|Occurred : 6/30/2005 20:30 (Entered as : 06/30/2005 20:30)
Reported: 7/5/2005 8:23:09 PM 20:23
Location: Houston, TX
|While eating dinner at a restaurant in the village I noticed a very bright light directly east of me and coming in my direction. It was at about 5 to 8,000 feet and looked like a welding rod (reddish white) light with a very long contrail behind it. This craft was very near or over Hobby airport. Anyway took about 12-minutes to make a complete rectangle in front of me while finally departing to the south (while maintaining the same altitude). What I find unusual is the following: 1. Maintained it's brightness throughout it's movement in the rectangle (so was not a reflection in the setting sun or landing lights).
2. Numerous Southwest aircraft seemed to completely disappear during this time and did not resume till 9:00 pm.
3. No engine noise.
4. Gave off contrails, when no other aircraft before or after did.
5. Never made out body of aircraft or wings (even as it moved around the rectangle in the sky).
6. Flew extremely slowly (12 minutes to make a roughly 3-mile diameter rectangle).
I am a pilot, have never seen anything like this.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous. PD))