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Sighting Report
Occurred : 1/17/2007 17:35 (Entered as : 01-17-2007 17:35)
Reported: 1/20/2008 12:01:00 AM 00:01
Posted: 1/21/2008
Location: Louisiana (??) (in flight), LA
Shape: Cigar
Duration:1 TO 2 MIN
In flight sighting

On January 17th 2008 I was on a United flight which departed Armstrong airport in New Orleans LA at 5:15 PM, heading to LAX Los Angeles, CA.

I was sitting aft to the left wing in a window "A" seat which faced due South as we where heading West.

The sky was bright orange and I was enjoying the color variations of the sunset on the clouds when I noticed about 20 minutes into the flight what I thought was a falling star. There was a massive high atmospheric trail, which was well illuminated from the setting sun.

What I thought to be a trail began to rotate in a counter clockwise direction and at that point I began to question what it was. The object rotated until it was horizontal and I was then able to make out its shape despite the massive distance from the plane estimated > 40 miles.

It appeared to be cigar shaped and massive in size with no lights. Its color was an opaque White /Grey and it was difficult to distinguish it from the haze and clouds. Shortly after making out its shape I was unable to maintain visual contact.