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Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/1/2001 22:00 (Entered as : 8/01 22:00)
Reported: 1/4/2002 2:41:17 PM 14:41
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:10 min
Possible explanation for sighting in Rockford, IL.

I am writing this to offer information that may be helpful in regards to the 1/11/2001 Rockford Illinois report. I didn't see the lights that night, but did last summer. The same sort of things were approaching from north, headed south. The 1/11 report mentioned a hum. I live on the edge of Rockford, and had the benefit of a quieter viewing location. The hum the large group of lights was emitting, only a "tinkle", appeared to be that of many turboprop powered aircraft, probably "Hercules" national guard aircraft, flying in formation at high altitude. They may have been traveling back from Camp Douglas or Fort McCoy Wisconsin. The lights, once they passed overhead, dimmed, as if the landing lights had been viewed, and only the navigation lights could then be seen. I hope this may help explain some sightings.

((NUFORC Note: The other reports submitted to us do not seem consistent with Hercules C-130, or any other type of aircraft that we are aware of. The lights were visible in the sky for some 10-20 minutes, drifting slowly in distinct clusters. Please see reports from Rockford, IL, and from Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ. PD))