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|Occurred : 2/24/2003 11:30 (Entered as : 02/24/03 11:30)
Reported: 2/24/2003 1:40:00 PM 13:40
Location: Olympic Mountains, WA
|Airliner paced by small disc over Olympic Mountains.
We were walking along a dirt road by our place outside of Shelton, WA., when I herd a deep roar of a jet engine. I looked up to see what the noise was about. I noticed an airliner going very slow, almost ready to stall, when I noticed a small silver line under the aircraft. I told my wife, and kids to look at that in the sky. We watched the littel silver craft pace the larger airliner, then the little craft shot ahead, and above , in front, of the airliner and shot off. They were both heading in a northerly direction at that point. The hole event lasted about 10 seconds.
((NUFORC Note: Witness may have witnessed a commercial airliner on a test flight, accompanied by its "chase" plane, possibly a North American F-86 "Sabre," which may still be Boeing's chase/photography platform. PD))
((POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FROM ANOTHER WITNESS. PLEASE SEE OTHER REPORT FOR THIS DATE))
Possible explanation of 24Feb2003 sighting over Olympic Mountains
I work at Boeing in Everett,and at approximately 10:15 am on 24Feb2003,myself and hundreds of other employees watched the first 777ER take of on its first flight.It was accompanied by a small,silver or white colored "chase plane",which would have been taking photos of the new airplane.It would have been zipping all around the big jet,taking pictures.It was a beautiful day,perfect photo opportunity.
I watched the 777ER and its chase plane take off,heading north.She then turned west,and contiued around south,approximately over the vicinity of the Olympic Mountains.I lost sight of her around 10:30.
This could explain the sighting on 24Feb2003 over the Olympics.
((NUFORC Note: We are grateful for the report. Witness for this second report elects to remain totally anonymous. PD))