The following report involves the sighting of a metallic, square-shaped vehicle seen over Los Banos, California, on April 15, 2012.
I was driving west on Hwy 152 from Los Banos, CA, at 7:30 AM. As I drove past the dam on the east end of San Luis Reservoir, one the state’s most well-liked parks, I saw a bright light above the hills at the west end of the lake.
My first thought was that it was a mirrored image of the sun behind me off a low flying, silver airplane. The sunshine was not moving, so I then thought it would be a mirrored image off the end of a radio tower.
I was not accustomed to a radio tower within the area so over the following couple of miles I looked hard to peer if i’ll spot one underneath the sunshine. As I drove along the north side of the lake and over Pacheco Pass for the subsequent five minutes or so, I lost visual contact with the sunshine.
Several Cars Pulled Over
As I descended the pass, i realized a white car parked along the line and a person standing next to it with binoculars. Round the next curve I saw 4 cars pulled over, with people out of the cars looking upward to the south.
I thought they’d spotted a California condor or any other rare bird. Round the next corner were 6 cars pulled over. I needed to know what they were taking a look at. I pulled over and looked up. There has been a massive, metallic rectangle perched within the sky.
I got out of my truck and immediately began chatting with the person and lady from the subsequent car. Over the following quarter-hour we referred to everything we saw, so i do know all of us saw an analogous thing and had the identical questions.
I saw a massive rectangle floating within the sky at roughly 60 degrees up from the horizon. I estimate that the rectangle was half of 1 mile or less from us, 80 feet high and 50 feet wide. The side facing us was silver-metallic in color.
It was highly reflective, like Mylar. It was silvery except when it reflected the sun at us. The bursts of reflection were sporadic as if there has been equipment or a texture of a few sort at the surface.
The object was stationary and silent. We searched for wings and balloons, and listened for motors. We saw no strategy of propulsion or levitation with which we were familiar. After a couple of minutes, perhaps 5, the article started to rotate. Because it rotated 90 degrees, we saw that the side was very narrow and black.
It rotated a bit of more and we saw that the back was also black in color. The narrow side showed us that the general shape of the item was resembling a mattress or paperback book.
The corners and edges were crisp like a book as opposed to rounded like a mattress. Given my estimate of a 50×80 foot object, I estimate that the thickness was about 5 feet.
Not a Balloon
Once the item rotated, we observed that it was moving slowly toward the southwest. The winds were blowing gently in that direction, so it’s possible that the article was drifting with the wind. We continued to appear, almost compulsively, for evidence of a helium- filled balloon . The item didn’t seem to change its elevation.
After 10 minutes the thing had moved far enough clear of us that it was a small black speck with one small bright reflective spot. At this point the guy and his wife left. I watched the item 5 minutes more, until 8:00 AM, after which left. Its appearance failed to change again.
The object might have been an enormous, book-shaped balloon full of helium made from silver and black Mylar. The hurdles to this possibility are: 1) a truly odd shape and orientation for a balloon, 2) object didn’t seem to flex or otherwise react to the wind, 3) there is no such thing as a apparent source of a 20,000/cf balloon that might only have risen to 400-800 yards near San Luis Reservoir (closest towns are 20 miles east and 20 miles west) 4) object rotated 90 degrees then stopped instead of continuing its route