|Occurred : 7/30/2013 12:00 (Entered as : July 30 12:00)
Reported: 8/23/2013 7:22:49 AM 07:22
Location: Oshkosh, WI
|Flying disk over Oshkosh Airport during EAA fly-in.
While sitting outside on the campground of Oshkosh Airport during the EAA fly-in, a "skywriter" aircraft was flying a few thousand feet above us. The aircraft was to the south and was writing a welcome message to the airshow participants. Looking straight up from our position, myself and another person spotted a round, disk object moving west to east. It was flying in a slightly erratic line, that is, the object did make several very fast movements to the north and south. Each movement could be measured in yards. Actual movement of the disk was less than 200mph when first observed. By the time we could focus on the disk, it quickly moved to the east and out of our view behind trees. Altitude and size of the disk would be a guess, but it did appear to be below the scattered cloud layer and lower than the "skywriter." There were at least 2-3 miles separating the two aircraft.
I am a former air traffic controller and very familiar with aircraft. The other person who also spotted the disk is a current captain of a "jumbo jet" aircraft for a major airline with over 30,000 hours of flight time.
To our knowledge, no one else reported or saw the disk and it was well above the flight pattern altitudes at OSH. As a side note, one other person in our group is a high level manager in the FAA. Though he did not see the disk, he would have heard about it if it had impacted airport operations.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))