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UPDATE: Backyard UFO
by Dirk Vander Ploeg

Updated: September 20, 2009
Originally Posted: 14:18 January 20, 2007

Ed and Gloria Towers state that an UFO hovered over their backyard.

I received a report a few days ago from Ed and Gloria Towers. They wished to report a sighting of a UFO they witnessed on July 13, 1979. The location of the sighting was Santa Clarita Valley, California, United States.

Things that seem to make this particular case unique are the detail the couple provided, including handmade sketches of the object, and their actual proximity to the object. Please keep in mind this sighting took place before digital cameras and cell phones. Photography was limited to film cameras.

According to Ed it was 10.00 p.m. in the evening when he and his wife initially saw the object. According to their testimony the object was 75-100 feet in diameter and directly overhead at a height of 50-75 feet. The object was disk shaped and its colouring was silver/white metallic. The length of the sighting was approximately 45 seconds.

Ed writes, "It was one warm summer Friday around 10:00 p.m. in the evening in California's Santa Clarita Valley. I was brushing the swimming pool with a long pole and attached brush so that the kids could swim the following day. The pole requires you reach up to push down. I was standing on a high platform next to and overlooking the pool and about 4 feet over the rest of the pool area. As I reached to the upper end of pole, I saw a craft approaching the house from about 1-2 blocks away and from the West and heading South East."

"I knew right away that it was not a helicopter or plane. It seemed flatter and wider and with lights in a circumference of the main frontal area. I ran towards the house and called my family to see it. Only my wife came out. By that time it was directly over our house and pool. It was approximately 75-100 feet above us. We stood along side of the pool deck. It made no sound whatsoever, and it was at a complete stop over us for about 40 seconds. The only motion was a slight wobble and when it moved and tilted downwards at an angle. I took this as some form of acknowledgment. During the entire time, we were frozen in disbelief. It is a strange sensation knowing that what you are seeing is not supposed (to exist) and very foreign. It was (like) seeing a Greyhound Bus floating over your house!"

Ed claims that it had a small porthole and lights around the upper dome section, He describes the object as solid, metallic and shiny. It had a dome on the upper section of the craft and seemed as if created from a single mold with no apparent seams. Ed describes the lower section of the object as concave towards the center and had two rectangular shapes along side each other and the length of the concave under-section. The rectangular shapes were about 7-10 feet in width and ran along the craft's concave underside center.

"I also noticed ski like devices on the front and on each side of the front leading edge window. What caught my attention was that the devices were not in the center or the "center of gravity" for the craft's length and design but very forward. The skis were S shaped with the top of the S facing forward but a design I could not replicate. Upon the craft leaning in a downward motion we could see a window or cockpit like glass that was situated in the underside, it was on the front lower edge of the round craft. The rectangular window was approximately 4 feet in height and possibly 12-15 feet in length. There was a glow of soft orange and blue lights from the inside but we could not see anyone or any control", added Ed.

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