|Occurred : 11/15/2005 23:43 (Entered as : 111505 23:43)
Reported: 11/16/2005 5:07:09 AM 05:07
Location: Colby, KS
|Light in NW Kansas sky, Military Aircraft scrambled
I was out observing the sky enjoying a cigarette with 2 other friends. We were scanning the sky for meteors due to the time of the year. I Noticed some odd activity with 2 planes changing their flight, one entering the sky from the west the other from the east. Then I saw a bright orange light (similar to that of mars or venus).
The other aircraft, easily recognized with flashing white lights and red wing tip lights, began pursuit of this object in the northern sky, where it flew along magnetic north to south lines at (I postulate) 5 degrees from north in the horizon and an elevation 30 deg.
there was another aircraft with the same light pattern of the other 2 intercepting jets in the western sky that began pursuit when the light came closer to us from the north, and the 3 jets followed this object off into the southern horizon, flying parallel behind this object at an equal distance apart. I saw no afterburners fired, the object was not flying faster than the intercepting craft could maneuver