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UFO Sighting Report


December, 24, 1980


San Rafael, California, United States


While driving with my Mother and 5 year old sister, me and my mother saw a UFO. It was round and silver with ambient lights. Followed by 3 black helicopters.

Date Reported:

4/20/2011 1:35:27 PM



No. of Witnesses: 



10 minutes

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

It was round like a perfect circle. It was close to us, So it was about the size of my house, or 2 7-11 stores. (I'm not good at math, sorry) It was silver. I only saw the bottom of it. It had lights that were ambient, or occluded from view. They were blinking and if I remember right they were blue and white. It had some panelling near the lights meaning it was not just silver and lights but honestly I can't exactly remember the panelling well. It had perfect movement and incredible speed. Apparently we were the only people to see the thing, other than the helicopter pilots.

Size of Object(s)

About the size of a small house, bigger than a 7-11. Height-(unknown) Filled most of the sky because it was directly above us.

Description of Area / Surroundings

A rural part of the suburbs. There were train tracks on the left, A few spread out houses on the right. No street lights there still to this day.

Full Description & Details

t was christmas eve 1980 and I was a ten year old boy. My mom had to do some very very last minute shopping at the Northgate Mall in Terra Linda. We shopped until the mall closed at 11:00 pm. That is the time all the doors closed. We left the Mall around 11:05. So we took the Los Ranchitos Road to drive back to Santa Venetia. So about 2 minutes later my mom all of a sudden started freaking out. She was panicking and saying to me, "Did you see that? Oh my god! Conan! What is that? I said, "See what?" ..."Where?" I did not see anything around. I looked over at my mom and for some reason she was looking out of the driver's side window, but looking up, at the sky. So I rolled down the window and looked directly up. What I was about to see was an incredible and unbelievable sight. I saw a flying disc shaped U.F.O. I could not believe my eyes. It was right there, just sort of hanging in the sky. It was moving at a slow speed. Obviously my mom, thank God, had stopped the car to view it. I could not believe how my mother even saw this thing in the first place, because it was so dark out. It was not making any sound that I could hear. It was also not hovering like a helicopter or a boat in water. It was moving perfect, approximately about 1/2-1 a mile an hour. It was about 35-40 feet directly above our car, a blue chevrolet. I looked at this thing and said, "WOOOOOOOOW!!!! COOOL!"

It was absolutely the most incredible thing that I have ever seen in my entire life and will never forget that moment in time. So after looking at it for about a 1/2 a minute, The thing all of a sudden stopped, moved up maybe 50 feet and shot off towards China Camp, or San Pablo Bay. Moving at the fastest speed I have ever seen, nor will ever again. It was near some train tracks and a hill. Then we were still on the side of the road looking around, and about 4 seconds later we heard helicopters. They were chasing the craft obviously. There were 3 black helicopters. The kind that belong on an army base. They had coast guard or army grade engines, I could tell. That was what I saw....Oh when we got back home it was 12:30 am and my father said we were late and was angry at my mother. He thought we had gone somewhere else. Apparently we have some lost time issue with this thing. I told my dad that we went to the mall. That's my story.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

Not man made. Never seen or heard of anything like what I saw.

Witness Background

Student of digital arts.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I believe there are UFO's. I had heard stories before.

Other Comments

True story.

Reported Sighting? 


Reported To: 



Conan Greenfield

Your Location: 

San Rafael



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