Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Duration: 20-25 seconds
No of observers: 2
Reported: 2013-02-02 21:01:55 Pacific
Posted: 2013-02-04 00:00:00
Characteristics: Aura or haze around object, Aircraft nearby
Orange-Red Flying Object Vanishes In Mid-Air Over White Rock Lake Park, Dallas, Texas
On February 2, 2012 at approximately 2030 hours over White Rock Lake Park, Dallas, Texas, there appeared in the dark, evening sky an unusual orange-red light, or composite light. The temperature was 55 degrees. There were no clouds over this area of Dallas, and the stars were clearly bright and visual in the background. There was virtually no light pollution over White Rock Lake this evening and the lake was still and dark. White Rock Lake Park was mostly deserted in this area, however there were several other people walking along edge of the lake. Apparently they did not notice the object.
I was driving with my wife and south on West Lawther Drive on the West side of White Rock Lake. White Rock Lake is rimmed with large residential estates on the West side of the park, all facing East and overlooking the lake. West Lawther Drive winds around the perimeter of White Rock Lake Park on the West side.
The orange red light was moving from the East to the SouthEast across the 65 degree horizon and in the general flight path approach for Southwest Airlines into Love Field Airport to the West of White Rock Lake. There were other airplanes in the approach for Love Field Airport in the general vicinity over White Rock Lake. The orange-red moving light was noticeable and unusual because there were no strobe lights or white lights as are common with commercial or private aircraft. The orange-red light appeared in the sky at a 65 degree angle from the road and the light source was the approximate size of the commercial aircraft in the area. The orange-red light was not moving rapidly, or erratically, but rather deliberately on a particular path and at a speed in common with the other aircraft in the vicinity. The orange-red flying object was not a star, planet or meteor.
After viewing this object move through the sky and over White Rock Lake for approximately twenty seconds, the object faded and vanished in mid-air over the lake. Upon closer observation, the orange-red light appeared to have a composite light source of multiple lights.
Given that this area of Dallas is restricted airspace and in the approach path for Love Field Airport, it was highly unusual for any flying craft to have no strobe, and to have turned off its lights and or disappeared.
The disappearance of the orange-red flying craft was not immediate, and it appeared to have diminished in size before vanishing, leaving one with the impression that the source of the light gained altitude at an unusually rapid speed and not on a trajectory common with traditional airplanes. This process took less than several seconds.
The sky was scanned for several minutes in an effort to locate the object, however this was unsuccessful.
I am a graduate of the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University and have experience piloting private aircraft. I am familiar with the appearance of aircraft making an approach to Love Field Airport in this vicinity, and of the identifying lights required of aircraft, and can attest that this object was not a commercial, private or conventional military aircraft. Furthermore, I have observed meteors, comets and other natural celestial phenomena and this object was neither.
((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))
Thank you for the reply. This was a very strange experience. I intend to contact a few Southwest Airline pilots to ask around if any of their colleagues saw the same on their approach tonight.
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