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Occurred : 3/28/1978 20:45 (Entered as : 03/28/78 20:45)
Reported: 8/4/2017 3:11:43 PM 15:11
Posted: 8/11/2017
Location: Anchorage, AK
Shape: Sphere
Duration:7 minutes
BRIGHT WHITE ORB: (Silently Followed 2 Witnesses), Two Sharp Turns, Instant Mach Speed Departure

CIRCUMSTANCES -
TIME: Night 7:00PM-9:30PM
TIME OF YEAR: Winter
DATE: 1978, 1979, or 1980
WEATHER: Crystal Clear Starlit Night
ACTIVITY: Walking home from Kanchee Park (Klevin St. & E 4th Ave.) Anchorage, Alaska, proceeding East on E 4th Ave., then right heading South on Hoyt St. toward home near E 7th Ave & Hoyt St.

Additional Witness: Paul - UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT - SHAPE & DESCRIPTION: Bright White Sphere/Orb, Slow Hovering Movement, No Audible Sound, Made 2 perfect 90 Degree Turns, (Not Moon, Not Planet, Not Star, Not Helicopter Spotlight, Not Plane) PATH & EVENTS: Bright White Orb, No Sound, followed Paul and I, on our right side approximately 60 feet to the South, at an altitude of approximately 75 to 150 feet, as we proceeded East on E 4th Ave. We joked about it being a UFO as we kept watching it during our walk. When we turned right to head South onto Hoyt St. it turned right as well and headed South at the same altitude. We were then alarmed and started eliminating options like aircraft, helicopter, perceived distance, etc. After eliminating all known possibilities, with the object continuing to follow we became concerned, started to walk towards it, yell at it, and threw snow balls at it. The altitude was too high to hit the object. The object was not deterred. We gave up attempting to scare it off and continued to proceed South on Hoyt St. The Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) proceeded to follow us. At approximately E 6th Ave. the object shot off, heading West, at a visually trackable but incredible rate of speed, just ! to the South of downtown Anchorage and disappeared over the horizon as it appeared to cross the Cook Inlet.

- IMPORTANT NOTES - The Bright White Orb approached behind us from the West and followed adjacent or parallel to our right or South at a distance of approximately 60 feet (altitude 75-150 feet).

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT? It occurred to me just yesterday (08/03/2017), after 35 years, that this object was most likely intelligently operated.

WHY? If the object would have approached us at, or near, that altitude from any other side it could have dangerously interfered with the "take-off" and "landing" Flight Corridor of not only the military, at Elmendorf Air Force Base, but also the civilian, at Merrill Field Airport. The object followed us just a few hundred feet to the West of the Elmendorf AFB Flight Corridor and departed silently at instant mach speeds just a few hundred feet North of the Merrill Field Flight Corridor, heading West past and parallel to Merrill Field.

HUMAN CRAFT OR PLANE(?): Not a traditionally recognizable human flight vehicle, it was silent, it hovered, it could stay aloft at walking speed, it made two perfect 90 degree turns, it instantly accelerated to greater than mach speeds with no jet type visual exhaust and no sonic boom(s). It specifically followed us and stayed just outside the two Flight Corridors (military & civilian) by just a few hundred feet. If it was a human plane, it could not have performed in such a manner and its flight path would have been "in" one of the Flight Corridors. I grew up in the cross section of the military and civilian Flight Corridors. I watched literally hundreds of very low altitude civilian and military aircraft, landing and taking off, day and night (Cessna's, C-130's, F-15s, Visiting Blue Angels, etc.). My reasonable assessment, then and now, is that this was not a traditionally recognizable human flight vehicle.

- DISCLAIMER - I am only relaying the facts as I recall them. I make no claims as to the objects origin or purpose. It could be the false recollection of a youthful imagination. Nonetheless, with due diligence and intellectual integrity, I have considered and reasonably dismissed all normal or likely origins to account for this object. Simply put, the object "appeared" to be an Unidentifiable Flying Object with uncharacteristic flight behaviors.


((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))