The Sighting On January 5, 2000 at 4:00am, a large UFO was sighted by a southern Illinois resident as well as four Metro East-area police officers. Melvern Noll, a resident of Highland in southern Illinois was on his locally- owned miniature golf course when he noticed a slow moving, silent air craft hovering above him about 1,000 feet high. He reported that it had at least two rows of windows and red lights and its underside was a dark metallic color.
After viewing the object, Melvrin Noll then drove to the Highland police station and asked the dispatcher to call the Lebanon police because the object was moving that direction.
Four Metro East-area police officers from different departments also saw the object as it flew above Lebanon, Shiloh, Dupo and Millstadt that night. Two of the police officers who saw the object contacted the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle the morning they spotted it. One officer described it as a floating two-story house with white lights and red blinking lights.
General Description of UFO Sighting:
Large, arrowhead or triangle shape
Red and white lights
Slow moving, but one officer saw it accelerate rapidly
low altitude- 500-1000 feet high
The Investigation: The National Institute for Discovery Science, a Las Vegas research institute, sent John Velier who is a former FBI agent to investigate the sighting. The institute, founded in 1995, has about a dozen former law enforcement officers and scientists investigating sightings professionally. They use scientific investigative methods looking for facts in the evidence collecting process.
The institute sent their team to investigate the sightings because of the credibility of the witnesses, being that they were nearly all police officers. They interviewed the police officers and the miniature golf owner, Melvern Noll. Velier also interviewed officials at Scott Air Force Base. The air force base air traffic control tower was unfortunately shut down at the time of the sightings so they did not have any knowledge of the occurrence.
Reconstruction of Noll Witnessing UFO Over Illinois
Theories: By the end of January, Velier had come up with two theories for the sightings but both have flaws.
The first theory assumes the witnessing of a B-2 Spirit bomber. The general outline of the B-2 somewhat fits the witnesses’ description. It has a arrowhead or triangular shape as reported. It also has 172 feet in wingspan which is about the same size as what the reports indicated. The speed of a B-2 varies greatly, but it is possible to fly very slowly. Also, the B-2 has three lights that are retracted when the plane is put into stealth mode. The flaw in this theory is that Whiteman Air Force Base is the only B-2 base in the country and research indicates that no B-2s were flying at the time of the sightings.
The second theory is the Aereon hypothesis, which compares the description of the UFO sightings to a “stealth blimp” flown and patented by the Aeron Corp. of Princeton, N.J. in 1970. The “stealth blimp” is a hybrid of a conventional airplane and a lighter-than-air dirigible. That prototype was 26 feet long.
The Aereon craft could fit the some of the descriptions of the UFO: its low altitude, configuration, and lack of noise. However, one of the witnesses, officer Barton, reported that the UFO accelerated rapidly which would be impossible for the blimp. Also, Aereon spokesperson, when questioned by the National Institute of discovery Science, stated that “no craft of such size was ever built, at least at Aereon… If a large Aereon-type craft is flying, then it represents a stolen patent by persons unknown.”
National UFO Reporting Center stated that the descriptions of the UFO don’t fit conventional aircraft. The lighting is not consistent with U.S. regulations, and the flight pattern characteristics could not have been achieved with an airplane. The center also dismisses the idea that the aircraft could have been a stealth blimp according to the many lights on the UFO, as the equipment to generate such lights would be too heavy for a blimp.
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