Occurred: 1999-02-13 13:30 Local
Reported: 1999-02-14 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 10 minutes
No of observers: 1

Location: Walnut Creek, CA, USA

Shape: Unknown
Characteristics: Left a trail

Aircraft from SSW to E at extremely high altitude at extremely high speed, crossing visible horizon in 8 minutes, so high that shape was unsure despite 8x25 binoculars. Airliners commonly seen in Bay Area bear no resemblance in height, speed or perceived shape (trinagular). Seen 3-4 months earlier on same course, but then ascended so high it eventually left no contrails, and returned 15 min later, descending to level to create contrails. On 2/99 sighting, aircraft left two distinct, parallel contrails, despite fact aircraft itself could not be seen even with binoculars.

Posted 1999-04-02

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