|Occurred : 1/1/2013 00:01 (Entered as : 01/01/13 00:01)
Reported: 1/1/2013 12:52:09 AM 00:52
Location: Portland, OR
|I observed the following by eye & through binoculars.
Whilst watching the New Years Fireworks from my 2nd story which affords me a good southerly view I noticed two orange lights flying in sync along the southern horizon.
I know what aircraft look like as my home is in a flight path for PDX airport.
My interest was piqued as the lights differed from the planes that I see as they were not red or white but orange. First the two objects were flying east to west in a formation which seemed quite strange i.e one of the lights was low on the horizon and behind the other light that was higher up from the horizon, plus they seemed to be flying at a fast speed, not zipping across the sky at an unfeasible speed but faster than planes tend to go .
Another brighter, whiter light that I took to be a plane flying along the normal South to North air route for Portland International airport was flying to the West of the orange lights and didn't garner my attention until it started to fade out, I don't know how but it was there then started to diminish and was gone. At this time the lower light was no longer there (I don't know how it went it just wasn't there anymore) whilst the other kept along the east west path it was on and too faded out of my view.
Then I saw another light that seemed similar to the two previous orange lights much lower on the horizon, for about 20 seconds which then dropped away from my view beyond the horizon.
Shortly after this a plane one with the white and flashing lights came into view and flew an arc westward over towards Portland City Center. This gave me the impression that the other lights I saw were quite a ways off and going much faster than this plane.
I viewed the orange lights through my binoculars and did not see the red and white flashing lights that planes normally have. It may be that they were aircraft that did not exhibit the normal night time lights, but these had no flashing lights on them, were in a formation and seemed to be moving fast.
I wanted to put this up as I am intrigued to see if any other folks saw this or have an opinion on what I saw.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))