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Occurred : 8/30/1999 22:30 (Entered as : 08/30/1999 22"30)
Reported: 9/14/2003 2:12:46 AM 02:12
Posted: 9/17/2003
Location: Raquette Lake (Golden Beach Campground), NY
Shape: Light
Duration:1 hour
A second object joined the first after the first had circled repeatedly for over 45 minutes, leading us to believe that it was a milita

I am writing this after reading the other sighting from Raquette Lake. I am not sure of the exact date of my sighting, but it was about 22:30 on a summer evening and it was very possibly 1999.

While standing on the beach (very dark) at Golden Beach Campground with my father, (we were viewing shooting stars and had on a different visit witnessed a very bright flare, or flash from a iridium satellite, now defunct) we were able to see a airplane with lights making repeated large oblong circles over the mountains. The plane was south of the lake, in the general direction of Sagamore, or Cedar River Flow to Moose River Plains, but probably was only a few miles from Raquette Lake.

This activity made us very curious and we watched very closely as the plane continued the loops. Finally, a similar plane entered from the east and closed the distance on the initial plane. The second plane was now trailing the first one by a very short distance and was following an identical pattern. This remained the situation for quite a while, only now they flew off into the distance. (Subsequent conversations and internet searches have led me to believe that they were military planes that were practicing refueling maneuvers over the desolate and isolated Adirondack Park) An hour or so later, one of the planes flew extremely low over the the main street of the campground (and it contiued west over the lake) as I stood in the street between campsite 13 and 18 and the plane did not appear again.

((NUFORC Note: Date of incident is approximate. PD))