June 21st 1969

Ronkonkoma, L.I, New York Multi-Colored Lights (UFO)

Date: June 21, 1969
Time: 11:00 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Unknown

Full Description of event/sighting: A teenage friend (age 18) and myself (age 17) were lying in the grass on our backs in a school playground at about 11:00 pm at night. After a short conversation about the days events, my friend pointed to a cloudless sky and told me that he previously learned about the location and names of constellations in science class and began pointing out the little dipper, the Big Dipper and the names of certain other star formations for me. As we were scanning the horizon, my friend happened to notice 3 colored lights that appeared to be close by. It was dark of course, but I would estimate the lights to be about two miles away and about one mile high above the ground. We were with-in 5 miles of an airport, so the occasional appearance of multi-colored lights of small aircraft in the sky was not unusual, and we both agreed that this is probably what the lights were and continued to scan the sky's looking for other interesting constellations.

About 15 minutes later, my friend looked to the horizon again and brought to my attention that the multi-colored lights were still in the same place as they were before. We naturally thought that this was very odd, but decided that it was either another airplane traveling the same flight path or the same plane had circled and just happened to be in the same location that we were looking. We quickly went back to observing the stars.

Some time later, about 20 minutes, I happened to look in the direction of what we both dismissed as a airplane sighting, and again, in the very same place and of the exact orientation, I saw the same multi-colored lights. I quickly brought it to the attention of my friend and together we tried to come up with a rational explanation as to why and how an object could suspend itself in the air in the same exact place, for that length of time. I finally came to the conclusion that it must be a helicopter, but my friend reminded me that helicopters are extremely noisy and it was a very quiet night with no breezes. If the object was a helicopter, we would definitely hear the sound of the engine and rotor blades.

By now, we were both puzzled and intrigued, and our attention was now focused directly on the object for about 10 minutes. As we stared at the lights, I strained to make out some kind of outline or silhouette of the object, but I could not see any definite shape because the object seemed to absorb what little light was available and blend into the night sky. Just as we were discussing what this thing could be, it suddenly moved at tremendous speed to our left at a 45 degree angle upward, about 5 miles in the sky, paused for a brief second, and then accelerated straight upwards to the very outer stratosphere of the Earth, then stopped, hovered, appearing as a point of light for a second or two, and then suddenly propelled itself into deep space at an even faster speed then I had ever seen any man-made aircraft fly. The acceleration was so abrupt, and the angles of maneuver were so sharp, it is hard to believe that any living thing inside the craft could survive the G-Forces involved.

My friend and I looked at each other in astonishment, all I could say to him was "Woa", "What was that?". The next day, we told all are friends. Some of are friends believed us, but most did not. However, those that did not believe us, could not come up with an explanation either. I am in my 50's now, but I will never forget the experience, and the memory of it is still fresh in my mind like it happened yesterday. Whatever this object was, it moved so fast that it appeared surreal. At the age of 17 years old, I was a ("I don't believe it, unless I see it") kind of a young man, and I certainly did not believe in extraterrestrial spacecraft, but after this 1969 sighting, I soon changed my opinion.

Thank you to the eyewitness for their report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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