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Re: Strange Lights Over Billings Montana - McCoy

From: GT McCoy <gtmccoy@harborside.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 12:11:16 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 05:27:30 -0500
Subject: Re: Strange Lights Over Billings Montana - McCoy

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2002 6:11 AM
Subject: UFO UpDate: Strange Lights Over Billings Montana

Hello, all.



 >The Billings Gazette - Montana

 >Monday, January 7, 2001

 >Strange Lights Over West End

 >Gazette Staff

 >Unusual white lights were spotted hovering over the West End of
 >Billings Saturday at about 6 p.m. A Billings woman, who asked
 >that her name not be printed, said she and her husband were in
 >their pickup truck when they spotted a lighted, half-spherical
 >object hover about 1,000-feet above an area near 36th Street

I've flown out of Billings and did a rather large amount of
Aerial Firefighting in the area due to the proximity of the Crow
Indian Reservation (good firecrew to work with) grasslands and
the Beartooth Mountians (Nasty country to fly a DC7 in ).

 >The object had one flashing light and hovered for about four

 >"My husband knows airplanes and he said, 'Those aren't any
 >airplane lights.' As soon as he said that, it took off," she
 >said. "Within two seconds, we couldn't see it. It was that fast.
 >I don't know what to make of it."

 >A Billings man who spends most of his evening riding a bicycle
 >in the downtown area said he spotted the flying object, but
 >thought it was just a very fast aircraft.

The Original sighting took place approx 1 mile from downtown,
maybe a little less. if memeory serves. Most of Billings sets in
a valley the airport sets above the town roughly north and not
very far (less than 2 miles - I've walked it) from the edge of
the City.

 >No sightings were reported to the Billings Police Department,
 >Montana Highway Patrol or Yellowstone County Sheriff's
 >Department, various officers and dispatchers said. Calls to the
 >Billings Logan International Airport control tower went
 >unanswered Sunday evening. A meteorologist at the National
 >Weather Service said people should call the agency if they spot
 >anything unusual in the sky.

The tower may have been closed, many Airports (Billings may be
one now) don't operate the tower 24/7

 >"We didn't see anything here," he said, "but we weren't looking,

The Weather Service and the control tower sit well above the
city as I recall, there is a good 300-500 ft elevation (more as
you go into the Yellowstone river valley) difference, they may
have been _above_ the 'whatsit' that these folks saw.

The terrain is rolling grassland and broad river valleys until
you get to the Mountians - Rockies, to be exact - I remember the
Beartooths and the lovely Hellroaring river well.

GT McCoy

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