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Occurred : 9/1/2013 20:40 (Entered as : 09/01/13 20:40)
Reported: 9/1/2013 11:43:46 PM 23:43
Posted: 9/9/2013
Location: Santa Barbara (north of), CA
Shape: Triangle
Duration:8 minutes
Large triangular craft with yellow/orange bright lights flying very slowly heading due east, no sound

UFO Report Sighting date: 9/01/13 Time of Sighting: approximately 20:40 P.M. P.D.T.

Location of Sighting: 15 miles north of Santa Barbara, Ca.

LATITUDE: 34.46226N LONGITUDE: 120.02726W El Capitan State Beach Tonight at approximately 20:40, I witnessed a large triangular shaped vehicle with approximately 7 bright but muted or blurred lights* traveling at a slow speed headed due East towards Santa Barbara California. Craft made no sounds.

The vehicle caught my eye initially because of the color of the lights.* The vehicles altitude is hard to judge because it was dark but if I had to guess I would say approximately 1500 to 2000 feet. If, that guess is correct that would make the size of the craft maybe three times the size of a Boeing 747.

The craft was witnessed by myself and I was accompanied by wife and there were approximately 15 guest of the park who witnessed the craft at the same time.

I brought the vehicle to the attention of the group and asked if they were in fact seeing what I was witnessing? All answered in the affirmative.

The vehicle was moving so slowly we all got a good look at its speed, then it appeared to come to a complete stop, but only momentarily. Then the vehicle began to move in a forward direction but also appeared to be headed in a vertical direction. We continued to monitor the vehicle its movement was vertical and slowly east. It then began to appear to gain momentum but suddenly it disappeared.

Initially, I thought it may have been an aircraft of some sort because we are on the approach to the Santa Barbara Airport.

I also thought that it may have been an aircraft from Vandenburg Air Force Base, which is just to the north of the park approximately 30 miles. Although it is my understanding that no flight wing exists at VFB, I have witnessed missile launches from that base, both daytime and night launches, none of those launches were anything even remotely like the vehicle we witnessed tonight. No craft I have ever seen have the ability to accelerate so quickly that they disappear.

Having witnessed hundreds of commercial as well as private and military aircraft I knew this was not any of those aircraft at least of the type I had ever witnessed.

I must mention that during my career I spent 6 years working in the Mojave, California area, where my office was on the perimeter of the Mojave Air and Space Port as well as our neighbors to the southeast Edwards Air Force Base. I have witnessed thousands of aircraft flying in and out of both of these facilities as well as China Lake Naval Weapons Station which aircraft are in the air almost constantly.

The vehicle that was flying over the Park this evening was like nothing I or any of the other witnessed that I discussed the sighting with tonight had ever seen.

I then traveled to the other side of the park and spoke to another guest who was a retired firefighter and his wife, they too saw the vehicle and were unable to explain the vehicle in any other terms than, "We saw a UFO this evening".

The behavior of this vehicle is like nothing commercial, private or military I have ever witnessed. *Nor was the lighting, the color of the lights were something between yellow and orange and very bright. Those are not colors normally associated with any aircraft I have ever witnessed. The vehicle had no strobe or marker lights whatsoever.