|Occurred : 2/1/2004 02:00 (Entered as : 02/01/2004 02:00)
Reported: 11/6/2007 12:54:52 PM 12:54
Location: Birmingham, AL
|Large dark chevron, silently passing overhead in early AM hours, only seen because against star fields.
Date of sighting is approximate. It was either in 2003 or 2004, on a cold, fall/winter night.
The sky was especially clear (e.g., low humidity/haze) with a lot more stars visible to the naked eye than is usually the case.
I live in Vestavia Hills, directly south from Birmingham. I had gotten up to take our dog outside to go to the bathroom. It was after midnight, and likely around 2AM or 3AM. I was looking up at the stars when something obstructed my view.
At first I thought it was just a cloud, but as this thing moved across a star field, I could clearly see that its leading edge was triangular or chevron shaped. I could not make out the shape of the rear of the object. Also, I did not hear any noise.
At the time, I figured it must be a B-1 bomber and was listening for the sound of engines but heard none, or none that could be heard over a background of light, late-night traffic noise.
The object appeared to be large (3 or 4 moon diameters across), and at a relative low altitude for aircraft, and traveled across a quarter of the sky in about 10 to 15 seconds. Its speed appeared to be the same as a commercial jet at low altitude on a landing approach. It was traveling in an approximate S to SSW direction.
At the time i figured the B-1 must be heading to Maxwell Airforce Base in Montgomery, Alabama (or Eglin Air Force Base on the Gulf Coast).
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))