Residents of Amherst and Pelham, Massachusetts reported seeing an unusually low-flying pyramid-shaped object moving slowly and silently across the sky between 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 8. The US Air Force is unable to explain the sighting.
According to the Hampshire Gazette, an FAA spokesman James Peter, said: "The only aircraft that was operating in the area was a military aircraft doing practice approaches to Westover (Air Reserve Base)."
The Huffingon Post reports that officials at the Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., responsible for radar monitoring of western Massachusetts, said they detected nothing unusual in the sky above the Amherst-Pelham area during the period the UFO was seen.
According to AP, a Westover spokesman first said they have no record of an aircraft over Amherst at the time residents reported seeing the "alien pyramid" UFO.
However, Westover chief of public affairs, Lt. Col. James Bishop, later said an Air Force C5 cargo plane took off from the base around 5:30 p.m. on the evening the UFO was reported. He said: "It went out of the area and returned later and flew again in the local area until about 9:30 p.m."
According to the Hampshire Gazette, the U.S. Air Force’s website says a C5 Galaxy cargo plane is one of the largest aircraft in the world and is used to transport up to 270,000 pounds of cargo, from equipment to troops. It has a wingspan of 222.9 feet, a length of 247.1 feet and a height of 65.1 feet and travels around 518 mph.
Residents are asking how anyone could have mistaken a C5 Galaxy cargo plane, one of the biggest and noisiest planes in the world for a silent, "unusually low" and slow-flying pyramid UFO. While the C5 could have been mistaken for a diamond or triangular-shaped object because of its wings, it is unlikely that observers would have confused the 250 feet long C5 flying low over the sky with a pyramid or diamond-shaped UFO, "the size of two or three cars."
AP concludes: "That does not jibe with a C5, which is almost 250 feet long and extremely loud."
It is also uncertain how to explain eyewitness reports that the UFO was silent. The C5 engine is very noisy.
According to The Huffington Post, even Lt. Col. Bishop, who came up with the C5 story was puzzled. He said: "There's just no mistaking that. It's quite a loud sound and quite a big aircraft."
The Examiner reports that resident Amy ware, told WWLP 22 News: “If people saw something, they saw something. But I don’t believe that an object in the sky was necessarily or was at all alien."
Others think it may have been an alien craft. A woman who claims she saw it hovering over her car said it was too silent to be an ordinary aircraft.
The Huffington Post concludes while the Air Force may have noted the presence of a C5 over the Amherst-Pelham area at the time the UFO was reported "both the Air Force and FAA aren't trying to convince the public that the C5 was the low-flying, silent, diamond-shaped object seen in the sky on Jan. 8."