The picture below is a standard, color, bitmap image of the object described below.
Be sure to scroll down, there are better photos below.

 
   
  

The picture below is a black and white blow-up of the object with the brightness turned
 way down and the contrast turned way up
 

 

 

  
  

The picture below is (again) a black and white blow-up of the object with the brightness turned
 way down and the contrast turned way up

 

 

 

March 23, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

On August 8, 2002, at around 11:30 AM, I was driving from Altoona, PA to Huntingdon, PA when I noticed what was clearly an unusual track in the sky. At first I thought the track was the condensation trail from some sort of jet aircraft. But as I examined the track more carefully, I could see that it was not an ordinary condensation trail from a jet. Moreover, the object associated with the track was moving very slowly. Too slow to be a jet. I later estimated that the object may have been traveling as slowly as 10 or 15 mph. That estimate was based on what I believed to be the object's approximate distance from me and its angular rate of movement. I estimated the object's distance to be about 4,000 feet, for the second set of photographs discussed below.

This also allowed me to estimate the object's diameter, which I believe to have been between 30 and 100 feet.

My vision is not terribly good, so I could not clearly make out the aircraft with my eyes, and thus merely photographed the region ahead of the track where I assumed the aircraft would be.

I took two sets of photographs with a bitmap camera. The first set of photographs were taken at the location where I first observed the track, and the second set of photographs were taken in a location perhaps four or five miles closer to the object -- at a point where I reached after I moved my car.

When I got home, I began analyzing the photographs with my computer and subsequently developed the pictures shown above along with perhaps six or seven other photographs of the tail by itself.

My conclusion is that the object was disk-shaped and possessed a dome, and, as indicated, had a diameter between 30 and 100 feet and was moving at perhaps 10 or 15 miles per hour. I also believe the object was trailing smoke, rather than emitting an exhaust plume. It could have been in distress.

I know of no terrestrial aircraft which are disk-shaped and possess a dome, and I know of no terrestrial technology that would allow a craft such as this to slowly float along as this craft evidently did.

In addition to the above, I think it is clear that the resolution of the pictures shown above is sufficient to allow one to reach the conclusions I have reached, namely that the object was disk-shaped and possessed a dome.  Moreover, given that the object moved very little during the 15 or 20 minutes I observed it, and based on my distance estimates, I believe it is not unreasonable to assert that the object might have been traveling as slowly as 10 or 15 miles per hour. Finally, given the fact that the object was apparently trailing smoke, that speed estimate would be consistent with an object in distress.

I have been hesitant to release these pictures until now, as I did not want to become immersed in controversy.  But now seems like a good time.

Sincerely,

Robert W. Koontz

Other Information: Steven Greer's Group Disclosure Before the National Press Club