March 22, 1978
Location: Patapsco State Park, Maryland, United States
Oickle, 24, his brother David, 22, and two friends were
camping in Patapsco State Park, when they encountered
a huge triangular shaped object with large windows and
three white lights at the corners. The object moved very
slowly, hovering at times. When it appeared above them
it was very low, approximately 200-250 feet, and made
a sound like a "quiet wind" or "quietly
Impression of the object. (credit: APRO)
APRO, April 1978
Joe and Doris Graztao
Wednesday, March 22, 1978, at approximately 11:00 p.m.
EST, Gary Oickle, 24, his brother David, 22, and two friends,
Barry Smith, 22 and Ken Cabot, 25 were around a campfire
talking in Patapsco State Park at the Baltimore &
Ohio railroad tunnel. Barry and David were about 50 feet
away from the others when they noticed a strange object
in the southeastern sky which disappeared over a ridge
in the distance. They watched the object for about 10
seconds and could see no particular details except a rough
shape. Barry described it as a flat-looking object.
then walked back to the fire to tell the other two about
what they had seen when another similar object appeared
directly over the four of them from behind a ridge to
their north. The object was described as a huge triangular-shaped
object with large windows and three white lights at the
corners. The size was estimated from "a quarter
the size of a football field" to "150-200
feet on each side". The object moved very slowly,
hovering at times, in a southeastern direction following
the contour of the ridges just above the trees.
it appeared above them, it was very low, approximately
200-250 feet, and made a sound like a "quiet wind"
or "quietly rushing waterfall". The witnesses
watched the object for approximately 15 to 20 seconds
until it disappeared behind the trees. Three of the witnesses
thought they could see the shadow or silhouette of a figure
at the windows. Three of the witnesses also reported seeing
a bright star-like object in the southern sky immediately
after the sighting. Two of them said the star-like object
changed colors; blue, green, yellow, red, repeatedly,
while the other thought the object may have been a helicopter
or something in the distance.
of the witnesses thought that the large triangular object
had a "metallic" or "bluish-gray"
color, but all four agreed that it had three white lights
at the corners and a blinking red light on the top.
of the witnesses were frightened by the experience but,
quite the contrary, were very curious and even yelled
at the object, hoping it would land. All had also read
something of UFOs previously, but none had seen anything
like this before.