|Occurred : 2/2/2000 19:49 (Entered as : 02/02/2000 19:49 hrs)
Reported: 2/8/2000 01:37
Location: Seattle, WA
Duration:aprox. 2 min
|((NUFORC Note: The objects were C-17 military transport a/c flying in formation.))
Watched two flying objects headed NW, very low, very slow, at junction of Duamish River and West Seattle Bridge.
At approx 1949 hrs I witnessed two large low flying objects. These objects appeared to be less than 2000' in altitude. Unknown speed, but very very slow. I work in an environment that is located right on the water of the Duamish River, and adjacent to the West Seattle Bridge. As this employment results in working all shifts day or night, I physically see numerous aircraft arriving and departing Boeing Field which is very close by. The ONLY two times that I have physically seen ANY aircraft in this area that were as low as the two objects sighted was the departure of Air Force 1, and the Blue Angels. Even Air Force 1 was travelling faster on dearture (which went directly over me) than these two sighted objects. Although the shape was hard to discern, there were two distinctive white strobe type lights on what appeared to be the outer edges of the objects, both had the same lighting structure, which I also will state I have never seen this type of lighting on commercial aircraft landing at Boeing Field. NOTE: C17 link below has a excellent pic of a up close wing tip, I cannot see a large type beacon/strobe that would simulate the type of strobe I witnessed. Both objects were (to my experience and location) too far east for a Boeing Field departure, and were almost directly above the River. They then passed over the West Seattle Bridge and did not appear to change altitude or speed, they continued this heading until my view was blocked by buildings, and cargo cranes on the north side of the bridge. I did not see these objects again, however, listening to Art Bell and hearing Peter speak of this event at the end of the 10:00 hr, my shift change took place at 11:00pm, I then immediately turned on KIRO 7 Eyewitness news @ 11, newsperson Hutchinson addressed the sighting and to the best of my recollection she stated that the DOD informed their office of 2 F117A's, out of McCord Air Force Base. Can military aircraft fly low level night missions in populated civilan areas in peacetime?????? For info and pics on the C17 go here: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/c-17.htm For info and pics on the F117A go here: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/f-117.htm