom and squared off at each end, like three quarters stacked atop one another—precluded the possibility that it was any aircraft with which I am familiar.
I observed this craft for perhaps thirty seconds from this perspective: edge-on. Then a startling thing happened: the craft banked to the left about eighty degrees and presented me with a virtually perfect view of its top surface (or perhaps its bottom surface). Still it did not appear to be moving horizontally. My vision is perfect, conditions were perfect, and I was able to get a crystal-clear sighting of this object. It was delta shaped, coming to a point at one end and flat at the other. It was not an equilateral triangle: the two sides leading to the point were somewhat longer than was the third side, by perhaps twenty-five percent or a third. In simple terms, it looked like an arrowhead. It was metallic, resembling what I can best describe as brushed stainless steel or aluminum. In other words, it was reflective and shiny, but not brilliantly so. There were no indentations or irregularities whatsoever on its perimeter. I saw no ports or evidence of openings of any kind. There was nothing to suggest any leading aerodynamic edges to indicate wings. It was a very simple, delta-shaped object with three flat sides forming its perimeter.
Safety dictated that I glance down at the road to make sure I was still in my lane. This consumed only a fraction of a second. When I looked back toward the object, it was gone—just gone. Whether it disappeared or flew away at high speed I cannot say. I heard nothing. One fraction of a second it was there, and the next fraction of a second it was not there. If it did in fact fly away, it must have traveled at immense speed, because I could see for many miles in all directions. I scanned the sky thoroughly for quite some time, until I was convinced it was truly not there. There are some mountains in this area, but they are not large, and the object was far too high in the sky to have been obscured by any of them. That is, in my opinion, simply not a possibility.
I observed the object in its banked position for perhaps fifteen seconds. As to its distance from me, that is very hard to say. I would estimate that it consumed three or perhaps four solar diameters from my perspective: similar to holding three stacked quarters between your fingers at arms length. My gut feeling is that it was quite close, because I saw it in such great detail. If it had been far away, atmospheric haze would have obscured some of that detail. I could literally see the degree of polish on its surface.
This afternoon, 19 July, I called Air Traffic Control at El Paso International Airport. I spoke with an air traffic controller, asking him if anyone had reported anything unusual on radar at the time in question. He told me that no one had submitted a report, but then he went on to virtually confirm my sighting. I made no mention at all of the fact that the object I had seen had disappeared—he mentioned it. He told me that even if someone had seen something, IF IT HAD DISAPPEARED, they probably would have ignored it and not submitted a report. This seems to me to constitute some degree of confirmation.
I am fifty-seven years old, a college instructor of Political Science, and had never before seen anything that I would consider a UFO. Frankly, I did not believe that they existed, though I was intrigued by the evidence. I will admit that since childhood, I have believed that we are not alone in this vast universe. But I never believed that we had been visited. I believe it now.