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Occurred : 7/18/2010 22:15 (Entered as : 7/18/2010 22:15)
Reported: 7/19/2010 3:01:01 AM 03:01
Posted: 7/19/2010
Location: Coalinga, CA
Shape: Triangle
Duration:5 min
Low flying black triangle, 3 bright lights scanning the ground, also performing acrobatics flipping end over end

I was traveling south bound on I-5 on my way to southern California and I look left over the oncoming lane of traffic and I see 3 lights in a triangle shape. And then I get a little interested in that and I look again and I see that it dipped down to where I couldn't see it. I kept looking over to glimpse it...I thought I lost it but I kept looking anyway because I kept seeing bits of it through some bushes.

About 10 sec pass until I see it again, and it's fairly low to the ground; it looks like it's moving quickly so it must be have been somewhat close. Maybe 50-70 yards away.

So I see it again and it pops up and this time, I saw more lights on it. Each corner of the triangle had white lights and there are more along the edge that were turning on and off in a random pattern...some would flicker, blue ones flickered, but could have been other colors too. It was black as the night sky except for the pattern of lights on each edge of the triangle. And I could see this by the time it swooped up from a lower position. So it would swoop up and then it would flip or tumble and then swoop very low to the ground. It would swoop and tumble and traverse through the air while tumbling. Like it was a black triangle flipping end on end.

3 big bright white lights would light up on the edge of it. And they would get really bright every time it would swoop down. It would probably be down for 3 sec at a time, then it would go up again and tumble again. And when it would tumble, it would stay up for about 10 sec at a time just doing random things in the air, flip up over end, go through the air at the same time, looked very random.

Dip back down, flatten out...looked triangle the whole time, then it would go down and the 3 white lights would swell and look like head lights. Then would go back up and other lights would come back on. It did this about 4 to 5 times that I saw and then I got to the overpass and called my girlfriend to tell her about it...looked behind me on the phone and saw it again. From that point onward I didn't see it dip down again. I took the next off ramp (W Kamm Ave), took the overpass and parked. I could still see it but by that time it looked like a normal plane in the air because of it's lights. It traveled away, north, for about 2 minutes until it was out of sight.

The most incredible thing about the sight was how close to the ground it would get. I thought it was landing at times and then it would go up again.

The 3 bright lights that shone down seemed to illuminate the ground, like it was scanning something.