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UFOs Over Illinois
Source: Filer's Files #33; August 14, 2001
DOWNERS GROVE -- A glowing, gold/orange cylinder-shaped object was observed
on August 1, 2001, flying northeast toward Chicago at 8:15 PM. The
area of observation is near O'Hare and Midway airports, and several jet
aircraft were in the area flying in normal traffic patterns. We
noticed the object was flying nearly at the same altitude of the jet aircraft,
but much faster. The object all at once slowed down as a B-757 aircraft
departed Midway airport, westbound and flew past our position. We
were amazed at this behavior, as if the object was observing the jet.
The object then accelerated to the northeast and disappeared in a wink
as a B-727 came into view from the east. The 727 entered the O'Hare
inbound traffic pattern, flying downrange and turning 180 degrees to begin
a final approach. We stood in disbelief to what we just witnessed.
It seemed that object was right on top of the 727 and then just vanished.
Based upon my 25 years in the airline industry, knowing aircraft performance,
physical characteristics, and traffic patterns flown by
commercial aircraft in this area, I have never seen such a strange object
vehicle in this area. I am quite certain the object was not a military
commercial aircraft. Based upon the following observations: 1) Aircraft
operating in the area were distinguished by familiar physical
characteristics, dark in appearance with wings, landing lights and
anti-collision lights easily seen and flying in a pattern. 2) The
a glowing, gold/orange cylinder with NO wings and NO tail section; it
speeds, and immediately vanished. I have witnessed UFO's hovering
ground, and flying at altitude in the western US I have never seen an
or UFO enter controlled airspace until this incident, and frankly, the
episode was chilling. I am very concerned about the possibility
vehicles colliding with commercial aircraft. Peter Davenport spoke
with this witness, and we found !
him to be quite credible with considerable experience in the aviation/airline
EVANSTON -- On August 7, 2001, I looked up at 10:20 PM and saw a streak
light and then it slowed down. I couldn't tell the exact distance
would estimate 200 to 300 yards away. It was traveling very slowly
was looking for something. I noticed that there were lights all
side of the ship. It was kind of like a Flying Triangle with a broad
the front going to a point in the back. The two front tips seemed
two brighter lights then the rest. It moved real slow for about
seconds, and then streaked off to the north. All lights on the Triangle
bright hazy white.
WHEATON -- On August 6, 2001, while standing in the backyard of my sister's
home around 4:00 PM, playing with my three year old nephew, I happened
glance up and saw a round whitish-silvery circle. It looked about
of a pinhead from where I stood, motionless in a clear blue sky.
to be as high as a commercial jet. I I watched for about a minute,
it shot upwards at a rapid speed, which caught me off guard, causing me
sort of startle, until I could no longer see it.
CHICAGO -- The witness reports, "Ten of my friends were sitting outside
patio at 3:15 AM, on August 9, 2001. Twenty minutes after some of
us saw a
very bright meteor overhead we saw an object in the southeast heading
northwest at a constant rate of speed. As it grew closer it appeared
diamond shaped and orange in color. It flew directly overhead and
closest appeared possibly 3/4 the disk of a full moon. There was
a near full
moon this night and I saw it pass in front of a bright star which confirmed
to me that is was indeed a solid object. It appeared to be luminescent
some fashion, but the moon was very bright. Several people in the
described several small points of light, "like the ends of a fiber
cable" said one friend (number varies between 6 and 7) offset but
the diamond shape. I very clearly saw the orange body of the object
made no noise. Minutes after the object disappeared from sight an
took off heading east over our heads from O'Hare airport. The comparison
a low flying commercial airplane was easily dismissed as we observed blinking
navlights on the wing tips of the plane, take off lights and an audible
engine noise. The observed craft had neither of these. A girl
in the group
grabbed her 35 mm camera and took two photographs the UFO as it departed.
The group of witnesses were 24 to 30 years of age working in fields from
business to art. Peter Davenport interviewed this witness, and found
be an excellent observer and reporter of the facts.
Editor's Note: Radar controllers have been reporting unidentified flying
objects in the approach area to Chicago airports. Aircraft have
diverted and the radar anomalies were blamed. I suggest our ground
from reliable witnesses indicate UFOs are regularly flying in the area.