It's always hard to respond to someone who tells a story like this and not to come across as just being another Skeptical 'naysayer'.
So in fairness, if I had the experience that you had (in the exact same way you said it happened) I'd probably be convinced that we were being visited too - That is, after I tried to have explain it rationally first. So that there is tangible proof for you, but not really for anyone else unfortunately, as you were the only witness.
The unfortunate problem is that no one can verify your story. On boards you come across as genuine person. However, my only assumption, because there's not proof from my perspective, can be that you were mistaken somehow, and misinterpreted the information that you saw. So, I believe that you believe it, if that makes sense? I think that you are one of the genuine UFO guys.
Having such an experience would inspire you (and others) to seek out theories that may explain your encounter. I'd be doing the same thing if I was in you shoes…But I'm not, so I have to interpret your story form a skeptics point of view. And work off a 'null hypothesis' (again I'm not saying you are lying here).
While I think you are genuine in your beliefs. I feel that the vast majority of UFO proponents are either cranks, mistaken or just plain old cash hounds. The first question I always ask myself in these matters is, what will someone gain from making their story public? All too often they have a website, and are writing yet another book or willing to give a lecture (for a bloated fee of course). Unfortunately, people's appetite for Psychics, UFOs, Auras, etc. Is nearly insatiable and this can leave them in a vulnerable position by certain 'snake oil salesman' types. Especially when people want and need to believe in something… I mean, what I wouldn't give to communicate with my Mum one last time. But I know that it's not possible… I'm with Houdini on this one.
A while ago I saw an interview with an Airforce pilot a few years ago, he encountered a UFO. and again, I believe he saw something. He believed it was E.T. in origin. Personally I think he was probably mistaken. Interestingly enough though, he had nearly the same views as myself regarding the majority of the UFO community. He said that 99% were all mistaken, fakers and just in it for the cash. He said that the 1% were actually genuine cases and were probably ET Crafts. He said that he was thoroughly frustrated that most of the genuine cases were getting washed away by the other hog wash that is connately thrown at us (ie, the Bob Lazars of this world).
When I look into some of these famous cases out of interest there's usually some genuine people who were just probably mistaken to begin with. I believe that Jesse Marcel was genuine for example, but probably didn't quite know what he was actually looking at. Interestingly enough tho', he never mentioned aliens per se. That is, he never saw any, but believed the crash was probably ET in origin.
But much later out of the woodwork suddenly came lots of people making all sorts of bizarre claims about little green men, and second crash site, etc. I believe they were telling outright lies for publicity, writing a book, or just to get some cash from a TV appearance.
Same goes for the Wrendalsham forest incident. I believe that Lt. Col. Holt (and the few guys with him that second night if I remember correctly) really believed that the saw a sweeping light, and thought it was alien in origin. However, again more stories 'suddenly appear' that one of the chaps on a different night actually went up an touched the 'triangular craft'. I believe this is untrue, and was a claim made many years after the fact and not the right reasons.
So, even if someone has the best intentions of reporting something there's way too much other dubious material to sift through. As well as dubious science experts to claim all sorts of things including having a plethora of tangible evidence, but yet this evidence is are never peer reviewed. When asked 'why', the predictable response is usually something like, 'the sample is too precious to leave the lab'. Hmmm…
Another interesting case, where I believe the pilots definitely saw something. I can't remember the exact details as I saw it a few years back. But you can clearly here 2 pilots (flying different planes) communicating about a very fast moving cylindrical object. I think it was clocked by the tower as well. One is clearly worried, as it's very close to his position, and moving at incredible speed in a straight line. Not long after the second pilot verifies seeing the same object. It still seems to be traveling in a straight line as well. Personally, I believe they saw some sort of new military aircraft or drone. I say this because it was traveling in a straight line. Plus, that would be my first conclusion, as I see it being more likely.
Anyway, like I said, I think you did see something, but because I wasn't there I can't make an informed decision an what you actually saw. I've not always been a skeptic I did believe in UFOs some years back, but I became increasingly frustrated with the lack of evidence that would never bee presented.