Published: 1:36 PM 1/23/2013
While stationed at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, USA in late July or early August 1977 at approx. 2300 hours, I was witness to a UFO which was hovering directly on the runway.
I know that having flying objects on an airbase is not something unusual, but
in this case it was very different.
It was pitch black out on the taxiway, when all of a sudden, a bright light appeared over the runway. It was bright to the eye, but did not light up much around it including the runway approximately 200 feet below object.
There was no sound whatsoever.
I have seen and heard Harriers practicing maneuvers over this same runway before and you can hear their engines easily and distinctly when they maneuver around.
This object hovered for several minutes. I had just finished working on an airplane and was waiting for my pickup back to the shop.
I decided I would go get a closer look at this hovering light. It was a disk shaped, bright object was all I could tell, about 30 feet in length; maybe 10 feet in width.
I got maybe within 300 feet when it took off so fast that if I had blinked I would not have seen it go almost completely skyward like a rocket, only faster, but in a swerving motion toward space and out of sight.
The very next day I was being question by a special investigation team as to what I had seen. I was told later it was seen by the Mountain Home AFB tower personnel as well as Boise airport tower personnel and all radar equipment.
I was questioned several more times and then was told I was not to mention it anymore, that it was a SR-71 Blackbird and was a secret takeoff. (It sounded like a cover story to me.)
I have seen an SR-71 take off and it does not fly as fast as that object did, nor does it hover.
Sky was clear and the stars were easily visible. No other aircraft were running or being moved. No time loss. There was no smells. The only other concrete data that was probably available at the time was from the base ATC and Boise airport ATC radars.
If photos were taken, I do not know.
My workmate refused to make any comments or accept what he saw. Any of the other witnesses names were not shared with me.
I have never read nor heard any more of this incident since it happened. I would be interested if any other information can be found out about this incident, since it was investigated by the suits (non-military type).