March 1, 1978
Location: Middlebury , Connecticut, United States
saw this long cigar-shaped object just above the treetops,
not more than 150 feet away. Probably even closer than
that. It was right beside me flying parallel to me, but
slightly faster... It was about 100 feet long, and 15
feet high. It had rounded ends on the front and back.
It looked just like a cigar or a hot dog."
Cigar shape with portholes emitting colored lights flying
just above treetops. Very closeup sighting (within 150
Time: 12:00 a.m.
Duration: 2-3 minutes
No. of Witnesses: 1
Urban or Rural: suburban
No. of Object(s): Single
Size of Object(s): !00 ft. long, 15 ft. high round cylindrical
Distance to Object(s): 150 ft. or less
Shape of Object(s): long cigar or hot dog shape
Color of Object(s): Dark Grey??
Description & Details
saw this object many years ago. I reported it on the NUFORC
site with a date of March 1980 and the location as Oxford,
Ct.. Later, when I thought more carefully about it, I
realized I was in Middlebury, Ct. and the year was more
likely 1978. I am not sure of the exact date, early March
is a guess."
was driving home from work. I worked 2nd shift at that
time in New Milford, Ct. It was around Midnight, or maybe
a little after. I was driving eastbound on Interstate
84 to Waterbury, Ct. where I lived. I had just passed
through Southbury (just past a State Highway Patrol Barracks).
I came to a large hill I believe is called Bucks Hill.
There is an overpass at the peak of this hill and a tall
communications tower. It is still there to this day. I
was coming down this hill which has a long straightaway
for maybe 1½ miles or more. There is an exit for
Oxford, Ct., this is why I gave that as the location for
my earlier report. But technically, I would be in Middlebury,
Ct.. Anyway, as I was coming down this hill, I glanced
over to my left, across the 4-lane highway. I saw this
long cigar-shaped object just above the treetops, not
more than 150 feet away. Probably even closer than that.
It was right beside me, flying parallel to me, but slightly
faster. It was a very cold, clear night with a full moon.
The sky was very bright. I could see this object clearly.
It was dark against the sky. I can't say its color for
sure, but I would guess a dark grey. It was about 100
feet long, and 15 feet high. It had rounded ends on the
front and back. It looked just like a cigar or a hot dog.
It had no undercarriage as a balloon or blimp does. It
also had no vertical or horizontal fins or stabilizers
of any kind. It had no means of propulsion that I could
determine. I rolled down my driver's window to see if
I could hear it, but all I could hear was wind passing
my car. I kept my window down so I could take a good look
at it. As in so many UFO stories, I seemed to be the only
car on the highway, and this is one of the busiest highways
in my state. But I was able to take a good long look at
it. On its underside, it had 3 equally spaced, large portholes.
They looked exactly like the portholes on a ship. I knew
they were windows. I could see inside of this object.
All I saw was blue light inside. This light also shined
out of each porthole and down into the trees. The light
came out of each porthole in a cone shape, like an upside-down
tornado. I did not see the light illuminate the trees.
The lights were steady and did not blink. This object
was probably only 20 feet above the trees, so I estimate
its altitude at about 75 feet high. This thing was VERY
close to me. It was pretty scary. You get the feeling
or impression that it is also looking at you. This object
was just gliding above the trees, going slightly faster
than me. I estimate it was travelling about 80-90 miles
per hour. It was gaining on me. As it got ahead of me,
I saw that it also had a large round porthole on its rear
end. I could see inside this window as well. Inside this
porthole, all I saw was green light. And green light shined
out of this porthole as well in a cone shape behind the
vehicle for maybe half its lenth. All of these lights
were a soft light, they were not difficult to look at
at all. All lights were steady."
craft began to gain on me and came to the bottom of the
long hill. Here, the highway makes a pretty sharp 90-degree
left turn toward the north. The object turned and followed
the highway. It was a very strange turn. It is odd to
see a long cylindrical object that looks rigid do a smooth
turn, but it did. That might have been the most amazing
thing about it. It was now travelling north. Then, I came
to the bottom of the hill and the turn. I could still
see the object, but now mostly its rear end. I was much
lower now and the view not as good. I was approaching
the outskirts of Waterbury and lost the object in the
lights coming up from the city. My total viewing time
was about 2 or 3 minutes."
was in a little state of shock after seeing this object.
I thought about calling the Police, but what good would
that do? The object was gone. Then again, I thought they
might look for it as it was following I-84. I never called.
I have often wondered if others saw it. It would have
passed right over Waterbury if it continued to follow
the highway. I never read or heard any reports, though."
is not the only object I have ever seen. I have seen 4
or 5 over the years. But this was the very closest. There
was no mistaking what I saw. I made a drawing in Paint
on my computer of this object, some time ago. I drew some
other objects I saw as well. I am not an artist. This
object was very simple to draw. The colors are not accurate,
but it will give you an idea of what it looked like."
do not release my personal information. Thank You."
the time of this sighting, I was about 24 years old and
worked as a silk-screener for a company that made printed
circuit boards. Now. I am 50 years old and work as a Quality
Assurance Technician. I am a very average, down-to-earth
person. I have some College, but no degree."
for a site to talk about these things."
Reported To: Wife, friends, family
Location: Torrington, Ct.