Published: 5:09 AM 11/16/2014
It was RIGHT THERE; in front and above me...
Birmingham, Alabama - 11-14-14
I was driving home late morning up Arkadelphia. There were large trees along and over the street. I came to a clearing where you see lots of sky.
I noticed an object and did not think much about it because planes regularly cross going to the airport. It was still there.
I saw it was much larger than a commercial aircraft. Also, its structure was like a huge + sign with the core being thick tapering to the ends.
The ends had tree type antennas. The top one being huge, the ones on the sides smaller. I do not recall much about the bottom portion. It seemed to be a purely technical craft as it had tons, like way more than 50 (hundreds) of different kinds of antennas.
The core was structurally build like one would see on a military ship. Like everything had a purpose and no space was wasted.
I did not see anything that looked like windows or such and did not see anything that would indicate a propulsion system that I would recognize or guess at.
As I was driving North the unit did not move East or West, nor South that I could tell. About all airplanes that pass that way travel West to East, NE to the airport.
I got 3 to four good looks trying to study it as best I could while not stopping in the road and getting clobbered in the rear. Not much traffic usually there, but I was not wasting time to look in the mirror or anything.
Barely took time to glance ahead just to make sure I wasn't going to hit anything and I was still on the road.
As reached the part where the tree limbs blocked the sky view I was pretty darn under the thing, at least by my guess. I sped up to get to the street I turn right on (direction to the airport) about 1, 1.5 blocks away to see if I could see it headed toward the airport looking to my right.
I saw nothing, drove slow. Yea, I should have parked at the curb, ran back around the corner, but I didn't.
No photos, evidence or anything. A friend did ask me to try to draw what I saw. I grabbed a google image and did my sloppy best with notes if that is of interest. I'll include if there is an option for that. Sorry, I don't draw.
To me it was a very surprising, interesting opportunity and experience I wasn't expecting. I have not found any mention of this event online. Today I considered possibly going over to the college Monday, because it is right there to see if anybody there had seen or mentioned anything.
This thing was larger than a commercial jet. My gut felt it was like 3 times as long and wide. I was even trying to compare to how it would compare to the size of the nearby stadium and I thought it would fit in there quite nicely but stick up really high out of it.
It was RIGHT THERE; in front and above me. Due to its size it makes it difficult to estimate distance. I'd say 500-1500ft. I don't know what low altitude for planes is right there NOT that it was a plane because it wasn't.
A plane would have been moving to the airport. This thing stayed right there, unless it was mosying my direction, South.