NUFORC Sighting 59182

Occurred: 2006-12-15 01:00 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2007-10-10 17:03 Pacific
Duration: 15 sec
No of observers: 1

Location: Northeastern, TX, USA

Shape: Cone
Characteristics: Left a trail

Very faint, fast-moving lights viewed through night-vision-goggles

Last winter (2006) while flying as single pilot on a helicopter EMS patient flight, I observed 1 or 2 faint but distinct lights. At the time, I was using highly sophisticated Night-Vision-Goggles (NVG's).

Flying at approximately 1,000' - 1,500' AGL (above ground), I noticed a faint light traveling from the lower-left front of the aircraft, at an estimated distance of about a mile, in a rapid, ascending climb, in front of the aircraft, disappearing to the upper-right. During the short duration of the observation, I removed (flipped up) the NVG's and was not able to see the light(s) unaided.

Neither of the 2 crewmembers in the aft cabin of the helicopter observed the light(s).

The light(s) appeared to resemble 2 jet exhaust cones as might be observed at the rear of a twin-engine jet fighter, like an F-18 Hornet. There was no aircraft body visible nor any other lights that might have been associated with an aircraft: navigation, strobes, etc.


Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD

Posted 2007-11-28

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