Reader Submitted Report
To whom it may concern,
Where to begin...? I've told this story to many people over the years but this is the first time I've written it down.
I spent 30 years in the Navy and was in the aviation field. I enlisted and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7) and a few years later became an officer retiring as a Lieutenant Commander (O-4). I worked on and was around many different types of aircraft over the years. I am now a civilian contractor still working around aircraft. I have a pretty keen eye on what flies and I'm not easily fooled or easily mistaken.
I have to apologize because I do not remember the exact date of my experience but it was in 1975 or 76 while I was on a training detachment in South Korea. I was attached to an A-6E Intruder squadron stationed on the USS Midway, CV-41 and we had gone to a small airbase at Kwang Ju. I had only been in the Navy about 4 years at this time, I was a second class petty officer (E-5) and I had been trained to work on Radars, computers and weapons delivery systems.
It was night about 8 p.m., it was moonless and very clear without a cloud in the sky. The stars were very bright, it was one of those nights that it seemed like you could reach out and touch the stars, almost no back ground light; just the soft glow of aircraft lights and jet engine noise. About 15 technicians were there to work on the aircraft in case they had problems during the launch.
At the time, I was facing the aircraft and watching the pilots for any signs of problems when suddenly I got a funny feeling that I was being watched. I turned around and looked up, I did not directly see an object, but instead saw the star light being blocked out and it was in the shape of a triangle. The other feature was a detached ball, I can't remember if the ball was at the pointed end or the rear/flat end on the triangle. The ball was a short distance away from the triangle and may have been attached, but without a light source it's hard to say. I also can't say how large the object was or at what altitude it might have been, and with our jet's engines running I could not tell if there was any noise coming from the object.
After a few minutes of staring I went to a buddy of mine standing nearby and without telling him anything I asked him to look up and tell me what he saw, he replied the saw a triangle with a ball. We both then went to a third person and without saying anything asked him to look up and tell us what he saw, he also replied seeing a triangle with a ball.
By now we're ignoring our jets and we're focusing on the triangle shape. It was not moving, it just seemed to be hovering above us. After several minutes we noticed it appeared to be getting smaller. It was going straight up gaining altitude causing it to appear smaller. We watched it until we couldn't see it anymore, when suddenly three bright lights zipped in from different directions to the same spot and they also disappeared. I then said out loud, "that was weird" at which time all the lights on the base went out and remained out for about an hour. We asked around and told several people what we had seen, but no one seemed interested, so we pretty much dropped it. Not much to add after this. We got off work several hours later. We were at the airbase a couple of weeks and never saw the object again.
If you have any questions I'll be glad to answer them the best I can.