|Occurred : 11/23/2008 18:00 (Entered as : 11/23/08 18:00)
Reported: 3/23/2009 5:32:42 PM 17:32
Location: Chicago, IL
|Large Hovering Triangle Observed in Chicago Suburbs November 2008
During the fall of 2008, I commuted back and forth to O'Hare, arriving on Sunday afternoon/evening to work for the week, and leaving Friday afternoon. I became very familiar with the flight pattern into and back out of the airport, having taken over 15 trips by the date of this sighting.
After arriving at the airport I would rent a car and travel East on Touhy to my hotel in Skokie. Each week I enjoyed watching the incoming flight line. Planes would only be about a few hundred to a couple thousand feet up at that point. I knew this by listening to the flight deck communications when I would arrive.
On this Sunday early evening I noticed a particularly large aircraft with the typical front fuselage and side wing lights in a triangle pattern. Usually the larger aircraft appear to be moving slowly due to their size. As I traveled east on Touhy, however, I noticed that this large aircraft appeared to be moving too slowly - not what I was used to seeing. Within a few moments I realized it was hovering, and the motion was mine.
As I approached Western Ave intersection I noted that it was hovering above buildings to my right. I turned the corner on Greenwood to make a run around the block to hopefully see it from behind. Instead I saw it in the same place as I rounded the block - it definitely was hovering, and it was a large dark triangle with a few lights to define its shape.
On Touhy again I decided to round the block one more time and stop on a side street to get out to have a look. By the time I got to a stopping place it was gone. At no time did I hear any noise from the object.
I am a research scientist with trained observation skills, and can say for sure that I saw a hovering triange shaped aircraft that was out of place in this area. On my return to the airport Wednesday of that week (it was Thanksgiving week) it was daylight, and I noted that there were no towers or any other structures in the area that could have explained this craft.
I have permanently located to the Chica go area now and would be happy to review the sighting on site.