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Occurred : 12/15/1998 20:00 (Entered as : 98-99 wint)
Reported: 12/1/2009 8:50:28 PM 20:50
Posted: 12/12/2009
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Shape: Formation
Duration:5 minutes
Formation of brilliant amber-orange lights completely silent over Fairbanks, AK

After all these years I’ve finally worked up the motivation to submit this report. This happened during the winter of 1998-99, but after 10 years I can’t remember the month or time of evening. I remember the experience vividly, though.

I was walking across an agricultural experiment field at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks, sometime in the evening (could have been anywhere between 18:00 and midnight). It was overcast, with a cloud deck of somewhere between 300 and 600 meters.

When I reached the middle of the snow-covered field, which was roughly 1 km by 1 km, I could see a formation of lights to my SE headed in my direction. Because Fort Wainwright and Eielson AFB are to the SE, I assumed it was a formation of fighters, bombers or helicopters.

The lights were in a delta formation, with one in the middle and 3 on each side, for a total of 7, and were a brilliant amber-orange. They were moving at a low rate of speed, 100 km/h at most, and were flying underneath the cloud deck. I watched as they passed directly over me. I could make out no wings, tails or propellers. The lights were brilliant as a welding torch would be, but they did not flicker. The objects were completely silent; not even a whisper; whereas I could hear a raven’s wings flap out in that field.

As these 7 lights in formation continued off to the NW, an 8th one brought up the tail at the same speed about 1 km behind. All of the lights were moving as if fixed, but the clouds were clearly visible between them. I am confident these were not airplanes or helicopters.

((NUFORC Note: We have assigned an arbitrary date and time, and have asked the witness to try to reconstruct/remember the exact date. PD))