|Occurred : 9/13/2017 14:00 (Entered as : 09/13/17 14:00)
Reported: 9/13/2017 4:47:05 PM 16:47
Location: Charlestown, RI
|Odd ' jet liners' with bright lights fade into thin air.
While enjoying a brief stay at East Beach in Charlestown, RI, and lying on my back looking up at the clear blue sky, I spotted what looked like an airliner or B-52 shaped plane with fuselage, two wings, and four jet pods (2 on each wing). I didn't notice the 'plane' approach but only noticed it as it materialized over head. I would guess the altitude to be 15k feet up.
The craft caught my attention by virtue of 'bright lights' attached to the ends of the four 'jet pods'...the fuselage and wings had a translucent texture about it. It seemed, some how, 'fake' to me. The four bright, silvery lights at the ends of the pods changed as I observed it (I had binoculars with me, having viewed an old B-17, B-24, and a spitfire of WWII vintage earlier pass over the shoreline next to me, in prep for a local airshow over Labor Day weekend.).
Through the binoculars I had a good close up view of the 'plane.' It's speed was slow for a jet, in my opinion. As I looked at it close up, the far left 'light' went out and was replaced by the same type light at the end of the tail section. Now, there were 3 wing lights and one tail light. All were very bright and prominent.
As I continued to watch, the craft just faded out..it became dimmer and then just gone. No sound was heard.
About 3 minutes later as I continued my sky search another similar 'plane' appeared in the same general area but higher in elevation. It, too, had the same lights but only two that I saw..one on each side of respective wing pods. It was also translucent in substance as was the first. It also faded quickly as if de-materializing as I watched.
The first craft sighting was in view for about 10 seconds but the second craft for only 5 seconds. Both were going in the same Westward direction. It was the lights on these 'planes' and their translucence that I deemed very odd and not normal.
I thought about the sun's reflective aspect on metal as an explanation but dismissed the idea as there was no consistency to it and the craft continued straight and not deviating.
Another mystery, but possibly UFOs that can mimic our air craft and go unnoticed by the public.
((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))
Hi Peter..I'll try to answer some questions...the object's lights were brilliant even in the bright sunlight...brilliant and silver-white...that's what really caught my attention initially. The lights changing position suddenly was also odd to me.
Math is my worst subject, so as far as degrees traveled in those 10 seconds, I would guess, maybe, five or so...it was not moving very fast. I see many airliners coming and going from Greene Airport, in Warwick, RI, heading SW, the usual course. This craft was a steady due West.
I was not clear about the Air Show, Peter. The low flying WWII planes that passed in front of me along the shoreline earlier could have been a prep for an upcoming show at Quonset Pt. airport in North Kingstown, an old US Navy airport, now home to some vintage planes, or from a show over Labor Day weekend, but I'll have to call Quonset to find out for sure. C-130s fly out of there daily on routine practice flights for the Air National Guard who use that airport.
The size of the 'plane' relative to the size of the bright sun was consistent with a 707 or similar, though the craft reminded me more of the B-52 with more swept back wings There were two 'jet pods' per wing.
The report you forwarded to me makes me think of a sighting I had earlier this summer while aboard the Block Island ferry heading to Block Island, RI (also known as New Shoreham, about 12 miles off of Pt. Judith harbor). That morning this past June while the boat was half way out I noticed an egg shaped 'thing' drifting about 500 ft above the water. It seemed fluid and changed shape, but not dramatically. I was about a quarter mile from it, observing it behind the boat. I dismissed the para sail idea as no boats were anywhere near it. It was white-grey and translucent..like a blob, or parachute folding and unfolding. I had no idea what it could be but no one else near me said anything (most people don't notice these things). I said nothing, but wished I'd had my camera with me. I watched it until it just seemed to disappear. I saw no 'spikes' on it but it was egg shaped but fluid. It was windy but the wind didn't seem to shift it...it just hung there in one space just above the ocean. I didn't report it since i thought there was some good explanation, but I perhaps should have.
This occurred on a bright sunny morning about 11:30. I will continue to be observant and questioning about these things, even if no else is.
Thanks, Peter, ((name deleted)), South Kingstown, RI