|Occurred : 3/29/2016 20:51 (Entered as : 03/29/16 20:51)
Reported: 3/29/2016 9:13:22 PM 21:13
Location: Shelton, WA
|Slow-flying lights were NOT a commercial airliner!
At 20:50, I went outside (NW-facing porch) for my after dinner smoke. Approx. 1 minute later,I saw something that I am unable to explain away.
Approx. 1 mile (~1.61km) away, I spotted three lights at an azimuth of ~7° at a distance from me of approx. 1 mile (~1.61km): one steady-on white light, trailed by a steady-on red light and a flashing red strobe just above it.
The lights appeared to be seperated by 250' (76.2M) to 300' (91.4M). The thing that brought it to my attention was the very low airspeed -- it appeared to fly at ~80mph (128.8kph) which is far below the speed of a passenger aircraft at similar altitude.
I was able to easily discern a low rumble -- presumably engine noise but I could very well be incorrect on this point.
Weather conditions at the time were clear, temperature 47°F (8.3°C), and calm winds.