|Occurred : 6/30/1957 13:00 (Entered as : 00/00/57 13:00)
Reported: 5/25/2013 1:31:23 PM 13:31
Location: Burlington, IA
|Slow travel when observed, followed by an abrupt direction change with unbelievable acceleration.
I was flat on my patio watching our daughter play in the yard. A line of decorative trees bordered our property.
This silver-gray circular object appeared over the trees at an unknown height. It appeared to be very high, but extremely visible against the clear sky. I watched as it came overhead.
At this point I called out to a neighbor to look. It was not drifting as a weather balloon would do. Rather, it was straight-line movement. Before the neighbor could position himself to observe it made an abrupt angle and vanished within five seconds.
Previously it was at a very slow rate of travel.
When another neighbor came home I told him of the event. He suggested I report it to the Weather Bureau at the Burlington airport.
I did so and the person on duty suggested I report it to the Naval Observatory. Even with the telephone number given I did not report it.
I was reluctant to even call the airport, so I just dropped the event. If it happened today I wouldn't hesitate as there are now so many believers.