5/26/2006 3:54:12 AM
Appearance / Description of Object(s)
Completely black and complately triangular except for a small rectangular "bar" at one apex.
Size of Object(s)
the object was an equliateral (or very close) triangle with sides of possibly 30 to 40ft. The objects relative size became bigger as we approached it and drove underneath but my fingers would never have been more than a few inches apart even at the closest point.
Description of Area / Surroundings
The sighting took place on the M9 (M80) motorway near Stirling in Scotland. Theis is a very rural area of Scotland with only small towns dotted either side of the motorway. I am unsure whether there are any military bases nearby, but the oil refineries at Grangemouth would have been fairly close.
Full Description & Details
On Sunday 6 July 1997 at about 18:30 we were driving back from a volleyball tournament in Perth. It was a beautiful clear summer evening, there were four of us in the car (I was sitting in the front passenger seat), and I think we had just passed Stirling when I noticed a strange object directly above the motorway in front of us. I asked the driver if he could see it and he said he could. I then asked him if he’d ever seen anything like it and he said he hadn’t. It was hard to tell exactly how big the craft was or how far away. My best guess is that it was a bit wider than the wingspan of a small two-seater aeroplane, and that it was flying at no more than a few hundred feet above us. It certainly wasn’t anything like as high as a passenger jet - more like the height you see helicopters flying when you can still see the pilot inside. Because it seemed fairly close, we were able to get a very good look at the craft as we approached it and then passed underneath. It appeared to be very flat as we couldn’t really see any height to it at all - all we ever really saw was the triangular underside of the craft. (Diagram 1 shows how the object looked as we approached it from “behind”.) It must have been either hovering or travelling very slowly since we appeared to catch up with it and pass underneath it in much the same time as we would have if it had been standing still (we were probably travelling at about 80mph). I remember actually asked the driver if he knew which way it was moving and he said no. (Diagram 2 shows how the object looked from directly underneath.) I remember the shape very clearly and apart from the “T-bar” at the “front”, the rest of the craft was completely uniform and triangular. The craft was totally black, there were no markings of any kind that we could make out, there appeared to be no source of propulsion, and we couldn’t hear any noise at all as we passed below (although being in the car it’s not clear whether we would have been able to hear anything anyway).
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
The object was certainly not a natural phenomenon of any kind. I suppose it could have been some sort of stealth aircraft, the black colour and triangular shape are probably the best evidence for this. However, the stealth aircraft I have seen still look a bit like conventional aircraft. This was, or appeared to be, completely flat, it was completely triangular - we couldn't even really tell which end was the front, it had no visible source of propulsion, it had nothing, not even joins, underneath suggesting anywhere that landing gear could be stowed, and it appeared to be hovering or travelling very slowly - I heard somehere that current stealth aircraft have a minimum air speed of around 100mph (?).
At the time of the sighting described above I was just about to start my final year at university. I would have been 31 at the time. The occupations of the other witnesses in the car at the time were a policeman, a teacher (I think) and the other I don't know. The reason I don't know for certain is that these were friends from a volleyball team (I had been playing at a tournament in Perth in Scotland on the weekend in question) who had offered to give me a lift home after the tournament.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
I had an open mind before but didn't think much about them although I still probably knew more about them than the average person. I have always had an interest in "fringe-scientific" topics but UFOs were nowhere near top of the list. Since this sighting my interest has grown considerably and I have become an avid watcher of the skies. I have also had four subsequent sightings (2 daytime, one dusk, and one nighttime, all with other witnesses and 3 in the same place oddly enough - above the Oval Cricket ground in London) and while each was a bit odd in its own way, none were anything like the clear sighting of an obviously structured craft seen at close quarters describd above.
Reported To:Friends, family and more recently to a few UFO researchers via their website