|Occurred : 7/28/2010 22:00 (Entered as : 07/28/10 22:00)
Reported: 7/30/2010 3:20:34 AM 03:20
Location: Chico, CA
|Triangle shaped formation of lights slowed and stopped, then changed direction and flew off.
On the night of July 18, 2010 at around 10:00 pm in Chico, Ca, while walking home from the store, I witnessed what I thought at first was an airplane. Upon looking at it closer I noticed that the light formation on it was different than the airplanes that I’m so used to seeing. What caught my attention was that it was moving abnormally slow for an airplane, but on par with maybe a helicopter or blimp.
For a minute, I thought it could be an ultra light aircraft, but it was completely silent. Next I thought maybe the lights on the bottom of a blimp, but I have never witnessed a blimp in 15 years of living here. My best guess was that it was triangle shaped, but it was very hard to make out with city lights around.
This thing whatever it was made absolutely no noise. It kept slowing down and finally stopped and sat there for about 10 seconds before changing course. It was initially heading west but stopped and changed course to heading due north.
When it changed direction it went straight over head. As it flew over I tried to make out what it was. It had three white lights in a triangle formation with one blinking red light in the middle with one additional slightly dimmer blinking white light mixed in. The red light was slightly brighter than the rest of the lights.
It didn’t seem to be very far up at all, and it wasn’t very big that I could tell. Before it changed course, it was sort of near the moon I could make out sort of a roundish looking bottom to it, but only for a second.
As it moved northward, it picked up speed to what would be expected of an airplane. I ran into the house to get my video camera, but when I came out it was way far off.
I am quite used to planes flying over and see them often. I don’t however EVER see a plane slow down, stop, and then completely change course. It was very eerie watching that fly overhead with no noise at all!
The blinking red light seemed to indicate that it was manmade, but who knows? Whatever it was it gave me the creeps!
I’m a student here, and have good eyesight and wasn’t at all drunk or anything.
This was not the first weird thing I’ve seen here either. On Dec, 23 and 24 of 2009, I saw a ball of light out in the distance that looked like the spot light on the front of a helicopter, but got dimmer and after it travelled some distance faded into nothing. I saw this twice in two days!
I followed the second one for a block or so on foot just watching before it finally blinked out. I highly doubt it was "Chinese lanterns" as some might say. These were not flickering, and they were Venus bright at times and silent.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))