Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA
Duration: 10-15 min
No of observers: 1
Reported: 2003-03-10 20:11:40 Pacific
Posted: 2003-03-11 00:00:00
deep red pulsating triangles flying over Ft. Walton Beach
1st sighting of the night: -------------------------- 9/12/02, on a work-related trip, I spent much of the evening relaxing on my hotel room's ocean-side balcony. Mostly just relaxing, watching the stars at other times.
Approx. 9:30 pm, I noticed an unusually bright light in the sky (to the East).
I then noticed that it was moving, and rather oddly at that. Slowly, a second faded into view above the first. The first dimmed, extinguished, then another light faded into view above the second. This occurred several times, slowly. After a while the two lights stopped the vertical motions, and began moving around very slowly (independently) but still staying close together. No fast motions, but they would move, stop abruptly and pause, move somewhere else, then stop...
This went on for about 5-10 minutes. My view was not extremely close, but they seemed to be much closer than high-flying commercial aircraft, and they were further out horizontally from my view than vertically.
Description of lights: . Each was triangular.
. Entire triangle was red (no other external lights).
. Color was very deep red, deeper than lights on large tv/radio antenna.
. Lights slowly pulsated in intensity (brighter-dimmer, ~2-3 second period).
. Lights did not seem to be directional. No matter which way they moved, the lights did not stop showing (as plane lights would as the plane turned).
. Motion was not fast, but not extremely slow either.
2nd sighting of the night: -------------------------- I was so edhilerated/excited/scared/blown away by the first sighting that I was not about to go back in the room if I could catch another glimpse of these things. My patience paid off at ~10:15pm local time. Again, two of the pulsating red triangles came into view - this time from my left. They went back out to approx. the same spot they were in last time. Their motions were the same as the first time, short and straight paths, abrupt stops, nothing too fast about any of it. Moving independently, but staying relatively close to each other. After 10-15 minutes of this, they began a slow steady path to my left with no abrupt stops.
That was the last I saw of them for the trip.
Other details: -------------- . I was staying at a hotel on the 6th floor which allowed me to see over some of the haze that was coming in from storm Hanna.
. Ft. Walton Beach is located between 2 U.S. Air Force bases - Eglin and Hurlburt.
I was doing some work for my company at one of them. I wanted so badly to ask people at the base the next day about experimental aircraft in the area, but I was representing my company and could not go around asking about glowing red pulsating triangles flying about.
. I watched the skies every evening for the rest of the trip (when not working).
I saw airplanes and helicopters fly over at other times. Each of them was clearly a helicopter or airplane no matter how far away it was. I am absolutely certain that the red triangles were not planes or helicopters.
The characteristics of their lighting and motion were not even close.
. I am providing a sketch of the scene since I did not have a camera. The sketch is not perfect, but I believe it depicts the important aspects of the scene. (it may be a little dark, turn up brightess and contrast for best view).
. I saw nothing else this night, but the next night (9/13/02) I saw some even more amazing craft. These sightings are reported separately.
Witness provides illustration of sighting. We may post it. PD
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