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Sighting Report
Occurred : 3/15/1981 00:00 (Entered as : 1980 or 19 0:00)
Reported: 10/10/2008 4:40:02 PM 16:40
Posted: 10/31/2008
Location: Needles, CA
Shape: Disk
Duration:30 minutes
Approximately early 1980- 1981 I was climbing the mountains west Needles CA. I heard over a CB radio that a ball of fire was coming across the sky. I had time to pull off at the top of the mountain at a brake test area. At which time I climbed to the highest area I could climb to.

Upon my observation platform (rock) I was able to watch the ball of fire approach me. As it grew near I could see that it was a structure that was a saucer shaped. Fire was shooting from the portholes outside of the rim of the craft. It looked like a wheel spinning around the outside of the craft.

I got the feeling that the craft was in trouble it made no noise and I felt no heat. It was moving approx. 20-30-MPH Just putting. It traveled over the top of my head just putting going very slow. I was able to see the portholes where fire was emerging. I watched the vehicle travel 20-30MPH creeping along the mountains.

After I lost sight of the vehicle I returned to my truck and continued my journey. When I reached Barstow, CA, the next morning, I listened to a local radio station. The radio said people from California- New Mexico had seen the object. The US Air Force said it was a Russian booster rocket had re-entered the atmosphere and burnt up. I witnessed this object in controlled flight. It slowly made its way NE along the mountains. I was able to make out details of the bottom and sides of the vehicle because it was only 100-150 feet above me. I heard no sound and there was no heat.

The next morning the Barstow radio station announced that it was a Russian booster rocket that had blown up. I know that it was not a Russian booster rocket. I had a feeing that it was in trouble. I am not an artist but I can describe what it looked like. Had it not been so close I would not be able to give a description of it. I know there were other people that saw it but I was so awe struck that I didn't know if anyone else was around. I have never seen this kind of technology since. If you want a picture I would have to find an! artist that could draw. But it was basically a wheel rotating around the perimeter of the main craft. Craft being about 50-75 ft.

I Thank you for listening to me.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness, and we found him to be quite serious-minded, and credible as a witness. PD))

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of incident is approximate. PD))