by Ralph Howard
Georgia State Director
On October 26, 2011, at about 7:20 p.m., an engineer and his wife watched three strangely-lighted UFOs cross the 4-lane road ahead of them as they were traveling east on GA Highway 20 eastbound toward their home in Rome. They initially saw the first one, very low, approaching the road ahead from off to their right from the south.
The witnesses provided a statement about what they encountered.
“We observed a large object traveling from south to north. As it cleared the tree tops on the right side of the road, we saw a smaller object behind it that looked more like a plane and behind that a larger object that looked more like the first.
“The first and third objects had three lights on each side that were too far apart to be a plane and they didn’t blink. The lights on these larger objects seemed to be attached to the object by appendages instead of being directly on the object.
Investigation revealed that the witnesses slowed down as fast as they could as they approached the spot where the first object went over the road. The object was moving unreasonably slowly for its size.
Stopping at the first available turn-around, they could now see the second, smaller object coming over on the exact same course.
After making a U-turn they pulled off the road and then watched the last, large object continue gliding, still very low and slow, away to the north along and below the crest line of Turnip Mountain, and could see it lighting the tree tops. It was a mild, clear evening (temperatures in the low 60s) and despite having the car windows open, no sound was heard.
Re-enactment at the sighting location, and careful witness observations, allow for some reliable size and distance estimations.
The witnesses described the larger objects as being comparable to the full width of the 4-lane highway, measured to be in the range of 80 to 90 feet. Size estimates were possible based on the presence of a tall, single conspicuous hardwood tree the objects were crossing above.
Tree height was measured as 85 feet, and the witnesses were certain the objects crossed overhead at no more than one-half to one additional tree-height, bracketing the altitude as roughly 120 to 170 feet above ground.
Both witnesses, college-degree holders and professionals in their 40s, are highly intelligent persons of wide knowledge and experience.
A final comment the husband made sums up the sighting well: “Things as big, low, and slow-flying and quiet as what we saw, are not supposed to exist.”