Article

By PHIL WRIGHT

Gary Johnson Jr. was taking out his garbage Wednesday night when he saw a UFO.

Johnson, 45, said he is a retired military man with no idea what was floating quietly off in the distant sky over the east side of town.

“It was pretty strange,” he said this morning.

From his home in the 600 block of West Ridgeway Avenue, Johnson said he watched four bright orange lights arranged as though they were the corners of a large square. He didn’t know how big it was, but said it blocked out stars.

The lights slowly rotated, he said, and then one went out, leaving what looked like a triangle. Soon after, the other two lights also went out.

About a minute later, he said, two Piper airplanes — small, single-engine types — flew into the area, but the object seemed to have disappeared.

Johnson discounted notions such as flares or military craft.

“I know what I saw,” he said. “I never expected to see anything like that.”

Johnson phoned in the sighting to Hermiston police at 8:23 p.m. The police log indicated officers were unable to find the object.

Johnson was not alone. A woman at 8:34 p.m. reported she saw lights in the sky. She told dispatchers, “the lights floated up above the tree line and flickered out.”

Eastern Oregon has a historical connection to unidentified flying objects.

Pilot Kenneth Arnold refueled his private plane on June 24, 1947, at the airport in Pendleton, where he told East Oregonian reporter Bill Bequette and editor Nolan Skiff the story that began the modern UFO era. Arnold said that while flying past Mount Rainier shortly before 3 p.m. that day he had seen nine gleaming, disc-like objects flying “like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water.”

The Associated Press picked up the story, and on June 26 it was national news.

The term “flying saucer” quickly followed, though Bequette and Skiff had never used the phrase in their original story.

This story originally appeared in East Oregonian.

Source: http://news.opb.org//article/two_report_sighting_ufo_over_hermiston/

Other Popular Articles
 
Comments
Order by: 
Per page: 
 
  • There are no comments yet
The Social Network Buzz - Comment using your Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo! account
Info
Administrator
The Black Vault Owner/Operator
12.22.2011 (947 days ago)
Main UFOs
945 Views
0 Subscribers
All News by Administrator
Share This Article
Rate
0 votes
Related News
What some UFO researchers are calling another "laughable" explanation of the UFO phenomenon, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tweeted that all UFO cases in the 1950s were explainable
Main UFOs
22 days ago · From Administrator
It has been 25 years to the day since a live interview with a shadowy guy named "Dennis" changed everything for America's most secret military base.
Main UFOs
72 days ago · From Administrator
With Nato forces withdrawing from the badlands of Afghanistan, the country's people need all the help they can get to keep extremists from once again seizing power.
Main UFOs
78 days ago · From Administrator
Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) employ a fixed wing design like that of a traditional plane.
81 days ago · From Administrator
Bill Clinton’s appearance earlier this month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – where he was asked about his interest in UFOs – has been subjected to body-language analysis
Main UFOs
85 days ago · From Administrator
Two Report Sighting UFO Over Hermiston ‎