NUFORC Sighting 120168

Occurred: 2015-07-04 20:30 Local
Reported: 2015-07-06 11:58 Pacific
Duration: 30-45 seconds
No of observers: 2

Location: Redlands, CA, USA

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aircraft nearby

Strange Amber-Orange Light seen in Redlands, California, on July 4th.

At about 8:30 PM on Saturday, July 4th, I was sitting in our front yard in Redlands, California, waiting with friends and family to watch the annual fireworks display at the University of Redlands Football Stadium. I had been sitting and talking with my friend who is a medical doctor at an area hospital.

There were a number of small aircraft flying around the area, which is typical around here on July 4th, but one aircraft really stood out. Instead of the typical red and green blinking position lights as seen on the surrounding aircraft, this particular aircraft had one amber-orange light. It appeared to be the size of a large, bright planet…possibly a bit larger. It moved in a west to east trajectory north of Redlands in the direction of Mentone, California. My friend and I watched it for 30-45 seconds.

As I continued to watch the light, I kept saying to her, “That doesn’t look like an airplane.” It appeared to be moving about the same speed as the small airplanes in the area, but unlike those other aircraft it maintained a constant altitude. My friend looked away briefly, but I kept watching it. Then before my eyes it abruptly disappeared. When it disappeared, I exclaimed to her, “It disappeared!” She looked back at me and said, “That must not have been an airplane!”

I am kicking myself because we had a yard full of people, and I didn’t say anything to anyone else but my friend. I didn’t even tell my husband, who is a retired USAF navigator. He reprimanded me, saying, “The next time you see something like that tell me!”

Posted 2015-07-06

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