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Illinois witness says giant UFO looked like ‘Star Wars’ ship

An Illinois witness at Waltonville reported watching a “giant ship” with a slight glow to it that moved overhead on August 23, 2014, according to testimony in Case 59230 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was fishing with friends when the object was noticed “just cruising along at a very high altitude.”

“This thing had to be at least a half mile long or longer,” the witness stated. “It wasn’t lit up bright. It had a slight glow to it .Nothing fancy.”

The object reminded the witness of ships depicted in Hollywood films.

“I have seen a lot of things in the night sky and have never seen anything like this. It reminded me of some of the giant ships on the ‘Star Wars’ movie.”

The witness stated that the object looked like something out of a ‘Star Wars’ movie. Pictured: Waltonville, IL. (Credit: Google)
The witness stated that the object looked like something out of a ‘Star Wars’ movie. Pictured: Waltonville, IL. (Credit: Google)

The witness provided one illustration with the MUFON report, which was submitted on August 25, 2014.

“I have included a very generic picture I made in Paint real quick just to give a basic outline. Please remember that this is just the bottom of the object so I have no idea on how tall this thing was.”

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

The witness described the object’s movement.

“It was flying in a straight path heading north from my location. It just flew out of visual range.”

The witness said the object, cruising at high altitude, was something he had never seen before. Pictured: Waltonville, IL. (Credit: Google)
The witness said the object, cruising at high altitude, was something he had never seen before. Pictured: Waltonville, IL. (Credit: Google)

Waltonville is a village in Jefferson County, Illinois, population 422. Illinois MUFON is investigating. Illinois has a current UFO Alert Rating of 4 with a higher than average number of recent reports nationally. Illinois had 22 UFO reports in July 2014 – the 12th highest reporting state – while California had 104 reports as the highest reporting state. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 150 or more reports for the month are rated an Alert 1; states with 100 or more reports are rated an Alert 2; 25 reports or more for the month are rated an Alert 3; 13 or more reports are rated an Alert 4; and those states with less than 13 reports for the month are an Alert 5.

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. Any theories about how UFOs/aliens avoid the dangers of the Van Allen radiation belts & other radiation in outer space?

  2. we send satellites out into space with messages? hello this is Earth here , how crude? the future sends back messages in forms of UFOs they show us the future of our ways forward, how to protect the future of our planet, the evidence is then suppressed by the powers of this world till when ever,
    One day my sighting 11th September 2004 will be shown all around the world as a historic event that was suppressed by the energy companies until they could cope with their loss,free clean energy for us all.FULMINOLOGY, The future as seen by myself and many others, that’s for sure.
    michael lewendon

  3. I live just north of waltonville on the northern side of mt vernon and saw something very similar to this the same night when i was sitting outside star gazing. Not only on the 23rd but the 25th and recently as of 10-24-14. The impression i got was that whatever i was witnessing was ginormous and.i could not comprehend how something so large could stay in the sky.

  4. 11th September 2004, Burghfield, Reading, Berks, ENGLAND,
    Driving back from daughters house early morning, sun not up yet,wife said watch out, as i was looking out of side window, nearly put the van into the ditch, stopped the van and asked her to look
    out of my window, what do you see i said, “it looks like a spaceship” she said,
    So heres another UFO sighting, little lights, funny noise,fast, racing across the sky,there one second gone the next, yea we have heard it all before, no concrete evidence, no other witnesses,cant be sure,
    watched this spaceship for about six minutes, just silently hovering in the same place, no movement as yet, we were about 2oo metres from a M.O.D establishment, cameras all over the place, no way that they didn’t capture the spaceship on these cams,
    for years wondered why they never showed the videos of the spaceship? always wanted to know why and how they kept this a secret? amazed how this has never been investigated? when i read back of the sighting that morning not much more could i add, except since i’ve looked into more reasons why they haven’t shown this spaceship it becomes obvious to me that the powers to be have suppressed the sighting because of the change of energy source they would have to show the world.
    as i said we watched for about six minutes the spaceship started to move off, we never saw anything or body get on or off, it moved north for 800 metres then turned east until we lost sight of it, it travelled at about 100 miles per hour, the shape was normal looking spaceship, lights around middle looked like they were flashing, pastel in colour, the actual makeup look of the spaceship was thundery clouds racing through it, this was showing up more as the morning sky was bright blue, not a cloud in the sky anywhere, it was as if they had got the camouflage wrong? weird? we followed the spaceship for 400 metres where it changed course we watched from a motorway bridge, there were many cars both way on that motorway that would have seen the spaceship, also the M4 roundabout cams would have seen it? NOTHING, NO ONE, NOT ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE ANYWHERE,
    thank you for reading this comment, and you’re probably thinking wow great, exciting,or mans crazy,on drugs,nutter, and when i tell you that the spaceship was the size of Wembley football stadium, most people would agree with you.
    BUT KNOW THIS, if anyone has the power to ask the people on duty that morning at the M.O.D. who were watching the security monitors, your find that all i saw was true. also these people would have had to report it to their superiors, then M16 NASA
    they already have this technology is why they are not investigating my sighting,
    SUPPRESSION of advanced energy technology of course until we find a way of allowing the billions to benefit, the earth’s existence relies on this type of free clean energy. somehow we as custodians of the planet need to come up with a way for the powers of this world to agree to a new energy force which we have, although at this time not being used.
    michael lewendon

  5. On 11th September 2004 between 6am to 8am at AWE Burghfield, Reading Berkshire, ENGLAND postcode RG30 3RR my wife and I witnessed a UFO.
    Not unusual, thousands upon thousands have seen UFOs. Spent everyday since wondering why, how, etc., accused everyone for covering it up, made assumptions of it being this or that, emailed a few people asking them to investigate the sighting?. Even wrote to my Queen, Defence secretary, MI5, MI6, Royal Air Force, Navy, Army, Steven Hawkins, David Cameron, Teresa May, Barak Obama, also every Newspaper in England, all News channels, in England and United States, Sent emails to top Scientists and physicists, and more many more. Why they don’t respond? although Barak did and so did M.O.D, is mainly because of the place it occurred, a Nuclear Establishment where if you chucked a pigeon up in the air it would send off alarm systems. This place has many cameras hundreds, it also has detection systems of all kinds, many of you reading this will know what kinds? THESE instrument readings that are held in archives at AWE and various places including NASA, hold the answers to Time Travel. If and when somebody ever checks these readings out they will find all we saw. This response below is from the head of AWE sent to an MP who asked for an investigation into the sighting, as you will read there’s no chance of this man ever calling up the investigation even though it has HUGE security risk and other complications. Ian COUCHER has received a request from a Reading MP to investigate the above, his reply was no less than hideous reading, He never even read the Freedom of Information request that was sent in? Security risk? there should be an investigation called on his actions regarding this matter?
    Today 17/10/2017 Still no inquirey? unreal how much does it cost to look? I have had petitions refused? lied to by top F.O.I people? Sent me an email address where i could appeal that never existed? This CRAFT was not todays technology, a vist from the future maybe? Aliens maybe? Security and Defence of this World depends on M.O.D in every Country. We have here in ENGLAND Archive evidence of such a fret, yet the people who could call up this investigation don’t. They should all be ashamed of themselves,and lower their eyes from all their loved ones, because its these that should matter. Hope one of the named above read this, Mankind, the future needs this technology and by not calling up this investigation you will be renembered and disgraced in history.
    michael lewendon

  6. To The GOVERMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN. TOP SECRET— Your in charge of this Countries Security? When there’s Proof of visit by E/T why is it not taken seriously? Your not fit to be in charge of this Countries Security until these Archives get Investigated, you have constantly been told about this Sighting, so much so your talking about sending me to Coventry? Why don’t you just look? 14 YEARS I’ve tried for someone to call this up, 14 years of pleading here there everywhere, No response. Take a look at these Archives, send me to prison for the rest of my life if you find nothing, hang me for constant asking? if you find nothing take me to court for slander, for having a dig, do it, Countries run by a bunch of I’m all right Jacks, afraid to step out of thier safety zone. How important is this? What is this worth to the people of this world? Someone want to shout me down? someone want to prove I’m talking shite? someone think I’m not all there? Look at Archives for that morning? How much is it going to cost? pennies, the price of a plane JET Tyre. One other thing, Most important of all know this, I’m aware when you look and find, and you will, I’m not going to know. And I’m not interested either, this type of Energy etc. belongs to mankind, I’ve always said this. Now get on and look before someone else does? TOP SECRET.—–When the RUSSIANS and CHINESE get hold of this New Energy Space travel. Who in this Country will put thier hands up for not looking at our Archives? The following have been notified, yet did nothing? The Queen. Teresa May, David Cameron,Michael Fallon, M.O.D. MI5,MI6,GCHQ,Brian Cox, Steven Hawkins, every newspaper, every TV channel, every UFO site, NASA, and many more, TOP SECRET not any more, why do they not want to bring this out into the open? this belongs to Mankind, for the benifit of Mankind. this race to the stars, and this new free Energy belongs to all. Our Childrens Children. These Archives and Archives dated 11th September 2004 England, RG30 3RR early morning 6.30–7.30 all around the world are being Investigated. TOP SECRET not any more.

    24 February 2016 23:11
    In the hope this UFO sighting lives forever. I sent a bedtime story for a grandad to tell his grand children about a sighting that never got investigated , that one day will change the World.
    Dear Prince Charles,
    Once upon a time,11th September 2004 to be exact, a Gran and Grandad were driving back from baby sitting their grand children, when all of a sudden Gran shouted “WATCH OUT” Grandad was not looking where he was going, and nearly crashed the van they were in. Grandad said he was “Sorry, and that he was put off his driving by something that caught his eye up in the sky” Granny looked up into the sky and asked “What is that?” Grandad stopped the van, and they both got out to look. “WOW” said Gran “WOW” said Grandad They were looking at a spaceship, huge, gigantic.Grandad said. “I could hit that with a catapult if I had one” Gran said. “Why doesn’t it make a sound? Why are there small thundery clouds rushing inside it?”
    They watched the spacecraft for over Eight minutes, then it started to move slowly at first, then quite speedily. They jumped back in their van, and followed it up the road till it went out of sight towards London.
    They never saw anyone, nor did they see any traffic pass them at that time.
    Gran and Grandad told their children and friends what they had seen, and most smiled and laughed at their story, mainly because the area in question has hundreds of cameras close by. If Gran and Grandads story were true, then it would have surely been seen.
    Eleven years later on the anniversary of the sighting Grandad woke up earlier and told Gran he was going to visit the place at the exact time where he had seen the spaceship. Gran said, “Yes, go see if there’s anything different?”
    Wow! He came back saying that the most unusual thing happened.
    This time there were planes in the sky, maybe four or five planes that he could see at any one time? He told gran he saw crows flying and geese too, making sounds, Also grandad counted the seconds for the next vehicle to pass by and could only reach 40 or so seconds then another vehicle would pass?
    Gran asked Grandad “What does this all mean?”
    Grandad said, “It means that the spaceship never got caught on cameras because it was speeding in some type of time tunne,- a Bubble of some kind?,and we both traveled in this phenomenon somehow?”
    “So why was the spaceship there?” said Gran, “So why was we allowed to see it? Was it the future? was it today’s technology? Was the thundery rushing clouds on the inside of the Spaceship its camoflarge or could it be how it was fueled?” They have the exact time, the exact place. Surely this spaceship the size of Wembly stadium would have left a trail somewhere? Somewhere on some radiation counters? Radar? Spectrometers?Gravitational Readings?Gran said “All they need to do is investigate to find the answers?”
    Grandad sobbed and told Gran “That because of the size of the spaceship and no camera evidence, there was no way that this story will ever be believed,
    Because how important this story is to mankind and to the future I beg you all to tell your children in the hope that they find how and why all this happened one day.
    yours sincerely Michael n Betty Lewendon

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