|Occurred : 2/14/2009 11:10 (Entered as : 02/14/2009 11:10)
Reported: 2/14/2009 4:50:14 AM 04:50
Location: Lisburn (Northern Ireland),
|Mach 3+ Oval, Lisburn, N. Ireland.
Earlier this morning myself and my two sons were gardening. At 11:10 my eldest son aged 7 pointed at an aircraft and asked me what make of aircraft it was. It looked like an Airbus A321. He then asked why it was dragging a hot air balloon behind it. I looked up agian and noticed a small black oval, possibly 20 meters long and 10-15 meters wide which I would estimate was 1000-1500 meters behind the aircraft.
For almost a minute the black oval maintained speed a distance from the Airbus, but it finally 'peeled off' at a speed of which I have never witnessed.
I myself am a former Royal Naval Engineer and was designated to HMS Invincible (1993-1999). During this period I witnessed many military aircraft travelling at speeds in excess of Mach 1.8, usually at military exercises. If I compare the speed of the black oval to military aircraft I have worked with before, I would say it was accelerated from tailing the Airbus (400+ mph) to Mach 3.5 in 1 second.
As you can imagine, at this speed the oval quickly vanished from site in the direction of Banbridge, SW.
I do not wish you to contact me, but thank you for your time.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))