The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings
"The lights were flashing like crazy!" Monique O'Driscoll exclaimed, describing her UFO sighting on the night of February 26, 1983. "Then the object made a slow, tight turn as if turning on a wheel and drifted slowly to the east just over the trees. Then it was gone, it just vanished."
O'Driscoll's report was just one of about 5,000 made during a four-year period in the 1980's when upper New York state officials were besieged by witnesses claiming to have seen enormous, dark, boomerang-shaped structures moving up and down the Hudson River Valley .
The 37-year-old woman, an employee of the town of Brewster , N.Y. and the parent of a teenage daughter, considered herself responsible and level-headed, hardly prone to flights of fancy. On the evening of the UFO sighting, O'Driscoll and her daughter were driving home after dinner, when the teenager spotted lights moving slowly just above the trees. The multi-colored lights, about 50 of them, defined the shape of a massive, dark, triangular craft. The sinister object seemed to be keeping pace with the car.
Frightened, yet overcome by curiosity, O'Driscoll got out of the car for a closer look. The UFO was hovering about 30 feet above the ground, and she estimated the ship was 200 feet across, from wingtip to wing-tip. "I stood there, just amazed, looking at this thing," she recounted. "I saw this huge, very dark gray metallic material with all kinds of dark grill-work with pipes and tubes running up and down it." She stated the lights flashed sequentially up and down the wings while the craft hovered overhead for about ten minutes. Then it drifted away over the trees and disappeared. O'Driscoll's UFO sighting was one of a dozen reported in the Brewster area that evening at about the same time, and eventually became a high- light of the famous "Hudson Valley Sightings."