|Occurred : 8/20/2017 05:30 (Entered as : 08/20/17 05:30)
Reported: 8/21/2017 4:30:46 AM 04:30
Location: White Plains, MD
|Two slow moving red blinking lights with no descernible shape between them
White Plains, MD: We are in the approach/departure flight path (at a higher altitude) for Washington Reagan National Airport, and occasionally Joint Base Andrews, so hearing and seeing airplane traffic is not unusual. I always search the skies to find the plane and watch its flight.
At 0530 on Sunday 20 August 2017, I was out in the driveway smoking a cigarette. I began to hear a low rumble, like an airplane getting closer. It was a cloudless morning and stars were still visible, but I could not see an airplane anywhere in the sky.
As the low rumble increased in volume, it sounded like it flew right overhead, but I still couldn’t see it. Finally, as it crossed past the house (moving SW to NE), I saw two blinking red lights moving very slowly away from me. I thought, “That’s why I couldn’t find a plane; it’s actually two planes”, because of the spacing of the two lights.
However, as I continued to watch, I realized that it wasn’t two planes flying in formation, it was actually one extremely large craft, and it was flying extremely slowly, compared to the aircraft I normally see fly over the house.
I assume that the blinking red lights were on the tips of its wings, but there was actually no discernible shape associated with the craft. It was low enough that I should have been able to see wings and a fuselage, but there was nothing in between the lights that was visible at all.
The low rumble gradually faded in volume, and as I continued to watch the red lights, they suddenly just disappeared, as did the rumbling noise.
I am a former US Navy Sailor and a trained observer, having worked with the Navy police during my career.