|Occurred : 11/23/2007 22:03 (Entered as : 11/23/07 22:03)
Reported: 11/23/2007 11:11:05 PM 23:11
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
|Triangular craft, two horizontaly level beams of lights, "Head Lights" I-380, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Near Eastern Iowa Airport
We were driving Northbound on I-380 about a mile from the Airport exit. I looked up through the front windsheild directly in front of the car. At first glance I thought I saw a plane landing at the airport, a black plane with it's "landing" lights on and a flashing red light on the side opposite of the "landing" lights, as I could see two distinct beams of light that looks similar to a car's headlights in a light fog. The weather was clear, I just looked at the NWS website, the weather at the Airport was: Wind S 9 MPH; Visibility 9 Miles; 23 Degrees. Then I realized that the plane was ascending with the beams of lights facing the opposite direction that it was traveling (it was traveling from west to east), my second thought was, oh this must be a helicopter because of the craft's movement patterns. It slowed down and began to hover for about 10 seconds, it then turned its two beams of lights towards the south (90 degrees left) and began to slowly accelerate to about 20 MPH or so. By the time the craft was almost directly overhead (coming right towards us at about the same height you typically see news helicopters fly) it became clear to me that this was no helicopter, as I could see the crafts distinct flat perfectly triangular hull, there seems to be no way that a fixed wing aircraft could travel that slow, I saw no propellers. It immediately sent chills through me when I saw it. I could tell that both my Grandpa and I, both familiar with aircraft, were interested in the craft, after it went by my Grandpa, typically a skeptic of anything, said, "What the heck was that thing? If I didn't know any better . . . I would say it was a UFO!"