Map of area showing
an estimated flight path of object. The direction of travel was from
West South West to East North East. The actual track may have been
further North or further south.
On August 12th 2003 at approximately 2:00 PM
Pacific Standard Time I received an Email from Peter Davenport of the National
UFO Reporting Center. Peter told me of a sighting report he had received as
the witness lived in the same city as I do.
I contacted the principal witness and arranged for a visit to his house that
evening. The gentleman had informed me that he had a video of the unidentified
flying object and he seemed very excited about it
I must admit that I did not expect much as the normal videos we get can be
divided into two categories. The first category is astronomical objects
interpreted as unidentified flying objects and the second category is video of
totally unidentifiable blobs distorted by overuse of digital zooming and
autofocus systems that canít focus on the object. I expected this video to be
of the second category.
I met the gentleman and his family and asked them to separately describe the
details of the sighting.
The gentlemanís wife was the first witness; she was seated at the kitchen
table near the west facing window. She told me that the time was approximately
6:20 PM and the date was Monday August 11th. The weather was clear and warm
with small scattered cumulus clouds covering less than 10 percent of the sky.
The witnessís attention was diverted outside the window by movement and
observed what appeared to be a balloon. The witness went outside and noticed
that the object was rotating clockwise on a horizontal axis facing the
witness. The witness told me that the object appeared to have an angular
diameter slightly larger than that of the full moon (1/2 degree). The object
seemed to be shiny on the side facing the witness with a dark centre. The
object then proceeded to tilt away from the witness revealing the fact that it
was disc shaped. The object continued to tip until the opposite side of the
disc was revealed. The witness said that this side had a reddish orange hazy
The witness yelled at her husband who came out to look and then ran inside to
get his new video camera. The husband ran out and attempted to video the
This witness had a problem in tracking the object with the camera which was
evident in the video as the object went in and out of focus and went in and
out of the video frame. The camera was a newly purchased JVC GR-D90U.
Although it is impossible to positively identify the object I am satisfied
that it is NOT an artifact of the camera, hoax, weather or any other kind of
balloon, aircraft, bird or insect.
For more information on this case and to view
the video clip, please visit the HBCC UFO website at: