|Occurred : 6/15/1981 10:00 (Entered as : 06/15/81 10:00)
Reported: 3/13/2003 1:50:21 PM 13:50
Location: Reading (UK/England), .
|Bright silver disc flying alongside Concorde, before flying off at extreme speed
I know this was a long time ago, and I don't know if it of interest being in the UK.
I cannot remember the exact time or date, as I was only 11 at the time - 23 years ago! However, I can remember EVERY second of the actual event.
Reading is appx 50 miles west of London, and was on the flight path for Concorde coming into Heathrow. As it was so close to landing at the time it went overhead, it was very low in the sky, and extremely loud. Our windows would shake, and phone conversations were impossible for the 20-30 seconds that Concorde was passing overhead.
This particular day was warm, bright blue skies, with a little wispy broken white cloud. Very clear, very bright. Myself and appx 5-8 other children were watching Concorde go over, as we always did.
Someone called out: "What's that? Is that a helicopter?" Someone else: "Thats NOT a helicopter!" It was in fact a classic silver disc. It was flying alongside Concorde (elevations are impossible to judge, but that was the impression). It flew alongside Concorde, matching it perfectly, for about 30-40 seconds.
It then flew off (flew is the wrong term - it shot off like a bullet!) at a right-angle to it's previous direction of flight. It flew away and up until it vanished into the clouds.
My brother and I have since independently remembered TWO further events (one while we were at dinner with Budd Hopkins at the Leeds UFO conference funnily enough!). One was a traingle of white lights hovering over the car, and the other was a bright blue sphere hovering over some woods visible from our (shared) bedroom window at 4.01 am in the morning. Both of these events were since forgotten, and we independently remembered particular details which agreed. The concorde sighting has always been crystal clear in my memory.
A couple of years ago I was remembering the Concorde event. Shortly afterwards I returned to Reading to visit relatives. I bumped into a friend who I hadn't seen in about 12 years - but I remembered him being there in that playground. Before we could talk about anything else, I said "This'll sound weird - do you remember back at Westwood Farm (the school) looking up at Concorde and seeing something?" He instantly said "Yeah - a silver disc that shot off" I replied "Thank you, I didn't imagine it!"
((FOLLOW-UP CORRESPONDENCE WITH WITNESS))
Thanks very much for coming back to me - I have submitted this report to various places before, but never had a single response! Thanks.
I will try my best with your questions:
1) "At the time of your sighting, which side of the Concorde were you viewing, the right, or left?"
- I was on the ground looking straight up at it as it passed overhead. EG if I was facing West, it was flying west, and therefore would have been travelling from 'behind' us, overhead, and away in front of us into the distance.
2) "Also, where was the disc, relative to the Concorde, e.g. "above" or "below" the aircraft, as you faced it, or ahead or behind it?"
- It's hard to judge relative vertical distances from the ground looking straight up. But the impression that we all had was that it was flying right alongside. If that was the case, I don't see how passengers could have missed it!
3) "In addition, can you provide a detailed description of how the disc moved, relative to the aircraft, i.e. from what direction did it approach; if it hovered close to the aircraft, where was it located; where did the disc go, relative to the flight path of the aircraft?"
- We didn't see it approach unfortunately. When we all looked up at the concorde it was already there. Someone spotted it and said "What's that? Is that a helicopter?" Once it had been pointed out it was glaringly obvious, as it was shiny silver. It flew right alongside the plane, matching it's speed perfectly, and then flew off very fast at a right angle to it's previous flight direction. It may also have been going up at this point, as it disappeared into some clouds.
4) "Also, what was the relative size of the disc, compared, for example to the diameter of the fuselage of the aircraft?"
- I have attached a (very poor - forgive me!) picture which should indicate the relative sizes. It was considerably smaller than the plane, but still large enough to be clearly seen.
I have heard you ask people on the Jeff Rense show to do the arms' length description? I have tried this, and would estimate that at arm's length Concorde would have been appx as long as my thumb at the height it was. It used to go over pretty low! The picture (sorry again!) shows the size relative to that. The dotted line is the departure angle it took.
I hope this helps you to get a picture of the event. I know how hard it is to picture it without seeing it, as it's so clear to me!
The other witness I have mentioned isn't really a friend, just someone I was at school with. Apart from that chance encounter a few years back we've never spoken since school. He was pretty taken aback when this was the first thing I asked him about! However, I will try my best to find out
where he is now and ask him to submit a report.
Best regards, ((name deleted))
((NUFORC Note: We have seen some dramatic video footage of a disc flying beside the Concorde on its maiden flight, although we believe it was taken sometime during July 1976. PD))