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UFO Sighting Report


January, 1983


Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom


Large, low flying , silent and slow inverted trapezoid witnessed by two other people that I know of (who chased it in a car through Stoke village) as well as two other members of my family.

Date Reported:

4/17/2006 10:37:43 AM

Comments about the image(s): Drawing by the witness. (Note that the object in the drawing is not proportional in size to the airplane or houses.)

Sighting Time: 




No. of Witnesses: 



15 - 20 minutes

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

From my sister's description (she observed it firstly and in greater detail) it was a large inverted cone with an obtuse (flattened) triangular base - the top of it which bore the red lights moving from corners to apex and back again. I.e. an inverted trapezoid.

Size of Object(s)

I'd estimate 100 ft across and 200 ft deep.

Description of Area / Surroundings

We were living in Crownhill which is a high up part of Plymouth overlooking a valley between residential estates and the naval base in view towards the west , the ufo seemed to be traversing from a south west to north west trajectory over the city.

Full Description & Details

It was my younger sister who alerted us (my mother and I) to come and view a large 4 sided trapezoid, like an inverted cone with a triangular rather than flat bottom. My sister saw more of it than I saying she saw lit up windows on it and it was apparently following a dash 7 commercial airplane on route to land at Plymouth airport.

By the time I and my mother came out to see it, it had moved over the other side of Whitleigh valley and seemed to have descended to a very low height, skimming over rooftops. I estimated its size to be about 100 -150 ft across. The top of it had two red lights which moved from the object's two top corners in sequence towards the apex of the upper point of the inverted cone and back down again to the corners. As it was night this was the only way it could now be tracked as the lit 'windows' were not observible. My mother and I watched this silently slow moving ufo traverse in a north-easterly direction until it faded from view. The local paper the next day reported that a couple of women in a car had also observed this object and attempted to follow it as far as they could in their vehicle. I believe it had also been observed flying over the local naval base which is a refitting yard for nuclear submarines. There have been numerous other sightings of ufo's around this dockyard area.

I was most impressed by the object's size and ability to float silently and so low over the Whitleigh and Crownhill estates apparently mere metres above the rooftops!

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

It was far too big and too quiet and too slow to be explained terrestrially and also too low to be an airship or balloon with those moving lights it was inexplicable .

Witness Background

I am a trained laboratory technician with a university background. I was only 13 years of age at the time of the sighting

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I was open-minded, my grandfather had told me of a saucer-shaped sighting he made in Coventry during the 1950's, the experience was very enlightening unlike anything before and has changed my outlook on life. I was a sceptical enquirer before the encounter which turned me into a believer.

Other Comments

I make this report mainly because I have not come across many reports of ufo's which conform to this particular configuration. I mainly hear about saucer or disk - type or cigar shaped objects. Yet, this inverted trapezoid object which was so apparently huge seems totally extra-terrestrial and I hope that it stimulates others to report objects they may have observed no matter how outlandish and incomprehensible that they might have witnessed.

Reported Sighting? 



T. Tyler

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