|Occurred : 11/12/1998 (Entered as : 11/12/98 23:30Z)
Reported: 11/12/1998 18:41
Location: Louisville (seen from a/c @ FL450 ~ 75 NM S. of), KY
|Falcon 2000 Corporate flight crew spots strobe WELL above their cruise altitude of 45,000 feet... unknown source to air traffic controllers!
While flying our corporate jet, at 45,000 feet, while heading NNW, from a position approx. 75 NM S. of Louisville, KY, between 1730 and 1745 CST, (2330Z and 2345Z), each of two crewmembers observed a white flashing strobe light, WELL, (I mean WELL!), above our altitude, North of our position, at a distance estimated to be between 20 and 50 NM. (It appeared to be flying throught the "cup" of the big dipper!) Having witnessed militatry aircraft ABOVE our cruise altitude in the past, (ie. 60,000 feet), we thought we would query the air traffic controllers as to the source of this strobe. (Interesting to note... very shortly after we mentioned this over the radio, the blinking strobe light stopped entirely.) After mentioning this sighting to two different air traffic controllers, the second offered the UFO Center phone and web sight address... We continue to feel that we wittnessed a military aircraft of some kind, however we could not get any confirmation from ATC. By the way, ATC mentioned that their radar coverage reaches up to 99,000 feet! A UFO, maybe? Possibly some new military "Hot Stuff"?? Maybe you could confirm?! Thanx and Happy Landings! Crew of Falcon 2000!