JULY 29, 2000…….MADISON WISCONSIN
I had just been picked up from work by two friends, and we were driving eastbound on Femrite Dr., on the southeast side of Madison WI., when we came upon a small traffic jam. Several cars were pulled over on both sides of the road, and the vehicle’s occupants were standing outside their cars, pointing and looking at something in the air, just to the north of the roadway. When we looked, we saw a cylindrical object, approximately the same size and shape of a Boeing 737’s fuselage, hovering about 100ft in the air, above a building. We also pulled over on the shoulder and got out of the car to get a better look. On closer inspection, it was obvious this object was not anything we had ever seen, or even heard of before. The “tube” was rounded at the “front” and tapered in the “rear,” with a short ridge rising vertically from the “rear.” The object did not have wings or stabilizers and had no visible external lights or markings. There was a row of what appeared to be oval windows, running along the side of the “tube” from front to back, which glowed with a soft, diffuse, yellowish-white light that seemed to be coming from internal lighting.
Although the light from these “windows” was more intense than one would expect from a commercial jetliner’s windows at night, the shapes, arrangement, and light color of the “windows” were all very similar. However, the area in the “front” that would hold a cockpit in an airplane’s fuselage, had no windows, and no traditional airplane “nose.” Instead, the “front” of the tube was capped with a shallow dome shape. There were no visible doors, or seams, and it appeared totally smooth, with a matte white finish. We did not see any movement inside, or any variation in the light coming from inside. Externally, it stayed 100% stationary while hovering, and the object made no sound whatsoever during the entire encounter. Also, it did not appear to cause any effects to it’s surroundings, and did not appear to be affected by wind, as it remained eerily still despite the trees around it blowing in the wind. As we stood on the side of the road and watched the object hover, more and more vehicles were pulling over, and a crowd was forming to watch it hover.
My friends and I were completely flabbergasted, and we just kept repeating “what is that?,” “what the **** is that?,” over and over. Eventually, after personally watching it hover for between 5-10 minutes (I don’t know how long the object had been there before we arrived), it suddenly flew away, up and to the north, perpendicular to it’s orientation (sideways!). As it flew away, it turned so the “front” of the tube was pointed in the direction it was traveling, but it was obvious the orientation of the object did not determine the directions or velocities it could move. It flew away silently, at approximately a 40-50° angle relative to the northern horizon and reached a distance so far away that it could no longer be seen, in approximately 1-2 seconds.
This experience was life changing for us, and I can remember it very vividly. Unfortunately, this was before we had cameras in our phones, & we didn’t have a camera with us, so I don’t have any pictures or videos. Despite discussing it often and avidly with the friends who were with me when it happened, I had only told a couple of other people about this experience until recently. Recent news stories, and more acceptance of the possibility of UFOs, prompted me to start telling my story again. Since there were at least 20 other witnesses besides the 3 of us, who had also pulled over to observe this event, I decided to officially report this encounter here. I am hoping that others who were there when it happened might see this report and decide to tell their story too!! If you were there, and you’re reading this, please submit your own report so I can read it! NOTE: The above image is CGI.
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