Location: Daytona Beach, FL, USA
Duration: 1-2 minutes
No of observers: 1
Reported: 2000-09-07 00:00:00 Pacific
Posted: 2000-09-17 00:00:00
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aircraft nearby
Two red lights manuevering both stationary and at very high rates of speed. Both performed unlimited climbs until disappering.
That morning, was warming up for a fitness test at a local track. I was facing West when I noticed two red lights cruising at a high rate of speed from the North (the direction of Jacksonville) to the South Southwest(towards Orlando). Best guess of altitude was +20,000 feet. Sky was completely clear, morning twilight was beginning in the East. Initially thought the two lights were from the same aircraft and the red lights would have been position lights on the left side of the aircraft. However, I noticed no strobe lights, beacons, etc. which are normally present on aircraft. At exactly the same time, a passenger plane took off from Daytona Beach Int'l giving me a visual reference in the sky. I realized the two red lights were moving even faster than I thought and were two distinctly seperate objects. As they passed the due West position in formation, they shifted, without changing speed. Object #1 made several sharp turns and course reversals, then shot straight up into the clear sky until completely fading away. Object #2 stopped and stayed stationary during the manuevers of object #1. It then spiraled around the first object as it climbed out of view. Both lights diminished as they traveled farther up into the sky (unlimited climb). Aside from the momentary noise of aircraft taking off, no other noise during the quiet, calm morning. I am a civilian and military pilot and familiar with various types of high speed/highly manueverable aircraft. Absolutely none have that capability. While observing, I immediately was able to rule out any known aircraft, atmosphereic phenomena (clear sky, stars visible) and due to the maneuvers, rule out anything like meteors, pulsing stars, etc.
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