|Occurred : 6/12/1998 21:35 (Entered as : 6/12/98 21:35)
Reported: 7/1/1998 01:28
Location: Santa Monica, CA
|A 'V' shaped formation of lights passed overhead with no sound at high speed.
My wife and I were in the hot tub at 9:30 pm. I do a lot of strenuous exercise, so I use the spa practically every night. We're usually reclining, looking for falling stars and sattelites and watching the planes come in. We're surrounded by airports (LAX, Santa Monica, Van Nuys, Burbank -- etc). So we're accustumed to seeing lights in the sky, but not like this.
My wife was the first to see them. She said,"What the $%^& is that?" I turned and looked up to see this formation of 5, white, lights. Flying from West to East at a couple thousand feet. At first glance I thought it was a bunch of ultralights flying in formation. There are a bunch of pilots in Santa Monica that have these planes and they often fly them in formation, but I've never seen them fly at night.
But as they passed over I realized these weren't aircraft lights (not conventional aircraft at least). The lights themselves were sort of diamond shaped and not real bright and one of them seemed to be jockeying for position in the rear.
As the passed overhead I realized they made no sound -- which was the eeriest part. My neighborhood is quiet and my spa wasn't turned on. I lost sight of them over Hollywood.
My wife said she saw the formation 'flip' as it reached the ocean and start heading back toward the East. I didn't see it 'flip' but from the time she saw it to the time I lost sight of it towards Hollywood was only a matter of about 5 seconds. It or they were moving very fast and appeared at one point to dip slightly and rise again in perfect unison. It was like a giant kite with lights on the edges -- although I could never make out any shape and assumed at the time that the lights were independent elements.
I'm 34 and work in the entertainment industry as does my wife -- who was a little rattled by the whole thing.