UFO Sighting Report - USA
July 1998/1999 : 35 Miles NW Of Spokane, Washington
About 35 Miles NW Of Spokane, Washington
Date: July 1998 or 1999
Time: Between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m.
Location of Sighting: about 35 miles NW of Spokane, Wa.
Number of witnesses: 1
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Looked like a helicopter.
Full Description of event/sighting: I am retired since this incident and am a full time RV'er now. I was working as a hydro-operator out of Spokane, Wa. at the time of this sighting. I was on night shift and we take care of 2 dams. Only one man on by himself at night. The 2 dams are only 5 miles apart and have fiber-optics strung between them and can operate both dams from one site. In the summer time we operate the dams until after the peak loads drop off at night then shut them down. We ran until midnight this particular night and I shut the plants down. Then there is a lot of paper work to do to turn in to the dispatcher after midnight. So after all the paper work was done and reported, I got in the pick-up and drove to the other dam to check things out and make sure everything was O.K. Part of operating procedure. This second dam sits at the bottom of a canyon, and after checking the plant out, I came out of the building to head back to the other dam and noticed a light appear over the rim of the canyon.
It was an aircraft of some sort and had only one light, it appeared to be a spotlight, on the front of the craft. It was low and flying very slow, and made no noise. It very quickly disappeared over the other rim, heading in a southwest direction. I got in the pickup and went up the switchbacks and leveled out, it's a straight road for about 2 miles back out to the main highway. When I reached the top, I could see the craft again, still heading in a southwest direction. There's a range of small hills a few miles off in that direction, and the craft was nearly over the top of them and about to disappear. But it made a U-turn and came back in the same direction it came from. It was heading right for me, paralleling the road I was on. As it got near, I pulled the truck over and stepped out to get a better look.
When I stepped out, the craft changed course and flew directly over the top of me. There was no moon out that night, but a crystal clear night with a lot of stars. The craft couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 hundred feet over head. I could see a perfect silhouette of the craft as it went over. There was no noise, no chopping of the air by blades, no throb of an internal combustion engine. Just barely a whisper, almost as if you only imagined it, of a hum. The silhouette looked like a helicopter to me. I'm no authority on aircraft, but I thought maybe a Comanchee. It had little stubby wings on it, and a bit of a bulbous nose on the front, where the spotlight was still on.
I had always thought this was a helicopter, maybe some kind of stealth technology. I scoured the internet looking for anything about this, with no results. Then recently I read other reports of similar sightings as mine, calling them UFOs. Maybe that's what this was too. I know I've never seen anything like it before. I seen this same craft several times that summer. Always at night, and never as close as the first sighting. It was out in the same general area, and I would see it going back and forth between the plants. Always at a distance. It was always low and traveling in patterns, back and forth, like it was surveying something, or looking for something.
Thank you to the witness for the fascinating report.
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