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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.

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

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    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

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    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.

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    michael lewendon

    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

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