|Occurred : 2/21/2004 22:24 (Entered as : 02/21/1904 22:24)
Reported: 2/21/2004 9:52:49 PM 21:52
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
|What looked like a flock of geese flying overhead at night but couldn't have been.
Observed ~5 MILES ENE of NORAD. direction of movement: 300 degrees Magnetic.
Looked like a flock of geese in heavy left formation. (Leader, one on right and three on left). I was surprised that they were so easily observed at night. Then they were gone. I walked around the corner of the building to see if I could see them and nothing to see. Then it dawned on me that they covered an arc of view (~ 50 degrees) in about 5 seconds. Also dawned on me that the formation was perfect and the illuminated bottom of the birds was too perfect.(My initial surprise was .. Ghee, I can see a flight of geese at night.) The rate of airspeed had to be in excess of 500mph or faster. The size of each bird was the same as the width of my fingertip at arms length. I see lots of flights of geese past here but not that fast. The AF jets showing off for the USAF Academy don't cover that much sky. No noise. No change of image. I don't know what I saw but it wasn't a flock of geese.
Upon reflection, I believe they were shaped like isosceles triangles, perhaps individual ones or maybe iso triangels on the bottom of one big thing I couldn't see.
Whatever it/they were, they initially struck me as a flock of geese. Oh, the winds at altitude weren't great enough to allow a flock of geese to go that fast because the clouds just weren't moving. I have 11,000 plus flight hours as pilot in command.