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I have told of this event a number of times, always thinking that what I saw was much too large to have gone unnoticed by other people. Finally, an article in our local (Az. Republic) newspaper that I believe may refer to the event I recall.
One winter evening in approx. 1965, my Dad was in the front yard raking leaves as I stood nearby watching. It was around dusk, the sky was getting dark, but was not yet black. The largest object I have ever seen in the sky (other than the moon) passed overhead, not a sudden streak like a typical meteorite, but slower, so that we stopped and watched it pass over. I was 12 at the time, but my recollectin is that I thought it was nearly the size that the moon looks in the sky. It was bright, not so bright that it was hard to look at, but white, like the moon and with a short tapered tail of flame. The tail was not long, less than the diameter of the object in length, as I recall, and "flapping" a little. I don't recall any falling debris or secondary objects, and there was no sound that I remember.
The object did not appear to me to br crashing steeply toward the Earth, but passing overhead, or approaching at a shallow angle. From where I stood, the object was not straight overhead, but maybe 60 or 70 degrees above the horizon.
My address at the time was 185 Snowball Drive, in Levittown, Pa. I was standing with our house to my back and the object passed from my right to my left, which would mean it was travelling approximately Westward, maybe something between West and North, certainly not East or South.
After seeing the article in our local paper "Researcher (Leslie Kean) Seeks UFO Information from NASA," I believe what I must have seen was the "Russian Satellite" of Dec. 09, 1965. After all these years, I think I finally have the explanation I have long sought. Thought you might enjoy this recollection.
Engineering Dept., U-Haul Intl., 36 years.
Reported Sighting? No
Name: Martin Carty
Your Location: Tempe, Az. U.S.A.