Published: 12:12 PM 5/18/2011
Tennessee - 08-03-03
My son and I were working on his car when I noticed a small obscure object emerging from clouds to my NW.
As my son watched the object, I went inside and retrieved binoculars. Upon returning, my son and I were amazed at what we were watching.
It was a metallic, copper-colored (with darker burned spots) perfect disc-shaped object.
It slowly moved toward us, occasionally moving back into clouds. I went back inside and retrieved an old VHS camcorder, returned with my wife and began taping.
As my son and wife watched thru binoculars, I taped the object as it performed complex maneuvers, moving toward the south, ever closer to my location.
I recorded the object for some 12-15 minutes.
To describe the object is simple, It was a perfect disc-shaped object with absolutely no features, no structures, highly reflective (as it reflected sunlight), silent and demonstrating controlled flight.
After the object got at its closest (approximately 8000 feet distant), it moved away to the west behind trees.
I immediately called the FAA control tower at the Tri Cities airport to inquire if they had seen anything on their radar since this sighting was in the direct flight path to the airport and was told no, that unless the object had a transponder, their radar was not set up to see it.
I also called the national Weather service office in Morristown and received wind data for that day at height.
All wind at every level the object occupied was from the west, the direction the object left, proving powered flight.
I also requested approximate distance to the clouds from my location using coordinates. The cumulus cloud bank from which the object emerged when we first saw it was approximately 5 miles distant from me at 16:30 hours.
The video was shared with Dr. Bruce Maccabee for analysis. He also asked for and received a video shot with the same camera of a yard stick at 50 measured feet, also zoomed and normal.
Maccabee's analysis was thorough and very professional. He surmised the object was some 35 feet in diameter and had an aspect ratio of 6 to 1.
Distance varied greatly from the camera to the object. Maccabee also stated the object was displaying flight characteristics which defied laws of physics.
I originally submitted all this info (including statements from the NWS regarding wind data) to MUFON by paper forms back in 2003.