Sandra Brown and John Gardner of Gallatin County were driving through Sparta on Hwy 35 last Friday [July 18] about noon when something they spotted in the sky grabbed their attention.
"You'd have to say it was a UFO," Said Brown. "We pulled over on the side of the road and watched it for about 5 minutes. Neither of us have ever seen anything like this before."
Brown said the object they saw in the sky was round, silver, had no wings and was a little bigger than a car.
"It just kind of sat there," the startled motorist said. "It hung in the sky in one place and then in the blink of an eye disappeared."
She said it definitely wasn't an airplane and was too big to be a weather balloon.
"I know people will think we're crazy, but we really saw this. This is no joke," said Brown.
A check with the county dispatcher found no other recent UFO reports in the area.
[End of Gallatin County News story. Kenny Young's comments follow.]
The above UFO sighting took place on Friday, July 18 around noon. At 12:30 p.m., the B-2 Stealth Bomber was sighted over the Cincinnati area by dozens of people, including T.A.S.K. Investigator Ron Schaffner. This location is 36.5 miles northeast of Sparta, Kentucky. The flight path of the Stealth Bomber was said to have been from north to south.
Although it was suspected that the Stealth fly-over was attributable to the Dayton International Airshow occurring during the weekend, T.A.S.K. has determined that the B-2 appearance was actually a pre-arranged flyover for employees [at the] GE plant in Evendale, as per a memo circulated to GE employees a day in advance.
Although there was some concern that the Stealth flyover would generate UFO reports, none was received. However, local news stations did receive numerous calls from the public that wanted to report the Stealth Bomber traveling overhead. This 'public recognition factor' enabled the witnesses to readily identify the strange looking plane.
The Sparta, Kentucky report, however, presents a challenge to those seeking to apply the same explanation. The reported object was visible for 5-minutes as it 'hung' in the air, was described as round, silver and wingless, and said to be a 'little bigger than a car.' Furthermore, the witnesses stated that the object disappeared in 'the blink of an eye.'
The physical descriptions and ballistic conduct reported by the witnesses do not seem compatible with the physical and ballistic characteristics expected from the B2 Stealth Bomber.
The next evening, Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m., Chris Heiert reported to T.A.S.K. that two missile-like objects flew in tandem over a section of Alexandria, Kentucky, in Campbell County (32.5 miles north-east of Sparta). The wingless objects were observed for nearly 1-minute, were 'white' in color, and traveled due north. Air demonstrations for the Dayton International Airshow (64.5 miles north of the location) were not active during this time. The objects were reported at a high altitude.
[T.A.S.K., the Tri-State Advocates for Scientific Knowledge, is continuing to investigate these Kentucky sightings. Kenny Young can be reached by email at email@example.com.]
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