|Occurred : 12/11/2003 19:10 (Entered as : 12/11/103 19:10)
Reported: 12/11/2003 11:27:53 AM 11:27
Location: Waterford, VT
|Six bright, white lights in apparent formation approached at high speed with military aircraft in vicinity
Walking up the hill back to the house from our barn at 7:05 pm EST, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, I was looking down at my feet in the deep snow (so I wouldn't trip), when I noticed a flash of light fill the sky, seeming to come from behind me. When I whirled around, I was startled by the appearance of six bright light whites in two apparently separate triangular groups. Each triagular group of three lights appeared to be the size of a folded postcard held at arms' length. The lights appeared to be quite close to me in terms of distance - maybe 250 yards - and it was immediately apparent that they were moving toward me at high speed descending from an initial altitude of a couple of hundred feet. There were only the six bright lights, quite small in size, with no structure discernable around them or between them. The lights were not flashing, and were a constant white colour. One other witness feels that there were some pink tinges associated with the lights. Nevertheless the relative spacing between the lights remained absolutely constant in the 10-15 seconds that I observed them, as though they were rigidly connected. The two triangular groups moved together, with no change in the spacing between them other than an apparent increase in size as the object(s) approached. There was no sound either preceding or during the appearance of the lights.
At the same moment that I first saw the lights, I noticed two aircraft flying one in front of the other well behind the lights and at a higher altitude. I believe that the aircraft were military aircraft. We do not live near a commercial airport, but we do see military planes (A-10's; F-16's) from time to time as we border military area Y-2 in New Hampshire.
I noted the navigation lights and strobes on the two aircraft. The planes were travelling from right to left of my field of visions, perpendicular to the apparent direction of travel of the lights which was more or less directy towards me. The lights were not near the aircraft and it did not appear possible that the planes were the source of the light phenomenon. The lights were much closer, at a lower altitude and moving in an entirely different direction than the planes. The relative positions and movements of the planes and the lights, and the exact simultaneous extinguishing of the lights (see below) in my mind precludes flares as being the identification of the lights.
As the lights approached from the southwest, and after 10-15 seconds of observing them all six lights disappeared at exactly the same moment, with no change in direction, no residue, nor sound of any kind. They simply vanished at once while in motion towards me, as though someone turned off a light switch.
The two aircraft made a wide, sweeping turn around our property and at some point about one minute later another two aircraft joined the "pattern" circling our property. The planes remained circling overhead in a fairly tight turning pattern for well-over one hour (approximately 1 hour 20 minutes) at which time they flew off.
This event was witnessed by three people who agree on the details of the event.