posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 11:43 AM
First off, let me be honest and say that I believe that 99% of UFO sightings are either hoaxes or explainable by cases of mistaken indentity.
However, I am finally going to come out of the closet when it comes to a personal experience I had when I was ten years old that I have never shared
with anyone - including my wife.
It was June of 1979 and Skylab was in its final few weeks before re-entering the atmosphere. I was visiting some cousins that live on Lake Tillery in
rural North Carolina. My cousin and I decided to stay up late, lay out on the pier, and stare up in the direction that Skylab was supposed to cross
overhead according to what my Uncle had read in the newspaper earlier that day.
At approximately 1AM, over an hour before the time of the Skylab 'flyby', we saw an object slightly brighter than the north star approach from the
northwest horizon (roughly the direction that Skylab was to cross) heading southeast. Since we had an completely unobstructed view to the northwest
for over 6 miles across the lake, we tracked the object with our eyes from just above the horizon until it was approximately 30 degrees above to the
northwest. Just as the object reached the 30 degree mark, it either seperated or our eyes could only then resolve that there were actually 6
seperate objects in an echelon 'formation'. The objects continued their trajectory to the southeast until they were about 60 degrees above the
southeast horizon. At this moment, two objects (one from each end of the echelon) simultaneously stopped moving with the remainder of the
'formation' , became twice as luminous as the other objects, and then slowly made there way together due north until we lost sight of them over the
Being only 10 years old each, my cousin and I thought we had witnessed pieces of Skylab simply 'break-off' and 'parachute' back to Earth. When we
told him the next morning, my Uncle thought this was simply childhood exaggeration on our part especially when he read in the next morning's paper
that Skylab had passed much farther south and that the local community college astronomy teacher, the paper's source for the 'crossing time', had
misinterpreted the coordinates that NASA had published.
My cousin and I insisted that we saw something and my uncle again wrote it off to our imaginations. At this point my cousin and I were starting to be
convinced by our uncle that if we did see anything, it was probably either a meteor, or millitary planes flying into Fort Bragg or Pope AFB 80 miles
to the east. As 10 year olds, we were easily influenced by adults and even more distracted by summertime fun so we quickly put our experience in the
back of our minds.
Over the next couple of summers that my cousin and I would get together, we would briefly mention the 'drunk pilots' of the objects we saw that
summer in '79.
As we became older, my cousin and I would see less and less of each other and probably never brought up our experience on the lake that night since we
were 15 or so. Then this past Christmas, I got an opportunity to spend a good amount of time with my cousin for the first time in over 15 years.
Among the many 'war stories' we shared about growing up, my cousin mentioned the 'drunk pilots' incident. It was honestly the first time I had
thought about it in many, many years. We both walked out to the same pier we observed the objects and our memories of the event matched perfectly.
It was then clear to both of us at that moment that what we observed that night in 1979 was certainly some form of intelligence at work - either an
exotic millitary aircraft(s) or something not of this earth.
Since the event in 1979, it seems that both my cousin and I had developed a sort of 'in-the-closet' obsession in astronomy and aircraft. This is
strange to us because we have no other peers that we grew up with that have any similar interests and it would seem that this obsession grew from our
common experience. The knowledge and experienced gained from this hobby of ours has led us to believe even more strongly that what we witnessed that
night was not some sort of meterological, astronomical, or any of the other blanket explanations that debunkers have used on UFO sightings.
Sorry if this ran on too much but I felt like it was time to share this experience 'anonymously' to determine if anyone else had witnessed this sort
of 'formation' of objects in this time period or others.