posted on Sep, 12 2006 @ 08:35 AM
I couldn't think of anywhere else to post this sighting, but decided I should just in case anyone else has seen something like this. (I've been
reading this site for a while and I'm happy to actually have something to post!)
I live in Northern Virginia near Arlington. I was travelling west on I-66 this morning (Tuesday, Sept. 12) and as I was about a mile or a little more
from the Rt. 50 West exit, just shy of Chantilly, VA (around 8:15am), I saw the wings of a small, single engine airplane in the distance growing
larger as I approached. The plane was facing me almost head on, and it was across the eastbound lanes on my left facing toward Wash., D.C. The plane
was over thick trees that run right up against the interstate.
I'm pretty observant and always on the lookout for strange phenomena, so when I saw a single engine plane that, from a distance, appeared to be
flying very, very slowly over Rt. 50 I was curious. We usually get helicopters if anything, which I suspect are news teams (or police helicopters?).
Also, this part of Rt. 50 is very close to Wash. Dulles airport, so there are frequently large, commercial jets, and closer to the airport, smaller,
I kept my eye on the plane as I neared it, because the closer I got to it the less it looked like it was moving. As I neared it I noticed there were
no markings that I could make out. I don't recall if there were any lights, which I made a note to look for as I neared it (there may have been one
on the nose, but it was steady if there was one at all). The plane for all intents and purposes was a full-sized, small, single engine airplane. I
could not see the propeller, or even an outline that the blades would create. And it made no sound. Also, it was sitting at an angle facing somewhat
NE I think (diagonally across the hwy).
As I neared it I realized that the plane was not moving. At all. It literally appeared frozen in mid-air. And I had plenty of time to observe this
plane as I neared and slowly passed it. There were no strings or cables that I could see. There was no blade on top of it (why would there be? but I
looked). And it was definitely a full-sized craft. As I got parallel to it that was clear. As I passed I was probably (I'm bad with distances) about
1/4 mile away? It looked about the size of a matchbox toy car from where I was. Maybe a small stapler. It was very clear to me. Was it a drone? Well,
it was shaped like an airplane, not a helicopter, so how could this hover?
As I passed the plane I watched it as much as I could without veering off of the road. I did watch it long enough to make sure it wasn't a trick of
the eye, and the fact that I'm posting this means I was pretty convinced. As I neared it it didn't seem to move in any direction, and its size came
right up on me in a manner that really screamed out that this is a still object.
I also made sure that it didn't seem to be some sort of ballon or inflated object (you never know). It was structurally the exact shape and size of a
single engine airplane. It clearly wasn't a balloon.
So I just present this as I saw it. This was an airplane with no markings, no strings, no signs (in case it was some sort of advertisement), possibly
a single, steady white light on the nose, and it was not moving.
I hesitated posting this, and I probably won't tell anyone but a close friend (and ATS). Why? Because the event was so mundane (aside from the
obvious) that it is very likely not what I imagine it to be, which is something very bizarre and not possible with that sort of aircraft (hovering).
But...maybe someone else has seen something like this somewhere else. The sight was very cool and very unsusual. Oddly enough, I wasn't too excited,
which is very odd to me as the sight was utterly unnatural. Strange to think about it...I think it's possible to see something very bizarre and
unnatural and to be unmoved by it, but wonder why that could be...by