Location: New York City/Brooklyn, New York, United States
the witness: "Suddenly, as I looked to the left of
me, I saw what I first mentally equated as a submarine
perhaps two story's off the ground higher than the six
story buildings beneath it. Here comes this thing, slow
and steady and silent.... As it proceeded to float past
us, we observed its right side. It is solid. It is a perfect
and very long dark grey cylinder, and it just keeps coming
very slowly and steadily."
Brian Vike, HBCCUFO Research (hbccufo.org)
Time: Approx: 8:30 p.m.
now and then, my mother and I would take our dog on his
night walk to the Parade Ground, a flat park of baseball
and football fields. We went there because at the time
it was being renovated, and the fields were being partitioned
and fenced. This gave us some confidence to allow the
dog off the leash to run free for a change.
Parade Ground is just across Parkside Avenue from Prospect
Park. It is August, 1965. I am ten years old.
dog was having a good run, and once we saw that he wasn't
about to run off completely, we relaxed and gazed upwards
to view the night sky, trying to find various constellations.
those days, the street lights in Brooklyn emitted a white
light, and not the beige-looking type now in use. If you
went to a park, you could get a decent view of the stars,
but of course not anywhere near the view if you were upstate
in deep woods.
as I looked to the left of me, I saw what I first mentally
equated as a submarine perhaps two story's off the ground
higher than the six story buildings beneath it.
Mom, do you see what I see?" She did.
comes this thing, slow and steady and silent. It is huge.
It is dark grey - not "battleship grey," but
as grey as can be before you rule it black. There is no
shine to it.
front of it was round; I'd seen pictures of submarines,
and that is what came to mind. It is actually shaped more
like a very long medicine capsule.
it proceeded to float past us, we observed its right side.
It is solid. It is a perfect and very long dark grey cylinder,
and it just keeps coming very slowly and steadily.
we can't see the top of it, but so far, we see that even
though it is almost black, we sense a light behind the
darkness. This does not make sense, as my mother and I
later reckoned. The best I can come up with is that my
eyes saw dark grey, but my mind knew the cylinder was
emitting light. Dark light!
was no blimp. No lights. No sound. No windows. No gondola
beneath. No visible markings. No nothing! It is just a
cylinder 300 feet longer than the Intrepid aircraft carrier
now docked in the Hudson River going by!
thing was so huge, that even from the height above me,
(200 Feet?) it was clearly visible; visible enough to
see even the slightest imperfection clearly, if it had
the same time, we are not in any panic. We are unusually
serene. As if it's no big deal somehow. Maybe we were
in a stupor beyond awe.
the end of the ship passes. I ran to see the back of it.
I see it is as round as the front with an opening in the
center. To this day, I'm not sure if it was square or
arch-like. I am convinced that at least the bottom of
the opening in the back of it was flat, so it was square
or arched. I remember thinking that 3 buses could easily
drive inside at the same time. On the other hand, I've
seen jets low to the ground on approach to JFK Airport,
and thought that "my" cylinder was at least
3 times wider at the same height.
is the only time I experience apprehension. I worry for
a moment that whoever is flying this cylinder might see
ran to where I could see the other side of the cylinder.
It is exactly as perfect and unremarkable as the other
side and the bottom.
have been struggling with my memories for years as to
whether there was a single tiny light, blue or red atop
the opening in the back. I add this item, but I am not
sure. Inside the opening it is absolutely pitch black.
cylinder was in the order of 1200 feet long. I did not
know this at the time. When I saw the cylinder completely,
it was "crossing" Stratford Road, and the back
of it was at Buckinham Road. The distance between these
streets on Caton Avenue according to street maps is about
rejoined my mother in the original field, and we watched
this thing float over the Prospect Park police station,
heading west until it faded from sight about half a mile
west of the Parade Ground. No newspaper, radio, or TV
station mentioned it. For that matter, we didn't even
tell my father!
I first accessed the Internet, I ran a search for "cylinder
UFO," and plenty of links came up. Even pictures!
I wasn't too surprised, because I know damn well what
I saw was real, and other people must have seen something
told some close friends. They gave me the jaundiced eye.
I could hardly blame them. I guess it's just one of those
things one must see to believe."
you to the witness for the excellent and interesting report.
Vike, Director HBCC UFO Research