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WV couple look for meteors but see UFO instead

By Ted Bonnitt on April 24th, 2013
WV couple look for meteors but see UFO instead
Summersville WV. Credit: J. Waters
Summersville WV. Credit: J. Waters

An Air Force veteran and his wife were preparing an outdoor fire to take in this week's Lyrid meteor shower, when they saw an even more spectacular sky show on the evening of April 23, 2013.

The Summersville, WV, couple told the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) that they had collected brush to burn in their fire pit, and were settling in to watch for shooting stars at about 9:55 PM when the husband noticed a "bright round light moving towards us just over the tree tops behind my house."

The husband, with nine years of active Air Force duty behind him, is familiar with standard aircraft markings. He "quickly noticed it did not have any flashing red white or green lights that are required on all aircraft."

He called to his wife to take a look at the object, which was headed in their direction. They listened for engine noise as the craft flew overhead. The UFO was silent.

The witness, who characterized himself as an "Air Force brat since the age of 6" also reported that it was traveling "way faster" than any aircraft he'd seen before.

As the unnamed witness walked quickly to his truck to get a pair of binoculars, he heard his wife call out in an excited voice that the UFO had changed direction.

The husband noticed that the craft had changed from a southwest to eastward heading.

According to the witness, the object reportedly began to "hover for a second then just shot straight up and out of sight within about a sec to second and a half, enough to know that it was getting smaller and not simply the light going out."

The reporting witness said they observed several conventional aircraft in the sky at the time and while in the Air Force he had been "around every imaginable aircraft" in several countries, adding "I can tell you for a fact this was not one of our known aircraft."

The witnesses hope that other people in the area also saw the unidentified flying object.

Original (unedited) witness report:

Myself an my wife were doing some evening yard work and had piled up a bunch of brush to burn in our fire pit. We decided we would burn the brush and sit and watch for some meteors during the meteor shower, at about 955pm I had stood up to warm my back against the fire and I was facing the North West Sky I noticed this bright round light moving towards us just over the tree tops behind my house, I quickly noticed it did not have any flashing red white or green lights that are required on all aircraft, I said to my wife for her to look at this light coming towards us and over our head, as she saw it she said what is that I said , well I dont know for sure, I cant see any flashing lights like a normal aircraft would have, but we should hear some type of engine noise in a few seconds as it gets over our heads and past us which is normally the case when you see a normal aircraft going past you then you hear the engine. 

I also noticed that it appeared to be covering a large amount of distance way faster than any aircraft I have ever seen, and believe me I have seen many, I was an Air Force Brat since the age of 6 and I also almost 9 years active duty in the Air Force. 

I said to my wife Im gonna get my Binoculars that were in my truck approximately 30 feet away from us,I kind of fast walked over to it grabbed them and headed back towards my wife a few steps as I was about to lift the binoculars up towards the object she said in an excited voice it just changed direction, 

I quickly looked up to get a fix on it with my eyes so I could put my binoculars on it and it appeared to have moved in an easterly Direction form when I last saw it and it appeared to be in a hover for a second then just shot straight up and out of sight within about a sec to second and a half, enough to know that it was getting smaller and not simply the light going out. 

There was no sound at all. We had seen several aircraft flying around before we saw the object all had the typical flashing red , green type lights and sound, as well as after we saw the object. 

Having been around every imaginable aircraft in our arsenal as well as many other countries aircraft, I can tell you for a fact this was not one of our Known aircraft. I hope others were out watching the meteor shower and saw the same object.

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