NUFORC Sighting 80946

Occurred: 2011-04-16 23:55 Local
Reported: 2011-04-19 16:34 Pacific
Duration: 5 min
No of observers: 1

Location: San Tan Valley, AZ, USA

Shape: Orb
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby

quiet jet and red orb flying low over San Tan Valley, Az at midnight. The orb wasn't attached to anything.

I was watching television Sat nite 4-16-11 when I heard a very low flying jet getting closer. went out in my back yard and looked up just as a jet, at only a few thousand feet, had passed my house traveling in a northerly direction. ( Mesa Gateway airport, formerly Williams Air Force Base, is about 10 miles from here to the northwest ) Flying along with the jet was a red orb.

My first thoughts were that this was the Anatov 225 (biggest plane in the world) sneaking into the airport to refuel without attracting attention with the red lite being on the craft that generally flys with it. I realized almost immediately that this could not be the case since the plane wasn’t nearly big enough to be the an 225 and the red orb was not attached to anything. As I watched these continue north, the orb moved to the left of the jet, then seemed to backtrack toward me. I say “seemed to” because for a moment it appeared much larger than when I first saw it as if it was! closer to me. Thinking about this last night (4-18) it almost seemed, in retrospect, that the orb was aware of my presence and was checking me out. It then retreated back closer to the jet after this and after a few miles the jet banked to the west with the orb disappearing in a westerly direction over the rooftops. The only sound heard was the relatively quiet jet engines and nothing else. The only lights on the plane were a dim white light at the tip of each wing.( I couldn’t really see the plane due to the darkness but had the wings been visible the lites would’ve have been on the tips) No landing lites, no strobes, just the dim lites above, If you put my address in Google Earth you’ll see that my house is at the back of the development. The plane and orb were traveling just inside the back edge of the development toward the north at a very low altitude. Others in the neighborhood heard the plane also and were very surprised at the low altitude, though I was the only one to go outside and look. It almost seemed that both objects were trying to get to where they were going while attracting as little attention as possible. I’ve never seen a plane flying that low over these houses, let alone at midnight on a Saturday! I have no doubt that something out of the ordinary was going on. The orb reminded me of one that I saw 2 nights running (Aug 8 & 9 in 2009 except that was very high up in the sky. That orb was reported on this site, as well as Mufon and ATS.

Posted 2011-05-02

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