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UFO Sighting Report


September, 1973


Visalia, California, United States


I saw three discs in daylight at a distance of about fifty yards.

Date Reported:

4/16/2012 9:58:25 PM

Sighting Time: 




No. of Witnesses: 



15 seconds

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

The three objects appeared to be metallic. I used to be a welder, and, to me, they looked like brushed stainless steel. They were flat on the bottom. From where I was standing, I couldn't see the tops, but they appeared to be flat on top also. They had fairly steeply sloping sides. They were thirty to forty feet in diameter.

Description of Area / Surroundings

A farm west of Visalia. I was on a dirt road separating a plum orchard from a grape vineyard.

Full Description & Details

I lived with my family on the ranch owned by the Wileman Brothers and Elliot company. I was walking along the edge of a vineyard when something caught my attention in the corner of my eye. I turned my head and looked east towards the city of Visalia. There, floating just above the tops of the valley oak trees were three flying discs. They were shaped like truncated cones: flat on the bottom and the top, with sides sloping at about a sixty degree angle. Their color was that of brushed stainless steel. There were two fairly close to each other, and the third was trailing them. This was about 4:30 in the afternoon, in broad daylight, and they were only forty or fifty yards away from me. I would say they were about ten meters in diameter. They were flying slowly, perhaps thirty miles an hour. I had a strong feeling that I was being observed, even though there were no windows or openings in the three craft. They could not possibly have been aircraft. They were completely silent.

I watched them fly down the length of the vineyard, about one hundred meters, and then fly over the valley oaks at the end of the field. My view was then somewhat obscured by the trees, but I saw a red streak in the sky going to the south and upwards, and then they were gone. It seemed that they had streaked away at great speed.

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


Witness Background

I am a retired elementary school teacher. At the time of the sighting in 1973, I was a high school senior, student pilot, and farm worker.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

My mother saw a UFO hovering over her backyard in rural Arkansas around 1932 when she was a young girl. It was silent, round, and had colored lights rotating around its rim. It was thirty or forty feet above her head. When I ran home, breathless, to tell her what I had seen, she was not at all surprised!

Reported Sighting? 


Reported To: 

Another UFO site


Gary Adams

Your Location: 

Madera, CA



Image Submitted by Witness:

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Comments about the image(s):

All three were shaped something like this.