|Occurred : 7/31/2007 22:20 (Entered as : 073107 22:20)
Reported: 8/1/2007 7:26:14 AM 07:26
Location: Fostoria, MI
|Strange light sequence followed by military fly by
On the night of July 31st, 2007 at approx 10:20 pm I was on my back deck in Fostoria Mi.
It was a clear night so I was watching the sky for shooting stars and satellites. It was at this Time that some strange lights appeared in the north east sky. The lights were a golden orange color and very bright. The first light appeared and steadily got brighter, and then it just went out. Immediately after, the next light came on just to the left of where the 1st one was. It did the same thing as the 1st. When the 2 nd light went out the 3rd came on just to the left of it until it reached its brightest point and it went out. The timing of the 3 lights were in perfect sequence, one would appear dim then brighten and go out, then the next light came on brightened and went out, and then the third did the same. The whole event took maybe 5- 10 seconds. The lights made NO Noise.
I could not tell if the lights were separate craft flying in a tight formation, or if the lights were coming on and going off along the side of a single craft. The lights were not far above the horizon and in the airspace between Fostoria Mi. and Clifford Mi.
I knew that the lights were not normal air traffic so I continued to watch the sky. I saw commercial air traffic above my home (Flint/Saginaw Airports). But at 10:50 pm (30 minutes after sighting) off to the north west I could see 2 aircraft flying in obvious formation heading right toward my home. As they approached, you could tell it was military fighter jets. When the fighters were getting very close to the area of the sighting the turned off the blinking lights and even kicked in afterburners. The fighters were flying at a pretty low altitude ( about 1/3 as high as commercial flights) and you could see the bright white afterburner flames. We do not get much military air traffic in the area. But when we do, they are never that low and never have the afterburner flames shooting out.
The ones this night were low, fast and loud enough to rattle the deck I was standing on. These fighters passed just between my home and where I had seen the strange lights.
I am not sure what the golden orange lights in the sky were, but I know that the military flying by was a direct result of the sighting.
I am a 41 year old male. I manage an office, and have a wife and 2 children. I know what various aircraft look like and spend a lot of time sky watching. I know what satellites look like as the move across the sky. What I witnessed on this night was not normal air traffic.