|Occurred : 5/12/2007 14:30 (Entered as : 05/12/07 14:30)
Reported: 5/27/2007 10:00:05 PM 22:00
Location: Springfield, IL
|Daytime sighting of an unknown object following the vapor trail of passing commercial jet.
The location of this sighting was the same as the 4/17/05 reported sighting, the UIS soccer fields, and it again occurred during daylight hours.
It was a very clear day with blue skies and little to no clouds, in the middle of the afternoon.
My 7-year old daughter and I had just finished shooting a model rocket several times and had no more engines left, so we sat down under some trees to relax before making the walk back to our car. My daughter joked that perhaps we would see a UFO since I had spotted some unknown object(s) in the sky at the same place, roughly two years ago, when we'd been flying kites. It, unfortunately, has become a family joke. As we sat under the trees, she joked about some flying insects being UFOs and pointed to a passing jet or two. After a minute or so, she pointed and said, "What is that white ball following that jet?" I looked at the commercial jet that was flying overhead, and there was what appeared to be a ball of white vapor alongside the jet's vapor trail. This ball of what appeared to be white smoke or vapor was about the same width as the jet itself, or perhaps a little wider. The odd thing was that this ball appeared to be following the jet. It did not stay stationary in the sky as if it were just part of the vapor trail. Instead, it followed alongside the vapor trail behind the jet, traveling at what appeared to be the same speed as the jet, maintaining a constant distance.
We both stood up and walked out from under the trees to watch this object follow the jet until they both disappeared into the distance and out of view in the western sky. We were facing east when the jet and object were approaching, heading west.
I am a highly educated individual with a Masters degree, married with 2 daughters.