January 17, 2007
Location: Grayslake, Illinois, United States
saucer/disk shaped object hovering in the sky completely
motionless at about 6000 feet. "It appeared about
½" in size [relative/angular] as I watched
through the windshield. The object was saucer-disk shaped
and very silver, the sky was clear and its definition
crisp, no movement at all; it appeared as if someone held
up a silver plate in the sky... it was close enough to
plainly see it was not any recognizable aircraft or a
balloon, it was a silver saucer.
NUFORC (National UFO Reporting Center), Peter Davenport,
to original source]
: 1/17/2007 10:30
Location: Grayslake, IL
Ill. Silver saucer/disk-shaped object hovering in the
sky completely motionless at about 6,000 feet.
is the description of what I witnessed on Wednesday morning,
January 17th, 2007 at approximately 10:30 a.m.
me give some background. I am married, 40 years old, 2
children, I am a general contractor, self employed in
the construction trades and have worked in the northern
Lake county, Illinois, area for the past 19 years. Prior
to the 17th, I remained skeptical on the whole UFO issue,
since I had no direct experience to justify any existence
of such phenomena, one way or the other.
was driving to the job site about 10:30 in the morning,
heading eastbound on route 120 in the Hainesville, Grayslake
area I turned onto Alleghany road southbound about 45
mph. The stretch is perhaps three miles to Peterson road.
About halfway, I noticed something in the sky at about
45 to 50 degrees south-southwest of my position; it caught
my eye I believe because it was not moving, just floating-hovering
stationary - my best guess - at about 5000-7000 ft.
drive a G20 Chevy van with a large windshield; it appeared
about ½" in size [relative size/angular size
- editor's note] as I watched through the windshield.
The object was saucer- disk-shaped and very silver, the
sky was clear and its definition crisp, no movement at
all; it appeared as if someone held up a silver plate
in the sky. I watched the object for about a minute or
more until I reached Peterson road; when I turned east,
it left my field of vision.
have always had sort of a photographic memory and as the
minutes progressed, it started to hit me what that may
have been. I then regretted I did not stop to observe
it further as I never saw anything like it, motionless,
just sitting stationary. I think back and believe now
I should have stopped and called the police because it
was close enough to plainly see it was not any recognizable
aircraft or a balloon; it was a silver saucer.
suppose I was in a state of denial at the time, but it
just keeps coming back to me and I can still see it. That
night, I remarked to my wife and kids that I saw a flying
saucer on the way to work in a matter of fact way as if
the reality of what I saw did not quite compute; it seemed
ridiculous in a way. I tried to shrug it off. In a strange
way, it has taken some time to process this, because silver
saucers don't just float in the sky.
told a couple of other people about it, one person mentioned
that UFOs were recently sighted over O'Hare airport, so
after about 10 days of still picturing it just hovering
in the sky, I googled "O'Hare UFO" and came
up with a photo someone took over the airport, and I thought
to myself that that was what I saw, except more crispy
defined and silver.
been a few weeks now and I decided that I have to tell
someone who could possibly make sense or use of this,
I am trying to reconcile the fact that I really don't
believe in UFOs. With seeing this thing, this just won't
go away; silver saucers dont just float in the sky
and it's starting to mess with my mind. I am a very rational,
logical person not given to superstition or the like,
so I pass this information on to try to lay it to rest.
do not know what good this will do but to possibly validate
other like sightings in that area. In any case, the above
I affirm to be as accurate in fact as I can testify.
for any reason you need anything that I did not think
of here, feel free to e-mail back to this address.