Appearance / Description of Object(s)
Blue, glowing sphere. It didn't have a trail, but it did have a haze-like halo. Perhaps this was just the contrast against the deep blue sky that day.
Size of Object(s)
Relative size, perhaps two inches. Actual size, maybe a Volkswagen or smaller.
Description of Area / Surroundings
Residential area in a small town (actually a village) in southern Ohio. Wright-Patterson AFB is about 45 miles away. The object was flying in that direction.
Full Description & Details
On a clear summer day in late June of 1965, my brother and I were visiting friends a few blocks away. I was 14 years old and my brother was 16. My brother was sitting on the porch talking with our friends, but I had drifted towards the edge of the road standing just outside the shade of a tree. I looked up into the sky and was watching the jet trail of a distant aircraft.
Suddenly, something caught my attention from the corner of my eye. I was still staring up into the sky and turned my head left towards what caught my eye. I saw a glowing sphere as it moved into view past the tree I was standing near. I yelled for my brother to come see, but I never took my eyes off the object. He was reluctant to come over. When he finally did and I was pointing at it, perhaps he focused on it for a second before it became hidden by the trees the next block over. He assured me that he had saw it, though.
So, since it disappeared from view when blocked by the trees one block away, it was relatively low in altitude. It looked as if it were 50 to 75 feet high and traveling about 20 miles an hour. It was a steady glowing blue with a kind of halo around it. It moved in a straight line maintaining a constant altitude. In other words, it didn't move up or down in the slightest way. The entire viewing time was a mere nine to ten seconds, but plenty of time to take in its features and know that it was something very unusual.
Despite the fact that it was a bright summer sky, I had no problem seeing it clearly. It made no sound, had no wings, windows, or protrusions of any kind. It appeared to be perfectly spherical in shape.
More recently, through the use of aerial photography, I measured the length from the trees of the street I was standing near, to the next block. That's how I got an estimate of it's speed. I also extended the line it was traveling, and it would have intersected Wright-Patt Field in Dayton. There may not have been a connection, but I wonder.
Later I joined the Navy and became an Electronic Warfare Technician. I had to be keenly aware of sounds and visual data. I've traveled around the world and have seen many military aircraft and natural phenomena, but never anything like this again. I saw a video (or film) on "In Search Of," or some show like it around 1978, and they showed a blue sphere flying about the same height over the tree tops around sunrise or dawn. I immediately said, "That's just like what I saw." The perspective was different of course. The video was shot from a side view, while I saw it almost directly above (about 80 degrees from horizontal). Nevertheless, the mind adjusts for this, and I instantly realized that this was how it would have looked, had I been further away.
That's what I saw. It wasn't Venus, a comet, fireworks, a balloon, or any other such thing. It was exactly as I've described. I don't make up stories for attention or any other reason. If I were inclined to make up stories, I could make up a more exciting one than this. Also, I'm not on drugs nor do I have any mental disorders (at least not that I'm aware of). LOL. So, for what it's worth, I assure you this happened.
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
It can't be explained by a natural object. It could be man-made, though I'm not aware of such an aircraft. Perhaps an object for surveillance. It flew perfectly horizontal and had a means of propulsion, so it was being flown or guided by some kind of intelligence.
I was in the U.S. Navy for 8 years and held a Secret clearance. I was honorably discharged and am a Viet Nam vet, as a sailor serving aboard an aircraft carrier. I have a degree in electronics with a computer major.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
Before this I hadn't really thought about UFOs. Later when I joined the Navy, I did read books on UFOs and other unexplained things. I also read books on psychology, meditation, and hypnosis as well.
Reported Sighting? No
Name: Alan Duron
Your Location: Wilmington, Ohio