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Large low-flying object with square windows seen by couple in car over Bethesda, MD

Date: March 15, 1981
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Martin Buxbaum was driving with his wife and noticed an unusual object silhouetted against the dark blue evening sky. The object had the wingspan of a 717 but was flying low, he says. It was accented by a row of square windows in the front and two "cherry red" exhaust lights to the rear. But most mysterious of all, the object made no sound at all.


Drawing of the object by witness Martin Buxbaum. (source: Montgomery Journal)

Source: Mike M. Ahlers, Montgomery Journal (Chevy Chase, MD), March 25, 1981

It was just a week ago, Sunday, when Bethesda's Martin Buxbaum — best known for his 25-years of editing Hot Shoppe's restaurant's 'Table Talk' — was driving on Wilson Lane with his wife and noticed the unusual object silhouetted against the dark blue evening sky.

The object had the wingspan of a 717 but was flying low, he says. It was accented by a row of square windows in the from and two "cherry red" exhaust lights to the rear.

But most mysterious of all, the object made no sound at all as it continued a straight north-to-south flight, cutting diagonally across the path of the car, finally becoming obscured by some trees, Buxbaum said. Nor did it have port or starboard lights as required by planes flying at night.

Buxbaum, author of nine poetry books and a freelance writer whose stories have appeared in numerous publications including the National Enquirer, had time to pull the car over by Pyle Jr. High School and both he and his wife got a good look at the object, which he estimates was flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet and speed of 100 mph.

He is certain that it was a UFO in that it was unidentified, it was flying and it was an object. But beyond that, he isn't certain what it was.

"I think it's man made," Buxbaum said. "I think it's an experimental aircraft and they're trying it out at night. For some reason, they don't want it seen."

Who "they" are is not exactly clear, but Buxbaum suggests it may have come from nearby military bases or even a private airpark. Nor is it clear why "they" don't want it seen.

But Buxbaum said he saw it and is hoping others will come forward with an explanation. That "would make me feel better — that I hadn't blown my cork," he said.

"Neither my wife nor I drink and our eyesight is good."

Upon returning home, Bubaum drew a sketch of the object and began listening to the news to see if others had seen the mysterious flying object.

If anyone did see it, they haven't reported it to the police, county police said yesterday. Ironically, one of the last UFO sightings in the county was reported by three Germantown district policemen who saw an object about 60 to 75 feet across and with no clear definition, making quick 90-degree turns in the skies above Gaithersburg.

Nor has anyone reported the latest sighting to the Center for UFO Studies in Evanstown, III., a clearinghouse for UFO information. The most recent sighting in the Washington area was a March 8 sighting by an Adelphi woman. Researchers at the UFO center believe she saw a lighted advertising plane. They had no quick explanation for the Buxbaum sighting but said they would look into it.

Dr. J. Allen Hynek, director of the center, said the center usually receives between two and four reported sightings a night "but most of them can be explained," he said.

"Only about one out of 10 are really puzzling," he said. "Every thing that glitters is not a UFO."

 

Source: http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case949.htm
 
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