|Occurred : 7/3/2008 11:00 (Entered as : 07/03/08 11:00)
Reported: 7/6/2008 3:02:25 PM 15:02
Location: Raleigh, NC
Duration:2 to 3 seconds
|I am always curious about my surroundings and look at the sky far more than anyone else I know. I have always loved spotting planes and trying to identify them and have read many books on aircraft.
At about 11am in bright clear sunshine I was driving roughly westward on the Raleigh Inner beltline when I saw directly in front of me what obviously was an airliner flying at low speed. It was at very low altitude and seemed about 2 or 3 miles away flying above the trees and straight across my path. I stared at it for maybe 2 seconds.
It was a long slim cylinder of shiny metal with two colored sections-one red and one black each about 1/4 of the length of the craft. I saw no wings, tail section or engines but assumed this was due to looking from the side of the plane and maybe some subtle reflection of sunlight was hiding the tail.
Also, since it is extremely common to see aircraft approaching nearby Raleigh/Durham International Airport, I had instantly dismissed it as an airliner and looked slightly away from it to maintain my lane position but glanced right back within about 1 second to confirm what type of plane it was.
Within that one second it had vanished. I blinked my eyes repeatedly like people do in the movies... but due to the craft's low speed and relatively wide sighting area I had in front of me I would have had to look away for at least 5 or 6 seconds to miss it going behind trees and buildings in the distance. This event did not conform to any rational explanation I can think of other than that it was an extremely advanced technology and either departed or became invisible instantaneously.