By Richrd Boylan, Ph.D.
September 9-10, 1996 will stand out in my memory for a very long time. My wife, stepson and I were traveling from Rachel along Highway 375 towards the Groom Lake Road intersection.
It was a dark and very stormy night with unusual amounts of lightning striking every few seconds. As we were about ten miles east of Rachel, we noticed a very intense white light about a mile and a half ahead of us, lined up with the highway. At first we thought it was an oncoming vehicle, but after a while noticed that it never got any closer, but maintained the same distance. It couldn't be an oncoming car going backwards. We puzzled about this for a few more minutes until a fortunate stroke of lightning flashed behind the mystery object, illuminating it and revealing that it was about 100 feet in the air above the highway roadbed! Shortly afterwards, the object grew dim and tiny, then almost disappeared. It briefly re-flared again to full size, then, some moments later, went out. Indeed this was an Unidentified Flying Object.
The next morning we drove down Groom Lake Road to the boundary of Area 51. We took some photographs by the federal warning signs. Not five minutes had elapsed before an unmarked, olive drab Apache attack helicopter loomed over the ridge from Area 51 and flew low over us at about 150 feet altitude. It circled around and made another pass over us. We got in our car and retraced our path towards Highway 375, with the chopper leading us halfway down the road to the Extraterrestrial Highway. Are all tourists accorded such military courtesies?
Highway 375 is definitely for anyone who wants to seek unusual experiences.
© 1996 Dr. Richard J. Boylan, All Rights Reserved