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Occurred : 7/21/2018 20:59 (Entered as : 07/21/18 20:59)
Reported: 7/29/2018 5:39:16 PM 17:39
Posted: 8/10/2018
Location: Tampa, FL
Shape: Cigar
Duration:45 seconds
On 7/21/18 20:58, I observed a very large red glowing cigar shaped light or object, fly from south to north over Tampa, Florida.

On 7/21/18 20:59, I observed a very large red glowing cigar shaped light, or object, fly from south to north over Tampa, Florida. It was quite eerie, as it was a very unusual and intense color of red for it to be a jet aircraft on a landing approach to either Tampa International Airport or nearby MacDill AFB illuminating a bunch of clouds with its landing lights. I have seen many normal aircraft fly through the clouds but never a color or shape like this.

The object appeared as a red glowing cigar shape for about 7 seconds, and then instantly changed shape to a much smaller but very intense bright white circular shaped object or light as it continued to fly in a northerly direction for about another 30 seconds. I could see that the object had changed to a pulsing reddish orange glow as it flew away. I never observed any typical red or green aircraft navigation strobe lights.

I was able to get several pictures of it from my cell phone, but unfortunately, not quickly enough to capture an image in the bright red cigar shape portion of the sighting.

There was never any sound of aircraft engines and there were no NASA rocket launches that evening at Cape Kennedy. The entire sighting was about 45 seconds.

I have worked for military aerospace contractors for 15 years and consider myself well read on aircraft.