8/18/2013 7:22:28 PM
Appearance / Description of Object(s)
As above ---Fat Cigar shape, no windows, no wings, no visible means of propulsion. The sun was bright that day and reflecting off the hull that was some sort of metal---solid, no wavering skin as in a weather balloon. I would say a "bronze" color.
Size of Object(s)
In comparing it to the winged aircraft, I would say it was comparable to the size of the airliners in the sky over the Charlotte airport. The body, that is. Guessing at least 1 inch between thumb and forefinger, maybe slightly more.
Distance to Object(s) & Altitude
I do not think that it was more than a mile away, and guessing 2 to 3,000 feet.
Description of Area / Surroundings
Shelby, NC is approx. 45 miles west of Charlotte. We were sitting on a dock that extended out into the water at least 30 feet. No obstructing view what so ever.
Full Description & Details
At first I could not believe that I was FINALLY seeing a UFO! I am former U.S. Air Force and a crew member on flight status. I immediately began eliminating what it was NOT! It was BELOW the clouds, so it could not be an object in space. I estimated it's height at about 2 to 3,000 feet. It was traveling SILENTLY, actually FLOATING through the air. Normal aircraft "fight" the air and I was seeing several winged aircraft in the area above and south of the object, i.e., near the Charlotte NC airport.
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
No to blimps, weather balloons, satellites as noted above!
Medical Professional---Master's degree, both teaching and clinical backgrounds, with one side profession, as noted above.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
I have had military, christian family members, and, as noted above, responsible individuals who had witnessed strange things in the sky. I was on duty one night in an Air Force base listening to radio chatter when they got real excited about "something flying over the base at a very high rate of speed. "Look at that dam thing go!!!" Did not try to scramble stand by jet after it, as it was there to be seen and then gone. This was an Air Defense Base with 101B Voodoo fighter-bombers. There were nuclear materials in a heavy fortified area on the ground.
I knew what I had been told by folks that I believed had seen unexplained objects in the sky. Until that day, I believed what I had been told by others, who had seen such. But after that day, I became a BELIEVER that we are being visited. In the above Forest Ranger School, we had a retired Air Force Navigator on B-52s, who reported sightings to us---he said that he never reported such to command, as they would place him, and the other crew members, on suspicion for such.
Reported To:Lady friend who later called my attention to a similar sighting of same object in the area north of Raleigh that same afternoon.
Your Location:Winston Salem, NC, USA