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Chevron-shaped UFO crosses Virginia sky under 700 feet

A Virginia witness at Centreville reported watching a low flying, chevron-shaped UFO that moved silently overhead under 700 feet, according to testimony in Case 74930 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness was outside in a hot tub with his wife and adult son looking up at the night sky on a clear and moonless night about 9:30 p.m. on February 28, 2016.

“We like to look up at the stars and keep an eye out for passing satellites or the occasional shooting star,” the witness stated.“We live in Northern Virginia, so with all the light pollution, that’s a challenge.”

The witness then noticed something unusual in the sky.

“As I was looking up I spotted a V-shaped formation of round lights coming straight in our direction from the south. I pointed it out immediately to my son and wife who saw it clearly as well.”

The object appeared to be the size of a DC-9 as it moved overhead less than 700 feet off of the ground. Pictured: Centreville, VA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The object appeared to be the size of a DC-9 as it moved overhead less than 700 feet off of the ground. Pictured: Centreville, VA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness described the object.

“It had a row of four to five round, orange/copper colored lights on each side of the V with a light at the point. Judging only from its lights – we could not see any structural definition – it appeared to be about the same size as a McDonnell Douglas DC-9.”

The object was flying rather close to the ground.

“It flew by approximately 500-700 feet up from the ground, about the same height of approaching aircraft to the airport. The object flew due north right overhead of us. We live close to Dulles International Airport so we frequently see and hear (very noisy) approaching and departing aircraft in the area.”

But something stood out with this object.

“There were no aircraft in the immediate area during our sighting of the craft. If flew over steady, fast and silently. Not a sound! The whole event took less than eight seconds, but left us speechless! We could not explain it away as an aircraft, flock of geese, or anything from our experience.”

The object had a row of four or five lights along each side of its V shape. Pictured: Centreville, VA. (Credit: Google)
The object had a row of four or five lights along each side of its V shape. Pictured: Centreville, VA. (Credit: Google)

Virginia STAR Team Investigator Norm Gagnon investigated and closed this case as an Unknown.

Centreville is in Fairfax County, VA, population 71,135. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  1. What is amazing, on hearing about this sighting is that I also sighted a chevron shaped object, that overall was glowing orange, from the front lawn of my parents house in New Jersey, during the summer of 1965. Likely it was from the same civilization as this Virginia sighting.

    No doubt civilizations capable of reaching us across interstellar space have successfully resolved petty disputes among member groups/nations of their planetary population, so that the resources and energy of the entire planetary population can work together to solve the technical problems associated with achieving interstellar travel.

  2. Hey interesting article.I was just telling somebody else,as far as virginia is concerned the activity is so high,if you sit out at night long enough,you will see them.Binoculars and an iphone is a good start.
    But what ive also recommened is investing in a powerful maglight or portable spotlight.To get their attention.I did this out in Idaho one evening,during my second sighting and had great results.Goddamn
    thing was suprised as i was when i turned it on.It responded within seconds coming very close to us…which of course led me to almost s*** on myself LOL..All good though.It just sat there and observed me,no hostile actions. Just watching…But we need to go to the next step and establish contact on our own.See what happens.

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