UFO Sighting Report West S eattle, Washington March 13, 1988, Sunday, 1:55 AM by Donald A.
UFO Sighting Report
March 13, 1988, Sunday, 1:55 AM
by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D.
MUFON Washington State Direct
Narrative by Mr. N (name on file with MUFON), age 26, witness:
coming back with a friend from a trip to eastern Washington,
and I dropped h
im off on California Way and the north end of Alki
looking towards the North
[across Elliott Bay toward Magnolia] when I
saw this object. The object was o
n its side; its manuevers were so
weird. I saw 3 lights going around and ar
ound. It was low, maybe 500
Q. Did your friend see the object
No. My friend was asleep in the car and he had had a long trip
o I didn't want to wake him. He was pretty sleepy when I dropped him
I didn't mention seeing the UFO.
Q. What did the object look like?
was on its side, like a plate on its side. I'd seen it when
it turned, like a frisbee, it
went up and down, around and around, and
then up and down. It was a very li
ght night that night. The moon
might have been out. [The moon was in fact
out and was in its last
quarter.] The stars were really bright that night.
Q. What were you doing when you first saw the object?
I was driving o
n I-5, and I had just exited and was driving across
the West Seattle bridge,
when I first saw the object. I saw it again
when I drove up California Way from Alki
Drive [actually this highway
is Harbor Way, the road becomes Alki Avenue aft
er it passes Duwamish
Head]. I couldn't see it again until I drove up the h
California Way because of the trees. After I dropped off my friend I
stopped at the park [Hamilton Viewpoint Park] but by the time I got
t had vanished.
It had green, red, and violet lights. The green and red
were more visible but the other light looked like it was mixed with
the other colo
rs, kind of soft like. The object was darker than the
background, what with
the reflection from the lights along the outline
of the Sound. It was basic
ally a dark shape with lights. It was out
over Puget Sound, closer to Alki
than to Magnolia. It was on its
side, up about 500 feet.
Q. What was your
first reaction to seeing the object?
I was trying to determine if it was
an airplane or a helicopter
but even a helicopter couldn't make those kind of manue
vers. First it
made a sideways step motion: sideways then forward, sideway
forward, sideways then forward. Then it bounced up and down like a
basketball. Then it repeated the step motion three more times,
the up-and-down motion like a basketball. It never
repeated this sequence f
or the same length of time. It made it look
like a streak in the air, like
a welding torch in color. It was disk
or plate shaped, and seemed thin.
It also stopped, in t
he air, sideways, and I could see the lights
going around the rim (3 lights)
. Whenever it bounced like a
basketball the lights stopped moving in a circ
ular motion. Then it would
turn on its side and move in the step motion. I
would guess that its
width was about a car length (a small import car). The
motion it made
really looked like the "blip" tracings you see on a heart mon
Q. How did you lose sight of it?
Once I drove into t
he park I could see it and then it was gone.
Like it disappeared. That rea
lly surprised me. I was thinking,
"Where the hell did it go?"
Q. How much
sleep had you had?
Well, I had slept for 3 hours at a rest area. We lef
Washington at 3 p.m. We had stopped along the way so we had had a
hour drive plus sleeping. The trip took a total of 11 hours.
Dir: 12 Sec: 1 - UFOlogy
From: Donald Johnson
Erratic Motion UFO seen in Alki, Wash.
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