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UFO Sighting Report


June, 12, 2005


Brockport, New York, United States


Back in 2005, I had close visual contact with a ufo while flying a Cessna 180. The contact was during the time I was a student pilot. The ufo was the size of a soccer ball. The total event lasted about 2 minutes.

Date Reported:

3/29/2013 3:00:50 AM

Sighting Time: 

5:00 pm



No. of Witnesses: 



about 2 minutes

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

circular, grayish object. It appeared to have texture or dimension, but nothing that I can remember, however, it looked as if it had high and low spots on its surface.

Size of Object(s)

This object was nearly touching my Cessna, so I am quite certain about the size. It was about the size of a soccer ball.

Description of Area / Surroundings

AS noted, I was flying above a small class 'E' airport in a rural area. This airport has no tower or ATC. I know of no such military installations in the immediate area. I am not aware of any power plants in the vicinity. Its mostly residential and farming

Full Description & Details

This is the first time I have ever told this story to the general public. It was during the time I was working on my private pilots license. The date is an estimate.

On about June 15th, 2005, I thought it was a great day for flying, so I called my flight instuctor and the both of us met at the Ledgedale Airpark in Brockport, NY. I was a student pilot at the time, so the instructor told me to fly solo but noted I should fly only the Ledgedale flight pattern and perform 'touch and go's' so he was able to visually evaluate me from the ground. So while flying the pattern, I was on the downwind leg when I noticed a metallic round figure at 12 O'clock and at the same altitude. At first, I couldn't estimate the distance because I wasn't sure what the object was. Within 5 to 10 seconds, the object positioned itself at my 2 or 3 O'clock and at a distance of 15 to 20 feet from the aircraft. My Cessna was traveling at about 85 to 90 mph. It stayed at this position for the remainder of the leg (40 seconds). After turning left for my base leg, I lost track of the object.

The object appeared to be about 12 to 18 inches in diameter and had a grayish appearance. It looked like a steel ball. Against the overcast sky, this thing would be very difficult to see from the ground. In fact, when I landed, I couldnt wait to discuss the object with my instructor, but sadly, he didnt see it, so I felt a little weird talking about it. Strangely, I sort of remember it having a slight texture, but I was so nervous, I dont remember the detail of the texture, except to say it appeared to have a beveled surface with high and low spots.

There was no doubt this was intellegently controled. From the beginning to the end, this object made deliberate movements to approach my airplane. Furthermore, it appeared to be stationary for about 40 seconds, despite the fact we were both traveling 80-90 mph.

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

When I first made visual contact with the object, I thought it was a child's balloon. When the object came within 20 to 40 feet, it was very clear it was NOT a child's balloon. Balloons dont usually travel 90 miles an hour on a calm windless day.

Witness Background

Gov't worker. Completed 4 year degree program in political Science

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

Prior to this event, I had no opinion on ufo's and had little knowledge about other sightings. Since that day, I have been actively searching the internet for other people who might have had a similar experience.

Other Comments

At the time of the sighting, I was a student pilot with less than 50 hours in the cockpit. Due to my inexperience with airplanes, this quickly became a freightning experience. I felt very helpless. However, once I was on the ground, I was a bit relieved and very excited about the sighting.

Reported Sighting? 


Your Location: 

Rochester, NY