January 15, 2008
Location: Highland, California, United States
the witness: "I noticed something that looked like
a silver sphere hovering in the air... There were no visible
rotors, blades or cockpit. It looked solid to me and it
was a good distance (1 mile?) away with a good amount
of height (300 -500 feet?)." The size was "maybe
10 feet in diameter." "In my opinion, the object
had no visible means of propulsion (blades/ intake) and
no visible cockpit."
NUFORC (National UFO Reporting Center, Peter Davenport,
to original source]
: 1/15/2008 09:10
from the witness:
sphere hovers above old Norton AFB, maneuvers quickly
event happened on Tuesday, January 15, 2008. I was driving
on the 30 Freeway in Highland, California at about 9:10
a.m., heading west past Victoria Avenue. I noticed something
that looked like a silver sphere hovering in the air to
my left, which would be southwest from my location, and
I tracked it from my 11 o'clock position to about my 7
o'clock position as I drove in the number one (fast lane)
at about 75 mph.
were no visible rotors, blades or cockpit. It looked solid
to me and it was a good distance (1 mile?) away with a
good amount of height (300-500 feet?). I originally estimated
its size at about half that of a VW Beetle, but I later
changed my mind after comparing the size of the old Norton
water tower, which is plainly recognizable as a very large
water tower in the distance. I now think the sphere was
larger maybe 10 feet in diameter.
object caught my attention because it hovered in the sky
much higher than a streetlight or radio antenna and did
not look like a helicopter, airplane or balloon. In my
opinion, the object had no visible means of propulsion
(blades/intake) and no visible cockpit. It was not an
obstruction caused by moving traffic or other nearby obstructions.
It was in the distance and initially not moving. To me,
this is an odd phenomenon, especially on a clear day.
As I observed, I watched it maneuver upwards in a reverse
"J" it must have gained in elevation
about one or two hundred feet in less than a second.
then stopped or slowed dramatically at the peak of its
ascent and moved to the right a bit.
looked at the object for about three seconds before I
lost visual contact due to moving traffic. I could no
longer "spot" it because it was now behind me
to my left. I looked at a map of San Bernardino and it
looked as if it was in the direction of the old Norton
Air Force Base (San Bernardino International Airport).
I had to take my eyes off the object because I almost
drove off the freeway.
the moment of this observance, I was in the number one
(far left) lane with no obstructions from westward traffic
or streetlights. My car was clean with no spots on the
windshield, there was no glare from the sun and I was
sober and alert. The entire event (while short) caused
me enough stress to almost crash my car and I immediately
called my family and friends to tell them what I saw.
I don't think it was a weather balloon because of the
extremely fast movements (stop-maneuver-stop). I dont
know what it was; it was an unidentified flying object.
I noticed a change in color from silver or grey to dark
grey or black - this was in my opinion caused by the object's
shadow, but I'm not 100% sure.
am a 32-year-old married white male that has experience
in practical special effects for film and television,
I have 20/15-eyesight with no physical impairments and
I am an avid outdoorsman. I am also a local to San Bernardino
County and I have driven the 30 freeway hundreds of times
in all conditions."