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Multiple Witnesses Spot UFO in California

Metallic, Square Vehicle over Los Banos, California

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Updated April 17, 2012
Introduction

The following report involves the sighting of a metallic, square-shaped vehicle seen over Los Banos, California, on April 15, 2012.

I was driving west on Hwy 152 from Los Banos, CA, at 7:30 AM. As I drove past the dam at the east end of San Luis Reservoir, one the state's most popular parks, I saw a bright light above the hills on the west end of the lake.

My first thought was that it was a reflection of the sun behind me off a low flying, silver airplane. The light was not moving, so I then thought it might be a reflection off the tip of a radio tower.

I was not aware of a radio tower in the area so over the next couple of miles I looked hard to see if I could spot one underneath the light. As I drove along the north side of the lake and over Pacheco Pass for the next five minutes or so, I lost visual contact with the light.

Several Cars Pulled Over

As I descended the pass, I noticed a white car parked along the road and a man standing next to it with binoculars. Around the next curve I saw 4 cars pulled over, with people out of the cars looking upward to the south.

I thought they had spotted a California condor or some other rare bird. Around the next corner were 6 cars pulled over. I had to know what they were looking at. I pulled over and looked up. There was a large, metallic rectangle perched in the sky.

I got out of my truck and immediately began talking to the man and woman from the next car. Over the next 15 minutes we talked about everything we saw, so I know we all saw the same thing and had the same questions.

Rectangle Shape

I saw a large rectangle floating in the sky at roughly 60 degrees up from the horizon. I estimate that the rectangle was half a mile or less from us, 80 feet high and 50 feet wide. The side facing us was silver-metallic in color.

It was highly reflective, like Mylar. It was silvery except when it reflected the sun at us. The bursts of reflection were sporadic as though there was equipment or a texture of some sort on the surface.

The object was stationary and silent. We looked for wings and balloons, and listened for motors. We saw no means of propulsion or levitation with which we were familiar. After a few minutes, perhaps 5, the object began to rotate. As it rotated 90 degrees, we saw that the side was very narrow and black.

It rotated a little more and we saw that the back was also black in color. The narrow side showed us that the overall shape of the object was similar to a mattress or paperback book.

The corners and edges were crisp like a book rather than rounded like a mattress. Given my estimate of a 50x80 foot object, I estimate that the thickness was about 5 feet.

Not a Balloon

Once the object rotated, we observed that it was moving slowly toward the southwest. The winds were blowing gently in that direction, so it is possible that the object was drifting with the wind. We continued to look, almost compulsively, for evidence of a helium- filled balloon. The object did not appear to change its elevation.

After 10 minutes the object had moved far enough away from us that it was a small black speck with one small bright reflective spot. At this point the man and his wife left. I watched the object 5 minutes more, until 8:00 AM, and then left. Its appearance did not change again.

The object could have been a giant, book-shaped balloon filled with helium made of silver and black Mylar. The hurdles to this possibility are: 1) a very odd shape and orientation for a balloon, 2) object did not appear to flex or otherwise react to the wind, 3) there is no apparent source of a 20,000/cf balloon that would only have risen to 400-800 yards near San Luis Reservoir (closest towns are 20 miles east and 20 miles west) 4) object rotated 90 degrees then stopped rather than continuing its route

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