Note: The reason I did not immediately post this is I needed a few hours to collect my thoughts before posting. Since I just became a member of
this site, I had to convince myself I was not having a hallucination brought on by reading these stories. Now that my thoughts are gathered, I realize
what I saw is real and probably military. I have seen all the usual UFO stuff on TV but they do not mention what I am about to describe.
This sighting occurred shortly after 10 am AST (Alaska Standard Time) on Thursday, October 14, 2004. I was in Anchorage at my office in the Midtown
area. I stepped outside to get a breath of fresh air and have a cigarette (Yes, I’m one of those evil cigarette smokers
. This time of year,
the skies in Anchorage are particularly spectacular. Layer after layer of different types of clouds and haze free skies and the snowcapped tops of the
mountains veiled in heavy cloud cover.
My job is very stressful and I often spend 15 or 20 minutes just looking at the beautiful skies over Anchorage to relax. Where I was standing, behind
me is the Elmendorf Air Force Base, to my left is Merrill Field the worlds largest and busiest small plane airport and to my right is the Ted Stevens
International Airport (both passenger and cargo), a floatplane airport and the Kulis Air National Guard Base. There is also a large tract of military
land to my left, near the mountains, that has a landing strip according to the maps. From what I have seen in the local paper, this land is also used
for training exercises.
Due to the number of towns and villages in Alaska accessible only by plane, aircraft are a way of life here. In a 10 to 15 minute period, it is not
unusual to see a dozen or so aircraft fly over town. In fact, a couple of months ago, a small plane landed on its back in a driveway not 100 feet from
my desk! While standing having a cigarette and watching the clouds and relaxing I saw something I cannot explain. It was only visible as it came out
of the clouds, above the mountaintops, while still in front of the fresh white snow. As it descended below the snow level, it became transparent
somehow. Actually, I think it was transparent the entire time. I think what I was seeing was actually the highlights reflected due to how low the sun
was and its proximity to the fresh white layer of snow and the sunlight reflected off the bottoms of the clouds. Either way, I got a good clear look
at it for 20 to 30 seconds. It moved very slowly, nearly hovering. It remained level as it descended and was coming down over the military land near
the mountains I mentioned earlier. I watched for about ten additional minutes to see if it emerged somewhere else in the sky but saw nothing. The
description of the craft is as follows:
• Shaped like a pen and in similar proportions as to length vs. width.
• Rounded or blunt at both ends.
• Smooth glassy surface.
• 2.5 to 3 times the length of a large commercial aircraft but much narrower proportionally.
• It was not illuminated but very reflective
• No evidence of any wings, tail or anything else protruding from the object.
• Either transparent or adopted the color of the background.
I am positive about the length as I have watched hundreds, if not thousands, of large aircraft from the same distance. The distance was easy to judge
as it was directly in front of a nearby mountain peak. In fact if it were not for the length I would not have noticed it.
Has anyone else seen one of these? Is anyone aware of anything military fitting this description?
Because I am in Anchorage and work long hours, I post at odd hours for people in other areas. To have an ongoing conversation on these boards is
often difficult and spans days. I will be watching this thread but may not always answer right away. I will respond to any questions within a day or
two, so please have patience.
Thanks in advance for any answers, comments or questions
(Edit to remove caps from title)
[edit on 14-10-2004 by pantha]