|Cylinder-shaped UFO buzzes Louisville International Airport|
June 25, 11:06
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Reports of UFOs over Louisville International Airport on June 24 may include multiple sightings from various employees, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.
A package handler at the airport first heard a report over his radio about 10:30 a.m. that there was a UFO over the North South runway. The man did not see anything at that time, but at 1:55 p.m., he saw a reflection in the sky from the south end of the runway.
“As this object came closer," the witness stated, "I could make out it was rotating and was a cylinder, then was a diamond shape.”
He said the object moved in a straight line over the runway at a slow and steady speed at a point just under the cloud cover, approximately 1,500 feet. The object stopped at the end of the ramp and hovered for 30 to 45 seconds, then moved up into the clouds and disappeared.
Louisville International Airport is both a civil-military and public airport in the city of Louisville, covers about 1,200 acres of land, and has three runways. The field was formerly known as Standiford Field. Kentucky's Air National Guard's 123d Airlift Wing is based here, operating C-130 transport aircraft. UPS also operates there are a hub for its package deliver service.
Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Kentucky MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will update this page.
The following report is unedited. You can read my selected cases by type of UFO report at the UFO Traffic Report index page.
KY, June 24, 2009 - Slow moving small object rotating, the sun would flash of its surface as it spun.
The time was 11:AM the place Louisville International Airport.
I work for a very large package handling company, I am sure you have seen our vans. I work the air district side, on the ramp. I arrived to work to day 10:30 ish, as I was arriving to the bird I was to be working with today, some guy's came across the radio and started asking everyone if they were seeing this UFO over the North South runway.
Curiosity sent me to the edge of the ramp and take a look, I didn't see anything so I thought some board people were just joking, I went on about my work.
At about 1:55PM I was on the K-Loader for the bird, and I happened to see a reflection in the sky. The reflection was as if someone had a mirror and was trying to signal you. It would flash then be dark and then the sun would catch it and flash again, it was about midway over the runway at this point. I was working at the South end of the runway.
As this object came closer I could make out it was rotating and was a cylinder then was a diamond shape. As it spun horizontally and clockwise the cylinder shape would catch the sun and reflect, but the diamond shape was black.
The speed of the rotation was about 4 times a minute. It continued in a straight line over the runway at a slow and steady speed, it's height was just under the clouds, the puffy white clouds, that were scattered and sparse. Approximate altitude around 1500 feet ASL.
It continued until it reached the very end of our ramp. It then sat in this position for 30 to 45 seconds, then started to ascend above the clouds. At that point I lost visual and it disappeared.
The air traffic was very lite today, and at the time of my sighting there were no airlines landing or taking off from this runway. The object was moving against the wind that I would say was 5 to 8 miles an hour breeze, with lite gusts.
I was wearing hearing protection and didn't think to take them out to try and hear anything. So I can't comment on the sound or non-sound it may have made. But there were no sounds that I am not used to hearing at the airport, and when the airport was quiet, as it was during my sighting.