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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 1/3/2012 17:50 (Entered as : 01/03/12 17:50)
Reported: 1/3/2012 8:27:38 PM 20:27
Posted: 1/12/2012
Location: Arnold, MO
Shape: Circle
Duration: 2-3 seconds
Characteristics: The object left a trail, There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
A single bright white dot appeared, remained stationary for fraction of second, then shot off at incredible speed in a stream of light

I was standing outside in a church parking lot talking to a friend on the phone, facing West / Southwest and staring at a bright star or planet (possibly Venus ?) and also observing what I believed to be two planes that were slowly crossing the sky and blinking. One appeared much higher and further off than the other and was hardly moving. The closer plane appeared as a small alternating blinking green/red lights so I assume it was also far away, and it was moving at a slow pace and seemed to be moving in a North or Northwest direction.

Suddenly, a small circular dot of very bright white light appeared, seemingly out of nowhere - it did not move in from any direction. It appeared slightly above and in between the two flying objects/helicopters I had been observing.

It remained stationary for a fraction of a second, then quickly shot off at an amazing speed in the opposite direction of the lower flying object/helicopter and into a cloud. It seemed to be traveling in a South East direction. The cloud appeared to light up with a white light as the UFO went behind it. It traveled so fast that when it shot off, it only appeared as a stream of bright white light with just a hint of blue color to it. I commented to the person I was speaking on the phone with that I couldn't believe what I had just seen, and described it to them. I watched for several minutes waiting for the UFO to fly out of the cloud but never saw it exit the cloud.

I feel it's worth noting that I saw this UFO in the same community where I live and there is also a Defense Mapping compound located there. (The compound does not have an airport or landing strip - it's not large enough, however I believe it does have a helicopter landing pad.) We frequently have low flying military planes and helicopters flying overhead in this area at all times of the day and night, which we've chocked up to the Defense Mapping compound very near our home. The military air traffic has picked up significantly in the last year and we're not sure why (they don't publicize that the air traffic is related to the Defense Mapping compound or anything else about the compound, which is private and guarded, but most in the community are aware of it and aware of the unusual air traffic in an otherwise very small suburban town). There's also hospital approximately 8-10 miles away that receives airlift patients. We are very used to seeing and are familiar with planes a! nd helicopters flying overhead, day and night, at varying distances, but I've never seen anything appear like this UFO did or move at a fraction of the incredible speed or behave the way this UFO did.

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