UFO Sighting Report - USA
October 31st 2008 : Salem/Silverton, Oregon
Salem/Silverton, Oregon Triangular Craft
Date: October 31, 2008
Time: Between 7:15 and 7:25 p.m.
Hi there, As I was doing some research trying to see if anyone saw the same UFO (meaning Unidentified, I as a huge plane enthusiast couldn't identify) I ran across an article written by you, so I hoped that I could write in to you about what I, and my family (4 of us total) saw.
Driving East on Hazel Green NE, about 1/2 mile North of Central Howell, between 7:15 and 7:25, my younger sister looked up in the sky and said "Woah, (name removed), that is a cool plane! What type is it?" I looked up and was completely confused. It was a triangular object with 3 bright strobe like lights at each corner, one at the tip closest to us was the brightest. There were no landing/taxi lights on it to indicate that it was an aircraft that fell into FAA flight regulations. It seemingly hovered, and was maybe a quarter of a mile away from us, if that, and as we went on we realized that it was moving slowly sidewise parallel to us. As an aeronautics nut, I would estimate that it was at maybe 1,500 feet, but I'm leaning more towards 750-1250 feet. After about a minute to a minute and a half it immediately went into a rapid climb of about 45,000 feet per minute, exceeding that of a F-15 Eagle which has a full afterburner climb rate of ~30,000 Feet Per Second.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
It was on October 31, 2008. A correction I would like to make was I had said "feet per second" when I had meant to say "feet per minute".
I would guesstimate that it would be about 30 feet from light to light.
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When it went into it's rapid climb it was still moving like a crab, slowly sideways (or so it appeared), it's climb started slow, almost unnoticeable, but then it just shot up like a bullet out of a gun, almost like a fighter jets afterburner, added ignition, then it's gone. At the time the weather was cloudy, with scattered drizzles, so it would of had to climb quite rapidly to lose sight of it as quickly as we did, but also makes it a bit harder to guess rate of climb as you have sight on it for less time.
Thanks for the speedy response. Have a good rest of your day.
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