A Westport, CT, witness reported watching a "glowing, blimp-like craft flying under the cloud cover" just after midnight on January 1, 2013, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was outside walking a dog when the object was first seen.
"Looked up to see a large, orange-yellow glowing blimp-like craft flying under the cloud cover," the witness stated. "I thought it was a commercial jet at first, but it was about 10 times brighter than a jet's navigation lights and did not flash strobes like jets do at night."
The object did not appear to be anything that the witness was familiar with.
"It was not appearing like any normal craft, jets, helicopters, etc. and when I realized it was totally silent, I was perplexed. It traveled a little faster than corporate jets that fly by the house for Bridgeport, CT, airport. It was fairly low in the sky passing behind trees and eventually lost sight of it in the northeast sky."
The witness summed up the experience.
"It looked about the size of a blimp, but made no noise, and traveled straight, but with a dancing type trajectory. I never saw anything that closely resembled this object in 60 years of seeing aircraft, etc. at night."
No images or videos were included with the MUFON report, which was filed on January 2, 2013. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Westport is a coastal town in Fairfield County, CT, population 26,391.
Previous Connecticut UFO coverage includes:
- Triangle UFO follows Connecticut vehicle along rural Route 49 near Voluntown
- Two triangle UFOs cross low over Connecticut's Route 85
- Connecticut witness says gold teardrop UFO 'seemed fuzzy'
Previous coverage where a witness used the word "blimp" to describe a UFO:
- Blimp or UFO? Indiana and Illinois witnesses want answers
- Multiple UFOs over Mesa, Arizona, include 'blimp size' object
Connecticut is a current UFO ALERT 5 rating, with a low number of UFO sightings nationally. Connecticut had 5 reports in December 2012 - the 30th highest reporting state while California had 75 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.
You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page.
The following is the unedited report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Connecticut MUFON State Director William Shakalis investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.
January 1, 2013, Westport, CT - about blimp size moving faster than commercial jet,under cloud cover,no noise. Case 44892.
took dog out at 12:40 am in back yard on a starless night. looked up to see large orange/yellow glowing blimp like craft flying under cloud cover. thought it was commercial jet at first but was about 10 times brighter than jets navigation lights and did not flash strobes like jets at night. as soon as I sighted light thought it was extremely odd, not appearing like any normal craft,jets,helicopters etc and when i realized it was totally silent i was perplexed. it traveled a little faster than corporate jets that fly by house for Bridgeport ct .airport It was fairly low in sky passing behind trees and eventually lost sight in North east sky I thought it was far to bright to be any navigation lights it looked about the size of a blimp. but made no noise and traveled straight ,but with a dancing type trajectory. never saw anything that closely resembled object in 60 years of seeing aircraft etc. at night