|Occurred : 7/3/2011 16:00 (Entered as : 07/03/11 16:00)
Reported: 9/15/2011 4:41:12 PM 16:41
Location: Gastonia, NC
|rustic brown sphere spotted in gastonia n.c. traveling over apartment complex.
I walked outside to smoke a cigarette out on my third story apartment deck and was admiring the pink clouds as the sun was setting. I saw an object that was out of the ordinary. The first thing i thought of was a hot air ballon but it was too low for a landing because of all the power lines and buildings in the area. Note there was a dead wind on the ground. I would estimate the object was about 300 feet off the ground. Let me add that i have spent my whole life at airports. I am a pilot and a regular skydiver with over 600 jumps. With that said i am trained to know distances of objects and wind conditions. This was no hot air ballon because there was not a basket underneath. I would also know this because i have many ballon flights as well. The object was flying at about 35 to 40 mph. The object was orbiting in a clock wise rotation from ground view. I would say that the object was turning at 10 rpm. The color of the object was a light rustic brown. I could! tell the object was rotating because there were three indentations on the bottom half, much like a golf ball would have. The object was about 30 meters in diameter. The object maintained heading until out of site. The object was silent. This object was nothing i have ever seen and let me say that in all my years in aeronautics it baffled me. I dont know what else to say i just want answers.