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UFO Sighting Report


December, 31, 2009


Buhl, Idaho, United States


White ball of light flying approximately 75 feet above ground level.

Date Reported:

11/30/2011 6:25:33 PM

Sighting Time: 

7:00 AM



No. of Witnesses: 



1 minute

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

Ball of white light (round), no other colored lights, no blinking, no wings, no helicopter rotor blades.

Size of Object(s)

About 4 feet across.

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

Closest distance was about 75 feet away, flying at about 75 feet above ground level.

Description of Area / Surroundings

On the plateau above the Snake River in the Magic Valley of southern Idaho. The area near the highway has a gradual upturning slope on left, flat on the right side.

Full Description & Details

Driving on Highway 30 about 20 minutes before sunrise, I noticed a white light on my left hand side. At the time, it was probably about 1/4 mile away on the left side of my vehicle. As I drove, I realized it was a ball of white light that was flying and not just a light from another source. The ball of white light passed in front of my vehicle about 75 feet away and at about 75 feet above ground level. The size of the ball of light was fairly small, it did not fill up the windshield of my dodge truck. I would say it was flying about the speed of a slow flying helicopter. There was no blinking lights, such as wing tip lights/collision lights or any other colored lights. The ball of white light kept flying away from my truck on the right side and I watched it for a short time until I was too far down the road to see the light.

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

Not conventional man-made or natural object.

Witness Background

I had recently retired from the U.S. Air Force at the time of the sighting. I was a C-130 Loadmaster for 16 years. I gained many flying hours working with close flying aircraft at all times of the day and night. I know how helicopters and fixed wing aircraft look and sound at the range I saw this flying object, and I know it was not a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I believed in the possibility of alien aircraft, believed people were seeing things that cannot be explained in conventional terms and have had relatives see UFOs at a time in history when conventional airplanes were still relatively new.

Other Comments

My background in military aviation leads me to conclude that this was not anything that we overtly have in the US military.

Reported Sighting? 


Reported To: 

Another UFO reporting site.


Marie Shipley

Your Location: 

Buhl, Idaho, USA



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