Reported: 1996-01-29 00:00 Pacific
Location: Bartlett, TN, USA
Caller called at 1232 and left a message requesting that the Center call her.
Caller was outside her home, with a clear blue sky overhead, and no clouds.
She observed 5 contrails in the sky and heard some type of engine noise. Then she spotted something that appeared to her to be a twin-engine aircraft in one area of the sky, and also a helicopter in the northwest area of the sky. From her vantage point, they were on paths that would cross, or the aircraft might even have been on collision courses.
Suddenly, and peculiarly, the sound emanating from the helicopter ceased!! Then, she looked back at the other object, which she had taken to be a twin-engine aircraft, and it had a different appearance. It now looked like a collection of what looked like "slivers of metal in the sky."
These objects, apparently several of them, were "flipping and doing formation flying." They did not appear to be going fast, their (angular) velocity slower than a commercial airplane, for example.
The object(s) suddenly stopped moving, and they equally suddenly disappeared. She called the local airport about the helicopter, presumably to inquire who was flying it, and what it was doing.
She will send report.
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