|Occurred : 10/16/2004 18:30 (Entered as : 10/16/2004 18:30)
Reported: 10/16/2004 8:40:02 PM 20:40
Location: San Diego, CA
|white lights w/ sm. blinking red light, changing and waving like a firecracker, changing erratically, expanding and contracting.
Merging onto the 805N bridge in Mission Valley of S.D. to the NE of my vehicle ( over my neighborhood ) I first saw a very bright white light and one small red fast blinking light of an aircraft flying North at what appeared to be a similar altitude of local small planes and helicopters. It immediately kept my attention as the the lights on this aircraft would change drastically. At first, it can only be compared to the waving of a firecracker. As it curved in the sky small bright lights would expand out into a wild flickering trail and then it would compact again and as I exited off the freeway into my neighborhood, I was compelled to follow it as long as I could. It was high enough for me to keep a constant visual. As I caught up to it slightly, it would dim down to just the red light almost going out completely only to come back strong again. The last time I saw the white lights expand-out I was closer and so it was more defined, appearing that the lights were attached and in a half oval shape ( very Spielberg-ish ). I have no idea what this could honestly be. It was brillant against the black sky.I followed until it had dimmed to just the red light and then it dimmed out completely. I waited one minute but it was gone. It had continued North flying over Miramar until it vanished. I had driven to our quiet local airport, Montgomery Field. There is an aircraft show this weekend at Miramar but I cannot imagine an acrobatic plane capable. To the east I could see in the distance normal aircraft coming in from the east.