|Occurred : 8/17/2009 23:00 (Entered as : 08/17/2009 23:00)
Reported: 8/22/2009 9:18:50 PM 21:18
Location: Lincoln City, OR
Duration:aprox. 3-5 sec
|08/17/09 Lincoln City, OR Cylindrical About 3 seconds Bright green object made abrupt 90 degree turn, headed inland from over the ocean
My wife, granddaughter, and I had just started our vacation on the Oregon Coast and were staying at the Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City, Oregon. I was not wearing my watch, so the time of 11:00PM is only a guess, but I judge to have been in bed about an hour, having retired about 10:00PM. We were on the fifth (5th) floor of the hotel; our room faced west, facing the ocean, and the drapes were partially open to allow a cool breeze to enter the room.
The sky was clear, as it had been most of the day, because I could faintly see stars. I was lying in bed and looking out the door to the balcony. I had a clear view of the sky, though somewhat narrow because of the doorframe on one side and the edge of the sliding glass door on the other side, perhaps 4 feet in width. The room was dark. There suddenly appeared a long, bright light that appeared to be on a parallel course with the coastline and heading north, then suddenly made a sharp, 900 right-hand turn without slowing down and headed inland. I am not a good judge of altitude, but this thing was either flying low or it was very large.
I am red-green color blind, but the object appeared to be a bright green in color. There was absolutely no sound whatsoever, only the faint sound of the ocean, but the object remained very bright for the short amount of time I was able to observe it. The bright color trailed behind the object, much like a long tail on a kite. I couldn’t see any more than that because my field of vision was obstructed by the doorframe.
The object appeared cylindrical but with no clearly marked back end to it. I observed this object for about 3 seconds before it disappeared to the east.
I am retired from the security industry as a Field Supervisor, and during my twenty years I learned to be very observant of my surroundings, and to look for details. Prior to that I was in the U.S. Navy stationed aboard an aircraft carrier. During my years of watching jet aircraft of all types, I do not remember seeing any jet make the kind of maneuver that resembled the one I saw this object make. Nor do I recall seeing any jet aircraft of any kind travel at such an extremely high rate speed.