- Monday (12:00 Midnight)
This evening I was to meet with John Tosti to test his intuition
that something would "break loose" tonight in the skies over Mt. Tabor Road. Mt.
Tabor Road is located in a more sparsely populated area of north-western Monroe County,
therefore, I was surprised to encounter a low flying aircraft, directly over the roadway
at midnight. As it approached my position, it seemed almost motionless. I stopped my van
and stepped out on the running board to get a better view. I could detect movement and the
drone of a piston-engine. I could not actually see the body of the craft, only the lights.
It was probably an airplane. Probably. Alright then, assuming it was a
conventional airplane, one has to ask - what was it doing out there at that late hour? And
why was it flying so low? And what kind of electronic equipment would it have to possess
in order to fly safely under those conditions? Somehow I knew it's presence was not a mere
I got back in the van and drove another 1/8th of a mile to the
rendezvous where I met with John. As soon as I stepped out of the van, John quietly
yelled, "Bring your camera, there's one over here!" as he pointed toward the
eastern sky. This time I was successful in my attempt to capture some decent video images
of a yellow-orange sphere, as it floated almost motionless over the tree line in the
distance. After three minutes or so, a car came up over a rise in the road between the
sphere and my vantage point, it's lights shining directly at me. At first I thought,
perhaps the car's lights were causing the sphere to appear dimmer. John from a different
position, however, indicated that the sphere in fact had "dimmed down". After
the car passed our position, I could see that the sphere remained dim. A few seconds
later, the object "blinked out".
We were still standing around in the yard thirty minutes later,
discussing what we had just witnessed when, what appeared to be a prop-driven airplane
powered by a piston engine, approached from out of the west. It was barely above the tree
tops when it banked sharply over our location, then turned back toward the west. I was
able to videotape the lights of the craft as it turned directly overhead. As soon as the
"plane" passed from view I spotted another yellow-orange sphere in the distance.
Dim at first, it hung motionless in the northern sky. Seconds later, with the suddenness
of a light bulb being switched on, the glowing orb attained it's full brilliance.
Fortunately, my video camera was able to record the whole event before it "dimmed
down", then disappeared from view.
A post script to this event: John came over to my house a couple
of days later to view the video footage I had captured.
I said to John, "Before you watch this, tell me what kind of
plane you heard turning around in the back yard?"
"It was a twin engine prop plane." he replied
"What kind of engines?" I asked.
"Piston" he answered.
I had already viewed the tape, that's why I was pressing about
the specifics of the plane. What John was to hear on the recording, was not what we heard
with our own ears. The camera recorded the distinctive sound of a turbine engine(s). This
is just another fine example of the strangeness associated with a close encounter
experience. The camera faithfully reproduced what it heard without the subjective
encumbrances associated with a human brain, as well as its susceptibilities to psychic
suggestion or outright control. A lady in our local UFO group upon hearing our account
asked, "How can you be sure that what you saw were really airplanes?" The truth
is, -- I can't. ♦