UFO Sighting Report - USA
April 12th 2008 : I-5, South of Napavine, Washington
UFOINFO Sighting Form Report
Location: About two miles south of Napavine, Washington on I-5.
Date: April 12, 2008
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: End appeared to be flat, the rest was indistinct.
Weather Conditions: Clear
Description: Two friends and I were traveling south on I-5. I was in the back on the passenger side. As we passed through a dark stretch of the freeway, I looked out at the half moon and stars. This was the first clear night in a while and the visibility of the sky in the darkness was excellent.
I noticed white strobe lights from a distant plane from the west, lower and to the right of the moon. This wasn't the usual single blinking strobe I see on planes, but a burst of several flashes of varying intensity lasting a fraction of a second and repeating every couple of seconds. I figured I was either seeing several strobes on a distant plane or perhaps a new way for planes to digitally identify themselves with their strobes.
As it approached I saw that flashes were coming from a single strobe on what I guess was the front of the craft. The middle of the craft had a single red light on the bottom, about the same color and brightness of a light on an antenna tower. It was perfectly round and didn't appear to have a source -- the entire round area was evenly lit as if were passing through frosted glass. The red light cast a halo of light back up to the bottom of the craft. Unfortunately this halo didn't extend to the edges of the craft and the lack of other light sources in the black sky made it impossible to determine its shape. The area lit in the halo appeared flat and very reflective. The light did not change its color or its intensity.
I asked my friend in the passenger seat if she could see "the plane with the red light". She said yes, but wasn't interested in it.
As the craft passed above the car, a third source of light became visible. It looked like a white or slightly green light was being projected from the back of the craft and was lighting up the haze in an oval shape behind it. I couldn't see the source of this light but the back of the craft cast a straight horizontal silhouette against the oval which made it look like the end of the craft was straight. Like the red light, it wasn't wide enough for me to see the craft's entire width.
It was about 30 seconds from when I first saw the flashes to when it passed over the car. I couldn't see it from the other side due to a hill and trees. It kept a slow straight path from west to east over the freeway. Although I can't estimate its altitude, it was very high up since its path remained fixed against the background of stars as we traveled perpendicular to it. At its closest point, it was the length of the half moon from strobe to tail light and the part of the end of the craft that was visible was slightly wider than the widest part of the half moon.