6/13/2006 10:25:23 PM
Appearance / Description of Object(s)
Traingular Shape - black colored lights on the bottom- no other lights observed approximately 300 ft across completely silent moved slowly app. 30- 40 mph
Size of Object(s)
The object was pretty low for a flying craft app. 500 ft. if I held my arms straight out over my head my hands would be about 2.5 ft apart from wing tip to wing tip.
Distance to Object(s) & Altitude
it was approximately 500 ft high speed was app 30 - 40 mph
Description of Area / Surroundings
in town of Florence,SC - residential area Air Force base about 40 miles West Was travelling toward the coast which is about 65 miles away
Full Description & Details
My sighting occurred in the fall of 1971 in Florence, SC. Around dusk one evening I went out to the backyard and as soon as I went out I noticed something dark overhead. I looked up and saw it up close and personal! The largest object I had ever seen in the sky in my entire life. A large, black triangular craft was passing directly overhead. The first thing that I noticed about it was the size and how low it was. It had to be about 300 ft across from tip to tip and about half that distance from front tip to the rear. It was perfectly silent and I couldn't hear any sound at all coming from it. It was awesome! It was also moving very slowly and I remembered thinking that it moved too slow to remain air born for its size. There were lights on the bottom of various colors - yellow, blue, orange, red. I don't remember the order of the colors but they were dimly lit and were evenly spaced from one wing tip to the other. It was approximately 500 feet high and the width of it would be about 2.5 feet at arms length. I saw no markings of any kind or any other lights other than the colored lights on the bottom. I saw no visual evidence of an engine or any engine exhaust. As I stated earlier it was completely silent. I watched it until it traveled (east) out of sight. Just as it got out of my sight 4 fighter jets came screaming over going in the same path as the UFO. There is an Air Force base (Shaw AFB) about 40 miles away and I assume they came from there. I never heard anything on the news about a UFO sighting and I didn't report it to the Air Force because my parents said we weren't going to be laughed at by the neighbors for reporting a UFO. I did see this object and I know it was a vehicle and not a cloud or swamp gas or the planet Venus. I was confused at the time because I had never heard of triangular shaped UFOs, I thought all UFOs were saucer or cigar shaped. Since then I have heard of the black triangular UFOs in the 90s, and the one seen in Arizona in 1997 seems very similar to what I saw.
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
no way - it was nothing from this world.
I am a Computer Technician; I have college degree. I also have electronics training and work experience. I primarily work in manufacturing environments. I recently worked in a research and developent lab for a major appliance manufacturer for 12 years.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
I believe they exist obviously, but I'm not convinced as others are that they come from outer space. Before my sighting I was not a believer nor a dis-believer in UFOs. I had heard of them of course but I just didn't know if I believed in them or not. Now I do. I had read some things in those grocery store tabloids but the photos in those papers looked fake to me so I wasn't sure they were true. I was raised in a religious family where things like UFOs just did not fit in to our faith. Now I know that they exist but I don't know who or what is piloting them. I hope the government will release the truth about them one day.
Your Location:Florence, SC, USA