This article was published in the daily newspaper Daily Liberal, Australia, on March 11, 2005.
A father, son and their 'UFO'
It was independence day for Dubbo, and Paul Cremin didn't even know.
It wasn't until his friends showed him the photograph in yesterday's Daily Liberal of an unidentified flying object that he realised he had spooked all of the city.
"My neighbour came over laughing with the newspaper," he said, blushing.
Mr Cremin and his 13-year-old son Aidan fly kites and model aeroplanes as a hobby.
Last Sunday night, for five hours, he was flying a 'delta coyne' kite 140 metres in the air - directly in the part of the sky that Suzanne Fuller and her family reported seeing a UFO.
"We couldn't stop laughing when we read the story," he said.
"I called the police because I didn't want anyone to worry, and the policewoman couldn't stop laughing either."
Suzanne Fuller had called police on Sunday night to report seeing the object "about 50 miles away" in sky's south-east.
Shaky video footage of the object was later viewed by police who made an official report to Air Services Australia (ASA), and sent them a copy of the tape.
"It looked like a bird, but much larger... with a flat top and a deeper shape at the bottom," was how Mrs Fuller described what she had seen in the sky "for five hours".
It just so happens that's an almost exact description of the Cremin's kite. Mrs Fuller also said that she had seen a light from the object flashing on and off, once the sun set. But that too has now been accounted for.
"We use a torch to try and spot the kite in the sky once it gets dark," Mr Cremin said.
"Reading that they saw it move a bit to the left, and then back again, I knew it was the kite. It does exactly that," he said, shaking his head.
Police had commended the Fuller family for reporting the incident, and were themselves unable to explain the strange object in the sky. That is, until they got the call from Mr Cremin.
A member of the local area command called Suzanne Fuller to tell her that the object had been found.