|Occurred : 10/7/2005 23:35 (Entered as : 10/07/2005 23:35)
Reported: 10/7/2005 11:20:46 PM 23:20
Location: Orland/Tinley Park, IL
|Odd lights performing maneuvers never seen before near Chicago.
It was 11:30PM, and a friend and I were driving down orland square drive in Orland Park facing westbound when we first noticed the lights. They were at the same altitude as an aircraft on final approach into Chicago Midway. The two lights/aircraft came from seperate parts of the sky (one from the west, and the other approached from the southwest). They met in the air for a brief second before beginning to perform almost perfect barrel roll manuevers (picture the shape of a corkscrew noodle.)
After about 2 full turns, one proceeded to fly away from the other very slowly to the northeast. While one flew off to the northeast, the other remained in the same location, moving so slowly that you would have to concentrate on it to not mistake it as a star.
Whatever these were, they appeared mainly white in color, with a faint reddish flicker. These objects made no sound whatsoever. Even though we were approximately 3 miles from the lights, and not hearing them would make sense, there was an odd silence in the sky, I mean come on, there is ALWAYS a jet flying over this area going to/from the airport producing a sound from the jet, but during this, there was nothing at all.
Also, the intensity level of their lights varied thoughout the sighting, going from extremely dim/nearly blacked out, back to the brightness of say, Saturn.
Given our towns proximity to Midway airport, and being under several flight paths, from 11:30PM to approx. 12:15AM, there were absolutely NO commercial planes in the sky. We were on fairly high ground, with an excellent view of all horizons, and not a single strobe or red/green beacon in sight for MILES around.
This was an extremely erie event, almost identical to the skies the morning of 9/11 when all commercial planes were grounded by the FAA. Odd lights making corkscrew maneuvers, no commercial aircraft in the sky 15 miles from Midway?? Something very odd was happening in the skies over this area tonight.